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Many World Cups have passed and they just seem to fly by ever so quickly. There is so much football played, that though we have watched a lot of it, whether it has been seeing the game live or watching highlights, it can really scramble the brain to pinpoint everything that has happened. I therefore had an idea to keep a diary/log from day to day, something that can be just as useful in many years as it is now, in regard to jogging the memory. So here I present …

As confirmed via BBC Sport, 40 year old goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has joined Chelsea for 1 season after being released by London neighbours Fulham.
From Schwarzer’s point of view, it is a fantastic move to a top European club – if bench warming is all that he wants to do in the final years (or year) of his great career where he was the first foreign player to reach 500 English top flight appearances. I believe that he could still have a starting spot, albeit at a club not so mighty …

Chelsea have today signed 40-year-old Mark Schwarzer after his Fulham contract expired according to the Guardian.co.uk.
The Europa League champions made the move for the goalkeeper for a free transfer as he leaves the Cottagers after five years at the west London club, whom he joined from Middlesbrough in 2008. Schwarzer replaces the outgoing shot stopper Ross Turnball, who is departing on a free transfer.
The Australian international will provide back up for Petr Cech, as well bringing a wealth of experience to the team which will surely benefit the rest of …

Germany 4 (Podolski 8, Klose 26, Muller 67, Cacau 70)                                                                                              Australia 0
Germany commenced their World Cup quest in magnificent style by hammering Australia 4-0 in Group D on Sunday.
It was the first match to take part in Durban during the tournament and Germany treated the stadium to a fitting christening with a compelling performance that’ll have those who wrote off this young German outfit scratching their heads.

Germany celebrate Podolski’s opener

Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose will take particular satisfaction from this encounter as they fired their side into a two goal …

Forget all the stereotypes about German efficiency and discipline; this is a new German team with a new breed of German footballer, and if tonight is anything to go by, they are going to be something special.
This was the first chance to see the new generation of the German national team in action, with youth the order of the day. German captain Philip Lahm is a veteran in this side at the age of 26. Eight of Germany’s starting line-up were 25 or under, with five of them having made …

The rule of thumb for most will see a fairly predictable outcome for this encounter. A combative, resolute and organised Australian outfit force concern upon Germany for long periods, only to fall foul of glorious failure and the narrowest of defeats.  Such arrogant foresight may not sit well with the inhabitants of Oz, yet winning predictability is a mentality many have come accustomed to of their opponents.

Loew: Doesn’t like Australian style

And that is exactly the mentality Germany hope to continue as they head into the World Cup with their youngest …

 
Asian qualifiers Australia have revealed their new home shirtthat they will wear initially throughout the group stages of the 2010 World Cup.
The team qualified comfortably for the 2010 tournament after finishing top of their five team qualification group. Progressing to the World Cup has become a much easier obstable for the Australian national team ever since they moved to the Asian confederation. When they finished top of the Oceanic region, they then had to face the team who finished 5th in the South American section in a two legged play off …

Asian qualifiers Australia have officially revealed their new away shirt that they will wear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The team qualified comfortably for the 2010 tournament after finishing top of their five team qualification group. Progressing to the World Cup has become a much easier obstable for the Australian national team ever since they moved to the Asian confederation. When they finished top of the Oceanic region, they then had to face the team who finished 5th in the South American section in a two legged play off …

Asian qualifiers Australia have revealed a sneak design of their home and away shirts that they will wear at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The team qualified comfortably for the 2010 tournament after finishing top of their five team qualification group. Progressing to the World Cup has become a much easier obstable for the Australian national team ever since they moved to the Asian confederation. When they finished top of the Oceanic region, they then had to face the team who finished 5th in the South American section in …

GROUP D
Germany
Australia
Serbia
Ghana
 
Following a relatively straighforward qualifying campaign, Australia have been handed a very tough four team group at the 2010 World Cup. Although the pool containing Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast has been dubbed the group of death, Australia’s group is arguably tougher as all of the four teams have ambitions of making the 2nd round and beyond.
Realistically, Germany are the masters of navigating their way through to the latter stages of major tournaments. It would be foolish to predict anything other than a three way battle between Serbia, Ghana …