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New faces among 30-man Spanish WC squad Few surprises in Swiss team

BARCELONA, May 13, (Agencies): Uncapped Dani Carvajal and Ander Iturraspe were named in Spain’s provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday. Coach Vicente del Bosque opted for plenty of youth in his 30-man list which will be whittled down to 23 players who will be bidding in Brazil to retain the trophy they lifted four years ago in South Africa. Spain have been the dominant force in the international game in recent years having also won back-to-back European Championships and there is a good balance of promise and experience in the squad. Carvajal has made rapid progress this season at Real Madrid having taken the regular right-back slot from Alvaro Arbeloa, who was one of the surprise omissions from the squad. Iturraspe has been a crucial cog in the Athletic Bilbao team which has qualified for the Champions League with his slick passing from deep in midfield.

However, the strong competition in the middle of the pitch means that he may well be one of the seven to miss out on the final cut. Veteran striker David Villa has failed to shine for Atletico Madrid this season but he has been included for his experience. Gabi and Raul Garcia, who both have played important roles in Atletico’s success this season, will be disappointed not to have made the list. There is most doubt over who will play in the forward positions in Brazil and Del Bosque has not given any clues as he has included all the likely contenders. Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente, Alvaro Negredo and Pedro are all in the squad as is Brazilian-born Diego Costa following his prolific form with Atletico. There is also a possibility that Cesc Fabregas could play in attack as more of a link-up player, a position he has played regularly for Barcelona and in several games at Euro 2012. Spain are in Group B along with the Netherlands, Chile and Australia.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United)
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
 

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Koke Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)
Forwards: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid) Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Juventus)
 

Switzerland manager Ottmar Hitzfeld on Tuesday unveiled his squad for the World Cup finals in Brazil, with his 23-man list tallying with pundits’ forecasts.
The German veteran, due to wind up his management career after the tournament, stuck to the strategy of mixing experience and youth that helped put the Swiss among the top seeds for the World Cup.
Hitzfeld’s squad hails mainly from the German, Italian and Swiss top flights.
Among his biggest names from the Bundesliga are stalwart goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, of Wolfsburg, and young star marksman Xherdan Shaqiri, of Bayern Munich.
From Serie A, meanwhile, Hitzfeld tapped a trio of Napoli midfielders, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili and Goekhan Inler. There were two notable absences on his list, however.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Eren Derdiyok had been widely expected to pay the price for his lack of Bundesliga action.
 

But the failure to call up midfielder Pajtim Kasami, of freshly relegated English club Fulham, was a surprise given his solid performance during the World Cup qualifiers, his Switzerland debut.
Both Derdiyok and Kasami fell foul of Hitzfeld’s decision to pick two players for each position.
They nonetheless remain on his seven-man reserve list ready to jump in if any of the main picks are injured before the June 2 deadline to provide FIFA with the definitive World Cup squad.
Hitzfeld’s decision to have two options per position reopened the door to the squad for defender Reto Ziegler, of Italian club Sassuolo, set to be the alternative option for Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez on the left wing.
Switzerland are top seeds in Group E, which also includes France, Honduras and Ecuador.
They open their World Cup campaign against Ecuador on June 15 in Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional, before facing France on June 20 and Honduras on June 25.
Before travelling to Brazil, they have inked in two friendlies at home, taking on Jamaica on May 30 and Peru on June 3.
 

Squad
Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg/GER), Roman Buerki (Grasshopper), Yann Sommer (Basel)
Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg/GER), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus/ITA), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia/ESP), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo/ITA)
Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg/GER), Goekhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich/GER), Valentin Stocker (Basel)
Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nuremberg/GER), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad/ESP), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER)
 

On standby:
Goalkeeper: Marwin Hitz (Augsburg/GER)
Defenders: Timm Klose (Wolfsburg), Silvan Widmer (Udinese/ITA)
Midfielders and forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Fabian Frei (Basel), Pajtim Kasami (Fulham/ENG), Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt)
 

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann named his 30-man provisional squad on Monday from which he’ll select his 23-player World Cup finals squad.
The most notable omission is DC United forward Eddie Johnson, a regular in the United States’ qualifying campaign in North and Central America who has experienced a dip in form.
The United States is drawn in Group G along with Ghana, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2010 edition, Euro 2012 semi-finalists Portugal and one of the favourites for the trophy Germany. They will kick off their campaign on June 16 against Ghana.
The 30 players will gather in Palo Alto, California, on Wednesday for a training camp at Stanford University, with the final 23-man squad to be decided by June 2.


The group includes such stalwarts as goalkeepers Tim Howard and Brad Guzan, defenders Matt Besler, Geoff Cameron and Omar Gonzalez, midfielders Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan and Graham Zusi, and forwards Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.
Klinsmann also included a few players who are hoping to impress in training camp, including forward Terrence Boyd of Rapid Vienna.
Klinsmann said he’ll be looking hard at current form in making his final decisions as well as how players compete in training camp.
“There is competition in every position, and these next couple of weeks will allow us to make the final determinations on the best 23-man unit to represent the United States in the World Cup,” said the German, who guided his home country to the semi-finals in the 2006 renewal which was hosted by Germany.
Prior to departing for Brazil, the team will play three warmup friendlies, taking on Azerbaijan on May 27 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Turkey on June 1 in Harrison, New Jersey and Nigeria in Jacksonville, Florida, on June 7.
 

Squad:
Goalkeepers (3): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/ENG), Tim Howard (Everton/ENG), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
Defenders (11): DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/MEX), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin/GER), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City/ENG), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg/GER), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim/GER), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)
Midfielders (10): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes/FRA), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/NOR), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich/GER), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas/TUR), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
Forwards (6): Jozy Altidore (Sunderland/ENG), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna/AUT), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar/NED), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
 

Defender Sebastian Coates was handed a World Cup lifeline when Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez named the Liverpool player in his provisional 25-man World Cup squad on Monday.
Coates has been on loan at his first club Nacional this season after recovering from a knee ligament injury he picked up in England in August and missed Uruguay’s last four South American qualifiers and the playoff win over Jordan in November.
Midfielder Sebastian Eguren, a veteran the 2010 World Cup when he was playing his club football in Scandinavia, has also been handed an unexpected chance to go to the finals in Brazil where he now plays for promoted Palmeiras.
Newcomers in the squad include Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez, centre back Jose Maria Gimenez and his Atletico Madrid team mate Cristian Rodriguez, a creative midfielder Tabarez left out of his 2010 squad because of a suspension.
Also in line for their first finals are Lanus wing back Alejandro Silva and forwards Abel Hernandez of Palermo and Christian Stuani of Espanyol.
Uruguay, World Cup semi-finalists in South Africa four years ago, face Costa Rica, England and Italy in Group D at the tournament in Brazil which kicks off next month.


Squad:
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)
Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez (both Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Liverpool), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Jorge Fucile (Porto)
Midfielders: Alejandro Silva (Lanus), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo), Walter Gargano (Parma), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Diego Perez (Bologna), Sebastian Eguren (Palmeiras), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo)
Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain), Abel Hernandez (Palermo), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Christian Stuani (Espanyol)
Tabarez also named three players on stand-by, who will not train with the squad: Andres Scotti (Nacional), Alvaro Fernandez (Gimnasia-La Plata), Gonzalo Castro (Real Sociedad)
 


Cameroon coach Volker Finke included veteran striker Samuel Eto’o and rising star Vincent Aboubakar in a provisional 28-man squad on Monday for next month’s World Cup in Brazil.
The German coach’s squad contained no surprises, with England-based defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Barcelona midfielder Alex Song and Rennes’ Jean Makoun also making the cut.
Cameroon was the first African team to reach the World Cup quarterfinals in Italy in 1990 but has disappointed at the showpiece since then. Cameroon lost all three of its games in South Africa four years ago.
The 22-year-old striker Aboubakar had a standout season for Lorient in the French league, while captain Eto’o is set to play at his fourth World Cup.
Only two of Finke’s initial 28 play in Cameroon, with the majority of the squad at Turkish, French, German or Spanish clubs.
Cameroon is in Group A with Mexico, Croatia and host Brazil. The squad will be cut to 23 for the tournament.


Squad:
Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Ndy Assembe (Guingamp), Sammy Ndjock (Fetihespor), Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport).
Defenders: Allan Nyom (Granada), Dany Nounkeu (Besiktas), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille), Armel Kana-Biyik (Rennes), Henri Bedimo (Lyon), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers), Gaetang Bong (Olympiakos).
Midfielders: Eyong Enoh (Antalyaspor), Jean Makoun (Rennes), Joel Matip (Schalke), Stephane Mbia (Sevilla), Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux), Alex Song (Barcelona), Cedric Loe (Osasuna), Edgar Sally (Lens).
Forwards: Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea), Eric Choupo Moting (Mainz), Benjamin Moukandjo (Nancy), Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient), Achille Webo (Fenerbahce), Mohamadou Idrissou (Kaiserslautern), Fabrice Olinga (Zulte-Waregem).
 


Goalkeeper Keylor Navas and forwards Bryan Ruiz, Joel Campbell and Alvaro Saborio head the list of players named Monday to Costa Rica’s preliminary 30-man squad for next month’s World Cup in Brazil.
Coach Jorge Luis Pinto resisted naming any major surprises in the lineup and is using the same core of players who helped Costa Rica to qualify as the top team from the CONCACAF region.
Pinto said he was happy to stick with his proven players and valued continuity in the team.
“If we have to make changes, we will when the time comes,” Pinto said.
He said he will name his final 23-man squad on May 31, before the team travels to the United States for friendlies against Japan and Ireland.
Pinto also confirmed that defender Bryan Oviedo of Everton will miss the cup with a broken left leg. Oviedo was injured in January and was not able to recover sufficiently to make the team.
Costa Rica will be a heavy underdog to advance from a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay.
The Central Americans will be appearing in their fourth World Cup, but merely picking up a point or two will be difficult against three teams near the top of the FIFA rankings with seven World Cup titles between them.
Knocking one of the European giants out of the World Cup and matching its achievement of reaching the round of 16, which happened in 1990, would be a major accomplishment.


Squad:
Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense) Daniel Cambronero (Herediano), Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar).
Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Bruges), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (Red Bulls), Kendall Waston (Saprissa).
Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (Copenhagen), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (AAlesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano) Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix), Ariel Rodriguez (Alajuelense), Hansell Arauz (Saprissa).
Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven), Joel Campbell (Olympiacos), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew).
 


Belgium coach Marc Wilmots on Tuesday unveiled a 24-strong World Cup squad that included young talents Adnan Januzaj and Divock Origi.
Wilmots called up 20 outfield players and four goalkeepers given the injury to Hoffenheim stop-shotter Koen Casteels.
Casteels sustained a fractured tibia but could be fit for the June 12-July 13 tournament in Brazil, with Anderlecht’s Silvio Proto lined up as the number three goalkeeper should the former not make it.
Uncapped Lille striker Divock Origi, 19, is the surprise call-up by Wilmots, who said the teenager would be best to replace the injured Christian Benteke, while Manchester United’s Januzaj is also included.
The most notable absentees are Bruges’ Timmy Simons and Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, although the latter is included on a six-strong stand-by list.
Belgium have been drawn in Group H along with Algeria, Russia and South Korea, and kick off their World Cup campaign in Belo Horizonte on June 17 against the north Africans.


Squad
Goalkeepers (4): Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool/ENG), Koen Casteels (Hoffenheim/GER), Silvio Proto (Anderlecht)
Defenders (8): Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich/GER), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City/ENG), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham/ENG), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal/ENG), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St-Petersburg/RUS), Laurent Ciman (Standard)
Midfielders (6): Axel Witsel (Zenit St-Petersburg/RUS), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United/ENG), Steven Defour (Porto/POR), Moussa Dembele (Tottenham/ENG), Nacer Chadli (Tottenham/ENG), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg/GER)
Frowards (6): Romelu Lukaku (Everton/ENG), Divock Origi (Lille/FRA), Eden Hazard (Chelsea/ENG), Kevin Mirallas (Everton/ENG), Dries Mertens (Napoli/ITA), Adnan Januzaj (Manchester United/ENG)
Stand-by
Sebastien Pocognoli (Hanover/GER), Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem), Michy Batshuayi (Standard Liege), Guillaume Gillet (Anderlecht), Jelle Van Damme (Standard Liege), Radja Nainggolan (Roma/ITA)
 


Lacina Traore’s cameo appearance at the weekend was enough to win him a place in Ivory Coast’s preliminary World Cup squad as the Everton forward was included on Tuesday in a 28-man list ahead of the tournament in Brazil.
Traore has battled injury since his move to the Premier League in January but came on in the last minute of Saturday’s 2-0 win at Hull City to signal his recovery from a persistent hamstring problem.
Also included in the Ivory Coast squad were Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Didier Zokora, Boubacar Barry, Arthur Boka and Kolo Toure, who have played in the last two World Cups.
Coach Sabri Lamouchi, unveiling his squad at a news conference in Abidjan, left out experienced defenders Emmanuel Eboue and Siaka Tiene, and utility player Jean-Jacques Gosso Gosso.
Ivory Coast are in Group C along with Japan, Colombia and Greece.


Squad:
Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe Sport), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek), Badra Ali Sangare (ASEC Abidjan)
Defenders: Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Benjamin Angoua (Valenciennes), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Souleyman Bamba (Trabzonspor), Arthur Boka (VfB Stuttgart), Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor), Brice Dja Djedje (Olympique Marseille), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor)
Midfielders: Geoffroy Serey Die (FC Basel), Ismael Diomande (St Etienne), Max Gradel (St Etienne), Cheick Ismael Tiote (Newcastle United), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96)
Forwards: Mathis Bolly (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Wilfried Bony (Swansea City), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Gervinho (AS Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Giovanni Sio (FC Basel), Lacina Traore (Everton).

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal was named in Chile’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad on Tuesday though doubts linger about whether he will recover from his knee surgery in time for the Brazil finals.
Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez and Valencia striker Eduardo Vargas were also called up.
Conspicuously absent were striker Humberto ‘Lollipop’ Suazo, a veteran of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, who has only just come back from a long injury layoff in Mexico, and midfielder David Pizarro.
While the Andean country’s team are in great form, they have been drawn in a tough group and will need all their firepower to survive the first-round matches against world champions Spain, the Netherlands and Australia.
Chile’s Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli has until June 2 to reduce the squad to 23 for the tournament starting on June 12.
 

Squad:
Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile), Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica), Paulo Garces (O’Higgins)
Defenders: Gary Medel (Cardiff City), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest), Marcos Gonzalez (Union Espanola), Enzo Andia (Universidad Catolica), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Eugenio Mena (Santos), Mauricio Isla (Juventus)
Midfielders: Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Felipe Gutierrez (Twente), Rodrigo Millar (Atlas), Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo), Pablo Hernandez (O’Higgins), Matias Fernandez (Fiorentina), Francisco Silva (Osasuna), Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Marcelo Diaz (Basel), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Miiko Albornoz (Malmo)
Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Gustavo Canales (Union Espanola), Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic), Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari), Fabian Orellana (Celta)
 

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