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World Cup Preview: Ireland vs. Cameroon

Saturday, June 1 in Niigata (2:30 am ET) Group D: IRELAND (0-0-0, 0 pts.) vs. CAMEROON (0-0-0, 0 pts.) (TV: Live, Univision, 2:30 am ET; Delay, ABC, 3:30 pm ET/PT; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT) The pressure will be on Irish coach Mick McCarthy, who kicked star Roy Keane off the team on the eve of the tournament. Matt Holland ...

WORLD CUP: History of giant slaying

According to World Cup tradition, the opening game of the 2002 tournament featured the defending champion. Senegal's 1-0 win over France resembled the 1990 opener. At Italy 90, title-holder Argentina also faced an African opponent, Cameroon, and fell 1-0. Cameroon went on to the best World Cup showing by an Africa nation, reaching the quarterfinals, where it lost to England. ...

World Cup begins with Senegal surprise

The 2002 World Cup kicked off in Seoul with a result that will go down as one of the greatest upsets in the World Cup history. Senegal, a World Cup debutant and a 300-1 shot to lift the trophy, beat title holder France, 1-0. After nearly a half hour of play, El Hadji Diouf beat French defender Frank Lebouf on ...

Group A Result (May 31): Senegal 1 France 0

May 31 in Seoul Senegal 1 France 0. Goal: Diop 29. Senegal -- Sylva, Daf, Diatta, A.Cisse, Coly, Diop, Fadiga, Diao, Diop, Ndiaye, Diouf. France -- Barthez, Thuram, Desailly, Leboeuf, Lizarazu, Vieira, Petit, Djorkaeff (Dugarry, 58), Wiltord (D.Cisse, 80), Trezeguet, Henry. Referee: Ali Mohamed Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates)

World Cup Preview: Uruguay vs. Denmark

Group A: URUGUAY (0-0-0, 0 pts.) vs. DENMARK (0-0-0, 0 pts.) (TV: Live, ESPN2, Univision, 5 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 12:30 pm ET/PT) Sixteen years ago, Denmark crushed Uruguay, 6-1. It was the high point of an exciting debut tournament for the Danes. This time, the game should be much closer. Neither Denmark, a quarterfinalist four years ago, nor Uruguay, ...

World Cup Preview: Germany vs. Saudi Arabia

Saturday, June 1 in Sapporo (8:30 pm ET) Group E: GERMANY (0-0-0, 0 pts.) vs. SAUDI ARABIA (0-0-0, 0 pts.) (TV: Live, ESPN2, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 3 pm ET/PT) Not much is expected of Germany in this World Cup. The Germans have struggled in recent years -- two losses to the United States in 1999, a humiliating ...


Saturday, June 1 (4:00 pm ET)
LOS ANGELES (4-3-2, 14 points) at COLORADO (5-3-1, 16 points)
Key Players Out: Los Angeles - M Cobi Jones (U.S. National Team), F Chris Albright (broken foot-R), F Isaias Bardales (knee sprain-R); F John Spencer (knee arthroscopy-L), M Pablo Mastroeni (U.S. National Team). Saturday, June 1 (6:30 pm ET)
SAN JOSE (5-3-2, ...


WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT: A royal first (By Paul Kennedy in Seoul)

As World Cup openers go, the France-Senegal match lacked in terms of notable dignitaries. There was the Korean President Kim Dae Jung and the president of East Timor. There were prime ministers from Japan, Namibia, the Dominican Republic and St. Kitts & Nevis. Those pushing for a harmonization of Korean-Japanese relations hoped that Japan's Emperor Akihito would attend the opener. ...

On the Record: Arena & Pope check in from Seoul

U.S. coach Bruce Arena and defender Eddie Pope met the press on Thursday in Seoul, Korea -- six days before the USA meets Portugal in its World Cup 2002 opener.


On the injury of status Kasey Keller, listed as day-to-day after suffering a bruised left elbow: ''I have not spoken to our medical staff today, but ...


WORLD CUP NOTES: Shop-lifting, hooligan thwarted, finger food ...

MERCY. Senegal winger Khalilou Fadiga admitted shoplifting a $500 gold necklace from a Korean jewelry store, according to Nikkan Sports, which reported that the store owner asked police not to arrest the player. Fadiga is scheduled to start in the opener against France. ''I want our players to have much more discipline,'' said Senegal coach Bruno Metsu. THWARTED. A 37-year-old ...

Bruce Arena downplays injury to Kasey Keller

The elbow injury suffered by Kasey Keller in WednesdayÆs practice during non-contact training drill kept him out of training on Thursday. ''He suffered a contusion on his left elbow and he is day-to-day,'' said U.S. Soccer spokesman Jim Moorhouse. The Federation said tests conducted at a Korean hospital on Wednesday night came back negative and his condition will be evaluated ...

WORLD CUP SPOTLIGHT: Boixel's magic hands

By Paul Kennedy In Seoul France's hopes of repeating as World Cup champion may depend on the magic hands of 44-year-old osteopath Philippe Boixel. Boixel's job is to get star Zinedine Zidane back in shape after the French playmaker suffered a thigh injury in last Sunday's friendly with South Korea in Suwon. Boixel was a celebrity in French soccer long ...

World Cup Preview: France vs. Senegal

Friday, May 31 in Seoul (7:30 am ET) Group A: FRANCE (0-0-0, 0 pts.) vs. SENEGAL (0-0-0, 0 pts.) (TV: Live, ESPN2, Univision, 7:30 am ET; Tape, Telefutura, 10 am ET/PT, Galavision, 7:30 p.m. ET/PT) First, Robert Pires. Now, Zinedine Zidane. France opens its defense of the World Cup without its two playmakers. Pires was lost for the tournament with ...

My View: The Hangover that Awaits

The World Cup is supposed to be a time of celebration.

However the United States fares in Korea, we should celebrate the continued progress of American soccer and the ongoing effort by U.S. Soccer and MLS to bolster player development.

The last two World Cups have been better than the tournaments that preceded them ù and Euro 2000 ...

Courage: Starting Over

- All times Eastern Time. - Times for live broadcasts reflect kickoff and do not account for pregame shows. - Games live unless otherwise indicated. - W=winner Date Game Time Channel Friday, May 31 France-Senegal 7:30 am Univision Friday, May 31 France-Senegal (tape) 10 am Telefutura Friday, May 31 France-Senegal (tape) 7:30 pm Galavision Saturday, June 1 Ireland-Cameroon 2:30 ...