VARGAS SET FOR LIVERPOOL

The Peru international Juan Manuel Vargas is likely to move to Liverpool in the summer according to his agent. The 28-year-old has been in much demand amongst major European clubs after doing extremely well last season with Fiorentina, despite the fact that they were relegated from the Italian Serie A last season.

It was initially thought that Liverpool will be making the former Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson as the major summer signing this time around, but since the Icelandic midfielder joined Tottenham for around £ 8 million, Liverpool have been looking at various other targets in to strengthen their midfield.

SQUAD SET TO BE ANNOUNCED

The Nigerian football authorities have said that they will be making an announcement regarding the squad for the matches against Namibia and Malawi in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Nigeria will be taking on these two teams in the hope of making it into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. It is expected that the match will see a return of a number of big names. Nigeria have disappointed fans a lot in the recent matches in major tournaments, but will be hoping for much better performance if they get to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY MOVES CLOSER

It has been a long-awaited decision in world football, but the FIFA President Sepp Blatter recently confirmed that it is conceivable that goal-line technology will be present at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Goal-line technology is one of the most controversial issues in world football right now, with a number of football associations is demanding the inclusion of this technology at all levels of the game in the future.

This would solve a number of problems involving the goal-line clearances, which are subject to the decision of the referee right now. However, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has been unwilling to introduce technology into football up until now, as it would slowdown the game considerably.

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.

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