Thursday, 30 May, 2024


Smooth ride for South Africa`s World Cup

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa overcame years of skepticism about its ability to host the World Cup, pulling off the four-week tournament without major incident and showing off the nation`s modern face.Here`s a look at how the tournament has gone:SECURITYCrime was one of the main concerns at

`Red fever` grips Spain ahead of World Cup final

MADRID: Spain was awash with the red and gold national colours and exhuberant fans were gathering in blistering heat in outdoor "fan parks" as the country geared up for its first ever appearance in a World Cup final Sunday."The day of our dreams has arrived," said the sports newspaper

Klose concedes defeat in record goals hunt

PORT ELIZABETH: Injured Mirsolav Klose was forced to surrender his pursuit of World Cup goal-scoring history on Saturday, but record-holder Ronaldo still praised the German striker`s achievements.The 32-year-old Klose missed the 3-2 win over Uruguay which gave his country third place the

Tabarez interested in continuing Uruguayan mission

PORT ELIZABETH: Oscar Tabarez would like to continue as Uruguay coach after guiding them to fourth place at the World Cup - their best finish in 40 years.The 63-year-old - in his second spell as coach after taking them to the last 16 at the 1990 finals - is out of contract but admitted

S.African flower named after World Cup vuvuzela

CAPE TOWN: A newly discovered flower has been named after South Africa`s infamous vuvuzela to honour the country`s hosting of the first World Cup in Africa.The plant`s colourful, flared yellow flowers and their "massed, synchronous appearance" had appropriate associations with the raucous

Dutch prepare for party, issued with health warning

THE HAGUE: Virtually the whole of the 16.5million population of the Netherlands were gearing up for a huge nationwide party amid enormous anticipation of the Oranje winning the World Cup for the first time when they face European champions Spain in Johannesburg later on Sunday.However,

Mandela family says no decision yet on World Cup final

JOHANNESBURG: Nelson Mandela has not yet decided whether he will attend the World Cup final being held in South Africa, his grandson told AFP on Sunday, just hours before the closing ceremony.Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, who speaks on behalf of the family, said the night-time match could

`Ambassador` Loew and Germany team to be honoured

ERASMIA: Both coach Joachim Loew and his squad are to receive Germany`s top honours after winning `the hearts and minds` of fans by finishing third at the World Cup, it was revealed on Sunday.Newly-elected German president Christian Wulff visited the team, just before they left their

The future is bright, says Germany`s young guns

ERASMIA: Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger said on Sunday Germany`s rising stars have the potential to become future World Cup winners after finishing third at the World Cup finals."We have come even closer to the top five teams in the world, there is a bit of a tear in my eye thinking of

Mortaza savours victory as Tigers tame England

BRISTOL:  Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza hailed his players` perseverance after they won for the first time in 2010 with a maiden victory over England here on Saturday. The Tigers beat England by five runs in thrilling fashion to win the second one-day international and so end a

Loew pleads for time to decide future

PORT ELIZABETH: Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted on Saturday that there have been no talks over a new contract which would keep him at the helm of the team he led to third place at the World Cup. "There have been no negotiations for the moment. I need calm and time to go over things

Loew lauds German strength after fightback

PORT ELIZABETH: Joachim Loew hailed Germany`s spirit after they came from behind to defeat Uruguay 3-2 in a thrilling game on Saturday and secure third place at the World Cup. "In the second half, when we were forced to dig deep, we saw the mental strength the team had to resist and then

Germany edge Uruguay to claim third place

PORT ELIZABETH: Sami Khedira`s 82nd-minute header earned Germany a 3-2 victory in a rousing and rain-soaked World Cup third-place play-off match here on Saturday. The Stuttgart midfielder rose to nod the ball beyond Fernando Muslera after Uruguay failed to clear a late corner, while

Bangladesh beat mighty England

BRISTOL: Bangladesh won for the first time in 21 matches and enjoyed their first victory over England in any format with a stunning five-run success in the second one-day international here on Saturday. They defended a seemingly below par total of 236 to bowl England out for 231 with

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