Thursday, June 29, 2006

World Cup News - June 29

It's been a little while since I've done one of these, but here I go again.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has called out England as a boring team saying, "I'm delighted that teams are playing offensively. One exception is the English, who appeared in the second round with just a single striker. This isn't the kind of offensive football you expect from a contender for the World Cup title."

However, Blatter had kinder words for the countries from Asia after none of them made it into the second round. "It's not a good thing for Asian football and I find it a shame, but I consider it to be an accident."

The Germans are starting to forget how much they hate coach Juergen Klinsmann after the team has played some of the best soccer of the whole tournament, however, at least one German thinks that the soccer has been the worse part of this Cup.

Brazil has come under some fire for not playing very interesting soccer so far, but Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira explains that they will win first and play beautiful second. If what they have done to date is ugly, I can only hope the US will play that ugly in 2010.

Graham Poll, the English referee who blundered by booking Croatian defender Josip Simunic three times, has announced that he will no longer ref international matches.

The success of Australia has helped grow the game in the land down under as they have send a 10-15% increase in the number of registered players.

The German job market has got a bounce from the finals with unemployment dropping .3% to 10.5%. However, that number is expected to climb next month once Cup mascot Goleo VI is laid off.

Finally, South Africa is kicking into high gear to get everything ready for 2010. In addition, the emblem of the next Cup will be unveiled in Berlin on July 7th. Hopefully Goleo VI will be nowhere near it.



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