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The World Cup is Over for Germany but the Party Must Continue

Germany's World Cup dream died in the last two minutes of extra-time despite the prayers 

Hosts Germany are out of the World Cup after losing to Italy. The whole country goes into mourning but DW-WORLD.DE believes Germany still has plenty to celebrate even though the dream is now over.

"We're going to Berlin" the euphoric fans were singing. Even those travelling to fan fests and bars all over Germany were singing the refrain; not a joyous exclamation of their actual destination but a song proclaiming the widely held belief that Germany's destiny was the World Cup final in the capital on July 9.
They did get to Berlin, on June 30. And they won there -- beating Argentina in a nail-biting, quarter-final climax -- but they won't be going back to contest the World Cup in the final. Germany's dream of watching their home team raise the golden trophy in triumph ended when Italy not only crashed the party but ate all the food, drank all the champagne and went home with the family silver stuffed up their shirts.
For this was a smash-and-grab raid of the most heartless kind. Germany -- not so much a country in the last few weeks, but a living, breathing unified entity -- was ready to follows its team along its pre-destined path to the title and to then fall into a rapture which would quite possibly never end.
That was the belief. The country was riding a wave unlike anything felt in the last 15 years. It was not only a hope that Germany would win but it seemed to be a very poorly kept secret among the white-shirted millions which had turned a recently depressed and morose nation into the world's biggest festival site. No one doubted the outcome.
Klinsi's kids came from nowhere to bring hope
It was supposed to be so different
It was all very different before the World Cup. Jürgen Klinsmann's team was already written-off before the first ball was kicked in anger. But when the action started, this team of youngsters showed a desire and flair that no-one, not even the most enthusiastic fan, would have expected.
But when the players started to deliver in such style, the country started to wonder. And then they started to hope. Then they started to believe. It was infectious and the team's performances seemed to flow with an energy generated from Hamburg to Munich, from Cologne to Berlin.
This is why the Italian victory is such a blow to Germany. Any team would be deflated by defeat, leaving the world stage to others who will compete for the trophy they thought they were destined to lift. A country which wanted a World Cup win on home soil so badly can only feel an emotion close to bereavement after such a loss.
Positive vibe must continue in host nation
But while the bubble has so cruelly burst, there are huge positives to take from Germany's World Cup experience.
Germans should be proud of their team and their World Cup
As a team, Germany actually performed above all expectations and should be honoured and proud of their showing. They should harness this new attacking flair, nurture it further and come back even stronger, possibly creating a new German legacy of soccer dominance in the future.
As a people, the Germans should refuse to let such a defeat rob them of their new enthusiasm and to channel the pride in their country and the new respect from outside their borders into a new positive way of living. They have showed that Germany can be an inclusive, friendly and welcoming nation. The Germans have consigned many of their stereotypes to a history pre-2006 through welcoming the world and showing it how to party.
While the post-match trauma will no doubt lead to a river of tears which will flow through the country, Germany must get a grip as soon as possible if this World Cup isn't going to deflate entirely. The Germans now have a responsibility to put on their make-up once more, hold the flags proudly aloft again and continue to sing of travelling to Berlin. Because the final party is not going to be anywhere near as fun without the hosts in attendance

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Two Late Extra-Time Goals Kill Off Germany's World Cup Dream

A game too far: Germany's seemingly unstoppable journey to Berlin came to a halt

Italy scored two sensational late goals in extra-time to book their place in the World Cup final for the first time in 12 years with their 2-0 win crushing the dreams of host nation Germany in Dortmund on Tuesday.

Normal time had failed to produce a goal in the semi-final clash and it looked like penalties were on the cards deep into extra-time.
But Italian defender Fabio Grosso scored deep into extra-time with a brilliant curling effort and substitute Alessandro Del Piero added a second to break Germany's hearts.
Italy, who won the last of their three titles in 1982 beating West Germany 3-1, will face either France or Portugal in Sunday's final at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.
For Germany a third place play-off in Stuttgart on Saturday will be little consolation.
Germany had never lost in Dortmund but Italy produced their best display of the tournament to reach the final and give the football fans back home something to celebrate in the wake of Serie A's match-fixing scandal.
Germany manager Jürgen Klinsmann was forced to rejig his starting line-up after football's governing body FIFA suspended midfielder Torsten Frings for hitting Julio Cruz in the post match melee that followed the quarter-final win over Argentina.
Sebastian Kehl, playing on the ground where he plays for Borussia Dortmund, deputized for Frings.
Italy beat 12th man of formidable Dortmund crowd
Italy's Fabio Grosso celebrates hitting the first goal
With the bulk of the 65,000 fans jeering their every touch Italy may have been intimidated but they were far from it and their clever passing triangles caused untold problems.
On the quarter hour mark Italy had a great opening but Simone Perrotta's first touch failed to match the quality of Francesco Totti's pass and goalkeeper Jens Lehmann blocked his toe-poked shot.
Germany had a good chance of their own in the 33rd minute after Italy lost possession in midfield but Bernd Schneider fired his shot over the crossbar.
At half-time the score was 0-0 - in stark contrast to their last meeting in March when Italy led 3-0 in Florence at the interval. The score finished 4-1 to Italy that night but there was no chance of such a goals fest in this match.
Germany saved by post and crossbar before killer blows
A 0-0 stalemate meant extra-time - a first for Italy at these finals, but not for Germany who needed 120 minutes and penalties to defeat Argentina.
Italy's Andrea Pirlo celebrates reaching the World Cup final
The opening of extra-time saw Italy twice hit the woodwork with Alberto Gilardino hitting the post and Gianluca Zambrotta rattled the crossbar seconds later.
It looked like penalties would decide the match but Grosso and Del Piero struck to shellshock Klinsmann and the home fans.

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Female soccer fans are a conspicuous minority  

 Soccer fever in Germany is not subject to gender limitations. At the stadium, at public viewings or at home, ladies are tuning in to the World Cup just as much as the guys. But it's not a new phenomenon, says one expert.

Nicole Selmer is author of the book "Watching the Boys Play -- Women as Soccer Fans" (AGON-Sportverlag, 2004). When not following the World Cup, she faithfully roots for Borussia Dortmund -- through thick and thin.


DW-WORLD.DE: It's predominantly men who attend soccer games during the regular season, but now we're suddenly seeing tons of women in the stands. What's different?


Nicole Selmer: Unfortunately I have to contradict that statement. I've been in the World Cup stadiums and I have to say that there are fewer women there than during the regular Bundesliga season. I would say that women make up about a quarter of the spectators at Bundesliga games, but less than that now during the World Cup. There are a whole lot of women at the fan fests, public viewings, in the pubs and definitely in front of the TV at home. A good half of the viewers there are women.


Nicole Selmer found an interest in soccer during the 1982 World Cup 

Why are women suddenly so interested in soccer?


It's not the case that women are interested in soccer now all of a sudden. The discovery that women sit in front of the TV and watch soccer games has been made during every World Cup for the past 16 years. That was the case in Italy in 1990 as well. Half of the people watching the semi-final Germany-England game were women. That was true in '94 in the US and in '98 in France. In South Korea the crowd was totally female -- you could even hear it in the fans' high-pitched screeching -- and the same thing is being discovered again in Germany right now. Actually, it's really not a new phenomenon. Certainly, a lot more women are interested in national games than in the Bundesliga, but that's true about the men, too. 


The cliche goes that women want to check out the players' well-toned legs and backsides and hope to catch a glimpse of naked torsos when they trade jerseys at the end of the game. Is there truth to the stereotype?


It really is a stereotype. But it's true that women can talk about other things at a soccer game than men. When the men get up and go to the concession stand for a beer -- then maybe the women will talk about how the players look or who they like. Those are probably things the men don't talk about, because it doesn't fit with the classic cliche of how a fan is supposed to act.


Do men and women watch soccer in the same way?


I know from my interviews with female fans that there are quite a lot of similarities, which tend to outweigh the differences. But the major difference is that going to a stadium doesn't have the same meaning for men and women. When men go alone, they don't get stared at and they don't have to explain the offsides rule when they become chancellor. [German Chancellor Angela Merkel was asked by journalists to explain the offsides rule.]   


Are the women just there to check out the players' fine-tuned bodies  -- like Michael Ballack's?  

Men always like to pretend that they are real soccer experts and would have led their team to victory a long time ago had someone given them the chance. Are women like that, too?


Yes, sometimes. I think for women there is a wide spectrum of behavioral styles as far as soccer is concerned. Take the classic situation of a large group of people sitting in front of the television. There are women who make an extra effort to say things like, "Oh, that's so cute!" Maybe just to bother their husbands a little bit. And then there are other women who try to make a lot of clever statements and enjoy the attention they get.


Women often have to put up with the accusation that they don't even know what an offsides trap is. Is that different now during the World Cup, where women are attending public viewings with big screens and following the games on their TV at home?


I don't think so. The fan fests and public viewings aren't really about soccer. No one talks about offsides or tactics there. It's just about having fun -- it's not even only about winning. You can see that in the fans of the teams that have lost. They're not as sad as the fans in the Bundesliga. It's a bit less existential, I think.  


Women's soccer has been booming since these German ladies won the World Cup in 2003, said Selmer  

Since the World Cup started, you can see people kicking soccer balls around at all the parks. With this general increase in soccer enthusiasm, do you think that more women will also begin playing?


I definitely think so. But I also think that has to do with the women's soccer boom that's been going on since the German team won the World Cup title in 2003. That has certainly had an influence as well. More and more girls are playing soccer as children, so it's something they start to see as normal, something they know about.


How did you first become interested in soccer?


I became interested in soccer by watching the 1982 World Cup when I was 12. Actually, it wasn't a particularly good World Cup and the German games were especially unimpressive, but that made the excitement get to me all the more. Besides, I thought Kalle Rummenigge was really great. And since then the enthusiasm hasn't left me.


England's Shoot-Out Suffering Continues

Ricardo also topped England on penalty kicks in 2004  

Portugal booked a spot in the semi-finals after a penalty shoot-out that saw Ricardo block three English shots. England played the last hour of the game with 10 men in a controversy-packed quarter-final.

Portugal's 21-year-old star Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive spot-kick to hand Portugal a 3-1 shoot-out victory and shatter England's dream of a first World Cup for 40 years.


Even before the 120 minutes were up and Ricardo saved Portugal with a heroic shoot-out performance between the posts, not much went right for England coach Sven Goran Eriksson.


He watched star striker Wayne Rooney sent off dramatically and replaced a tearful David Beckham in the second half, a combination that left the rest of the England players shell-shocked after a closely fought first half.


Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher all saw penalties saved by Portugal keeper Ricardo while Simao and substitute Helder Postiga netted Portugal's other penalties.


Many will wonder if Rooney should have got yellow instead

English history repeats itself


Portugal, who beat England in a shoot-out at Euro 2004, will now face either France or Brazil in Wednesday's semi-final while England were left to contemplate their fifth exit on penalties in eight tournaments since 1990.


It was also the third time in three tournaments that England coach Eriksson had seen his side beaten by a team coached by Brazilian World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari.


England had a good case for a penalty turned down by Argentinean referee Horacio Elizondo on 50 minutes when Beckham fired a cross into Nuno Valente's arm. Shortly after, Beckham, who seemed to be nursing a sore ankle, was taken out of the game for Aaron Lennon.


Lennon didn't take long to make an impact on the game and just when it looked as if Lennon's introduction might have turned the game England's way, Rooney saw red in a decision that is bound to be the subject of furious debate.


Rooney appeared to have been fouled by Portugal centre-half Ricardo Carvalho but as he battled to break clear he rashly sunk his studs into the defender's groin, sparking a short melee.


Eriksson switched up his line-up while Rooney was taking an early shower by bringing on Peter Crouch for Joe Cole.


The man advantage signaled the beginning of a Portuguese onslaught, and England had keeper Paul Robinson to thank for a superb save from Luis Figo on 78 minutes that kept them in the match.


Both teams had dangerous chances on goal in the second half, but the two keepers proved up to what the strikers could deliver and neither team was able to make a break-through, forcing the penalty shoot-out


Henry's Strike Enough to Dump Champions Brazil Out of Cup

Thierry Henry and Zinedine Zidane celebrate knocking out the world champions  

France progressed to the World Cup semi-finals after a pulsating but mostly cagey match in Frankfurt in which they beat Brazil 1-0. Thierry Henry's goal means that Les Bleus will play Portugal in Munich on Wednesday.

A Thierry Henry goal handed France a deserved 1-0 win over lackluster defending champions Brazil in a World Cup quarter-final in Frankfurt on Saturday.


France, whose dominant midfield display was fired by the imperious Zinedine Zidane, will meet Portugal in Wednesday's semi-final in Munich.


Henry scored in the 57th minute, drifting in late and unopposed at the far post to meet a Zidane free-kick with a right footed side-foot volley past a diving Dida.


The goal was just rewards for a French team often dubbed as too old and uninspiring which had controlled midfield thanks to the sterling efforts of man-of-the-match "Zizou", who just as in the 3-0 victory in the 1998 World Cup final proved Brazil's nemesis.


A perfect volley from a perfect cross: 1-0 France

The veteran captain showed some at-times sensational footwork in his golden boots and was the catalyst for a buoyant French team, even if his final balls tended to be over hit.


After a tight first-half with few chances and where Dida and counterpart Fabien Barthez were not tested, the game came alight in the second half.


Henry's goal spurred France into waves of counter-attacks against a Brazil side lacking any real creative purpose up front despite early glimpses of playmaker Ronaldinho's silky skills.


With their back four in disarray, Brazilian defender Juan almost deflected a cross into his own goal four minutes after Henry's goal -- his second in this World Cup.


France closed ranks to deny a Brazilian comeback


France's tough midfield holding duo of Patrick Vieira and Claude Makelele were quick to retreat and fill in as Brazil sought an equalizer, the most potent threat posed by Bayern Munich midfielder Ze Roberto down the left wing.


But it was France who should have scored a second, Franck Ribery sprinting past the covering defense in the 70th minute, but only snatching a shot from a Henry pass which was well parried by Dida.


With French tails well and truly up, Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira threw on Adriano to help out Ronaldo up front and the South Americans kept pushing.


Ronaldinho had a late chance with a free-kick two minutes from time, after Lilian Thuram brought down Ronaldo on the edge of area, but his swerving shot drifted high of its target.


Brazil throw everything at Les Bleus in search of parity


And Ronaldo forced Barthez into an acrobatic save with a powerful 25-yard shot on the stroke of full-time. Ze Roberto went close with a diving nudge on the resulting corner but the French held out.


Brazil had opened the game brightly, Juninho having a free-kick headed behind by Patrick Vieira in the fourth minute, and Roberto Carlos blasting an ambitious shot high and wide of Barthez' goal five minutes later.


Not his best night

Ronaldo had the match's first real sight on goal minutes later, doing well to connect to a Ronaldinho free-kick above Willy Sagnol, but sending his header over the crossbar.


Florent Malouda headed just wide from a free-kick with seven minutes of the first-half to play.


The half ended in controversy when Juan received only a yellow card for bringing Vieira down after the Juventus midfielder had sprinted through on to a superb Zidane through ball.


Ronaldo was then harshly yellow-carded when the resulting Henry free-kick hit his hand but Zidane's second effort on the edge of the area was driven into the wall.



Italy Make Light Work of Ukraine to Meet Hosts in Semi-Finals

Luca Toni's brace sealed the win after Gianluca Zambrotta got the ball rolling  

Despite surviving a few scares, Italy finally turned on the style and beat Ukraine in a 3-0 win and waltzed into the semi-finals of the World Cup and a date with hosts Germany in Dortmund on Tuesday.

Luca Toni scored twice as Italy beat Ukraine 3-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals in Hamburg on Friday to set up a mouth-watering last four clash against hosts Germany.


Gianluca Zambrotta, who earlier this week flew back to Italy to visit his stricken former Juventus team-mate Gianluca Pessotto after an apparent suicide attempt, gave the three-time champions an early lead with a left-footed shot.


Toni's close range header near the hour mark put the Azzurri firmly in the driving seat after a spell of heavy Ukraine pressure, and the giant Fiorentina marksman doubled his tally by tapping in Zambrotta's cross.


Italy's second goal came shortly after Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a superb save to deny Oleg Gusev, with Zambrotta blocking Anatoliy Tymoschuk's follow-up on the goal line.


Ukraine's Andriy Gusin's header hit the bar shortly after Toni had made it 2-0.


Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko, who spent seven years playing in Italy for AC Milan before signing for English champions Chelsea last month, was superbly snuffed out by a well-drilled Azzurri defence.


The match between Germany and Italy, which will be played in Dortmund on Tuesday, is a repeat of the 1982 final which the Italians won 3-1.


Gianluca Zambrotta celebrates after scoring the first goal

Midfielder Mauro Camoranesi, recalled to Italy's starting line-up to provide extra width on the right, threatened first, firing wide after a robust run through the middle in the fourth minute.


Defender Zambrotta's strike settles Italy's nerves


Italy went ahead through an unlikely source in the sixth minute.


Zambrotta played a one-two with Francesco Totti before firing a low drive past Oleksandr Shovkovskyi.


Ukraine came out fighting at the start of the second half and they might have levelled the score had it not been for Buffon's quick reflexes.


Francesco Totti was inspired against Ukraine

Gusin's downward header looked goal bound, but the Italy keeper managed to claw the ball away and picked up a bump on the head in the process after falling back onto the post.


Hot-shot Toni settles tie with double strike


Buffon came to Italy's rescue again when he palmed away Gusev's angled shot, and although Tymoschuk was first to the loose ball, Zambrotta was on hand to keep out the rebound.


Toni eased Italy's jangling nerves in the 59th minute, meeting Totti's left-wing cross with a meaty header.  And Toni had the final word 10 minutes later when he nudged Zambrotta's cut-back over the line from a yard out.


The last time Italy reached the semi-finals of the World Cup was in 1994 when they went on to the final only to lose to Brazil on penalties.


Germany in Semi-Final After Penalty Drama Against Argentina

The German team celebrates as Jens Lehmann saves Esteban Cambiasso's penalty  

The first World Cup quarter-final of 2006 between Germany and Argentina went to the wire and a penalty shoot-out after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw after extra-time. Germany won the shoot-out 4-2.

Goalkeeper Jens Lehmann was the toast of Germany as the hosts progressed into the semi-finals of the World Cup with a sensational 4-2 penalty shootout win over Argentina in Berlin on Friday.


With the game unsettled at 1-1 after extra-time Arsenal goalkeeper Lehmann stepped up to save spot-kicks from Roberto Ayala and Esteban Cambiasso to ensure celebration parties across Germany.


A rare goal from 33-year-old defender Ayala four minutes after the interval put Argentina ahead and they held the lead until the 80th minute.


But with the majority of the 72,000 fans driving them on Germany equalized with Miroslav Klose heading in his fifth goal of the finals.


Extra-time failed to separate the teams and penalties were needed to decide the tie.


Germany had won all three of their previous World Cup shoot-outs and converted all of their four penalties to march into the last four.


Germany will now face Italy, which cruised past Ukraine 3-0 in Friday's other quarter-final.


For two-time winners Argentina it was heartbreak and their emotions boiled over after the final whistle with several players involved in scuffles as tempers frayed.


Argentina coach Jose Pekerman made three changes to the team that beat Mexico in extra-time with the biggest surprise seeing Javier Saviola dropped to the substitute's bench for Carlos Tevez.


Germany manager Jürgen Klinsmann, part of the West Germany side that beat Argentina 1-0 in the 1990 World Cup final, stuck by the same team that beat Sweden in the second round.


Germany's flying start stifled by Argentina's midfield


The midfield battle stopped Germany's fluid style

The hosts had scored after four minutes in each of their last two matches - although they did not manage an early breakthrough this time - and started off at a frantic pace to unsettle the Argentines.


Argentina playmaker Riquelme created the first real danger in the game with his in-swinging corner forcing a clearance at the near post.


In the 16th minute Germany had their first opening with Ballack latching onto a cross but he could only divert his header wide.


With the game scoreless at half-time both managers had their players fired up for the second half and Argentina had Juan Sorin booked meaning he would miss the semi-final.


Ayala scores rare goal to test German character


But Argentina stomached that blow and four minutes after the interval they took the lead through an unlikely source. Riquelme curled in a corner from the right and veteran Ayala, winning his 105th cap, powered in a header.


Ayala is mobbed by his ecstatic colleagues

It was the first time Germany, who had kept three consecutive clean sheets, had gone behind in the tournament and they responded by piling forward.

Ballack had a chance to equalize on the hour mark but Ayala was on hand to block the Germany captain's shot.


Maxi Rodriguez had a chance to wrap up the game on 66 minutes for Argentina but shot into the side netting.


It was a costly mistake as Germany leveled in the 80th minute with substitute Tim Borowski flicking on a cross and Klose heading in.


Extra-time was needed and Fabricio Coloccini hit the crossbar with what looked like a misdirected cross.


Come the hour, come the man as Lehmann delivers


The lottery of penalties was to decide the match. With home support and good past experiences Germany seemed the inevitable winner.


Germany's nerve held out once again. The Germans kept up their incredible spot kick record as keeper Jens Lehmann twice guessed right to save from Ayala and Cambiasso.


Lehmann lay on the ground to contemplate the possibility of being cast as hero -- or villain --before rival and 2002 first choice German keeper Oliver Kahn came over to wish him luck.


It seemed to do the trick for Lehmann, whereas the unfortunate Leonardo Franco, a 28-year-old from Atletico Madrid who had to seize his chance in the limelight after replacing the injured Roberto Abbondanzieri 20 minutes from the end of normal time, was unable to stop any German strikes.


German penalty heroes keep Mannschaft record going


Oliver Neuville smashed the Germans ahead but Julio Cruz leveled. Skipper Michael Ballack then sent Franco the wrong way and then Lehmann guessed right, going to his left to smother a poor Ayala kick whereas Lukas Podolski showed nerves of steel to make it 3-1 for the hosts.


Maxi Rodriguez saw his shot squeeze low past Lehmann for 3-2 but Tim Borowski took Die Mannschaft to the brink with Franco going the wrong way.


Inter Milan's Cambiasso then hit his effort straight at Lehmann, who was promptly smothered by the whole squad and coaching staff before some of the Argentine players engaged in a brief bout of frustrated fisticuffs with Gabriel Heinze and German team manager Oliver Bierhoff having to be pulled apart.


Germany thus maintained their perfect World Cup penalty shoot-out record, having beaten France (1982), Mexico (1986) and England (1990) - with Uli Stielike being the only German to have missed one, against the French.


In contrast, Argentina spoilt their record after beating Yugoslavia (1990), Italy (1990) and England (1998).


Brazil wins behind Ronaldo's record goal

Brazil's Ronaldo, right, scores past Ghana's John Pantsil during the Brazil vs Ghana Round of 16 World Cup soccer match at Dortmund's Stadium, Germany, Tuesday, June 27, 2006.
With one swift move in the fifth minute Tuesday, the superstar striker overtook German Gerd Mueller as the greatest scorer in World Cup history, spoiled Ghana's scrappy debut and put defending champion Brazil into its fourth straight quarterfinals.
"I want to continue to increase the record," Ronaldo said, "but without forgetting that the main goal in the World Cup is winning the title."
Brazil had to work for its 3-0 win over the Black Stars, who pressured enough to create chances but kept shooting either just off the mark or well within reach of goalkeeper Dida.
"Today's game was as we expected," Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "It wasn't easy and we knew it wasn't going to be easy, 3-0 seems easy, but it wasn't."
The Brazilians used long, penetrating passes to build each of its goals, but Ronaldo's tournament-record 15th was the only one it would need. With its 11th straight tournament win, Brazil took another step toward a fourth straight World Cup finals, and next faces France in a rematch of the 1998 final.
"The big guys are coming to the quarterfinals," Parreira said. "It is getting closer and closer. It's getting tougher and tougher."
On the counterattack, Kaka sent a second long pass up the heart of the field to an unmarked Ronaldo, who touched the ball once toward Richard Kingson, then sent the goalkeeper flailing with a brilliant stepover move. Ronaldo cut left, and with a defender closing, popped the ball into the net.
Ronaldo said he never intended to break the World Cup scoring record -- it came to him.
"It was never my goal, it just happened match after match," he said. "This is the result of lots of work, lots of sacrifice."
Mueller scored his 14 goals over 13 games in the 1970 and 1974 World Cups; Ronaldo has played 18 games in the past three tournaments.
Ronaldo performed poorly in Brazil's first two matches against Croatia and Australia, when the Real Madrid striker was held scoreless and substituted for twice. He was also bothered by a weight controversy and a string of minor health problems.
One minute into first-half injury time, Adriano added to Brazil's lead in a breakaway set up by a through ball, using his left thigh to nudge a waist-high cross from Cafu into the net. Replays showed Adriano appeared to be offside when he touched the ball in, and fans booed the replay.
The third goal also came when a long pass sprang a Brazilian one-on-one against Kingson. Midfielder Ze Roberto received the ball and flicked it over the keeper, who left his box and tried to make a save with his head. Safely past, Ze Roberto jogged the ball in alone.

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England in quarter

Toothless Lions Finally Find Their Bite to Beat Ecuador

England players congratulate David Beckham on his winner -- as much in relief as celebration 

England toiled in scorching heat in Stuttgart in their last 16 clash against underdogs Ecuador but after surviving a few scares David Beckham's free-kick was enough to send the Three Lions into the quarter-finals.

It was a sweltering affair in front of a sell-out crowd of 52,000 in Stuttgart's Gottlieb Daimler Stadium.
England, one of the title favorites, came into the match wanting to improve on middling performances in the group stage - and trying to compensate for the absence of injured striker Michael Owen.
Ecuador, the surprise team of Group A, was trying to pull off the biggest upset in the nation's soccer history and send the Three Lions packing.
With temperatures on the pitch estimated at 40 degrees Celsius, it was a slow-paced contest. England's creative midfield confined itself to long balls aimed at striker Wayne Rooney, while Ecuador waited for a mistake by their opponents.
They got it in the tenth minute. Defender John Terry badly misjudged the ball, leaving Ecuador striker Carlos Tenorio seemingly alone in front of the goal. But defender Ashley Cole managed to get a leg in to deflect Tenorio's shot wide.
That was it for early goal chances. Aside from a couple of David Beckham free kicks, the Lions were toothless, and the first half ended in a goalless draw.
The second half started in equally languid fashion, with both teams looking as though they'd rather be at the pool. Extra time and penalties seemed inevitable.
Then England's captain came up trumps. After an hour of play, David Beckham curled one of his patented free-kicks past Ecuadoran keeper Cristian Mora and into the lower left-hand corner to put the English up 1-0. Beckham's heroic shot is sure to silence critics at home who had called for him to be removed from the starting eleven.
Ecuador, while solid in defense, couldn't manufacture any chances up front - especially as their top striker Carlos Tenorio had to be taken out with an ankle injury in the 70th minute.
England ran down the clock to get a crucial win in a tepid match and keep alive their bid for their first World Cup title in forty years.

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france in final 16

BERLIN - France rediscovered a little of the magic that made them world champions eight years ago, beating Togo 2-0 on Friday in an energetic World Cup performance that set up a tantalizing second round clash with Spain.
The win for "les Bleus" was the first in the tournament since they shocked Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 final, helped by two goals from midfield maestro Zinedine Zidane.
Zidane, who will retire after the World Cup, could not play on Friday after picking up yellow cards in prior matches, but goals from Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira -- two of his team mates from 1998 -- were enough to send France through.
Next they will face Spain, who beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 on Friday using a second-string team and are now being mentioned among the favorites for the title after an impressive start in which they won all three of their first round matches.
Switzerland and Ukraine were also victorious on Friday, eliminating

South Korea and Tunisia. They will meet in Cologne in another knockout match on Monday.
Among the favorites to win the World Cup in 2002, France stumbled out at the group stage after failing to score a goal and suffering humiliating defeats to Senegal and Denmark.
In Germany so far they had managed only disappointing draws against Switzerland and South Korea and many were dismissing them as tired and washed up.
They had to wait until the 55th minute to take the lead against Togo. Vieira, who was 30 on Friday, swiveled in the box to rifle a shot into the corner of the net.
Henry followed suit six minutes later with a close range shot set up by a Vieira header.
"There is great potential in this team and I hope this qualification will help us play more freely because we aren't bad at all," said Vieira.
In Friday's other matches, goals from Philippe Senderos and Alex Frei gave Switzerland a 2-0 win over South Korea.
Senderos headed the opening goal from a free kick by Hakan Yakin in the 23rd minute and Frei made sure of victory with 13 minutes left, pouncing on a stray pass by a defender, rounding goalkeeper Lee Woon-jae and slotting the ball into an empty net.
South Korea, semi-finalists four years ago, were angry that Argentine referee Horacio Eilzondo ignored a linesman's offside flag in the build-up to Frei's goal.
Ukraine, playing in their first World Cup finals, advanced with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia.
Captain Andriy Shevchenko, European Footballer of the Year in 2004, powered his way into the Tunisian box in the 70th minute and was bumped by two defenders before stumbling over his own feet and crashing to the ground. He was awarded a penalty and slotted calmly past goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel.
Ukraine suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Spain in their first match of the tournament, but bounced back to thrash Saudi Arabia by the same score.
"It's a hugely important achievement for Ukrainian football that we are into the next round," said Shevchenko. "We always kept our belief despite the terrible defeat against Spain."
Needing a win to progress, Tunisia's hopes were dimmed just before halftime when striker Ziad Jaziri was shown a second yellow card. Jaziri's dismissal was the 18th of the World Cup, one more than in the entire 2002 tournament. A record 22 players were sent off at the 1998 World Cup in France.


World Cup glamour provided by Victoria Beckham and Co.

Victoria Beckham (B), wife of Englands David Beckham, and Coleen McLoughlin (T), girfirend of Englands Wayne Rooney, watch World Cup soccer match between England and Trinidad & Tobago in Nurember on June 15, 2006.  England defeated Trinidad & Tobago  2-0.  (UPI Photo/Arthur Thill) 
Berlin - Simone Lambe is the German equivalent of Victoria Beckham as far as her partner is concerned, but that's where the similarities end.
For those unfamiliar with the name - Lambe is the long-time girlfriend of Germany's best and most popular footballer, Michael Ballack.
Victoria Beckham needs no introduction, formerly knows as Posh Spice from her time with pop's Spice Girls, she achieved added fame by marrying England captain David Beckham.
The Beckhams were the front-page couple of Thursday's edition of Germany's glitzy Gala magazine - and Victoria is also making plenty of headlines in the tabloids along with the other women from the England camp in Baden-Baden.
Readers know that Beckham, Wayne Rooney's girlfriend Colleen McLoughlin and Frank Lampard's partner Elen Rives have bought plenty of sunglasses and handbags in the posh southern German spa, that they have been night-clubbing and been tough on Germans claiming that the home team will win the World Cup.
WAGs is the name of the gang, standing for Wives And Girlfriends, and they are in their very own league watched by the world's media.
'Forget what's happening on the pitch, it's the footie wives' outfits that will score the hottest points in this year's World Cup,' said The Sun.
'The fashion competition is so fierce that Posh has allegedly spent months planning her World Cup wardrobe - which includes five outfits a day!'
However, she has been lambasted for her current love of hot pants - sometimes along with boots - by the British and German media.
'Put them away for the love of God and pop on a skirt for once. Or jeans. Or a pair of dungarees and deck shoes ... Do us all a favour and give them the day off for England's next appearance on Sunday,' said The Sun.
Germany's respected Sueddeutsche Zeitung found no kind words for Mrs. Beckham in its style column, either.
'Before the days of Victoria Beckham player wives weren't aware that you can combine Versace-shoes with a Versace-dress with Versace- sunglasses. And, should it get cold, wrap a Versace-scarf around yourself as well,' said the newspaper.
The German Versace-factor is non-existent even though Bild is at least trying hard to make Germans familiar with the players' partners.
Lambe, who has three children with Ballack, is only seen and photographed at big occasions like the World Cup.
This may not even change when Ballack joins Chelsea in summer, as Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has managed to keep his wife Conny and their three children out of the spotlight in England as well.
Verena Kerth got some publicity when goalkeeper Oliver Kahn left his wife and children for her, but that attention soon died down.
Unlike the WAGs, the German woman show up in the stadium not as a fashion statement but rather in team shirts. And, according to Petra Frings, the wive of midfielder Torsten Frings, they don't like the phrase WAG in the first place.
'I don't like the word because everyone associates it with a dumb blonde. But we are not like that. We are the wives of men who happen to play football. That's all,' said Frau Frings.
Just like at the World Cup, the closest Germany normally gets to football glamour is imported - Sylvie van der Vaart, the ex-MTV DJ who is married to SV Hamburg and Netherlands player Rafael van der Vaart. Sylvie's sunglasses are very similar to those of Victoria.
That's mainly good news for the Germans as Ballack and Lambe will soon be able to get married without major media hype.
Things looked different, of course, when the Beckhams stepped up to the altar and Rome descended into total traffic chaos when Italy captain Francesco Totti wed TV presenter Ilary Blasi.
But even Victoria Beckham and the rest of the WAGs probably had to hold their breath when Raica Oliveira recently strutted along the catwalk in football bikinis. Oliveira is the girlfriend of Brazil superstar Ronaldo.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006 (Dortmund)Brazil fielded five reserve players on Thursday and still beat Japan 4-1 to win Group F at the World Cup.Ronaldo scored his 13th and 14th World Cup goals to pass Pele as Brazil's all-time leading scorer in the competition, while reserve players Juninho and Gilberto each added a goal.The victory - Brazil's 10th consecutive in World Cups - secured set up a second-round match against Ghana on Tuesday.Japan is eliminated, failing to repeat its second-round appearance from the 2002 tournament. The Japanese team, coached by former Brazil international Zico, needed to defeat the five-time champions to keep its chances of advancing alive.Zico changed both his starting strikers trying to boost the attack, and it seemed to work when the Japanese surprisingly took the lead despite being outplayed.Keiji Tamada, one of the new forwards, put Japan ahead in the 34th minute with a powerful left-footer from inside the area after a through pass by Alessandro Santos. Tamada received the ball unmarked, then quickly fired into the left-upper corner of the net.Ronaldo improved after lackluster showings in previous matches and was a constant threat. He equalized with a header a minute into first-half injury time, set up by a header across the area from Real Madrid teammate Cicinho.Ronaldo scored his second goal in the 81st, with a right-footer from 20 meters after a set up by defender Juan.Ronaldo is only one goal short of becoming the tournament's overall leading scorer. He is level with Gerd Mueller of Germany.Juninho, replacing regular starter Ze Roberto, scored Brazil's second goal in the 53rd with a shot from about 25 meters (yards). Japan goalkeeper Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi badly misjudged the shot.Gilberto, replacing Roberto Carlos, got Brazil's third goal in the 59th after a neat through pass from Ronaldinho. Gilberto entered the area unmarked and sent a low left-footer past Kawaguchi.The goal by Japan was Brazil's first conceded in World Cups in four matches. It hadn't allowed a goal in the tournament since its 2-1 win over England in the quarterfinals of the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan. Brazil could've equaled Italy's record of five straight shutouts in the 1990 World Cup.Brazil finished the group with nine points, five more than second-place Australia. Croatia was third with two points, and Japan last with one.Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira's changes to the lineup - leaving out veteran wingers Cafu and Roberto Carlos, midfielders Emerson and Ze Roberto and striker Adriano - worked from the beginning.Cicinho, Gilberto, Gilberto Silva, Juninho and Robinho all played well and contributed to Brazil's victory.Robinho, who had substituted Ronaldo in the first two matches, added speed to Brazil's attack from the start, creating several scoring opportunities and setting up his teammates in several occasions.Despite the goal allowed, Brazil controlled possession and dominated most of the match, only failing to get more goals because of saves by Kawaguchi.Brazil had struggled in its first two matches despite victories over Croatia and Australia. The defending champions - who entered the tournament heavily favored to win a record sixth title - performed well below expectations, being heavily challenged and failing to impress.It was Brazil's sixth victory against Japan in eight matches. The teams drew two times, including 2-2 in the Confederations Cup in Germany last year.It was the second encounter between Zico and his native country. The coach had faced Brazil for the first time in the Confederations Cup draw last year. (AP)


Mirza made to work by Bondarenko
Sania Mirza
Mirza is the first Indian woman to win a WTA event
India's Sania Mirza was given a tough first-round game at the DFS Classic in Edgbaston by Ukraine's Alona Bondarenko before coming through 6-2 3-6 6-3.
Mirza's match was one of only four to be completed on a rain-hit second day.
Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova's match with Ahsha Rolle was one of those rained off and the pair will now play their match on Wednesday.
Jarmila Gajdosova of Slovakia, Shuai Peng of China and American Bethanie Mattek were the only other winners.
Last year Mirza became the first Indian woman to break into the world's top 50, the first to win a tournament and to reach the US Open's fourth round.
"After what happened last year there's a lot of pressure on me, with people expecting me to do a lot better than I did," said Mirza.


The Brazilian Roberto Carlos during the group F preliminary match of 2006 FIFA World Cup agianst Croatia at Olympic Stadium Berlin, Germany, Tuesday 13 June 2006. EPA/OLIVER WEIKEN
Berlin - Brazil opened their campaign for a sixth title when they beat Croatia 1-0 in the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
South Korea, semi-finalists in 2002, woke up from a nervous, mistake ridden start to beat 10-man Togo 2-1 and go top of Group G after France were held 0-0 by Switzerland in a tame draw.
The Koreans face the French on Sunday in Leipzig in a match that could decide who qualifies for the next round.
In Berlin Kaka's 44th-minute screamer lifted Brazil to a 1-0 victory over Croatia in their Group F match, but the five- time champions generated little magic and a lumbering Ronaldo was pulled off in the second half.
With 70,000 fired-up fans packing Berlin's Olympic Stadium, the match was drifting into a lull when Brazil broke it open with an explosive move helped by a rare lapse in Croatia's iron defence.
Cafu slipped down the right wing and centred low to Kaka, who shook off two hesitant Croats and drilled a shot with his weaker left foot into the net from the edge of the area, bringing the entire Brazilian bench to its feet in jubilation.
The victory saw Brazil establish a new World Cup record of eight consecutive win, breaking the seven-win record they shared with Italy.
Kaka admitted that Brazil did not play as well as they can. 'We really did not have an easy time. We were not particularly creative today,' he said. 'We moved too little, failed to open enough spaces.'
France, who became the first defending champions to go home without scoring a goal in 2002, made an unconvincing start.
The French, with Zinedine Zidane at the heart of everything without playing to his best, never found a way through the Swiss defence and Thierry Henry was isolated up front.
The Swiss could even have won but Fabien Barthez stopped Daniel Gygax's point-blank header with his legs and Tranquillo Barnetta's free-kick hit the post. Only Eric Abidal's desperate lunge prevented Alex Frei from pushing the rebound over the line.
But Vikash Dhorasso fired a good chance beyond the far post when put through by substitute Louis Saha.
French coach Raymond Domenech said he was confident that the 1998 champions would go through.
'The next match is Korea and we have to give it everything. But we're used to being in these sort of situations. I think we have the players to get us through,' he said.
Fussy Russian referee Valentin Ivanov booked eight players, including Zidane for taking a free-kick too quickly, but he missed Henry's shot hitting Swiss defender Patrick Mueller on the arm in the penalty area.
The last goal France scored at the World Cup finals was Emmanuel Petit's 90th minute strike that sealed the host's 3-0 victory against Brazil in the 1998 final - they have since played 360 minutes without scoring, including all of their games at the 2002 cup.
South Korea struggled to beat 10-man Togo whose German coach Otto Pfister had returned after walking out when players boycotted training over unpaid bonuses last week.
Lee Chun Soo cancelled out Mohamed Kader's first-half strike on 54 minutes when he curled a free-kick around the wall and past an out- of-position Togo keeper Kossi Agassa.
Second-half substitute Ahn Jung Hwan, who scored the extra-time winner against Italy in the 2002 Round of 16, beat Agassa for the winner with a dipping cross-shot in the 72nd minute.
English referee Graham Poll sent off Jean-Paul Abalo for bringing down Park Ji Sung as he twisted clear on the edge of the box for the free-kick that led to the Korean equaliser. It was his second yellow card.
And Ahn was pleased with the way things turned out as the Koreans began to find some sort of form in the second half.
'It was more important that the team won than I scored. At first things did not work out very well, but then (Dutch coach Dick) Advocaat's tactics were very good and we could all find our way,' he said.
Togo's defeat means all four African debutants at the World Cup, including Angola, Ghana and Ivory Coast, have lost their opening matches.


Top Designer Says World Cup Design "Just Embarrassing"

The logo contains too much info and is badly presented, Spiekermann says

Erik Spiekermann, one of Germany's most respected designers, has been openly critical of the design concept for the 2006 World Cup, from the mascot to the logo. He told DW-WORLD.DE why it hasn't been successful.

Erik Spiekermann is one of Germany's best-known typographers and designers. He was one of the founders of MetaDesign, one of Germany's leading studios for corporate design and branding, whose clients have included Apple Computer, Audi, VW, IBM and Nike. He has designed the passenger information systems for the German railway system and helped redesign The Economist magazine. He is an honorary professor at the College of Art in Bremen and is a former president of the International Institute for Information Design. He had no role in the design for the 2006 World Cup.
DW-WORLD.DE: You've been very critical of the mascot of the World Cup, Goleo. Why?
Erik Spiekermann: Not only the mascot, but the whole business. I mean the mascot itself is a typical effort by too many parties. It's a lion, which has no historical relevance to Germany whatsoever. We have eagles, gnomes and garden dwarves and what have you, but we don't have lions. That's English or French. The mascot is called Goleo, "gol" as in the Spanish for the English word "goal," and "leo" as in Italian, Latin, Spanish for lion. So it's obviously trying to appeal to a world audience, which is kind of nice, but it's a little patronizing. Why not be in Germany and call it "Fritz" or whatever? We are German, so we might as well own up to it. This artificial lion is neither cute nor ugly nor relevant; it's just embarrassing.
Is this a case of too many cooks in the design kitchen?
Goleo IV, the official -- and much ridiculed -- mascot of the World Cup
When I first saw both the lion and the logo, the whole design concept for the World Cup in Germany, I thought oh my God, those poor designers. I've been there, dealt with these kinds of clients. I actually have met some of the designers who perpetrated this design and know that they were at a disadvantage from the outset. Everybody wants to own a design for an event as big as this, from the CEO to his wife to a whole chain of people going down. And there are way too many committees and meetings where changes are required by people who don't know what they're doing. In the end, after all the input, the common denominator in this case turned out to be very, very low. I wouldn't employ any of the guys behind this design.
Why don't you think the whole concept works, especially regarding the logo?
First, there are too many messages. The original brief was: we've got to fit Germany in there, then 2006, then FIFA, plus we've got to have some happy people in there, we need green for the lawn, we've got the German national colors. So there's green and black and red and yellow and happy faces and FIFA, just way too many messages. You can look at this and count the elements and it just flies in the face of effective communication.
Has Germany done better in the past?
Yes. There was one obvious example: the 1972 Olympics. That was very much the other end of German design. It was designed by a group around Otl Aicher, one of the founders of the old school, very much in the Bauhaus, Germanic, Protestant tradition. It was very strict but they managed to bring in pastel, light colors that made the design look German in that it was clean and tidy, but it was also fun, bright and cheerful.
Even their mascot was a little dachshund, which is about as German as they come. It was designed over a couple of years by the best of the crop here, but these guys in Munich who designed for the World Cup this year got picked because they knew somebody high up in the German football association and FIFA. It gives us a bad reputation here.
Why do you think the World Cup designers avoided appearing too "German"?
Part of it is that we have this incredible cross to bear. You can't be proud to be German because we have such a bad history, at least my generation can't, and I was born in '47. The clients for this particular job are of my generation or older, so I think they were trying to give the world everything in one package while being cheerful about it. It's like designing a joke, and you can't design a joke. I think the original design assignment must have been all over the place. With all the things that had to be avoided and then all the things they wanted included, it was impossible to come up with something good. Unless, of course, you were a designer with a strong personality who would basically tell those guys giving the orders to get lost, which the designers in this case didn't. They just took their money and ran.
The World Cup is about the game of soccer first and foremost. Why is design important at all?
It has a straightforward function, it tells you where to go, directs you to your goal, the screens, the stadiums, lots of things. It tells people: 'This message pertains to the World Cup.' It's very much like any location or event design: you have to make your presence known to people. Once they are in the system, design tells them whether they are on their right path and indicates what is about to happen to them. Design has a functional role, but it also creates a mood. It has both important functional and psychological roles.
So what kind of message does the current design communicate?
Is the design a mirror of Germany's grand coaltion that's led by Franz Müntefering and Angela Merkel?
It is communicating that the people who designed it and who briefed it have no confidence in their abilities and that they are trying to please everybody at the same time. They are over-organized; there are too many messages; and nobody wants to take on responsibility. In fact, it is a perfect mirror of German society right now. It is very much akin to the governing grand coalition -- two big parties that are basically canceling each other out because no one can make any decisions. Everyone is trying to be nice, everyone knows we have to do something, change society, change behavior, and economy, but no one wants to take the first step because we're so comfortable. We're still wrapped up in our nice security blanket. We know it's cold outside, but we just stay inside and huddle. This sort of World Cup design is very much communal huddling -- trying to please everyone but never even putting a finger outside of that security blanket.
Avoiding controversy at all costs?
Not liked by everyone
Exactly. What happens in the end is that it becomes incredibly bland. German design is known, and it is known for being German. You buy a Porsche or a BMW or an Audi because it's German, not in spite of the fact that it's German. And not everybody likes it. It has an edge; it's not patronizing. The same goes for graphic design, we have a great history of design. But for some reason, it has just has not moved onto this soccer scene. It's a shame because when people come in from the outside world they think this is how German designers are and for me, it's personally embarrassing. I want to go away and hide and pretend I'm a brain surgeon or something.
What would you say to the designers behind the World Cup project?
Don't give up your day job.

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