World Cup 2006

Friday, 21 May 2010

Get on side and sport your colours for Shelter this World Cup

In celebration of this years FIFA World Cup, housing and homelessness charity Shelter are teaming up with Nationwide Building Society, Official England Team sponsor, to launch their fantastic footy fundraiser, Strip4Shelter. Shelter is asking people across the country to replace their regular work ...


Tuesday, 01 August 2006

3454: How O’Neill, Zidane and the wi

by : Jeff Gold I consider myself to be a reasonably tolerant man. For example, even if Mariah Carey pitched up at my house to warble a medley of Celine Dion’s greatest hits, I would remain perfectly calm and pleasant. Obviously I’d be forced to perpetrate violence, but only to my own ears. To the t...


Tuesday, 18 July 2006

3412: World Cup 2006: How Did the Ex

by : Hugh Larkin Now that the Premiership has become such an international league, not only were there lots of current players in the World Cup, there were well over 25 participants who used to earn their living in England. Overall they had mixed results in Germany. The Finalists Marco Materrazi i...


Monday, 10 July 2006

3382: World Cup- Alternative Team of

by : Hugh Larkin FIFA have selected their squad of the tournament exclusively from the teams reaching the last eight; perhaps that’s inevitable but below is an alternative team who didn’t get a chance to play in the quarter-finals but still made an impression. Shaka Hislop (Trindad & Tobago) He ca...


Sunday, 09 July 2006

3374: World Cup 2006: The midfield b

by : Chris Sherrard Either way, there’s a gripping story to be told. No matter which of Italy or France win the 2006 World Cup, the scriptwriters will be scratching their heads wondering why they couldn’t have made it up. The Italians entered the tournament with the drone of controversy ringing i...


Friday, 07 July 2006

3370: World Cup 2006: Solution for D

by : Sam Cullen FIFA seem to have a new mantra these days. “throw it at the wall and see if it sticks” In response to the amount of cards issued this World Cup growing further than Nick Hancock’s waistline did during the late ‘90s, Sepp Blatter has put on the agenda the idea of having 3 bookings...


Wednesday, 05 July 2006

3361: World Cup 2006: FIFA, professi

by : Sam Cullen Despite the excellent hospitality of the German hosts, sadly Word Cup 2006 has fast become an advert for the more unsavoury aspects of the beautiful game. We’ve seen the cynical tactics, increased “simulation”, bad refereeing and over officious directions from those in the FIFA Ivo...


Tuesday, 04 July 2006

3358: Tottenham Hotspur: Lennon The

by : Paul Grech It’s all doom and gloom at the moment but as England bid farewell to the World Cup they can at least find heart in the number of positives to emerge from Germany. Owen Hargreaves, for instance, proved that there is a reason why Bayern Munich keep on playing him week in, week out....


Sunday, 02 July 2006

3338: World Cup 2006: Blow the whist

by : Chris Sherrard Notwithstanding the insult to some of the great players of the past, not least those who won the World Cup in ’66 and the fact that this is trotted out before every major tournament, it is also patently untrue and bordering on the laughable. When was the last time England enter...


Friday, 30 June 2006

3343: World Cup 2006: It's not the R

by : Fred Tarow Never has the president of any professional sporting organisation made as many headlines for stupidity as Sepp Blatter. Earlier this week, the FIFA figurehead managed to add to his ever-growing list of idiocy. In the wake of Sunday's shambolic tidal-wave of Portuguese and Dutch card...


Wednesday, 28 June 2006

3332: World Cup transfer speculation

by : Alex Wolstenholme The greatest sporting event in the World always signals a fruitful time for managers on the hunt for new signings and journalists keen to fill the back pages. Here is a look at all of the transfer gossip generated by the tournament so far. Argentina: Maxi Rodriguez is wanted...


Friday, 23 June 2006

3321: Waiting for the big boys to sh

by : Chris Sherrard SO far, then, France and Brazil, along with England, have failed to live up to their star billing in this World Cup. But fear not. Spain, Argentina, Holland, Australia, Ghana and Italy have turned on the style to more than make up for it. Watching the French last Sunday, bigge...


Wednesday, 21 June 2006

3315: World Cup 2006: Good Tournamen

by : Hugh Larkin So now every team has played twice- some already know that three is all they’ll get- and there’s a chance to reflect on who’s enjoying their time in Germany and who wishes they were on a quiet beach somewhere. GOOD TIMES Germany No Ballack and a lot of apprehension at the start ...


Tuesday, 20 June 2006

3311: World Cup: Pundits prove a rea

by : Sam Cullen A week and a half into the World Cup, it still remains to be seen whether it will live long in the memory as a classic tournament. Some big powers have so far failed to reach their usual standards, such as Brazil, France and England, while new comers such as Ivory Coast and Ghana ha...


Tuesday, 09 May 2006

3116: Ledley loses out.

by : Sam Cullen As Sven picked his super 27, Ledley King immediately stood out as one of the most note able omissions from the squad. In the run up to Portugal 2004, he was one of the surprise additions to the England squad as he took his opportunity with both hands. The games he featured in he le...


Sunday, 02 April 2006

2966: World Cup 2006: England Chiefs

by : Kieran McHugh Pop bands come and go. Today’s 50 Cent is tomorrow’s Kajagoogoo, (ask your dad). The world of pop/rock stardom is, in common with that of the modern footballer, brief. In the case of Kajagoogoo, mercifully so. So what rewards would possibly compensate those willing to embark ...


Thursday, 23 March 2006

2935: World Cup 2006: Reserves Win W

by : Hugh Larkin “I think Scott Parker is well-equipped to play against Frank Lampard, and with the experience that Emre has, Makele could get the run-around. It would be important that our two wingers (Solano and N'Zogbia probably) help out their full-backs, and also get crosses into Chelsea's ar...


Tuesday, 07 March 2006

2868: World Cup 2006: Our Sepp at it

by : Bill Urban One wonders whether any of the resident geniuses currently employed by the Football Association might not consider a run for the FIFA Presidency. Apparently, the requirements for both jobs, centering primarily around the ability to make pompous, misleading, and arrogant public stat...


Monday, 16 January 2006

2663: World Cup 2006: If the Golden

by : Kieran McHugh The World Cup in Germany is now only a matter of months away. Players from all of the competing nations are jockeying for positions in their respective national squads. One amongst their number will emerge as the top scorer. If World Cup history is anything to go by, it is lik...


Friday, 09 December 2005

2561: World Cup 2006 Draw: Myths, fa

by : Hugh Larkin This Friday in Leipzig, all the competing nations find out who their opposition will be next summer. FIFA have moved in their usual murky way and only announced the seedings three days before the ceremony, which is par for the course. Certain other features of the draw will also be...


Saturday, 19 November 2005

2501: World Cup 2006: Dutch masters

by : Hugh Larkin Trinidad & Tobago and Australia both made it through to Germany 2006 after calling on international soccer’s version of the ‘A-Team’. In this case think Guus Hiddink for George Peppard’s role with Leo Beenhakker as an unlikely Templeton Peck. Australia hadn’t been at the World Cup...


Thursday, 17 November 2005

2499: World Cup: Togo - Les Epervier

by : Duncan Collingwood Western Africa is in football frenzy after three of its teams qualified for the World Cup in Germany next summer. Representing will be Ghana, Ivory Coast and amazingly Togo - with the so-called giants of the continent Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa trailing in their wake...


Wednesday, 12 October 2005

2380: World Cup 2006: A short guide

by : Stephen Orford And so it comes down to this, the final round of fixtures in qualifying for the World Cup in the European zone which take place on Wednesday (October 12). Going into the final round of games, eight European countries are guaranteed a slot at the big show in Germany starting in J...


Thursday, 08 September 2005

2288: World Cup 2006: Can Togo Boldl

by : Kieran McHugh When Premiership sides regularly field teams with stars from seemingly every nation on the planet, it’s difficult to see how much further football can spread its message before declaring, “our work here is done” and setting off to space in search of new worlds to conquer. In thi...


Friday, 15 July 2005

2164: World Cup 2006: From Football

by : Hugh Larkin Think back to the 2002 World Cup and England’s turgid draw with Nigeria and in the Super Eagles defence was a player familiar to many a Football League fan. It wasn’t just the distinctive headgear that marked out Efe Sodje but the fact that he got on to the world’s greatest stage w...


Wednesday, 15 June 2005

2108: World Cup 2006: So Who’s Comin

by : Hugh Larkin Germany are no longer the only certain name on the lineup for the 2006 World Cup. Last week five nations became the first definite qualifiers for the big event and several more almost certainly wrapped up their participation next summer. On the other hand, a number of top names see...


Wednesday, 05 January 2005

1479: World Cup 2006: World cup qual

by : David Hulott The CONCACAF region is now down to six teams bidding for the three guaranteed places in Germany for the World Cup finals in 2006, with Mexico, USA and Costa Rica being the clear favourites to progress. Panama, Guatemala and Trinidad & Tobago make up the group, with the probabilit...


Monday, 03 January 2005

1480: World Cup 2006: World cup qual

by : David Hulott With the first group stage of the World Cup qualifiers in Asia now done and dusted, only eight teams now retain hopes of a place in Germany in 2006. The remaining nations have been drawn into two groups, with Group A consisting of South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Kuwait,...


Thursday, 21 October 2004

1155: WORLD CUP: Oh what a night as

by : Alex Wolstenholme Pride of place in the latest round of World Cup qualifying games has to be shared between Andorra and Liechtenstein for gaining their first ever victories in the biggest tournament in the game. Liechtenstein had already won a European Championship qualifier before this week ...


Saturday, 18 September 2004

1049: WORLD CUP 2006: Greece were wo

by : Keval Tanna 04 September 2004, and in the first round of qualifiers for the World Cup in 2006, the following results caught the eye. Malta 0 - 7 Sweden, France 0 - 0 Israel, Albania 2 - 1 Greece. The reigning European champions beaten by a semi-professional Albanian team, consisting of men wh...



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