World Cup notebook

Humberto Suazo expected to miss Chile's first World Cup match

By Associated Press
Thursday, June 3, 2010

Striker Humberto Suazo seems certain to miss Chile's first World Cup match after suffering a hamstring injury.

The team's leading striker, Suazo picked up the injury in a friendly match against Israel on Sunday, in which he scored a goal. Medical reports released Wednesday said Suazo may need up to three weeks to recover.

Chile is appearing in its first World Cup since 1998, and faces Honduras in its Group H opener on June 16. It plays Switzerland on June 21 and Spain on June 25.

Esteban Paredes is the leading candidate to replace Suazo.

England coach to stay

Fabio Capello signed a contract deal to keep him as England's coach until the 2012 European Championship.

The agreement removes an escape clause that could have let the Italian leave after the World Cup in South Africa. "I always wanted to stay until the end of my contract," Capello said.

The announcement by the Football Association came just before England flew to Johannesburg and seemingly ends the possibility of Capello replacing José Mourinho at Inter Milan.

Pitt joins U.S. bid

The United States has added more star power to its bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups, putting actor Brad Pitt on the committee trying to bring back soccer's premier event.

Former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and comedian Drew Carey also are on the committee.

FIFA's executive committee will select the 2018 and 2022 hosts in a vote on Dec. 2.


Brazil easily beat Zimbabwe, 3-0, in a pre-World Cup exhibition, despite an injury scare that forced first-choice goalkeeper Júlio César out of the game.

While Paraguay won, 2-0, against fellow World Cup qualifier Greece, Brazil eased past its lowly opponent in Harare through goals by Michel Bastos, Robinho and Elano.

César walked out of the match in the 26th minute because of a back injury, though team doctors said the Inter Milan player was not seriously injured and was replaced as a precaution.

Honduras warmed up for its opener against Chile with a 0-0 draw against Azerbaijan in Austria. Serbia, the other World Cup qualifier in action Wednesday, also was preparing at altitude in Austria and drew 0-0 against Poland.

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