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July 15, 2006
OFFSIDE REMARKS
It was a World Cup to forget

The World Cup was supposed to be soccer's great showpiece? You've got to be kidding me.


July 12, 2006
OFFSIDE REMARKS
Mikey Awards honor the dubious and unusual, and even some of the best of the World Cup

After a month of end-to-end games and even some non-stop soccer action once in awhile, here's a special edition of the Mikey Awards, which honors the dubious, unusual and the good, bad and ugly of a rather unremarkable World Cup:


July 9, 2006
CROWNING ACHIEVEMENTS
Italy's 3 other World Cup titles



July 9, 2006
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE
Zidane has seen red before

French captain Zinedine Zidane has been there before, getting red-carded at the most inopportune times in an otherwise star-studded career.


July 9, 2006
NO FAIRY TALE ENDING FOR ZIDANE, FRANCE
Italy wins World Cup in pks

Italy outlasted France in penalty kicks to win its fourth World Cup title Sunday night. The Italians captured the penalty-kick shootout, 5-3, after playing to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of regulation and extra time in front of a sellout crowd of 69,000 at Olympic Stadium.


July 9, 2006
FORZA ITALIA
Italy outlasts France, captures 4th World Cup

Italy outlasted France in penalty kicks to win its fourth World Cup title Sunday night. The Italians captured the penalty-kick shootout, 5-3, after playing to a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of regulation and extra time in front of a sellout crowd of 69,000 at Olympic Stadium.


July 9, 2006
DEAR DIARY -- SUNDAY
Going full circle and making it an even 100

As this writer reaches a milestone, he looks back on how his World Cup experience started in Mexico some 20 years ago.


July 9, 2006
THE AZZURRI'S EDGE
Ex-Metro Matthaeus likes Italy in finale

He has played in more games (25) and world Cups (five) than any field player and in the 76-year history of the tournament. So, when former Germany World Cup champion captain Lothar Matthaeus speaks, people isten. On Friday, the former MetroStar reminded reporters that he had picked Italy and Argentina to meet in the final.


July 9, 2006
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Foes bring pair of disparate styles to the final

For the musically inclined, this year's World Cup final pits the golden oldies fanatics against the opera buffs. On one end of Olympic Stadium field tonight will stand aging, but talented French team, playfully dubbed "The Rolling Stones," by their most ardent fans because they are old, but keep coming back for more. On the other side will stand the cunning Italians, whose World Cup is playing out like a classic opera. The management has been caught in an embarrassing match-fixing scandal that threatens to relegate those clubs of which most of the players belong. In an classic opera timing, a decision could come as early as Monday.


July 9, 2006
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
On France, Italy in the final

Here’s a quick overview on what to expect from both finalists in the World Cup championship game on Sunday


July 9, 2006
SOCCER'S HOLY GRAIL
World Cup trophy is the sport’s ultimate prize

Sometimes around 10 or 11 p.m. local time Sunday night at Olympic Stadium, France’s Zinedine Zidane or Italy‘s Fabio Cannavaro will take this 11-pound hunk of 18K gold, held it above his head to che cheers of the crowd and then parade the trophy with his teammates around the stadium. The FIFA World Cup trophy, the most sought after trophies in all of sport, the Holy Grail of soccer, has enjoyed a well-traveled and sometimes fascinating existence -- both of them.


July 9, 2006
PROBABLE LINEUPS
Here's how they might lineup

Here's how Italy and France might lineup up for Sunday's World Cup championship game at Olympic Stadium.


July 9, 2006
HOW THEY GOT THERE
Italy, France take different paths

Italy and France took different paths to the World Cup championship game. Italy had a solid first round, while the French struggled to reach the knockout stage.


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