THE luxuries of a German castle are a long way from the camp sites Carlos Alberto Parreira experienced when he was coaching Ghana more than 35 years ago.
"AN AFRICAN side can win the World Cup, because every day African teams are drawing closer to those teams from Europe and South America. In 2006, it could be Ghana."
A HEARTBROKEN Michael Essien slammed German referee Markus Merk for a "ridiculous" early booking which will keep the Chelsea star out of Ghana's second-round clash with Brazil.
ITALY coach Marcello Lippi was in an edgy mood ahead of his team's final World Cup Group E match against the Czech Republic today, hoping his side return to their best form.
Ghana Football Association officials have apologised after Hapoel Tel Aviv defender John Paintsil waved an Israeli flag to celebrate the World Cup win over the Czech Republic.
CZECH Republic goalkeeper Petr Cech insists his time at Chelsea has taught him to fear no-one - not even club team-mate Michael Essien.
ITALY coach Marcello Lippi has confirmed that playmaker Francesco Totti will play in tonight's World Cup opener against Ghana.
ITALY captain Fabio Cannavaro has urged the country's disaffected fans to get behind their team ahead of their World Cup opener against Ghana.
CHELSEA midfielder Michael Essien believes Ghana "have nothing to lose" going into the World Cup.
STRENGTHS: One of the strongest teams in Africa for decades, having finally made it to the World Cup for the first time, they will be fighting to stay there as long as possible. Their excellent midfield trio of Essien, Appiah and Muntari is brimming with quality; and with the return to the fold of the experienced Sammy Kuffour they have bolstered an already stable back-line.