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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 ...


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 ...