Confederations Cup Rosters Set as Tournament Kickoff Just Six Days Away; U.S. Men Arrive at Base in Lyon
LYON, France (Thursday, June 12, 2003) - FIFA announced the 23-man rosters for all eight participants in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup at 12 p.m. local time today, with Turkey submitting their roster this morning after their 3-2 win against Macedonia last night in Euro 2004 qualifying play. The Confederations Cup officially kicks off on June 18 with OFC Champions New Zealand meeting Japan, while the U.S. will kick off Group B action the following day. The U.S. – grouped with Turkey, Brazil and Cameroon – will face the third place finishers at the 2002 World Cup in St. Etienne at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET time). The U.S. MNT’s following two games are both in Lyon, against reigning world champions Brazil on June 21 and Cameroon on June 23. Brazil’s roster includes seven players from their 2002 World Cup champion squad, including Bayer Leverkusen defender Lucio and Paris St. Germain midfielder Ronaldinho. Turkey sends eight players from their Korea/Japan roster, including world-class goalkeeper Rustu Recber, while Cameroon’s group has the most veterans from last summer's event, boasting 13 players. Rosters for Group B are below:
Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan, Italy), Fabio (Vasco da Gama), Julio Cesar (Flamengo);
Defenders: Maurinho (Cruzeiro), Belletti (Villarreal, Spain), Kleber (Corinthians), Gilberto (Gremio), Edu Dracena (Cruzeiro), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Lucio (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Fabio Luciano (Corinthians);
Midfielders: Eduardo Costa (Girondins Bordeaux, France), Emerson (AS Roma, Italy), Kleberson (Atletico Paranaense), Dudu (Vitoria), Ricardinho (Sao Paulo), Adriano de Souza (Atletico Paranaense), Alex (Cruzeiro), Ronaldinho (Paris St Germain, France);
Forwards: Adriano (Parma, Italy), Luis Fabiano (Sao Paulo), Gil (Corinthians), Ilan (Atletico Paranaense).
Goalkeepers: Andre Eboue (Beaucaire, France), Idriss Kameni (St Etienne, France), Eric Kwekeu (Bamboutos);
Defenders: Timothee Atouba (FC Basel, Switzerland), Perrier Ndoumbe (Auxerre, France), Lucien Mettomo (Manchester City, England), Pierre Njanka (Sedan, France), Rigobert Song (Lens, France), Bill Tchato (Kaiserslautern, Germany);
Midfielders: Eric Djemba Djemba (Nantes, France), Joel Epalle (Aris Salonika, Greece), Marc-Vivien Foe (Manchester City, England), Geremi (Middlesbrough, England), Mohamadou Idrissou (Hanover, Germany), Valery Mezague (Montpellier, France), Modeste Mbami (Sedan, France), Salomon Olembe (Marseille, France);
Forwards: Achille Emana (Toulouse, France), Samuel Eto'o (Real Mallorca, Spain), Joseph Desire Job (Middlesbrough, England), Pius Ndiefi (Sedan, France), Parfait Ngon Adjam (Canon Yaounde), Gustave Bahoken (Livingston, Scotland).
Goalkeepers: Rustu Recber (Fenerbahce), Omer Catkic (Gaziantepspor), Murat Sahin (Adanaspor);
Defenders: Fatih Sonkaya (Roda Kerkrade, Netherlands), Bulent Korkmaz (Galatasaray), Fatih Akyel (Fenerbahce), Alpay Ozalan (Aston Villa, England), Ahmet Yildirim (Besiktas), Deniz Baris (Genclerbirligi), Ibrahim Uzulmez (Besiktas), Servet Cetin (Denizlispor);
Midfielders: Ergun Penbe (Galatasaray), Tayfun Korkut (Real Sociedad, Spain), Volkan Arslan (Galatasaray), Yildiray Basturk (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Selcuk Sahin (Istanbulspor), Ibrahim Toraman (Gaziantepspor), Gokdeniz Karadeniz (Trabzonspor);
Forwards: Tuncay Sanli (Fenerbahce), Okan Yilmaz (Bursaspor), Huseyin Kartal (Ankaragucu), Neacti Ates (Adanaspor), Nihat Kahveci (Real Sociedad, Spain).
BIENVENUE A LYON: The U.S. Men’s National Team touched down in Lyon, France at 4 p.m. local time today to begin preparations for their opening match of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup on June 19 against Turkey. The team left Washington Dulles airport around 10 p.m. on Wednesday (June 11) and took a seven hour flight to Paris, France, landing at 11:30 a.m. local time. The flight to Lyon was delayed for over an hour, with the team eventually arriving into their host city around 4 p.m. After collecting its luggage, the team piled onto a bus for a 30-minute ride to its hotel, finally arriving at 6 p.m. local time. U.S. Manager Bruce Arena has scheduled the first training session for 10 a.m. tomorrow.
OFF THE BALL: ussoccer.com will provide extensive team coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup, including up-to-date team news, notes from the tournament, exclusive interviews, photos and more. Tomorrow, read the first installment of "Off The Ball" with Carlos Bocanegra, as the U.S. defender chronicles the journey of the MNT in France. Photos from the team's travel are now accessible in the "Sights+Sounds" section of the website at ussoccer.com.