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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, June 26, 2006
The reaction from the press is unanimous: yesterday was a black day for World Cup soccer. No less than 16 yellow cards and four dismissals tainted what could have been a classic round-of-16 encounter between the Netherlands and Portugal. Instead, as LA Times reporter Grahame L. Jones says, "Disgrace is ... Read the whole story
There are two sides to David Beckham, writes Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle: One is a mythic figure capable of doing incredible things with a dead ball and the other is an aging soccer star past his prime, and probably Jenkins says, hurting his country. Beckham's goal against ... Read the whole story
Say what you will about David Beckham, but England's captain not for the first time saved England from another dire performance against Ecuador last night. As ever, Beckham's goal came from a free kick, which he curled to perfection past the despairing Cristian Mora. It was a great goal, but ... Read the whole story
Shortly before the tournament began, comScore Networks, an Internet traffic management company, conducted a multi-country online survey in which they asked respondents to name the country they felt would win the World Cup. Overwhelmingly, Brazil was the answer. In France, 46 percent of respondents chose Brazil as the eventual winner, ... Read the whole story
The Brazilian team moves with quite an entourage. No, we're not talking about the extra team doctor here, but rather the 600-strong media circus that followed the national team to Germany. "Like a herd of wildebeests crossing the Serengeti, the Brazilian media descends upon unsuspecting venues, flattening -- and interviewing ... Read the whole story

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