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Miraz
May 11, 2006, 05:03 AM
I am opening the World Cup Football 2006 thread. We are just 28 days away from the world cup. Here's the fixture for the group stage. Timing of the matches are very good for people in Europe. We can enjoy most of the matches after work. Felow friends in Bangladesh need to sacrifice some sleeping for matches that will start at 21:00 GMT.

Group A
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>1</TD><TD noWrap align=left>09-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Munich (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/munchen.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>GER (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ger):CRC (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=crc)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>4:2 (2:1) (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/template.html?id=1&day=09&month=06&year=2006)</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>2</TD><TD noWrap align=left>09-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Gelsenkirchen (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/gelsenkirchen.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>POL (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=pol):ECU (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ecu)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>0:2 (0:1) (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/template.html?id=2&day=09&month=06&year=2006)</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>17</TD><TD noWrap align=left>14-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Dortmund (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/dortmund.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>GER (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ger):POL (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=pol)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150315200','14-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>18</TD><TD noWrap align=left>15-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hamburg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hamburg.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>ECU (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ecu):CRC (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=crc)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150380000','15-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>33</TD><TD noWrap align=left>20-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Berlin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/berlin.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ECU (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ecu):GER (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ger)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150815600','20-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>34</TD><TD noWrap align=left>20-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hanover (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hannover.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>CRC (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=crc):POL (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=pol)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150815600','20-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Group B

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>3</TD><TD noWrap align=left>10-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Frankfurt (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/frankfurt.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ENG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=eng):PAR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=par)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>1:0 (1:0) (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/template.html?id=3&day=10&month=06&year=2006)</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>4</TD><TD noWrap align=left>10-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Dortmund (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/dortmund.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>TRI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tri):SWE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=swe)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>0:0 (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/template.html?id=4&day=10&month=06&year=2006)</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>19</TD><TD noWrap align=left>15-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Nuremberg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/nurnberg.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ENG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=eng):TRI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tri)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150390800','15-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>20</TD><TD noWrap align=left>15-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Berlin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/berlin.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>SWE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=swe):PAR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=par)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150401600','15-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>35</TD><TD noWrap align=left>20-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Cologne (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/koln.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>SWE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=swe):ENG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=eng)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150833600','20-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>36</TD><TD noWrap align=left>20-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Kaiserslautern (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/kaiserslautern.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>PAR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=par):TRI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tri)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150833600','20-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Group C

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>5</TD><TD noWrap align=left>10-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hamburg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hamburg.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ARG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=arg):CIV (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=civ)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>2:1 (2:0) (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/template.html?id=5&day=10&month=06&year=2006)</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>6</TD><TD noWrap align=left>11-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Leipzig (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/leipzig.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>SCG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=scg):NED (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ned)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>0:1 (0:1) (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/template.html?id=6&day=11&month=06&year=2006)</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>21</TD><TD noWrap align=left>16-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Gelsenkirchen (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/gelsenkirchen.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ARG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=arg):SCG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=scg)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150466400','16-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>22</TD><TD noWrap align=left>16-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Stuttgart (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/stuttgart.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>NED (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ned):CIV (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=civ)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150477200','16-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>37</TD><TD noWrap align=left>21-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Frankfurt (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/frankfurt.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>NED (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ned):ARG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=arg)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150920000','21-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>38</TD><TD noWrap align=left>21-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Munich (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/munchen.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>CIV (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=civ):SCG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=scg)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150920000','21-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Group D

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>7</TD><TD noWrap align=left>11-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Nuremberg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/nurnberg.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>MEX (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=mex):IRN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=irn)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>3:1 (1:1) (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/match/template.html?id=7&day=11&month=06&year=2006)</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>8</TD><TD noWrap align=left>11-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Cologne (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/koln.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>ANG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ang):POR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=por)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150056000','11-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>23</TD><TD noWrap align=left>16-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hanover (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hannover.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>MEX (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=mex):ANG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ang)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150488000','16-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>24</TD><TD noWrap align=left>17-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Frankfurt (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/frankfurt.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>POR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=por):IRN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=irn)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150552800','17-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>39</TD><TD noWrap align=left>21-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Gelsenkirchen (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/gelsenkirchen.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>POR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=por):MEX (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=mex)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150902000','21-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>40</TD><TD noWrap align=left>21-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Leipzig (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/leipzig.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>IRN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=irn):ANG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ang)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150902000','21-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Group E

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>9</TD><TD noWrap align=left>12-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hanover (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hannover.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ITA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ita):GHA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=gha)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150142400','12-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>10</TD><TD noWrap align=left>12-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Gelsenkirchen (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/gelsenkirchen.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>USA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=usa):CZE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=cze)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150131600','12-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>25</TD><TD noWrap align=left>17-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Kaiserslautern (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/kaiserslautern.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ITA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ita):USA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=usa)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150574400','17-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>26</TD><TD noWrap align=left>17-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Cologne (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/koln.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>CZE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=cze):GHA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=gha)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150563600','17-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>41</TD><TD noWrap align=left>22-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hamburg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hamburg.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>CZE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=cze):ITA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ita)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150988400','22-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>42</TD><TD noWrap align=left>22-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Nuremberg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/nurnberg.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>GHA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=gha):USA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=usa)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150988400','22-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Group F

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>11</TD><TD noWrap align=left>13-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Berlin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/berlin.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>BRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=bra):CRO (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=cro)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150228800','13-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>12</TD><TD noWrap align=left>12-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Kaiserslautern (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/kaiserslautern.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>AUS (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=aus):JPN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=jpn)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150120800','12-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>27</TD><TD noWrap align=left>18-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Munich (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/munchen.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>BRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=bra):AUS (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=aus)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150650000','18-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>28</TD><TD noWrap align=left>18-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Nuremberg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/nurnberg.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>JPN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=jpn):CRO (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=cro)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150639200','18-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>43</TD><TD noWrap align=left>22-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Dortmund (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/dortmund.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>JPN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=jpn):BRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=bra)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1151006400','22-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>44</TD><TD noWrap align=left>22-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Stuttgart (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/stuttgart.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>CRO (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=cro):AUS (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=aus)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1151006400','22-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Group G

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>13</TD><TD noWrap align=left>13-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Stuttgart (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/stuttgart.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>FRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=fra):SUI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=sui)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150218000','13-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>14</TD><TD noWrap align=left>13-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Frankfurt (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/frankfurt.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>KOR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=kor):TOG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tog)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150207200','13-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>29</TD><TD noWrap align=left>18-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Leipzig (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/leipzig.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>FRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=fra):KOR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=kor)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150660800','18-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>30</TD><TD noWrap align=left>19-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Dortmund (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/dortmund.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>TOG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tog):SUI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=sui)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150725600','19-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>45</TD><TD noWrap align=left>23-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Cologne (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/koln.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>TOG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tog):FRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=fra)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1151092800','23-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>46</TD><TD noWrap align=left>23-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hanover (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hannover.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>SUI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=sui):KOR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=kor)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1151092800','23-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Group H

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-h><TH>Match</TH><TH align=left>Date</TH><TH align=left width="19%">Venue</TH><TH></TH><TH width="8%">Teams</TH><TH></TH><TH width="18%">Time/Score</TH><TH></TH></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>15</TD><TD noWrap align=left>14-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Leipzig (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/leipzig.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ESP (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=esp):UKR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ukr)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150293600','14-Jun-06 15:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>16</TD><TD noWrap align=left>14-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Munich (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/munchen.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>TUN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tun):KSA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ksa)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150304400','14-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>31</TD><TD noWrap align=left>19-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Stuttgart (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/stuttgart.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ESP (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=esp):TUN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tun)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150747200','19-Jun-06 21:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>32</TD><TD noWrap align=left>19-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hamburg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hamburg.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>KSA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ksa):UKR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ukr)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1150736400','19-Jun-06 18:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>47</TD><TD noWrap align=left>23-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Kaiserslautern (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/kaiserslautern.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>KSA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ksa):ESP (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=esp)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1151074800','23-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>48</TD><TD noWrap align=left>23-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Berlin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/berlin.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>UKR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ukr):TUN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tun)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>16:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1151074800','23-Jun-06 16:00'))</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>



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Bancan
May 11, 2006, 09:32 AM
go france go france :D

Tigers_eye
May 11, 2006, 10:43 AM
After all the Asian countries, after all the African countries, after Brazil, Agrentina, Germany, Norht and South Americans, mainland europe, australia...

Go England go. lol.

Tigers_eye
May 11, 2006, 10:52 AM
Both japan and Korea has a realistic chance to move on to the second round. Iran with so little exposure is hard to guess how strong they are. Saudi's chances depend on Ukraine and Tunisia match. I don't think they can advance.

Miraz
May 11, 2006, 10:55 AM
Japan and Korea can really do well in WC.

Anyway Cats_Eye England and its fans will remember your generous support. :)

Miraz
May 11, 2006, 02:13 PM
South Korea is getting ready to do better in WC 2006.

‘South Korea can shock the world’
Agence France-Presse . Seoul
South Korea’s coach Dick Advocaat named a 23-man World Cup squad Thursday and said it was capable of pulling off a surprise in Germany.
‘We have a very balanced squad and a squad that is capable of surprising a lot of people in the world,’ said Advocaat.
South Korea shocked the world in 2002 when they reached the World Cup semi-finals on home soil. Advocaat’s line-up contains 10 veterans of 2002 along with a batch of gifted youngsters out to make an impression next month.

Mr-Cricket
May 12, 2006, 03:15 AM
‘Australia can shock the world’

Australia's 2006 World Cup Squad is:

Goalkeepers: Ante Covic (Hammarby, Sweden), Zeljko Kalac (AC Milan, Italy), Mark Schwarzer (Middlesbrough, England)

Defenders: Michael Beauchamp (Central Coast Mariners), Stan Lazaridis (uncontracted), Mark Milligan (Sydney FC), Craig Moore (Newcastle United, England), Lucas Neill (Blackburn Rovers, England), Tony Popovic (Crystal Palace, England)

Midfielders: Marco Bresciano (Parma, Italy), Tim Cahill (Everton, England), Scott Chipperfield (FC Basel, Switzerland), Jason Culina (PSV Eindhoven, Netherlands), Brett Emerton (Blackburn Rovers, England), Vince Grella (Parma, Italy), Harry Kewell (Liverpool, England), Josip Skoko (Stoke City, England), Mile Sterjovski (FC Basel, Switzerland), Luke Wilkshire (Bristol, England)

Forwards: John Aloisi (Alaves, Spain), Josh Kennedy (Dynamo Dresden, Germany), Archie Thompson (Melbourne Victory), Mark Viduka (Middlesbrough, England).


http://www.theworldgame.com.au/media//857wgtg.jpg


Source: www.theworldgame.com.au (http://www.theworldgame.com.au)

Miraz
May 12, 2006, 03:36 AM
What's the real chance of Australia as a team?? 2nd round??

Mr-Cricket
May 12, 2006, 10:25 AM
It's hard to say to be honest. They don't have all that much experience against the stronger International sides - they've only recently been inducted into the Asian Confederation (from Oceania) and prior to this have only played the better sides in one-off Friendly's. But they really do have a very talented bunch of players.

A midfield from the likes of Bresciano, Cahill, Culina, Emerton, Grella (one of Chipperfield/Skoko could start but I don't really rate either of them) is very handy. Add to that the inform Viduka, Kewell and Alosi up front, and you have very potent attacking options to go with a quality midfield. And with Schwarzer in goals, all we are missing is a cohesive defensive unit (which I must admit is the main concern - i.e. leaking too many goals against a Brazil).

I think Brazil aside, Croatia and Japan are very beatable. So that said, I think the 2nd round should be the first goal. And from there, who knows? Anything is possible with Hiddink in charge, I guess (South Korea 2002)! There's also a potential Australia vs England showdown in the Second round - should be a very interesting affair, provided all things go to plan in the first round.

Rubu
May 13, 2006, 10:48 PM
Does anyone know if the 'golden goal' rule has been revoked? The reason I'm asking is, in fifa 2005, they do not apply this rule, but they used to in fifa2004. tried to do some google on it but ended up getting a huge list of junks.

Miraz
May 14, 2006, 03:33 PM
Dutch coach Marco van Basten plumped for a youthful look when he announced his final squaud for the June 9-July 9 World Cup in Germany on Sunday.
As expected, veterans Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Roy Makaay, who had already been left out of a provisional squad of 28 a week ago, failed to make it into the final 23-man party.

It's really surprising to me to find these quality player out of Dutch squad, Van Basten seems to have diffrent plan.


But there was also disappointment for Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng, Feyenoord striker Romeo Castelan, Hamburg midfielder Nigel de Jong, Ajax forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and AZ Alkmaar defender Barry Opdam who were all cut from the 28.

Despite the exodus of top Dutch stars to the big European leagues of England, Spain and Italy, van Basten selected 14 Dutch-based players with Ajax and Alkmaar supplying five each, although only three coming from champions PSV Eindhoven, and one from Feyenoord.

Five more ply their trade in the English Premiership, including out-of-favour Manchester United hit-man Ruud van Nistelrooy, with two playing at Barcelona in Spain and two in Germany, both at Hamburg.

SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United/ENG), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax) and Henk Timmer (AZ Alkmaar)
Defenders: Khalid Boulahrouz (SV Hamburg/GER), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona/ESP), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool/ENG), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), André Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), Johnny Heitinga (Ajax)
Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (Barcelona/ESP), Phillip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax) and Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg/GER) Forwards: Ryan Babel (Ajax), Dirk Kuijt (Feyenoord), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester United/ENG), Robin van Persie (Arsenal/ENG), Arjen Robben (Chelsea/ENG) and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven)

Miraz
May 14, 2006, 03:35 PM
Mexico announced its 23-man World Cup squad Saturday, including Europe-based players such as FC Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez and Bolton striker Jared Borgetti.
Injured midfielder Jaime Lozano, Cruz Azul defender Joel Huiqui and Toluca midfielder Israel Lopez were left out, despite the latter two training with coach Ricardo Lavolpe for the past month.
Marquez, who has helped Barcelona win a second straight Spanish league title this season and reach the Champions League final, will captain Mexico in a first-round group including Portugal, Iran and Angola.
Also in defense will be 37-year-old Claudio Suarez, who played in the 1994 and 1998 World Cups but missed the 2002 event because of injuries.
The 33-year-old Borgetti is tied for Mexico's career scoring lead, but since joining Bolton in August has spent more time on the bench than in the penalty area.
Alongside him in attack will be Guillermo Franco, who helped Spain's Villareal reach the semifinals of the Champions League. Franco is an Argentine and naturalized Mexican citizen. Midfielder Antonio Naelson was born in Brazil -- provoking some fans to complain that foreigners are taking Mexican jobs. A notable absentee was striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco, known for his "Blanco Bounce" at the 1998 World Cup in France -- hopping past two defenders with the ball between his ankles.


Lavolpe said in April that Blanco would not be included because he does not fit it into his system. Blanco, known for caustic comments on and off the field, claims he was left out because of a personal grudge by Lavolpe.

SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Guadalajara), Jose de Jesus Corona (Tecos), Guillermo Ochoa (America).

Defenders: Jose Antonio Castro (America), Andres Guardado (Atlas), Rafael Marquez (Barcelona/ESP), Mario Mendez (Monterrey), Ricardo Osorio (Cruz Azul), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Guadalajara), Carlos Salcido (Guadalajara), Claudio Suarez (Chivas, USA).

Midfielders: Jesus Arellano (Monterrey), Rafael García (Atlas), Ramon Morales (Guadalajara), Antonio Naelson 'Sinha' (Toluca), Pavel Pardo (América), Luis Perez (Monterrey), Gonzalo Pineda (Guadalajara), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul).
Forwards: Jared Borgetti (Bolton/ENG), Omar Bravo (Guadalajara), Francisco Fonseca (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Franco (Villarreal/ESP).

Miraz
May 14, 2006, 03:37 PM
Fabien Barthez has won the battle to be France's first choice goalkeeper at next month's World Cup finals.

The Marseille player had been in fierce contention with Lyon's Gregory Coupet for the position, but after long reflection coach Raymond Domenech opted for the 77-times capped Barthez, a veteran of the 1998 World Cup winning side.

In announcing his 23-strong squad on Sunday, Domenech mainly went for experience with the only mild surprises being the inclusion of two uncapped players -- Wigan defender Pascal Chimbonda and Marseille midfielder Franck Ribery.

The Guadeloupe-born Chimbonda was struggling last season in the French league at Bastia where he was the victim of racist taunts from fans before signing for promoted Wigan in England.

That move away from France helped revive the 27-year-old's career and his consistent form brought him the Premiership's right-back of the year award.

"This is the reward for all the hard work I have put in," he said. "The coach had always said that the door to the squad was open."
The 23-year-old Ribery has been outstanding at Marseille this season being named the French league's Young Player of the Year and has been added to an ageing midfield to provide the option of some youth and drive.

"For any professional player the chance to play in a team like France with players like Zinedine Zidane would be a dream come true. I will do all I can to get the team into the final," he said.

As expected there was no place for Barcelona winger Ludovic Giuly, Arsenal's Robert Pires or troublesome striker Nicolas Anelka all of whom failed to convince Domenech that they could be valuable assets in Germany.

But the ever-cautious coach, who took over after France's poor performance at Euro 2004 in Portugal, did retain the core of the side he used to qualify for the finals anchored around World Cup winners Barthez, Zinedine Zidane, Lilian Thuram and Thierry Henry.

"It wasn't easy," said Domenech. "There were nights of doubt, of sleeplessness for everbody, but I am convinced this squad can go as far as possible in Germany."
"What matters is the character shown by the players. The character of those that play who have to face up to the pressure of the World Cup. And the character of those who have to fill the roles of being reserves. It's not easy."
Thirteen of the 23 are based outside of France with eight playing in England, three in Italy and one each in Spain and Germany.

France have been grouped with Switzerland, South Korea and Togo.

The France squad for the World Cup finals announced on Sunday by coach Raymond Domenech:

SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Fabien Barthez (Marseille), Grégory Coupet (Lyon), Mickaël Landreau (Nantes)
Defenders: Eric Abidal (Lyon), Jean-Alain Boumsong (Newcastle/ENG), Pascal Chimbonda (Wigan/ENG), William Gallas (Chelsea/ENG), Gaël Givet (Monaco), Willy Sagnol (Bayern Munich/GER), Mikaël Silvestre (Manchester United/ENG), Lilian Thuram (Juventus Turin/ITA)
Midfielders: Vikash Dhorasoo (Paris SG), Alou Diarra (Lens), Claude Makelele (Chelsea/ENG), Florent Malouda (Lyon), Patrick Vieira (Juventus Turin/ITA), Zinédine Zidane (Real Madrid/ESP) Forwards: Djibril Cissé (Liverpool/ENG), Thierry Henry (Arsenal/ENG), Franck Ribéry (Marseille), Louis Saha (Manchester United/ENG), David Trezeguet (Juventus Turin/ITA), Sylvain Wiltord (Lyon)

Miraz
May 14, 2006, 03:39 PM
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=newsdetails vAlign=top>Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves' 23-man World Cup squad shows just four changes to the one that he named for the African Cup of Nations.
Injuries have ruled out midfielder Gilberto and striker Maurito, while goalkeeper Goliath and defender Jacinto are the other players to miss out.
The replacements include Portugal-based duo of Mateus and Marco Airosa as well as Hull City's Rui Marques.
Mario, who plays for InterClube in Angola, comes in as the third keeper.
SQUAD
Goalkeepers: João Ricardo (unattached), Lama (Petro Atletico), Mário (InterClube)
Defenders: Delgado (Petro Atletico), Jamba (AS Aviacao), Kali (FC Barreirense, Portugal), Lebo Lebo (Petro Atletico), Loco (Primeiro Agosto), Marco Abreu (Portimonense, Portugal), Marco Airosa (FC Barreirense, Portugal), Rui Marques (Hull City, England)
Midfielders: André (Kuwait SC, Kuwait), Edson (Pacos Ferreira, Portugal), Figueiredo, Mendonca (Varzim, Portugal), Miloy (InterClube), Zé Kalanga (Petro Atletico)
Strikers: Akwá (unattached), Andre Titi Buengo (Clermont Foot, France), Flávio (Al Ahli, Egypt), Love (AS Aviacao), Mantorras (Benfica, Portugal), Mateus (Gil Vicente, Portugal).
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Rabz
May 14, 2006, 09:57 PM
i strongly believe that Australia has got a great chance of advancing to the 2nd round...after brazil.the group is wide open....

with schwarzer as goalie and viduka-kewell forward.... ozies could bring suprises in the wc...they only need to check their defence...

croatia n japan r good solid side n it should be an interesting group...

Aussie Aussie Aussie
oi oi oi

Miraz
May 15, 2006, 02:09 PM
Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes has been left out of Spain's squad for the World Cup after Luis Aragones preferred to bolster his side's defence.
Valencia centre-back Carlos Marchena was included despite a mediocre season, while Morientes was ignored after failing to find his scoring form at Liverpool.
Morientes has found the net just nine times for Liverpool this season, but has an impressive record when he has played for Spain, scoring 26 times in 43 games.
The former Real Madrid striker went to both Euro 2004 and the last World Cup, but missed out on Euro 2000, an omission that then-coach Jose Antonio Camacho later admitted was a mistake.
Valencia striker David Villa, who has scored 24 Primera Liga goal this season, is now the favourite to lead the line with support from either Raul or Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres.
"I've given priority to the players who suit the way we play. We can't put the interests of individual players before those of the team and its stability," a tense Aragones told a news conference.
"I'm not taking Marchena just because he helped us before. It is a question of taste and I like him as a player."
Marchena's Valencia team mates Ruben Baraja and Vicente were left out, as were defenders Joan Capdevila and Javi Venta who had both been invited to last week's World Cup get-together.
Baraja was a regular in the team during Spain's qualifying campaign, but Vicente has been struggling with ankle problems throughout the season and has only recently recovered full fitness.
"I've had to think about it very carefully but I haven't lost any sleep over it," said Aragones. "It isn't always a case of just taking the 11 best players."
Raul and Barcelona midfielder Xavi were both included despite missing much of the season with serious knee ligament injuries.
"I believe in Raul completely and I think he will have a good World Cup," said Aragones.
The Real Madrid striker has not scored since returning to action in the middle of February.
In midfield, Villarreal's Marcos Senna has been included at the expense of Baraja, while Barcelona youngster Andres Iniesta, who has excelled during Xavi's absence, also earned himself a place in the squad.
Arsenal's Jose Antonio Reyes is the only naturally left-sided player among the midfielders, although both Luis Garcia and Raul can also play there.
"Spain has some very skilful players," Aragones told Spanish television channel La Sexta.
"We have an extraordinary group of players whose average is age is around 24 which has to be the youngest in the World Cup and for me they are the best 23 players in the world."
Spain have been drawn against Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in Group H, playing their opening match against the Ukrainians in Leipzig on June 14.
They will play three warm-up matches, starting against Russia in Albacete on May 27.
They meet African champions Egypt in Elche on June 3 and fellow World Cup qualifiers Croatia in Geneva on June 7.

Squad
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Santiago Canizares (Valencia)
Defenders: Antonio Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Juanito (Real Betis), Asier del Horno (Chelsea), Michel Salgado (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia)
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Joaquin (Real Betis), Luis Garcia (Liverpool), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), David Albelda (Valencia), Marcos Senna (Villarreal) Forwards: Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Raul (Real Madrid), David Villa (Valencia)

Miraz
May 15, 2006, 02:10 PM
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=newsdetails vAlign=top>Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann included Jens Nowotny in his World Cup squad on Monday despite the defender's near two-year absence from international football.
Klinsmann also added surprise choice David Odonkor from Borussia Dortmund, picking the uncapped 22-year-old midfielder over a trio of experienced rivals for a spot in the hosts' 23-man squad.
Nowotny, 32, has long been recognised as one of Germany's finest defenders, but has only recently recovered from serious injury and got back in the Bundesliga after a long legal row with his club, Bayer Leverkusen.
Capped 45 times, his inclusion was seen as a tacit acceptance by Klinsmann that his young defence needed a more experienced anchor, especially in the light of a 4-1 defeat by Italy in March.
"Jens is a player who brings a lot of experience to the team," Klinsmann told a news conference in Berlin, where Germany will be based for the June 9-July 9 tournament.
"He'll be an important part of the framework."
Nowotny last played for Germany in a 2-1 defeat by Czech Republic that knocked them out of the group stages at Euro 2004.
His return for Leverkusen in the latter stages of the past season were an immediate reminder of his class and were a key factor in his team's strong finish to the campaign.
Odonkor was the other surprise member of Klinsmann's squad.
"He's a huge talent," said Klinsmann, adding that he had not picked him before to avoid putting pressure on the pacy attacking midfielder.
"He was obviously thrilled when I called him," said Klinsmann. "He's a fine lad. We're going to have fun with him."
Odonkor effectively took the place of injured Bayern Munich winger Sebastian Deisler.
Out-of-form Schalke 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi failed to make the cut and there were two surprising omissions in Schalke midfielder Fabian Ernst and Werder Bremen full-back Patrick Owomoyela.
Striker Mike Hanke of VfL Wolfsburg won a place despite the fact that he will be suspended for the first two matches because of a sending-off in last year's Confederations Cup.
Klinsmann reaffirmed Germany's goal of winning the World Cup.
"It's everyone's goal and dream," he said. "We're three times champions. We know it will be a difficult goal to achieve but, with a lot of commitment, we're going to aim for that."
Germany play the opening match of the World Cup against Costa Rica in Munich on June 9. They play their other Group A games against Poland in Dortmund on June 14 and against Ecuador in Berlin on June 20.
The squad will meet up on Tuesday and play a 60-minute friendly against amateur club FSV Luckenwalde in Mannheim before flying off to Sardinia for a short "regeneration" camp.
They will then be based in Geneva from May 21 to May 30, apart from a brief return to Germany for a friendly against Luxembourg in Freiburg on May 27.
There are further warm-up games scheduled against Japan (May 30, Leverkusen) and Colombia (June 2, Moenchengladbach).

Squad
Goalkeepers: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal), Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Timo Hildebrand (VfB Stuttgart)
Defenders: Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Robert Huth (Chelsea), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Hanover 96), Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund), Jens Nowotny (Bayer Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich), Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart) Forwards: Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04), Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen), Oliver Neuville (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Lukas Podolski (Cologne), Mike Hanke (Werder Bremen), David Odonkor (Borussia Dortmund)
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Miraz
May 15, 2006, 02:16 PM
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=newsdetails vAlign=top>Japan coach Zico opted for experience in naming his World Cup squad on Monday, although he did add a twist with the bold inclusion of fringe striker Seiichiro Maki.
The Brazilian axed Yokohama's Tatsuhiko Kubo in favour of Maki in a bid to solve Japan's recent goal drought.
The 25-year-old Maki's selection drew gasps at a packed news conference when Zico read his name out last in announcing the 23-man squad.
Zico kept faith with former Sampdoria striker Atsushi Yanagisawa, who is still recovering from a broken metatarsal, and German-based forward Naohiro Takahara.
Celtic's Shunsuke Nakamura and Hidetoshi Nakata of Bolton Wanderers are among an experienced group of midfielders for the World Cup in Germany.
Nakamura was left out of Japan's 2002 World Cup squad by former coach Philippe Troussier, while Takahara missed out after being struck down by a mystery lung infection.
"This is a team for the people of Japan -- a team the country can be proud of," Zico told reporters.
"We expect to be judged on our results. The buck stops with me."
Zico added that surprise call-up Maki, who has scored three goals in nine appearances for Japan, could be the team's X-factor in Germany.
"Kubo was not right physically and Maki is an interesting player who gives us another option," the 53-year-old old.
"He's shown he can be a threat in the penalty box."
Even Japan Football Association president Saburo Kawabuchi admitted to being shocked by Maki's inclusion.
"I was as surprised as you," he smiled. "I had no idea of who was in or out either. But Maki has made an impact and given Japan a lift in the run up to the World Cup. I'm happy for him."
Eleven of the 23 were among the Japan squad who reached the last 16 under Frenchman Troussier as co-hosts four years ago.
Japan face a tough assignment to match that achievement, having been drawn alongside holders Brazil, Australia and Croatia in Group F.
"I have faced a lot of criticism in the last four years but I've done the job to the best of my ability and I think you will see the best of Japan in Germany," Zico added.
"Selecting this squad was the hardest thing I've done but it's the result of four years of work. I have faith in this group of players and confidence they will do the job asked."
The Asian champions, who will be appearing in their third straight World Cup finals, face Guus Hiddink's Australia in their opening game on June 12.
SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi (Jubilo Iwata), Yoichi Doi (FC Tokyo), Seigo Narazaki (Nagoya Grampus Eight)
Defenders: Tsuneyasu Miyamoto (Gamba Osaka), Alex (Urawa Reds), Yuji Nakazawa (Yokohama F-Marinos), Makoto Tanaka (Jubilo Iwata), Akira Kaji (Gamba Osaka), Keisuke Tsuboi (Urawa Reds), Yuichi Komano (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Koji Nakata (FC Basel)
Midfielders: Hidetoshi Nakata (Bolton Wanderers), Shunsuke Nakamura (Celtic), Shinji Ono (Urawa Reds), Junichi Inamoto (West Bromwich Albion), Takashi Fukunishi (Jubilo Iwata), Mitsuo Ogasawara (Kashima Antlers), Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka) Forwards: Atsushi Yanagisawa (Kashima Antlers), Naohiro Takahara (Hamburg), Masashi Oguro (Grenoble), Keiji Tamada (Nagoya Grampus Eight) Seiichiro Maki (JEF United Chiba)
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Miraz
May 15, 2006, 02:18 PM
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=newsdetails vAlign=top>Czech Republic
Goalkeepers: Jaromir Blazek (Sparta Prague), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Antonin Kinsky (Saturn Ramenskoye)
Defenders: Zdenek Grygera (Ajax Amsterdam), Marek Jankulovski (AC Milan), Martin Jiranek (Spartak Moscow), Radoslav Kovac (Spartak Moscow), Pavel Mares (Zenit St Petersburg), David Rozehnal (Paris St Germain), Tomas Ujfalusi (Fiorentina)
Midfielders: Tomas Galasek (Ajax Amsterdam), David Jarolim (Hamburg SV), Pavel Nedved (Juventus), Jaroslav Plasil (Monaco), Karel Poborsky (Ceske Budejovice), Jan Polak (Nuremberg), Tomas Rosicky (Borussia Dortmund), Vladimir Smicer (Girondins Bordeaux)
Forwards: Milan Baros (Aston Villa), Marek Heinz (Galatasaray), Jan Koller (Borussia Dortmund), Vratislav Lokvenc (Red Bull Salzburg), Jiri Stajner (Hanover 96).
Switzerland
Goalkeepers: 1-Pascal Zuber-buehler (FC Basel), 21-Fabio Coltorti (Grasshoppers Zurich), 12-Diego Benaglio (CD Nacional)
Defenders: 2- Johan Djourou (Arsenal), 3-Ludovic Magnin (VfB Stuttgart), 4-Philippe Senderos (Arsenal), 13-Stephane Grichting (Auxerre), 17-Christoph Spycher (Eintracht Frankfurt), 19-Valon Behrami (Lazio), 20-Patrick Mueller (Olympique Lyon), 23-Philipp Degen (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders: 5-Xavier Margairaz (FC Zurich), 6-Johann Vogel (AC Milan), 7-Ricardo Cabanas (Cologne), 8-Raphael Wicky (Hamburg SV), 10-Daniel Gygax (Lille), 14-David Degen (FC Basel), 15-Blerim Dzemaili (FC Zurich), 16-Tranquillo Barnetta (Bayer Leverkusen),
Forwards: 9-Alex Frei (Rennnes), 11-Marco Streller (Cologne), 18-Mauro Lustrinelli (Sparta Prague), 22-Johan Vonlanthen (NAC Breda).

Serbia & Montenegro
Goalkeepers: Dragoslav Jevric (Anakaraspor), Oliver Kovacevic (CSKA Sofia), Vladimir Stojkovic (Nantes)
Defenders: Goran Gavrancic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivica Dragutinovic (Sevilla), Mladen Krstajic (Schalke), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United), Milan Dudic (Red Star Belgrade), Nenad Djordjevic (Partizan Belgrade), Dusan Basta (Red Star Belgrade)
Midfield: Dejan Stankovic, (Inter Milan), Igor Duljaj (Shakhtar Donetsk), Predrag Djordjevic (Olympiakos Piraeus), Ognjen Koroman (Portsmouth), Albert Nadj (Partizan Belgrade), Sasa Ilic (Galatasaray), Zvonimir Vukic (Partizan Belgrade), Ivan Ergic (Basel)
Forwards: Savo Milosevic (Osasuna), Mateja Kezman (Atletico Madrid), Nikola Zigic (Red Star Belgrade), Danijel Ljuboja (VFB Stuttgart), Mirko Vucinic (Lecce).
Ukraine
Goalkeepers: Oleksander Shovkovsky (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Pyatov (Vorskla Poltava), Bogdan Shust (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Defenders: Andriy Nesmachny (Dynamo Kiev), Vladyslav Vashchyuk (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Fyodorov (Dynamo Kiev), Volodymyr Yesersky (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Rusol (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Dmytro Chigrinsky (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Svidersky (Arsenal Kiev)
Midfielders: Anatoly Tymoshchyuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleg Gusiev (Dynamo Kiev), Ruslan Rotan (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Nazarenko (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Oleg Shelayev (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Husin (Krylya Sovietov Samara), Maxim Kalinichenko (Spartak Moscow)
Forwards: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan), Andriy Voronin (Bayer Leverkusen), Serhiy Rebrov (Dynamo Kiev), Artyom Milevsky (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Vorobei (Shakhtar Donetsk), Olexiy Belik (Shakhtar Donetsk).
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Miraz
May 15, 2006, 02:19 PM
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira avoided any major surprises as the champions named their 23-man World Cup squad on Monday.
Sao Paulo captain Rogerio Ceni, who has scored more than 50 goals from free-kicks and penalties in his career, won a place as a third-choice goalkeeper as Marcos, the previous selection, failed to regain fitness.
There was no place for central defender Roque Junior while Germany-based Gilberto won a spot as reserve to Roberto Carlos at left back.
Brazil are grouped with Croatia, Australia and Japan at the finals in Germany which begin on June 9.
SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Rogerio Ceni.

Defenders: Cafu (AC Milan), Cicinho (Real Madrid), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Cris (Olympique Lyon), Luisao (Benfica)
Midfielders: Edmilson (Barcelona), Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon), Emerson (Juventus), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Kaka (AC Milan), Ricardinho (Corinthians) Forwards: Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Adriano (Inter Milan), Fred (Olympique Lyon).

mhferdaus
May 15, 2006, 11:14 PM
Brazil are grouped with Croatia, Australia and Japan at the finals in Germany which begin on June 9.


looks like my 2nd fav team would cross the 1st round hardle with relative ease :cool:.

Banglatiger84
May 16, 2006, 01:12 PM
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Joaquin (Real Betis), Luis Garcia (Liverpool), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), David Albelda (Valencia), Marcos Senna (Villarreal)

Thats IMO the strongest midfield in the tournament along with Brazil and Englands.

Miraz
May 17, 2006, 07:37 AM
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=4 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=newsdetails vAlign=top>Former captain Javier Zanetti was left out of Argentina's World Cup squad on Monday while Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze, who has been out all season with a knee injury, was included.

Coach Jose Pekerman also selected Valencia playmaker Pablo Aimar, who recently suffered an ankle sprain followed by a bout of viral meningitis, and forward Javier Saviola, who has refound his best form with Sevilla this season after two years of uncertainty.

Nineteen-year-old Oscar Ustari was included as the third-choice goalkeeper but there was no place for his club-mate, 17-year-old forward Sergio Aguero, regarded as one of Argentina's most exciting prospects.

Argentina, who fell at the first hurdle four years ago, face Ivory Coast, Netherlands and Serbia & Montenegro in their first round group.

Zanetti, 32, played for Argentina at the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was present in most of the 18-match qualifying campaign for 2006.

He said earlier on Monday that Pekerman had called him to tell him he would not be going to Germany.
"Nobody told me I had done anything wrong but I'd known for the last week I wasn't going to be in the squad," he said. The Inter Milan player, who can play on the right side of either the defence or midfielder, has lost his place to West Ham United's Lionel Scaloni.

Pekerman took a gamble on the fitness of Heinze, who has not played a competitive game since suffering cruciate ligament damage in the Champions League match away to Villarreal on Sept 14.

Meanwhile, central defender Roberto Ayala, who missed out on the 2002 World Cup through a last-minute injury, only returned to action for Valencia in March after knee surgery.
"We repect the players ... and of course these decisions are painful, there's never going to be a logical explanation," said Pekerman.
"This is the squad in which I have confidence."
"This is a top level squad with desire and hunger to bring back a little bit of happiness," he added. "I hope everyone gets behind this group which gives me hope and great confidence."
Pekerman was previously Argentina's under-20 coach and more than half of the players chosen have played in one of the teams which he coached to victory in the World Youth championships of 1995, 1997 and 2001.

"There's been a constant renovation of players and I'm enthusiastic about this," he said. The other surprises were the inclusion of Boca Juniors forward Rodrigo Palacio, one of only three home-based players in the squad, and Inter Milan striker Julio Cruz.
SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Boca Juniors), Leonardo Franco (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Oscar Ustari (Independiente).

Defenders: Roberto Ayala (Valencia, Spain), Gabriel Heinze (Manchester United, England), Juan Pablo Sorin (Villareal, Spain), Fabricio Coloccini (Deportivo Coruna, Spain), Gabriel Milito (Zaragona, Spain), Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan, Italy) Leandro Cufre (AS Roma, Italy), Lionel Scaloni (West Ham United, England).

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Corinthians, Brazil), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan, Italy), Luis Gonzalez (Porto, Portugal), Juan Roman Riquelme (Villareal, Spain), Maxi Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Pablo Aimar (Valencia, Spain).

Forwards: Hernan Crespo (Chelsea, England), Carlos Tevez (Corinthians, Brazil), Lionel Messi (Barcelona, Spain), Javier Saviola (Sevilla, Spain), Julio Cruz (Inter Milan, Italy), Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors, Argentina).
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Miraz
May 17, 2006, 07:39 AM
AC Milan striker Filippo Inzaghi has been named in Italy coach Marcello Lippi's 23-man squad for next month's World Cup along with goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.
The 32-year-old Inzaghi has not played for the national team since October 2003 due to a series of injuries but his recent club form has earned him a spot in the squad.
Juventus goalkeeper Buffon was included despite his link to an ongoing investigation into gambling. He was questioned on Saturday over alleged betting improprieties after he voluntarily presented himself to Turin magistrates.
The keeper has denied any wrongdoing or breaking the ban on gambling that is imposed on all professional players in Italy.
Italian Football Federation vice-president Giancarlo Abete said there was no reason to leave Buffon out of the squad.
"We made our verifications and there was no reason to make any different decision," he said. "We decided not to impose any restrictions on Lippi regarding Buffon," added Abete.
Coach Marcello Lippi said he had no worries that Buffon might be distracted by the affair.
"I have spoken to the player and I think not," Lippi told a news conference, adding that the keeper was not likely to suffer an image problem as a result of the gambling probe.
"Buffon is a person of great responsibility and seriousness," added Lippi. "I don't believe his popularity will be affected by this."
There was no place in the squad for Real Madrid forward Antonio Cassano or Livorno's Cristiano Lucarelli, whose 19 goals in Serie A this season had pushed him into contention.
Udinese forward Vincenzo Iaquinta was chosen ahead of Lucarelli as back-up for target man Luca Toni, who is Europe's top scorer with 31 goals this season.
Italy have been drawn in Group E for the finals along with Ghana, the Czech Republic and the United States.
SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Angelo Peruzzi (Lazio), Marco Amelia (Livorno)
Defenders: Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus), Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Fabio Grosso (Palermo), Massimo Oddo (Lazio), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo).
Midfielders: Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Daniele De Rossi (AS Roma), Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Simone Perrotta (AS Roma), Simone Barone (Palermo). Forwards: Luca Toni (Fiorentina), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Francesco Totti (AS Roma), Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan), Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese).

Miraz
May 17, 2006, 07:42 AM
IVORY COAST,
Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Beveren, Belgium), Gerard Gnanhouan (Montpellier, France), Jean-Jacques Tizie (Esperance, Tunisia)
Defenders: Arthur Boka (Racing Strasbourg), Guy Demel (SV Hamburg), Cyrille Domoraud (Creteil), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal), Blaise Kossi Kouassi (Troyes), Abdoulaye Meite (Olympique Marseille), Kolo Toure (Arsenal), Marc Zoro (Messina).
Midfielders: Kanga Akale (AJ Auxerre), Emerse Fae (Nantes), Christian Koffi Ndri (Le Mans), Gneri Yaya Toure (Olympiakos), Gilles Yapi Yapo (Young Boys Berne), Didier Zokora (St Etienne)
Strikers: Aruna Dindane (Lens), Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Bonaventure Kalou (Paris Saint-Germain), Abdelkader Keita (Lille), Bakari Kone (Nice), Arouna Kone (PSV Eindhoven).

PARAGUAY
Goalkeepers: Justo Villar (Newell's Old Boys), Derlis Gomez (Sportivo Luqueno), Aldo Bobadilla (Libertad)
Defenders: Denis Caniza (Cruz Azul), Carlos Gamarra (Palmeiras), Julio Cesar Caceres (River Plate), Delio Toledo (Real Zaragoza), Jorge Nunez (Estudiantes), Julio Manzur (Santos), Paulo da Silva (Toluca)
Midfielders: Edgar Barreto (NEC Nijmegen), Roberto Acuna (Deportivo Coruna), Carlos Paredes (Reggina), Julio dos Santos (Bayern Munich), Carlos Bonet (Libertad), Cristian Riveros (Libertad), Diego Gavilan (Newell's Old Boys), Jose Montiel (Olimpia)
Forwards: Nelson Haedo Valdez (Werder Bremen), Roque Santa Cruz (Bayern Munich), Nelson Cuevas (Pachuca), Salvador Cabanas (Chiapas), Jose Cardozo (no club)
SAUDI ARABIA
Goalkeepers: Mohammad Al-Deayea (Al-Hilal), Mabrouk Zayed (Al-Ittihad), Mohammad Khouja (Al-Shabab)

Defenders: Ahmad Al-Doukhi (Al-Ittihad), Redha Takar (Al-Ittihad), Hamad Al-Montashari (Al-Ittihad), Ahmad Al-Bahri (Al-Ittifak), Mohammad Masaad (Al-Ahli), Nayef Al-Kadhi (Al-Ahli), Hussein Abdul Ghani (Al-Ahli), Abdul Aziz Al-Khathran (Al-Hilal)

Midfielders: Saoud Kariri (Al-Ittihad), Mohammad Nour (Al-Ittihad), Mohammad Amin (Al-Ittihad), Khaled Aziz (Al-Hilal), Omar Al-Ghamdi (Al-Hilal), Nawaf Al-Temyat (Al-Hilal), Mohammad Al-Shalhoub (Al-Hilal)
Forwards: Sami Al-Jaber (Al-Hilal), Yasser Al-Qahtani (Al-Hilal), Mohammad Al-Anbar (Al-Hilal), Saad al-Harthi (Al-Nasr), Malek Maath (Al-Ahli).

POLAND
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Celtic), Tomasz Kuszczak (West Bromwich Albion), Lukasz Fabianski (Legia Warsaw)

Defenders: Jacek Bak (Al Rayan), Mariusz Jop (FK Moscow), Michal Zewlakow (Anderlecht), Marcin Baszczynski (Wisla Krakow), Seweryn Gancarczyk (Metallist Charkow), Mariusz Lewandowski (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dariusz Dudka (Wisla Krakow)
Midfielders: Jacek Krzynowek (Bayer Leverkusen), Miroslaw Szymkowiak (Trabzonspor), Radoslaw Sobolewski (Wisla Krakow), Euzebiusz Smolarek (Borussia Dortmund), Kamil Kosowski (Southampton), Arkadiusz Radomski (Austria Vienna), Sebastian Mila (Austria Vienna), Damian Gorawski (FK Moscow), Piotr Giza (Cracovia).
Forwards: Maciej Zurawski (Celtic), Grzegorz Rasiak (Southampton), Pawel Brozek (Wisla Krakow), Ireneusz Jelen (Wisla Plock).

TOGO
Goalkeepers: Kossi Agassa (FC Metz, France), Ouro-Nimini Tchangirou (Djoliba, Mali), Kodjovi Dodji Obilale (Etoile Filante, Togo)

Defenders: Jean Paul Yaovi Abalo (Apoel Nicosia, Cyprus), Eric Akoto (Admira Wacker, Austria), Richmond Forson (Jeanne d'Arc Poire, France), Karim Guede (Hamburg SV II, Germany), Ludovic Assemoassa (Ciudad Murcia, Spain), Toure Assimiou (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Dare Nibombe (Mons-Bergen, Belgium), Kuami Agboh (KSK Beveren, Belgium), Affo Cerlmont Erassa (AS Moulins, France)
Midfielders: Cherif Toure Mamam (Metz, France), Alaixys Romao (Louhans-Cuiseaux, France), Thomas Dossevi (Valenciennes, France), Yao Kaka Aziawonou (Young Boys, Suisse), Junior Senaya (YF Juventus, Switzerland), Adekanmi Olufade (Al Sailiya, Qatar)
Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal, England), Mohamed Kader Coubadja (Guingamp, France), Robert Malm (Brest, France), Massamasso Tchangai (Benevento, Italy), Moustapha Salifou (Stade Brestois, France).

IRAN
Goalkeepers: Ebrahim Mirzapour (Foolad Khuzestan), Vahid Talebloo (Esteghlal Teheran), Hassan Roudbarian (Pas).

Defenders: Yahya Golmohammadi (Saba Battery), Mohammad Nosrati (Pas), Rahman Rezaei (AC Messina), Sattar Zare (Bargh Shiraz), Hossein Kaabi (Foolad Khuzestan), Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh (Saba Battery), Amir Hossein Sadeqi (Esteghlal Teheran).
Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Sharjah/VAE), Anderanik Teymourian (Abomoslem Khorasan), Mehdi Mahdavikia (Hamburg SV), Fereydoon Zandi (Kaiserslautern), Ali Karimi (Bayern Munich), Mehrzad Madanchi (Persepolis), Javad Kazemian (Persepolis).
Forwards: Ali Daei (Saba Battery), Vahid Hashemian (Hannover 96), Reza Enayati (Esteghlal Teheran), Arash Borhani (Pas), Masoud Shojai (Saipa), Rasoul Khatibi (Sepahan Isfahan).

PORTUGAL
Goalkeepers: Ricardo Pereira (Sporting), Quim Silva (Benfica), Bruno Vale (Estrela Amadora)

Defenders: Paulo Ferreira (Chelsea), Miguel Monteiro (Valencia), Ricardo Carvalho (Chelsea), Fernando Meira (VfB Stuttgart), Marco Caneira (Sporting), Ricardo Costa (Porto), Nuno Valente (Everton)
Midfielders: Armando Petit (Benfica), Costinha (Dynamo Moscow), Tiago Mendes (Olympique Lyon), Maniche Ribeiro (Chelsea), Hugo Viana (Valencia), Luis Figo (Inter Milan), Deco (Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Simao Sabrosa (Benfica) Forwards: Luis Boa Morte (Fulham), Pauleta (Paris ST Germain) Nuno Gomes (Benfica), Helder Postiga (Saint Etienne)

Miraz
May 20, 2006, 06:18 AM
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Click Here (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2736061904551038598&q=World+Cup+Football) to Watch South Korea's dream achievemnet in 2002</EMBED>

Miraz
May 20, 2006, 06:23 AM
Watch 10 best Goals of World Cup Football 2002

Click to Watch (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8979798911483772228&q=World+Cup+Football)

oracle
May 20, 2006, 08:31 AM
great thread Miraz. Personally am rooting for either Italy or Paraguay.

Miraz
May 20, 2006, 08:45 AM
great thread Miraz. Personally am rooting for either Italy or Paraguay.

Paraguay is always a great fighting team but unfortunately underachiever in WC. Chillavart is my all time fav goalkeeper :)

overthetop
May 20, 2006, 10:30 AM
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Guys,
For the first time i'm posting and asking a question, can you tell me who is gonna win the worldcup 2006?
If that is the question, why dont we think seriously about the poll?

Miraz
May 20, 2006, 11:30 AM
Click Here (http://www.boreme.com/boreme/funny-2002/worldcup_goals.php)to watch the best ever world cup goals selected by Reuters (simulation)

Miraz
May 20, 2006, 11:51 AM
Watch some great world cup goals by the all time great Diego Maradona

Clcik Here (http://www.vivadiego.com/argmov.html)

Miraz
May 21, 2006, 06:30 AM
BBC has a good world cup archive with lots of videos and some catchy moments.

Click here (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/video_archive/default.stm) to go the WC archive by BBC

6alltheway
May 21, 2006, 06:52 AM
go england go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thebest
May 21, 2006, 07:14 AM
I m supporting anyone but England just for their arrogant media and fan, just like I support any team againest India

Mr-Cricket
May 21, 2006, 08:20 AM
Australia vs Greece in front of a packed house at the G' this Thursday night!! I can't wait!! Go Aussies!! :)

Miraz
May 25, 2006, 05:59 AM
Six goals conceded in their last two friendlies against World Cup-bound teams have Argentina fans fearing the worst in Germany.
Argentina led both England and Croatia 2-1 yet ended up 3-2 losers in the two matches, four months apart, that have constituted the only serious warm-ups for Jose Pekerman's team.
The coach said after Michael Owen struck twice in the final four minutes in Geneva in November that such a performance by Argentina would not do in a World Cup.
"We learnt a lesson: we mustn't get disorganised at the end of a match," said Pekerman after three late substitutions affected the team's backbone of Roberto Ayala, Juan Roman Riquelme and Hernan Crespo.
"This is useful, since we cannot make this mistake, for example, at a World Cup," he added.
Yet, back in Switzerland again on March 1, this time in Basel, Argentina, having dominated the first half as they did against England, faded in the second and conceded Croatia's winner two minutes into injury time.
Fans in Argentina, excited by Pekerman's team when they beat Uruguay 4-2 in his first match in charge in October 2004 and again when they booked their passage to Germany with a 3-1 home win over arch rivals Brazil last June, have grown pessimistic about their World Cup chances.
Injuries to key defenders such as Gabriel Heinze, Ayala and Javier Mascherano have not helped although all three have been named in Pekerman's squad and hope to be fit for the tournament.
Pekerman, a triple world champion at under-20s level, is working under the added pressure of having to prove himself with the senior team, no small task after Argentina's first-round elimination in 2002 in Japan, their worst finals in 40 years.
Added to that is his awareness, as he remarked shortly after taking charge, that Argentina, World Cup winners in 1978 and 1986, have gone 13 years without a major trophy since their last Copa America victory in Ecuador in 1993.
An advocate of Argentina's traditional attacking game based on ball skills and short-passing movements popular with the fans, Pekerman has handed the reins to Riquelme, a mere fringe member of former coach Marcelo Bielsa's squads.
Riquelme, linchpin of Pekerman's 1997 World Youth Cup-winning team in Malaysia, has responded with some fine performances and in particular the first hour of three games, the home qualifier wins against Uruguay and Brazil and the 3-2 loss to England.
A good World Cup will also help him to banish the nightmare of his last-minute penalty miss against Arsenal in the semi-finals of the Champions League at the end of April. German Jens Lehmann saved his spot-kick, which will give him added reason to want to make amends against Germany later in the tournament if he gets the chance.
Pekerman's refusal to take notice of Juan Sebastian Veron's claim to an Argentina comeback may be because he regards the Inter Milan playmaker as too closely related to the failed 2002 team he captained, although the coach would never say so.
Two 1998 and 2002 veterans who saw little action in Japan, Ayala because of injury and Crespo, Gabriel Batistuta's understudy for two World Cups, are also major players in the side Pekerman is grooming for Germany. Pekerman may have found, too, a talisman in Barcelona's Lionel Messi, who could inspire Argentina in the manner of Diego Maradona in 1986. He is battling to be fit after a late-season injury, but should make it in time.

Miraz
May 25, 2006, 06:02 AM
From BBC

A second-half strike from Manuel Iturra gave Chile a deserved victory over a lacklustre Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Wednesday night.

Chile created the best openings in the first half with Reinaldo Navia missing an open goal and Liverpool winger Mark Gonzales firing against a post.
Iturra put the South Americans ahead on 49 minutes when he smashed home after a goalmouth scramble.
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The visitors carried the greater danger against a lethargic Republic team in the first half.
Navia should have given Chile a seventh minute lead but after cutting off debutant Stephen Kelly's weak backpass and rounding keeper Shay Given he blazed wide of a defenceless goal.
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Robbie Keane wasted a good chance three minutes later when his attempted lob only found the hands of Claudio Bravo.
Bravo kept out a fierce shot from Keane before Gonzales dribbled into box and hit a low shot which was saved by Given.
Kevin Doyle was causing the Chile defence problems and the Reading striker headed wide from a 36th minute cross from Damien Duff.
Given kept out three efforts from Luis Jimenez before Gonzales chested down and smashed against the woodwork in final minute of the half.
Chile threatened straight after the break with Given turning Humberto Suazo's curling shot out for a corner.
The breakthrough came on 49 minutes when the Republic failed to clear from a Gonzales free-kick and Iturra fired home from close range.
Republic boss Steve Staunton rung the changes four minutes later with Ian Harte, Graham Kavanagh, Aiden McGeady and Wayne Henderson entering the fray.
The home side began to show more urgency and Richard Dunne headed over from Harte's 68th minute free-kick.
Duff got on the end of a knock-down from substitute Jason Byrne on 80 minutes but saw his shot pushed out for the corner by Bravo.
Byrne was the provider for his cousin Keane a minute later with the Spurs striker lifting the ball over from four yards. Jimenez went close twice in the dying minutes, a free-kick curling just wide before the striker dragged a shot beyond the Republic goal.

overthetop
May 25, 2006, 12:21 PM
Hey,
Recently a watch a profile of trinidad and tobago on NTV and i'm very much impressed to see how they build the story of a mennow, most probably Reporters name is Khairul Amin, he strated the story of football with cricket. Braian Lara is the first man to made the record of 400 hundred runs in an innings, and that moments is the the starting of the report and then come football. And there i find a player Cris Birchall, and interesting story....BBC helps me to know much about him.

Here the uncommon story....

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Birchall goes Caribbean...Imagine the story, young winger makes explosive start to career, gets international call-up... fairytale stuff. Yes, and the story of Chris Birchall is even more remarkable, given that Tunstall-born Chris has been called up to play for... Trinidad?!


The crowd is roaring, the searing heat stifles your breathing as tackle after tackle comes flying in, you skip by, look up and bang. The ball is scorching into the net and you've scored. The first white man to have scored for Trinidad in over sixty years. You are Chris Birchall, Port Vale's 21-year-old winger, for whom footballing life has been one incredibly exhilarating rollercoaster. Birchall's rise to prominence has been nothing short of a miracle. By his own admission he would probably have just been happy to have a club at the end of the 2003/04 season - but by the penultimate game of 2004/05 it was clear that the young winger was an integral part of manager Martin Foyle's plans.Yet more surprises were in store for Birchall. Unknown to many, his mother was born in Port of Spain in Trinidad, a Caribbean island just north of the coast of Venezuela. This qualified him to play for the island's national team - something that was not lost on the manager, Dutchman Leo Beenhakker.FairytaleThis is where the fairytale starts you see. Chris Birchall is as white as the famous china produced at the nearby Wedgewood and Doulton factories, and he became only the second white international to play for the island in sixty years. Not bad going for a player who's just undergone his first full season with the Vale!
Birchall has developed immensely
So, Birchall spent the summer at a training camp before the 'Soca Warriors' played Panama, where he impressed the coaches. He then made the side for the Panama game where he slotted in nicely alongside fellow English-based players Carlos Edwards and Stern John.Then came that goal against Honduras - a ripsnorting twenty-five yarder that had the keeper grasping thin air, something that is becoming something of a habit for the youngster following his strikes for Vale. The goal made Birchall something of a household name on the island and impressed the Caribbean media.How did it happen?The man who appears to have orchestrated everything is one Jack Warner, FIFA Vice-President and special advisor to the island's Football Federation. He found out about his parentage and persuaded some of the British-based Trinidadians to have a word with him about the possibility of playing.There are currently several British-based 'Trini' in the Football League including Carlos Edwards, Clayton Ince and Stern John, while Dwight Yorke and Shaka Hislop are of Trinidadian descent but no longer play for the national team.Influencing the young stars...Birchall has already had an impact on the young footballers coming though on the island. Their latest child prodigy Sean De Silva has already admitted to the federation's official site that he looks up to the Vale man.Ironic isn't it? Kids kicking a ball around on Burslem Park could well be charging around shouting the same names as those having a game on the beach in Trinidad...Carving out a reputationStoke on Trent seems to be a natural breeding ground for wingers. Stoke City arguably had the best of the lot in Sir Stanley Matthews, but since then at Stoke and Vale there has been a succession of classy widemen.Talents such as Alan Hudson, Mark Chamberlain, Terry Conroy, Gareth Ainsworth, Peter Hoekstra and of late Kris Commons have all thrilled Potteries crowds, and there seems no reason why Chris Birchall can't join them...

Birchall facts·
Chris was born on the 5th of May 1984 · He was the Young Player of the Year 2004/5 season · He's not the only 'Trini' in the side - Hector Sam is the other! · Birchall's goal against Barnsley at Vale Park was voted Goal of the Year
Ends.......

overthetop
May 25, 2006, 12:46 PM
Hey,
Recently a watch a profile of trinidad and tobago on NTV and i'm very much impressed to see how they build up the story of a minnow, most probably Reporters name is Khairul Amin, he strated the story of football with cricket. Braian Lara is the first man to made the record of 400 hundred runs in an innings, and that moments is the the starting of the report and then come to the football. And there i found a player Cris Birchall, and an interesting story....BBC helps me to know much about him.

Here the uncommon story....

------------------
Birchall goes Caribbean...Imagine the story, young winger makes explosive start to career, gets international call-up... fairytale stuff. Yes, and the story of Chris Birchall is even more remarkable, given that Tunstall-born Chris has been called up to play for... Trinidad?!


The crowd is roaring, the searing heat stifles your breathing as tackle after tackle comes flying in, you skip by, look up and bang. The ball is scorching into the net and you've scored. The first white man to have scored for Trinidad in over sixty years. You are Chris Birchall, Port Vale's 21-year-old winger, for whom footballing life has been one incredibly exhilarating rollercoaster. Birchall's rise to prominence has been nothing short of a miracle. By his own admission he would probably have just been happy to have a club at the end of the 2003/04 season - but by the penultimate game of 2004/05 it was clear that the young winger was an integral part of manager Martin Foyle's plans.Yet more surprises were in store for Birchall. Unknown to many, his mother was born in Port of Spain in Trinidad, a Caribbean island just north of the coast of Venezuela. This qualified him to play for the island's national team - something that was not lost on the manager, Dutchman Leo Beenhakker.FairytaleThis is where the fairytale starts you see. Chris Birchall is as white as the famous china produced at the nearby Wedgewood and Doulton factories, and he became only the second white international to play for the island in sixty years. Not bad going for a player who's just undergone his first full season with the Vale!
Birchall has developed immensely
So, Birchall spent the summer at a training camp before the 'Soca Warriors' played Panama, where he impressed the coaches. He then made the side for the Panama game where he slotted in nicely alongside fellow English-based players Carlos Edwards and Stern John.Then came that goal against Honduras - a ripsnorting twenty-five yarder that had the keeper grasping thin air, something that is becoming something of a habit for the youngster following his strikes for Vale. The goal made Birchall something of a household name on the island and impressed the Caribbean media.How did it happen?The man who appears to have orchestrated everything is one Jack Warner, FIFA Vice-President and special advisor to the island's Football Federation. He found out about his parentage and persuaded some of the British-based Trinidadians to have a word with him about the possibility of playing.There are currently several British-based 'Trini' in the Football League including Carlos Edwards, Clayton Ince and Stern John, while Dwight Yorke and Shaka Hislop are of Trinidadian descent but no longer play for the national team.Influencing the young stars...Birchall has already had an impact on the young footballers coming though on the island. Their latest child prodigy Sean De Silva has already admitted to the federation's official site that he looks up to the Vale man.Ironic isn't it? Kids kicking a ball around on Burslem Park could well be charging around shouting the same names as those having a game on the beach in Trinidad...Carving out a reputationStoke on Trent seems to be a natural breeding ground for wingers. Stoke City arguably had the best of the lot in Sir Stanley Matthews, but since then at Stoke and Vale there has been a succession of classy widemen.Talents such as Alan Hudson, Mark Chamberlain, Terry Conroy, Gareth Ainsworth, Peter Hoekstra and of late Kris Commons have all thrilled Potteries crowds, and there seems no reason why Chris Birchall can't join them...

Birchall facts·
Chris was born on the 5th of May 1984 · He was the Young Player of the Year 2004/5 season · He's not the only 'Trini' in the side - Hector Sam is the other! · Birchall's goal against Barnsley at Vale Park was voted Goal of the Year
Ends.......

Mr-Cricket
May 26, 2006, 11:36 AM
Now the world awaits
Tom Smithies

THE Socceroos fly to Europe today with their confidence high after last night downing European champion Greece at the MCG in a World Cup sendoff.

After Guus Hiddink's men had pierced the stubborn Greek defence through Josip Skoko's brilliant strike, Australia delivered the performance of a team on World Cup alert.

Ever the perfectionist, coach Hiddink declared afterwards he was 70 per cent satisfied and he was ready to work on what he called the details of the rest.

But overall, in front of 95,103 fans , Australia turned on a show that augers well for the three encounters in Group F next month.

Australia's win featured a display of slick, sophisticated soccer that only diminished as a rash of substitutions and fatigue took their toll in the second half.

An unexpectedly attacking Greek team made it a proper contest and Skoko's goal was a fitting strike -- the recalled midfielder's fabulous left-footed volley from 20m rocketing into the Greek net.

Out of favour all year at English club side Wigan, Skoko was the darling of the Aussie soccer public after just 16 minutes.

His laser-like execution was so well struck that skipper Mark Viduka had his arm up in celebration as it whistled past his head into the top corner.

Skoko and Mile Sterjovski, who have plenty at stake as understudies for stricken leading men Tim Cahill and Harry Kewell, were full of smart running and thoughtful passing as Australia showed the benefit of four days of intensive training.

Afterwards Hiddink praised their performances, saying it gives him a selection dilemma once Cahill and Kewell are fit.

"I like those headaches, it's good. Both did a good job, though we have to get more physical strength in the upcoming days. But I was happy with the performance of the two," Hiddink said.

Triumphant skipper Viduka declared: "If we keep the intensity up, which I think we will, we'll be flying for that first game.

"We passed the ball well, built up from the back, didn't panic in possession and it was a pleasure to be involved in that. It was something special coming out with 95,000 people."

More praise came from Greek striker Georgios Samaras, who said: "They have the quality to go on (to the second round). They have quality players and a great coach."

Stung by pre-match accusations of defensive dourness, Greece came determined to play, lining up three attackers and competing hard for the silverware up for grabs.

"We had our tactical plan well thought out and well practised," Hiddink said.

"We weren't sharp enough in the box, otherwise we'd have scored again in the second half. If you see the team playing now, and you see the team playing against Uruguay, they are consistent. But it's my job now to focus on what can be improved.

"I'm not concerned, but it would be very easy to say now, 'We beat the European champ'. I could say, 'Let's have a party, we won't, but for me I want to focus not on the 70 per cent we did well but on the 30 per cent we didn't do well."

On his last appearance on Australian soil, the coach was keen to pay tribute to the fans.

The crowd last night was festive and full of anticipation.

The blue-and-white-clad Greeks came to a party that was the polar opposite of November's tense playoff against Uruguay, and afterwards Hiddink was delighted.

"I'd like to thank the crowd -- not just tonight, but also in the previous games, especially in the qualification game," Hiddink said.

"They have supported the team in a tremendous way, and my thanks to the Australian public."

Herald Sun

Mr-Cricket
May 26, 2006, 12:04 PM
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Miraz
May 27, 2006, 01:41 PM
From Daily Star

Diego Maradona: The Greatest, part deux
Diego Maradona carried Argentina on his shoulders to victory in the 1986 World Cup, the crowning glory in the career of a man who, with the possible exception of Brazil's Pele, is considered the game's greatest ever talent.


Some things never lose currency in Argentina. Football is one of them. Another source of comfort for the masses, and one player in particular has provided more than his share of tender loving care is Diego Armando Maradona. And in a land that identifies itself by its football Maradona is nothing short of divine.

Maradona made the ball an early friend and it was his constant companion in the games of street football that taught him how to compete with older and bigger opponents. Despite this toughening process, however, Maradona's physique, or lack of it, almost cost him his career.

The Argentinos Juniors youth coach, Francis Cornejo, had no doubts about his ability -- yet could not believe that the little left-footer was old enough to play for his team. His date of birth duly established, Maradona became the star of the 'Cebollitas' helping them go 136 matches unbeaten. The senior squad beckoned, and on 20 October 1976 the 15-year-old debuted for Argentinos Juniors in the first division against Talleres de Cordoba.

Another 21 seasons, another bow: the final curtain fell on Diego's career after Boca Juniors' 2-1 defeat of River Plate on 29 October 1997. In the intervening years, Barcelona, Napoli, Seville and Newell's Old Boys had all witnessed the Maradona phenomenon at first hand -- a pocket battleship of a player blessed with supreme technique and a magical left foot.

It was the national team that saw the best of him, however.
Thirty-four goals in 91 appearances make him the Albiceleste's second top scorer after Gabriel Batistuta.

This love affair began on 3 April 1977 when Maradona first played for his country in a friendly against a local selection. Soon there were calls for coach Cesar Luis Menotti to include him in the squad for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup finals. Argentina would win the tournament on home soil -- but without Diego whom Menotti thought too young to participate.

Amends were made the following summer when Maradona inspired his peers (not that he had many equals) to victory at the FIFA World Youth Championship in Japan. "That was the most fun I had on a football pitch," he said later. "Apart from my daughters, nothing has given me as much pleasure."
Balance was the key -- which was ironic given his struggle to find equilibrium elsewhere in life. It was impossible to stop 'El Grande' as he slalomed towards goal; and just as unerring was his accuracy from set pieces.

Maradona was twice named Latin American player of the year ahead of his first World Cup in 1982, where he shone as brightly as the Spanish sun before a shameful tackle saw him red-carded in a second round defeat to Brazil.

Mexico 86 was another matter entirely. Maradona's five goals -- one against Italy and two apiece against England and Belgium in the quarter and semi-finals -- took Carlos Bilardo's side to the final, and sealed his reputation. It was as the greatest player on the planet that he lifted the FIFA World Cup after a 3-2 win over West Germany.

But he will forever be remembered for the two goals that he had scored against England in the quarterfinal. The first he clearly scored with his hand, a goal that has entered football folklore after Maradona claimed the ball was touched by "the hand of God".

The second was one of the World Cup's all-time great goals, weaving past five defenders before slotting the ball into an empty net.

Maradona was again brilliant at Italia 1990, but a depleted Argentina lost to West Germany in the final after a controversial penalty.

He again captained Argentina at the 1994 World Cup in the US, where he scored a sensational free-kick against Greece. But a positive dope test for ephedrine there ended his international career of 91 matches and 34 goals, 8 of them in his 21 World Cup matches.

Barcelona won a scramble to sign him in 1982 when they paid a world record eight million dollars for the 21-year-old, but they failed to capitalize on his talent before he left for Napoli in 1984, where he was greeted as the next Messiah.

Many in the rough and tumble port city still remember him in the same light after a seven year spell where he enchanted Italy and led Napoli themselves to a league and Cup double in 1987, a UEFA Cup title in 1989, and a second 'Serie A' title in 1991.

Later that year he picked up his first cocaine ban as his slide from the top began. He joined Boca Juniors in 1995 after a brief spell at Seville in Spain, but failed another drug test on the occasion of his 150th league match in Argentina, which effectively ended his playing career.

Maradona appears to be emerging from years of drug addiction, failing health and obesity and after an operation to reduce the size of his stomach a slimline Diego launched his own chat show in Argentina in 2005.

Nevertheless, Argentina celebrated this beautiful, if chequered, career on 10 November 2001 with a testimonial match at La Bombonera stadium, home of Boca Juniors. The No.10 captained the national team to victory over an All Star XI. Same old routine, one might think, but this was a variation on an old theme -- Argentina bringing comfort to her favourite footballing son.
The brilliance of the man can be summed up by a simple quote from another great of the game. Michael Platini, no stranger to greatness himself, once said, " The things that I can do with a football he can do with an orange."

Miraz
May 27, 2006, 02:26 PM
Clinical Czechs two good for Saudis


Goals from Milan Baros and Marek Jankulovski handed the Czech Republic a morale-boosting 2-0 win over fellow FIFA World Cup™ finalists Saudi Arabia on Friday. <TABLE align=right><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>


The match, which was played in Innsbruck, Austria, was dominated by Karel Bruckner's side, who took a 15th-minute lead when Baros, of England's Aston Villa, burst through the Saudi rearguard to beat the goalkeeper low his right. Both sides went on to make a succession of substitutions in the second half and, in the final minute, Jankulovsk
US bounce back with Venezuela win


Even without the services of captain Claudio Reyna, a new-look USA defeated Venezuela 2-0 in front of 29,000 fans on Friday night in Cleveland, Ohio.

A goal in each half from Brian Ching and Clint Dempsey saw the Americans put behind them their humbling defeat by Morocco three days earlier and steady the ship before heading to Germany and taking on their tricky Group E opponents Italy, Ghana and the Czech Republic.
With nine changes to the side that lost out to Morocco on Tuesday night, the new-look Americans went on the attack from the off and both Ching and Josh Wolff went within inches of scoring in the opening minutes.

The South Americans' goal came under heavy pressure in the first quarter-hour alone, with Reading winger Bobby Convey causing major problems up the left flank. Young striker Eddie Johnson and Wolff both looked in the mood as well, buzzing around the attacking third in the hunt for goals.
Although the visitors looked like threatening only on counterattacks, the Americans themselves were less than clinical in front of goal and from their handful of good chances created in the first 30 minutes, they rarely made goalkeeper Javier Toyo work.
All that changed in the 36th minute, though. Just seconds after spurning a golden chance, MLS leading scorer Ching appeared at the near post where he volleyed home an inch-perfect cross from Convey to give the States a precious lead and bring an end to their brief goal drought.



The US rode out the storm and doubled their lead with a brilliant piece of football at the other end in the 68th minute. Some clever approach work from second-half substitute Landon Donovan freed Johnson down the right side and his classy cross was met by a diving header from New England Revolution revelation Clint Dempsey.
The US will play their last pre-finals friendly against Latvia in East Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday before heading to their FIFA World Cup base camp in Hamburg. They open their Group E account against the Czech Republic on 12 June in Gelsenkirchen.

Miraz
May 27, 2006, 02:27 PM
Koreans show strength with Bosnia win


Korea Republic, strengthened by the return of their Europe-based players, beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 in a FIFA World Cup™ warm-up match on Friday.
Seol Ki-Hyeon opened the scoring for the home side in the 50th minute, heading in from close range after the visitors' goalkeeper, Romeo Mitrovic, could only half-clear an effort by Ahn Jung-Hwan.
Cho Jae-Jin made certain of victory by blasting in a second from the edge of the area in the 90th minute, to the delight of most of the 64,836 spectators in the Seoul World Cup stadium.
"I think it was a very effective game," Korea Republic coach Dick Advocaat told a news conference. The Dutchman had brought back his European players, including England-based duo Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo, after his team had struggled at times to impose themselves in their last warm-up match against Senegal.
"I am very happy that our team kept the confidence after 0-0 at half-time", he added.
Bosnia-Herzegovina looked dangerous on the break aided by the trickery on the left of Admir Vladavic, who forced a good save from South Korean keeper Lee Woon-Jae in the 24th minute, but appeared to fall off the pace a little in the second half.
"We controlled the game for almost 75 minutes", Advocaat said, adding that he thought midfielder Lee Eul-Yong, who plays for Turkish side Trabzonspor, was the best player on the pitch.
Lee Chun-Soo also had a good match, constantly hustling the European side before being substituted by young striker Park Chu-Young.
The South Koreans, who were held 1-1 by Senegal on Tuesday, now travel to Europe for final warm-up matches against Ghana and Norway. "The majority of the team we know, but I can't say I know all 11 players", said Advocaat, who declined to answer a question about the possibility of a return to club football after the FIFA World Cup, apart from saying he had options. The 2002 semi-finalists face France, Switzerland and Togo in Group G, with their opening game against the African side on 13 June. <TABLE align=right><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Miraz
May 30, 2006, 06:52 PM
We have only 9 days left ahead of World Cup. Let's start discussion about the possible result of the group matches.

I am starting with match 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 which will be played on 9th and 10 th June

Matches are

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>1</TD><TD noWrap align=left>09-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Munich (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/munchen.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>GER (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ger):CRC (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=crc)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1149872400','09-Jun-06%2018:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>2</TD><TD noWrap align=left>09-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Gelsenkirchen (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/gelsenkirchen.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>POL (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=pol):ECU (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ecu)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1149883200','09-Jun-06%2021:00'))</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD>3</TD><TD noWrap align=left>10-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Frankfurt (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/frankfurt.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ENG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=eng):PAR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=par)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>15:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1149948000','10-Jun-06%2015:00'))</TD><TD></TD></TR><TR class=s-db align=middle><TD>4</TD><TD noWrap align=left>10-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Dortmund (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/dortmund.html)</TD><TD class=c2 width=18></TD><TD class=c2 width=18>TRI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=tri):SWE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=swe)</TD><TD class=c2></TD><TD>18:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1149958800','10-Jun-06%2018:00'))</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-da align=middle><TD></TD><TD noWrap align=left>5 10-Jun-06</TD><TD align=left>Hamburg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/d/c/hamburg.html)</TD><TD class=c1 width=18></TD><TD class=c1 width=18>ARG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=arg):CIV (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=civ)</TD><TD class=c1></TD><TD>21:00 (http://javascript<b></b>:fifa_tzc_click('1149969600','10-Jun-06%2021:00'))</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

I am going for Germany (GER) in the match 1
Poland in the Match 2, England in Match 3 (should win against paraguay), Sweden in Match 4 and defnitely Argentina in Match 5.

IMO, England Vs Paraguay will be a tight match and the most interesting one will be between Argentina and Ivory Coast. Argentina has got the habit of bad start, I am praying this time they start like a champion :)

Mr-Cricket
June 4, 2006, 10:35 AM
Brutal Aussies earn top draw
By Toby Forage
Fox Sports editor
June 5, 2006

Netherlands 1 Australia 1
IF Australia was searching for confidence ahead of next week's World Cup opener with Japan, it found it last night with a battling 1-1 draw against a star-studded Netherlands in Rotterdam.

The Socceroos came from a goal down and survived close to half an hour with 10-men when Luke Wilkshire was sent off in the 61st minute to announce to the world they won't simply be making up the numbers in Germany when the 2006 tournament kicks off on Saturday (AEST).

The home side, roared on by an intimidating orange-clad crowd of 50,000 at Feyenoord's De Kuip Stadium, went ahead early when Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy capitalised on a Mark Schwarzer error in the 10th minute.

The Middlesbrough keeper parried a shot from Dennis Ooijer straight to the deadly feet of van Nistelrooy inside the box, and the big No.9 calmly side-footed the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.

It would prove the only blot on Schwarzer's report card, though, as he went on to make a string of superb saves to keep Australia in the hunt.

When substitute Tim Cahill equalised early in the second half, pouncing on a rebound from another Mark Viduka missed penalty, it was Schwarzer the Socceroos could thank for being in a position to be on level terms.

Cahill, who has struggled with a knee injury in the lead-up to the World Cup, showed his rehabilitation is as good as complete when he was first to react as the ball bounced back of Edwin van der Saar's crossbar.

Socceroos coach Guus Hiddink, who took the Dutch to the semi-finals of the 1998 World Cup in France, was delighted with the result for his current team.

"What a great match, with a great physical level that proves our players are ready even if they were tiring at the end," he said.

"Tactically we have come up against one of the best teams in the world and we matched them.

"The progress we have made is amazing in several short months compared to the Australia of six months ago."

While Netherlands coach Marco van Basten wasn't upset with Australia's strong-arm tactics, he must have been a little stunned surveying the wounded backstage after the match.

"It's like an episode of M.A.S.H," he said. "It was some sight in the dressing room. But I don't regret the match because it is good to play physical football.

"This was a match for men. It is more enriching to play in a match like this but unfortunately three of my players (Philip Cocu, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Wesley Sneijder) are now injured.

"I hope it is not too serious."

There could be no argument over Wilkshire's red card after he scythed down van Bronckhorst at the corner flag when the Barcelona man had absolutely nowhere to go.

Van Bronckhorst's right ankle twisted awkwardly under the thoughtless challenge, and he finished the game early with severe bruising to his foot.

"I do not think he wanted to go for the ball," Van Bronckhorst said after the match, seemingly not so happy about the physical nature of the game as his coach.

"Luckily for me, the injury is not too bad but if it had have been, I would have missed the World Cup and, in a game like this, I don't think it would have been worth it.

"We knew Australia were a physical team. It is one of their strengths. But I just felt some of their challenges were too hard. After all, we are only one week away from a World Cup."

Sneijder may not be so lucky and must now wait 24 hours to see if his ankle injury is serious enough to keep him out of the tournament. Cocu has a thigh problem, but should be OK.

However, the veteran, who won the Dutch title with PSV Eindhoven and Hiddink this season, was seething at the brutal approach of the Socceroos.

"They went too far. I am all for physical football but certain players were out to cause injury," he said.

Cocu singled out Australia captain Viduka for particular criticism.

"When Viduka tackled me, the ball was nowhere near my feet," he revealed.

Hiddink's men certainly didn't shy away from the 50-50s, and Wilkshire was perhaps lucky to be on the field anyway after running through the back of Marc van Bommel earlier in the half.

The Bristol City midfield player also took some agricultural swings at Chelsea's Arjen Robben, who made several attractive if ineffective runs down the Netherlands' left flank.

Vince Grella also lived up to his tough reputation with a series of robust challenges, although he kept his efforts just to the right side of the rulebook.

If it was a tactic to rough up the Dutch, it worked as their twinkle-toed midfield became increasingly frustrated at their inability to break down Australia's defence. Even when they did, Schwarzer proved too good.

His best save came in the second half, when Robin van Persie - arguably the most impressive player in an orange shirt - sent a stinging shot towards goal from just outside the box.

The ball bounced just in front of Schwarzer, but he reacted brilliantly to beat it away to safety.

He also made a stunning save from Sneijder in the first half, diving full stretch to his left to palm away a curling shot that was destined for the top-right corner.

There is surely no contest now for the Socceroos goalkeeper's jersey. Schwarzer looks to be miles ahead of Zeljko Kalac in form.

The Netherlands play Argentina, Ivory Coast and Serbia and Montenegro in Group C while Australia faces Japan next Monday (AEST) in Group F before further challenges with defending champion Brazil and European dark horse Croatia.

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THE NETHERLANDS 1 (Van Nistelrooy 10)
AUSTRALIA 1 (Cahill 52)
Referee: Mike Dean (Eng)
Crowd: 50,000 at De Kuip Stadium, Rotterdam.

FOX SPORTS

Miraz
June 6, 2006, 08:05 AM
Team Galleries

ANG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/ang.html)
ARG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/arg.html)
AUS (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/aus.html)
BRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/bra.html)
CIV (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/civ.html)
CRC (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/crc.html)
CRO (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/cro.html)
CZE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/cze.html)
ECU (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/ecu.html)
ENG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/eng.html)
ESP (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/esp.html)
FRA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/fra.html)
GER (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/ger.html)
GHA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/gha.html)
IRN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/irn.html)
ITA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/ita.html)
JPN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/jpn.html)
KOR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/kor.html)
KSA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/ksa.html)
MEX (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/mex.html)
NED (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/ned.html)
PAR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/par.html)
POL (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/pol.html)
POR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/por.html)
SCG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/scg.html)
SUI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/sui.html)
SWE (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/swe.html)
TOG (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/tog.html)
TRI (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/tri.html)
TUN (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/tun.html)
UKR (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/ukr.html)
USA (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/photos/usa.html)To see the images of your favourite team or player just click on name :).

Mr-Cricket
June 6, 2006, 11:00 AM
I've been looking for something like this everywhere! Great work, mate!

Miraz
June 8, 2006, 02:01 PM
Less than 24 hour before the start of the World cup. Please discuss individual games in the tournamnet thread and I will be updating the result of every game with some higlights in this thread.

For results please look at the first post which will be automatically updated. I will post a dynamic points table after the start of the tournament.

Shafin
June 8, 2006, 08:04 PM
Less than 24 hour before the start of the World cup. Please discuss individual games in the tournamnet thread and I will be updating the result of every game with some higlights in this thread.

For results please look at the first post which will be automatically updated. I will post a dynamic points table after the start of the tournament.
I posted a match thread,if we can get a seperate forum,seperate match threads are also on demand,BTW,i didnt notice your post earlier and i'd have contacted you before posting if I noticed this.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 08:00 AM
Todays First Match is between Germany and Cosarica. Germany is defnite favourite. Ballack has declared himself fit while his Coach ruled him out of the curtain raiser.


Colours for the game
Germany: white shirt, black shorts, white socks
Costa Rica: red shirt, blue shorts, red socks
The players
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/coach.html?team=GER) had one or two surprises up his sleeve when he announced his squad for the FIFA World Cup. Kevin Kuranyi and Fabian Ernst of Schalke and Werder Bremen's Patrick Owomoyela all failed to make the cut, but uncapped Borussia Dortmund prodigy David Odonkor (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/196757_ODONKOR_David.html) received a shock call-up. Not to be outdone, Costa Rica boss Alexandre Guimaraes (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/coach.html?team=CRC) provided a surprise of his own by declining to name Norway-based Roy Miller, a left-back with Bodo Glimt.
How they qualified
Germany qualified automatically for the 2006 FIFA World Cup as the host nation. Costa Rica finished third behind the USA and Mexico in the CONCACAF Zone, sealing a berth at the finals with five victories, a draw and four defeats in ten qualifying fixtures.
Previous meetings
The sides have never previously met at full international level, although they have twice crossed swords at FIFA U-20 World Championships. The Ticos won 2-1 on both occasions (Doha/Qatar 1995 and Lagos/Nigeria 1999).
Tournament history
The 1930 and 1950 finals aside, Germany have competed with distinction at every FIFA World Cup tournament, lifting the Trophy on three occasions (1954, 1974 and 1990). Costa Rica make a third visit to the event after appearances in 1990 and 2002. The Central Americans won plaudits for their unencumbered attacking flair and fine individual skills in both Italy and Korea/Japan.
Key contest
The outcome could well depend on the form of the teams' star strikers, Miroslav Klose (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/182206_KLOSE_Miroslav.html) and Paulo Wanchope (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/154799_WANCHOPE_Paulo.html). Few will forget the German centre-forward's explosive display in his team's opening match at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan, as he contributed a hat-trick to a thumping 8-0 victory over Saudi Arabia. The Polish-born striker finished top scorer in the Bundesliga last term with 25 goals. However, Wanchope is no mean goal-getter himself, a record of 43 goals in 67 internationals making him the Ticos' all-time leading scorer. At 29, Wanchope has clocked up a decade in the national team, and experienced the European stage at Derby County, West Ham United, Manchester City and Malaga. Coaches
Klinsmann took the Germany helm in the summer of 2004 after their debacle at UEFA EURO 2004 in Portugal. The California-based 41-year-old has earned praise for rebuilding the team around a crop of promising youngsters. The Germans have won 15, drawn seven and lost five in 27 matches under Klinsmann. Guimaraes is justifiably regarded as one of the most able coaches in Costa Rican footballing history. The Brazil-born tactician has twice plotted a course through FIFA World Cup qualifying for the diminutive Central American nation. As a player, he contested all four of Costa Rica's matches at their historic first finals appearance in 1990.
Here's the squad

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Squad

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=50></TD><TD width="50%"></TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">1. LEHMANN Jens (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/166921_LEHMANN_Jens.html) http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/en/t/goalkeeper.gif</TD><TD align=right>http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/en/t/goalkeeper.gif1. MESEN Alvaro (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178002_MESEN_Alvaro.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">2. JANSEN Marcell (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/196791_JANSEN_Marcell.html) </TD><TD align=right>2. DRUMMOND Jervis (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/154762_DRUMMOND_Jervis.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">3. FRIEDRICH Arne (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/191178_FRIEDRICH_Arne.html) </TD><TD align=right>3. MARIN Luis (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/170171_MARIN_Luis.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">4. HUTH Robert (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/207861_HUTH_Robert.html) </TD><TD align=right>4. UMANA Michael (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/208120_UMANA_Michael.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">5. KEHL Sebastian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/184403_KEHL_Sebastian.html) </TD><TD align=right>5. MARTINEZ Gilberto (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/181314_MARTINEZ_Gilberto.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">6. NOWOTNY Jens (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/155357_NOWOTNY_Jens.html) </TD><TD align=right>6. FONSECA Danny (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/194152_FONSECA_Danny.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">7. SCHWEINSTEIGER Bastian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/196752_SCHWEINSTEIGER_Bastian.html) </TD><TD align=right>7. BOLANOS Cristian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/183796_BOLANOS_Cristian.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">8. FRINGS Torsten (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/182207_FRINGS_Torsten.html) </TD><TD align=right>8. SOLIS Mauricio (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/154793_SOLIS_Mauricio.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">9. HANKE Mike (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/196745_HANKE_Mike.html) </TD><TD align=right>9. WANCHOPE Paulo (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/154799_WANCHOPE_Paulo.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">10. NEUVILLE Oliver (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/179558_NEUVILLE_Oliver.html) </TD><TD align=right>10. CENTENO Walter (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178004_CENTENO_Walter.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">11. KLOSE Miroslav (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/182206_KLOSE_Miroslav.html) </TD><TD align=right>11. GOMEZ Ronald (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/170167_GOMEZ_Ronald.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">12. KAHN Oliver (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/78091_KAHN_Oliver.html) </TD><TD align=right>12. GONZALEZ Leonardo (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/200738_GONZALEZ_Leonardo.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">13. BALLACK Michael (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/177667_BALLACK_Michael.html) </TD><TD align=right>13. BERNARD Kurt (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/214427_BERNARD_Kurt.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">14. ASAMOAH Gerald (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/184402_ASAMOAH_Gerald.html) </TD><TD align=right>14. AZOFEIFA Randall (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/183794_AZOFEIFA_Randall.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">15. HITZLSPERGER Thomas (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/100000003_HITZLSPERGER_Thomas.html) </TD><TD align=right>15. WALLACE Harold (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/154798_WALLACE_Harold.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">16. LAHM Philipp (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/196748_LAHM_Philipp.html) </TD><TD align=right>16. HERNANDEZ Carlos (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/182587_HERNANDEZ_Carlos.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">17. MERTESACKER Per (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/207888_MERTESACKER_Per.html) </TD><TD align=right>17. BADILLA Gabriel (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/183788_BADILLA_Gabriel.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">18. BOROWSKI Tim (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/191193_BOROWSKI_Tim.html) </TD><TD align=right>18. PORRAS Jose (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/195809_PORRAS_Jose.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">19. SCHNEIDER Bernd (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/164548_SCHNEIDER_Bernd.html) </TD><TD align=right>19. SABORIO Alvaro (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/200739_SABORIO_Alvaro.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">20. PODOLSKI Lukas (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/196789_PODOLSKI_Lukas.html) </TD><TD align=right>20. SEQUEIRA Douglas (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/193859_SEQUEIRA_Douglas.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">21. METZELDER Christoph (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/185434_METZELDER_Christoph.html) </TD><TD align=right>21. NUNEZ Victor (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/252592_NUNEZ_Victor.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">22. ODONKOR David (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/196757_ODONKOR_David.html) </TD><TD align=right>22. RODRIGUEZ Michael (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/182567_RODRIGUEZ_Michael.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">23. HILDEBRAND Timo (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/191172_HILDEBRAND_Timo.html) </TD><TD align=right>23. ALFARO Wardy (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/214425_ALFARO_Wardy.html)</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Squad -->

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 08:02 AM
Second Match is between Poland and Ecuador. Poland is booki's favourite and expected to win the match. Poland beat Ecuador 3-0 in a friendly just last November and a repeat performance in Gelsenkirchen on 9 June would represent a dream start for Pawel Janas's side in Group A.



Colours for the game
Poland: white shirt, red shorts, white socks
Ecuador: yellow shirt, blue shorts, red socks
The players
"Sixty per cent of our chances of going through to the next round rest on the Poland game," says Edison Mendez, one of nine members of the Ecuador squad also present at Korea/Japan 2002. His age and experience mean that Mendez enjoys a privileged position between the squad's old guard - Agustin Delgado, Ivan Hurtado and the like - and the new generation of players, which includes bright young talents Luis Valencia and Cristian Lara. Poland, meanwhile, have assembled a balanced squad packed with top quality footballers which coach Pawel Janas has moulded into a formidable unit. With the likes of Artur Boruc, Jacek Bak, Jacek Krzynowek and Maciej Zurawski making up the spine of the team, the Poles' direct playing style makes them a difficult proposition for any side.
How they qualified
Ecuador sealed their qualification on 8 October 2005 following a 0-0 draw with Uruguay at home in Quito in the penultimate round of South American qualifying. The Ecuadorians finished third in the table, behind continental superpowers Brazil and Argentina. Poland earned their ticket for this summer's tournament by finishing as one of the European Zone's best second-placed teams. Drawn in Group 6, the Poles gave eventual group winners England a real run for their money, sealing their spot in Germany last September with a victory over Wales.
Past meetings
The two sides have met just once, in a friendly match held on 13 November last year in Barcelona, Spain. Goals from Tomasz Klos, Euzebiusz Smolarek and Sebastian Mila lifted Poland to a resounding 3-0 win.
Tournament history
Germany 2006 will be Ecuador's second appearance on world football's biggest stage and they will be looking to improve on their performance at Korea/Japan 2002, where they failed to advance from the group stage. Poland, for their part, are old hands at this level, this summer's tournament being their second consecutive FIFA World Cup and their seventh in total. The Eastern Europeans were a force to be reckoned with during the 70s and 80s, finishing third at both Germany 1974 and Spain 1982.
Key contest
Delgado versus Boruc. Ecuador's powerful frontman finished the qualifiers as the Tricolor's top scorer with five goals, finding the net in the vital home win against Argentina and hitting a decisive double away to Bolivia in La Paz. However, he will have his work cut out against Boruc in the Polish goal. The Celtic shot-stopper stepped in for the injured Jerzy Dudek during his side's last three qualifying games, making the Polish number one shirt his own with a series of spectacular displays. The coaches
Colombian-born coach Luis Suarez has worked marvels since taking over from compatriot Hernan Gomez at the helm of Ecuador's national team, the latter stepping aside after the Tricolor's disappointing showing at the 2004 Copa America in Peru. As well as successfully bringing in the fresh blood that Ecuador so badly needed, Suarez was able to emulate his predecessor's historic achievement and take Ecuador to their second FIFA World Cup finals. Poland coach Pawel Janas will be looking at Germany 2006 as the perfect place to try and match his own achievements as a player back in 1982, when he helped his country take third place at that year's finals in Spain. Ever since taking the top job in December 2002, Janas has focused on building a side capable of competing at Germany. In his own words: "We have one clear goal: to get through the group phase."
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Squad

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=50></TD><TD width="50%"></TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">1. BORUC Artur (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/216129_BORUC_Artur.html) http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/en/t/goalkeeper.gif</TD><TD align=right>http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/en/t/goalkeeper.gif1. VILLAFUERTE Edwin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/195417_VILLAFUERTE_Edwin.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">2. JOP Mariusz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/238294_JOP_Mariusz.html) </TD><TD align=right>2. GUAGUA Jorge (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/181930_GUAGUA_Jorge.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">3. GANCARCZYK Seweryn (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/251565_GANCARCZYK_Seweryn.html) </TD><TD align=right>3. HURTADO Ivan (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/169238_HURTADO_Ivan.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">4. BASZCZYNSKI Marcin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/186048_BASZCZYNSKI_Marcin.html) </TD><TD align=right>4. DE LA CRUZ Ulises (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/155010_DE_LA_CRUZ_Ulises.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">5. KOSOWSKI Kamil (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/189201_KOSOWSKI_Kamil.html) </TD><TD align=right>5. PERLAZA Jose (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/181929_PERLAZA_Jose.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">6. BAK Jacek (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/95557_BAK_Jacek.html) </TD><TD align=right>6. URRUTIA Patricio (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/228384_URRUTIA_Patricio.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">7. SOBOLEWSKI Radoslaw (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/217260_SOBOLEWSKI_Radoslaw.html) </TD><TD align=right>7. LARA Christian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/202541_LARA_Christian.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">8. KRZYNOWEK Jacek (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178969_KRZYNOWEK_Jacek.html) </TD><TD align=right>8. MENDEZ Edison (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178842_MENDEZ_Edison.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">9. ZURAWSKI Maciej (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/186196_ZURAWSKI_Maciej.html) </TD><TD align=right>9. BORJA Felix (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/184547_BORJA_Felix.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">10. SZYMKOWIAK Miroslav (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/165987_SZYMKOWIAK_Miroslav.html) </TD><TD align=right>10. KAVIEDES Ivan (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/3508_KAVIEDES_Ivan.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">11. RASIAK Grzegorz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/186383_RASIAK_Grzegorz.html) </TD><TD align=right>11. DELGADO Agustin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/155011_DELGADO_Agustin.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">12. KUSZCZAK Tomasz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/175350_KUSZCZAK_Tomasz.html) </TD><TD align=right>12. MORA Cristian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/235273_MORA_Cristian.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">13. MILA Sebastian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/175357_MILA_Sebastian.html) </TD><TD align=right>13. AMBROSI Paul (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/202543_AMBROSI_Paul.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">14. ZEWLAKOW Michal (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178967_ZEWLAKOW_Michal.html) </TD><TD align=right>14. CASTILLO Segundo (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/184545_CASTILLO_Segundo.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">15. SMOLAREK Ebi (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/188516_SMOLAREK_Ebi.html) </TD><TD align=right>15. AYOVI Marlon (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/3497_AYOVI_Marlon.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">16. RADOMSKI Arkadiusz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/195105_RADOMSKI_Arkadiusz.html) </TD><TD align=right>16. VALENCIA Luis (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/202544_VALENCIA_Luis.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">17. DUDKA Dariusz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/217257_DUDKA_Dariusz.html) </TD><TD align=right>17. ESPINOZA Giovanny (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178146_ESPINOZA_Giovanny.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">18. LEWANDOWSKI Mariusz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/186330_LEWANDOWSKI_Mariusz.html) </TD><TD align=right>18. REASCO Neicer (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178841_REASCO_Neicer.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">19. BOSACKI Bartosz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/216135_BOSACKI_Bartosz.html) </TD><TD align=right>19. SARITAMA Luis (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/202280_SARITAMA_Luis.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">20. GIZA Piotr (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/230525_GIZA_Piotr.html) </TD><TD align=right>20. TENORIO Edwin (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/177220_TENORIO_Edwin.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">21. JELEN Ireneusz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/217264_JELEN_Ireneusz.html) </TD><TD align=right>21. TENORIO Carlos (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/187434_TENORIO_Carlos.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">22. FABIANSKI Lukasz (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/216931_FABIANSKI_Lukasz.html) </TD><TD align=right>22. LANZA Damian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/216566_LANZA_Damian.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">23. BROZEK Pawel (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/242938_BROZEK_Pawel.html) </TD><TD align=right>23. BENITEZ Cristian (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/253192_BENITEZ_Cristian.html)</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Squad -->

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:10 AM
First Goal in 5 minutes 9 second. Amazing start by Germany

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:12 AM
Germany is in total control of the match.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:13 AM
Costarica is in a mess. They should regroup and try to gain the midfield control

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:14 AM
Costarica Strikes

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:14 AM
1-1, Amazing opening game

abdulw11
June 9, 2006, 11:17 AM
Miraz bhai, you might want to edit post #52, the first sentence, it says Germany are playing Ecuador.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:21 AM
Miraz bhai, you might want to edit post #52, the first sentence, it says Germany are playing Ecuador.

Thanks!! Done!

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:22 AM
Nice strike by M. Klose.

This ios the most exciting opening game I have seen so far.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:26 AM
Amazing play by SCHNEIDER Bernd , he is controlling the midfield as a marshall.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:32 AM
Germany is lookigs as a very composed unit, even without Ballack. They are playing good football which is very unlikely.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 11:49 AM
First Half Ends.

Germany dominated the first half. Costarica got one opportunity and capitalized that. They are looking dangerous in counter attck. German defence is a bit stiff.

Good second half in prospect.

At half time

Germany 2 : Costarica 1

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 12:21 PM
Another goal by Klose. Costarican's dream ofc upset is over.

Germany 3 : Costarica 1

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 12:32 PM
Costarica Strikes

3-2 now. German defence is not good enough to win WC.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 12:47 PM
Frings Strikes.

I have to admit this is the best possible start of the World Cup

Germany 4 : Costarica 2

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 02:51 PM
Ecuador is leading at Half Time.Tenorio Carlos is the scorer.

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 02:54 PM
Goal Scorer for Ecuador

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/gen/afp/20060609/i/1891139371.jpg

abdulw11
June 9, 2006, 03:38 PM
Ecuador 2:0 Poland

abdulw11
June 9, 2006, 03:41 PM
Delgado with the second goal for Ecuador. With only eight minutes remaining, plus injury time, Ecuador look certain to take all three points.

ialbd
June 9, 2006, 03:45 PM
Electrifying Ecuador & Pathetic Poland,

Poland still plays that stupid slow tempo Long ball game, and man the Polish strikers..... I'll save my breath...
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abdulw11
June 9, 2006, 03:52 PM
Poland 0:2 Ecuador

Goals:
C Tenorio (24')
A Delgado (80')

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 03:53 PM
Another nice match. Ecuador reversed all our predictions.

Ecuador 2: Poland 0 (Full Time)

Miraz
June 9, 2006, 03:54 PM
Match Stat

Stats

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-da><TD width=50>Poland .........................................Ecuador</TD><TD align=right width="50%"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">6</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">7</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">10</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">9</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">15</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">11</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">56%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">44% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

ialbd
June 9, 2006, 03:57 PM
yea, all predictions went wrong (atleast the bc ones)

but this is not an upset. Even I predicted a win for poland but thats because I havent seen poland playin after the last WC. Ecuador was clearly the better side, and I guess they are going to the 2nd round.
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Hatebreed
June 9, 2006, 07:01 PM
Well done Equador, they were a much better team than Costa Rica and I was supporting them in this match despite their past record, but they defied all odds of failure. I heard they actually beat Brazil to qualify for this WC, and they also beat Croatia in the last WC.

Ejaj
June 10, 2006, 05:19 AM
Amazing Eucador team.... I really liked the way they play. Very very athletic and bundle to energy. Not much skill full ,. but.. makes up that withz speed and power.. and Great Man to man marking. This team should be one of most exciting team in the world cup. Germany will have trouble to beak this defence with such medicore attack.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 05:53 AM
I heard they actually beat Brazil to qualify for this WC, and they also beat Croatia in the last WC.

This is true, they did beat Brazil in the qualifying stages. I remember because my Ecuadorian friend was boasting about it.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 07:09 AM
England vs Paraguay match within less than one hour.

Here's the preview

One of the most fancied teams in Germany, England (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=eng) will open their FIFA World Cup campaign against Group B rivals Paraguay (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=par) on 10 June. Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men will start off as favourites at the FIFA World Cup Stadium Frankfurt but should not underestimate opponents aiming to advance to the knockout rounds for the third successive time.

Colours for the game
England: white shirt, navy blue shorts, white socks
Paraguay: blue shirt, blue shorts, blue socks

The players
The general consensus is that Eriksson has a more talented and experienced squad at his disposal than in 2002. Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have developed into two of Europe’s finest attacking midfielders, ensuring a real goal threat from the centre of the pitch. Up front the in-form Peter Crouch offers a viable option alongside Michael Owen in Wayne Rooney's absence. As for Paraguay, they are also without a striker in Jose Cardozo and have had doubts over Roque Santa Cruz. Fortunately, coach Anibal Ruiz can also call on Nelson Valdez as well a solid rearguard which features excellent performers in goalkeeper Justo Villar and defenders Carlos Gamarra and Julio Cesar Caceres.
How they qualified
England qualified comfortably with eight wins from their ten matches, including home and away successes against Poland. Paraguay finished fourth in the South American standings, with a record of eight wins, four draws and six defeats from 18 games. Notable among their results was the 1-0 home win over Argentina which secured qualification.
Past meetings
The teams have met twice before and on both occasions England won comfortably. Goals from Gary Lineker (2) and Peter Beardsley secured a 3-0 win over the South Americans in the second round of the 1986 FIFA World Cup, while Owen was among the scorers as England enjoyed an even more handsome 4-0 friendly win in April 2002.
Tournament history
England’s FIFA World Cup history began in Brazil in 1950 and the high point to date came on home soil in 1966 when Geoff Hurst’s hat-trick won them the world crown against West Germany. Their best performance since then came in 1990 when they reached the semi-finals. Paraguay appeared at the first FIFA World Cup in 1930 but had to wait until their fourth finals in 1986 to advance beyond the first round. They repeated that feat in 1998 and 2002 but are still waiting to progress any further.
Key contest
This match brings together two teams renowned on their own continents for the strength of their aerial game. England boast a real threat through David Beckham’s set-pieces and centre-back John Terry and, if selected, the towering Crouch are men the South Americans should keep a particularly close eye on. At the other end, England’s defence must be equally vigilant with strikers Santa Cruz and Valdez both a danger.


The coaches
Germany 2006 marks Eriksson's farewell to the England job after five years and the 58-year-old is determined to go out on a high, declaring: “It is 40 years since we last won a big tournament, and it's time to do it now.” Traditionally cautious there is a sense the Swede is ready to make bold decisions, starting with his inclusion of the untried Walcott. Doubts over Rooney mean he may even reconsider his preferred 4-4-2 formation, but that is unlikely to happen in this first match. Paraguay’s Uruguayan coach Ruiz is also a 4-4-2 man but may choose a more cautious five-man midfield in Frankfurt. The 63-year-old was appointed on a temporary basis after the last FIFA World Cup but has held on to the reins and believes facing England is the perfect start as “it won’t allow us a moment’s overconfidence”. <TABLE align=right><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 07:18 AM
Playing XI

Lineup

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Miraz
June 10, 2006, 07:57 AM
The long waited England - Praguay game is about to start.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 08:03 AM
Beckham!!!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:05 AM
What a start by England.

Own goal by camara.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:06 AM
It was a nice free kick by Beckham in the right place. Superb!!

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 08:09 AM
Hey Miraz, the commentator keeps saying it's an own goal, but did you see it? From the angle I saw it, I don't think I saw a deflection? What do you rekon?

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 08:10 AM
Hahaha Owen! Poor finish!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:18 AM
Hey Miraz, the commentator keeps saying it's an own goal, but did you see it? From the angle I saw it, I don't think I saw a deflection? What do you rekon?

Its an own Goal. There was a clear deflection, in fact Gamara headed the ball to his own goal.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 08:23 AM
Its an own Goal. There was a clear deflection, in fact Camara headed the ball to his own goal.
Yehh I couldn't see the deflection. Anyway! This referees pissing me off! Giving out yellow cards like theres no tomorrow!

500 Posts!! Come on!! lol.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:23 AM
Good strike by Lampard and Good save by the goalkeeper.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:31 AM
England is playing better but not happy about the build ups.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:41 AM
Wasted Chance by England.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:51 AM
At half time England is leading by one goal.

Not a very convincing play by England. Lacks coordination at top.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 08:54 AM
England 1:0 Paraguay

Goals:
C Gamarra o.g. (3')

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:57 AM
Match stat at half time

Stats

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-da><TD width=50>http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/flag/sm2/eng.gif ENG </TD><TD align=right width="50%">PAR http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/flag/sm2/par.gif</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">8</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">4</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">7</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">10</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">4</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">56%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">44% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

thebest
June 10, 2006, 08:57 AM
what I found that there is too much long range shot . evrybody tring to use the aerodynamic feature of the ball I think. After yesterday's Fringe goal which twice changed its direction and height evrybody may be trying their luck.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 08:59 AM
England is trying use the height of Crouch, but those long volleys are sometimes simply wasting the build up.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 09:15 AM
Very scrappy start to the second half for England. Only one clear cut chance - which Owen stuffed up!

Thank god! He's off!

tiger_man
June 10, 2006, 09:17 AM
england vs paraguay is extremely boring...no pace, no stunning shots...nothing

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 09:24 AM
2nd Half play is getting better. Both team is now creating chances.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 09:25 AM
Bring on Walcott dammit!!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 09:27 AM
Much better play by paraguay. They may level the match at any time.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 09:27 AM
Paraguayans make an attacking substitution. England are getting pushed back.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 09:32 AM
Great play by England. Great vision by Beckham. Awesome shot by Lampard. No goal. :down:

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 09:33 AM
I bet that Frank Lampard will score at least one, long distance shot in the World Cup, given his striking ability and the behaviour of the ball.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 09:35 AM
So far very low profile match for Gerrard.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 09:37 AM
Paraguayan midfield is controlling the game.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 09:43 AM
So far very low profile match for Gerrard.
Yehhh, I was gonna say. He's had 2-3 shots from outside the box, but none of them were even remotely on target. Very quiet game.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 09:51 AM
England 1:0 Paraguay

Goals:
C Gamarra o.g. (3')

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 09:52 AM
Nervy times for England there. Did well in the end, I guess. :)

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 09:52 AM
A very dire performance by England, they will need to improve to stand any chance in going far in this tournament.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 09:53 AM
England has won at last. Paraguay fought back very strongly and was much better team in the second half.

Congratulations England

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 09:57 AM
A very dire performance by England, they will need to improve to stand any chance in going far in this tournament.
A bit rusty, is all. No major dramas. Promising build up, wasted in most cases by a poor final ball/shot. Crouch had a good game without being overly spectacular. Promising signs. Referee clearly wasn't on his side. Looked like Gerrard was struggling. Maybe still not 100%? Can't wait for Rooney to return, but! :up:

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 09:58 AM
My man of the match is Frank Lampard from England

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 10:03 AM
Peter Crouch for me (well, maybe if there had been any other referee on the planet officiating)! :mad:

Meanwhile...


<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width=605 bgColor=#eeeeee border=0><TBODY><TR vAlign=top><TD colSpan=2>21 runs in the over</TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right width=30>11.6</TD><TD>Bravo to Sehwag, SIX, over-pitched delivery, Sehwag puts his feet forward and lofts it well and over the long on fence, another wonderful strike. </TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right width=30>11.5</TD><TD>Bravo to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag lofts this one down the ground to long on fence, good shot. </TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right width=30>11.4</TD><TD>Bravo to Sehwag, FOUR, short and wide outside the off stump, Sehwag cuts it hard to backward-point fence, smashing shot. </TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right width=30>11.3</TD><TD>Bravo to Sehwag, no run, good line this time, Sehwag lets it go </TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right width=30>11.2</TD><TD>Bravo to Sehwag, SIX, That is Maximum! width outside the off stump and bit fuller, Sehwag comes forward and lofts it high and over the long off fence, brings up his 50 in style. </TD></TR><TR vAlign=top><TD align=right width=30>11.1</TD><TD>Bravo to Jaffer, 1 run, on the pads, Jaffer nudges to deep backward square leg for a single


I didn't even know it was on!

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Miraz
June 10, 2006, 11:12 AM
Sweden is playing much better than England played against Paraguay

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 11:15 AM
For a side making its World Cup debut, T&T have made a promising start. Passes are consistently finding their targets. Only signs of nerves would be the numerous stray tackles, thus far. Still, they've started alot better than Paraguay did.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 11:16 AM
Horrible tackle from Avery John, there.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 11:17 AM
Surprisingly BBC online is not showing this match live!!!

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 11:33 AM
T&T: 'the new Senegal'.

Seriously though, they've started outstandingly well.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 11:35 AM
Great shot from Edwards. Hit it well.

Sweden 0-0 T&T
after 35 minutes.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 11:44 AM
Hislop just pulled off two outstanding saves in the space of 5 minutes. Prior to that, T&T had had the only shot on goal.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 11:47 AM
T&T are really taking this to Sweden. They've actually dominated the last 5 minutes of this first half.

Half Time.
Sweden 0-0 T&T

Unbelieveable!

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:05 PM
T&T have shot themselves in the foot with the red card...

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:05 PM
Unnecesarry red card. Now it will be difficult for T & T to save the match.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:06 PM
Oh no!

Avery John sent off (second yellow)!

We're only a minute into the 2nd Half too!

This is horrible!

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:06 PM
How foolish! Not even a minute into the second half...Sweden should take full advantage now.

Red Card: A John (46')

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:15 PM
It would be embarrasing for Sweden (good for England :) ) if Sweden can't manage to beat ten man Trinidad & Tobago.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:18 PM
Yehhh and they almost snuck the first goal there too. The subsitute smashed it against the post and the upright.

Oh so close.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:19 PM
Good save by Shaka Hislop at the other end.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:19 PM
Hislop made a nice reflex save. T & T is keeping the fight on even after the red card.

colinfu76
June 10, 2006, 12:21 PM
England has take a full 3 points in this match with 1-0..
So what u all feel?

http://soccerfeast.com

btw, there are some prediction match score and player may help u to predict GROUP C match.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:28 PM
Another close chance for Sweden. T & T is experiencing huge pressure.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:34 PM
What a wasted shot...Sweden are feeling the pressure!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:36 PM
Sweden may score at any time. Its really dificult for a team like T&T to contain Sweden with 10 men.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:37 PM
They've done it for the last 30 minutes, though, havn't they? :D

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:38 PM
Sweden may score at any time. Its really dificult for a team like T&T to contain Sweden with 10 men.

Thats true, but the longer T&T keeps Sweden level, the harder it becomes.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:39 PM
Shaka Hislop with the save!

Amazing stuff on display here!

Loving it!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:39 PM
Hislop is doing great after a great season at West Ham

thebest
June 10, 2006, 12:40 PM
What the hell Allback doing! in last 15 minutes he missed 5 chances.:mad: this time open net

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:41 PM
Ohhh!!

Sweden had a great chance there.

T&T unbreakable!!

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:41 PM
T&T are playing like heroes...they'll certainly make some new fans after this performance (me included!).

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:41 PM
I am with T&T, go T&T go!!

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:42 PM
Sweden piling on the pressure.

Go T&T!!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:43 PM
7 more minutes left, T&T is playing with big hearts.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:45 PM
Apart from the red card, the referee is operating the match much better compared to England, Paraguay Match.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:46 PM
Allback stuffs up another!

Love it!

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:48 PM
LMAO!

That's hilarious.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:49 PM
Larrson recieves Yellow Card.

Frustration showing.

3 minutes of Stoppage time to be played.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:49 PM
Scheduled 90 minutes is over. 3 minutes extra time.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:50 PM
Really this one is a very good match without any goal.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:51 PM
It would be heart-breaking if Sweden score now...but I doubt it. The Soca Warriors shall prevail!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:52 PM
Congrats T&T!!! They have done it!!!

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:52 PM
T&T have done it!

I'm going to cry!

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:52 PM
Well done. Take a bow Trinidad & Tobago.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:53 PM
Great great show by T&T on their WC debut.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:53 PM
Really this one very good match without any goal.
Spot on mate. Everyone loves an Underdog.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:53 PM
Hislop is my man of the match

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 12:53 PM
Trinidad & Tobago 0:0 Sweden

A John Sent Off (46')

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 12:55 PM
Now this group remains open. Sweden has a tough job ahead to beat England or Paraguay to have any chance.

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 12:57 PM
I think Dwight Yorke's performance will go largely unheralded after Hislops brilliant match. Yorke worked his butt off, and got back on numerous occasions to help out his defenders. Great game from the Captain.

T&T holding out with 10 men in the 2nd Half. Amazing.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 01:00 PM
Anyone watch ITV1's coverage? The Budweiser sponsor ads are hilarious. The Americans make fun out of their own lack of knowledge of football.

abdulw11
June 10, 2006, 01:01 PM
Roll on Argentina - Ivory Coast!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 01:04 PM
I think Dwight Yorke's performance will go largely unheralded after Hislops brilliant match. Yorke worked his butt off, and got back on numerous occasions to help out his defenders. Great game from the Captain.

T&T holding out with 10 men in the 2nd Half. Amazing.

Could not agree more!!:up:

Really it was a great effort from every T&T player and they left the field with joy.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 01:05 PM
Argentina, my team.

Go!! Argentia Go!!!

Mr-Cricket
June 10, 2006, 01:10 PM
Need a few hours sleep before Argentina vs Ivory Coast. I've been up all night tonight, and I watched both games last night too. And I have work in the morning! Again!

Argentina game kicks off in under 2 hours! Can' wait!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:00 PM
Argentina - Ivory Coast match is about to start!!!

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:03 PM
Good start, good pace from both side

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:06 PM
Good shot from Ivory Coast, slightly off target

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:07 PM
Todays Line up

Lineup

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD width=50></TD><TD width="50%"></TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">1. ABBONDANZIERI Roberto (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/153929_ABBONDANZIERI_Roberto.html) http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/en/t/goalkeeper.gif</TD><TD align=right>http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/en/t/goalkeeper.gif1. TIZIE Jean-Jacques (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/3356_TIZIE_Jean-Jacques.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">2. AYALA Roberto (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/153933_AYALA_Roberto.html) </TD><TD align=right>2. AKALE Kanga (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/213909_AKALE_Kanga.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">3. SORIN Juan (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/153977_SORIN_Juan.html) (C)</TD><TD align=right>3. BOKA Arthur (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/198489_BOKA_Arthur.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">5. CAMBIASSO Esteban (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/183574_CAMBIASSO_Esteban.html) </TD><TD align=right>4. TOURE Kolo (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178963_TOURE_Kolo.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">6. HEINZE Gabriel (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/201964_HEINZE_Gabriel.html) </TD><TD align=right>5. ZOKORA Didier (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/176971_ZOKORA_Didier.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">7. SAVIOLA Javier (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178837_SAVIOLA_Javier.html) </TD><TD align=right>8. KALOU Bonaventure (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/177615_KALOU_Bonaventure.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">8. MASCHERANO Javier (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/182372_MASCHERANO_Javier.html) </TD><TD align=right>(C)11. DROGBA Didier (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/212306_DROGBA_Didier.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">9. CRESPO Hernan (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/162680_CRESPO_Hernan.html) </TD><TD align=right>12. MEITE Abdoulaye (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/213907_MEITE_Abdoulaye.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">10. RIQUELME Juan (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/166380_RIQUELME_Juan.html) </TD><TD align=right>18. KEITA Kader (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/178964_KEITA_Kader.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">18. RODRIGUEZ Maxi (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/184291_RODRIGUEZ_Maxi.html) </TD><TD align=right>19. TOURE Yaya (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/198106_TOURE_Yaya.html)</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #fff">21. BURDISSO Nicolas (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/181441_BURDISSO_Nicolas.html) </TD><TD align=right>21. EBOUE Emmanuel (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/198051_EBOUE_Emmanuel.html)</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Lineup -->

Shafin
June 10, 2006, 02:10 PM
Argentina's first match demands a thread

http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showthread.php?t=16641

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:12 PM
We are discussing well in the current thread,

Argentina is not on the top. VERY GOOD START BY iVORY cOAST

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:15 PM
What a head from Riquelme, deserved to be a goal.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:20 PM
Ivory Coast on top of Argentina

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:24 PM
Crespo Strikes. ARGENTINA TAKES THE LEAD

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:39 PM
This time Saviola, Nice strike

Argentia 2 - Ivory Coast 0
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Miraz
June 10, 2006, 02:46 PM
At half time

Argentia 2 - Ivory Coast 0
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Miraz
June 10, 2006, 03:16 PM
Argentina is right on top. Wasted couple of opportunity.

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 03:39 PM
Nice game. Ivory coast a touch unlucky not have any goal.

Stats

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">3</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">8</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">11</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">14</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">13</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">6</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">4</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">50%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">50% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

Impressive 50-50 ball possession

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 03:42 PM
Brilliant Strike by Drogba

Argentina 2- Ivory Coast 1

Miraz
June 10, 2006, 03:52 PM
Tremendous match. Argentina have won but hats off to Ivory Coast for a very good game.

Stats

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">4</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">4</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">9</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">13</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">15</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">17</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">6</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">6</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">49%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">51% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->
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Amazing game. Ivory Coast has more possesssion than Argentina.

cricman
June 10, 2006, 04:17 PM
Can't believe i woke up at 9 am to watch the england game! The Other two games were really exciting very good tempo bunch of scoring chances. Enjoyed every minute of the Trinadad & Tobago vs Sweden, and Ivory Coast vs Argentina.

colinfu76
June 11, 2006, 02:37 AM
any idea for today match between holland and serbia??

what the score u all predict?

this site has give a prediction holland win 2-0..

http://soccerfeast.com

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 05:43 AM
Preview of Serbia & Montenegro Vs Holland match

Suspended for Serbia and Montenegro’s (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=SCG) first Group C match on 11 June against the Netherlands, central defender Nemanja Vidic believes that watching the game from the bench might prove the hardest 90 minutes of his career.

Despite his own absence, Vidic is confident about Serbia and Montenegro's chances. The stylish Manchester United defender is convinced that the Plavi can not only match the semi-final run of neighbours Croatia at France 98, but win the world’s biggest prize in a surprise akin to Greece’s recent UEFA EURO 2004 shocker in Portugal.

FIFAworldcup.com: How hard is it to know that you will not be able to take the pitch with your team-mates on the 11th against the Netherlands?
Nemanja Vidic: I have some mixed feelings about the opening game. It will probably be one of the hardest matches of my career to have to watch from the touchline. All this time I have had to look back on the qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina and now I realise that maybe I made a mistake in collecting the second yellow card. Now I have some anxious feelings because I will miss the first game, but I have enough strength to overcome it and give my best in the rest of the games.
Seeing that you will miss this first game, will you double your efforts for the next two group matches against Argentina and Côte d'Ivoire?
I will try to give triple the effort in the next matches! But you should know that I prepare to the fullest for every match that I play. I play to win every time I step on the pitch and I deeply believe that when the time comes I will be able to pick up where I left off in the qualifiers.
When you received your second yellow card of the qualifying campaign in the final game with Bosnia-Herzegovina, did you realise immediately that it would mean you miss the first match in Germany?
No, at the moment I was not thinking about the consequences. I was only focused on holding the 1-0 lead that we had and gaining automatic qualification for the World Cup. But since then I have spent so much time thinking about missing the first match. I apologised to my team-mates, but I am sure they will be fine without me and I will make up for it in the next games.
You famously only conceded one goal in ten qualifying matches. Does it bother you when everyone talks of this Serbia and Montenegro team as just a defensive side?
Well, we have tremendous quality in defence but people must remember that we have strong attackers as well, like (Mateja) Kezman and (Savo) Milosevic. The way we look at defence is that it is the place where our attack begins. I deeply believe that during this World Cup we will show that we not only have a strong defence but also a good attack and I think we will score many goals to prove it.
In your group matches you will be familiar with opposition strikers like Didier Drogba (Côte d'Ivoire and Chelsea) Hernan Crespo (Argentina and Chelsea) from playing in the Premiership. Do you think this gives you an edge?
Yeah, I played against both of them in the Premiership and I know them much better than I did in the past, and better than some of my team-mates. They are both quality players and I have nothing but good things to say about them. But I definitely feel that with the experience I have against them I will use to my advantage.
How far can Serbia and Montenegro go at these finals? Do you think you can match the exploits of neighbours Croatia who reached the semi-finals at France 98?
I believe we are good enough to escape from this tough group, and after that I have a vision not of emulating Croatia in '98, but rather Greece in 2004 (on their run to the UEFA European Championship). No offence to the great achievements of the Croatians in France, but we want to win the tournament, not finish third.
Do you feel you have an advantage by not being one of the Group C favourites?
We are not considered by most people to be favourites in the group so we have everything to gain and nothing really to lose. I think this is a fine position to be in.
Do you feel you have become a better player since moving to Manchester United from Spartak Moscow last season?
Since coming to Manchester, I don’t think I have changed too much. But my vision is to get better in the future and I will be a better player as the years pass at Manchester United. It’s a big club with a great coach, great players, and, of course, the supporters are the best in the world.
This will be your, and Serbia and Montenegro’s, first FIFA World Cup. Has the size of the occasion sunk in for you?
The atmosphere here has been great and we are all feeling very good. Since I miss the first match I have some mixed feelings. For me the World Cup doesn’t start until next Friday. But I will cheer on my mates and I am amazed to be here. I am very proud. We have had some trouble in our country recently and I am happy to play for my flag, my shirt and for my brothers and sisters back home. I hope only to make them proud. What makes Serbia and Montenegro different from the great Yugoslavian teams of old?
In the past, in the old Yugoslavia teams, we had great individual players, some of the best in the world. Recently we have changed our outlook. We still have great players, but now we are a stronger team, a strong unit. For us now the collective is the most important thing. Now we have great individuals, a great collective unit and hopefully we will get great results here in Germany.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 05:44 AM
Preview of Iran Vs Mexico Match

Fresh from a fourth-placed finish at last year's FIFA Confederations Cup, Mexico (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=mex) will look to continue their upward spiral as they open their FIFA World Cup bid against a youthful Iran (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=irn) side.

The game, in Nuremberg's Frankenstadion on 11 June, could well prove vital to both sides' prospects in Group D. <TABLE align=right><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Colours for the game
Mexico: green shirt, white shorts, white socks
Iran: red shirt, red shorts, red socks
The players
Mexico coach Ricardo La Volpe has chosen an exciting blend of youth and experience ahead of this summer's tournament in Germany, keeping faith in the bulk of the side that sprung a surprise at last year's FIFA Confederations Cup. New sensation Andres Guardado and Villarreal forward Guillermo Franco have added strength in depth to an already potent mix.
La Volpe's opposite number, Iran coach Branco Ivankovic, is another who believes in the value of continuity, heading to Germany with the majority of players who served him so well in qualifying. The supremely skilled Ali Karimi, veteran goal-poacher Ali Daei and creative midfielder Mehdi Mahdavikia are the leading lights in what many regard as Iran's finest team ever. Midfield schemer Mojtaba Jabari is the only major absentee, injury having prevented him making the trip to Europe.
How they qualified
Mexico sealed their place in Germany on the back of a second-placed finish in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying. El Tri were the competition's highest scoring team in the preliminary rounds. For their part, Iran booked their ticket to their third FIFA World Cup by finishing second in Group B of the Asian Zone behind Japan.
Past meetings
Mexico and Iran have played each other just once, in a friendly game on 9 June 2001 which the Mexicans won 2-1.
Tournament history
Mexico are true FIFA World Cup veterans, having appeared on football's biggest stage a staggering 13 times. Both of their best performances came on home soil, with quarter-final finishes at Mexico 1970 and Mexico 1986. Despite their rich footballing history, Germany 2006 is only Iran's third FIFA World Cup. The Asian side made their finals debut at Argentina in 1978, before reappearing at football's top table at France 98, the scene of their very first victory at this level, a 2-1 win over the USA.
Key contest
Rafael Marquez (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/es/w/team/overview.html?team=irn)versus Ali Karimi (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/es/w/team/overview.html?team=irn)should be worth watching. Marquez, Mexico's captain and undisputed star, is likely to be given the task of stopping the elusive Karimi. Solidity versus speed. Explosiveness versus reliability. Barcelona versus Bayern Munich. What more can you ask for?
The coaches
Highly controversial he may be, but La Volpe (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/es/w/team/coach.html?team=MEX)is tactically astute and particularly gifted at analysing opposing teams. He is also the first Mexico national coach to complete the entire four-year cycle between FIFA World Cups since 1966, and he has the results to show for it. He guided Mexico to Germany with the minimum of fuss and presided over his side's excellent FIFA Confederations Cup displays. Iran's Ivankovic (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/es/w/team/coach.html?team=IRN), meanwhile, initially worked as assistant coach to Miroslav Blazevic, taking over from his former boss following Iran's failed qualifying campaign for Korea/Japan 2002. The Iranian authorities' faith has been amply repaid, with the Croatian proving himself an intelligent coach, smoothly blending two generations of talented players into what many feel is the finest team in the country's footballing history.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 05:45 AM
Preview of Angola Vs Portugal Match

Angola (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=ang) will not have needed to do too much homework on their opening FIFA World Cup™ opponents. <TABLE align=right><TBODY><TR><TD></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

It is the national team of Portugal (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/team/overview.html?team=por), their former colonial ruler, that the Angolans will face on 11 June in Cologne (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/pt/d/s/koln.html) and the connections between the two are strong. Many of Angola's squad ply their trade in the Portuguese league while both teams know their rivals inside out.
Speaking to FIFAworldcup.com in March, Portuguese star Luis Figo (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/pt/060327/1/5e6e.html) made a point of showing his respect for the African first-timers: "Physically, they’re strong and, as an African team, we have to show them respect. It’s only common sense."
Colours for the game
Angola: white shirt, white shorts, white socks
Portugal: port red shirt, port red shorts, port red socks

Players
Apart from Figo, Portugal have many other well-known internationals such as Pauleta, Cristiano Ronaldo and Deco. Angola's squad, meanwhile, includes a number of players who are well known by the Portuguese public, including Mantorras, Akwa and Joao Ricardo who have all played in Portugal at one time or another.
How they qualified
Portugal qualified comfortably for this year’s FIFA World Cup, topping Group 3 of the European qualifying zone ahead of Slovakia and Russia without losing a single match. Life was much more difficult for the Angolans, whose hopes were dealt an early blow with a 3-1 preliminary round first-leg defeat by Chad. In the return match, however, a 2-0 win was enough to guarantee them a place in Group 4 of the African Zone alongside continental superpowers Nigeria. The Palancas Negras proceeded to surprised everyone by losing just one game, finishing top of the group and winning a place at their first-ever FIFA World Cup finals.
Past meetings
The omens are not good for the African side, who suffered heavy defeats in the two previous meetings between the sides. Portugal were 6-0 winners in Lisbon in March 1989 and secured a further 5-1 win in the Portuguese capital in November 2001.
Tournament history
Angola are appearing at their first finals, while Portugal will be making their fourth appearance. After storming to third place on their FIFA World Cup debut in England in 1966, Portugal failed to make it past the first round at Mexico 86 and Korea/Japan 2002.
Key contest
Mantorras (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/181565_MANTORRAS.html) and Deco (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/pt/w/player/199026_DECO.html) could both have vital roles to play for their respective sides. Benfica striker Mantorras has been the golden boy of Angolan football for the past five years, although his career has been dogged by a string of serious injuries. Even so, the slimly built frontman remains a vital weapon in the Angolan arsenal thanks to his boundless energy and eye for goal.
A key figure in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tactical setup, Deco is blessed with an exquisite touch and unerring vision. Able to dictate the pace of a match at will, the Barcelona midfielder is at the very top of his game, having recently picked up his second UEFA Champions League winner’s medal in the space of three years. So indispensable has the midfielder become that journalists have coined the phrase 'Deco-dependence' to highlight his importance to Felipão’s plans.
The coaches
Luis de Oliveira Goncalves, nicknamed the 'Professor' of Angolan football, took charge of the African side after their surprise 3-1 preliminary round defeat against Chad. Taking over from Brazilian Ismael Kurtz, he lead the Palancas Negras to a 2-0 win in the return match in Luanda, then guided Angola safely through qualifying in a fairy-tale journey which continued all the way to Germany 2006. His opposite number Scolari is none other than the man who led Brazil to victory at Korea/Japan 2002. Despite his reputation as a disciplinarian, the Brazilian coach is also able to treat the players as friends and Portugal have undoubteldy progressed under his inspired leadership. Scolari took the Seleção das quinas to second place at UEFA EURO 2004 on home soil and he guided the team to Germany 2006 with the minimum of fuss.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 08:22 AM
Holland Strikes early

11. ROBBEN Arjen (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/184616_ROBBEN_Arjen.html) <NOBR>(18')</NOBR>

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 08:52 AM
One sided game up to Half Time. Holland in control.

At Half time
Holand 1 - Serbia & Montengro 0

Stats

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=2 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-da><TD width=50>http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/flag/sm2/scg.gif SCG </TD><TD align=right width="50%">NED http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/flag/sm2/ned.gif</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">5</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">8</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">8</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">6</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">13</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">34%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">66% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

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Miraz
June 11, 2006, 09:30 AM
Much better play by Serbia in the 2nd Half

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 09:54 AM
Very good play by Serbia & Montenegro in the second half but that was not enough to prevent a Holland win. Good game!!

Full time score

Holand 1 - Serbia & Montengro

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 11:15 AM
Iran has started very well. Splendid save by the goalkeeper denied a goal.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 12:01 PM
Very good first half. Entertaining football by both team.


<DT class=b>Goals: <DD class=goalv>4. GOLMOHAMMADI Yahya (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/155851_GOLMOHAMMADI_Yahya.html) <NOBR>(36') (Iran)</NOBR><DD class=goalh>19. BRAVO Omar (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/214007_BRAVO_Omar.html) <NOBR>(28')</NOBR> (Mexico)
</DD>

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 12:02 PM
Look at match stat, 50-50 possession

Stats

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">4</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">5</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">5</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">14</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">10</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">4</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">50%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">50% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 12:13 PM
Mexico is dominating the second half.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 12:23 PM
Mexico is gaining control of the match
Mexico............................................ ...... Iran
<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">53%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">47% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

Mr-Cricket
June 11, 2006, 12:35 PM
Bravo scores a brace.

Mexico 2-1 up.

There goes my prediction.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 12:36 PM
Poor play by Iranian defence, easy goal scored by BRAVO Omar (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/214007_BRAVO_Omar.html) <NOBR>(76')</NOBR>

Mexico takes the lead.

Mr-Cricket
June 11, 2006, 12:38 PM
Naelson scores.

Mexico 3-1 Iran.

Iran's lost the plot.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 12:38 PM
Match is over for Iran. Another goal by Mexico.

abdulw11
June 11, 2006, 12:50 PM
Awww man! I wanted Iran to win or, at the very least, get a draw.

Tehsin
June 11, 2006, 12:58 PM
The Iranian players played 'ga jhara' (lazy) football in the middle. It was painful to watch. Mexico deseved the victory, they pressed for every opportunity and dominated th middle half of the game. Iran finally woke up after going down 1-3 but it was too late to do anything for them. Very dissapointed with our first Asian representatives. Hopefully Korea, Japan, and the Saudis will show more initiative and atleast show that they belong there.

Mexico didn't look amazing but they were better then the Iranians. If the Iranians faced Holland/Argentina/Ivory Coast, they would have lost by 5/6 goals.

Mr-Cricket
June 11, 2006, 02:01 PM
Portugal almost scored inside 20 seconds.

Pauleta put it just wide.

Amazing start.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 02:02 PM
Portugal started like the favourites. This is the last opportunity for the 'Golden Generation' of Portugal.

Mr-Cricket
June 11, 2006, 02:04 PM
Pauleta scores!

Amazing run by Figo!

Portugal 1-0 Angola!

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 02:07 PM
What a goal by Pauleta. Tremndous start by Portugal. Angola is looking helpless.

Mr-Cricket
June 11, 2006, 02:10 PM
What an exciting match!

abdulw11
June 11, 2006, 02:16 PM
Just noticed Angola has two white players...done some quick googling and found that Figueiredo and goalkeeper Joao Ricardo were born in Angola but raised in Portugal. All their families are Portugese and are torn between who to support. Interesting...

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 02:17 PM
Angola is trying hard.

Good game in progress. Angola needs one more person in the midfield. Portugal has the advantage of commanding the midfield.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 02:24 PM
Good try by Matthews. Go Angola Go!!

Its an emotional match for them.

Mr-Cricket
June 11, 2006, 02:46 PM
Great teamwork from the Portuguese there.

In the end the keeper comfortably dealt with Ronaldo's shot.

But Angola have had their chances too.

They are improving as the game progesses.

abdulw11
June 11, 2006, 02:48 PM
Angola have done well to regroup after an early goal.

Tehsin
June 11, 2006, 02:56 PM
I am impressed with Angola. They are in the world cup and they are showing the world that they belong here. I'm worried for Portugal at this point. I've got my two favorites from the group - Angola and Portugal should go to the second round with stiff competition from Mexico. Iran was clearly out of depths. They are only big against other Asian sides.

Miraz
June 11, 2006, 03:38 PM
Angola is losing this match simply due to lack of experience. Good show by them.
Got few chances but poor finish costed them.

Dhurr
June 11, 2006, 04:15 PM
I saw the last 15 minutes of the game, and then the extra time, and was reminded why I'm not a soccer fan. In the entire 18-20 minutes of play, Angola had a little flick-shot and Portugal had one shot towards the end of the game. I was bored pretty much the entire time. I will watch tomorrow's USA game which, hopefully, would be better and might get me into the mood for some soccer this summer.

Orpheus
June 11, 2006, 05:13 PM
Tehsin are you serious you want Angola and Portugal to advance? Angola is a pretty crap team according to what I saw (I have yet to see a team like senegal of last world cup though I haven't watched all the games)...

From this group, Portugal and Mexico should advance.

and Tomorrow will be a damn good game... U.S. and the czech. Actually this is a really competitive group... If U.S. goes to second round then I think the achievement is similar to last world cup where they went to quarterfinal though they really should have went to the semis. Germans got really really lucky....and umpiring was awful.

Hatebreed
June 11, 2006, 07:07 PM
So far I'm a little dissapointed because I'm supporting all the underdogs and they haven't cause any huge upset, except Equador who reversed everyone's predictions, and also T&T who managed to draw with Sweden! Nice.

England didn't live up to my expectation, just one goal from an amazingly good free-kick and luck was all they could accomplish. Granted, there was tough resistance from Paraguay including some near chances in the 2nd-half but England has to improve drastically if they want to compete against the better teams.

Argentina vs Ivory Coast was the most contested match IMO, despite Argentines scoring two early goals the Ivorians showed great potential. Their players are energetic, fast and I was very impressed by how they controlled the ball. I hope they can advance to 2nd round.

I missed the matches today, dissapointed by Iran. I heard their goalkeeper sucks, I bet he does. They have to get their act together and perform better next time. Angola did well by conceding only 1 goal, but still not enough!

Tomorrow I'm looking forward to Japan, Ghana and Czech Rep... oh Vladmamu, Where Art Thou?

thebest
June 12, 2006, 08:03 AM
I'm surprised at Tony Blair saying he was going to fly the St George's flag - I thought he would have been supporting America."
George Galloway Classic

thebest
June 12, 2006, 08:06 AM
Good Double Save by Kawaguchi - Japanese keeper

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 08:08 AM
Good strat by Japan. Alex is playing nice.

Good game in progress.

thebest
June 12, 2006, 08:26 AM
GOAAAAAAAAAL
Japan leading. A freak goal. Goalkeeper miss the flight

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 08:52 AM
Exciting first half. Japan is leading 1-0. Controversial goal because the keepere was fouled by Japan no. 9.

Australia has slight domination. At half time..

Stats

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">7</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">4</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">13</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">5</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">3</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">50%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">50% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

sadi
June 12, 2006, 09:51 AM
wow good stuff... three goals in 7 mins for australia.... I was so wrong

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 09:54 AM
What a game!!!

Pace, dribbling, saves, controversary.. what not

Australia deserved the win as they played superbly.

Japan is unfortunate, not awarded penalty which was there. It was skill and pace of Aussies which have done the trick.

Congrats Australia!!

thebest
June 12, 2006, 09:56 AM
wrong tactics lose the match for Japan. They were defeding too deep also playing too fast. In second half there was no midfield of Japan.About their forward line the less the better. Takahara (no 9) is a joke. I am really disappointed with the asians teams so far. Saudis are whiping boy. So like last time Korea would carry the torch.

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 09:56 AM
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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">12</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">20</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">6</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">22</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">11</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">5</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">3</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">5</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">3</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">4</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">3</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">52%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">48% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

Orpheus
June 12, 2006, 09:57 AM
ah damn!! the big mouth pricks won. Japan actually gave up after the tie goal. Very disappointed. Aussies are bunch of $holes.... including the manager. I hope Croatia kicks them out from advancing.

AsifTheManRahman
June 12, 2006, 09:58 AM
what the heck? three goals in the last eight minutes? japanira ghaash khaay naki?

Orpheus
June 12, 2006, 09:58 AM
yes my only hope South Korea. And I really pray that US can win it today.. by whatever means... These are the two teams that I support the most.

IanW
June 12, 2006, 10:45 AM
Miraz,

Yeah, it probably was a penalty for Cahill. But Japan's goal was probably obstruction as well.

Guus' brutal fitness training paid off, but the big thing was Japan protecting a lead, and their utterly appalling, wasteful and generally shitful crossing was what lost them the game.

They should have had at least one more goal by the 80th minute, and that would have put Australia out of contention to advance.

As it is, goal difference could be what gets Australia through, as I think Brazil will beat everone, and I can't see Japan crawling off the mat after those last 8 minutes.

Ian Whitchurch

tiger_man
June 12, 2006, 10:50 AM
ah damn!! the big mouth pricks won. Japan actually gave up after the tie goal. Very disappointed. Aussies are bunch of $holes.... including the manager. I hope Croatia kicks them out from advancing.

ya you wish man....

I hope teh czech gang rapes the whole US team in half an hour...

americans shud stick to their own version of football.....they are as good as saudi arabia

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 11:09 AM
KOLLER Jan (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/177712_KOLLER_Jan.html) <NOBR>(5') strikes early. Czech republic is leading.</NOBR>
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tiger_man
June 12, 2006, 11:14 AM
just like i said...US is getting hit by czech cruise missiles for a change....

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 11:37 AM
What a goal by ROSICKY Tomas (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/177823_ROSICKY_Tomas.html), wonderful strike.

Czech is leading by two goals.

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 11:46 AM
At half time

Czech R 2 : USA 0

USA is leading by ball possession but Czech attacks are really threatening.

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">2</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">3</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">4</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">9</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">8</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">5</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">1</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">56%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">44% </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><!-- /Stats-->

sabbir ahmad
June 12, 2006, 11:47 AM
wowwwwwwwwwwww

AsifTheManRahman
June 12, 2006, 12:08 PM
yeah, that second goal by Tomas was WOW! the best goal in the tournament so far, imo (although the first goal in the opener comes pretty close).

Mr-Cricket
June 12, 2006, 12:25 PM
oleee olee oleee olee! aussssieee! ausssieee!!:D

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 12:29 PM
USA is playing good but not threatening. Czech are creating more opportunities when they are attacking. USA lacks magic touches which Czech have through Nedved and Rosicky

Mr-Cricket
June 12, 2006, 12:34 PM
Rosicky scores brace!

3-0 Czech!

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 12:34 PM
Rosicky again. Best goal of the tournamnet so far.

Czech are really very good in attcking. awesome!!!

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 12:55 PM
Czech Republic is looking as a very composed unit. have good players in almost every position. They have won todays match very comfortably.

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=1 width=369 border=0><TBODY><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">1</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots on Goal</TD><TD align=right width="10%">5</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">6</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Shots</TD><TD align=right width="10%">10</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">15</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Fouls</TD><TD align=right width="10%">19</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Corner Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">5</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Free Kicks</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Offsides</TD><TD align=right width="10%">9</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Own Goals</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">2</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Yellow Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">4</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">0</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Red Cards</TD><TD align=right width="10%">0</TD></TR><TR class=s-db><TD width="10%">55%</TD><TD noWrap align=middle width="80%">Ball Possession</TD><TD align=right width="10%">45%</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

Miraz
June 12, 2006, 12:56 PM
My man of the match

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/t/pla/s/177823.jpg (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/177823_ROSICKY_Tomas.html) ROSICKY Tomas (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/w/player/177823_ROSICKY_Tomas.html)
http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/i/fifa/06/flag/sm2/cze.gif (CZE)

sadi
June 12, 2006, 01:07 PM
Hey just a question offtopic... do you guys know any site where I can check out all the goals??

Hatebreed
June 12, 2006, 01:19 PM
Amazing performance by the Czechs, at last a game I can smile about.

IMO it was a comprehensible and the most satisfying win so far. The first two goals were amazing. Rosicky is awesome!

abdulw11
June 12, 2006, 01:28 PM
Rosicky is awesome!

Yeah, thats definately true.

And to think he will be playing for the Gunners next season :mad:

abdulw11
June 12, 2006, 03:36 PM
Ouch! What a bad tackle by Kuffour from behind on Iaquinta. Lucky for Kuffour, the offside flag was raised and Kuffour escapes the red card.

abdulw11
June 12, 2006, 03:56 PM
Italy 2:0 Ghana

Goals:
A Pirlo (40')
V Iaquinta (83')

BangladeshFan
June 12, 2006, 06:17 PM
Ouch! What a bad tackle by Kuffour from behind on Iaquinta. Lucky for Kuffour, the offside flag was raised and Kuffour escapes the red card.


and then made the worst backpass in the tournament. 2nd goal was more his fault than the scorers credit. these africans seem like "all body and no head"

Hatebreed
June 12, 2006, 06:19 PM
Yeah, thats definately true.

And to think he will be playing for the Gunners next season :mad:

Yeah that sucks, but better than Chelsea. :mad:

colinfu76
June 13, 2006, 12:07 AM
what do u all think about tonite match between brazil VS croatia??

do you think the result will be 3-0??

i got one predict site that predict the score

http://soccerfeast.com