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Arena: Donovan the Warrior Emerged Against Italy

US manager Bruce Arena was delighted with the performance of 24-year-old Landon Donovan in the Americans’ surreal 1-1 draw with Italy. “I think he emerged in this game and demonstrated to the world, but more importantly to his teammates, that he’s a great player in any kind of game,” Arena said. “Landon did things against…

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Borgetti Ruled Out For Portugal

Mexico team doctors have announced that strike ace Jared Borgetti will miss their Group D closer against Portugal, yet remained hopeful he would be ready for the knockout stages. The Bolton man picked up a thigh ailment, but is working hard to regain fitness. “He cannot play for this game against Portugal,” Dr. Milton Graniolatti…

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Lippi: We Underestimated the US

Italy manager Marcello Lippi now admits that his team underestimated the United States on Saturday. “After our win against Ghana, we thought it was going to be easy against the US but it turned out to be a difficult day,” Lippi said. “This is a group of steel and the USA’s performance against us proved…

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Nedved Worried Over Selection

Czech Republic star Pavel Nedved is fretting their Group E match-up with Italy due to the team’s stunning lack of front line players. Coach Karel Brueckner is without top defender Tomas Ujfalusi, as well as his best three forwards: Milan Baroš, Jan Koller and Vratislav Lokvenc. “Although we defeated the USA, we knew that we…

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McBride Pleased By De Rossi Word

U.S. veteran Brian McBride was warmed by the fact that Italy midfielder Danielle De Rossi came up to perform an act of contrition after catching the striker in the eye with a nasty elbow Saturday night. “He was classy and apologized right after the game,” McBride told reporters. “I’m fortunate that I don’t have a…

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Kewell Charged After Ref Insults

Australia winger Harry Kewell has been charged by FIFA after insulting a referee. The Liverpool star was reported for swearing at German official Markus Merk during the 2-0 defeat to Brazil on Sunday. “Fifa have opened disciplinary procedures against Harry Kewell,” said Fifa communications director Markus Siegler. “It was reported in the referee’s report that…

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Henry Furious After Vieira ‘Goal’

France striker Thierry Henry was seething after seeing Patrick Vieira denied a goal in the 1-1 draw with South Korea. Vieira’s header clearly crossed the line but was not spotted by referee or linesman, and Korea came back to draw the game 1-1. “South Korea has never been dangerous and we conceded a stupid goal,”…

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US-Italy: Red Draw; Ghana Stampedes

Group E has suddenly become the most wide-open and competitive group in the World Cup. Ghana marched to a emphatic 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic and three players were sent off in the 1-1 US-Italy draw. The US team came out with miles more aggresion in their second match, producing some good chances in…

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Gerrard Admits England Aren't Currently Contenders

Steven Gerrard admits England can no longer be considered as one of the favourites to win the World Cup after their poor start to the competition. The Liverpool midfielder helped England to beat Trinidad & Tobago yesterday, while they also won their opener 1-0 against Paraguay. However, both performances from Sven-Goran Eriksson’s side were awful….

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Argentina Dominates; Mexico Held

Argentina turned in the performance of the tournament to date, a 6-nil drubbing of Serbia & Montenegro. Netherlands will join them in the Round of 16, meanwhile Mexico was held to a scoreless draw with Angola. Domination best describes Argentina’s effort. Maxi Rodriguez opened up the scoring in the 6th minute, then Hernan Crespo provided…

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Day 7: Ecuador and England Go Through

Ecuador and England marched through to the Round of 16 with cleansheet wins on Day 7 of the Fifa World Cup. Sweden also broke their scoreless streak to eliminate Paraguay 1-0. England escaped with a 2-0 victory after Trinidad and Tobago held them scoreless for 82 minutes. Peter Crouch finally broke through with a header…

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WC Interview: Mo Johnston, Scotland 1990

Goal.com’s Kevin Kozel caught up with World Cup 1990 veteran and current Red Bull New York head coach Mo Johnston to get his thoughts on his World Cup experience, as well as what he’s seen so far this year. Mo Johnston scored six goals in eight games to help Scotland qualify for the 1990 World…

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Spector Completes West Ham Move

U.S. defense starlet Jonathan Spector has made the jump from Manchester United to West Ham United on a deal worth about $1 million. “Jonathan is a player we have been tracking for the past 18 months or so,” Hammers manager Alan Pardew told the club website. “He has huge potential.” “He is definitely one for…

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FIFA Brands Fan Trouble 'Disgusting'

FIFA have branded the trouble the escalted before last night’s match between World Cup hosts Germany and Poland as ‘disgusting’. Rioting between German and Polish hooligans led to 429 arrests in Dortmund on Wednesday night and 96 of these have already been charged with offences. FIFA communications director Markus Siegler said: “The hooliganism was absolutely…

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Spanish Attack; German Euphoria

Day 6: Every team has now played in the 2006 World Cup, but only one team has already won twice: that’s the host nation, Germany. The Germans had countless chances to go ahead of Poland, but could not break through until Oliver Nueville poked in a David Odonkor cross in the 91st minute. Poland played…