Monthly Archives: June 2006

Kaká OK, Emerson KO'd?

AC Milan man Kaká appears to be in good enough shape to face France in tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated quarter-final against the 1998 champions that delayed Brazil’s ‘Penta’ (fifth World Cup) until the Far East edition of four years ago. Juventus midfield dynamo Emerson will also be returning to training, according to the CBF (Confederation of Brazilian…

Roberto Carlos Eyes Zizou Clash

Brazil wingback Roberto Carlos says he is exciting to take on Real Madrid teammate Zinedine Zidane in Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal meeting with France. “I haven’t spoken to Zidane,” he stated. “It will be very beautiful to play against (him).” “A player like Zidane can be 30, 40, 50 years old and he will always…

Sheva: 50/50 Odds On Surprise

Ukraine strike ace Andriy Shevchenko figures his team still has an even money shot to beat Italy in the World Cup quarterfinals, even with their true underdog status. “Italy will be a tough nut to crack, but we are confident we can produce a surprise,” he told reporters. “The Italians have won the tournament three…

Brazil Sweat Over Emerson, Kaká

Brazil team physicians have expressed their doubt over the quarterfinal participation status of midfielders Emmerson and Kaká. Each are trying to recover from knee ailments, but it is not yet known if they can face France on Saturday. “If the game was (Thursday), Kaká and Emerson would not be able to play,” Jose Luiz Runco…

Cannavaro Credits Change For Form

Italy defender Fabio Cannavaro recently gave the recipe for his return to top form after a prolonged slump. “Sex, when you need it, definitely helps,” he explained. “Eating well is extremely important; it gives you the fuel to keep going.” “I try to eat little, but a bit of everything.” “And sleeping has its part,…

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Totti: I Knew I Would Have Scored

The Italian forward was confident before shooting the decisive penalty against Australia. Francesco Totti explained what happened before he took the penalty which sent Italy flying to the quarter finals. “From the moment in which the referee pointed towards the spot, I had no doubt that I would have taken the penalty and scored. “The…

Raul: "Not Competitive Enough"

Raul indicated that they were once again found wanting on the big stage. His team might have shaded possession, indicated Raul, but France created the chances and clearly were superior. Raul believes that the lack of competitiveness was a key factor in the elimination of Spain by France. “We were back to not knowing how…

FIFA Says Deco Won’t Face England

FIFA have confirmed that key Portugal midfielder Deco will be suspended for the World Cup quarter-final against England. The Barcelona star was sent-off in the weekend’s clash with Holland but Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari wanted to get the first yellow card overturned as Deco was furious at Holland’s refusal to sportingly give the ball…