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by | 5th, July 2006


Germans have attempted a spot of satire, with the England team as their favoured target. After their poor showing in the shoot-out, German newspaper Bild produced a cut-out-and-keep guide to kicking a ball. “The player must shoot from their penalty spot with either his right or his left foot. This is the goal. This is where the goalkeeper will stand. It is his job to stop the ball.”

Sven Goran Eriksson shows that life goes on, taking delivery of a £375 pop art picture of Bobby Moore lifting the, er, World Cup for England


The Daily Star is going in with its studs up on Portugal’s Ronaldo. A sample of text messages sent to the paper by readers, and published, runs: “I would hit him so hard that his name would hurt…and snap his legs”; “I would pull his Portuguese head off and bite his ears off”; “I’d break his ankles”; “”kneecap him”; and “snap his legs”. All that for a wink? Imagine the reaction if he’d stamped on Wayne Rooney’s groin as he lay on the turf.

The Sun is asking England fans to log on to the Fifa World Cup site and vote for Wayne Rooney(!) as the player of the tournament(!!). Well, he did help Portugal beat England…

Almost 400 passengers were left waiting when pilots and cabin crew failed to show up for work because they were watching the World Cup. As Italy kicked off against Ukraine, passengers at Rome’s Fiumicino airport waited in vain. An Alitalia source says: “If Italy get to the final and you have a flight booked for Sunday forget it.” Forget it.

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