WOITALLA: Why Spain may finally prevail
Posted by Soccer America on Jun. 26, 7:01 p.m.
By Mike Woitalla
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
Posted by Soccer America on Jun. 26, 2:32 p.m.
By Paul Kennedy
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 backWilly Sagnolwith Bayern Munich (Germany), center ...
MAHONEY: Heroes on a night of high comedy
Posted by Soccer America on Jun. 26, 12:30 p.m.
By Ridge Mahoney
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, ...