BRAZIL STILL NOT READY

It seems that Brazil is still not ready to host the FIFA World Cup 2014, as there have been many reports of slow construction and the capacity of the public transportation.

Brazilian officials are now finding it difficult to defend the collapse of six office buildings near the Maracana Stadium. The Maracana Stadium is undoubtedly one of the most iconic locations in Rio de Janeiro, but the stadium has been in construction mode for quite some time now. Many also expect the construction work to carry on into 2013 as well.

World Cup 2010 - Teams already through

JAPAN
Takeshi Okada's Japan became the first team to book their place after earning a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Uzbekistan in Tashkent, becoming the first team through on sports bet coupons.

Shunji Okazaki grabbed the only goal of the game after nine minutes to book a fourth successive finals berth.

Takeshi Okada: "We played very well. I think we should continue playing this style in the remaining matches."

AUSTRALIA (6 June, 2009)
The Socceroos eased into the World Cup without so much as even conceding a goal in the six matches it took them to qualify.

A 0-0 draw against Qatar in Doha wrapped things up for Pim Verbeek's team after they picked up 14 points in Group A of the final Asian qualifying phase.

Pages