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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, June 29, 2006
While FIFA and German soccer marketing heads continue to pipe on and on about how this is the best World Cup ever, Deutsche Welle columnist Oliver Samson just doesn't agree, what with the lowest goals per game average (2.36) of any finals since Italia '90 and the highest number of ... Read the whole story
But others will tell you the quarterfinalists "ooze class." Whereas four years ago South Korea, Turkey and Senegal had never advanced so far as the final eight, this year, six of the eight teams have won the World Cup before, with Ukraine the only newcomer to the quarterfinals. FIFA President ... Read the whole story
Everyone agrees: it's already a classic. Germany and Argentina, the top-scoring sides at this year's World Cup, in relieving us of these two days of soccer deprivation, are sure to serve up drama, suspense, shrapnel, fireworks, you name it...Hmm, the last time a match received this much hype (Argentina-Netherlands) it ... Read the whole story
This was supposed to be Germany's month, a time for the whole world to focus attention on how hospitable, proud and unified the dynamic country has become in the last 17 years. But when you take a closer look, it's the former East Germans who look to be the odd ... Read the whole story
Italy, lucky? You certainly wouldn't call them "lucky" team if you looked at their recent history at the World Cup finals. USA 1994: eliminated on penalties. France '98: eliminated on penalties. Korea/Japan 2002: eliminated by...well, the Italians would say 'bad officiating,' but a neutral just might call it 'bad luck,' ... Read the whole story


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