World Cup Daily Ticker: June 10
Happy World Cup Eve everyone. Here are some top stories from around the world today.
Pirlo To Miss First Two Games
Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo will miss the first two games of the World Cup against Paraguay and New Zealand due to a calf strain picked up in training. The 31-year-old is considered by many as essential to the Azzuri’s World Cup hopes.
Pirlo will be replaced by 25-year-old Florintena midfielder Riccardo Montolivo. “In 2006, I watched the World Cup on TV, now I am here. This is the most important tournament in my career and I am thrilled,” said Montolivo
English Holligans Detained In Birmingham
Five English football hooligans were detained early Thursday morning during a raid of their homes. The suspects, aged 20-44, are accused of not complying with orders to turn over their passports as a result of being convicted of hooligan related crimes.
This is the latest action by global authorities to crack down on hooliganism ahead of the World Cup. Police have said more arrests are to follow. The penalty for failing to turn over a passport is six months in jail or a 5,000 pound fine.
Blatter Will Seek Re-Election
FIFA president Sepp Blatter will seek another four-year term as head of soccer’s governing body. Blatter, 74, has been president since 1998 and has been chiefly responsible for the commercial successes of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
The election will come next June in Switzerland.
Maradona Could Play Three Strikers
Enigmatic Argentina coach Diego Maradona could play three strikers in his team’s opening match against Nigeria on Saturday. According to the Associated Press Maradona has decided on Carlos Tevez, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain as starters up top.