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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, June 22, 2006
After his team's 2-1 loss in its last game at the World Cup, U.S. coach Bruce Arena blamed the Americans' exit at the hands of a very beatable Ghanaian defense on the crucial penalty call awarded by Markus Merk, widely considered to be one of the world's best referees. Center ... Read the whole story
Italy Coach Marcello Lippi praised the "terrific spirit" demonstrated by the Italians in their victories over Ghana and the Czech Republic. "This team has ... probably the most fighting spirit I have had in any team," Lippi said, adding that finishing top of Group E was important for several reasonsone ... Read the whole story
The media's coverage of the hapless Michael Owen continues, as the striker says he feels he's let his club down, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament against Sweden on Wednesday. Owen told reporters that he feels guilty for Newcastle more than self-pity for an injury that will likely see him ... Read the whole story
And so it had to be that the most anticipated match of the first round, the only game the experts might have ventured to call a preamble to the final, ended in a drab 0-0 draw. For those looking for flair and goals and lots of running and excitement, Argentina ... Read the whole story
Brazilians who've made the pilgrimage to Germany to see the national side defend its title may have found themselves stranded, after Varig, the largest Brazilian airline carrier, was forced to suspend service to several German cities, the Associated Press reports. In a statement Wednesday Varig officials said it would cancel ... Read the whole story


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