June 20, 2010 |
At Picanha Grill, a Northeast Philadelphia restaurant serving South American barbecue alongside wide-screen World Cup futbol , Brazilian immigrant Vania Schock nervously nibbled the fingernails she had painted lime green to honor her native country's team. "Go! Go!" she exhorted in Portuguese, as if the players could hear her as they overran North Korea Tuesday in the South Africa soccer spectacle. "They are playing in the middle. They need to work the sides!" In Norristown two days after Brazil's 2-1 victory, Mexican-born bartender Damien Guerrero, 35, passed a Dos Equis beer to a customer at Restaurante la Michoacana.
June 27, 1986
If Philadelphia is an "international city," why do I have to look through the snow on Channel 35 in order to watch the World Cup soccer games? In international terms, the World Cup is second only to the Olympics in importance. Why are we not given the chance to see it well? I can only hope that four years from now Philadelphia will have joined the world community and we can all see prime-time local television coverage of this tremendously exciting sports event. If the militia members in the streets of Beirut can watch during spontaneous game-time cease-fires, surely we should be able to get some coverage here where the obstacles are not nearly so formidable.
July 3, 2010 |
Argentina vs. Germany What: Quarterfinal game When: Today, 10 a.m. Where: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town TV: 6ABC, Univision For kicks: You have to love it: A World Cup game where there will be no kissing afterward. Players from these teams fought in the tunnel under the stands after Germany's shootout win in a quarterfinal 4 years ago sent Argentina out. Germany's Bastien Schweinsteiger: "When you look at their body language and gesticulations, the way they try to influence the referees, they have no respect.
June 29, 2010 |
Japan vs. Paraguay What: Second-round game When: Today, 10 a.m. Where: Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria TV: ESPN For kicks: Japan was impressive in eliminating Denmark, 3-1, in last game of Group E, also beat Cameroon . . . Like South Korea, Japan has advanced out of World Cup first round for first time other than 2002, when the countries were joint hosts . . . Midfielder Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow) would make first-round All-Star team . . . Paraguay won GroupF, where Italy finished last, without one player standing out, scoring only three goals in three games . . . Roque Santa Cruz (Manchester City)
August 18, 2005 |
ABC and ESPN will broadcast their fourth straight World Cup next year and will televise all 64 games in high definition. The networks will not decide until after the draw on Dec. 9 how to split the games among ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, they said yesterday. All games of the tournament, which will be played in Germany from June 9 to July 9, will be broadcast live. For the 2002 World Cup, in Japan and South Korea, 58 games were televised live, with the final on ABC, 16 on ESPN and the rest on ESPN2.
June 17, 1994 |
The event that stops the world arrives in the United States today, almost quietly, in the middle of a heat wave. After Diana Ross sings and President Clinton makes a speech, after Philadelphia's Daryl Hall introduces the official World Cup '94 jingle, titleholder Germany and overjoyed-to-be-here Bolivia will kick off a month of World Cup soccer by slogging around sweaty Soldier Field under the midday sun. Most World Cup games will be held...
May 18, 1994 |
Three months ago, Jorge Solari was coaching a soccer team named Newell's Old Boys in Rosario, Argentina, with a temperamental star named Diego Maradona. Yesterday, Solari arrived at the Atlantic City International Airport, the coach of Saudi Arabia, a team with four guys named Mohammed but no Diegos. If you wanted an event to mark the opening of the 1994 World Cup, it happened yesterday afternoon when the Saudi team arrived, the first of the 23 nations that will join the host United States in the 24-team field.
March 12, 2002 |
Two French-made, portable land-to-air missiles will be deployed outside South Korean stadiums during World Cup games to prevent possible terrorist attacks. Military jets will patrol the skies over the stadiums during the tournament, air force spokesman 1st Lt. Kim Ki-ho said yesterday. The air force will make sure jet noise does not affect matches, he said. The security plans are the latest in a series of measures being planned by South Korea officials to safeguard their portion of the tournament, to be played from May 31 to June 30. Five French special police-force members arrived in Seoul yesterday for five days of joint training with their South Korean counterparts.
July 30, 1993 |
By this time next year, we'll be reminiscing about that great 1994 World Cup, the one played in the United States with 52 sellout crowds in nine stadiums, all of which will be used as home fields for that soon-to-be great American professional soccer league. Not really. But by this time next year, Argentina will have won its third World Cup out of the last six played and the U.S. Soccer Federation will be looking for leadership after all of the World Cup honchos, including the non-English- speaking head coach of the national team, jump ship.
May 30, 2002 |
When he was pinned down at his headquarters in Ramallah, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat had a question: Was Romario going to the World Cup for Brazil? In Ireland, Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said he was under "enormous" pressure to broker a truce between Ireland's coach and its deposed captain, after the captain was sent packing for cursing out the coach. Ireland is also the country where a petition bearing thousands of signatures was offered, calling for the country to move its clock up by nine hours to accommodate World Cup games from halfway around the world.