"Leeds United Life - The possible sale of Simon Walton to Charlton Athletic has generated much debate about whether it is a good or bad deal for the club. As usual, the debate is more heated because he is from Leeds, though really, the only issue is that he is young, a.k.a,...
"Last Kick - 7/7/2006
Mike Collett, Reuters
BERLIN - One flash of inspired genius might be all that separates France and Italy at the end of Sunday's World Cup final which is likely to see the defences of both sides dominate."
"The All-American XI - This was the week that MLS returned to full strength, as the returning World Cup heroes returned to their respective club teams on an emotional high and performed very strongly.
Hmmm, that doesn’t sound right . . ."
"Last Kick - Friday July 7, 2006
Jon Brodkin in Dortmund, The Guardian
The pressure of a World Cup final inhibits some teams but France are unlikely to fall into that category. Not only is their squad heaving with experience but the need to perform under the most intense...
"Last Kick - July 6, 2006
DUISBURG - A toddler stole the show as around 2,000 Italian fans flocked to the Azzurri's Meiderich training ground to give their idols a rousing send-off before the World Cup final against France."
"A Pretty Move - Portland locals: while you're gathering your last reserves of energy for the final blow-out weekend of the World Cup, check out the Timbers playing England's Coventry City on Saturday night at 7 pm in PGE Park."
"Strategy OR Socccer - In Euro 2000, France's road through elimination rounds looked like this (These opponents sound familiar?)
1) France 2 – 1 Spain
2) France 2 – 1 Portugal
3) France 2 – 1 Italy
This time around:
1) France 3 – 1 Spain
2) France 1 – 0 Brazil
"WorldCupBlog - World Cup 2006 has given players a chance to show the world how good they are. Some have impressed, others have flopped. Here are some who have impressed.
Jens Lehman - Arsenal and Germany’s keeper nailed the penalty shootout against Argentina."