Monday's Top 10 SWC stories

2014-06-09 13:35
Germany coach Joachim Low (Supplied)
Germany coach Joachim Low (Supplied)
Cape Town - The 2014 Soccer World Cup is just three days away and here are the Top 10 not-to-be-missed news stories from today.

The World Cup is generating a lot of hype with the tournament kicking off on Thursday in Brazil.

Here is today's selection of not-to-be-missed news:

1. The Soccer World Cup would not be the same without CR7.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in line for a morale-boosting return to the Portugal side for the friendly against Ireland, just two days before the Soccer World Cup begins. 
(Read the story here)

2. Coach Joachim Low is confident Germany will be formidable foes for Portugal and the rest of the competition at the 2014 SWC.

Germany manager Joachim Low insists that his team are thoroughly prepared for what is expected to be another gruelling Soccer World Cup.
(Read the story here)

Germany coach Joachim Low (Supplied)

3. Will Romelu Lukaku win his battle against injury and be declared fit for Belgium's opening SWC game against Algeria?

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, who suffered an ankle injury during his side's 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday, may have to miss the World Cup opener against Algeria on June 17th.
(Read the story here)

Romelu Lukaku (Gallo Images)

4. Nigeria have called up Ejike Uzoenyi to their SWC squad and local fans will be hoping that the Sundowns player will shine on the world stage.

Mamelodi Sundowns-bound winger Ejike Uzoenyi is on his way to the FIFA World Cup after being recalled to the Nigeria squad to replace the injured Elderson Echiejile.
(Read the story here)

5. Cameroon have avoided scandal over bonuses and will be jetting off to join Group A rivals Brazil, Croatia and Mexico.

The Cameroon squad has departed for Brazil after initially refusing to leave for the 2014 Soccer World Cup due to a dispute regarding bonuses.
(Read the story here)

6. Hometown hero Fred is going to let the results doing the talking.

Brazilian striker Fred has learned from his mistakes of last year's Confederations Cup and vowed not to talk up his chances of scoring in the Soccer World Cup.
(Read the story here)


7. Hodgson believes England's Three Lions have enough attacking ability to get past Italy and then Uruguay and qualify for the Round of 16.

England boss Roy Hodgson is convinced his side have the 'firepower' necessary to progress past the group stages at the 2014 World Cup.
(Read the story here)

8. We're keeping an eye on the WAGS and the fans, just in case you've missed them.

Check out the 2014 Soccer World Cup's fittest fans. You'll have to click on the link to view this gallery.
(Read the story here)

9. Africa's enemy number one, Luis Saurez, admits he always knew he would be playing at the 2014 SWC despite injury concerns.

Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is confident he will be fit in time for the World Cup finals, despite only recently having undergone surgery on his knee.
(Read the story here)

10. Ciro Immobile is desparate to start for Italy but does he deserve the spot ahead of Mario Balotelli?

Borussia Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile wants to make a big contribution when Italy play against England in a highly anticipated Group D fixture at the Amazonia Arena on Saturday.
(Read the story here)


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