Wednesday, 30 Nov, 2022

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No minute`s silence for Srebrenica ahead of World Cup final

SREBRENICA: FIFA has rejected a demand to mark the 15th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre before the World Cup final, a non-governmental group said Saturday.   Bosnia`s branch of the Germany-based Society for Threatened Peoples (GfbV) had called on FIFA to hold a minute`s silence

Olympics chief praises South Africa`s World Cup

PRETORIA: Olympics chief Jacques Rogge Saturday said South Africa had made the continent proud by hosting the World Cup on the eve of the final between the Netherlands and Spain.   "It is something that will be remembered for a very long time. It will make all Africa proud and the

British journalist pays World Cup locker-room breach fine

CAPE TOWN: A British journalist accused of harbouring a World Cup fan who entered the England team`s locker-room paid a fine for fiddling a hotel register, a court heard Saturday.   British tabloid newspaper journalist Simon Wright paid a nearly 100 dollar fine after pleading guilty to

`I`ve become a football fanatic` at World Cup: Shakira

JOHANNESBURG: Colombian superstar Shakira said Saturday that following the World Cup in South Africa has made her "a football fanatic."   "I really never in my life imagined that I would go straight to the sports section in the newspaper," she told journalists ahead of Sunday`s final.

One dead, two injured in Indonesia World Cup clash: police

AMBON: One Indonesian was killed and two wounded in World Cup-related violence as rival sets of fans clashed Saturday, police said Saturday.   Violence broke out between two groups of villagers on Maluku island and several houses were set on fire.   It was not immediately clear

History or misery beckons for Spanish and Dutch

JOHANNESBURG: Every World Cup final is like a walk on the precipice of history.An abyss of despondency awaits the team that slips, joy unconfined for the one that retains its footing, and never has the gulf between the two outcomes been as great as it will be at the conclusion of Spain`s

Don`t blame me, says Brazil flop Dunga

BRASILIA: Former Brazil coach Dunga insisted on Friday that he was not responsible for the team`s disappointing World Cup, which ended in quarter-final elimination.Dunga, who was sacked on his return to the country, is also adamant that his players did all they could to win a sixth World

South African parade begins long farewell to World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa began its long farewell to the World Cup with a celebration parade Friday through the streets of Soweto, two days ahead of the decisive final between the Netherlands and Spain.Four brightly coloured floats inspired by football themes made a three-kilometre

`Tired, over-worked` Platini taken to hospital

JOHANNESBURG: French football legend Michel Platini was rushed to hospital in South Africa on Friday but medical checks showed no signs of a heart attack, football governing body FIFA said.Platini, 55, president of European football`s governing body UEFA since January 2007, complained of

Mueller eyes prize, but would prefer World Cup

ERASMIA: Germany midfielder Thomas Mueller is the favourite to be voted the best young player at South Africa 2010 - but has admitted winning the World Cup would have been a better prize.   The 20-year-old has been short-listed by a FIFA committee for the award - won by team-mate Lukas

Flu hits Germans amid Klose worrries

ATTERIDGEVILLE: Germany have been hit with flu worries as well as concerns over the fitness of star striker Miroslav Klose ahead of Saturday`s World Cup third place play-off against Uruguay, team sources said on Friday.Coach Joachim Loew is suffering from the flu - and so are skipper

Viva Espana, says Paul the `psychic` octopus

OBERHAUSEN: Let the fiesta begin. Spain will win the football World Cup for the first time in their history on Sunday, according to Paul, the "psychic" octopus with a perfect prediction record.The eight-legged oracle, who has become a World Cup sensation by correctly predicting all six

Puyol delays decision on future until after final

POTCHEFSTROOM: Veteran defender Carles Puyol, whose headed goal took Spain into the World Cup final, will make a decision on his international future after Sunday`s title showdown with Holland."What faces us is beautiful and after that will be the time to think," the 32-year-old Puyol

Puyol delays decision on future until after final

POTCHEFSTROOM: Veteran defender Carles Puyol, whose headed goal took Spain into the World Cup final, will make a decision on his international future after Sunday`s title showdown with Holland."What faces us is beautiful and after that will be the time to think," the 32-year-old Puyol

Messi still best, says Puyol

POTCHEFSTROOM: Spain defender Carles Puyol believes Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi will be crowned the world`s best footballer despite the talents of World Cup finalists Wesley Sneijder and Xavi.Messi had a disappointing World Cup as Argentina were knocked out of the tournament by

Nadal hails Spain`s `dream` victory over Germany

MADRID: World number one tennis player Rafael Nadal hailed Spain`s victory over Germany in the World Cup semi-final which he said would help "cheer up" the country amid its economic crisis.The team "made possible the dream of being in the World Cup final," the Spaniard told journalists in

Death threats for `psychic` octopus

BERLIN: Paul the oracle octopus has predicted that Germany will beat Uruguay in the World Cup third-place play-off on Saturday, but is now the target of death threats from angry German fans.The octopus, who has become a World Cup sensation by correctly predicting all six Germany games,

Loew to continue on a high with new contract

BERLIN: German coach Joachim Loew will be handed a new contract as a reward for guiding Germany to the World Cup semi-finals it was reported by the normally reliable Bild on Friday.The 50-year-old - who since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann as coach after the 2006 World Cup has taken Germany

Van Marwijk and Del Bosque revel in back seat success

JOHANNESBURG: At first look, World Cup final coaches Bert van Marwijk and Vicente Del Bosque could not seem more different and yet a closer inspection reveals a lot of similarities.Van Marwijk is slick, arrogant and at times outspoken while Del Bosque is dour, quiet and almost

S. Africans favour orange World Cup final

CAPE TOWN: The Dutch were South Africa`s first white settlers more than three centuries ago, but ahead of the World Cup final on Sunday, locals say that`s all history. South Africans in Cape Town, where Dutch traders set up a supply station to replenish passing ships in 1652, said a