Mid-day Ticker: Dunga to step down, Netherlands receive injury boost and more

Mid-day Ticker: Dunga to step down, Netherlands receive injury boost and more

World Cup 2010

Mid-day Ticker: Dunga to step down, Netherlands receive injury boost and more

Dunga

By TRAVIS CLARK

When Brazil arrives in the United States for the August 10 friendly against the USA, a new coach will likely be in charge of the Seleção.

In the post-match press conference after Brazil's 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, Dunga hinted that he is going to step down from his coaching position. He took over after the 2006 World Cup after Brazil was knocked out in the quarterfinals by France.

Bringing a tough, disciplined Brazil side to South Africa ended up backfiring on Dunga, as his side was bounced out of the tournament at the same stage as it was in Germany. Nevertheless, it was always anticipated that Dunga would last just four years in his position.

Here are a few other stories for Saturday:

INJURY BOOST FOR THE NETHERLANDS

Ahead of Tuesday's semifinal showdown with Uruguay, the Netherlands got some good news on the injury front, as both Robin van Persie and Joris Mathijsen were cleared for Tuesday's game. Mathijsen had to pull out of Friday's game against Brazil after injuring himself in the warm ups. Van Persie, who has struggled at times during the World Cup, injured his elbow against Brazil and was questionable about being fit for the semifinal. Scans done on both players showed no significant damage and both will be available to start against Uruguay.

FIFA TO PROBE SUAREZ HANDBALL (UPDATED)

Luis Suarez's handball could have even more serious ramifications for the Uruguayan striker. His deliberate handball saved Uruguay's World Cup campaign after Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty, but FIFA is investigating the incident and could levy an extra game ban. Suarez will already miss the semifinal against the Netherlands, but if further discipline action is taken, could also miss either the third-place playoff or the World Cup final.

(UPDATE: FIFA has handed Suarez a one-match ban, so he'll be available for either the final or third-place match.)

THURAM CALLS FOR EVRA BAN

While the World cup continues, the drama around the French team doesn't seem to have an end. Former French defender Lillian Thuram called on the French Federation to ban captain Patrice Evra from ever representing Les Bleus again. Evra was a central figure in the team's decision not to train in the wake of Nicolas Anelka's expulsion from the team during its disastrous run in South Africa. Attention now turns to Euro 2012 qualification and new coach Laurent Blanc.

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What will happen to Dunga? Can van Persie get on track in the semifinals? Think Suarez should be suspended more? Is Evra done for?

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