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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Monday, June 23, 2008
There were few voices in the media lamenting Italy's departure from the European Championships after its quarterfinal exit to Spain on penalties Sunday. The blame for its defeat was placed not just on the team's dour, defensive tactics, but the failure of striker Luca Toni to score in any of ... Read the whole story
Russia's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink engineered the demise of his native country in Saturday's quarterfinal, illustrated by the willingness of his team to learn new methods, writes Martin Samuel. Russia's improving performances and its 3-1 defeat of the much-fancied Netherlands destroys the myth that it is impossible for a national ... Read the whole story
The financial turnover of the European Championships is almost $2 billion, a 50 per cent increase over the previous tournament. And because the finals have become a "cash cow" for UEFA, European soccer's governing body maintains strict control over all off-field aspects of the tournament by dictating events, rules and ... Read the whole story
There were mainly low-scoring games in Major League Soccer this past week (only three out of nine games produced more than two goals), but the L.A. Galaxy, the league's top scorers with 31 goals, continued to buck the trend by putting three past the Columbus Crew. It also conceded three ... Read the whole story
Euro 2008 co-hosts Switzerland and Austria were ill-equipped to compete with Europe's best teams and were deservedly dumped out in the first round. It's continuing to look as though 2010 World Cup host South Africa will suffer the same fate.   South Africa will not participate in the next African ... Read the whole story


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