BlackBerry services down in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina, won’t be back up until tomorrow

Just when things were getting better for RIM, their luck runs out. BlackBerry services are down again for some users in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina and don’t look like coming back up for at least another few hours. RIM issued the following statement:

Media statement – October 11
Some users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, India, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina are experiencing messaging and browsing delays. We are working to restore normal service as quickly as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Brazil sack Dunga, look for more flair

This move really comes as no surprise. Ever since Brazil landed in South Africa to participate in the FIFA World Cup 2010, there was always criticism surrounding the playing style of this Brazilian team. And now, the Brazilian Football Federation have confirmed Dunga has been dismissed following the country’s elimination from the World Cup.

Dunga had anyway indicated he was likely to leave his post after Brazil’s hopes of a sixth World Cup triumph were ended by Holland in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

“Ending the cycle of work that began in August 2006, and ended with the elimination of Brazil from the World Cup in South Africa, the CBF announces that the technical committee of the national team has been released,” the statement on the CBF’s official website read.

“The new technical committee will be announced later this month.”

Dunga, 46, took up the post following the Selecao’s elimination from the 2006 World Cup in Germany, signing a four-year deal.

After losing to Holland he said: “I have been contracted for four years and we knew this right from the start.

“During the last four years, I have been very happy to coach this Brazil team and if you were to look at our players’ faces now, you would probably understand how they feel.”

Leonardo has been linked with the job after leaving AC Milan at the end of last season.

Who ever takes over Brazil, we only hope he brings back that Brazilian flair and attractive football the Samba Boys are known for.

FIFA World Cup 2010: Netherlands 2-1 Brazil (Full Highlights)

What a first quarter-final we’ve had. The no.1 ranked team in the world as per FIFA rankings, Brazil were eliminated from the World Cup by a resilient Dutch side which came back from a goal down to beat the 5 time champions 2-1, who were later reduced to 10 men.

Brazil opened the scoring early on but the goal was rightly ruled offside.

But Brazil did manage to score the opener when a wonderful through ball from Gilberto caught the Dutch defense unawares and found Robinho, who coolly placed the ball into the back of the net.

It looked like the South Americans would run away with the game and reach yet another semi-final. But, the Dutch had other ideas. Firstly, an own goal from Felipe Melo helped them get back on level terms.

Then a Wesley Sneijder goal put Holland ahead.

The Brazilians couldn’t believe what had struck them and they started to get frustrated with every passing minute. The frustration eventually came out which led to them being down to 10 men. Felipe Melo the culprit again.

Full Highlights

Ivory Coast snap up Sven Goran Eriksson

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson was last night appointed to lead the Ivory Coast at this summer’s World Cup in South Africa.

The veteran Swede was last seen as director of football at Notts County, the position which he left in February,but he still has recent international experience having been boss of Mexico until being sacked by them in April 2009.

Eriksson led England from 2001 until 2006, twice steering the team to World Cup quarter-finals, but still the fans weren’t happy as they felt the team’s potential was still unrealized under him.

Ivory Coast have Brazil, Portugal and North Korea for company in a difficult group draw for them at the World Cup.

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