Afternoon Ticker: Robben to miss first game, Portugal wins and more

Arjen Robben 1 (Reuters)


Arjen Robben may have eluded a long-term injury that would have dashed his World Cup dreams, but he'll likely still miss the Dutch's Group E opener against Denmark on June 14.

Netherlands head coach Bert van Marwijk has all but ruled out Robben from the team's opener in Johannesburg, and still is not sure when Robben will recover from his hamstring injury. Robben picked up the nick in the Netherlands' 6-1 win over Hungary on Saturday when he attempted to hit a backheel pass. 

Even with Robben out, the Dutch still boast plenty in attack, with Robin van Persie, Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart all available.

Here are more stories from Tuesday:

Portugal beats Mozambique, 3-0

Portugal may have received the news that Nani would be out for the World Cup earlier today, but that didn't stop it from winning its final warm-up match. Portugal defeated Mozambique, 3-0, courtesy of a goal from Danny and a brace from Hugo Almeida.

Nani's replacement, Ruben Amorim, was not with the squad for the win.

Fulham signs Senderos

In an effort to improve its defense, Fulham has signed defender Philippe Senderos from Arsenal. Although the fee was undisclosed, Senderos has agreed to a three-year deal with the Cottagers. Senderos is currently with Switzerland in South Africa for the World Cup.

Celtic to appoint Neil Lennon as manager

If Celtic is to stop Rangers' streak of Scottish League titles next season, then Neil Lennon will be the man in charge to help do so. Celtic is set to unveil Lennon as its new manager on Wednesday, making him the 17th head coach in the club's history. Lennon served as interim manager after Tony Mowbray was sacked in March, and he guided Celtic to an eight-game winning streak at the end of the season.


How much will the Netherlands miss Robben against Denmark? Does Portugal's victory impress you? Will Fulham's defense be better with Senderos? Think Lennon will make it through the season with Celtic?

Share your thoughts below.

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45 Responses to Afternoon Ticker: Robben to miss first game, Portugal wins and more

  1. dnp says:

    muck fexico

  2. Kev says:

    MLS will have 19 clubs by 2012.

    will the 20th team be Atlanta or Miami or St. Louis?

    The South/Southeast needs at least 1 team.

  3. animorphs says:

    Kuyt and that Elia guy will benefit from Robben’s absence.

    Just like with Drogba, if he is injured rest him for a game or 2 and have the team pact defensively if need to. In his return he’ll go WILD and score, score.

  4. MAX says:

    I’m curious but how much do Ching, Bornstein, Findley, Buddle, Kljestan make in their MLS clubs?

  5. Brad says:

    kuyt is done, elia is awesome, and van persie is eager to show he’s one of the best strikers…

  6. MAX says:

    Let’s go SPAIN. I hope Torres gets to play in the 2nd half and gets a goal to get his goal scoring ready for the World Cup.

  7. aussierulesfootball says:

    Van Persie is a quality striker but has too many injuries but he’s very consistent. Never had a 20 plus season, maybe not even a 15 plus season but he’s sure to do it. Thing is he’s 27 and is at his peak.

  8. americansneedtoplayineurope says:

    Findley will most likely be heading to Denmark and maybe will be a quality striker, can only hope so.

    Buddle well if he can score a goal may be heading to Europe. England, Germany, who knows?

    Gomez is heading to Pachuca.

    Bornstein going to a Mexican club.

    Donovan may be heading to Everton I hope.

  9. Erik says:

    I would love to have a team in Atlanta, but the sports fans here suck and probably wouldn’t support it.

  10. RK says:

    And this is relevant to?

  11. americansneedtoplayineurope says:

    Senderos may succeed at a lesser pressure club like Fulham but can he lodge Hangeland out of his job. Senderos is only an inch shorter and did quite well back at Arsenal in 07-08.

  12. Erik says:

    I don’t think Gomez has signed anything…

    Bornstein will be a lifer in MLS and Findley is fast, that’s about it. Can’t really beat a defender and certainly can’t hit the barn door of an open net.

  13. hmm says:

    Top scorer is David Vila with 9 goals. You heard it here 1st.

    Torres with 4 goals.

  14. Brad says:

    Is it Friday yet? I can’t wait any more…

  15. pate says:

    Can’t hit an open goal, eh?

    link to

    He might not be in the best form right now, but he can score, and he certainly seems to change games.

  16. chabloque says:

    He’ll be a backup to Hangeland and Hughes. This is happening because of the Chris Smalling sale. Fulham sold Smalling, an unproven 20 year old defender to Man Utd for 11 million pounds. Smalling was terrible the rest of the season and Hodgson is probably laughing all the way to the bank. Now Fulham have taken Senderos on a free transfer, a very nice piece of business.

  17. hmm says:

    what I find funny is that Bob Bradley converted Bornstein from forward to defender. anyone got clips of him actually scoring goals rather than conceding them?

  18. hmm says:

    OT but can someone tell me why EJ gets like $2million a year from Fulham despite not even making the bench and doing decently well in the Greek league.

    in fact how was he making $850,000 in MLS for a few years straight. Sure a hat-trick in his debut for the MNT in qualifying is something special but does it warrant such a large salary when he wasn’t really anything special in MLS.

  19. fubar says:

    Wake up Erik. Bornstein signing with Atlante in Mexico. Its been all over the blogs…

  20. TBrodie says:

    Robben must be getting the old horse placenta treatment…

  21. Hokie_Futbol says:

    It’s funny how long it took him to shoot and how much he turned towards goal.

  22. Brad says:

    how’s that work? do they eat it or put it on their wounds? There is lamb placenta in some types of shampoo…

  23. yikes says:

    what’s so lovely is that after the World Cup maybe all of our national team players will be playing outside MLS. That’s great.

  24. Kev says:

    @RK, Relevant to me and whoever agrees I guess. I just thought it was interesting to note. 1 of those 3 will be named as the 20th team most likely. I doubt a 2nd team in New York would get it.

    St. Louis barely has the money for a USL 2nd division team and Miami seems to have little support so maybe Atlanta.

  25. IreneisNotMyGod says:

    OT but has anyone seen the Prince of Persia? Jake Gyllenhaal is in it. You know the dude from Brokeback Mountain and Jarhead and The Day After Tomorrow.

    1 of the best actors of his generation with the likes of Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, Ryan Gosling. those guys

  26. The pass Findley gave Donovan to set up Altidore’s goal was all luck. There was absolutely no skill to what he did.

    Findley’s speed is dangerous. His finishing will return too. We should be excited we have him on our team.

  27. south says:

    MLS has a .pdf somewhere on the internet with every player’s salary.

  28. SBI Troll says:

    Umm ok.

  29. Kowall says:

    Sad but true…

  30. Internet Police says:

    Please respond to the comment you are referring to.

  31. RK says:

    Ha! You said it, not me. Kev, this discussion comes up a lot, when there is usually news around it, and many people have a lot of opinions around it.

  32. mcjones says:

    Bornstein, 90k
    Ching, 242k
    Findley, 72k
    Buddle, 179k
    Kljestan, 203k

    source: type in mls player salary on google, 3rd link down

  33. jig says:

    dude your comments are awful.

  34. Judging Amy says:

    Gomez has already signed for Pachuca and Bornstein has already signed for Atlante.

  35. mikeandike says:

    Findley makes in a year a third of what Ronaldo and Messi make in a week…

    Bornstein is paid appropriately….

  36. Sonicdeathmonkey says:

    Colin Farrell???? Seriously? He is what folks in the business call “box office poison”.

  37. TBrodie says:

    “HP” is for external use only. Van Persie and a few others went to Serbia for some such treatment this past season. I thought RVP may have suggested it to Arjen.

  38. Jay says:

    With the recent activity in St. Louis, it will be a long time before they get a team. They need a new ownership group. The current one does not have deep enough pockets. I would love to have one in St. Louis as it would finally give the Wizards a true rival.

  39. josh says:

    Umm… USA v Costa Rica?

  40. MiamiAl says:

    Sendros is a good pickup for Fulham…
    if they keep Schwarzer, they could be in for an even bigger year than this past season…

  41. Vince Clortho says:

    link to

    Watch Robbie fight on this goal…

  42. wildchild says:

    Gomez has signed with Pachuca. I live in Puebla. Was going to every home game. but they kinda stink. so now with two gringos at Pachuca, go Tuzos!!!

  43. bobiskool says:

    Aer yuo dislexic?

  44. ThaDeuce says:

    lots of hard work to make these deals go down, and that is why fulham is a mid table team or higher with championship funds!!! great managing and administrative efforts.

  45. Stevan says:

    Robben will play against Japan and Cameroon!!