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The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup continues with a look at 2006 tournament in Germany.

International Match of the Week: Czech Republic 1-0 Scotland

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For the first 100 years or so of football's history, there were very few tactics, and most of these revolved around the 2-3-5 formation. In the 1950s, the success of the Marvellous Magyars from Hungary, followed by the 1960s success of Alf Ramsay's wingless wonders at club and country level saw a revolution in tactical formations.

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup concludes with a look at the 2006 World Cup. You can read more about US World Cup appearances in 1930 (part 1), 1930 (part 2), 1934, 1950, the 1950-1990 drought, 1990, 1994, 1998 (part 1), 1998 (part 2), 2002 (part 1) and 2002 (part 2).

The US and the 2006 World Cup

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Our series on the US at the World Cup concludes with a look at the 2006 World Cup. You can read more about US World Cup appearances in 1930 (part 1), 1930 (part 2), 1934, 1950, the 1950-1990 drought, 1990, 1994, 1998 (part 1), 1998 (part 2), 2002 (part 1) and 2002 (part 2).

Rewind: Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana at World Cup 2006

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As the World Cup group stage grows tantalizingly close, we can start to look over those 48 group fixtures and think about which will shock us, which will be the surprise of the group stage. In 2006, to my mind anyway, we were a bit short on group stage surprises. In general, the teams that were supposed to win did, moreso I'd say than at a lot of World Cups past.

Teams of the Decade, #20: Czech Republic 2004

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Our (late) review of the noughties sees The Arsenal Column count down the top 20 teams of the decade (not definitive).
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A slightly sentimental choice given the golden generation didn't win a thing and the semi-final featuring a blonde weeping on the bench but each time the Czech's played, they thoroughly entertained.

Peter Crouch

Redundant football phrases

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Enough is enough. The time has come to lift the lid on the plenitude of vapid clichés that pollute the language of football. Game Intelligence steps into the breach... i·ron·ic (Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈrɒnɪk/) Adjective According to common knowledge, Americans don't ‘get' ... Continue reading →

Redundant football phrases

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Czech Republic

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Welcome to the first of my previews of the teams lining up to try to get their paws on the Henri Delaunay Trophy and wrestle it from the reigning Euro Champs from Greece.
First up in Group A (aka 'the Group of Mild Discomfort') along with Portugal, Switzerland and Turkey are the 'bouncing' Czechs.

US Men's National Team

US v. Czech Republic Preview

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The United States plays the first of its three warm up games for the World Cup and contrary to my belief, Coach Bob Bradley is still in a position to experiment with the team. This has both pluses and minuses.

With only three games left it seems smarter to concentrate on team chemistry by finalizing the roster and starting positions, so that the starting eleven can have time to play together and gel.

The USA World Cup Blog Podcast – Episode 2: 23 Spots, 400 Options

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It was recently announced that the United States Men's National Team has added two games to their friendly scheduled ahead of this summer's World Cup. In addition to the already scheduled matches against El Salvador (February 24 in Tampa) and the Netherlands (March 3 in Amsterdam), the USA will also be taking on the Czech Republic (I still have nightmares about Jan Koller) and Turkey (May 29 in Philly).

Euro 2008

Volkan Demirel May Sign For Man City?

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Turkish goalkeeper Volkan Demirel may sign for Man City for this coming Premiership season for what some speculators are claiming may be 10 million Euros. Demirel was sent off during the recent Euro 2008 championships against the Czech Republic for pushing over Jan Koller in the 92nd minute, resulting in a red card.

Life After Euro 2008: Transfers, Real and Rumored

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After Germany sent the Portuguese packing in the first quarterfinal, there are seven sides left in contention for the Euro 2008 title, and for the other nine, summer has begun. Of course, in football circles, summer means more than just sunshine and margaritas by the pool. Summer is transfer season, and for some of the recent dropouts from Euro 2008, the end of their tournament means they can concentrate on getting just slightly more ridiculously wealthy.

Day 10 - One is the loneliest number

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Michael Ballack put Germany through to the quarterfinals by busting out the long lost Herr Krupp Gun on Austria. His set piece upper-90 goal will be remembered for a long time. (Or maybe only until Thursday when the lose to Portugal.)

Croatia continued to convince us it will surprise some teams in the knockout round.

Czechs Bounced Etc

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Slowly but surely, the records are being broken. It feels as if, one by one, new legends are being created on an almost daily basis at Euro 2008, and last night we had a new one to add to the list: the greatest comeback by an international team in the finals of a competition. To be honest about it all, the first seventy-five minutes of last night's match between Turkey and the Czech Republic were fairly ordinary.

Euro 2008: Day 9

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Turkey 3-2 Czech Republic
What a way to kick off the final round of group games. Turkey were on the verge of elimination, down 2-0 with 15 minutes to go, but they put together an amazing comeback to beat the Czechs, including two goal in the last three minutes.

It was a nervy opening to the game, with a couple Turkish players booked in the first 10 minutes.

UEFA Euro 2008: Day 9 Recap

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In a tournament that is quickly becoming a classic, it will be tough to top Turkey-Czech Republic for the best match at Euro 2008. Trailing 2-0 with 15 minutes to play, the Turks seized second place in Group A with three goals in the final quarter hour. The Czechs had built a comfortable lead on goals by Jan Koller in the 32nd minute and Jaroslav Plasil in the 62nd.

UEFA Euro 2008: Day 9 Recap

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Turkey 3, Czech Republic 2
Switzerland 2, Portugal 0


In a tournament that is quickly becoming a classic, it will be tough to top Turkey-Czech Republic for the best match at Euro 2008. Trailing 2-0 with 15 minutes to play, the Turks seized second place in Group A with three goals in the final quarter hour.

Indomitable Turks stun Euro 2008

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Andy Gray said "This is the best I have seen seen Turkey play." Me thinks he held back a bit. It would not have been awry if he had said that this was the best any team could have played. In the second half the sea of red breached the white shores time and time again. The 25,000 Turkish fans raining down Turkiye Turkiye provided a lifeline to their players, and not even Jaroslav Plaisil's goal could snuff out what now looks like destiny.

Soccerphile at Euro 2008: Czech Rep v Portugal

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Greetings from the Stade de Geneve where Portugal and the Czech Republic are about to kick off in search of a probable place in the Euro 2008 quarter finals and bragging rights to Group A.

It has been a warm and sunny day by the Alps with both sets of colourful fans bringing the French-speaking city to life.

Euro 2008: Day 1

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Czech Republic 1-0 Switzerland
So, not a bad game to kick off the tournament. The Swiss may not be one of the favoured teams, but they gave a good account of themselves overall, despite the loss. The Czechs took a while to get going, and although they had more quality than their opponents, I'd say they were lucky to come away with a win, and they needed a few good saves from Petr Cech to keep them in the game.

Czech Republic - Switzerland : Take That Goal And Shove It Tommy Smith

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Euro 2008 kicked off today in Basle, Swizterland. The Czech Republic faced off against the co-hosts Switzerland. Many pundits have picked Switzerland to get out of Group A. For myself, I didn't. In fact, the Czechs are my dark horse pick for winning it. Today, this morning for those of us in Colorado, the Swiss showed why the pundits shouldn't have gone with them.

Euro 2008 Group A

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Czech Republic The Czechs topped their group in the qualifiers losing just once and leaving tournament favourites Germany clinging on in 2nd (how's that work out?). With Cech between the sticks, it's no surprise they go into the competition with one of the stingiest goals against figures. I can't see them conceding much in the group [.

The Rest

USA SET TO CONTINUE ON AT SAME PACE IN WORLD CUP PLAY

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Despite falling behind to England in one of the World Cup's highest anticipated matches, the United States did not give up hope of coming back.

"I just felt like, ok, let's get back in the game; we don't have to get it in the next five minutes, we just need to get back in the game and sure enough, we got right back in the game," the midfielder explained.

Quotes of the Week

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"Koller was literally, literally, right up his backside there."
Andy Townsend commenting on Jan Koller's positioning in the Turkish penalty box.

"Magnus Hedman - another man familiar with these shores."
Steve Rider before Spain v Sweden, forgetting Switzerland and Austria are landlocked.

2008 Euro qualifying Group D match previews: Not much different than Group C

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San Marino vs. Czech Republic, 1315 EST
Olimpico - Serravalle

San Marino has a grand total of zero points and a goal difference of -36 in the group. In other words, it's 'pad the stats' time for Jan Koller, Milan Baroš, Tomáš Rosický, and Stanislav Vlček. I'm surprised Pavel Nedvěd didn't come out of retirement for this one. With Petr Čech or even Martin Vaniak in goal and Marek Jankulovski, Tomáš Ujfaluši, and David Rozehnal among others in front of one of them, San Marino has absolutely no chance of scoring here.