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WOITALLA: Italy shrugs off the jeers

By Mike Woitalla
in Berlin

The fans who watched the World Cup final in Berlin's Olympic Stadium probably enjoyed the final more than the estimated 1 billion who watched on TV.

The festive atmosphere began an hour before kickoff. Fans belted out competing chants. They danced and sang along to the piped-in ...


MAHONEY: Italian pragmatism reigns supreme

By Ridge Mahoney
In Berlin

On a night of finely balanced tensions, set under darkening skies and poised between two teams replete with heroic storylines and marvelous players, a great career ended in disgrace and a grand tradition prevailed once again.
Italy, purveyor of defensive efficiency, rode out numerous French attacks to end regular play tied at 1-1, then ...


Section 1: Klinsmann wants more time to decide

By Paul Kennedy
Managing Editor
Soccer America

Juergen Klinsmann wants more time to decide whether he will remain as Germany coach.

Klinsmann is considered the leading candidate to replace Bruce Arena as U.S. national team coach if Arena's contract is not renewed, but he's under heavy pressure to remain as Germany coach, despite objections ...