Eamich said no E coli contamination or other “product failures” have been found in the expanded testing program so far. The department is no longer requiring that importers hold shipments of Canadian meat until pathogen testing is completed, Amanda Eamich of the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported. However, she said increased inspections and testing will continue. Tests take 3 to 7 days, depending on the pathogen, officials have said. A spike in E colirelated meat recalls this year prompted the USDA in October to vow to take a number of steps to combat the problem. As of Oct 23, the agency said E coli in ground beef had sparked 15 recalls, eight of which involved illnesses. In 2006 there were just eight such recalls, none involving illnesses, the agency said. The USDA has also been inspecting the Rancher’s Beef plant and several other Canadian meat facilities that were previously flagged for problems or are similar to Rancher’s Beef in their operations. The dropping of the requirement to hold meat during testing “was due to the preliminary findings of our audits and the first week or so of testing,” Eamich told CIDRAP News. “We had previously said we would reassess after we got the preliminary data.” Eamich said the USDA has long had guidelines recommending that companies hold meat until test results come back, “but it’s not something we require,” she said. She added that there are no proposals to change that. See also: The expanded USDA program, according to the Nov 8 announcement, includes increased inspections of Canadian meat, poultry, and pasteurized egg products; more testing of raw ground beef for E coli O157:H7; the initiation of E coli testing of beef trim, boxed beef, and certain other cuts of meat that had not been tested before; and increased testing of ready-to-eat products for Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella. A Nov 18 report in USA Today said the agency might require companies to hold meat during testing. Nov 8 CIDRAP News story “USDA vows to double inspections of Canadian meat” Mark Dopp, an American Meat Institute (AMI) official, said large companies already hold meat during testing, according to the USA Today report. He said more companies, but not all, embraced that practice after USDA and AMI began recommending it several years ago. Nov 21, 2007 (CIDRAP News) The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has modified its program of increased testing and inspection of Canadian meat, after finding no problems in the first week or so, a USDA official said today. On a related issue, Eamich said the USDA is not considering requiring American meat companies to hold meat until pathogen testing is completed, contrary to a recent news report. The USDA announced Nov 8 it would roughly double its inspections and testing of Canadian meat and poultry products. The move came after beef trim from a Canadian packing plant, Rancher’s Beef of Balzac, Alta., was implicated in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to ground beef from Topps Meat Co. of Elizabeth, N.J. Topps went out of business after recalling more than 21 million pounds of ground beef in September. Oct 23 CIDRAP News story “USDA announces plans to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef”
According to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), almost 380.000 arrivals and 955.000 overnight stays were realized in Croatia in November, which is a high growth of 20 percent compared to the same month last year. in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays. Most overnight stays in Zagreb During November, most overnight stays were realized in Zagreb (166.000 overnight stays) and in Istria (149.000 overnight stays). It is followed by Kvarner with 132.000 overnight stays in November and the Split-Dalmatia County with 120.000 overnight stays. In Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 97.000 overnight stays were realized, in Zadar County 87.000 overnight stays, while in Šibenik-Knin County there were 35.000 overnight stays. On the continent, not counting Zagreb, most overnight stays were realized in Krapina-Zagorje (27.000), Osijek-Baranja (18.000), Vukovar-Srijem (14.000) and in Međimurje and Varaždin counties, where 13.000 overnight stays were realized. The top markets with the highest number of overnight stays in November are Slovenia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Italy, Korea and the USA, while the top destinations with the highest number of overnight stays are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Split and Rovinj.Photo: Hrvoje Pilić (archive of the Zagreb Tourist Board)Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli stressed that the good results are the result of a well-thought-out strategy. “We are approaching the end of the calendar year and we can be proud of our year-round tourist year, which was marked by a positive trend in tourist traffic, which is accompanied by indicators of tourist consumption and income. This is the result of our well-thought-out tourism policy of responsible and sustainable tourism, which will play an important role in our future plans and the Tourism Development Strategy until 2025, which we are initiating. The attractive tourist offer is especially enriched during this holiday season with popular and well-attended Advent events that additionally attract guests from all over the world, but also encourage domestic movements.”, said Minister Cappelli.”We are pleased with the growth of tourist traffic, which we have maintained during these winter months. We expect a very positive impact of the Advent period on the entire tourist year, which is why a special promotional Advent campaign is underway in eight key European markets, including Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, France, Hungary and the United Kingdom. In addition to Advent, which is one of the key motives for coming in the winter, we are focused on promoting other tourist products, so a promotional campaign for business tourism is underway, which aims to extend the season., said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, announcing the imminent start of a promotional campaign for nautical tourism, which will be implemented by mid-January next year in nine European markets.From January to the end of November, 6 percent more arrivals were realizedIn the period from January to the end of November, there were 19.4 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 105.2 million overnight stays (+ 4%). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 17.3 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 92.6 million overnight stays (+ 4%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 9% and in overnight stays by 5%. During the eleven months, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (28.3 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County 19.8 million overnight stays were realized, ie 18.9 million overnight stays in Kvarner. They are followed by Zadar County with 14.5 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8.8 million overnight stays. In Šibenik-Knin County, 7.1 million overnight stays were realized, in Lika-Senj County 3.3 million overnight stays, while in Zagreb 2.3 million overnight stays were realized. On the continent, not including Zagreb, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (611.000), Krapina-Zagorje (323.000), Zagreb (191.000), Osijek-Baranja (188.000) and Međimurje counties (176.000). At the national level, during the first eleven months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (21.1 million), Slovenia (10.5 million), Austria (7.7 million), Poland (6.3 million) and the Czech Republic (5.5 million), and the top destinations by overnight stay. are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin. RELATED NEWS:
Paper unfair to fired school bus monitor John Jankowy is a friend of mine whom I have known for many years. Everything written in Steven Cook’s articles in the Clifton Park weekly and The Daily Gazette paint him negatively. John is one of the most generous and nicest people you could meet.So what did the bratty kids do on the bus that provoked him to say, “I give up. I’m just going to shoot you guys, that’s all.”John did use inappropriate language, but one might ask why they have bus monitors in the first place. Every bus driver will tell you it is for safety reasons and to help them concentrate on the road. When we went to the towing lot with $210.60 in hand (cash only, thank you), the invoice included a $35 kickback to the city.Apparently, the police have an incentive to impound cars indiscriminately to benefit their employer. The car was returned in a damaged condition, but we’ll fix it ourselves rather than get back into that corrupt morass.The moral is that if you’re a crime victim in Schenectady, the criminal justice system will bend over backwards to maximize your expense, frustration and inconvenience. The thief gets all the due process and the victim gets all the penalties. Criminal? Yes. Justice? Forget about it.Rudolf PETERSENKathleen PetersenSchenectady I think The Gazette has impugned a very nice man without fully understanding the situation. John even apologized to the kids, and they knew there was no danger.The school district did the right thing (by terminating him). However John is a good man whose impatience with bratty kids got the better of him. I put this issue in much the same vein as the Covington Catholic school reporting, where people rushed to make a story to meet their own agenda and did great harm to the students and their school. I hope people will relax a little and remember that we are all in this together.Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCitizens victimized by criminals and cityOn Jan. 20, a thief took our car for a joy ride. He was arrested by Schenectady police, who logically should have called us to come and collect the car. No such thing happened. Instead, they impounded it and refused to release it on the pretext that it was evidence. The authorities showed utter indifference to anyone’s needing to get to work, take children to day care, go to a doctor or shop for food. We didn’t even get the courtesy of a call to tell us where the car had been taken, but had to track it down for ourselves.After four days of repeated calls to the towing company, the district attorney’s office and the public defender’s office, we got our car released.Incredibly, no one took action until the thief and his counsel agreed to return our property!
Salah began attending Nagrig’s modest sports club when he was eight years old.“I coached Mohamed Salah when he was still a child and his talent was clear from the day he was born,” Ghamri Abdelhamid Al-Saadani, his coach then, recalled to AFP.He said Salah’s success was not built on talent alone: “He had an iron will and huge amounts of perseverance.”Encouraged by his football-mad father, Salah moved on to Tanta, the main town in his home region of Gharbeya, before moving to Cairo. Opportunities in Europe soon beckoned, starting with Swiss club Basel.In 2014, Salah moved to Chelsea but success did not come in that first stint in England. It was only when he moved to Roma that the goals began to flow and he earned his move to Liverpool.Salah make no secret of his religion, falling to his knees after he scores. His wife Maggie, wearing a headscarf, and his daughter appeared on the pitch at Liverpool’s Anfield home on the last day of the Premier League season.Compared to the excesses of Premier League footballers, Salah leads a modest life.Back home, his distinctive smile and curly hair features in TV adverts, on billboards and on wall murals.He has made a point of speaking up for women in the Muslim world.“I think we need to change the way we treat women in our culture. It’s not optional,” Salah said after he was chosen as one of Time magazine’s Top 100 most influential people in the world.He has also lent his highly visible support to anti-drug campaigns aimed at teenagers.With the idolisation comes the inevitable media attention and Salah has hit out at journalists who besiege his house in Nagrig where he still spends holidays.“I call that a lack of respect for my private life and a lack of professionalism,” he tweeted.Yet that outburst did not prevent him posting, a few days later, photographs of his toned stomach as he sunbathed.Share on: WhatsApp Mohamed Salah. PHOTO via @MoSalahCairo, Egypt | AFP | Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah will carry the hopes of the Africa Cup of Nations hosts on his slender shoulders just weeks after winning the European crown with his club.Egyptians say that all 97 million of their compatriots will be rooting for Salah when the Pharaohs kick off the tournament against Zimbabwe on Friday.Salah, 27, will also be hoping to banish the nightmare of last year’s World Cup in Russia when he played with a barely healed shoulder injury, Egypt were eliminated in the first round and their hosts in Chechnya used the team for political purposes.He comes into the tournament on a high, having scored the second-minute penalty that put Liverpool on their way to winning the Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid.The Egyptian also won the Golden Boot for the top scorer in England for the second season in a row, although this time his 22 goals were equalled by Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who share the award with him, making it an all-African affair.Liverpool though were pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City.“As soon as Salah touches the ball, he’s dangerous,” Tunisia player Naim Sliti told AFP after facing Egypt in a qualifier.“You just mustn’t let him get the ball, because something always happens when he has it.”Salah’s mood and fitness contrast to this time last year when his shoulder was injured as he was wrestled to the ground by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev. He had to go off and Liverpool lost 3-1.Although clearly not recovered, Salah arrived in Chechnya for the World Cup and was promptly paraded with the republic’s president Ramzan Kadyrov.He was only fit enough to be a substitute in the first two games but returned for the final match against Saudi Arabia and scored, but could not prevent Egypt slumping to a third defeat.The World Cup debacle also revealed that Salah’s supporting cast is nowhere near the level of their star man — everything revolves around him.“The Egypt coaches plan their tactics around Salah,” said Karim Said, chief editor of sports website Yalla Kora.– ‘Sacrifices’ –Leading his country to its eighth African title would be the crowning glory for the man who grew up in the Nile Delta village of Nagrig.After Liverpool beat Spurs in this year’s Champions League showdown, an emotional Salah said: “I made many sacrifices for my career. I came from a small village and went to Cairo. To be an Egyptian at this level (of the football world) is unbelievable.”
Eden Hazard scored against the run of play to put Chelsea ahead at Stamford Bridge, where a victory would take them 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League.Hazard struck eight minutes before half-time when he finished off a fine move by firing past keeper David De Gea.After John Terry got the better of the unimpressive Radamel Falcao near the halfway line, Cesc Fabregas played the ball to Oscar and the Brazilian cleverly back-heeled in to the path of Hazard, who had drifted in from the left.Manchester United had looked the more dangerous side and almost took an early lead when Luke Shaw broke clear on the left and pulled the ball back for Wayne Rooney, who curled a shot just wide of the target.The England forward’s left-footed effort struck the stanchion behind the goal, leaving the visiting fans at the opposite of the end of the ground – and De Gea – briefly believing their team had gone ahead.United, still mathematically in with a chance of winning the title, did most of the early pressing and Paddy McNair’s shot went wide after taking a deflection off Blues skipper Terry.With Diego Costa and Loic Remy still out injured, Didier Drogba is again leading the line for Chelsea, who have Kurt Zouma in midfield and lacked fluency before scoring with their first real chance of the game – Hazard’s 18th goal of the season.His 19th almost followed 10 minutes into the second half.Drogba’s shot deflected off United defender Chris Smalling and over De Gea, and Hazard hit the bar from an awkward angle as he tried to divert the ball into the net at the far post.Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Matic, Oscar (Ramires 67), Fabregas, Hazard, Drogba. Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Mikel, Cuadrado, Willian, Solanke.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Los Molinos >> The Lady Bulldogs volleyball team kept its undefeated record with a 3-set win Tuesday over the Paradise Adventist Academy Cougars 25-10, 25-16 and 25-13.Liset Castillo led the Bulldogs with 11 kills, 3 aces and 16 digs followed by Rachel Rogers with 10 kills, 2 aces and 13 digs.Sophomore Genesis Acevedo had 5 kills and 2 blocks; Kendall Williams had 6 aces and 9 assists; Henna Acevado had 2 kills, 3 aces, a block and 10 digs and sophomore Valeria Garnica had 2 kills, an assist …
1 cup diced carrots1 package (8 ounces) mushrooms, sliced1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained2 tablespoons dry garlic, herb & wine marinade mix1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent roll dough This recipe for Italian beef pot pie is from the National Beef Cook Off.2 well-trimmed boneless beef top loin (strip) steaks, cut 1 inch thick, 6-8 ounces each3 teaspoons olive oil, divided1 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese1. Heat oven to 375 …
At a time when many old-school NBA stars tend to diss current players and the style of today’s game, it’s rather refreshing to hear Hall-of-Famer Isiah Thomas acknowledge the skills of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.“We concede,” he tells the Warriors’ guards in the early moments of a new NBA TV special. “We know we ain’t the best shooters!”Thomas and his old backcourt mate, Joe Dumars, sit down with Curry and Thompson for a lively, hourlong conversation during “Splash Brothers & Bad Boys.” …
The bubbling froth percolates with ideas about how life “emerged,” each new notion trying to outdo the last in vacuity.Feel the power: Wham! goes the meteorite. From this, we are told by Science Daily, life got a helping hand to spring out of lifeless rock. “While it is generally accepted that some important ingredients for life came from meteorites bombarding the early Earth, scientists have not been able to explain how that inanimate rock transformed into the building blocks of life,” reads the teasing caption, leading us to the University of Leeds, where the “power behind the primordial soup” has been “discovered,” according to the headline. With bated breath, readers learn that “a chemical, similar to one now found in all living cells and vital for generating the energy that makes something alive,” (i.e., phosphorus) “could have been created when meteorites containing phosphorus minerals landed in hot, acidic pools of liquids around volcanoes, which were likely to have been common across the early Earth.” That alleviates “The mystery of how living organisms sprung out of lifeless rock [that] has long puzzled scientists.” Life surely would have taken that phosphorus to make ATP, right?Replace the fantasy with a bigger one: Evolutionists have this yearning for a universal tree of life that would unite all organisms in a Darwinian banner, Live Science explains, but we may need to abandon that “fantasy” for “a time before Darwinism” when multiple organisms “emerged,” giving birth to life “in a collective state.” Sounds politically correct for the far left, but we don’t know the political leanings of the idea’s advocate, Professor Nigel Goldenfeld (U of Illinois). “I like to think of early life as being more like an undifferentiated slime mold,” Goldenfeld said. “Such a communal form of life would have no meaningful family tree, because it is the community that varies in descent, not individual organismal lineages.” If the probability for a chance emergence of one viable cell is astronomically small, Goldenfeld did not explain how to get many separate ones all sharing together.What is it? Before finding how life emerged, evolutionists need to know what it is. It’s hard to define, Space.com said. Astrobiologist Chris McKay doesn’t worry about definitions; anything made of “complex, organic molecules” interests him. Like ricin? tailpipe soot?The search for what is it: The new UK Centre for Astrobiology launched this month, asking “Is there life out there?” Already 40,000 students are excited about this new initiative, the BBC News says. As is typical, the article points to Earth life and its tenacity for surviving extreme environments as evidence for life out there, but since no extraterrestrial life has been found, astrobiologists have to consider a negative answer. “The discovery of many lifeless planets across the Universe, the discovery that the Earth might be unique as a place for life, would be an astonishing discovery in itself,” said professor Charles Cockrell. “It would be a very lonely discovery, but it would be an astonishing discovery.” Clearly he was not speaking for the many theists, who expect an afterlife with their Maker and the redeemed to be anything but lonely.Life older than Earth: Taking Moore’s Law from transistors to genes and “doing the math,” two geneticists decided that life is older than the Earth, according to Live Science. This, of course, implies panspermia brought life to our planet, displacing the problem of life’s origin even further from empirical study. One of them is “99% sure it’s true” that life did not start on Earth but reserves that 1% to prove him wrong.Hope in the dead salty soup: A photo of the salty Dead Sea adorns a story in Science Daily about a Florida astrobiologist who blabs that 10 amino acids could have folded into protein-like structures in a high salt environment. See picture of the Blaber on PhysOrg. His notion, however, contradicts the “RNA World” hypothesis popular among other astrobiologists. The headline brags, “How Life May Have First Emerged On Earth.”Bleached Martians: Hopes for life on Mars have been pretty much bleached by the discovery of “pesky perchlorates” all over the surface, from the poles to Gale Crater where rover Curiosity now rolls (see Science Magazine article by Richard Kerr). New Scientist quoted the rover chief saying, “The odds of rolling up to a rock on Mars and finding organics are vanishingly small, but we’re still going to try.” Your tax dollars at work. (Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Astrobiological enthusiasm is rising with the news that Kepler found several more “Earth-like planets” around other stars (see BBC News). But another consideration is the number of factors that must be satisfied for life, as explained in the documentary The Privileged Planet. Could those come together by chance? Science Daily took a closer look at one curious example of fine-tuning: the requirements for carbon and oxygen. “Now a team of physicists, including one from North Carolina State University, is looking at the conditions necessary to the formation of those two elements in the universe,” the article began. “They’ve found that when it comes to supporting life, the universe leaves very little margin for error.” They found that “more than a 2 or 3 percent change in the light quark mass would lead to problems with the abundance of either carbon or oxygen in the universe.”Astrobiology (n.): government welfare for storytellers. Requirements: know some some scientific jargon and possess the ability to look busy. Mastery of the words emerged, could have, might have, may have, and possibly is a must. The government is an equal-opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of evidence, observation, or logic. Darwin card accepted; applicants may sign up for one, but absence of a current Darwin card may trigger a background check. Prior possession of intelligent design beliefs is grounds for expulsion. This rule is enforced in order to foster the culture of storytelling astrobiologists have come to expect.
Argentina, Greece and Nigeria, three of the four members of 2010 Group B, all featured in the same group at the 1994 Fifa World Cup. On that occasion, Nigeria topped the group, while neither Argentina nor Greece made it through to the round of 16, both losing out to Bulgaria. Greece, the shock champions of Euro 2004, finished second in European Group Two behind Switzerland, but beat Ukraine 1-0 in a two-leg playoff to secure their place in South Africa. The Super Eagles have two classy strikers in Obafemi Martins and Yakuba Aiyegbeni. John Obi Mikel, still only 22 years of age, has proved his ability in midfield with leading English club Chelsea, while at Everton, captain Joseph Yobo has anchored the Toffees’ defence. During 2009, the Koreans won six matches, drew six, and lost one. Perhaps their biggest problem was goal-scoring as only once in 13 outings did they manage to score three times, although that came in an impressive 3-1 win over Australia. Another reason that more is expected of the Argentines is the individual quality of their players. Messi is the diamond that the whole world recognises, while Sergio Aguero is another youngster on the rise. Carlos Tevez is a skillful, hard-working striker. In midfield, Javier Mascherano gives Argentina steel, while Juan Sebastian Veron is a good distributor of the ball. Nigeria qualified for the World Cup for the third year in succession in 2002, but they failed to progress beyond the group stage. They missed out on Germany 2006. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material During 2009, Greece played 10 internationals, winning four of them, losing twice, and drawing four. Their qualification for South Africa 2010 is, in fact, only the second time Greece has reached the World Cup finals. Previously, in the USA in 1994, they exited in the first round after losing all three of their group games. Their ambition will be much higher this time around. The only goal of the playoffs came in the away game in Donetsk and that is the thing about this Greek team, they’re not flashy, but they have the steel to grind out 1-0 wins, no matter where they play. Striker Theofanis Gekas bears watching in South Africa. His 10-goal return was the highest tally by a player in European qualifying. Fellow striker Angelos Charisteas, who scored the winning goal at Euro 2004, presents a physical challenge to opposition defenders because of his aerial prowess and height. One quality the Koreans are not short of is experience. It could prove invaluable in South Africa. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 8Appearances: 15Best results: champions 1978, 1986, runners-up 1930, 1990Players to watch: defender Javier Zanetti, midfielders Maxi Rodriguez, Juan Sebastian Veron and Javier Mascherano, and strikers Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 52Appearances: 7Best result: semi-finals 2002Players to watch: defender Kim Dong-Jin, midfielders Ji-Sung Park and Ki Sung-Yong, and striker Park Chu-Young Two-time African Player of the Year Nwankwo Kanu has played in two previous World Cups, in 1998 and 2002, and has been a member of the national team since 1994! Argentina’s coach is Diego Maradona, a genius on the field, but a man with a questionable past off of it, including a life-threatening drug addiction, and a less than imposing record as a club coach with with Textil Mandiyu and Racing Club. Maybe the biggest question surrounding Argentina’s challenge is whether or not they have the right coach to lead them to the title. Nigeria Greece During 2009, they played only nine matches, won four of them and drew the other five. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 22Appearances: 3Best results: round of 16 1994, 1998Player to watch: defender and captain Joseph Yobo, midfielder John Obi Mikel and strikers Obafemi Martins and Yakuba Aiyegbeni Nigeria has been to three World Cups. In 1994 the West Africans topped their group, but went out to eventual finalists Italy in the second round to an injury time goal by Roberto Baggio. South Korea will be contesting the World Cup for the eighth time in South Africa in 2010. Under coach Huh Jung-Moo, who is in charge of the team for the third time, they topped their qualifying pool, ahead of their neighbours and rivals North Korea. Nigeria are ranked behind only Cameroon and the Ivory Coast in Africa. Yet, the feeling is that the Super Eagles are capable of more than they have achieved in recent times. End of 2009 Fifa ranking: 13Appearances: 1Best result: first round 1994Player to watch: defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos, midfielder and captain Giorgos Karagounis, and strikers Angelos Charisteas and Theofanis Gekas South Korea During 2009, Argentina played 13 matches, won eight of them and lost five. That’s not the kind of record a country with Argentina’s proud history finds acceptable, especially when included among those results is a 6-1 thrashing at the hands of 56th ranked Bolivia. Yet, despite all their talent – including Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who won the 2009 Ballon d’Or, awarded to the European Footballer of the Year – the two-time champions (1978 and 1986) were less than convincing in qualification. They were the fourth of five qualifiers from South America, ahead of Uruguay, but behind Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. Otto Rehhagel has been coach of Greece since 2001 and has turned the team into a difficult opponent. He was also in charge when Greece achieved its greatest success, by winning the 2004 European Championship. They exited in the first round of the 2008 Championship, but before Rehhagel took charge they had qualified for the European Championships only once in 10 attempts. Based on the individual talent of their players, Argentina should be favoured to top Group B. South Korea ended 2009 ranked 52nd in the world, but that ranking does not do them justice. They’re better than that and are a dangerous side on their day, a team that can beat the best; in the 2002 World Cup, on home soil, they scored wins over Italy and Spain in the round of 16 and quarterfinals. The Koreans hope Park Chu-Young, who plays for Monaco in France’s Ligue 1, will be the answer to their lack of goal-scoring. Argentina Four years later, in France, the Super Eagles again made the second round after wins over Spain and Bulgaria and a loss to Paraguay. However, Denmark thumped them 4-1 to end their tournament. They play a team-oriented game, and are a fast, cohesive unit. Captain Ji-Sung Park is the most well known Korean football export, playing for high profile English club Manchester United.