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Notebook: Robinho out for Brazil

| Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 12:00 p.m.

Robinho will not play for Brazil against Ghana in the second round of the World Cup because of a right thigh injury. The striker, who had medical tests in Cologne after being injured in Saturday's training, is not seriously hurt, the Brazilian Soccer Confederation said Monday.

"It was a small problem. I'll continue treatment and, God willing, I will be available for next Saturday's match if Brazil gets past Ghana," Robinho said.

• The Angola squad returned from the World Cup to a euphoric reception in Ruanda usually reserved for champions. In its first World Cup, Angola lost, 1-0, to Portugal and drew, 0-0, with Mexico and 1-1 with Iran to finish third in Group D with two points. But 50,000 people welcomed the Black Antelopes with posters saying, "Thank You" and "We're Special", and went on to dance and sing all night at the Cidadela Desportiva sports pavilion.

• South Korea hired Pim Verbeek of the Netherlands as the national soccer team's new coach, replacing Dick Advocaat. Verbeek "has very strong enthusiasm and love toward Korean soccer, and has what it takes to greatly contribute to the development of Korean soccer," said Lee Young-moo, chairman of the technical committee of the South's Korea Football Association.

• England defender Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to playing against Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo in the World Cup quarterfinals. But Ronaldo was injured in the second-round win over the Netherlands and is questionable for Saturday's game in Gelsenkirchen.

"I believe he's got the ability to be one of the best players in the world within the next couple of years if he carries on improving the way he is ... and he'll be a threat when we play against him," Ferdinand said. Additional Information:

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