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January 9, 2007

2006: the year of air kicks, heiresses and the worst of bad Hair days

Filed under: World Cup 2006 — Ivan @ 10:32 am

The News Review:

* 2006: the year of air kicks, heiresses and the worst of bad Hair days
* Good, bad and ugly – and Ronaldo is good!
* ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
* 2006: the year of air kicks, heiresses and the worst of bad Hair days
* ESPN.com – NFL – Falcons hire Louisville’s Petrino as new coach
* Random Thoughts from a Sports Fan
* SCOREBOARD – Turkish Daily News Jan 08, 2007
* ESPN.com – NCF – Florida State hires LSU’s Fisher as offensive…
* ESPN.com – COLUMNIST – Wojciechowski: Bland works for Buckeyes’…

2006: the year of air kicks, heiresses and the worst of bad Hair days
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 7, 2007
8 Per cent – the shooting accuracy of Iran at the football World Cup finals. It was the highest of any nation. 57 Balls that Adam Gilchrist faced (against England at Perth) to score the second fastest hundred in the history of Test cricket. 58 Months since Jose Mourinho last lost a home league match as a manager – when Porto lost 3-2 to Beira Mar on Feb 23, 2002. 59 Grand slam titles won by Martina Navratilova, including the US Open mixed doubles at the age of 49, before she hung up her racket – again… 15,000 Pounds, the cost of the Colchester side that played Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round. Chelsea’s second-half substitutes cost £35 million. 16,000 Guineas that it cost to buy Sir Percy, the 2006 Derby winner, as a puny hurdling prospect when he was a yearling. 30,000 Pounds, the difference in prize money between the winners of the men’s and women’s singles titles at Wimbledon. 55,000 Pounds that six of England’s World Cup WAGs, including Posh and Nancy Dell’Olio, spent in one hour in Baden-Baden’s luxury boutiques. 70,000 Euros, the amount of money that Michael Ballack was fined for failing to declare to German customs a designer handbag that he had bought for his wife in Dubai. 79,619 Spectators who watched a rugby union club match between Stade Francais and Biarritz in October, beating the 79,604 who had watched the same teams play in March.

Good, bad and ugly – and Ronaldo is good!
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 7, 2007
What more could a manager want? After such a long injury absence, it is so good to see him back. I would much prefer to keep on the good – and there is plenty more, like my home team Scunthorpe United being promoted and looking as if they might do it again – but the bad summons me. England World Cup 2006. I hold my hands up. I was one of many who thought semi-final at least. Our record in both the World Cup and European Championships is so poor over so many years that we need a complete rethink as to what we can realistically expect from our international team… Video evidence and points reduction would stop it, but we should be above that kind of behaviour. Lord Stevens’ report is not yet ugly, but one foul transfer – just one – would make it so. Finally, in a lot of people’s eyes, football and the World Cup was summed up by Zinedine Zidane’s butt on Marco Materazzi. Very ugly!Will 2007 be different? No. Football is like life. Good, bad and ugly. There will be some of each again.

ireland.com / Sports / Soccer / Worldcup 2006
Irish Times – Jan 8, 2007
?When I arrived Icouldn?t believe the poor organisation ? wecouldn?t even organise our own domesticleague,? Pele said. ?The main problem wasthat the FA was not independent from thegovernment. This meant the money intendedfor investment in football did not alwaysreach us. That has started to changeand now it?s vital we spend our WorldCup money (a minimum of ?4. 7 million?)wisely. ?Pele wants to improve the facilitiesat the soccer academy he establishedcalled FC Nania. It is not yetin the same league as the AcademieASEC, but already has threegraduates playing in Franceand represents a promisingstarting point.

2006: the year of air kicks, heiresses and the worst of bad Hair days
Telegraph.co.uk – Jan 7, 2007
• Passes, nine players and 54 seconds – the vital statistics of the goal of the football World Cup finals, scored by Argentina’s Esteban Cambiasso in a group game against Serbia & Montenegro. 26 World Cup finals matches that Italy have played on European soil since 1974 without losing, excluding penalty shoot-outs. 28 Red cards in the football World Cup finals in the summer – a record for the finals. 29 Men’s major golf championships since a European has finished first (Paul Lawrie in 1999). 31 Successive FA Cup finals in which at least one of Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur have participated.

ESPN.com – NFL – Falcons hire Louisville’s Petrino as new coach
ESPN – Jan 8, 2007
A formal announcement was set for Monday afternoon at theFalcons’ suburban training complex in Flowery Branch — exactly oneweek after Mora was let go. “This is an exciting day for the Atlanta Falcons franchise,”owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “Bobby Petrino is anextremely talented football coach who has done some tremendouslyinnovative things as both an offensive coordinator and headcoach. ” Mora, who never seemed to get the most out of.

Random Thoughts from a Sports Fan
SportingNews.com – SportingNews.com (subscription) – Jan 7, 2007
spitting in the face of a player. So yes, I’m handing out what I’m going to call the Last WTH of 2006 to each of those moments, and let’s hope I get it right in 2007. I’ve got some great stuff planned for the Rated R Blog in 2007! Did you notice the official name change of the blog? This is going to be a tremendous year for TSN!

I would like to send my condolences to the family of NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton… They are headed to New Orleans to see what their namesake did to an entire city. We think it may help them consider a name change or at least a shortening of their current name. He was given the Adam Sandler movie “Anger Management,” and forced to watch it for three days straight. (It’s funny the first time you watch it, but it just gets old after a while. ) We went back to check on him after an four hours, and he’s asking for a straight-jacket so he doesn’t cause bodily harm to Adam Sandler. Alright, we are back! Next up, for the TSN members who always seem to find themselves turning left (and sometimes right, but only in New York or California), here are the nominees for NASCAR! Brian France for not addressing the problems associated with the Chase for the Cup (Anyone else sick of the Chase?); The Chase for the Cup itself for creating more problems than it solved in determining a Champion (We go from having 2 drivers competing to 10 and then back to 2.

SCOREBOARD – Turkish Daily News Jan 08, 2007
Turkish Daily News – Turkish Daily News (subscription) – Jan 8, 2007
“I can confirm that Luis Figo of Inter Milan has signed an official contract with Ittihad starting on July 1, 2007,” Ittihad director-general Rafat Turki told Reuters. “I have no right to release the value but we concluded a deal acceptable to both sides that is the highest, not just in the Middle East, but in Asia for a player that is worth the value. ” Figo began his career at Sporting Lisbon and played for Portugal in the 2006 World Cup. He played for Barcelona and Real Madrid before joining Inter at the start of the 2005-6 season. Bayern’s Kahn to retire in 2008: Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has said he will retire from football in 2008 at the end of his current contract. The 86-time capped custodian retired from international football after last summer’s World Cup finals, but at 37-year-old decided to play on for another two years at club level. “I will honor my contract with Bayern until 2008 and after that it will be the right time at 39 years to call a halt and concentrate on something else,” he told the Sunday edition of Bild newspaper… He played for Barcelona and Real Madrid before joining Inter at the start of the 2005-6 season. Bayern’s Kahn to retire in 2008: Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn has said he will retire from football in 2008 at the end of his current contract. The 86-time capped custodian retired from international football after last summer’s World Cup finals, but at 37-year-old decided to play on for another two years at club level. “I will honor my contract with Bayern until 2008 and after that it will be the right time at 39 years to call a halt and concentrate on something else,” he told the Sunday edition of Bild newspaper. Kahn has been with Bayern since joining them from Karlsruhe in 1994 and has played 516 times for the Bavarian giants winning seven German league titles, and five German Cups as well as the 2001 Champions league title and the 1996 UEFA Cup. Chelsea’s billions boost silverware, hamper youngsters: Roman Abramovich’s billions have brought glory and silverware to English champions Chelsea, but they have done little to enhance the prospects of teenage hopefuls at the London club. Filipino midfielder James Younghusband was released from Chelsea last year after 10 years at Stamford Bridge and says it is harder than ever to make the grade at the Russian oligarch’s club.

ESPN.com – NCF – Florida State hires LSU’s Fisher as offensive…
ESPN – Jan 8, 2007
Bowden still has two vacancies to fill on his staff. The Seminoles finished 7-6 following a 44-27 Emerald Bowl winover UCLA. Jim Donnan is an ESPN college football analyst. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

ESPN.com – COLUMNIST – Wojciechowski: Bland works for Buckeyes’…
ESPN – Jan 7, 2007
By his own admission, Tressel, 54, is a combination of dull and duller. He doesn’t overpower a room, but instead blends in. He’s the Scotchguard-ed berber carpet of college football coaches — functional, durable, dependable, and stains don’t stick. Tressel is 62-13 since coming to Ohio State in 2001. He’s won a national championship, three Big Ten titles and is a victory away from his second undefeated season. He’s beaten Michigan five out of six times, has coached a Heisman winner, and has generally perfected the art of saying nothing in news conferences.

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