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WOITALLA: Why Spain may finally prevail

By Mike Woitalla
in Munich

With each World Cup, the Spaniards search for a reason why things will turn out different.

Spain entered the last seven World Cups as potential champion but never passed the quarterfinals. 2006 is the year, really, says the Spanish press.

It has been citing 16th century ...


Section 1: France ready for high-flying Spaniards

By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor
Soccer America

Averaging 2.67 goals per game, Spain enters Tuesday's match against France in Hanover with the highest-scoring team at the World Cup, but the Spaniards haven't faced a defense as experienced as the Bleus' backline.
All four starters won league championships in 2005-06: right back Willy Sagnol with Bayern Munich (Germany), center ...


MAHONEY: Heroes on a night of high comedy

By Ridge Mahoney
in Nuremberg

The first few words of the Portuguese national anthem are, "Heroes of the Sea."

There isn't an ocean anywhere near the Frankenstadion where a fascinating round-of-16 match took place Sunday, yet those who wore the Portugal colors will be feted as such after they outlasted the Netherlands, ...