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Section 1: Return of the Galacticos

By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor
Soccer America

When the World Cup began, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane looked tired, and his Real Madrid teammate, Brazilian Ronaldo, was overweight.

The two Galacticos were dismissed as past their prime, but they played key roles Tuesday in leading their teams into the quarterfinals, where they meet Saturday in Frankfurt.


WOITALLA: The Kaiser's Cup

By Mike Woitalla
in Munich

The German media often report on the VIPs at World Cup games like this:

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel, German President Horst Koehler and Franz Beckenbauer attended last night's game."

They see no need to introduce Beckenbauer.

His campaigning is ...