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Section 1: Ronaldinho takes heat

By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor
Soccer America

Ronaldinho, the reigning World and European Player of the Year, came in for heavy criticism in the aftermath of Brazil's shocking exit from the World Cup.

O Globo and Estado de Sao Paulo, two of Brazil's biggest newspapers, ran identical headlines: "Ronaldinho was the big ...

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MAHONEY: Portugal wins banal battle

By Ridge Mahoney
in Gelsenkirchen
 
It is sometimes said of a match decided on penalties that neither team deserved to lose.

In the case of Saturday's quarterfinal between Portugal and England, neither team really deserved to win, and the team less deserving to lose, did.

Despite playing a man up for ...

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Section 1: Toni answers critics

By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor
Soccer America

Luca Toni came into the 2006 World Cup as one of the tournament's most hyped players. having scored 31 goals for Fiorentina in the 2005-06 season, the most goals by a player in Serie A since 1957.

But Toni didn't score in Italy's first four games at the World ...
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MAHONEY: The party rolls on

By Ridge Mahoney
in Berlin

For a few more days at least, "PartyZone Deutschland" will stay on the air.

A show by that title is running regularly on German television, portraying the activities and adventures of fans attending games as well as gathering at "FanFests" to party in front of big-screen TVs. After the round of 16, FIFA ...

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