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Monday, June 7, 2010

Edition 23: FIFA WC , Vishwanathan Anand

FIFA World Cup without Sensations
Stefan Nestler/DW
Several World Cup participants from the group of favorites have announced their provisional squad. Some prominent names, which are nothing less than the sensations, are missing on the lists.

For the 33-year-old Dutch star striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who started this year in the service of Hamburger SV, the dream of World Cup finals in South Africa has burst. "I think he is fit," said coach Bert van Marwijk with Bond, "but he had come since his knee injury is not enough time to get to its normal level". Van Nistelrooy had resigned after the 2008 European Championships in Austria and Switzerland, had decided this season, but at a comeback in the Orange jersey.

Among the 30 players in the provisional Dutch World Cup squad are five Bundesliga professionals: Mark van Bommel and Arjen Robben from the German champions FC Bayern Munich, Eljero Elia and Joris Mathijsen from Hamburger SV and VfB Stuttgart by Khalid Boulahrouz.

Toni and Totti to stay home
Italy let its two strikers from 2006 World Champion team- Luca Toni and Francesco Totti- stay at home. Totti-as van Nistelrooy for the Dutch–was in fact adopted for the national team. National coach Marcello Lippi appointed ten players from 2006 World Champion team in his provisional squad of 30 players.

Coach Raymond Domenech of France surprisingly omitted star striker Karim Benzema of Real Madrid. Even veteran Patrick Vieira to Manchester City and Samir Nasri from Arsenal FC are missing in the preliminary squad. Franck Ribery from German champions Bayern Munich is it.

Also missing are two prominent names from the record times World Cup champions Brazil. National coach Carlos Dunga sent ex-world footballer Ronaldinho and Adriano at home. For a World Cup appearance Ronaldinho had been given a massive public campaign in Brazil.

Mascots Beckham

European champion Spain and England hope that their troubled stars will be fit in time for the World Cup. The injured Fernando Torres and Francesc Fàbregas were appointed to the provisional squad of the Spanish. Wayne Rooney is in spite of his groin to the enlarged squad of the English. Even superstar David Beckham is to go to South Africa - but not as a player, but rather as a mascot. The 35-year-old, who was snatched in March, who was injured in March, has been appointed as an additional supervisor to the staff of coach Fabio Capello.

Parents Elated Over Anand’s Win

Elated after their son retained his World Chess Championship title, Viswanathan Anand''s parents today said the win is very as special as the Indian tamed challenger Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria in his own backyard.
"It is a special moment for us on many counts. Firstly, we are thrilled that no player had won the title so many times as Anand. Winning the title in 2002 and retaining it since 2007, Baba (as Anand is affectionately called by his parents) is the greatest player. We are sure that he will continue to rule the roost at highest levels in the game," the champion''s parents, Viswanathan and Susheela, told PTI. Anand retained his crown by wrapping up the final game against Topalov in Sofia.
Viswanathan said the triumph shows that his son is menatlly very strong. "Right from his young days he always ventures to take challenges," he said.
Anand''s mother said she was delighted result after all the problems that he was forced to confront prior to the tournament. Anand had to travel by road to compete in the world championship as air traffic had been disrupted due to volcanic ash over Europe.
"We were still very hopeful of his triumph because he has always been focused on his work from younger days," she said. "We were not under any pressure and we do not think that Anand was in any such situation.
We were not at all worried about his game since we knew his capabilities and abilities in handling complex situations. "As usual, we did not talk to him during the tournament.
Aruna (Anand''s wife) gave us information on a daily basis. Our prayers were answered and we are happy that he has defended his title," she said.
World champion Viswanathan Anand retained his crown winning the World Chess Championship title by wrapping up the final game against Veselin Topalov of Russia here. Anand achieved an improbable win playing with black in the final game to retain the world title by 6.5-5.5 margin after the end of the 12th and final game here.
Experts over the world had predicted that Topalov, at his worst, will draw the last game under normal time control and then the match will be headed in to the rapid tiebreaker. However, it was not to be as Topalov, trying to look for complications, went haywire in a slightly difficult position and could not recover as Anand kept dealing one lethal blow after another to notch up his fourth world title in 11 years to remain the undisputed king of the game once again.
Earlier, in 2008 Anand had won the world title in a match against Russian Vladimir Kramnik. In 2006 he had won the world championship match tournament ahead of almost all top players in the world and in the year 2000 he had won the championship when it was held on a knockout basis. Anand, thus became the first official world champion in recent history to win two back-to-back matches in world championships against different opponents.
Vladimir Kramnik can also lay his claims for that but for the fact that the match he won against Garry Kasparov in 2000 was not played under the official FIDE flag. If the last game was any indication, Anand had indeed reserved his best as he knew Topalov will go all out for a win.

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