Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup's top snubs, Fulham ready for Europa and more

Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup's top snubs, Fulham ready for Europa and more

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Wednesday Kickoff: World Cup's top snubs, Fulham ready for Europa and more


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The dust has settled on the day after the 32 World Cup teams named their provisional 30-man rosters and there were plenty of surprises all over the world.

Charlie Davies missing out was easily the most shocking news for American fans, but the list of players left out by other countries reads like a who's who of the world game. Consider the following list of players who were snubbed by their respective countries:

Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Diego, Adriano, Francesco Totti, Patrick Viera, Karim Benzema, Samir Nasri, Ruud van Nistelroooy, Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Zanetti, Lisandro Lopez

The scary part is that this is just the first batch of standouts to be excluded from the World Cup. Most teams must still cut down from 30 to 23 players, which means we will soon be hearing about a new wave of snubs. While some of the exclusions will be products of impressive depth for some countries, in some cases it will come down to a head coach's own preferences (which in some cases, can't be explained).

U.S. national team head coach Bob Bradley did his part to explain the process he used to pick his 30-man squad. I can't say I disagree with his picks since he selected 27 of the 28 players I would have brought into camp (with Charlie Davies being the lone exception).

With the provisional rosters out of the way, we can turn our attention to other news. Here are some stories to get your Wednesday going:


U.S. national team midfielder Clint Dempsey is ready to become the first American to play in a European Final when he and Fulham faces Atletico Madrid today in the Europa League Final (2:45pm, Direct TV-461). The Cottagers will look to complete a dream run that has seen them upset Juventus and Hamburg among others.


When FIFA says it doesn't want government interference, it means it.

FIFA announced on Wednesday the suspension of the El Salvador Football Federation, citing the country's failure to implement new statutes into the national register. If El Salvador doesn't take action, it could face a year-long suspension. While that may not mean much for the national team in the immediate future, such a suspension would mean that the Salvadoran referees currently slated to take part in this summer's FIFA World Cup would be unable to officiate in the tournament (and no, that still isn't likely to mean a place for American officials).


Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner insists that manager Martin O'Neill isn't going anywhere.

Lost in the shuffle on Tuesday was Gianfranco Zola's firing at West Ham. A dismissal Zola is apparently going to sue over.


What did you think of the superstars who were left off World Cup squads yesterday? Which snub was the most shocking? Think Fulham can win today?

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