Tue, June 13th 2006

Galvanised Italians overcome Ghana challenge

Italy 2 - Ghana 0

An Italian team, united after recent allegations of domestic corruption, stood firm against an athletic Ghanaian team to record a 2-nil victory.

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Mon, June 12th 2006

Czechs crush poor American team

Czech Republic 3 - USA 0

FIFA rankings place he Czech Republic as the 2nd best team in the world; the USA the 5th best. The gulf between the two teams was far greater in this Group E tie.

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The Dutch squad have a reputation for imploding at World Cups. Coach Van Basten will keen that these first cracks don’t develop any further:

Arjen Robben has been warned by team-mate Robin van Persie that he cannot win the World Cup on his own despite his match-winning performance against Serbia and Montenegro

From: Yahoo!



Striker Wayne Rooney may make a shock World Cup debut for England against Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

From: BBC



Sun, June 11th 2006

Fifa has confirmed that England’s goal against Paraguay on Saturday will go down as a Carlos Gamarra own goal.



England officials will ask Fifa to ensure players get greater access to fluids during games after they suffered in the Frankfurt heat against Paraguay.

Players lost an average of between five and 10lbs and drank huge amounts of water during the 1-0 victory.

But there were times when England staff had difficulty getting water on.

From: BBC



Sat, June 10th 2006

Early goal gives England win against Paraguay

England 1 - Paraguay 0

An early goal gave England a 1-nil lead in the Frankfurt sun, but they were unable to extend their lead and finished with lacklustre second half performance to give England much to improve on in subsequent games.


Germany storm to opening win

Germany 4 - Costa Rica 2

Germany opened the tournament with a great 4-2 win over Costa Rica. The hosts looked lively going forward, but a bit shaky in defence.

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Fri, June 9th 2006

The Rooney-Eriksson-Ferguson dispute

United manager isolated in injury row

As more allegations on the Wayne Rooney metatarsal injury saga appear, it has become clear that the relationship between Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson and England coach Sven Goran Eriksson has deteriorated beyond repair. The fear for Rooney is, that so has his relationship with his club manager.

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After the euphoria of Rooney’s scan result, Steven Gerrard brought the nation back down with a bump on Thursday by announcing he was only 50-50 for England’s opener on Saturday. For England to be without their 2 ‘make something happen’ players would leave England counting on set-pieces as their greatest threat. However, better news emerged today from the BBC:

Steven Gerrard is expected to be fit for England’s World Cup opener against Paraguay.


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