We might be able to toss Slovenia in the “happy to be here” category. For firsts, they have a very humble, and short, World Cup history which consists of three losses and nothing else. Of course making World Cup 2002 was a miracle in itself and brings their record of World Cup qualifying to 2 in 4, a damn fine record for country of their size (2m) and birth date (1992).
For seconds, and for bigger, they pulled off perhaps the upset of qualifying by beating Russia, or Guus Hiddink, or Guus Hiddink’s Russia, over two-legs in the second-placed playoffs.… Continue reading
FIFA president Sepp Blatter says the Arab world deserves to stage a World Cup, boosting Qatar’s bid to host the tournament in 2022.
For better or worse (probably worse) the one thing most people know about Zinedine Zidane is that he headbutted Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final. But when we asked for your favourite World Cup moments it was Zidane’s other World Cup final appearance that got the most mentions, and what Zizou did with his head in 1998.
As we all know, France beat Brazil 3-0 in that game to win their first ever World Cup. Emannuel Petit got himself on the scoresheet (which seems slightly bizarre in hindsight) but the game was effectively over at that point thanks… Continue reading
U.S. forward Charlie Davies has not given up on making the World Cup and even hopes to play for his Sochaux team in the next few weeks, despite the French club’s president saying his European season is over.
Boise State’s meteoric rise up the college football charts has nearly put it on par with the BCS powers.
Kaka has overcome a groin injury and will be available for Real Madrid in the Spanish league match at Zaragoza on Saturday.