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BBC News – May 30, 2006
55 mins: GOAL England 2-1 HungaryWhat did the players have with their half-time cup of tea? The game has been transformed and Hungary are back in the game with a quite sensational strike from skipper Pal Dardai after England lose concentration at the back and gift their rivals too much space. 51 mins: GOAL England 2-0 Hungary Gabor Kiraly flaps at a tempting David Beckham free-kick from the left and John Terry doubles the advantage with a header. In a doff of the cap to Bebeto’s rocking the cradle celebration unveiled in the 1994 World Cup, Terry peels away to join his team-mates to honour his new-born twins on the touchline. 47 mins: GOAL England 1-0 Hungary Birthday boy Steven Gerrard meets a high, looping David Beckham free-kick with a bullet header to break the deadlock. 2109 BST: There is an England change and Owen Hargreaves has been given the nod by Sven-Goran Eriksson. Jamie Carragher steps into right-back with Gary Neville going off as a precaution with a tight hamstring. England get the ball rolling for the second half.

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BBC News – May 29, 2006
In the cartoon both are smiling. But if their film is to have a happy ending they will certainly need a strong performance from one of the most illustrious members of the supporting cast. As Brazil set off in search of their sixth World Cup win, there is nobody in the side more
important than Kaka. In common with most in his profession, Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira is obsessed with balance. Striking a balance between attack and defence is essential for a team to have serious ambitions of winning the World Cup. Many believed that Parreira tilted that balance too much towards defence when he guided Brazil to success in USA 94, victory coming on penalties over Italy in the final. Strikers Romario and Bebeto were left with little help from midfield – indeed the only goal Brazil’s midfield quartet contributed to the entire campaign was a penalty from Rai in the
opening game against Russia… Brazil had gone 24 years without winning the trophy. They were not a defensive side – just a very organised one, and their victory helped restore the self-esteem of Brazilian football. But 12 years on, the circumstances are very different. Brazil are the reigning champions, have reached the last three World Cup finals and are
everyone’s favourites in the build up to Germany. They have a collection of attacking talent that bears comparison with anything they have ever fielded. With two out-and-out strikers in Ronaldo and Adriano, backed up by Ronaldinho and Kaka, Brazil’s attacking power is frightening.

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BBC News – May 30, 2006
“They won’t be under any pressure to do well, so they can only gain from the experience. “They will be going there as one of the outsiders, just like we did when we went to the 1998 World Cup. “We were the darlings of that World Cup and hopefully Ghana will be the darling this time. “We have seen some positives in terms of the team structure, the organisation, the qualities that they have. “It’s now up to them to transcend that on a consistent basis during the World Cup itself because there’s not much to choose between the teams now. “The gap is no longer that wide in world football, it’s no use in considering it, so we wish them all the best in their endeavours. ”

The Black Stars play their last World Cup warm-up game on 4 June when they play South Korea in Scotland… “We have seen some positives in terms of the team structure, the organisation, the qualities that they have. “It’s now up to them to transcend that on a consistent basis during the World Cup itself because there’s not much to choose between the teams now. “The gap is no longer that wide in world football, it’s no use in considering it, so we wish them all the best in their endeavours. ”

The Black Stars play their last World Cup warm-up game on 4 June when they play South Korea in Scotland.

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BBC News – May 30, 2006
Aruna Dindane scored for the Elephants after 72 minutes but a minute later, the Ivory Coast’s Didier Zokora was sent off for a second yellow card. Chile equalised six minutes later with Humberto Suazo scoring from the penalty spot. Ivory Coast coach Henri Michel said it had been important to testing the team against a different style of play. “We played the Swiss, which was a very well organized team,” Michel said… “Chile was a different proposition, as it is a much more technical team. ”

Ivory Coast have one remaining friendly, against Slovenia also in France on 4 June, before heading to Germany, where they are in Group C with Holland, Argentina and Serbia-Montenegro. Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who scored nine goals in World Cup qualifying for the Elephants, went close with a fourth-minute free kick which went narrowly over Miguel Pinto’s goal. Drogba’s combination play with PSV Eindhoven striker Aruna Kone posed problems, but the Chile defence held firm. Drogba was replaced at halftime by Dindane. Dindane and Kone both had shots saved by Pinto shortly after the interval, and Zokora blazed over in the 67th. Chile’s main attacking threat centred around Luis Jimenez, a creator of several goals for Series A top-scorer Luca Toni at Fiorentina this season.

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BBC News – May 30, 2006
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Despite his relative youth, Convey speaks with remarkable maturity. That has no doubt helped the Philadelphia-born player adjust to living and working in a foreign continent. But Convey said he was pleased to be somewhere where the World Cup was a creating a buzz. “In a way, it’s quite nice to be in Europe because there’s a big football culture over here, certainly in England,” he said. “In the US it’s not quite such as big a deal. If you look at our game at Sheffield United in February, we were playing in front of more than 25,000 people in the division below the Premiership. “When I played in Major League Soccer, I played at one of the better teams, DC United, and we probably had 18,000 supporters at the most… ”

Convey has been tipped for success since being named US young male athlete of the year in 2002 and becoming the youngest-ever player in MLS when he signed for DC United in 2000 aged just 16. He is already some way to fulfilling his potential, having won 25 international caps and netted one goal for the USA. But even though football is not a mainstream sport in America, the country has been rising in the Fifa rankings for many years and, indeed, has been a fixture in the top 10 for the past 13 months. But Convey is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his team in Group E where they will face the Czech Republic, Italy and Ghana. “Everyone is saying we have the group of death,” he said. “We have four very good teams in our group – it’s going to be on the day who’s mentally and physically stronger than the other teams. “That’s going to be the key.

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