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July 10, 2006

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* Domenech finally winning friends | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
* BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Germany v Portugal statistics
* … golden generation are big heads | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | World Cup 2006 | Tim Vickery…
* How good was the 2006 World Cup?
* GERMAN TEAM GREETS FANS IN BERLIN
* World cup a hit with US fans
* Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
* CBBC Newsround | Sport | Jake’s World Cup diary: Day 16
* Europe’s old order defends its ramparts
* WORLD CUP POSTMORTEM Footballers with Shiny Shoes
* BBC NEWS | World | Europe | European press review: World Cup

Domenech finally winning friends | World Cup 2006 | Guardian Unlimited…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 8, 2006
“Domenech’s call-up and inclusion of Franck Ribéry has been more than justified, he has set up the team in a successful 4-2-3-1 system and could not be falted tactically in the knock-out rounds. He is now silencing his critics after being vilified over a long period in France, and ridiculed, as a follower of astrology, for publicly stating that he does not like the Scorpio star sign, under which the excluded Robert Pires was born. All along he said the World Cup final was his objective and dismissed the significance of uninspiring warm-up performances. “Football is not like the theatre when the audience does not get to see the rehearsals,” he said. For a coach whose only domestic honour is a second division title at Lyon and who worked as France’s Under-21 coach for no fewer than 11 years before taking over the national team in 2004, this has been a remarkable journey. Marcello Lippi, his opposite number tomorrow, has an honours list that includes five Serie A championships, four Italian Supercups, an Italian Cup and a Champions League. Yet no one can be sure Domenech will not triumph.

BBC SPORT | Football | World Cup 2006 | Germany v Portugal statistics
BBC News – Jul 8, 2006
” BBC Sport presenter Gary Lineker

“I’m delighted Luis Figo got on to the pitch for his final appearance. It was a great ball for Nuno Gomes’ goal. ” BBC Sport analyst Martin O’Neill

FULL-TIME: A double from Bastian Schweinsteiger helps Germany finish third at the 2006 World Cup. 88 mins: GOAL Germany 3-1 Portugal Nuno Gomes scores after heading in Luis Figo’s peach of a ball from the right. 84 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo hits a tremendous free-kick from at least 35 yards out that forces Oliver Kahn to punch the ball away. 82 mins: Nuno Gomes comes close to scoring for Portugal but his effort bounces off Oliver Kahn’s boot from five yards. 79 mins: There will be no hat-trick for Bastian Schweinsteiger who is replaced by Thomas Hitzlsperger.

… golden generation are big heads | World Cup 2006 | Guardian…
Guardian Unlimited – Jul 9, 2006
Of course there is too much money, too much publicity and too much over-hyping of too little genuine talent, but that’s showbiz. The situation is not vastly different in Italy or Spain. If England have a problem adjusting to the wider football world it probably relates to being English, rather than our entertaining but technically limited style of play… If Beckham does the same, one fears it will be a few more generations before England get a grip on reality, let alone the World Cup. There is nothing wrong with dreams, every footballer’s career starts with them and the excellent Andrea Pirlo, for one, has just described reaching a World Cup final as a boyhood dream come true. Every aspiring footballer should dream of playing in a World Cup final, but when you become a professional footballer and take part in a World Cup tournament, the dream has to go on hold until the work is completed. No waving to friends in the crowd, no tears because you can’t get your own way, no WAGs hamming it up on the giant screen. The last stages of World Cups are brutal, for players only. England have always been a bit rose-tinted about their place in the world order, but the Eriksson years will go down as a decadent period of wild over-optimism and blatant self-delusion. Fortunately, the FA have invested in an antidote.

BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | World Cup 2006 | Tim Vickery…
BBC News – Jul 10, 2006
Italy’s triumph in Berlin leaves the continent with nine
World Cup wins, equalling South America’s total. Europe, of course, has been able to count on a major advantage. It has staged the competition on 10 occasions whereas the World Cup has gone to South America just four times and not since 1978… Italy’s triumph in Berlin leaves the continent with nine
World Cup wins, equalling South America’s total. Europe, of course, has been able to count on a major advantage. It has staged the competition on 10 occasions whereas the World Cup has gone to South America just four times and not since 1978.

How good was the 2006 World Cup?
BBC News – Jul 10, 2006
But has this World Cup been a success for football or just for the hosts, Germany?

NEW STARS ARE BORN

In 1990 it was Roberto Baggio. In 1994 it was Romario. In 1998 it was Zinedine Zidane. In 2002 it was Ronaldinho… But has this World Cup been a success for football or just for the hosts, Germany?

NEW STARS ARE BORN

In 1990 it was Roberto Baggio. In 1994 it was Romario. In 1998 it was Zinedine Zidane. In 2002 it was Ronaldinho. Great players have a tendency to emerge at the World Cup, where people from across the globe can watch them express their talent on the biggest stage of all.

GERMAN TEAM GREETS FANS IN BERLIN
Spiegel Online – Jul 9, 2006
The crowd was entertained by a series of bands, one of which had clearly spent the previous night penning a new tune. The refrain — “Klinsi, you must stay” — was greeted with howls of agreement by the crowd. Another, the popular German pop group Sportfreund Stiller even changed the lyrics of its popular World Cup anthem “54, 74, 90, 2006” to “2010,” referring to the years that Germany has won the world football championship. Klinsmann sang along, offering at least some hope that he may stay on and, hopefully, lead the German team to victory in Johannesburg. “Klinsi, don’t go!”Countless banners told the same story: this party was a mass demonstration, a plea for trainer Jürgen Klinsmann to keep his job. The coach often found himself at odds with the German Football Association over his training methods and the fact that he lives in California rather than Germany, and Klinsmann has said he needs time to reflect before coming to any decision. Another group sang an amusing, if tuneless version of Bob Marley’s “Jammin”, with the line “I hope you like Germans too.

World cup a hit with US fans
San Francisco Chronicle – Jul 8, 2006
In her 30 years as a duty manager at San Francisco International Airport, Lily Wang has never seen such large crowds roar in front of airport televisions. It reminds her of Chinese soccer fans in her home country, where the Shanghai Daily is reporting an epidemic of “soccer widows” — men and women suffering as their soccer-fanatic spouses ignore them for a month. “I don’t see that kind of reaction with baseball or football,” Wang said. “Soccer makes people more excited. It really gets in their blood. ” In the Northwest, however, the World Cup is just an annoyance — something that isn’t American football. “Everybody I talk to doesn’t understand soccer,” Kurt Walker, general manager of the Crescent “No Lawyers” Bar and Grill in Boise, Idaho, said in a telephone interview.

Channelnewsasia.com – World Cup Germany 2006
Channel News Asia – Jul 10, 2006
? ?Maybe if they?d offered us 5,000 (euros) each we would have thought about it,? Richard laughed, I assumed he was joking. As I spoke to the different sets of supporters I found out they had all booked tickets anticipating their favourites would make the July 9 date in Berlin. And if not, hey it was the World Cup Final and they still made the trip, some from thousands of miles away. There were also many hopeful fans milling about, in the city centre and outside the stadium, holding up signs asking for tickets, willing to make the journey and pay thousands of euros for a seat. Perhaps the fans had not heard of the Fan Fest Mile in Berlin, set up with the Brandenburg Gate as the backdrop. The Fan Fest arenas set up in each of the 12 host cities have been such huge hits. At almost every match here tickets have been sold out and with touts demanding a king?s ransom for theirs, supporters have flocked to the Fan Fest… The promise of the ultimate prize that is just hours away make their dreams so welcome, it tingles the spine, surely it is the reason for their beaming smiles and excited chatter. Brazil would not be there, neither Argentina nor England, and the hosts had already collected their thirdplace prize. But yesterday, as I waited for T h i e r r y Henry and F r a n c k Ribery, or Luca Toni and Francesco Totti, to kick off the 18th World Cup Final here at the Olympiastadion, both sets of fans reminded me that despite some giants slain I was still about to witness a clash of aristocrats – France the 1998 champions, Italy going for a fourth crown – first world football nations who deserve to be on the greatest stage of all. ?Allez Les Bleus, Allez Les Bleus,? France?s corner, set up on the left of the Berlin train station, burst into song. The counter-thrust took just seconds, then from the right side, I heard the unmistakable roar of ?Italia, Italia. ?

By the time you read this France or Italy would have been crowned world champions, after a great game, or the kind of clash that brought to life the dreaded Mexican wave. It does not matter.

CBBC Newsround | Sport | Jake’s World Cup diary: Day 16
BBC News – Jul 10, 2006
I’m sending this from Berlin airport. It’s now the morning after the final. I have to say, last night was the best football experience of my life. We’ve been in Germany for 35 days. All the matches we’ve seen, all the people we’ve interviewed and all the shows we’ve done – all building up to the final and it didn’t disappoint. We spent most of our weekend at the Olympic Stadium which is the most amazing ground I have ever been to. It was built 70 years ago for the Olympics in 1936 and since then it’s hosted some of the biggest sporting events in the world… When you walk around you get a real sense of history, so it was the perfect venue for such an important match. Presenting Sportsround on Saturday was really surreal. We’ve been to quite a few grounds on our tour of Germany, but being pitch-side at the World Cup final venue is probably something I’ll never do again. It’s definitely something I’ll never forget. At every ground we’ve been to, I’ve secretly managed to pick a small bit of grass and now I have some from the Olympic Stadium to add to my collection!

We spent Sunday morning soaking up the atmosphere in Berlin which was fantastic. French and Italian fans are not only very loud and colourful but also really friendly which is what the World Cup is all about. The weird thing was though, when we got to the ground a few hours before kick off, the atmosphere wasn’t quite as amazing.

Europe’s old order defends its ramparts
Hindu – Jul 8, 2006
So many of the French and Italians have played with or against each other in domestic and European football that neither team will be guarding secrets. Whatever the 2006 final has in store, a diversity of football culture is not on the menu. At the end of a tournament whose final pool of 32 nations spanned the globe, the destiny of the trophy will be decided by the representatives of two countries who share a geographical border and whose prominent involvement runs through the history of the competition. So much for the hope that the past month would demonstrate a real advance in the dispersal and equalisation of power throughout the international game. A handful of attractive outsiders qualified for the 18th World Cup finals but none showed real signs of upsetting the old order. And when it came down to the last four, only familiar names remained… At the end of a tournament whose final pool of 32 nations spanned the globe, the destiny of the trophy will be decided by the representatives of two countries who share a geographical border and whose prominent involvement runs through the history of the competition. So much for the hope that the past month would demonstrate a real advance in the dispersal and equalisation of power throughout the international game. A handful of attractive outsiders qualified for the 18th World Cup finals but none showed real signs of upsetting the old order. And when it came down to the last four, only familiar names remained. These were the first all-European semifinals since 1982, and the identity of only one of the contestants had changed, Portugal replacing Poland alongside France, Germany (then West Germany) and Italy. Absence of diversity

Anyone who relishes diversity in football will have regretted the departure of the Brazilians and the Argentinians, whose predecessors opened up the game’s technical and emotional range, allowing a game that had existed in monochrome to burst into full colour. Which is not to say, however, that finals pitting Europeans against South Americans are necessarily a good thing.

WORLD CUP POSTMORTEM Footballers with Shiny Shoes
Spiegel Online – Jul 10, 2006
Players who wanted to stand out often had to accentuate show over substance. 0 Wed Oct 31 22:26:36 2007 –>… ) and the games frequently were reduced to merely being the reason to join the public party. Play dictated by fear of losingIn Germany during the summer of 2006, the heart of football was beating more in the stands than on the pitch. The game drowned in the sweat-drenched fear of both the players and coaches. They didn’t want to lose and so they often did little to win. 0 Mon Nov 05 15:24:40 2007 –>MORE FROM SPIEGEL SPECIAL.

BBC NEWS | World | Europe | European press review: World Cup
BBC News – Jul 10, 2006

“And they sat on the trainers’ bench,” it adds, referring in particular to Mr Klinsmann. Even so, the paper still expects a good Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010. “And one will be satisfied if the tournaments are half as good as the World Cup of 2006 – as a peaceful festival which the football has not spoilt,” it concludes. Spain’s El Pais says this year’s World Cup was not spectacular as far as the game was concerned. “It reflected the triumph of conservatism,” the paper says. “Few young players stood out among the veterans. ”

It represented victory for the EU, it adds – citing the four semi-finalists: Italy, France, Germany and Portugal – but failure for Brazil and Argentina.

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