• WOITALLA: Mexican faithful ready to blame La Volpe
    By Mike Woitalla in Nuremberg Coach Ricardo La Volpe paces the sidelines during Mexico's games looking like he slept at the train station along with the hundreds of Mexican fans who are often stranded in the German cities where El Tri plays. La Volpe appears tired, angry and menacing. To the Mexican fans and press, he is the arrogant Argentine. When there's thunder and lightning, they say, he steps outside and smiles at the sky because he believes God is taking his picture. The 54-year-old who has lived in Mexico for 25 years has done ...
  • MAHONEY: Make plays, not excuses
    By Ridge Mahoney in Nuremberg A few more rough pieces of luck befell the U.S. in its Group E match against Ghana, and again the Americans didn't get the job done.A penalty kick whistled for what seemed to be innocuous contact when Oguchi Onyewu headed a ball clear was slammed into the net by Stephen Appiah. The goal broke a 1-1 tie and sent Ghana into the dressing room at halftime with a one-goal advantage it held through a second half during which the Americans tried mightily but only rarely threatened the opposition's goal. On a ...
  • Section 1: Klinsmann sets high goals
    By Paul Kennedy Managing Editor Soccer America Germany was one of only four teams to win all three group games at the 2006 World Cup -- its first clean sweep in the first stage since 1970 -- but that will be all forgottten if it doesn't make a long run in the tournament. Germany faces a tough test Saturday against Sweden in Munich, but Coach Juergen Klinsmann is confident that Germany will win. "We have a lot of respect for Sweden, they've got some great players in their ...
  • A TEST BY JEFF
    By Mike Woitalla in Hamburg The cover of the Hamburger Morgenpost consisted of the black-red-gold German flag covered with the headline, "We're no longer embarrassed by these colors." The nation's largest circulation daily, Bild, announced on its cover that "Black, Red and Gold is Cool," and compounded the good news for Germans with an adjacent article declaring that beer prevents prostate cancer, according to a recent study. Since the World Cup opener, German flags haven't only been carried by fans, tattooed (temporarily) on their bodies or worn on their heads in the form of silly hats, they're ...