World Cup

Mon, June 19th 2006

Harry Kewell could miss Australia’s crucial Group F game against Croatia after being charged by Fifa with insulting referee Markus Merk.

From: BBC


Merk gave 25 free-kicks to Brazil, compared to 9 to Australia, and the Australian squad felt before the game that the Brazillians had exaggerated the Socceroo’s combative style of play by demanding protection by referees before the tornament began. Brazil won the game 2-nil, but again looked unconvincing, and for a spell the Australians looked capable of creating scoring chances at will.

Post-match Kewell went on to defend the referee, saying: “It was a hard match to referee, and he did a good job.” 


Thu, June 15th 2006

England scrape win to reach last 16

England 2 - Trinidad and Tobago 0

England stuttered to another victory in Group B to confirm their qualification into the last 16. Two late goals from Crouch and Gerrard saved England’s blushes after an often poor performance.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson announced the news that Sir Alex Ferguson had been dreading last night when he confirmed his intentions to defy medical opinion and use Wayne Rooney in tonight’s game against Trinidad & Tobago.

From: Guardian


Rooney seems unlikely to start, but could well make a substitute appearance. Independant specialist Professor Angus Wallace has flown out to Germany ahead of schedule and will examine Rooney today.

Meanwhile, Hargreaves is set to replace the injured Gary Neville at right back. The Germany-based player is set to be selected ahead of Carragher to provide a more attacking option down the right. Left back Ashley Cole has also been told to provide a more attacking performance than Saturday against Paraguay.

UPDATE: Rooney has been past fit to play after meeting with Professor Wallace.


Wed, June 14th 2006

The England squad will be glad to hear the current weather forecast for England’s next game in Nuremburg on Thursday is cooler with some rain.

UPDATE: The chance of rain seems to have diminished. It is now looking like being another hot day, although with some cloud cover.






The stage was set for Ronaldo to make history when Brazil took on Croatia in Berlin on Tuesday night.

The Real Madrid striker needed just one goal to surpass Pele as Brazil’s leading World Cup goalscorer.

Instead, he cut a forlorn figure as he was substituted after 69 minutes following a lacklustre and lethargic performance.

From: BBC


Related: Marking Ronaldo was easy.

There is no denying that Ronaldo looked heavy and his running looked laboured. His performance, though, has probably protected Adriano who also had a poor game.



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.



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