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2.18.2009

Saudi Arabia National team hire Jose Peseiro

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According to official sources in the middle east, Saudi Arabia have named Portuguese experienced Jose Peseiro as coach after the resignation of Nasser Al Johar.

It’s amazing to notice that SPA quoted the head of the Saudi federation as saying Peseiro, who has had stints in charge of Sporting, Panathinaikos and Rapid Bucharest, would arrive in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The 48-year-old becomes Saudi Arabia's 20th coach since 1994.

Indeed, Johar, who led the Saudis to the 2002 World Cup finals, quit in the wake of their 1-0 defeat to North Korea last week in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, which left them second from bottom in Group Two with four encounters remaining.

As we know, the top two in each group earn automatic berths at South Africa 2010.

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South Africa World Cup tickets to be available on Friday

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Millions of fans around the world are glad to know that tickets for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa will go on sale at 1100 GMT on Friday. The official statement was made by Fifa.

In fact, prices range from £14 for the lowest category first-round encounteres to over £600 for a seat in Johannesburg's Soccer City Stadium for the final.

Nearly three million tickets will be available before the event kicks off on 11 June 2010, with 740,000 up for grabs in the first phase of sales.

Tickets will be sold in five phases by Fifa over the internet in their official site.

For the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany there were 20 million requests during the first sales phase for 750,000 available tickets, expressed former German Football Federation general secretary Horst Schmidt.

Indeed, two types of tickets are available for purchase; individual encounter tickets and a side-specific ticket series package, allowing fans to follow the national side of their choice.

This package option could be valid for up to seven games during the championship depending on how far a side progresses.

Supporters can choose from any nation that still has a chance of qualifying and will receive a refund if their side fails to progress to South Africa.

People may apply for up to four tickets per encounter to a maximum of seven encounters.

It’s amazing to notice that the first phase of sales runs from 20 February to 15 April and will see successful applicants chosen in a random ballot.

The physical tickets will be issued in April next year through specially created automatic teller machines situated around the venues in South Africa.

Three further ticket sale phases will follow from 4 May to 16 November, 5 December to 22 January; with the final phase running from 9 February to 7 April 2010.

Fifa has expressed, however, that it is unsure whether tickets for the World Cup will sell out, given the current global recession.

"I'd be a very stupid person to say there will not be any effect on the World Cup from the global recession," David Will, chairman of Fifa's World Cup ticketing committee expressed.

"The problem is we don't know just how big an impact it will have on the World Cup.

"Early completion of stadiums will allow us to determine the exact number of tickets to be made available, for now we have approximately three million tickets available," he finally expressed.

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