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MENAFN - Arab Times - 07/06/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab Times) Cksonville june 6 (agencies): hoping to launch their journey to brazil with maximum momentum the united states will play host to fellow world cup qualifiers nigeria on saturday in a key warm-up friendly for both. the americans beat azerbaijan 2-0 on may 27 in san francisco and edged turkey 2-1 last sunday in suburban new york. facing nigeria in florida will give the us squad a taste of the heat and humidity they will face in brazil and a sample of the style they will see in their world cup opener on june 16 against ghana in natal. the americans who also have germany and portugal as world cup opponents in group g know ghana's black stars all too well ? they ousted the us team from the 2010 world cup in the round of 16 and ended the us run in 2006 with a win in their group-stage match-up.

'we expect to advance to the knockout stage so we've got to figure out a way to do that' us coach jurgen klinsmann said. getting past ghana would be a good start and handling nigeria would be a good omen for us prospects of doing that. nigeria ranked 44th in the world reached the last 16 in 1994 and 1998 in their first two world cup appearances but were unable to escape the group stages in 2002 or 2010. the super eagles will play in group f alongside argentina bosnia and iran whom the nigerians meet in their world cup opener on june 16 in curitiba. nigeria will meet the americans four days after a goalless draw with greece in pennsylvania.

a us squad blending newcomers hungry to show what they can achieve and veterans familiar with the pressure of the world cup spotlight has meshed well in the past few weeks us forward clint dempsey said. 'i think that's what's good about some of the young talent we have in the united states ? they are not afraid of the big stage' dempsey said. 'they accept the challenge.' starting spots remain up for grabs in defence and in the midfield of the us modified diamond formation while jozy altidore who netted eight goals for the national side last year still seeks his first of 2014 and could be at risk of losing a spot in the starting xi.



netherlands captain robin van persie has declared himself 100 percent fit for the world cup as the dutch national side arrived in rio de janeiro on friday for the june 12-july 13 tournament. the manchester united striker was withdrawn at half-time of his country's final warm-up game against wales in amsterdam on wednesday with a groin issue but insisted it was only as a precautionary measure after he felt some discomfort. van persie added that he had also fully recovered from the knee injury which kept him out action for two months towards the end of the premier league season. 'against wales i stayed behind in the changing room for the second half just to be careful because the match against spain is much more important' he said of the opening game for the dutch at the world cup in salvador on friday - a repeat of the 2010 final.

'my groin was progressively a little irritated. if it had been a sudden pain i would been concerned but you can't really even call it an injury.' as far as his knee was concerned van persie said in an interview in friday's edition of the dutch newspaper de telegraaf conducted on the flight to rio that he continued to work daily on strengthening the muscles. 'i've had no twinges from the knee since the injury healed and that's several weeks now. obviously i've had to make an effort to get my fitness back and that i've build up perfectly in training over the last weeks.' the dutch will also face chile and australia in world cup group b.



 


 


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