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Football / Latapy up for T&T fight and Shaka in Roony sympathy
« on: June 06, 2006, 06:53:39 PM »
Latapy up for T&T fight
By Chris Stanton | Tuesday 06th JunePrint this pageEmail page

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Russell Latapy insists he will have a fight on his hands to claim a starting place for Trinidad & Tobago at this summer's World Cup finals.

Latapy, who has scored 28 goals in 66 international appearances, is not certain of starting his country's opening Group B game against Sweden on Saturday.

However, the 37-year-old player-coach of Falkirk is doing his utmost to impress T&T coach Leo Beenhakker.

"I really don't know, competition is very tough for places," Latapy said when quizzed if he would be handing a starting role against the Swedes.

"All I can do is try and do my best to prove myself. It is up to the coach after that.

"To play in the World Cup is the highlight for any player, and at my age, it is even more sweet."

Latapy, who announced his retirement from international football in 2001, only to return to the fold last September, is, though, unwilling to curb his smoking habit.

Latapy insists his 10-cigarette a day habit does not have a detrimental effect on his performances for club or country.

"It is something I choose to do and it has never affected my performance," Latapy said.

"I don't smoke a lot and never in the public domain or in front of the team at training or the like."

                       SHAKA IN ROONY SYMPATHY                                   
 Shaka in Rooney sympathy
By Simon Fudge | Tuesday 06th JunePrint this pageEmail page

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Trinidad & Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop says it would be unfortunate not to face Wayne Rooney in the World Cup.

The veteran West Ham United custodian and his Soca Warriors team-mates face The Three Lions in Nuremberg on June 15, with many of the English-based T & T players relishing the chance to face Sven Goran Eriksson's men.

The 37-year-old, whose brother Kone works for Rooney's agency ProActive, would understand the disappointment the Manchester United striker would have in missing the finals, but stressed he is more concerned with his country's campaign in Germany.

"What's happened to Wayne is unfortunate," Hislop said in the Daily Star. "I know him and my brother knows him quite well.

"To miss a World Cup is a big blow for a young man. It's easy enough to say that he'll be there in four years' time and for many other World Cups.

"But playing in a World Cup is a fantastic achievement for anyone, regardless of age or what country you play for.

"It's a blow for him and I will feel sad for him, if he doesn't make it.

"Right now, our focus as far as Trinidad & Tobago goes isn't on Wayne or his metatarsal.

"We feel we have to get our own house in order, and then we'll see what the opposition has to throw at us."

His T & T team-mate in former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke has warned their Group B opponents not to underestimate them.

"We have not done ourselves justice in the warm-up matches, but there is a great team spirit and a belief we can get it right," Yorke said.

"I know we are good enough to get results against any of the teams in our group, and that includes England."

Football / Scott Sealy scored today
« on: May 27, 2006, 11:18:27 PM »
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Football / Lawrence ready for Crouch
« on: May 24, 2006, 03:53:57 AM »
Lawrence ready for Crouch
By Simon Fudge | Monday 22nd MayPrint this pageEmail page

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Trinidad & Tobago defender Dennis Lawrence says he will be able to deal with the physical presence of England's Peter Crouch.

The Wrexham defender is preparing to face Crouch and The Three Lions, as the tiny Caribbean nation embark on their first-ever World Cup finals campaign.

The Soca Warriors face Sweden before taking on Sven Goran Eriksson's men in their second Group B match in Nuremberg on June 15.

The 32-year-old, who stands at six foot, six inches, believes matching the height of the Liverpool striker will allow him to cancel out Crouch in Germany.

"We are both big guys, but I have played against people as big as Crouch and it's not a problem for me," Lawrence said.

"Ben Futcher, who plays for Grimsby, is six foot, seven inches and I had to deal with him this season.

"So playing against Crouch is not going to be much different from what I have come up against before."


Football / Manchester United fans
« on: May 18, 2006, 05:10:21 AM »
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Manchester United are reportedly in talks to sign Brazilian starlet Kerlon.

The 18-year-old, full name Kerlon Moura Souza, is Cruzeiro's prized asset and is one of the hottest young properties in Brazil.

He came to the fore last year during the South American Under-17 championship where he helped his country lift the title in Venezuela - whilst also winning both the top-scorer and player of the tournament awards.

It was during the junior competition that Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to have been tipped off about the boy, whose genius is compared to that of Ronaldinho.

His party trick - which he employs regularly during a game - is something called the 'seal dribble', as he flicks the ball onto his head and runs with it past the opposition, who cannot challenge him without committing a foul.

Kerlon admits it is something he has always been able to do: "It's just a skill I have, though it's not meant to be a mark of disrespect to my opponents.

"Opponents say they will snap me, but this doesn't scare me, it just motivates me even more."

United, having missed out on Ronaldinho, are keen to secure the player who is being tipped to succeed him with the national side and Cruzeiro admit he is available.

"We are always ready to listen to offers for Kerlon," Cruzeiro vice-president Zeze Perrella told The Times and he confirmed a deal was close with a Premiership club - believed to be United.

"We have had a lot of interest in him and we have been in close contact with an English team, but right now we are not there on the money."

One problem for Ferguson and United, is that Kerlon may not immediately qualify to play in England - as at the moment it appears he has no European relatives from whom he could draw an EU passport.

Should Kerlon arrive in England, who would have to be loaned out until he could secure a permit to play in The Premiership.


Football / jack and jones recue t&t
« on: May 11, 2006, 09:00:27 PM »
 Jack and Jones rescue T&T
11 May 2006
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A stunning display from goalkeeper Kelvin Jack and a spectacular Kenwyne Jones free-kick ensured Trinidad and Tobago scraped a 1-1 draw against Peru in their final home match before departing for their debut FIFA World Cup™ finals appearance.
On a special night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in the Trinidadian capital Port of Spain - billed as a farewell to the 38-year-old Russell Latapy, the local favourite who will retire after the FIFA World Cup - it was the Peruvians who looked the brighter of the two sides.

With the home team lethargic in the first half, a piece of wonderful approach work from Wilmer Aguirre set up Gustavo Vasallo to score for Peru in the 32nd minute. Aguirre's ball eluded both goalkeeper Kelvin Jack and centre-back Cyd Gray, leaving Vasallo with surely the simplest tap-in of his international career.

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The scoreline would have been worse for the hosts at the interval were it not for three mind-boggling, point-blank saves by Jack that denied Aguirre shortly before the whistle. Though occasionally inconsistent, the big man's performance will have some feeling he should be T&T's first-choice keeper in Germany ahead of West Ham United's Shaka Hislop.

Despite being under the cosh for large parts of the game, the Soca Warriors began to find their rhythm in the second half. And five minutes after Latapy was withdrawn to a standing ovation from the 20,000 crowd, Jones struck a stunning 75th-minute equaliser. After Colin Samuel was brought down outside the Peru penalty area, the Southampton man stepped up to unleash a stunning drive from distance.

Although Jack was arguably the difference between a draw and a defeat, coach Leo Beenhakker can look at the result as a positive one heading into his squad's one-week training camp in Manchester in the north of England from 11 May. The Dutchman was missing Rangers centre-back Marvin Andrews and LA Galaxy's Cornell Glen because of injuries and will be keen to have them back for the next friendly test against Wales on 27 May.

Caribbean islanders T&T are the smallest nation ever to qualify for a FIFA World Cup finals and will have their work cut out in Group B alongside England, Sweden and Paraguay at the finals next month

Football / Sweden ring changes in defence
« on: May 09, 2006, 09:24:31 PM »
Sweden ring changes in defence
9 May 2006
by Reuters

Juventus's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Barcelona's Henrik Larsson were among six strikers named in Sweden's FIFA World Cup™ squad on Tuesday while right-back Alexander Ostlund was dropped in a defensive shake-up.
Ostlund, who plays for Southampton, was heavily criticised after Sweden lost 3-0 to Ireland in a friendly in March. Coach Lars Lagerback has brought in IFK Gothenburg's Karl Svensson and Fredrik Stenman, who has had a strong first season with Bayer Leverkusen but has never played for Sweden.

Mikael Nilsson, who has had little time on the pitch for Greek side Panathinaikos, was also among the defenders. Nilsson has played in midfield and defence for Sweden and shared the right-back role with Ostlund during UEFA EURO 2004.

Another surprise was the inclusion of Fredriksborg's Rami Shaaban as one of three goalkeepers, with Eddie Gustafsson of Ham-Kam left out. First-choice keeper Andreas Isaksson has retained his place.

Shaaban played three games for Arsenal in 2002 before breaking his leg in training later that year after which he never played for the north London side again.

Sweden are in Group B with Paraguay, England and Trinidad and Tobago at the finals in Germany starting on 9 June. "It is quite easy to pick out 15 to 16 players but we had most discussion about the goalkeepers and the backs," Lagerback told a news conference.

Defence was seen as Lagerback's main problem, although he said he was satisfied with his choices. "Alexander (Ostlund) has changed clubs and has had an up and down spring in Southampton," Lagerback was quoted as saying by the daily Expressen newspaper.

"We have followed him but think that we now have better alternatives in Niclas (Alexandersson) and Mikael (Nilsson)."

There were few surprises among the other defenders in the squad, who include Erik Edman of Stade Rennes, Petter Hansson of Heerenveen and Olof Mellberg of Aston Villa.

The forwards called up were also as expected with Ibrahimovic and Larsson being joined by Marcus Allback of FC Copenhagen, Johan Elmander of Brondby, Mattias Jonson of Djurgarden and Markus Rosenberg of Ajax.

Fredrik Ljungberg of Arsenal and Kim Kallstrom of Rennes were among Lagerback's midfield selections. 

Football / Group B favours european pair
« on: May 08, 2006, 02:34:26 AM »
Group B poll favours European pair
2 May 2006
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As you would expect, the upcoming 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ is set to have a markedly European flavour, and we are not just talking about Germany's delicious sausages or countless varieties of refreshing beer.
Once more, FIFAworldcup.com readers have put their faith in Europe's finest as they bid for world football's biggest prize. 

In response to the question "Which teams will qualify from Group B at Germany 2006?", an overwhelming 62 per cent of the 53,061 voters believe England and Sweden will prove too stiff a test for group rivals Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago. In an even more resounding result than last month's poll regarding which sides would make it through from Group A, the tournament pedigree of the European teams involved continues to set them apart in the eyes of our readers.

For Sven-Goran Eriksson's England squad, this vote of confidence could not have come at a better time, given the tidal wave of negativity that greeted this weekend's injury to Wayne Rooney. In spite of that worrying news, history favours the 1966 winners, who have qualified from the first phase at every FIFA World Cup appearance, with the exceptions of 1950 and 1958.

Sweden meanwhile, under the astute guidance of Lars Lagerback, have done more than enough to earn their place among the group favourites. At Korea/Japan 2002, the Swedes qualified from their group at the expense of Argentina and Nigeria, and took second spot in Group 8 of European qualifying for Germany 2006.

Playing catch-up
The two European sides may have held sway in the voting, but Paraguay are confident of springing a surprise. "Playing England in our opening game is the best thing that could have happened to us," explained Albirroja coach Anibal Ruiz after December's draw. With 23 per cent of the votes, Ruiz's team make up the second favourite pairing in the poll alongside David Beckham and Co.

It would be foolish to discount the Paraguayans, who defied the odds to reach the last 16 at both France 98 and Korea/Japan 2002. Third place in the survey went to the Sweden-Paraguay pairing with seven per cent of the votes cast.

Predictably, the last three places went to Trinidad and Tobago, paired with England, Sweden and Paraguay respectively. These results are not going to deter the side led by experienced Dutchman Leo Beenhakker who, with the pressure off and no previous FIFA World Cup experience, could have all the ingredients to be one of this year's surprise packages.

Poll results
England and Sweden - 64 per cent
England and Paraguay - 23 per cent
Paraguay and Sweden - 7 per cent
England and Trinidad and Tobago - 4 per cent
Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden - 3 per cent
Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago - 2 per cent

Football / check out the wc on espn soccernet.com
« on: May 03, 2006, 09:59:02 PM »
i just was browsing their new world cup sight and i have to say it's good it have news and pics of the national team you have to click on Trinidad of course check it out you will like it

« on: April 27, 2006, 09:59:40 PM »
Well forumites i already been to hong kong and now i in Thailand and let meh tell yuh football is worshiped there i get original football jerseys that cost like $300.00 US for $20 US NO LIE i get the Robhinio Real Madrid,Kaka AC Milan and the Zidane France i also play for meh ship and i net up 2 on a local Thailand team and if Morvantman reading this i hope to meet yuh up in the captain's cup i beleive it will be in Hawaii.

Football / after the world cup
« on: March 21, 2006, 03:04:36 AM »
Andrews,Hislop,Yorke,Latapy,Lawrence,Ince and possibly Stern John these are some of the fellers i feel will retire after the world cup.What allure think and who do you think will step up to fill these shoes.

General Discussion / anybody in china
« on: March 20, 2006, 02:55:42 AM »
the ship that i work on headin hong kong just one of the many ports we hittin what i want to know is do we have any players in any team out there or any forumites base out there as for the other ports Singapore,Japan,Australia,Guam,Hawaii and i not to sure but Bahrain so if anybody base anywhere there let meh know,just in case allure wondering what ship it's the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Football / Louis Saha Thread
« on: March 18, 2006, 11:17:22 PM »
two beautiful goals from Saha today to keep man.u on track to either finish the season second to chealsea or overtake them if they slip up.GO MAN.U

Football / man.u fans
« on: February 17, 2006, 06:47:58 PM »
big game against LIVERPOOL in the FA cup what allure think will be the outcome boy i is ah die hard fan of man.u but i like liverpool since benitez took over.

Football / Any Trini transfers?
« on: January 07, 2006, 03:15:02 AM »
I was wondering if there is any trini players getting tansfered in the January transfer window,and what about that talk bout STERN going to PSG

Football / Manchester United vs Wigan
« on: December 14, 2005, 02:49:28 PM »
man.u playing today as ah  matter of fact the game on right now and they 2 up in the first half and i still here supporting them go man.u

Football / Man.u damn it
« on: November 22, 2005, 06:26:55 PM »
Man.u draw today and now they have to win their last game,despite the tie rooney look good out there on the pitch this kid is just getting better and better,i would like to see ballack play with them they need a good midfielder

2006 World Cup - Germany / When is the World Cup?
« on: November 19, 2005, 02:41:35 PM »
cuss meh if allure want but i not sure so help meh out nah when exactly is the world cup i need dates i plan on taking leave so i could go

Football / sad day
« on: November 16, 2005, 09:33:42 PM »
well fellars i was in San Francisco when we play the first game and it was nice cause i was able to talk to meh grandfather about it he was excited for the away game but sadly he passed away yesterday of natural causes and it hurts me because he will not be around to see us play in germany big up to you gramps yuh in a better place now

Football / READ AND WEEP
« on: November 02, 2005, 03:15:12 AM »
This is for all them BAHRAINIAN who want to come on we forum and talk shit.You gave a good fight in asia to reach this far but now you are coming up against a real team.A team which destiny awaits them in germany wc that team is TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO AKA THE SOCA WARRIORS and nothing will stop them from fulfilling there destiny.So i guess what i really want to say is don't be angry when we beat your team both home and away,just say thanks to us for showing you that smoking camel shit will only make you hillucinate.Now you are welcome to support us in germany if you want. :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

Football / i need allure help
« on: October 24, 2005, 06:38:34 PM »
My fellow warriors i have no other choice but to go out to sea with my ship the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN for training 4 a month which means i could only follow the games on the net so i was wondering if allure know any sight that might give me minute to minute report on the matches.Thanks in advance

Football / Tactical football
« on: October 21, 2005, 09:46:02 PM »
well as allure could see in other post bahrain have some tall ass defenders so i don't think cross ball in the box will work so my fellow warriors wuh allure think we might or should do attacking the goal

Football / Furguson like he give up
« on: October 17, 2005, 02:35:17 PM »
fergie like he giving up on winning the league title back he talking bout winning the champions league for any silverware.

Football / trini referees
« on: October 16, 2005, 04:59:41 PM »
allure know if we will have any trini refs in the world cup cause it's been a while since we refs make a international appearance

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