June 2006


Friday, June 30, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 23's Matches

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 23's MatchesToday sees the first 2 matches in the Quarter Finals.

Germany v Argentina (16:00)
Germany are confident skipper Michael Ballack and striker Miroslav Klose will shake off injuries in time for Friday's quarter-final. Ballack (swollen ankle) and Klose (tendonitis) missed Tuesday's training session but both returned on Wednesday.

Argentina's Luis Gonzalez has recovered from a groin injury and should be fit to play at right midfield. Nicolas Burdisso is still doubtful with a knee injury, while Leandro Cufre is likely to come in for Lionel Scaloni.

Italy v Ukraine (20:00)
Italy defender Alessandro Nesta will miss Friday's quarter-final against Ukraine because of a groin strain. Marco Materazzi is suspended so Andrea Barzagli - Italy's only other available centre-half - is likely to start alongside Fabio Cannavaro in defence.

Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin will miss the rest of the World Cup because of a thigh injury. Sergiy Rebrov is likely to come in to the midfield, meaning Andriy Vorobei will play further forward.

Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here and keep updated with much much more, available direct from our dedicated 2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - If you played for Brazil, What would your name be?

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - If you played for Brazil, What would your name be?The guys in our forums have found this excellent site where you can find out what your "Brazil Name" is. It also enables you to print out your very own Brazil Shirt (including hanging tags).

Go and find out what your Brazil Name is by clicking here and then post the results in our forum by clicking here so we can all see who has the best Brazilian names.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Inside the world's most unique IT mega-project...

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Inside the world's most unique IT mega-project...We have some great behind the scenes information from the World Cup, regarding the IT setup, that will blow your minds.

There aren't many enterprises that boast 250,000 users, 10,000 network devices and an IT budget in the double-figure millions. But when you consider that budget is spent to support just one month's up-time it becomes clear why the Fifa World Cup Finals has been branded one of the world's largest - and most unique - IT projects.

Peter Meyer, head of IT at Fifa, said: "It's simple. You organise a tournament with 32 teams and at the end of it one of them wins. "Where the challenge comes in is because it is global. You need technology to stage an event of this magnitude."

The network created by Fifa for the duration of the World Cup spans 12 stadiums, each with a state-of-the-art media centre. Meyer said: "Four years ago there was one international media centre, now there are 12 stadium media centres," which means the network has exploded in size and complexity. The Fifa network also incorporates:

  • the tournament HQ in Berlin;
  • the international broadcast centre in Munich;
  • the IT command centre in Munich;
  • 14 accreditation centres issuing passes to 15,000 members of the media, as well as partners, sponsors and Fifa employees;
  • venue hotels in all the host cities,
  • the referee's hotel in Frankfurt; and
  • connected information points and helpdesks at airports and train stations.

During the tournament the network will carry an estimated 20 terabytes of converged voice and data traffic - or enough to fill 5,120 iPod Nanos at a rate of 170 per day. Included will be the data created by 3.2 million RFID-chipped tickets.

The network for the Fifa World Cup 2006 consists of:

  • Three million RFID chips in tickets
  • 250,000 users
  • 40,000 network connections
  • 10,000 communications and network devices
  • 8,000 temporary network ports
  • 8,000km of temporary cabling
  • 45 application servers
  • 25 communication servers
  • 20 software applications
  • 20 terabytes of converged voice and data traffic

Doug Gardner, World Cup programme managing director at Avaya, said: "Security for the World Cup network is a major consideration. Somebody is going to try to break into the network just to say they have done it."

And as quickly as the giant project was assembled so too will it be disassembled. Avaya's Gardner said: "Leipzig's last game finishes on Saturday and by Tuesday we have to have gracefully take Leipzig off the network to avoid any security concerns. We will eventually do this at all stadiums until we get down to just one - Berlin on 9 July."

Read more about this fantastic IT project by clicking here.

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Thursday, June 29, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Fan Of The Match

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Fan Of The MatchThe new ‘Fan of the Match’ award celebrates the passion of colourful supporters at every FIFA World Cup game in Germany. You also get the chance to vote for your ‘Fan of the Tournament’ from among the chosen winners in the Hyundai Fan Corner.

Check out all the winners and get your votes in by clicking here.

All this news and much much more is available direct from our dedicated 2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Ref Poll sent home from World Cup

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Ref Poll sent home from World CupGraham Poll has been named as one of 14 referees who have been sent home from the World Cup.

The English referee has paid the price for his yellow-card blunder in the Australia versus Croatia game when he booked Josip Simunic three times.

Russian Valentin Ivanov, who issued a World Cup record 16 yellow and four red cards in Portugal's fiery game against Holland, is also on his way home.

Poll, 42, had been tipped as a possible World Cup final referee prior to the tournament getting under way. But a series of errors in Australia's crucial final Group F match ended any such hopes of being given the showpiece final. Poll's biggest mistake led to him cautioning Croatia's Simunic three times before finally sending him off.

In explaining his actions to the committee, Poll said he incorrectly noted down the name of the Australia number three Craig Moore when booking Simunic for the second time and failed to realise his error.

Poll's assistant referees Philip Sharp and Glenn Turner will also not be involved in the latter stages of the tournament in Germany.

All this news and much much more is available direct from our dedicated 2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Juan Roman Riquelme: My +10 team

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Juan Roman Riquelme: My +10 teamOver at the official World Cup site Argentina's Juan Roman Riquelme has put together his adidas +10 team.

It includes:

  1. Oscar Cordoba in goal
  2. Hugo Ibarra
  3. Fabricio Coloccini
  4. Walter Samuel
  5. Diego Placente
  6. Fernando Redondo
  7. Pablo Aimar
  8. Juan Roman Riquelme
  9. Gabriel Batistuta
  10. Claudio Caniggia
  11. Diego Maradona

See what he has to say about each of these great players by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Latest Injury News

Latest Injury NewsKeep track of all your team's latest injury worries in the build up to the World Cup quarter finals.

At PhysioRoom.com you can get full details of each players injury plus a league table of which team has how many injuries, to whom and what injury they have.

Keep track of all your team's injury worries throughout the World Cup by clicking here.

All this news and much much more is available direct from our dedicated 2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Golden Shoe

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Golden ShoeAs we have a couple of days off from all the action we catch up on a few items that may well be of interest to you.

The leading goalscorer at every FIFA World Cup™ finals is awarded the adidas Golden Shoe - past winners of the accolade include Gerd Muller, Ronaldo and Just Fontaine.

Check out who is winning so far and vote on who you think will win it this year by clicking here.

All this news and much much more is available direct from our dedicated 2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre.

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World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Ball on the ground

World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Ball on the groundLionel Messi, our Adopted Young Player of the World Cup, spoke at a recent press conference about the upcoming quarter final game against Germany, to be played on Friday:

"Germany are a hard team both at the back and upfront. We are going to try and put the ball on the ground. Playing this way we will probably get them into trouble."

"There are no easy games when you are talking about a World Cup quarter finals. Germany are a good team and besides they are the hosts. But we have proved our worth and showed we can beat any team."

"I always try to have fun when I am on the pitch. I am grateful to all the people supporting and praising me, but when I am playing I forget about everything else and just concentrate on doing my best and enjoying myself."

News courtesy of the Lionel Messi Weblog.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - World Rankings will be calculated differently

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be calculated differentlyOur World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

Sepp Blatter has announced that the monthly "FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking" will be built in a new way.

"The ranks have to show more logic. We will keep only the results from the last four years and not from the last eight anymore. The new method will be introduced on July 6th."

Blatter argues on the fact that he is really disappointed by the United States occupying 4th place and already so easily eliminated from this World Cup. Mexico are also in 4th place whereas Germany is only 19th. A bit weird indeed especially as you take a look at the present ranks:

  1. Brazil
  2. Czech Republic
  3. Netherlands
  4. Mexico
  5. USA
  6. Spain
  7. Portugal
  8. France
  9. Argentina
  10. England
  11. Nigeria
  12. Denmark
  13. Italy
  14. Turkey
  15. Cameroon
  16. Sweden
  17. Egypt
  18. Japan
  19. Germany
  20. Greece

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Major League Soccer News - Week 13 Matches

Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


Major League Soccer News
Wed 21
June 2006
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DC United 1
Chicago Fire 0

Clyde Simms long range goal extended DC’s unbeaten run to eight matches.

Columbus Crew 1
NE Revolution 1

A Kei Kamara goal four minutes from the end canceled out a strike from Andy Dorman as the Columbus Crew and New England Revolution split the points in a 1-1 draw Wednesday night at Crew Stadium..

Colorado Rapids 1
Chivas USA 1

Colorado dominated Chivas on Wednesday night but could only gain a point from the match. Chivas actually took the lead in the 10th minute when Juan Pablo Garcia scored his fourth goal of the season. Dedi Ben Dayan tied the game in the 58th minute. Colorado out shot Chivas 16-3.

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June 2006
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Columbus Crew 1
Chivas USA 1
Both teams settled for a draw as the Crew’s John Retiz and Chivas’ Juan Pablo Garcia traded goals.
DC United 1
KC Wizards 0
Jaime Moreno scored his ninth goal of the season as first place DC United won a match played in the rain. United extended their unbeaten run to nine matches with the win.
FC Dallas 1
Colorado Rapids 0
Kenny Cooper’s sixth goal of the season proved to be just enough as Dallas won at home. Seven of Dallas’ eight wins have been by one goal.
Real Salt Lake 0
NE Revolution 0
Both clubs saw their winless streaks extended in this boring draw. Salt Lake has not won in three matches, while the Revolution have gone seven matches without a win.
LA Galaxy 0
Houston Dynamo 0
Last place Los Angeles remained winless at home with the scoreless draw. The Galaxy are still searching for their first victory since April 29th.
Chicago Fire 2
Red Bull NY 0
Chicago opened their new home, Toyota Park, in style with a convincing 2-0 win. Chris Armas scored the first goal in the new stadium after 12 minutes. Thiago added an insurance goal in the 69th minute.

For our extended Major League Soccer coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Super Pack of Adidas +Teamgeist 3GB Balls for FIFA 06

Super Pack of Adidas +Teamgeist 3GB Balls for FIFA 06Our newest member to the Sweetpatch Development Posse, Kastriot Gashi, has sent us an excellent pack of Adidas +Teamgeist 3GB Balls for your game of FIFA 06.

This super pack includes 7 wonderful Adidas +Teamgeist Balls:

  1. Adidas +Teamgeist World Cup 2006 Official (Plain)
  2. Adidas +Teamgeist World Cup 2006 Official Final (Gold Ball)
  3. Adidas +Teamgeist Training (blue)
  4. Adidas +Teamgeist Blue
  5. Adidas +Teamgeist Fire
  6. Adidas +Teamgeist Orange
  7. Adidas +Teamgeist World Cup 2006 Official Final (Gold Ball) 2

Click on the the image on the right for a full size screenshot and then download this excellent set of Balls direct from our Download Boutique.

Soon Kastriot will bring you other ball models, kits and other great utilities, all available direct from here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Yes, yes and finally YES… again!

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Yes, yes and finally YES… again!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

One other story about the Great Beckenbauer is that he insisted on the fact that he would attend the maximum games. And he really seems to hold his promise as he is flying from one stadium to another in a helicopter or a private jet.

But last Friday he took a surprising day off! Taking time to write his “goodbye-and-many thanks” letters to the departing teams? (see previous article by clicking here). Not at all ladies & gentlemen, the guy came up with a bigger but private surprise: he got married! 60 years old Kaizer and 39 years old Heidi Burmester said yes to each other on Friday during a highly secret ceremony.

She is Franz Beckenbauer's former secretary and now third wife. The 23rd of June is not just any day, it’s Franz’s mother birthday (she passed away last January).

He commented on the ceremony saying: “We wanted to be alone, away from the mass. Also nobody expected we would get married during the World Cup.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Spain 1 France 3

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Spain 1 France 3France struck twice in the last 10 minutes to see off Spain and set up a quarter-final meeting with Brazil.

Spain went ahead through David Villa's superbly struck penalty after Lilian Thuram rashly fouled Ibanez Pablo. France soon equalised when Frank Ribery rounded Iker Casillas after he was found by Patrick Vieira's clever pass. With seven minutes to go Vieira powered in a header and with Spain pushing forward Zinedine Zidane broke clear for a solo effort in stoppage time.

Zidane, who struggled in France's first two group games, looks to have finally found his rhythm, prompting and cajoling his teammates to victory just as he did during their successful 1998 campaign.

France's victory also means Brazil will face their nemesis Zidane again, the player who scored twice against them in the 1998 World Cup final.

Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Brazil 3 Ghana 0

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Brazil 3 Ghana 0Ronaldo became the highest scorer in World Cup finals history as Brazil beat Ghana to book a quarter-final place against France.

The 29-year-old took just five minutes to go past Gerd Muller's tally of 14, latching on to Kaka's through ball and rounding Richard Kingson to slot home. Adriano tapped in Cafu's cross and Ze Roberto ran through to wrap it up while Ghana's Asamoah Gyan was sent off.

The scoreline was perhaps a touch harsh on Ghana, who recovered from a horror start to match their more illustrious opponents. John Mensah had the Africans' best chance, but Dida saved his header.

Brazil will now meet France in the last eight on Saturday in Frankfurt at 2000 BST.

Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 19's Matches

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 19's MatchesToday sees the last 2 matches in the Round of 16.

Brazil v Ghana (16:00)
Robinho, who started Brazil's win over Japan, has been ruled out with a minor thigh muscle injury, so Adriano is likely to return to the side. Alternatively, Ronaldinho could move up front with Juninho coming into midfield but coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will delay making a decision until Tuesday.

Ghana's influential midfielder Michael Essien is suspended for the match. Razak Pimpong hopes to be fit after injuring a rib against the USA, but otherwise Ghana are at full strength.

Spain v France (20:00)
Spain coach Luis Aragones has included Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas and Raul in the starting XI after resting many first choice players for the last group game. Raul should come in at the expense of forward Luis Garcia, and Fabregas will replace midfielder Marcos Senna.

French coach Raymond Domench has Eric Abidal and Zinedine Zidane back after bans so his only worry is whether to play Thierry Henry alone up front. He will leave it late before deciding if David Trezeguet will partner him.

Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Don't leave before your letter from Der Kaizer himself!

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Don't leave before your letter from Der Kaizer himself!Every team that gets eliminated from the World Cup gets a personal letter from Franz Beckenbauer. Franz nicknamed the Kaizer (the Emperor) is the well-known president of committee of organisation behind Germany 2006.

Amongst his honours he brought as a player a World Cup to West Germany in 1974 and then as the coach of the freshly reunited Germany in 1990 by beating Maradonna’s Argentina.

Anyway, the Organisation claims that these are not “standard letters” but that they are written with “personal feelings” from Beckenbauer over the performance of the country during the competition.

  1. Costa Rica and Poland had the honour to receive the letter as firsts on Wednesday.
  2. Thursday it was the turn of Paraguay, Serbia & Montenegro, Angola and Ivory Coast.
  3. On Friday, Iran were taking their luggage away.

Franz knows what he has to do.

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2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Save 'Les Bleus', buy Champagne!

2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Save 'Les Bleus', buy Champagne!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

A French man pretends he own the secret of success to make Zidane, Henry, Viera and the whole French team play better. He offers on eBay a “very rare” bottle of Champagne.

This Magnum (1.5 litres) is part of an official production of champagne specially delivered for the World cup 1998. The one that France brought back home… Well, as they where already home, let say the one Les Bleus won at home.

That legendary team of France of 98 under the direction of Aimé Jacquet was composed of:

  • F. Barthez - L. Blanc - A. Boghossian - V. Candela - M. Desailly - D. Deschamps - B. Diomède - Y. Djorkaeff - C. Dugarry - S. Guivarch - T. Henry - C. Karembeu - B. Lama - F. Leboeuf - B. Lizarazu - E. Petit - R. Pires - L. Thuram - D. Trézéguet - P. Viera - Z. Zidane.

Anyway this Magnum has been conserved since 1998 in its original engraved and French-color-painted wooden box. This is the “have-to-own”, the lucky charm that made and will make France win that World Cup again.

The guy pretends it has to be probably the one and only Magnum left as there were nearly no magnum produced… and the rest was certainly smashed open and drunk.

That very bottle was on my TV during the World Cup final between France and Brazil. You know how it did end! 3-0”: says the confident man. “I saved her and now, I have to separate myself from her… with regrets.

The price? Well hang on because I don’t think you’ll ever drink this one after 8 years. Especially on a hot TV. The auction starts at 10.000 Euros and ends on June 29 at 9 pm, Paris time.

As I went looking… there was still no offers. Click here to visit eBay to see this very rare bottle of champagne (and make a bid if you wish!).

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Major League Soccer News - Week 12 Matches

Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


Major League Soccer News
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NE Revolution 1
DC United 1

Andy Dorman’s third goal of the season came four minutes from full time to give New England and DC a share of the points. Jaime Moreno scored right before half time to give United the lead.

Red Bull NY 2
LA Galaxy 1

All of the scoring for this match was done in a four minute span of the first half. Herculez Gomez scored on a breakaway in the 25th minute. Edson Buddle chipped Galaxy goalkeeper Kevin Hartmann two minutes later to tie the score. Haitian striker Jean Philippe Peguero’s goal 69 seconds later gave New York the win.

KC Wizards 3
Chicago Fire 2

For the second week in row, Jose Burciaga Jr. gave Kansas City the victory with a late goal. His corner kick was deflected into the goal by Chicago goalkeeper Zach Thornton in the 89th minute. Andy Herron and Nate Jaqua scored for Fire, Scott Sealy scored twice for the Wizards.

Houston Dynamo 2
Real Salt Lake 1
Bryan Mullen and Alejandro Moreno scored to give Houston the win at home. Jason Kreis scored from the penalty spot in the 88th minute to make the game interesting.
Chivas USA 2
Columbus Crew 0
Ante Razov scored five minutes into the match and Juan Pablo Garcia scored five minutes from full time to give Chivas the win in Los Angeles.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Switzerland 0 Ukraine 0 (0-3 on pens)

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Switzerland 0 Ukraine 0 (0-3 on pens)Ukraine reached the quarter-finals after beating Switzerland on penalties.

The Swiss missed three spotkicks, but Ukraine's Artem Milevskiy, Serghiy Rebrov and Oleg Gusev made no mistake to seal a 3-0 shoot-out victory. Shevchenko missed Ukraine's first penalty in the shoot-out, but as Marco Streller, Tranquillo Barnetta and Ricardo Cabanas failed with tame efforts, the Eastern European side progressed to the last eight. Ukraine goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy saved the penalties of Streller and Cabanas, while Barnetta hit the bar with his spot-kick.

Competing in their first World Cup finals, Ukraine now meet Italy in the quarter-finals in Hamburg on Friday.

As they exited the competition Switzerland set two records:

  1. they are the first team to go out of the World Cup without conceding a goal; and
  2. they are the first side not to score a single penalty in a shoot-out.

Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Italy 1 Australia 0

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Italy 1 Australia 0Francesco Totti came off the bench to score an injury-time penalty and put 10-man Italy into the quarter-finals.

With the clock ticking down, Fabio Grosso marauded down the left flank and worked his way into the box before falling over Lucas Neill's prone body. Totti kept his nerve to convert with the last kick of the game, breaking Australian hearts in Kaiserslauten.

Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here.

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Monday, June 26, 2006

World Cup Adopted Young Player News - High Praise and Birthday Wishes

World Cup Adopted Young Player News - High Praise and Birthday WishesArgentina's teenage star Lionel Messi (and our Adopted Young Player of the World Cup), has received more praise from the greats, this time from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, former German national team player and current president of FC Bayern Munich:

"Messi is one of the best players I have ever seen. Nobody was so wonderful at age 19, not even Maradona or Pelé".

Also, last week saw Lionel Andrés Messi's 19th birthday. He was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario.

Belated best wishes Lionel from us all here at the Sweetpatch site.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 18's Matches

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 18's MatchesToday sees 2 more matches in the Round of 16.

Italy v Australia (16:00)
Italy's Alessandro Nesta has been ruled out of today's second round match with Australia because of a thigh injury. Nesta's place will be taken by Marco Materazzi, who scored in the 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic.

Australia goalkeeper Zejko Kalac, who let in a soft goal against Croatia, has been replaced by Mark Schwarzer. Harry Kewell (groin) is a doubt and manager Guus Hiddink has to choose between Mark Milligan and Jason Culina to replace the suspended Brett Emerton.

Switzerland v Ukraine (20:00)
Switzerland centre back Philippe Senderos, who dislocated a shoulder in the 2-0 win over South Korea, will miss the second-round game against Ukraine. The Arsenal defender will be out of action for the next five or six weeks, and is likely to be replaced by his Gunners team-mate, Johan Djourou. The 19-year-old Ivorian-born defender was the 53rd-minute substitute for Senderos in the victory over Korea. Striker Daniel Gygax should be available despite a muscle strain.

Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Portugal 1 Holland 0

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Portugal 1 Holland 0Portugal booked their place in the last eight of the World Cup and a meeting with England on Saturday after beating Holland in a stormy encounter.

Both teams finished the game with nine men after a game which equalled the World Cup record for bookings - 16 - and broke the record for red cards. Deco and Costinha were dismissed for Portugal, while Khalid Boulahrouz and Gio van Bronkhorst saw red for Holland. Maniche scored the only goal, firing into the top corner after 23 minutes.

Luiz Felipe Scolari's side will now play England on Saturday 1 July at 1600 BST in Gelsenkirchen.

Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 1 Ecuador 0

2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 1 Ecuador 0David Beckham became the first England player to score at three World Cups as his free-kick earned a quarter-final tie against Portugal on Saturday.

Beckham defied illness to curl home from 30 yards on the hour mark, but England made hard work of Ecuador. The South Americans could have gone in front early on, Carlos Tenorio's shot deflecting off Ashley Cole and on to the bar after John Terry's mistake. Frank Lampard missed two fine chances but England had done enough to win.

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side will now play Portugal - after their stormy 1-0 win against Holland - on Saturday 1 July at 1600 BST in Gelsenkirchen.

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Sunday, June 25, 2006

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Argentina 2 Mexico 1 (aet)

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Argentina 2 Mexico 1 (aet)A wonder strike in extra-time from Maxi Rodriguez gave Argentina victory in a pulsating end-to-end encounter.

Mexico took a surprise lead after five minutes when Rafael Marquez got on the end of a Mario Mendez free-kick.

Argentina replied five minutes later when a corner was forced home by a combination of Hernan Crespo's foot and Jared Borgetti's head.

Rodriguez set up a quarter-final with Germany when he chested Juan Sorin's pass and stunningly volleyed home.

Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here.

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2006 FIFA World Cup News - Germany 2 Sweden 0

2006 FIFA World Cup News - Germany 2 Sweden 0Hosts Germany booked their place in the World Cup quarter-finals as two early goals from Lukas Podolski helped secure victory over 10-man Sweden.

Podolski scored on just four minutes, driving home the loose ball after Sweden keeper Andreas Isaksson parried.

And Podolski finished smartly after Miroslav Klose's pass on 12 minutes.

Sweden's Teddy Lucic was sent off for a second booking on 35 minutes and their miserable day was complete when Henrik Larsson missed a second-half penalty.

It was an assured display from Germany, who always looked like adding to their lead after gaining the early advantage.

Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here.

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Saturday, June 24, 2006

NK FOOTBALL © : V8 Winners!

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NK FOOTBALL © has found its 3 lucky people to win themselves a copy of V8!

  • 1st - Adrien: Wants France to win the World Cup.
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  • 3rd - Youngsta: Wants Brasil to win the World Cup.

    Congratulations to you three, who have now received the links to your exclusive download of V8

    The Future of NK FOOTBALL ©

    I believe V8 to be the most challenging out of all the updates. But what about the CPU and the way that it behaves? After V8 I intend on making the CPU as realistic as possible, trying to make it feel as close to playing an unpredictable opponent as the game will allow. Maybe even give the user the feeling that they’re playing a person more so than digits. More information coming soon.

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  • TV Master 06

    TV Master 06Our very own FIFA Master, Rinaldo, has released his latest excellent TV Master 06 exclusively here for your enjoyment.

    It allows you to install TV logos and popups in FIFA 06 and with one click you can browse all the different logos available and install them in the game. This operation can be done also while FIFA 06 is running, the new logo will then become active in the next game.

    Check out the full size screenshot by clicking on the image on the right and then download this excellent Utility direct from the home of our FIFA Master.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 16's Matches

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 16's MatchesToday sees 2 matches as we start the knock stages of the tournament in the Round of 16.

    Germany v Sweden (16:00)
    German manager Jurgen Klinsmann has a fully fit squad to choose from for the last 16 match against Sweden. Defender Christoph Metzelder has recovered from a knee injury and could return to the side meaning deputy Robert Huth would return to the bench.

    Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could play some part against Germany after he came through a solid training session. If Ibrahimovic fails to shake off a groin injury then Marcus Allback will continue to deputise.

    Argentina v Mexico (20:00)
    Argentina right-back Nicolas Burdisso is sidelined with a sprained right knee so Fabricio Coloccini will step in. Hernan Crespo is set to lead the line and Javier Saviola will sit behind him with Lionel Messi and Carlos Tevez returning to the bench.

    Mexico striker Jared Borgetti is on the verge of a return from a thigh injury - but the Bolton striker will have the final say over his fitness. Brazilian-born Antonio Naelson "Zinha" shoud replace suspended Luis Perez.

    Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group G Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group G CompletedGroup G came to its conclusion yesterday with the following matches:

    Switzerland 2 South Korea 0
    Switzerland booked their place in the second round with a gutsy victory in their final Group G game in Hanover.

    Hakan Yakin's pin-point cross was met by the brave Philippe Senderos who powerfully headed Switzerland in front. Jin-Chul Choi and Chun-Soo Lee went close for South Korea before Alexander Frei scored a controversial second. Frei rounded the keeper after the referee overruled his assistant's offside flag, ensuring the Swiss will now meet Ukraine in the second round.

    Togo 0 France 2
    Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry scored as France secured their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

    France needed victory to ensure their progress from Group G, but they were frustrated by a spirited Togo defence during a goalless first half. But Vieira, celebrating his 30th birthday, eased the nerves as he fired home from inside the box on 55 minutes. And Henry turned before sending in a low shot six minutes later to set up a second round tie against Spain.

    The win seemed comfortable in the end, but it was anything but for much of the opening hour as France looked in real danger of making an early exit from the competition.

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group G was as follows:

    Group G
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    Switzerland 3 2 1 0 4 0 7
    France 3 1 2 0 3 1 5
    Korea Republic 3 1 1 1 3 4 4
    Togo 3 0 0 3 1 6 0

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group H Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group H CompletedGroup H came to its conclusion yesterday with the following matches:

    Ukraine 1 Tunisia 0
    Ukraine reached the knockout stages on their World Cup debut with a narrow victory against 10-man Tunisia.

    Andriy Shevchenko's 71st-minute penalty sealed victory after Chelsea's new recruit had tumbled over in the area. Striker Ziad Jaziri's dismissal just before half-time for a second bookable offence stunned Tunisia, who needed a win to stand any chance of qualifying.

    Ukraine's victory sealed second spot in Group H and a second round match against Switzerland in Cologne.

    Saudi Arabia 0 Spain 1
    Spain strolled their way to three wins from three and top spot in Group H as their second string beat a poor Saudi Arabia outfit in Kaiserslauten.

    Having enjoyed a wealth of possession, the only surprise was that Juanito's header was the only goal at half-time. Mabrouk Zaid produced a string of saves in the Saudi goal, with Joaquin, Jose Antonio Reyes and David Albelda denied. However, a late Saudi surge did cause Spain some discomfort, with Saad Al Harthi firing a fine chance over.

    The result means Spain will face France, who finished runners up in Group G behind Switzerland, in the second round on 27 June in Hanover (2000 BST).

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group H was as follows:

    Group H
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    Spain 3 3 0 0 8 1 9
    Ukraine 3 2 0 1 5 4 6
    Tunisia 3 0 1 2 3 6 1
    Saudi Arabia 3 0 1 2 2 7 1

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    Friday, June 23, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 15's Matches

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 15's MatchesToday sees 4 matches as teams play their final games in groups G and H.

    Ukraine v Tunisia (15:00)
    Ukraine defender Vladyslav Vashchyuk is available after missing the win over Saudi Arabia after being sent off in the opener against Spain. But fellow defender Volodymyr Yesersky is doubtful with the thigh injury which ruled him out against Saudi Arabia.

    Tunisia are bracing themselves for the results of a scan for Brazilian-born striker Francileudo Santos. Santos missed Tunisia's first two games with a calf injury but despite resuming training is not expected to be fit.

    Saudi Arabia v Spain (15:00)
    Saudi Arabia skipper Sami Al Jaber may start alongside Yassir Al Qahtani in attack when they take on Spain on Friday in their final group match. Saudi need to beat Spain to stand any chance of progressing through to the second round.

    Spain will make sweeping changes having already qualified for the last 16. Striker Fernando Torres will be rested, Santiago Canizares will replace Iker Casillas in goal and boss Luis Aragones will field a new-look back four.

    Switzerland v South Korea (20:00)
    Switzerland's influential midfielder Daniel Gygaz is out of the tie because of badly bruised stomach muscles. Swiss coach Koebi Kuhn could hand a start to Hakan Yakin, who replaced Gygaz against Togo, otherwise he is expected to stick with the same side.

    South Korea coach Dick Advocaat has no new injury concerns for the must-win match against Switzerland. Advocaat could bow to pressure to recall striker Ahn Jung-Hwan, who scored against Togo as a substitute.

    Togo v France (20:00)
    France coach Raymond Domenech is expected to make some changes for their must-win match against Togo. Franck Ribery is set to deputise for suspended playmaker Zinedine Zidane, with Mikael Silvestre slotting in for banned left-back Eric Abidal.

    David Trezeguet or Manchester United's Louis Saha could also join Arsenal striker Thierry Henry in attack. Togo welcome back influential defender Jean-Paul Abalo from suspension for their final match in Germany.

    Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group F Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group F CompletedGroup F came to its conclusion yesterday with the following matches:

    Japan 1 Brazil 4
    Brazil striker Ronaldo became the joint highest scorer in World Cup history as he scored twice against Japan.

    The 29-year-old headed in an equaliser before half-time to go past Pele and then curled in his 14th finals goal at the end to go level with Gerd Muller. Japan went ahead through Keiji Tamada's left-foot drive but Brazil took control through Ronaldo, Juninho Pernambucano's 30-yarder and Gilberto's sweet strike. Ronaldo wrapped it up and the Group F winners now play Ghana in the last 16.

    In the process, Brazil made it 10 consecutive wins at World Cup finals and they finally produced the sort of free-flowing football their fans have been waiting for.

    Croatia 2 Australia 2
    Harry Kewell's late strike sent Australia through to the second round after a thrilling Group F decider.

    Darijo Srna's precise free-kick gave Croatia an early lead. Australia were level through Craig Moore's penalty after Stjepan Tomas handled a cross, but Croatia hit back through Nico Kovac's bobbling drive. Kewell was on hand to fire home from close range to send the Socceroos through, while Dario Simic, Brett Emerton and Josip Simunic all saw red.

    Australia's draw sets up a second-round clash with Group E winners Italy as Japan failed to overhaul group winners Brazil.

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group F was as follows:

    Group F
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    Brazil 3 3 0 0 7 1 9
    Australia 3 1 1 1 5 5 4
    Croatia 3 0 2 1 2 3 2
    Japan 3 0 1 2 2 7 1

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group E Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group E CompletedGroup E came to its conclusion yesterday with the following matches:

    Czech Republic 0 Italy 2
    Italy won convincingly to finish top of Group E and eliminate the Czech Republic from the World Cup.

    Substitute Marco Materazzi scored the opening goal with a powerful header from Francesco Totti's corner. The Czech's hopes of progress effectively ended when Jan Polak was sent off for a second bookable offence in first-half stoppage time. And Filippo Inzaghi killed the game off near the end when he broke from almost halfway to round Petr Cech and score.

    The Czech Republic had started the tournament in superb form by beating the USA 3-0, but their fortunes changed when Jan Koller went off with a hamstring injury near the end of that game.

    Ghana 2 USA 1
    Ghana clinched a place in the last 16 of the World Cup against Brazil by ending the hopes of the United States with victory in Nuremberg.

    Haminu Dramani gave Ghana, who lost their group opener to Italy, the lead after he robbed Claudio Reyna but Clint Dempsey's first-time shot made it 1-1. Stephen Appiah restored Ghana's lead from a controversial penalty - awarded against USA defender Oguchi Onyewu.

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group E was as follows:

    Group E
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    Italy 3 2 1 0 5 1 7
    Ghana 3 2 0 1 4 3 6
    Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 3 4 3
    USA 3 0 1 2 2 6 1

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    Thursday, June 22, 2006

    NK FOOTBALL © : V8 giveaway!

    NK FOOTBALL © V7

    Want to play NK FOOTBALL © V8 a week before its release? Here’s the deal, nice and simple. Since NK FOOTBALL © is confident that V8 will be a success, the first 3 people to send an e-mail to NK FOOTBALL © with the name of the team they want to win the World Cup along with their name (required) will be sent their very own, exclusive copy of V8! This is the FULL and final version bundled with the 2006 FIFA World Cup ™ update. No ifs, no buts.

    Remember, the first 3, not 4, not 5. T.H.R.E.E! So what are you waiting for?! Be the first to get your copy of V8 early.

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    And for those who want some news on the 2006 FIFA World Cup ™ update, here it is!

    The AI ball physics haven’t been altered and all credit goes to EA SPORTS ™ for the ball physics and player speed/movement. The update for the World Cup game is based on V8, not converted. The V8 CPU difficulty for all the levels has been tuned and copied over into the World Cup game resulting in a much more aggressive, intelligent and challenging game of football. 2006 FIFA World Cup ™ now feels just as it did when you first installed it, but now with a CPU that’s even smarter! This is the definitive update for those finding the original gameplay too easy.

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    English Premier League News - Next season's fixtures

    English Premier League News - Next season's fixturesPremiership champions Chelsea will kick off their title defence with the visit of Manchester City on 19 August. The other opening day fixtures are:

    • Arsenal will open proceedings at the Emirates Stadium by taking on Aston Villa
    • Tottenham face a trip to Bolton
    • New boys Watford take a trip to Everton
    • Last season's runners-up Manchester United will host Fulham
    • Intertoto Cup hopefuls Newcastle, minus the injured Michael Owen, begin their campaign at home to Wigan
    • Portsmouth, who escaped relegation to the Championship last season, host Blackburn
    • Reading will host Middlesbrough
    • FA Cup winners Liverpool travel to newly-promoted Sheffield United
    • Iain Dowie's first challenge as Charlton boss sees his side travel to FA Cup runners-up West Ham

    Check out the full report and season's fixtures by clicking here.

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    CEP 2.0 news

    CEP Career Expansion PatchIn these last weeks the work on CEP has been a little discontinued by me, due to personal vacation enjoying the world cup; anyway as I wrote previously there is an excellent team of updaters and creators, the new core of this project, that with their passion and the quality of their job are preparing extraordinary material for future releases of CEP. The very good new is that we are studying some very efficient solutions to override the limitation related to fifa.fat dimension, that we have an impressive quantity of excellent material for 2006/07 leagues and that all the summer months (July and August) will be dedicated personally to the CEP 2.0 development.

    Sadly due to their flat out work schedule on FIFA 07, the EA guys have been unable to assist with the problems discovered in the growing of these new phases of the CEP project leaving the solution to the intuitions and creativities of the CEP crew that is made by real fans of this game and of the greatest sport in the world. The release of the CEP 2.0 will be impressive for the number of new leagues added and for the wideness of the update process to recreate the leagues and the rosters as they should be for the 2006/07 season: as we are used to speak about CEP aims with facts and not with words you can check the work that is in preparation in the Status and in the Release sections of CEP website. The CEP 2.0 will be released during the month of July after the usual work of testing that will take a bit of time more.

    I invite everyone to join the discussion on CEP forums to partecipate on the process of improving our work and to join the team of betatesters that will find bugs to fix for official release. A public praise to Jose Delgado and Esterry88 is absolutely necessary for the work they are doing for all the CEP users. Uhm, and I'm keep enjoying this Fifa with the modifications suggested by Fifaccitiu about field size, of course: what a mess we have not been able to find a solution to fix the position of the players on free kicks, the game is anyway more enjoyable with these glitches than with the normal dimension of the pitch (that is technically oversized by the EA settings).

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 14's Matches

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 14's MatchesToday sees 4 matches as teams play their final games in groups E and F.

    Czech Republic v Italy (15:00)
    The Czech Republic have been boosted by the news that striker Milan Baros has resumed full training and could play some part in this vital Group E clash. Baros missed the first two games with a foot injury. Jan Koller (hamstring) is sidelined, as are suspended pair Tomas Ujfalusi and Vratislav Lokvenc.

    Italy midfielder Simone Perrotta, who injured his leg in the draw with the USA, is expected to be fit to start. Daniele De Rossi is banned after receiving a terrible red card in the same match.

    Ghana v USA (15:00)
    Ghana are without striker Asamoah Gyan and midfielder Sulley Muntari who have both picked up suspensions. Derek Boateng and Eric Addo will compete for the midfield place left by Muntari while Razak Pimpong is likely to replace Gyan in attack.

    USA are minus Pablo Mastroeni and Eddie Pope who were sent off against Italy. Fulham defender Carlos Bocanegra is likely to switch to left-back meaning Greg Berhalter and Jimmy Conrad will vie for the vacant spot in the centre.

    Japan v Brazil (20:00)
    Japan coach Zico may make changes to his strikeforce after seeing his side score just once in their two matches. Naohiro Takahara and Atsushi Yanagisawa are under threat, with Keiji Tamada and Seiichiro Maki chasing starting berths.

    Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira could rest some his star names after they qualified for the second round. The likes of Juninho Pernambucano and Robinho may be handed starts, though out-of-form striker Ronaldo will be given another chance to impress.

    Croatia v Australia (20:00)
    Croatia make two changes as they go all-out for the victory they need to have a chance of qualifying. Stjepan Tomas comes in for suspended Robert Kovac at right-back while Ivica Olic is preferred to Ivan Klasnic as Dado Prso's partner up front.

    Australia defender Tony Popovic has been ruled out with a calf strain, so Brett Emerton may play at right-back and Lucas Neill at centre-half. Harry Kewell avoided a ban for arguing with the referee after the Brazil tie.

    Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - A "very smart" World Cup thief gets caught!

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - A Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    Last Sunday, a woman was robbed just before the game between Brazil and Australia. A little crook that was looking around for a prey in the crowd saw suddenly a nice little handbag hanging on someone’s arm. A few seconds later after his raid he was looking through the purse when he found a precious ticket for the game.

    The problem was he didn’t think any better that to not only walk into the stadium, but to sit in the right place next to… her surprised husband! In the nick of time the police took this clumsy robber into custody.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Are you going with or without your underwear?

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Are you going with or without your underwear at the World Cup?Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    It has been proven several times; real Scots don’t wear anything under their kilts. As a party for football-lovers was held in Munich, a Brit took things a bit over his head. He found nothing better than to show his jewels and behind to a police officer. This little game brought him directly to jail for a one night sleep over.

    Meanwhile, you still know about that crazy wave of orange rising when the Dutch are coming. So this is what happened before the match against Ivory Coast. Hundreds of their fans were held at the entry of the stadium and so were forced to take off their orange lederhosen displaying the name of a brewery.

    The lederhosen brigade was part of an ambush marketing effort sponsored by the Dutch brewery Bavaria. As is usually the case, FIFA went to full lengths to protect its sponsors’ good (or bad) names. In this case the sponsor being Anheuser Busch’s Budweiser, the official beer of the World Cup.

    So the fans watched the game in their underwear. Talk about a distraction for the fully clothed fans and players alike! Luckily they all seemed to wear orange underwear’s. Honour was safe!

    And what if, the next time the Dutch fans all wear underwear with a sponsor written on it. What will FIFA do, make them watch the games naked? Now that’s a thought, no?

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Broken sofa? The insurance is covering!

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Broken sofa? The insurance is covering!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    That well-known crazy Orange Dutch effect doesn’t bring euphoria to everybody. Insurance companies are moaning because a lot more demands for compensations are flowing since the beginning of the World Cup.

    For instance when Arjen Robben scored last week in the 1-0 win against Serbia & Montenegro a whole family jumped from exaltation on their sofa. Of course this last poor one cracked in two under the heavy pressure of joy and now the family is asking for some compensation. Of course a lot of glass and porcelain was smashed as well in the process of happiness.

    Another example comes from an insurance company who has to intervene for a mobile phone where some indelible paint was splashed. How did it happen? Well, some euphoric fans playing Flying Dutchmen played a bit messy with some orange hair paint…

    So if you or your wife absolutely wants a new living room, take a good look to your insurance policy, bring on some good heavy clumsy friends and just wait for the good occasion to unleash a hell of a bliss!

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group C Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group C Completed Group C came to its conclusion last night with the following matches:

    Ivory Coast 3 Serbia & Montenegro 2
    Ivory Coast came from two goals behind to beat 10-man Serbia & Montenegro.

    Serbia were 2-0 up after 20 minutes, Nikola Zigic rounding Boubacar Barry for the first and Sasa Ilic punishing Cyril Domoraud's poor miscontrol. Aruna Dindane then scored a twice-taken penalty before Albert Nadj was sent off at the end of the first-half. Dindane's header made it 2-2, before Bonaventure Kalou scored a second penalty, though Ivory Coast ended up with 10 men after Domoraud's dismissal.

    The win was Ivory Coast's first in the World Cup finals, delighting the 66,000 crowd at Munich's Allianz Arena. It was also the first time a team had come back from two goals down to win a match in the competition since West Germany's 3-2 victory over England in 1970.

    Holland 0 Argentina 0
    World Cup heavyweights Argentina and Holland played out a goalless draw in a keenly fought contest in Frankfurt.

    Argentina came closest to scoring when Dutch defender Khalid Boulahrouz deflected a Juan Roman Riquelme free-kick on to the post. Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt tested Roberto Abbondanzieri while Philip Cocu also forced the keeper to tip over.

    Argentina top Group C and will play Mexico in the last 16 on Saturday while the Dutch face Portugal on Sunday. The winner of the match between Holland and Portugal will face England in the quarter-final should Sven-Goran Eriksson's men defeat Ecuador.

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group C was as follows:

    Group C
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    Argentina 3 2 1 0 8 1 7
    Holland 3 2 1 0 3 1 7
    Ivory Coast 3 1 0 2 5 6 3
    Serbia & Montenegro 3 0 0 3 2 10 0

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group D Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group D Completed Group D came to its conclusion last night with the following matches:

    Portugal 2 Mexico 1
    Portugal topped Group D after a narrow win as 10-man Mexico took second place.

    The Portuguese took an early lead with a well-worked goal, Maniche sidefooting the ball into the roof of the net. Maniche's goal was set up by Simao Sabrosa, who calmly converted the penalty for Portugal's second after Rafael Marquez's senseless handball. Jose Fonseca's glancing header reduced Portugal's lead, but Omar Bravo blazed over a second-half penalty, before Mexico's Luis Perez was red-carded.

    The win gave Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari a World Cup record of 10 successive victories as a coach.

    Iran 1 Angola 1
    Angola's hopes of reaching the second round were shattered as Iran came from behind to share the spoils.

    For 14 second-half minutes the dream was alive, with Angola one-up through Amado Flavio's header, although they still needed a favour from Portugal. But Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh spoiled the party by nodding in an equaliser 16 minutes from time.

    Iran deserved their first point in this competition, but it was Angola who were left to rue what might have been. They started the match knowing a 2-0 victory, coupled with a similar result for Portugal against Mexico, would see them through to play Holland or Argentina.

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group D was as follows:

    Group D
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    Portugal 3 3 0 0 5 1 9
    Mexico 3 1 1 1 4 3 4
    Angola 3 0 2 1 1 2 2
    Iran 3 0 1 2 2 6 1

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    Wednesday, June 21, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 13's Matches

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 13's MatchesToday sees 4 matches played as teams play their final matches in groups C and D.

    Portugal v Mexico (15:00)
    Portugal could decide to rest a trio of players that are all one yellow card away from a suspension that would see them miss the second round. Deco, Costinha and Pauleta received their bookings in the 2-0 win over Iran in their opening fixture.

    Mexico, who need a point to go through to the next stages, will be without striker Jared Borgetti. The Bolton player picked up a hamstring injury in Mexico's first World Cup group match against Iran.

    Iran v Angola (15:00)
    Iran, who have failed to qualify for the second round, will be without suspended midfielder Javad Nekonam. Playmaker Ali Karimi has been struggling with an ankle injury and is expected to be left out of the line-up in favour of striker Ali Daei.

    Angola, who have a narrow chance of making the second round, may decide to drop their 4-5-1 formation to accommodate a second striker. That may mean captain Akwa could be joined in attack by Mantorras.

    Ivory Coast v Serbia & Montenegro (20:00)
    Ivory Coast coach Henri Michel can pick from a full-strength squad, with the exception of suspended Didier Drogba. Kanga Akale is expected to come into the side, while Michel has hinted he may blood some other youngsters.

    Serbia & Montenegro, playing their final game before the countries split politically, are without the banned Mateja Kezman and Ognjen Koroman. Meanwhile, Ivica Dragutinovic, Dusan Basta, Albert Nadj and Danijel Ljuboja are all injury doubts.

    Holland v Argentina (20:00)
    Holland's Gio van Bronckhorst, Arjen Robben, Mark van Bommel and Joris Mathijsen, who are all on yellow cards, are expected to miss out. Players who receive two bookings in the group stages are banned for the next game. Meanwhile, Philip Cocu should shake off his ankle problem. Striker Dirk Kuyt is tipped to come into the Holland side, with Liverpool's Jan Kronkamp filling in at right-back.

    Argentina's Luis Gonzalez is out with a groin strain, while key midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme is set to be rested. Gabriel Heinze and Hernan Crespo may also not play to avoid suspension. Argentina are likely to leave Lionel Messi on the bench despite his excellent cameo against Serbia & Montenegro, with Pablo Aimar, Carlos Tevez and Julio Cruz poised to make the starting line-up. Gabriel Milito is also likely to start in place of Heinze.

    Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group B Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group B Completed Group B came to its conclusion last night with the following matches:

    Paraguay 2 Trinidad and Tobago 0
    Trinidad and Tobago's spirited World Cup campaign ended with defeat by Paraguay in Kaiserslautern.

    The Caribbean side went behind in the 25th minute through a headed own goal from Gillingham defender Brent Sancho. Paraguay doubled their lead through Nelson Cuevas four minutes from time for a scoreline which slightly flattered the South Americans.

    Trinidad attacked with gusto, but defeat left them goalless and bottom of the group on their tournament debut.

    England 2 Sweden 2
    England will play Ecuador in the last 16 of the World Cup after securing a draw with Sweden to top Group B.

    England went in front when Joe Cole hit a sensational lob from 35 yards, only for Marcus Allback to equalise when he headed home from a right-wing corner. Steven Gerrard headed in Joe Cole's 85th-minute cross, but Henrik Larsson levelled for Sweden in injury time.

    The result was marred by a knee injury to striker Michael Owen, who was stretchered off in the first minute.

    England will now meet Ecuador in the second round on Sunday at 1600 BST in Stuttgart, while Sweden play Germany in Munich 24 hours earlier.

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group B was as follows:

    Group B
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    England 3 2 1 0 5 2 7
    Sweden 3 1 2 0 3 2 5
    Paraguay 3 1 0 2 2 2 3
    Trinidad and Tobago 3 0 1 2 0 4 1

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group A Completed

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Group A Completed Group A came to its conclusion yesterday with the following matches:

    Ecuador 0 Germany 3
    Hosts Germany made it three wins out of three in the World Cup as they beat Ecuador to finish top of Group A.

    Miroslav Klose, now with four goals, became the tournament's leading scorer, first putting the Germans ahead early on by rifling home from close range. He then coolly slotted in from Michael Ballack's brilliant chip before Lucas Podolski slid home to wrap it up.

    Costa Rica 1 Poland 2
    Bartosz Bosacki notched his first goals for Poland to help his side to victory in Group A's dead rubber and ease the pressure on coach Pawel Janas.

    With both sides already eliminated from the competition, it was an uninspiring start before Costa Rica's Ronald Gomez fired a low free-kick past Artur Boruc. However, Bosacki equalised minutes later, volleying home from a corner. And the defender sealed the win with a thumping header, before Paulo Wanchope saw a late effort denied for offside.

    The win ensured Poland, who were favourites to progress to the second round alongside Germany before the tournament, ended their campaign with a valuable win that might help keep Janas in a job following a raft of criticism.

    Check out the full match reports, photo gallery and virtual replays by clicking here. The final table in Group A was as follows:

    Group A
    Team
    MP
    W
    D
    L
    GF
    GA
    Pts
    Germany3300829
    Ecuador3201536
    Poland3102243
    Costa Rica3003390

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    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    NK FOOTBALL © : V8 - 2006 FIFA World Cup ™ update

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    NK FOOTBALL © V8 will now come bundled with an update for 2006 FIFA World Cup ™. This all-new update boasts all the latest gameplay tuning and refining from V8, straight into the ‘Greatest show on Earth!’

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 12's Matches

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 12's MatchesToday sees 4 matches played as teams play their final matches in groups A and B.

    Ecuador v Germany (15:00)
    Ecuador striker Carlos Tenorio (ankle) is set to be rested, with Ivan Kaviedes likely to deputise in attack. Ivan Hurtado, Cristian Mora, Edison Mendez, Ulises de la Cruz, and Castillo Segundo are a booking away from a ban.

    Germany's key midfielder Torsten Frings is a doubt after picking up a calf injury in training. He left the session with his lower leg bandaged. Michael Ballack is on a yellow but expected to be risked, while Christoph Metzelde (knee) could miss out.

    Costa Rica v Poland (15:00)
    Costa Rica coach Alexandre Guimaraes is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that lost 3-0 to Ecuador. Apart from injured defender Gilberto Martinez, who has already gone home, Guimaraes has no fresh injury concerns.

    Bartosz Bosacki is doubtful for Poland after picking up an injury in the 1-0 defeat by Germany, Mariusz Jop is on stand-by to replace him. Radoslaw Sobolewski is suspended and coach Pawel Janas is expected to give run outs to a number of young players.

    Paraguay v Trinidad & Tobago (20:00)
    Veteran skipper Carlos Gamarra, 35, will make his 110th and final appearance for Paraguay on Tuesday. Carlos Bonet (hamstring) is out and will be replaced by Julio Dos Santos. Midfielder Jorge Nunez is doubtful.

    Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Kelvin Jack, who missed the first two games through injury, is available again. Defender Avery John is back from a ban after his sending off against Sweden and he will replace Cyd Gray who picked up a leg injury against England.

    Sweden v England (20:00)
    England defender Gary Neville will miss their Group B tie with Sweden on Tuesday due to his calf injury. Neville, 31, sat out the win against Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday and has still not returned to training. Sven-Goran Eriksson will rest Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch as they are one booking away from a ban, with Wayne Rooney and Owen Hargreaves starting.

    Sweden seem certain to be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has a groin problem, so Marcus Allback will start.

    Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Spain 3 Tunisia 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Spain 3 Tunisia 1Teenager Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to guide Spain into the last 16.

    Tunisia had taken a surprise lead on eight minutes after Joahar Mnari beat Iker Casillas at the second attempt. But on 71 minutes Ali Boumnijel spilled Fabregas' shot allowing Raul to score, with the Arsenal midfielder then setting up a goal for Fernando Torres. The Atletico Madrid striker scored his third goal of the tournament when he won and scored a stoppage-time penalty, a spot-kick Boumnijel almost saved.

    The win sent Spain to the top of Group H with six points, though Tunisia still have a chance of qualifying.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Saudi Arabia 0 Ukraine 4

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Saudi Arabia 0 Ukraine 4Ukraine put their hammering at the hands of Spain behind them by outclassing a poor Saudi Arabia side.

    Ukraine were ahead inside four minutes when Mabrouk Zaid needlessly gave away a corner and Andriy Rusol bundled in. Saudi keeper Zaid was also at fault when he slipped attempting to keep out Serhiy Rebrov's 35-yard piledriver. Maxim Kalinichenko set up Andriy Shevchenko to head a third just after half-time and the roles were reversed for Kalinichenko to tap in a fourth.

    Little went right for Ukraine on their World Cup finals debut against the Spanish. But it was a vastly different story in Hamburg as they showed why they were the first European side to qualify for the finals.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Togo 0 Switzerland 2

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Togo 0 Switzerland 2Switzerland stepped up their bid for a place in the knock-out stages and ended Togo's campaign thanks to goals from Alexander Frei and Tranquillo Barnetta.

    Rennes striker Frei neatly stabbed home the unmarked Barnetta's cross from close-range after 17 minutes. Togo were denied a decent penalty claim when Emmanuel Adebayor was chopped down and Mohammed Kader twice went close. But despite a sustained spell of Togo pressure, Barnetta rifled in late on to send the World Cup debutants home.

    After the 2-1 defeat to South Korea in their first match, the African side needed to avoid defeat in Dortmund to stand any chance of getting out of the group. There was even a doubt before the match that the fixture would go ahead after a row over player bonuses in the Togo squad.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    Monday, June 19, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - France 1 South Korea 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - France 1 South Korea 1France remain without a win in the World Cup finals since their 1998 victory over Brazil after South Korea came from behind to snatch a point.

    Thierry Henry gave France an early lead, latching on to Sylvain Wiltord's deflected shot to sidefoot home. Patrick Vieira was denied a goal when his header was blocked by Korea keeper Lee Woon-Jae after it crossed the line, but the referee did not give the goal. But with 10 minutes to go Park Ji-sung punished sloppy French defending.

    The draw left South Korea top of Group G with four points, two ahead of France, who are in jeopardy of crashing out of the World Cup at the group stages for the second successive time.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Brazil 2 Australia 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Brazil 2 Australia 0Goals from Adriano and substitute Fred sealed Brazil's place in the last 16 with a win over a gallant Australia.

    The Socceroos' well-organised defence frustrated Brazil until Ronaldo squared for Adriano to score from 18 yards. Harry Kewell blasted over an unguarded goal and Mark Viduka's lob landed on top of the net as Australia battled back and came close several times. But Fred tapped home the second for the unconvincing holders after fellow sub Robinho's shot came back off the post. Their second win sees them almost stumble through to the knockout stages.

    But on a day Australian football came of age, the Socceroos need only a draw in their final game against Croatia to seal a place in the last 16.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Japan 0 Croatia 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Japan 0 Croatia 0A penalty save from Japan's Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi denied Croatia victory, with a goalless draw not doing much to help either side's hopes of progression. Goalkeeper Kawaguchi palmed away Darijo Srna's spot-kick after Dado Prso was fouled by defender Tsuneyasu Miyamoto in the first half.

    Croatia created the best chances, with Niko Kranjcar hitting the bar and Ivan Klasnic forcing Kawaguchi to parry. Atsushi Yanagisawa came closest for Japan but scuffed wide from four yards.

    Croatia will be happier with the point with Australia to come next, while Japan face the awesome task of having to beat Brazil to stand a chance of qualifying from Group F.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    Sunday, June 18, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Italy 1 USA 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Italy 1 USA 1USA held on for most of the second half with nine men to earn a gutsy draw with 10-man Italy in an enthralling match.

    Italy went ahead when Alberto Gilardino headed home Andrea Pirlo's free-kick, before USA levelled soon after thanks to Cristian Zaccardo's sliced own goal.

    For only the fourth time at a World Cup three men were sent off, Daniele De Rossi for an elbow, Pablo Mastroeni for a foul and Eddie Pope for two bookings.

    Kasey Keller saved well from Alessandro Del Piero to leave Group E wide open.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    Saturday, June 17, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Czech Republic 0 Ghana 2

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Czech Republic 0 Ghana 2Ghana threw Group E wide open with victory over the Czech Republic.

    Asamoah Gyan fired Ghana ahead after just 70 seconds, finishing superbly to punish Tomas Ujfalusi's mistake.

    Ujfalusi was later sent off for bringing down Matthew Amoah, but the Czechs had a reprieve as Gyan struck the resulting penalty against the post.

    Petr Cech kept Ghana at bay with a string of great saves but the Black Stars sealed victory with a second when Sulley Muntari rounded off a fine move.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Portugal 2 Iran 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Portugal 2 Iran 0Goals from Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo secured Portugal's passage into the last 16 of the World Cup after victory over Iran in Frankfurt.

    Barcelona playmaker Deco opened the scoring on 62 minutes with a vicious 22-yard strike past stranded Iran goalkeeper Ebrahim Mirzapour.

    And Ronaldo doubled the score from the penalty spot when Luis Figo was brought down in the box on 78 minutes.

    Javad Nekounam went closest for Iran, who now cannot qualify.

    But despite their dominance Portugal failed to capitalise on their superiority, a factor which is likely to concern manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Mexico 0 Angola 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Mexico 0 Angola 0 Angola caused a shock by holding Mexico to a goalless draw, despite playing the last 11 minutes with 10 men.

    Mexico enjoyed all the best chances, but a combination of poor finishing and the acrobatics of Angola keeper Joao Ricardo kept them out.

    Andre Macanga was sent off after 79 minutes after handling the ball and being shown a second yellow card.

    Rafael Marquez then went close with a rasping shot and Omar Bravo hit the bar, but Angola managed to hold out.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    Friday, June 16, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Frank Lampard Alongside Others Top The Hunk List

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Frank Lampard Alongside Others Top The Hunk List The lovely ladies of Wadebridge Town FC choose these players as top ten sexy hunks:

    • Frank Lampard - England
    • Freddie Ljungberg - Sweden
    • Raul - Spain
    • Ballack - Germany
    • Zidane - France
    • Reyes - Spain
    • David Beckham - England
    • Xabi Alonso - Spain
    • Francesco Totti - Italy
    • John Terry - England

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    NK FOOTBALL © V8 on its way!

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Holland 2 Ivory Coast 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Holland 2 Ivory Coast 12006 FIFA World Cup News - Holland 2 Ivory Coast 1Holland sealed a World Cup second-round berth after repelling a brave fightback by Ivory Coast in Stuttgart.

    The Dutch went ahead with a stunning free-kick from Robin van Persie on 23 minutes before Ruud van Nistelrooy hit a sweet second four minutes later.

    Bakari Kone pulled one back for the Ivorians when he smashed home from 25 yards after a powerful run.

    But the Africans bowed out of the tournament as Holland held on for their second Group C victory.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Argentina 6 Serbia & Montenegro 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Argentina 6 Serbia & Montenegro 0Argentina put one foot into the last 16 by demolishing Serbia and Montenegro.

    Maxi Rodriguez fired Argentina ahead from Javier Saviola's pass before Esteban Cambiasso rounded off a flowing 24-pass move, finishing from 12 yards.

    Rodriguez added his second after sloppy defending, Hernan Crespo converted the fourth from Lionel Messi's cross and Carlos Tevez rolled home a fifth goal.

    Tevez's pass set up Messi to complete the rout with the sixth goal. Mateja Kezman had earlier been sent off.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - A Saudi? Man of the Match? Not in this competition!

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - A Saudi? Man of the Match? Not in this competition!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    FIFA attributed the Trophy of Man of the Match in the clash between Tunisia and Saudi Arabia to the Tunisian Ziad Jaziri.

    It doesn’t look strange as he did score the first and provide the assist for 2-2 in the 93rd minute. But Ziad Jaziri spared FIFA of any trouble.

    The fact was that the FIFA planned to naturally reward the Saudi player, Al Jaber, who gave the advantage to his team in the 84th minute. The problem is that no Saudi can take the trophy as it is sponsored by a beer company and you should know that alcohol isn’t the most popular drink in Muslim countries. It’s in fact absolutely forbidden in Saudi Arabia.

    As the Saudi's are playing next against Spain and Ukraine in the first round, here's wondering if FIFA is hoping for a stunt.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - David Beckham is Mister World

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - David Beckham is Mister WorldOur World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    If I had to choose a Mister World from all the World Cup football players, then I would pick up David Beckham.” These are the wise words of our actual Miss World, the 22 year old Icelandic,… heum… Birna Vilhjalmsdottir!

    Beckham has the full package”, says Birna. "He’s handsome, has a good look and don’t talk about the hair, he has everything. He is a Metrosexual!

    A Metro-what-Sexual? Alright let’s see about this one:
    Metrosexuality is, according to British journalist Mark Simpson, the trait of an urban male of any sexual orientation who has a strong aesthetic sense and spends a great amount of time and money on his appearance and lifestyle. In other words, it’s a guy who shows plesure in expressing his femeinin side: he loves to go shopping, pays a viste to an esthetician for his nails, etc. BUT most importly, he is stil not a wussy!

    But finally Birbna admits that Beckham is certainly not here type of man. “I would certainly not date him. I dislike getting involved with famous people. I’m looking out for a normal guy.

    If you are still Nobody, you might get a chance!

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - South Korea gets national anthem twice!

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - South Korea gets national anthem twice!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    The historical debut for Togo hasn’t happen quietly. First there was this financial dispute with National Coach Otto Pfister who finally came back? Well I lost this story in the end.

    But anyway, let’s move on to Togo’s first game against South Korea where it started a bit like a farce when the national anthems got mixed up.

    First we got to hear the anthem of South Korea who was playing as home-team in their first game in group G. When Togo was supposed to follow, the Korean's went for a replay provoking confusion in the "Waldstadion" of Frankfurt.

    The Korean's enjoyed it as they went on for a second full-pumped-breast singing round. Finally Togo got their anthem and the game could start.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Sweden 1 Paraguay 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Sweden 1 Paraguay 0Freddie Ljungberg's 88th-minute winner for Sweden knocked Paraguay out of the World Cup.

    England, already certain of a place in the second round, would have won the group had this game been a draw. But Ljungberg popped up at the far post to head home after Marcus Allback had nodded a cross back across goal.

    Earlier, Zlatan Ibrahimovic shot tamely at the keeper and Allback had an effort cleared off the line as it looked like Sweden would not break Paraguay down.

    Sweden now know that victory over England on Tuesday will see them, and not Sven-Goran Eriksson's men, win Group B. But defeat could send the Swedes home and put Trinidad and Tobago into the second round.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard spared England's blushes with late goals against Trinidad & Tobago to book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup.

    Crouch, who had missed several chances, met David Beckham's right-wing cross to power a header past Shaka Hislop. Gerrard wrapped it up in stoppage time with a stunning left-foot drive after England made hard work of the contest.

    Wayne Rooney came on, but it was fellow subs Aaron Lennon and Stewart Downing who helped turn the game England's way.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Ecuador 3 Costa Rica 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Ecuador 3 Costa Rica 0Ecuador booked a place in the knock-out stages for the first time ever with a comfortable win which also put Germany through to the second round.

    Carlos Tenorio gave Ecuador an eighth-minute lead with a powerful header from Luis Valencia's cross. The advantage was doubled when Agustin Delgado lashed home from a tight angle shortly after half-time. Ecuador finished with a flourish when Ivan Kaviedes capped a flowing move by volleying home from six yards.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where the teams now sit in their Group by clicking here.

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    Thursday, June 15, 2006

    David Beckham Face Patch for both WC 2006 and FIFA 06

    David Beckham Face Patch for both WC 2006 and FIFA 06To celebrates England's game today v Trinidad and Tobago, we bring you Sweetpatch Development Posse member Hayan's great new Face Patch for England and Real Madrid Star Midfielder David Beckham.

    This face patch works for both your 2006 FIFA World Cup and FIFA 06 games and you can check out a full size screenshot by clicking on the image on the right.

    Download this excellent face direct from our Download Boutique.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 7's Matches

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 7's MatchesToday sees 3 matches played as teams commence their second matches in groups A and B.

    Ecuador v Costa Rica (14:00)
    Ecuador are almost certain to stick with the same side that beat Poland. Ivan Hurtado (calf), Carlos Tenorio (calf) and Agustin Delgado (back) have all needed treatment this week but should be fit to play.

    Costa Rica are without defender Gilberto Martinez who has tendonitis in his left leg, with Jervis Drummond set to deputise. Coach Alexander Guimaraes also says he plans to name a more attacking line-up from the side that lost to Germany.

    England v Trinidad & Tobago (17:00)
    Striker Wayne Rooney could make the England bench after coach Sven-Goran Eriksson described him as "match fit". But right-back Gary Neville (calf) is doubtful after being sent to hospital for a scan, with either Owen Hargreaves or Jamie Carragher set to deputise.

    West Ham's Shaka Hislop will continue to fill in for injured Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Kelvin Jack. Defender Brent Sancho keeps his place but full-back Avery John is suspended.

    Sweden v Paraguay (20:00)
    Sweden welcome back first-choice keeper Andreas Isaksson who has recovered from the concussion that ruled him out of the draw against Trinidad and Tobago. And in midfield Kim Kallstrom is set to replace Anders Svensson.

    Aldo Bobadilla will play in goal for Paraguay after first-choice stopper Justo Villar was ruled out for the rest of the World Cup through injury. Left-back Delio Toledo will also be missing because of a thigh injury, with attack-minded Jorge Nunez stepping up.

    Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Germany 1 Poland 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Germany 1 Poland 0Oliver Neuville put Germany within reach of the last 16 with a goal in the first minute of stoppage time to leave Poland pointless after two games.

    The forward latched on to a low cross from fellow substitute David Odonkor to slide the ball past the despairing dive of Poland goalkeeper Artur Boruc. The goal came a minute after Miroslav Klose and Michael Ballack had hit the bar within seconds of each other.

    Poland's Radoslaw Sobolewski was sent off late on for two bookable offences.

    Check out the full match report, photo gallery and virtual replay by clicking here and see where Germany now sit in Group A by clicking here.

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    World Cup Random News - Money, money, money must be funny, in the rich man's world…

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - When trainers are looking for the best for their players...Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    When Victoria “Posh Spice” learned the plane between Madrid and Frankfurt had technical difficulties and she wouldn’t make it to the game between England and Paraguay, she decided to put her money on the table.

    30.000 Euros later she took off with sons Brooklyn and Romeo in a Private Jet and appeared on time in the tribune. She was dressed in a white outfit with a big red English cross on it.

    At the same time , Roman Abramovich, the Russian Chelsea mogul, was comfortably watching the game on his yacht in the harbor of Lübeck. Suddenly he was recognized by a few English supporters who he directly offered a round of 50 pints to celebrate the English victory over Paraguay.

    It is said that Abramovich has tickets for every game in the World Cup!

    Aha-ahaaa Abba
    All the things we could do too
    If we had a little to much money
    It's a damn rich man's world...

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    World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Left foot worry for Messi

    World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Left foot worry for MessiArgentina's teenage star Lionel Messi (and our Adopted Youing Player of the World Cup), who has not played in the World Cup yet, has a painful left foot following training, a team source said.

    Team doctors were keeping an eye on Messi but he was not thought to be seriously injured, the source at the squad's base in southern Germany added, two days ahead of Argentina's tie against Serbia-Montenegro in Group C.

    "It's from a blow or a strain to the left foot, but it's not a tear," the source disclosed.

    Coach Jose Pekerman chose to bolster the team's defensive capability in the 2-1 victory against Ivory Coast last Saturday and did not field the 18-year-old.

    Messi, who has recovered from a three month layoff due to a thigh injury, was in scintillating form for Spanish league champions Barcelona this season.

    Pekerman has come under intense pressure to include the youngster, who has been hailed as an heir to Diego Maradona, in his starting line-up.

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    Major League Soccer News - Week 11 Matches

    Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


    Major League Soccer News
    Thur 08
    June 2006
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    LA Galaxy 1
    Chivas USA 2

    Ante Razov scored two first half goals and Chivas held on for the victory in the Los Angeles derby. Razov’s goals came in the 15th and 21st minute. Hercules Gomez scored for the Galaxy in the 27th.

    Fri 09
    June 2006
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    Colorado Rapids 1
    Real Salt Lake 0

    Nicolas Hernandez’ goal in the 16th minute was enough to give Colorado the win at home.

    Sat 10
    June 2006
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    Red Bull NY 1
    Houston Dynamo 1

    New York drew their seventh match of the season as they took the lead early on only to give it away. Jean Philippe Pegeuro scored two minutes into the match when he tapped in a rebound from Youri Djorkaeff. Former New York player Ricardo Clark tied the game in the 19th when his long shot deflected off Red Bull defender Mark Lisi and into the goal. New York now has one win, seven draws, and two losses on the year.

    Columbus Crew 0
    KC Wizards 1
    It took 89 minutes but Kansas City beat Columbus for the third time this season. Jose Burciaga Jr. headed in a cross from Matt Groenwald to give Kansas City the three points.
    Sun 11
    June 2006
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    FC Dallas 2
    Chivas USA 1
    Carlos Ruiz scored for the seventh straight match as FC Dallas won their seventh game of the season. Ruiz’ goal in the 28th minute gave Dallas the lead and tied the MLS record for goals scored in consecutive matches. Roberto Mina added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute before Ante Razov scored for Chivas.
    Chicago Fire 3
    NE Revolution 3
    Chicago squandered a 3-1 lead as New England scored two goals in stoppage time. Nate Jaqua gave the Fire a two goal lead with a goal in each half. Taylor Twellman got the Revolution within a goal when he glanced home a header in the 87th minute. Calen Carr restored the lead in the 91st. Steve Ralston and Andy Dorman amazingly scored in the 93rd and 94th minute to earn New England a well earned point.
    LA Galaxy 1
    DC United 1
    Cobi Jones’ scored two minutes from full time to give the teams a share of the points. Christian Gomez scored his fourth goal of the season as DC looked to be winners.

    For our extended Major League Soccer coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

    For comprehensive official Major League Soccer match reports, click here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Tunisia 2 Saudi Arabia 2

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Tunisia 2 Saudi Arabia 2Bolton defender Radhi Jaidi salvaged a point for Tunisia with a powerful header in stoppage time in Munich.

    Saudi Arabia's record goalscorer Sami Al Jaber looked to have given his side the win when he came off the bench to put them 2-1 up with six minutes to go. Just 90 seconds after his introduction, veteran Al Jaber beat Tunisian keeper Ali Boumnijel with a left-footed shot. Ziad Jaziri's first-half volley had given Tunisia the lead, before Yasser Al Kahtani equalised with a deft flick.

    The draw means Spain are top of Group H with three points, with Tunisia and Saudi Arabia joint second on one point each.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    Wednesday, June 14, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Spain 4 Ukraine 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Spain 4 Ukraine 0 Spain produced a super display to outclass a Ukraine side that played most of the second half with 10 men.

    Xabi Alonso headed Spain in front from a Xavi corner and David Villa doubled the lead with a free-kick that deflected past Olexandr Shovkovskiy.

    Vladislav Vashchuk was sent off for pulling back Fernando Torres and Villa added a third goal from the penalty.

    Spain saved their best for last when Fernando Torres finished off a sublime move by drilling home.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre

    Latest NewsThroughout the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament we will be providing you with all the latest and greatest news, information and special features for the 2006 FIFA World Cup event and game.

    We have also added lots of great new features (based on your recent feedback). Features to include:

    • Results and match information*
    • Group news
    • Team news
    • Player news (including Injuries, Adopted Young Player, Men of the Match and Golden Shoe)
    • Venue information
    • Share your views in our World Cup forums
    • Enter our Crazy Videos and Photos competition
    • Join in with our Sweetpatch's Game of the Day simulation
    • 4 pairs of tickets to give away for the semi finals
    • Fantasy League

    * For every match we also provide:

    • Minute by minute text updates
    • Live match videos (UK only)
    • Live Radio commentary (UK only)
    • Match reports
    • Virtual 3D match highlights
    • Goal video highlights
    • and lots more...

    Sweetpatch will certainly be a happening place to be during the World Cup. Check out our 2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre by clicking here and see what we have in store for you during the tournament.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Day 6's Matches

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    Spain captain Raul is expected to start on the bench, with Fernando Torres and David Villa likely to start up front. With the injured Asier del Horno ruled out of the tournament, Mariano Pernia - who made his international debut last week - is set to start at left-back.

    Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin will decide whether to hand striker Andriy Shevchenko a starting line-up place. The 29-year-old has been out for a month with a knee injury but says he is fit to face the Spaniards.

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    Tunisia are without Francileudo Santos for their group opener against Saudi Arabia after the striker picked up a leg injury in a warm-up match. Coach Roger Lemerre has indicated that 19-year-old Yassine Chikhaoui will take his place.

    Saudi Arabia are sweating on the fitness of skipper and veteran attacker Sami al-Jaber who has been nursing a thigh injury. If Al-Jaber is ruled out, 23-year-old Yasser al-Qahtani could take his place.

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    Germany skipper Michael Ballack seems certain to return against Poland after missing their opener against Costa Rica with a calf strain.Ballack has return to training and is expected to take the place of midfielder Tim Borowski.

    Poland's Kamil Kosowski could miss the clash with a strained hamstring. The Southampton player, who came on for the last 15 minutes of their 2-0 loss to Ecuador, is rated as "doubtful" by the team doctor.

    Check out the full match previews and live action during the matches over at our Match Centre by clicking here.

    Also, please post your vote for the score of our Game of the Day by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Brazil 1 Croatia 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Brazil 1 Croatia 0Brazil beat Croatia to become the first team to win eight successive matches in the World Cup finals.

    Croatia's tactics frustrated Brazil for much of the match, but just before the interval Kaka's wonderful curling left-footed shot beat Stipe Pletikosa. Pletikosa's opposite number Dida frequently came to Brazil's rescue, notably with second-half saves from Dado Prso and Ivan Klasnic. Brazil finished strongly, with Kaka again going close with a rasping shot.

    The Brazilians might be favourites to claim the "Hexa" - a sixth World Cup - but the way Croatia made Carlos Alberto Parreira's side work for this win suggests the world champions are not without their weaknesses.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - France 0 Switzerland 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - France 0 Switzerland 0France got their World Cup campaign off to a disappointing start with an uninspiring draw against Switzerland. Both teams found it hard in stifling conditions and lacked any real creative spark until the closing stages.

    Switzerland came closest to scoring, with Alexander Frei fluffing an easy chance and Fabien Barthez brilliantly denying substitute Daniel Gygax. Thierry Henry was denied a penalty when his shot was handled by Patrick Mueller but the referee waved his claims away.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - South Korea 2 Togo 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - South Korea 2 Togo 1South Korea took their time to get going before finally overcoming the resistance of 10-man Togo.

    The one moment of real quality in the first half came when Togo's Mohamed Kader controlled the ball on his thigh and lashed home a fine shot. Kader nearly made it two after the break before Jean-Paul Abalo's second booking saw him sent off.

    Lee Chun-Soo curled in the resulting free-kick and Ahn Jung-Hwan's deflected strike won the game for South Korea.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    Tuesday, June 13, 2006

    NK FOOTBALL © V7 – Surprise release!

    NK FOOTBALL © V7

    It's out everyone! NK FOOTBALL © V7 is finished and ready to download right now. It was meant to be released this Friday on the 16th June, but if it is ready now, why keep you guys waiting?

    "NK FOOTBALL © V7 gives you the ultimate FIFA ™ Football 06 experience with the best gameplay and excitement like no other update available to this date! Tuned ball physics, CPU defending and the most beautiful build-up attacks and tactical play, V7 is the most challenging, realistic and enthralling gameplay update for FIFA ™ Football 06."

    Grab your copy of V7 now over at NK Football ©

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    Keep track of all the matches in our Match Centre

    Keep track of all the matches in our Match CentreCheck out our completely unique coverage of all the matches including Live Radio commentary (UK only), Minute by minute text updates, Live match videos (UK only), Match reports, Virtual 3D match highlights and Goal video highlights.

    Visit our Match Centre before during and after all matches to keep updated with our comprehensive match coverage by clicking here.

    You will also see our nominated Sweetpatch Game of the Day there. Today's is Brazil v Croatia. Click here to post either your simulated FIFA game result or vote on what you think the actual score of this game will be.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Golden Shoe

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Golden ShoeThe leading goalscorer at every FIFA World Cup™ finals is awarded the adidas Golden Shoe - past winners of the accolade include Gerd Muller, Ronaldo and Just Fontaine.

    Check out who is winning so far and vote on who you think will win it this year by clicking here.

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    The FIFA Scene Live @ GIGA TV!

    The FIFA Scene Live @ GIGA TV!German Gaming-TV Station GIGA TV broadcast a special programme last night, on Monday June 12th, 2006 at 10 PM GMT. The programme ("GIGA GAMES MAXX") featured FIFA 06, 2006 FIFA World Cup, and Pro Evolution Soccer. Experts from the most famous international FIFA & PES fansites were special guests at the GIGA Studios in Cologne.

    German FIFA Online and FIFA 4 Fans team member DaKaTotal appeared at the programme as well as Niko from PES Corner. They were both showing the best side from their games, FIFA 06 and Pro Evo, PLUS the best patches out there. Also on hand were the release of never seen before stuff, i.e. a brand-new mega patch for FIFA 06 and Pro Evolution Soccer.

    Check out the archives at GIGA TV and check for more coverage of this at German FIFA Online and FIFA 4 Fans.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Men of the Match

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Men of the MatchEach of the 64 matches at the FIFA World Cup will feature an outstanding individual performer who earns the Man of the Match award from FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG).

    For each winner you can see their match stats, see what the experts said plus download a great free Wallpaper celebrating their award.

    Check out the 11 winners so far by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Italy 2 Ghana 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Italy 2 Ghana 0Italy got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a deserved victory over Ghana in Hanover.

    Andrea Pirlo opened the scoring with a rasping long-range drive in the first half and substitute Vincenzo Iaquinta extended the advantage near the end.

    World Cup debutants Ghana played their part in an entertaining match and defender Emmanuel Pappoe wasted their best chance before the interval. But Italy, prompted by the superb Pirlo, were more clinical throughout.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    Monday, June 12, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - USA 0 Czech Republic 3

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - USA 0 Czech Republic 3Czech Republic got off to a flying start with a fabulous victory over USA.

    Giant striker Jan Koller headed home a Zdenek Grygera cross after five minutes before Tomas Rosicky's 30-yard screamer doubled their half-time advantage.

    After Koller went off injured Tomas Ujfalusi headed wide and Rosicky hit the bar, before racing through and chipping over Kasey Keller to seal it.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Australia 3 Japan 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Australia 3 Japan 1Substitute Tim Cahill's late double inspired Australia to an historic victory over Japan in Kaiserslautern.

    Japan took the lead when Socceroos keeper Mark Schwarzer appeared to be impeded as Shunsuke Nakamura's intended cross sailed over his head.

    But Cahill drilled in a loose ball from close range on 84 minutes and lashed home from 18 yards soon after.

    John Aloisi then sealed a first World Cup finals victory for Australia with a well-placed shot in injury time.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    NK FOOTBALL © After V7?

    Updated versions of all NK Football's FIFA Gameplay Updates here

    NK Football © will release V7 this week, but what is to come after V7? Well, there will be a V8 for sure, but there is no confirmation of a V9! Could V8 be the last? We'll wait and see what NK Football © has planned. More news to come soon!

    Regarding V7, the update in both standard and CEP Compatible form is near completion. I believe V7 will be the true update for the FIFA ™ fans. The update that keeps you playing! The CPU has been tuned to play much smarter than before, and the defending is much better. Difficulty modes such as Semi-pro are much more playable but harder to beat the CPU as they will come at you with everything they've got if you favour the win early on in the game and go up 1-0. Expect a battle.

    Want some news on the Arcade version? You got it! First of all, the goalkeepers are much easier to beat, you can score some amazing goals and so can the CPU. The higher the match score, the more fun! The CPU will try and score more than you and this is what Arcade is all about, who can make the craziest scores!! With realism play and faster ball physics, Arcade is end-to-end heart pumping action.

    For now though, enjoy V6 and be sure to check back later on this week for the release of V7!

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    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day 4 - USA v Czech Republic

    Sweetpatch's Game of the DayThe next game to be simulated in our Game of the Day feature is the group E clash between USA and Czech Republic.

    If you want to simulate this match, feel free to play it and then post your score and match report in our forums by clicking here. You can also vote in our poll for your predicted score of the actual game.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - When trainers are looking for the best for their players...

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - When trainers are looking for the best for their players...Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    If the team of Ecuador makes it to the final, then they will to make it with 4 weeks without sex. National Coach Luis Fernando Suarez is behind that Spartan plan to keep his men fit and focused on the one and only ball!

    But Suarez showed solidarity in his ban as he promised he would follow the abstinence of the team. When a female journalist asked about his commitment Suarez replied: “This is good that I show solidarity, don’t you think so?

    Meanwhile it is a fact that not every trainer has the same treatment for his players as Oleg Blokhin, the Ukrainian coach, promised his team that their wives and girlfriends would join them at the semi-finals… and even earlier if necessary.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Angola 0 Portugal 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Angola 0 Portugal 1Portugal got the better of former colony Angola to move level on points with Mexico at the top of Group D.

    Pedro Pauleta, who almost scored after just 12 seconds, gave Portugal the lead on five minutes with a neat shot after Luis Figo's run and cross.

    Making their World Cup debut, Angola must have feared the worst after that Pauleta goal, particularly as they had lost 6-0 and 5-1 in their two previous meetings with Portugal.

    But to their immense credit Angola refused to be overawed and went on the offensive.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    Sunday, June 11, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Mexico 3 Iran 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Mexico 3 Iran 1Late goals from Omar Blanco and Antonio Zinha handed Mexico a comfortable victory in Nuremberg.

    Mexico took the lead from a free-kick which was flicked on by Guillermo Franco leaving Bravo a simple tap-in.

    Iran drew level when Yahya Golmohammadi pounced on a loose ball after a flap by goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez.

    But Rahman Rezaei's dithering on the ball allowed Zinha to play in Blanco, who tucked away Mexico's second before Zinha turned scorer with a free header.

    The result means Iran fail to improve on their record of only one victory in the World Cup.

    But seasoned tournament competitors Mexico extended their record of no defeats in their last nine group-stage matches.

    It was very emotional at the end as the Mexican keeper Sanchez was overcome following his father's death on Thursday.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Serbia & Montenegro 0 Netherlands 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Serbia & Montenegro 0 Netherlands 1Holland opened their World Cup campaign with a hard-fought Group C victory over Serbia & Montenegro in Leipzig.

    Chelsea striker Arjen Robben scored the only goal after 18 minutes, sliding the ball under Dragoslav Jevric following a flick-on from Robin van Persie.

    With Robben always probing and Wesley Sneijder running the show in midfield, the Dutch were coasting at half-time.

    And despite a more upbeat display from Serbia & Montenegro after the break, Holland were good value for their win.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    Keep track of all the matches in our Match Centre

    Match Centre Kicks Off TodayCheck out our completely unique coverage of all the matches including Live Radio commentary (UK only), Minute by minute text updates, Live match videos (UK only), Match reports, Virtual 3D match highlights and Goal video highlights.

    Visit our Match Centre before during and after all matches to keep updated with our comprehensive match coverage by clicking here.

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    Send us your crazy World Cup videos and photos

    Send us your crazy World Cup videos and photosAs you watch the World Cup matches, don't forget to stick a video camera/mobile phone on in your living room or local pub or wherever you happen to be watching the matches and then send us your clips of reactions to goals and stuff. You will then be entered in our Crazy Videos and Photos Competition with the chance to win some great prizes.

    Even better, at the end of the World Cup you, the visitors, can vote on your favourite videos and photos from throughout the World Cup and the winners will receive some great prizes.

    Click here to send us your first videos and photos from today's games

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    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day 3 - Serbia & Montenegro v Netherlands

    Sweetpatch's Game of the DayThe next game to be simulated in our Game of the Day feature is the group C clash between Serbia & Montenegro and Netherlands.

    If you want to simulate this match, feel free to play it and then post your score and match report in our forums by clicking here. You can also vote in our poll for your predicted score of the actual game.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Argentina 2 Ivory Coast 1

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Argentina 2 Ivory Coast 1Argentina got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with victory over Ivory Coast in a gripping opening to Group C in Hamburg.

    Roberto Ayala saw a header come back off the post before Hernan Crespo put Argentina ahead from close range.

    Javier Saviola then latched on to Juan Riquelme's exquisite throughball to flick in the second before the break.

    Didier Drogba's low shot set up a frantic finale but the Ivorians were let down by some sloppy finishing.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Trinidad & Tobago 0 Sweden 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Trinidad & Tobago 0 Sweden 0Trinidad and Tobago held on for a courageous draw despite playing the whole of the second half with 10 men.

    Soca Warriors defender Avery John picked up the first red card of the World Cup after two reckless tackles. Cornell Glen had Trinidad and Tobago's best chance with a thumping drive that hit the bar, but they were pinned back for much of the game.

    Marcus Allback and Zlatan Ibrahimovic both should have done better with good chances but the islanders held on.

    The result means that England will progress to the next round if they beat Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

    While Sweden will be looking to take three points from Paraguay on the same day.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 1 Paraguay 0

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 1 Paraguay 0England stuttered to victory in their Group B opener in Frankfurt thanks to a third-minute Paraguay own goal.

    Carlos Gamarra put David Beckham's left-wing free-kick past his own keeper to set up a half dominated by England.

    It was a different story in the second half as Paraguay threatened more as a cautious England put themselves under unnecessary pressure.

    Frank Lampard came closest to extending the lead with two long-range efforts as the South Americans pressed for a draw.

    England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson will be happier with the points than the performance.

    But England will not complain, and rightly so with their history of making slow starts to major tournaments.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Poland 0 Ecuador 2

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Poland 0 Ecuador 2Goals from Carlos Tenorio and Agustin Delgado proved enough to give Ecuador a deserved victory over World Cup Group A rivals Poland in Gelsenkirchen.

    Tenorio nodded past Poland keeper Artur Boruc after connecting with a headed flick-on from Delgado. Delgado tapped in the second after Ivan Kaviedes sprung the offside trap to lay the ball into his path.

    Poland came closest when Ireneusz Jelen and Pawel Brozek hit the woodwork with fierce shots in the second half.

    The result is a massive boost for Ecuador and their chances of taking second spot in Group A.

    And from this performance they may even give Germany something to think about when the pair meet in the final group match on Tuesday 20 June.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Germany 4 Costa Rica 2

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Germany 4 Costa Rica 2Catching up after the first 5 games of the World Cup we bring you right up to date with all the matches from day 1 and 2.

    Miroslav Klose's double and brilliant strikes from Philip Lahm and Torsten Frings lit up the World Cup's opening match as hosts Germany won in style.

    Lahm's stunning sixth-minute drive from distance put Germany ahead, but Paulo Wanchope slid home to level.

    Klose converted Bernt Schneider's cross, then followed up his own header to put the home team 3-1 ahead.

    Wanchope produced a smart finish to give Costa Rica hope, but Frings' sensational 30-yarder sealed victory.

    It was the perfect start for Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann, whose side triumphed in the highest-scoring opening match in World Cup history.

    Check out the full match report by clicking here.

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    Friday, June 9, 2006

    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day 2 - England v Paraguay

    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day 2 - England v ParaguayThe 2nd game to be simulated in our Game of the Day feature is England's 1st match in this year's tournament v Paraguay.

    If you want to simulate this match, feel free to play it and then post your score and match report in our forums by clicking here. You can also vote in our poll for your predicted score of the actual game.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - English Church scores with a football player... sorry, Prayer!

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - English Church scores with a football player... sorry, Prayer!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    The Anglican church from England is getting 30 percent more “believers” on their website these days. Well that looks kind of strange, doesn’t it?

    Not really, if you know that Football has something to do with it. Yes football again. This is marvelous to see that sports bring again acts of peace and brotherhood amongst the people in the world.

    When you come to the penalty kicks, you’ll find out that you don’t have so many Unbelievers," said the spokesperson of the Church.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister, Tony Blair has ordered that the Union Jack (United Kingdom Flag) should be floating every day the English football team play. He even wrote a letter to Sven Göran Eriksson, the English national coach to wish him luck: “It is a great and well-guided team. Everybody is hoping on great results.

    To be completed, this is how the Prayers for the World Cup sounds:

    Prayers for all involved in the World Cup Lord God, the source of all life and joy, recreation and skill, we pray for all involved in the World Cup, and especially for those who represent our nation, for good health for the players, for high standards of sportsmanship and fairness, and for the safety and well-being of all who will watch, that in our shared enjoyment of the game, we may rejoice in the one who came to bring life in all its fullness, Jesus Christ our Lord.
    Amen.

    God of work and play, Lord of all the nations, guide, guard and protect all who work or play in the World Cup. May all who watch or engage find in this competition a source of celebration and a recognition of what it means to be made in the image of the One who brought the cosmos into being.
    Amen.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, if luck involves for you a spiritual blow from above the sky and the Lord himself watches football, you know who to call when the ball will be placed on the spot…

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    Don't forget to send us your crazy World Cup videos and photos

    Don't forget to send us your crazy World Cup videos and photosAs you start to watch the World Cup matches today, don't forget to stick a video camera/mobile phone on in your living room or local pub or wherever you happen to be watching the matches and then send us your clips of reactions to goals and stuff. You will then be entered in our Crazy Videos and Photos Competition with the chance to win some great prizes.

    Even better, at the end of the World Cup you, the visitors, can vote on your favourite videos and photos from throughout the World Cup and the winners will receive some great prizes.

    Click here to send us your first videos and photos from today's games.

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    Match Centre Kicks Off Today

    Match Centre Kicks Off TodayAs the World Cup starts today, so we commence our massive coverage of the event. Never before have we covered any event in so much detail and with so much preparation gone in to our delivery. We really hope you enjoy it and will feedback to us your views.

    We start today by bringing you completely unique coverage of all the matches including Live Radio commentary (UK only), Minute by minute text updates, Live match videos (UK only), Match reports, Virtual 3D match highlights and Goal video highlights.

    Visit our Match Centre before during and after today's matches to keep updated with our comprehensive match coverage by clicking here.

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    World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Huge image of Lionel Messi

    World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Huge image of Lionel MessiSweetpatch's Adopted Young Player at the World Cup, Argentina's Lionel Messi, has had a huge image of himself displayed on a building in Germany.

    A new theme park called World of Football has been opened opposite the German Parliament in Berlin. Among many other things, the 40,000 square meter-park will feature giant screens on which the World Cup matches will be shown. A huge image of Lionel Messi is one of the stand-outs in the place.

    Check out the full story and see more photos at the Lionel Messi Weblog site.

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    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day 1 - Germany v Costa Rica

    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day - Germany v Costa RicaThe first people have played their simulated game in our "Game of the Day" feature. Scores in so far for Germany v Costa Rica are 1v0 and 2v0 in favour of Germany.

    If you want to simulate this match, feel free to play it and then post your score and match report in our forums by clicking here. We also have a poll for you to vote on your predicted score of the real game.

    Let's see how close these predictions are to tonight's real game.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Focus the key for Munich referee

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Focus the key for Munich refereeCome 6pm today (5pm BST) the eyes of the world will be fixed on one person. The man in question, Argentina's Horacio Elizondo, will take a deep breath and cast a glance at his assistants before embarking on one of the biggest challenges in his illustrious career: officiating the Opening Game of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

    On the eve of the game in Munich, FIFAworldcup.com spoke to Elizondo about the exciting challenge awaiting him, his expectations, preparations and his biggest wish of all: to referee an incident-free game.

    Check out the interview by clicking here.

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    Thursday, June 8, 2006

    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day 1 - Germany v Costa Rica

    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day - Germany v Costa RicaAs reported earlier this week, during the World Cup every match day we will nominate a "Game of the Day". You will all then have the opportunity the day before the actual match to simulate it (on your own or with a mate) in your game of 2006 FIFA World Cup and post your score and match report/stats in our forum.

    Then we will be able to compare how accurate your match was when the real match is played.

    The first game to be simulated is the 1st match in this year's tournament, i.e. Germany v Costa Rica.

    If you want to simulate this match, feel free to play it and then post your score and match report in our forums by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - David "Spiceboy" makes his Dream Team

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - David 'Spiceboy' makes his Dream TeamOur World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    The Magic 11 from David Beckham has been published in the German Newspaper Die Welt. Well known for his modesty he naturally included himself in it and Gary Neville. Well I kind of understand him.

    What more naturally to pick up a Dream Team to of course play with it… and so include your best mate in it to share the fun.

    Anyway, here are the Ones:

    • Goalie: Peter Schmeichel
    • Defence: Roberto Carlos, Franz Beckenbauer, Bobby Moore, Gary Neville
    • Midfield: George Best, Lothar Matthäus, Zinédine Zidane, David Beckham
    • Attack: Ronaldo en Diego Maradona.

    Are you seeing some links???

    Well think about Manchester United and Real Madrid and you’ll get a bunch of them. For the rest, ask him.

    One question: where did he put Pele in his mind?

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Larsson doesn't think about farewell

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Larsson doesn't think about farewellOur World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the Swedish camp.

    Everybody is aware that Henrik Larsson won’t be playing for Barcelona anymore after he definitely decided to move to Helsingborg back home in Sweden. All this before he marvelously grabbed the Champions League Trophy by giving the two assists in the final game against Arsenal (2-1).

    But all this doesn’t mean that “Henke” will quit the national team. If you remember, his first decision to retire from international football met with much dismay in his homeland as there was a vast movement launched to convince him to come back for their campaign at Euro 2004 in Portugal.

    Then despite initially turning down overtures even from UEFA President Lennart Johansson and the Swedish Prime Minister, he eventually returned to the national side at the behest of his son! He scored three goals in four matches and led Sweden to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated in (sadly) a penalty shootout by the Dutch.

    The Golden Boot 2000-2001 from Celtic will play his third World Cup after 1994, 2002 and now 2006. Yes that’s right, the Rasta-man was part of the team which took the third place by beating the legendary team of Bulgaria with Hristo Stoichkov, Balakov, Kostadinov, Letchkov and other Mihailov in the USA.

    I’m still not 35 years old and I feel great. As long I’m asked to play for country, I’ll be available.

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    Wednesday, June 7, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup Predictor

    2006 FIFA World Cup PredictorHave some fun entering your predicted scores in the BBC's World Cup Predictor to see who you think will win the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

    Get predicting by clicking here.

    Who did you match up in the final? For some fun, please post your final match up in our forums by clicking here and lets see who everybody's favourite final is going to be between.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre

    Latest NewsDuring the 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament we will be providing you with all the latest and greatest news, information and special features for the 2006 FIFA World Cup event and game.

    We have also added lots of great new features (based on your recent feedback). Features to include:

    • Results and match information*
    • Group news
    • Team news
    • Venue information
    • Share your views in our World Cup forums
    • Enter our Crazy Videos and Photos competition
    • Join in with our Sweetpatch's Game of the Day simulation
    • 4 pairs of tickets to give away for the semi finals
    • Fantasy League

    * For every match we will also provide:

    • Live Radio commentary
    • Minute by minute text updates
    • Live match videos (UK only)
    • Match reports
    • Virtual 3D match highlights
    • Goal video highlights
    • and lots more...

    Sweetpatch will certainly be a happening place to be during the World Cup. Check out our brand new 2006 FIFA World Cup News Centre by clicking here and see what we have in store for you during the tournament.

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Who’s going to play for FC Hunks?

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Who’s going to play for FC Hunks?Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the tournament.

    I always said that a girl who appreciates football and a beer is priceless! But we know that when women are watching football then is it mostly for the muscular legs or the magnificent torsos of the players.

    But men can visibly also appreciate body parts of their favourite players.

    A Dutch website @ Gay Krant wants to build up a team, that they would call FC Hunks, with “the most beautiful, handsome, yummy, sexy players from the World Cup”. Why not!?

    The website already made a pre-selection of who they identify as 25 hot players like: David Beckham, Thierry Henry, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Francesco Totti, Michael Ballack and Iker Casillas… Weirdly enough players like Ronaldinho, Wayne Rooney and Zinedine Zidane seemed to have no chance at all. Ha!

    It is reported that Markus Rosenberg and Johnny Heitinga are among the favourites as is the Portuguese Red Devil Ronaldo, was voted sexiest player by the gay Community at Euro 2004!

    The votes are counting until June 11th, the day that Van Persie & Co are playing their first game against Serbia & Montenegro at 3 PM GMT+1.

    Check out the competition @ Gay Krant and place your bets!

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

    Major League Soccer News - Week 10 Matches

    Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


    Major League Soccer News - Week 10 Matches
    Wed 31
    May 2006
    Visit our home of the MLS
    DC United 5
    Columbus Crew 1

    United dismantled Columbus with four second half goals. DC’s Jaime Moreno and the Crew’s Joseph Ngwenya traded first half goals, but the second 45 belonged to DC. An own goal by Columbus defender Ezra Hendrickson started the onslaught. Joshua Gros, Alecko Eskandarian, and Lucio Filomeno also scored in the demolition of the Crew.

    Colorado Rapids 1
    LA Galaxy 0
    Los Angeles lost their fifth game in a row as Dedi Ben Dayan scored for Colorado. The Galaxy went the whole month of May without scoring a single goal.
    Sat 03
    June 2006
    Visit our home of the MLS
    DC United 1
    NE Revolution 0
    Jaime Moreno’s seventh goal of the season gave DC their third win in a row.
    FC Dallas 1
    Columbus Crew 2
    Columbus came back from a 5-1 defeat to DC earlier in the week to give Dallas their first home loss of the season. Leonard Bisaku and Richie Kotschau each scored their first goals of the season to give the Crew a 2-0 lead very late in the match. Carlos Ruiz scored his seventh goal of the season for FC Dallas in the 90th minute.
    Houston Dynamo 2
    LA Galaxy 1
    Eddie Robinson scored in the 85th minute to hand Los Angeles their sixth consecutive loss. Dwayne De Rosario started the scoring for Houston in the 22nd minute. John Wolyniec tied the game in first half stoppage time.
    KC Wizards 1
    Red Bull NY 1
    Chris Henderson and Jose Burciage Jr. traded goals as Kansas City and New York battled to a draw at Arrowhead Stadium.
    Real Salt Lake 3
    Chicago Fire 1
    All the scoring in this match came in a 20 minute window of the second half. Jeff Cunningham put Salt Lake on the board in the 57th minute with his sixth goal of the season. Brian Plotkin tied the match five minutes later. An own goal by Chicago’s Dasan Robinson in the 69th minute proved to be the winner. Cunningham added an insurance goal for Real in the 77th.
    Chivas USA 4
    Colorado Rapids 1
    Chivas scored two goals in each half as they won consecutive games for the first time in club history. Colorado’s Mike Petke scored an own goal to give Chivas a 1-0 lead. Ante Razov doubled the lead midway through the first half. Dedi Ben Dayan got Colorado back into the match with a goal after 30 minutes. Francisco Mendoza and Juan Francisco Palencia added goals late in the match for Chivas.

    For our extended Major League Soccer coverage (including league tables, latest results and next matches, top goalscorers and previous weeks match reports) click here.

    For comprehensive official Major League Soccer match reports, click here.

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

    2006 FIFA World Cup Gift - Free World Cup Rules for Women

    2006 FIFA World Cup Gift - Free World Cup Rules for WomenAs we all prepare for the forthcoming month, we have some extremely important advice and recommendations for you to be passed on to wives, girlfriends, fiancés, mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. (to all women in general).

    Click here to download your complimentary copy of these rules and get communicating with your good lady so you can enjoy your World Cup.

    Please note: These rules must be communicated prior to the World Cup, so hurry now whilst you still have time.

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

    World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Lionel Messi Weblog

    World Cup Adopted Young Player News - Lionel Messi Weblog In support of Sweetpatch's Adopted Young Player at the World Cup, Argentina's Lionel Messi, I have tonight been researching some sites that exist in his honour.

    I found a great one, the Lionel Messi Weblog, which features regular news updates, some great photos plus some cool videos.

    Their latest report on Lionel's fitness states that he will probably be on the bench to face Ivory Coast in the World Cup this Saturday, and most likely get on the pitch in the second half.

    José Pekerman wants to take things slow with Lionel through out the championship, due to his long absence and all the expectations that have been put on him. If he finds himself in good condition in the first game, Messi will probably get a spot in the line-up for the rest of the tournament.

    Yesterday, Lionel Messi did separate training with the fitness coach. At the end of the session he could be seen having fun with the ball and trying some games and tricks.

    A video of a barefoot Lionel having fun with the ball is now available on the site. Click here to view it.

    We recommend keeping a regular eye on the Lionel Messi Weblog site throughout the World Cup to keep up to date with all the very latest on Lionel Messi, our Adopted Young Player of the World Cup.

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

    Win an XBOX 360 during the World Cup!

    Win an XBOX 360 during the World Cup!With the grand prize an Xbox 360 and the World Cup game to boot - this exciting competition by our good friends at Breamster will be broken down into three parts and will be carried out during the World Cup 2006!

    They have one sought-after Microsoft Xbox 360 console up for grabs, complete with detachable 20Gb Hard Drive, Headset, Universal Media Remote, and not one, but two Wireless Controllers - so you can get straight into multiplayer action with a mate on the EA Sports World Cup 2006 game, which is also included!

    Not only will the overall winner enjoy this fantastic prize but 2nd to 4th places will also find a copy of the Official FIFA World Cup 2006 for the Xbox 360 heading their way!

    As it's a big prize and running in conjunction with the biggest Football event in the World - the World Cup - they have created a three part event, in which you will need to complete all parts to be in with a chance of winning.

    More information on how to apply can be found by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - Latest Injury News

    Send us your crazy World Cup videos and photos and win a prizeThanks to our friends over at PhysioRoom.com, now you can keep track of all your team's latest injury worries in the build up to and throughout the World Cup.

    At PhysioRoom.com you can get full details of each players injury plus a league table of which team has how many injuries, to whom and what injury they have.

    Keep track of all your team's injury worries in the build up to and throughout the World Cup by clicking here.

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    Tuesday, June 6, 2006

    Send us your crazy World Cup videos and photos and win a prize

    Send us your crazy World Cup videos and photos and win a prizeWith World Cup madness descending on us this week, how about a crazy competition to get us all excited!

    Sometimes when watching your own team play it can get pretty tense. So how about you stick a video camera/mobile phone on in your living room or local pub or wherever you happen to be watching the World Cup games and then send us your clips of reactions to goals and stuff. You will then be entered in our Crazy Videos and Photos Competition.

    Even better, at the end of the World Cup you, the visitors, can vote on your favourite videos and photos and the winners will receive some great prizes.

    Click here to see how easy it is to enter this competition.

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

    Sweetpatch's Game of the Day

    Sweetpatch's Game of the DayDuring the World Cup every match day we will nominate a "Game of the Day". You will all then have the opportunity the day before the actual match to simulate it (on your own or with a mate) in your game of 2006 FIFA World Cup and post your score and match report/stats in our forum.

    Then we will be able to compare how accurate your match was when the real match is played.

    If you are interested in getting involved with this please post your details in our forums by clicking here.

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments

    Sweetpatch's Adopted Young Player at the World Cup will be...

    Sweetpatch's Adopted Young Player at the World Cup will be...Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll to select the young player we should adopt and follow his exploits during the World Cup and be named Sweetpatch's Adopted Young Player at the World Cup.

    And the winner was Argentina's Lionel Messi, who our site visitors selected with 40% of the votes.

    Check out all Lionel's latest news by clicking here and we will keep you regularly updated with his progress during the tournament.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Mariano Pernia says YES to… football!

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Mariano Pernia says YES to… football!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the Spanish camp.

    Mariano Pernia has accepted his late Spanish selection for the World Cup in Germany and he is ready to postpone his wedding.

    Luis Aragones had to face up to a withdrawal as Asier Del Horno, a key player in Chelsea’s defence, left the Spanish squad after an injury on Wednesday.

    Born in Argentina, Mariano Pernia was looking forward to the World Cup, as he was naturalized Spanish in April. The 29 year old defender was part of the first selection, but he didn’t make it to the final squad and is now finally asked back again. He was on holiday in his native Argentina, where he was due to get married on June 20!

    My wife is very happy for me, but very disappointed that we had to cancel our wedding for it. We'll get married as soon as possible afterwards. It isn't really a big problem to postpone a wedding for a World Cup."

    The Spanish trainer announced he decided to take Pernia instead of Joan Capdevila from Deportivo La Coruña. Pernia is now in competition with Antonio Lopez from Atletico Madrid.

    They have a similar style. The one who will show the best motivation in training will play”, says Aragones.

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    Monday, June 5, 2006

    News on CEP 2.0

    CEP Career Expansion PatchYou have not receive news on this site about the CEP project, but the users who stay tuned on the CEP forums know how much the work to improve Fifa 2006 is going on with the staff of this patch project. In the last month great things happened for the future of the Career Expansion Patch: what started as the project of a single soccer fan (me) now is a reality substained by a team of many soccer fans with the same passion and dream: recreating the real world of soccer in the game that allows us to do it. If you checked in these weeks the Release Plan and the Status section of the site you noticed how much is in program for the next version, the 2.0 of the CEP: my work now is essentially to re-elaborate the datas that the CEP collaborators send me and to organize the work of many soccer fans from all over the world: is delighting to see how many users joined with their passion, without the need of any specifical editing capability, this team work. Especially I have to thank the particular work of organization done by Esterry88, who is organizing a wonderful team of updaters, contributors, graphicians and more: the work of these men is the root and the heart of the huge patch that you will encounter during this summer: it's so big the quantity of informations that we are elaborating that I don't think the game will be able to support it: what I know is that I'll try to elaborate every single data received, every single roster and tournament, and if this will not be possible, we'll try to do it for Fifa 2007 (hoping the EA sports will resolve some issues with the fifa.fat dimension and the number of custom files that we can add). Now, some news on details.

    Our excellent main chief collaborator (the one that did possible the integration of many south american leagues), Jose Delgado, is realizing a delighting work for new minikits: having discoverd a great tecnique to realize extra-high quality minikits for the CEP teams, Jose is doing a huge pack of them for the next CEP version, so we hope to provide hundreds and hundreds of new minikits in game, eliminating with the time all the generic ones.

    Of course this is the period that every soccer fan is waiting for years: this week starts the World Cup 2006 in Germany and all the national teams will show their updated kits and rosters. Next version of CEP will of course feature updated rosters from this edition of the world cup. I have tried the EA's game for the WC, and I found it interesting and fun, but too easy with a very strange gameplay physics unable to read some of the modifications that Fifa 2006 reads. The very strange (and frankly unuseful) format of the kits is a source of a bit of preoccupation: if EA decide to use this new standard for their kits we'll need a lot of time to adapt the CEP for next Fifa version

    Fifaccitiu, one of the greatest expert of Fifa data, have discovered a great way to improve the gameplay of Fifa, that some of the CEP forums users already know: Fifaccitiu noticed how the size of the field is unrealistically oversized (practically is a field of 160 meters x 120 instead of a regulamentar 120/130 x 90/100): this is why is so hard to play on the flanks or to have a realistical dynamics of play from the CPU, having a slow game even setting a very high speed and with very little effectiveness from the AI. So he reduced the field to the original size, resizing the lines graphics too: I've tested, with some personal modifications to ai and cpudiff, these new settings and I have found the game incredible: absolutely entertenaing, with a great variety of game, with an excellent CPU style and with wonderful matches: I'm at my fifth year of career (Velez 7th, Chievo Verona 7th, Santos 2nd, Santos 3th, Tottenham actually 8th) and I'm enjoying so much the game that I decided to dedicate a bit of time to play instead of just editing. But remains a problem, and is the position of the players on the field on freekicks and corners. Rinaldo, the other great expert that now has a dedicated site on the family of Sweetpatch, discovered that is not possible to edit the position of the players on freekicks as in Fifa 2005 and so this remains a great limitation (on corners especially, some players are "trapped" behind the goal): this is why I've not released an official mod for this gameplay developed on an idea of Fifaccitiu. Anyway, if you want try it and stay tuned on these news, you should look at the CEP forums where you can find these news on the Internal Releases section.

    You can check the list of the future additions for the CEP 2.0 as always in the Release Plan section of the home of the CEP and due to the quantity of additions I still can't provide a release date: this will be indeed a summer release, maybe at the end or in the second half of June, maybe later, because we'll have to include all relegations/promotions for 2006/07 season together with main transfer for a great number of tournaments. I want to dedicate more than just some words of thanks giving to the CEP collaborators and fans, the ones that are making this incredible project a reality: this is why during this week I will build a new section of the site devoted to the CEP collaborators, with their profiles, their hobbies and the story of their contributions to the CEP. Good football to everyone, let's enjoy the world cup and a new season of soccer.

    News Reporter: OckHAM - Click here to post/view comments

    Pitch Master 06

    Pitch Master 06Our very own FIFA Master, Rinaldo, has released his excellent Pitch Master 06.

    With this you will have the full control of your pitch in FIFA 06, including:

    • choose the mowing pattern (more then 40 different patterns available)
    • choose the net type and colour (27 different nets available)
    • and .... much more ....
    • select the game play according to the pitch condition. Enjoy a new experience playing on a frozen pitch where the ball slides on the ice or on a heavily wet pitch where the ball can hardly bounce.

    Download this excellent Utility direct from the home of our FIFA Master.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - First World Cup win for Togo

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - First World Cup win for TogoOur World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the Togo camp.

    Togo have already booked a first win in Germany as their 24 year old Edwige Madze Badakou, a Togolese student, was chosen on Thursday night to be Miss World Cup 2006.

    Badakou who was Miss Togo 2 years ago came out of the 1,500 candidates of the first edition of this beauty contest. At the end they were 32 women left: one per participating country.

    The jury was partly composed with (lucky) ex-soccer players like Mario Basler the former wild child of Werder Bremen and Bayern Munchen.

    The brand new Miss World Cup is going home with a car and 2,000 Euros.

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    Sunday, June 4, 2006

    4 pairs of tickets to give away to the World Cup Semi Finals

    4 pairs of tickets to give away to World Cup Semi FinalsYahoo Mobile have 4 pairs of tickets to give away to the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Semi Finals in Germany.

    To enter simply click here and enter your details for the chance to win. Competition open from 1st June to 15th June 2006.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - 1,001 ways to prepare for a World Cup

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - 1,001 ways to prepare for a World CupThe 32 teams set to take part at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ are gradually arriving on German soil, with many of this summer's hopefuls following vastly different pre-tournament routines.

    Denmark famously won the UEFA European Championship in 1992 without a warm-up programme of any description, having been invited to the tournament at the 11th hour following the exclusion of Yugoslavia. While none of the sides heading to Germany have followed the Danish route, each side has favoured a different pre-tournament approach.

    Check out the teams different preparations by clicking here.

    Copyright © 2006 FIFA

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 6 Jamaica 0 (Friendly)

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England 6 Jamaica 0 (Friendly)Peter Crouch gave the nation a World Cup farewell party to remember as he scored a hat-trick in a six-goal jamboree against Jamaica.

    The Reggae Boyz and their fantastic fans came to Old Trafford to party but it was Crouch, with his robotic finishing, who led the dance.

    He entertained the crowd three times with his trademark celebration, while Frank Lampard, Michael Owen and an own goal from Jermaine Taylor completed the rout.

    It could even have been four for Crouch, who missed a penalty won for him by Owen, but nothing was going to spoil this day for England.

    It was the perfect way for the Three Lions to say goodbye to their delighted fans ahead of the World Cup Finals in Germany, and they will certainly fly to Baden Baden on Monday in tremendous spirits.

    • 1-0: There was never any doubt that Sven’s men were going to complete their sixth victory in a row by seeing off Jamaica, especially when they took the lead after only 15 minutes. A long kick from goalkeeper Paul Robinson arrowed its way up to Crouch on the left and his deft knock-down allowed Owen to acrobatically hook the ball back across goal for Lampard to guide home a first-time volley.
    • 2-0: It was a superbly worked goal and it was soon 2-0 when Beckham’s fine free-kick was headed into his own net by Taylor.
    • 3-0: Beckham then produced the 31st assist of his England career, in his 89th game, when he sent over a corner for Crouch to fire home. The ball took a big deflection on the way as Omar Daley kicked it into his own net, but no-one was in a mood to deny Crouch his third goal in three games for England - especially when the crowd were so desperate to see that dance again.
    • 4-0: The icing on the cake for the Three Lions arrived before the break, however, with Owen scoring the goal he so desperately wanted after recovering from injury. A long ball from Rio Ferdinand completely beat the Jamaica defence and Owen rounded keeper Donovan Ricketts before expertly turning the ball home for his 36th goal in an England shirt.
    • 5-0: it was man of the moment Crouch who extended the victory margin in front of 70,373 fans at Old Trafford. This time a superb reverse pass from Beckham set Carragher racing down the right flank, and his fiercely struck low cross was rapped home at the far post by the Anfield striker.
    • 6-0: What a week it’s been for Crouch. Only a late missed penalty, which he chipped over the bar after Owen was fouled, brought him back down to earth. But he still found time to sweep home England's sixth, superbly finishing off a move created by Downing's low cross and Owen's neat lay-off.

    Crouch was cheered to the rafters at the final whistle, as were the entire team. So now it’s on to Germany - and England couldn’t be going there in better shape. Read the full match report by clicking here.

    Copyright © 2006 TheFA.com

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    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Van the Man put his orange feelings on paper!

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Van the Man put his orange feelings on paper!Our World Cup correspondent Artus brings us his latest great story out of the Dutch camp.

    Rutgerus Johannes Martinius van Nistelrooij or better known as Ruud van Nistelrooy has some hidden talents. He just teamed up with a Dutch songwriter (Guus Meeuwis if it rings a bell for some of you?) to write the lyrics for his World Cup song: “I want my country to bring it out loud.

    Ruud explains that he didn’t look for the rimes but on his feelings: how do you make History, how do you get prepared for a game, as… a team! It describes the sensation you are going through when you are in the tunnel ready to appear on the field.

    If the striker seemed to enjoy the collaboration he has however no ambitions to become a singer:
    I can’t do that to the people, Doh!

    By the way, Dutch players like Simon Tahamata, Ruud Gullit and Johan Cruijff crossed the barrier in the past. So who knows?

    News Reporter: Dave - Click here to post/view comments


    Saturday, June 3, 2006

    Jon Obi Mikel joins Chelsea

    Jon Obi Mikel joins ChelseaChelsea have agreed a transfer deal for Nigerian youngster Jon Obi Mikel.

    They will pay a combined £16m transfer fee for Mikel, with £12m going to Manchester Untied and £4m to Norwegian club Lynn Oslo. Mikel's registration will be transferred from Lyn to Chelsea FC as soon as possible. United have also agreed to terminate their option agreement with Mikel.

    Under the terms of this agreement Chelsea will pay United £12 million, half payable now and half in 12 months, and Lyn £4 million, half payable now, and half payable in 12 months time. As a result of this settlement all claims in this matter, which Chelsea were never an official party to, are now withdrawn. The payments do not in any way imply the acceptance of any such claims and have been made solely so that Mikel can resume his career. United will support Chelsea in any work permit application if necessary. All parties have agreed that there will be no further comment on the settlement or any of the allegations or claims.

    United thought they had secured Mikel's transfer from Oslo after he signed a pre-contract agreement with them in April 2005. But the Nigerian subsequently claimed he had been pressured into signing the contract and wanted to join Chelsea instead.

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    Win our Picture Game

    Picture GameSFTLA fanatic BraddersMacc has put a great Picture Game in our forums for you to all have a go at. It requires you to find 45 teams or team nicknames in a picture.

    Enter the Picture Game game and see if you can win by clicking here.

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    Friday, June 2, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Frankfurt lights up for finals

    2006 FIFA World Cup Random News - Frankfurt lights up for finalsFrankfurt will beam a FIFA World Cup™ welcome around the world this weekend.

    The Frankfurt skyline will be transformed into a unique stage with a supreme projection show on a 10,000 square-metre backdrop. Unforgettable scenes from previous FIFA World Cup finals will be projected on to the skyline along with images of legendary players from the past.

    For three days, from 3 to 5 June, the skyline will be illuminated from 11pm, with images of football stars projected on to 11 high-rise buildings for 45 minutes, accompanied by music and light shows. Forty high-performance projectors will illuminate the facades of the bank buildings, using images to tell the stories of previous tournaments.

    The accompanying music will be played via a PA system located on the Sachsenhausen riverbank between the Friedensbrucke and the Eiserner Steg bridges, as well as on the Untermainbrucke bridge and in Willy-Brandt-Platz. Anybody who brings a radio can also listen to the music outside the range of the PAs: Hessischer Rundfunk is broadcasting the soundtrack every evening on hr2 (96.7 FM in the Rhine-Main area).

    Check out the full story by clicking here.

    Copyright © 2006 FIFA

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    Thursday, June 1, 2006

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England v Hungary Match Report

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - England v Hungary Match ReportSFTLA member BraddersMacc was lucky enough to attend the England and Hungary match at Old Trafford on Tuesday night and in our forums he has posted a great match report and lots of accompanying photos.

    Read his full match report and see all the photos by clicking here.

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    2006 FIFA World Cup News - All 736 players profiled

    2006 FIFA World Cup News - All 736 players profiledAs we enter the month of June the start of the quadrennial, month-long carnival that is the FIFA World Cup™ finals is getting closer.

    From the tens of thousands of visiting fans to the hard-working volunteers, many factors conspire to make the FIFA World Cup a spectacle without peer in the world of organised sport. However, one thing is certain: without the players, 736 footballers from 32 different nations spread over six continents, nothing else would really matter.

    Whether they started their journey on bumpy Caribbean pitches or in the cathedrals of the European game, they come to Germany all in search of the same thing: glory, respect and a chance to lift the most-coveted prize in sport, the FIFA World Cup.

    Of the 736 players, there are seven preparing for their fourth FIFA World Cup: Cafu and Ronaldo (both Brazil), Oliver Kahn (Germany) Mohammed Al Deayea and Sami Al Jaber (both Saudi Arabia), and Kasey Keller and Claudio Reyna (both USA). Only Cafu, Al Deayea and Al Jaber actually appeared in all three previous tournaments while USA goalkeeper Keller is the only player going to Germany who was at the 1990 finals.

    Keller may be a veteran at 36 but he is a youngster compared to Tunisia goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel, the tournament's oldest player. He turned 40 in April and in the entire history of the FIFA World Cup, only Roger Milla, Pat Jennings, Peter Shilton and Dino Zoff have been older.

    By contrast the youngest player in the competition, England's Theo Walcott, is just 17 and will become the FIFA World Cup's youngest ever scorer if he finds the back of the net in Germany.

    You will find a biography, career history and exclusive written profile of every player in every squad, together with extended profiles of five key players from each team by clicking on the team names below:

    Group A: Germany, Costa Rica, Poland, Ecuador
    Group B: England, Paraguay, Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden
    Group C: Argentina, Côte d'Ivoire, Serbia and Montenegro, Netherlands
    Group D: Mexico, Iran, Angola, Portugal
    Group E: Italy, Ghana, USA, Czech Republic
    Group F: Brazil, Croatia, Australia, Japan
    Group G: France, Switzerland, Korea Republic, Togo
    Group H: Spain, Ukraine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

    Copyright © 2006 FIFA

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    Andriy Shevchenko joins Chelsea

    Andriy Shevchenko joins ChelseaChelsea Football Club have signed Andriy Shevchenko from AC Milan for a club record fee.

    Shevchenko completed a medical and agreed personal terms at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. He has signed a four year contract.

    The former European Footballer of the Year said: "I am here for the challenge and the excitement of playing in the Premier League. I am going from one big club to another and joining a team of champions. There is a right moment to join a football club and I think I have arrived here at the perfect time. The Champions League has to be a realistic target for next season but it is not just about the Champions League. Chelsea is going for their third Premiership as well and I like the club's mentality of wanting to win every game they play.

    I have followed Mr. Mourinho's career carefully for the last few years and have been hugely impressed with the way he manages. He puts team ethic before individual expression which is the way I believe great teams are created. Had money been my motivation for coming, I would probably have stayed in Milan.

    I am pleased that Chelsea managed to conclude everything before the World Cup - I can go to Germany with a clear mind and proud to be a Chelsea player."

    Chelsea manager and first team coach, José Mourinho, said: "Today is a day when the dream became reality. Andriy has always been my first choice for Chelsea since I arrived. Before it was not possible, now it is for real. He has great qualities, ambition, discipline, tactical awareness and of course he is a great goalscorer."

    Chief Executive Peter Kenyon added: "This is another proud day for Chelsea. The signing of Andriy, following on from Michael Ballack and Solomon Kalou shows the ambition of Chelsea. The deal is a new club transfer record and is a straight cash deal. We are delighted to have signed one of Europe's greatest goalscorers. Andriy has an unparalleled record in the Champions League, international matches and Serie A."

    Check out the full story and see the Shevchenko Factfile by clicking here.

    © 2006 The Official Chelsea FC Website

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    Major League Soccer Week 9 Matches

    Our official MLS reporter David Gwydir brings us all the latest news from last weekend.


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    Red Bull NY 1
    FC Dallas 2

    Kenny Cooper and Carlos Ruiz scored goals late in the second half to give Dallas the come from behind victory. Seth Stammler’s third goal of the season gave New York the lead early in the match.

    Real Salt Lake 2
    Colorado Rapids 2
    Jason Kreis scored in the 88th minute as 10 man Salt Lake salvaged a draw at home. Jovan Kirovski gave Colorado the lead in the 33rd minute. Jeff Cunningham tied the game from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute, but Atiba Harris was ejected 10 minutes later for his second caution. Daniel Watson’s first goal of the season in the 84th looked to be enough to give the Rapids victory, until Kreis intervened.
    NE Revolution 1
    Houston Dynamo 1
    New England’s defence once again allowed a late goal that cost them the full points. Ryan Cochrane came into the box unmarked to score the equalizer four minutes from time. Steve Ralston scored in the 55th minute to give the Revolution the lead.
    KC Wizards 1
    DC United 3
    Two goals from Jaime Moreno in the game’s first 18 minutes were enough to give DC the victory. Scott Sealy scored for Kansas City in the 26th to make the score 2-1. United defender Bobby Boswell’s glancing header in first half stoppage time restored the two-goal advantage.
    Chivas USA 1
    Chicago Fire 0
    Chivas won their first match since opening day and ended Chicago’s six match unbeaten run. Juan Pablo Garcia scored in the second minute of the game to give Chivas the win.

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