Croatia coach Niko Kovac on Saturday named his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals led by experienced stars like midfield magician Luka Modric of Real Madrid and Bayer Munich striker Mario Manduzkic.
Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni was delighted with his side`s lightning-fast start to Wednesday`s 4-2 friendly win over New Zealand but the performance has not persuaded the Italian to finalise his 23 man squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
English soccer champions Manchester United will ramp up spending on new players to improve their ailing squad and boost the team`s chances of winning the trophies that have been key to their financial success.
Hamburg SV and German international goalkeeper Rene Adler faces a month on the sidelines with an ankle injury and will miss the resumption of the Bundesliga after the winter break at the end of January, his club said on Friday.
Former Australian captain Allan Border has said that the experience and talent provided by senior players like Peter Siddle and Chris Rogers could be the key to the Aussies producing an unlikely victory in the Ashes series.
Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has praised former skipper Ricky Ponting as an `amazing player` following Ponting`s announcement that he was retiring from all forms of competitive cricket in October, although he said that the former skipper is not needed for the Ashes.