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June 22, 2006

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* Group A | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited Football
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Iran v Angola
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Czech Republic…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Ivory Coast | Michel…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Ecuador v Germany statistics
* It was twenty years ago today | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Croatia v Australia statistics
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Ghana v USA
* … on getting caught in the moment | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…

Group A | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited Football
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 21, 2006
Our chances are the same as Germany’s. “Sweden’s striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is healing well from his groin injury and may be fit for the second-round match against Germany on June 24, the coach Lars Lagerback said on Tuesday. Ibrahimovic did not play against England on Tuesday, having limped off at halftime in Sweden’s previous World Cup Group B match against Paraguay on June 15. “It has been a positive development with his injury. We hope that he will be available when we play Germany,” Lagerback told reporters after Sweden drew 2-2 against England to finish second in Group B. “We have practiced set pieces a little bit and I’m very pleased that we can score on set pieces,” Sweden’s coach Lars Lagerback said. “If we have some aces left for Germany I don’t know.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Iran v Angola
BBC News – Jun 21, 2006
Iran seemed more technically gifted than the Angolans, although both sides showed admirable endeavour. I can see Iran improving over the next few years. 1629: De-LoperFor a country such as Angola which has been through a terrible civil war, I’m pleased to see their football side do well. 1627: David This is now actually quite a decent game. 1601: De-LoperThis game is extremely boring. I think Iran and Angola have decided to just settle for the point. 1534: Iranpool FCIran all the way.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Czech Republic…
BBC News – Jun 22, 2006
why didn’t they put another striker in there?

1745: Italian AddickItaly rarely get the credit we deserve and we haven’t even been knocked out of the World Cup in open play since 1986. We have a great goalkeeper, an outstanding defence, a pretty decent midfield and some very good strikers. We are one of the leading contenders for the World Cup. We have had a tough group but we have won it and now we have quite an easy draw. 1733: AlexicanSurprised to see the Czechs go out after their impressive first game. People were even tipping them to win the cup after that performance. Could it have been down to Koller being injured?

1722: factsnotfiction I’ve always rated Inzaghi as a goalscorer… Let’s see if the Czechs can keep this up. 1501: Keyser SozeI will be very, very annoyed if the Czechs go out today. With their first team fit they are a formidable attacking side, and play fabulous football. I’d certainly rather see them through than the Italians. 1456: LFC_Since_1969Any sort of win for both Ghana & the Czechs and it’s bye bye Italy. Can’t see it happening though – I think the Italians jsut a little too much guile for the Czechs. 1455: BesondersThe permutations are complicated, but basically all the teams need a win, except Italy who will go through with a draw.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Teams | Ivory Coast | Michel…
BBC News – Jun 21, 2006
Some of them – like Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Eboue and Kolo Toure – turn out regularly for big European teams. African and European media have been calling the Elephants ‘the best African team’ or ‘the African team on the rise’ for almost two years. On paper, Michel’s achievements are considerable after taking the Ivory Coast to their first World Cup, and to the final of the 2006 African Nations Cup. But the amount of talent Michel had at his disposal convinced many Ivorians that the Frenchman had only done the bare minimum. When Ivory Coast lost a key qualifying game against Cameroon, hundreds of angry supporters took to the streets to demand that Michel be sacked. The Frenchman was accused of poor tactical options, and surprising personnel choices. If the team had not subsequently qualified for Germany and reached the final of the Nations Cup, there is no doubt Michel would have been out the door earlier.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Ecuador v Germany statistics
BBC News – Jun 20, 2006
1445 BST: “It’s a real hothouse atmosphere here, with Germany planning to carry on the momentum they have gained from the first two games. “Ian Brown, Five Live Sport in Berlin. 1435 BST: “This is Germany’s 16th World Cup encounter with a South American side. The previous 15 have resulted in 10 wins, three draws and just two defeats. ”

1425 BST: “We can hardly hear ourselves think. The bedlam coming from the Ecuadorians and the Germans is quite extraordinary. “BBC Five Live Sport’s Simon Mayo inside Berlin’s Olympiastadion… “BBC Five Live Sport’s Simon Mayo inside Berlin’s Olympiastadion. 1415 BST: No prizes for guessing which team is taking this match the most seriously. Ecuador’s leading World Cup marksman Agustin Delgado is one of five players rested as the South Americans keep one eye on round two, while Germany are almost at full strength. Knee injury victim Christoph Metzelde is the only absentee for the Germans, replaced by Robert Huth. Skipper Michael Ballack is risked, but if he picks up a yellow card he is out of the next round. TEAM LINE-UPS

Ecuador: Mora, De la Cruz, Espinoza, Ambrossi, Guagua, Valencia, Edwin Tenorio, Ayovi, Mendez, Borja, Kaviedes. Subs: Benitez, Castillo, Delgado, Hurtado, Lanza, Lara, Perlaza, Reasco, Saritama, Carlos Tenorio, Urrutia, Villafuerte.

It was twenty years ago today | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 22, 2006
Fortunately, the eyes of the people were not on me. Because from the ground myself, and the rest of the world, from wherever they were, saw that ball rise in slow motion and then begin to come down on the edge of the six-yard box where Peter Shilton and Maradona went to challenge for it in the air. There something happened which I couldn’t understand but which was called a goal and had to be celebrated as wildly as such an unpleasant match, a World Cup, England deserved. Maradona ran and celebrated without much conviction, as if his cry contained a doubt within. Strange goal, strange cry – I still didn’t understand much until I got to the huddle and found out why. From my position I suspected that Diego could not have reached up there with his head but at no point did I see his hand, nor God’s. Any ethical scruples? Twenty years on we can have them, but at that moment we only felt joy, relief, perhaps a forced sense of justice… Throughout those 10 seconds and 10 touches, he changed his mind hundreds of times because that’s how the mind of genius in action works. That celebration that put intelligence, the body and the ball in tune was an act of genius – but also in the most profound way, in footballing terms, of being Argentinian. What Maradona was doing was making Argentinians’ football dream a reality: we love the ball more than the game and, for that reason, the dribble more than the pass. When the ball went into the net I knew, in that instant, we were present at a moment of great significance: Maradona had just put on Pele’s crown. Aware of the historical moment in which I was living, I did something that humanity has still not recognised. I, ladies and gentlemen, took the ball out of the net where Maradona had put it. The focus, fortunately, was still elsewhere.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Croatia v Australia statistics
BBC News – Jun 22, 2006
” BBC Sport match summariser Gavin Peacock. “It was an enthralling half. Australia played the better football putting crosses in and piling into the box. But then it was a stupid handball that gets them back into the game. ” BBC Sport pundit Lee Dixon. “Viduka was rugby-tackled to the ground, I have no idea how the referee didn’t give a penalty. ” Adrian Chiles, BBC Sport… 41 mins: Dado Prso fails to make the most of one of Croatia’s few chances, blasting a long-range effort over the crossbar. 40 mins: Croatia survive another scare as Cahill’s scrambled header is saved by keeper Pletikosa. 38 mins GOAL: Croatia 1-1 Australia Australia take a step closer to the second round of the World Cup as Newcastle defender Craig Moore slots home a penalty after Stjepan Tomas’s handball in the area. To add to Croatia’s troubles, Igor Tudor is booked after complaining to the referee. 33 mins: Keiji Tamada scores in the other group match to give Japan a surprise 1-0 lead against Brazil. As it stands, Croatia are still ahead on goal difference to take second spot in the group. 32 mins: Croatia earn the first yellow card of the game as Dario Simac is penalised for throwing the ball away when Australia are awarded a throw-in.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Your views on Ghana v USA
BBC News – Jun 22, 2006
Pity they won’t have Essien for the Brazil game. When they played without him at the African Nations Cup, they looked a much-weakened side! It’s amazing how the absence of one person can make such a difference. 1654: Badgerman
USA have been naive in this tournament. A lack of chances created. That wasn’t a penalty, but there’s definitely something missing in the US team. 1652: TurkishDelight
The time wasting by Ghana is disgusting – every 5 mins a players falls to the ground and just lies there even if there was no contact.

… on getting caught in the moment | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – Jun 21, 2006
Over the past 12 days I have watched around 50 hours of live football. I have seen almost 80 balls fly into the net and admired many of the goals for their swerving beauty. I have heard comments such as “Here today, Ghana tomorrow” and “Togo or not Togo” from puntastic commentators and not blinked an eye. I have watched highlights programmes on ITV and BBC and then switched to Sky Sports through the night. Although I have experienced short-term pleasure, I realise I have a problem.

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