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G6 Team Profile: NETHERLANDS

The keys to Dutch World Cup success will be on opposite ends of the field. Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on offense and goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar on defense. But there’s a lot of quality in between. Nistelrooy (Manchester United), a lethal marksman, will have to score goals, something he seems to have little problem…

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Marquez backs La Volpe

Mexican national team captain, Rafael Marquez endorsed coach Ricardo La Volpe in spite of all his detractors. Ricardo La Volpe has been heavily criticized lately, especially since naming his World Cup ’06 roster, in which he added some unpopular names, and left out some big ones. But he does have one important person in his…

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G6 Team Profile: SERBIA & MONTENEGRO

This team, which formerly played as Yugoslavia in international soccer, turned out to be one of the surprises of World Cup qualifying. In a group that included Spain and Belgium they managed to go undefeated, winning six of their 10 games and drawing the other four. The key to success for the team has been…

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Messi Envisions Gung Ho World Cup

Argentina phenom Lionel Messi says he feels perfectly comfortable performing in an all out attack side as they head into World Cup 2006. Argentina phenom Lionel Messi says he feels perfectly comfortable performing in an all out attack side as they head into World Cup 2006. “We are calm at the moment and we prefer…

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International Friendly Preview: USA v. Morocco

USA (#5 FIFA Rank) v. Morocco (#36 FIFA Rank) When: 7 pm ET, Tuesday, May 23, 2006 Where: The Coliseum, Nashville, TN USA’s 2006 pre-World Cup tune-ups are not the most daunting, which may conjure up painful memories of the 1998 World Cup in France, where the Americans finished dead last. Eight years ago, USA’s…

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Larsson: Sweden can win World Cup

Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson believes Sweden can shock everyone in Germany this summer by winning the World Cup. Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson believes Sweden can shock everyone in Germany this summer by winning the World Cup. The 34-year-old is preparing for his fourth – and possibly final – major competition with his country and has…

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G6 Team Profile: IVORY COAST

In the eyes of the Ivory Coast team, it was a “divine qualification.” The underdogs will finally perform on soccer’s greatest stage in their first World Cup appearance, providing fans with a high caliber of talent to keep them on their toes. While not so strong in the past, the Ivory Coast has emerged over…

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DeMerit: Team Made The Effort

Watford defender Jay DeMerit was over the moon after helping the club earn a return to the Premiership with a 3-0 win over Eddie Lewis and Leeds United in Cardiff. The American Abroad scored the opening goal with a crashing header, but said credit should go to the entire side. “We prepared for the game…

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Lehmann: We Can Win If Relaxed

Germany netminder Jens Lehmann believes the hosts can achieve great things at World Cup 2006 if they can remember that soccer is only a game. “We all need to enjoy this World Cup and not think about the huge pressure,” he told reporters. “I noticed from playing in the Champions League that it is fun…

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Anelka Miffed Over Bleus Snub

Fenerbahçe striker Nicolas Anelka has cast about against coach Raymond Domenech in the aftermath of being left out of France’s World Cup squad. The marksman scored on his last call-up, and feels he didn’t get a fair shake. “I won’t watch the World Cup,” he told Le Journal du Dimanche. “I have not been judged…

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G6 Team Profile: ARGENTINA

The World Cup success of Argentina is difficult to predict. The names are not as well know as some of the other big contenders but the roster should include a good mix of veterans and young players just waiting for a chance to shine on the international stage. The key for Argentina will be playmaker…

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Mexico: Pachuca is Clausura '06 Champion

San Luis put up a strong fight but Richard Nuñez’s penalty kick did them in as Pachuca prevailed 1-0 to lift their fourth title. Both teams played conservatively, taking few risks during the second leg, played at Pachuca’s Hidalgo stadium. Knowing they would win with a tie, Pachuca did little offensively. Needing the win to…

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Voice of the Fan: SLEEPING GIANTS

Is there a Cinderella in the house? Or should we look no further than the traditional favorites? Soccer fanatic Heath Young provides the voice of a fan looking foward to Germany 2006. Brazil, Brazil, Brazil…. There are a few nations that dominate the pre-group press in each World Cup. Every four years we hear our…

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G6 Team Profile: SWEDEN

In World Cup qualifying, Sweden played well and seemed to have little trouble finding the net. Midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg (Arsenal) scored seven times as did powerful striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Juventus). Verteran Henrik Larsson (Barcelona) added four more goals. In Germany, team captain Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa) will anchor the defense while Andreas Isaksson (Rennes), who…

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Mexican finals: deadlocked first leg

The heavily-favored Pachuca did their part, played a defensive game that stymied the home team all night, and came away with a draw that was like a win. San Luis 0 – 0 Pachuca Pachuca came into San Luis and managed to leave unscathed as neither side could affect the scoreboard, making for a very…