FIFA WOULD CUP 2006

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Arena expects much of Donovan at finals


Though he is only 24, Landon Donovan is considered a revered and valuable veteran by the United States football team.
Donovan was less than two years into his international career when he scored twice in the 2002 finals where he was one of only three team members to appear in every minute of the Americans' tournament as they made a surprise run to the quarter-finals.
His speed, adroit touch and ability to play in midfield or forward turned him into a precious commodity for a neophyte yet fearless midfield corps of DaMarcus Beasley, Pablo Mastroeni and John O'Brien.
"Landon's a very intelligent guy," U.S. coach Bruce Arena told Reuters. "He's a player with unlimited potential.
"Some have said that he's taken a bit of pressure off himself by choosing to play at home in Major League Soccer. It is played at a different pace to Europe but at the end of the day you still get an excellent player."
At 17, Donovan became the youngest U.S. player to sign with a European team when he joined Germany's Bayer Leverkusen.
He failed to break into the first team and was loaned to U.S. club San Jose where he won two Major League Soccer (MLS) titles before rejoining Leverkusen in early 2005 in what was to be a short-lived return.
After only nine first-team games, including a pair of Champions League fixtures, he was released by the club and joined the Los Angeles Galaxy whom he helped to win a league title last year.
Some observers said Donovan was soft and not up to the challenges of playing in Europe. Others said he just wanted to be the big fish in the relatively small pond of MLS.
Donovan has shrugged it all off, saying that he played best where he was happy.
While Arena says Donovan lack consistency, he is also one of his biggest supporters and expects him to be a primary contributor at the FIFA World Cup.
Depending on team selection and fitness, Donovan is expected to partner Fulham's Brian McBride in attack but he could also drop into a central or flanking midfield role.
Donovan scored on his international debut, a 2-0 win against arch-rivals Mexico in 2000, and has 25 goals in 78 appearances.
"His versatility really speaks for the quality of player that he is," said Arena.
"He's very much committed to the team being successful.
He's a tremendous player and personality and one day he'll be the full-time team captain."

Teams


Thirty-two teams from across the globe make up the field for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ finals. Six continents are represented and six past winners will take part, including hosts Germany, who head the 14-strong European contingent, and holders Brazil who lead the South American challenge.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

World Cup Tickets by Game

June 2006 Buy Tickets City
Fri. 9th 6pm
Germany vs Costa Rica Tickets
Munich
Fri. 9th 9pm
Poland vs Ecuador Tickets
Gelsenkirchen
Sat. 10th 3pm
England vs Paraguay Tickets
Frankfurt
Sat. 10th 6pm
Trinidad & Tobago vs Sweden Tickets
Dortmund
Sat. 10th 9pm
Argentina vs Cote d'Ivoire Tickets
Hamburg
Sun. 11th 3pm
Serbia & Montenegro vs Netherlands Tickets
Leipzig
Sun. 11th 6pm
Mexico vs Iran Tickets
Nurnberg
Sun. 11th 9pm
Angola vs Portugal Tickets
Cologne
Mon. 12th 3pm
Australia vs Japan Tickets
Kaiserlautern
Mon. 12th 6pm
USA vs Czech Republic Tickets
Gelsenkirchen
Mon. 12th 9pm
Italy vs Ghana Tickets
Hannover
Tue. 13th 3pm
Korea vs Togo Tickets
Frankfurt
Tue. 13th 6pm
France vs Switzerland Tickets
Stuttgart
Tue. 13th 9pm
Brazil vs Croatia Tickets
Berlin
Wed. 14th 3pm
Spain vs Ukraine Tickets
Leipzig
Wed. 14th 6pm
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia Tickets
Munich
Wed. 14th 9pm
Germany vs Poland Tickets
Dortmund
Thu. 15th 3pm
Ecuador vs Costa Rica Tickets
Hamburg
Thu. 15th 6pm
England vs Trinidad & Tobago Tickets
Nurnberg
Thu. 15th 9pm
Sweden vs Paraguay Tickets
Berlin
Fri. 16th 3pm
Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro Tickets
Gelsenkirchen
Fri. 16th 6pm
Netherlands vs Cote d'Ivoire Tickets
Stuttgart
Fri. 16th 9pm
Mexico vs Angola Tickets
Hannover
Sat. 17th 3pm
Portugal vs Iran Tickets
Frankfurt
Sat. 17th 6pm
Czech Republic vs Ghana Tickets
Cologne
Sat. 17th 9pm
Italy vs USA Tickets
Kaiserlautern
Sun. 18th 3pm
Japan vs Croatia Tickets
Nurnberg
Sun. 18th 6pm
Brazil vs Australia Tickets
Munich
Sun. 18th 9pm
France vs Korea Republic Tickets
Leipzig
Mon. 19th 3pm
Togo vs Switzerland Tickets
Dortmund
Mon. 19th 6pm
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine Tickets
Hamburg
Mon. 19th 9pm
Spain vs Tunisia Tickets
Stuttgart
Tue. 20th 4pm
Costa Rica vs Poland Tickets
Hannover
Tue. 20th 4pm
Germany vs Ecuador Tickets
Berlin
Tue. 20th 9pm
Paraguay vs Trinidad & Tobago Tickets
Kaiserlautern
Tue. 20th 9pm
Sweden vs England Tickets
Cologne
Wed. 21st 4pm
Portugal vs Mexico Tickets
Gelsenkirchen
Wed. 21st 4pm
Iran vs Angola Tickets
Leipzig
Wed. 21st 9pm
Cote d'Ivoire vs Serbia & Montenegro Tickets
Munich
Wed. 21st 9pm
Netherlands vs Argentina Tickets
Frankfurt
Thu. 22nd 4pm
Ghana vs USA Tickets
Nurnberg
Thu. 22nd 4pm
Czech Republic vs Italy Tickets
Hamburg
Thu. 22nd 9pm
Croatia vs Australia Tickets
Stuttgart
Thu. 22nd 9pm
Brazil vs Japan Tickets
Dortmund
Fri. 23rd 4pm
Saudi Arabia vs Spain Tickets
Kaiserlautern
Fri. 23rd 4pm
Ukraine vs Tunisia Tickets
Berlin
Fri. 23rd 9pm
Switzerland vs Korea Republic Tickets
Hannover
Fri. 23rd 9pm
Togo vs France Tickets
Cologne

World Cup Tickets by Team

You're a rabid fan. You've applied for tickets through your team's football federation. You've stayed up all night while FIFA's website crashed after the last ticket release and still not managed to get World Cup tickets. All hope is not lost! Tickets are still available so select your team and get ready for a summer in Germany!

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World Cup National Anthems




The teams line up. The crowd rises. The national anthems are played. What a magical moment. Until you find out that the opposing country’s anthem lasts for 25 minutes and you realize that all that beer you have been drinking necessitates a trip to potty. To avoid this situation, you can check out the national anthems for your country and all of its World Cup opponents. I’ve been listening to my beloved Angola’s song all day long. You’ll want to get to know it now so that you can sing along when the Palancas lift the trophy on July 9.