World Cup Daily: Monday

Posted by ESPN staff

On June 12, the world’s eyes turn to Brazil for the start of the 20th FIFA World Cup, but the planet’s biggest football tournament will have plenty of news and views in the months leading up to it. ESPN FC’s World Cup Daily blog is the place to be:


•  Franck Ribery has told that the 2014 World Cup could be his last, so he is determined to help France enjoy a good tournament.
•  World Cup legends Diego Maradona and Pele are once again feuding. FULL STORY.
•  U.S. international Fabian Johnson is facing some time on the sideline after breaking his hand while playing for Hoffenheim during the weekend. FULL STORY.

INTERNATIONAL BIRTHDAYS: Pablo Paz (1973), Ahn Jung-Hwan (1976), Robbie Earle (1965).


Veteran striker Hao Haidong got his 100th cap for China on this day in 2004. He couldn't celebrate with a goal, and nor could anyone else, as Macedonia held on for a 0-0 away from home. Hao's international career ended later that year after 41 goals in 115 matches, including three games in the 2002 World Cup finals.

-- Cris Freddi


Ahn Jung HwanGettyImagesSouth Korea's Ahn Jung-Hwan scored the winner against Italy in their 2002 World Cup second-round game at the Daejeon World Cup stadium in Daejeon, South Korea, to advance to the quarterfinals.


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