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FIFA World Cup Trivia II

May 30th, 2006 2 comments

World Cup Records on Matches

First match:
Mexico 1, France 4 in Montevideo, Uruguay on 13/07/1930.

First tied match:
Italy 1, Spain 1 in Florence, Italy on 31/05/1934.

First match with extratime:
Austria vs France on 27/05/1934.

First Final with extratime:
Italy vs Czechoslovakia on 10/06/1934.

First scoreless match:
Brazil vs England in Stockholm, Sweden on 11 June, 1958.

First match decided on penalty shoot-out:
Semi-final between West Germany & France on 8 July, 1982 in which the Germans won the shootout 5:4.

First Final decided on penalty shoot-out:
The 1994 Final in which Brazil beat Italy 3:2 on penalty shoot-out after a 0:0 tie.

First match played indoor:
USA vs Switzerland at Pontiac Silverdome, Detroit, USA on 18/06/1994.

First match where a coach was sent off :
Paraguayan coach Cayetano Re in a match against Belgium on 11 June 1986.

Only finals with no Final:
The 1950 finals, where there was only a final pool without a knock-out Final.

Lowest attendance for a match:
300 spectators for the match between Romania & Peru in Montevideo on 14/07/1930.

Highest attendance for a match:
199,850 spectators for the “final” match between Brazil & Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro on 16/07/1950.

Most matches played by a country:
87 matches, by Brazil.

Most grand final matches played by a country:
7 finals, by Brazil (in 50,58,62,70,94,98,02) and Germany (in 54,66,74,82,86,90,02).

Most matches played by the same two countries in finals:
7 matches between Brazil and Sweden in 1938, 1950, 1958, 1978, 1990 & 1994 (2 times).

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FIFA World Cup Trivia I

May 29th, 2006 Comments off

World Cup Records Held by Players

First player to be sent off:
Peru’s captain Mario de Las Casas in a match against Romania on 14/07/1930.

First red-carded player:
Chile’s Carlos Caszely in a match against West Germany on 14/06/1974.

First goalkeeper to be sent-off:
Gianluca Pagliuca of Italy in a match against Norway on 23/06/1994.

Only player to have been sent off in successive finals tournaments:
Cameroon’s Rigobert Song who was sent off on 24/06/1994 (against Brazil) and on 23/06/1998 (against Chile).

Only non-playing reserve players to have been sent off in finals:
Yugoslavia’s Srecko Katanec on 30/6/90 and Argentina’s Claudio Caniggia on 12/6/02.

Fastest sending-off in finals:
Uruguay’s Jose Batista who was sent off in the 56th second of a group match against Scotland on 13/06/1986.

Fastest red card to a substitute:
Bolivia’s Marco Etcheverry who was sent off after 3 minutes of play as a substitute in the match against Germany on 17/06/1994.

First player to receive a yellow card:
Lovchev of the USSR in the 1970 opening match against Mexico on 31/5/1970.

Fastest yellow card to a player in finals:
Sergei Gorlukovich of Russia who was booked after one minute in a group match against Sweden on 24/6/94.

Fastest yellow card given to a substitute in finals:
Korea Republic’s Cha Doo-Ri after 20 seconds in a group match against Poland on 4 June 2002.

Fastest substitution in finals:
Italy’s Giuseppe Bergomi replacing Alessandro Nesta in the 4th minute in a First Round match against Austria on 23/6/98.

First substitution of a goalkeeper:
Romania’s Necula Raducanu who replaced Steve Adamache in a match against Brazil on 10 June 1970.

First player to take penalty shootout in World Cup finals:
Alain Giresse of France, who scored the first ever penalty in a shootout where France lost 4:5 to West Germany in the semi-final on 8 July 1982.

First player to take penalty shootout in a final:
Franco Baresi of Italy, who was the first player to take the shootout in the 1994 final but blasted it over the bar.

First time numbers were used on players’ shirts in World Cup:
In the 1938 finals in France.

Only player to have played in Final for two different countries:
Luis Monti who played for Argentina in the 1930 Final and for Uruguay in the 1934 Final.

Only player to have scored in finals for two different countries:
Robert Prosinecki who scored for Yugoslavia in 1990 and for Croatia in 1998.

Most goals by a player in a finals match:
5 goals, by Russia’s Oleg Salenko against Cameroon on 28/06/1994.

Most goals by a player in a Final
3 goals, by Geoff Hurst of England on 30/07/1966.

Most goals by a player in the same finals:
13 goals, by Just Fontaine of France in 6 matches of the 1958 finals.

Most headed goals by a player in the same finals:
5 goals, by Miroslav Klose of Germany in the 2002 finals.

Most goals by a player in finals in aggregate:
14 goals, by Gerd Mueller of West Germany in the 1970 and 1974 finals.

Most goals conceded by a goalkeeper in the same finals:
16 goals, by Korean goalkeeper Yung Hong Duk in two 1954 finals matches.

Only player to have appeared in the finals before and after the Second World War:
Erik Nilsson of Sweden and Alfred Bickel of Switzerland in the finals of 1938 & 1950.

Only European player to have won 2 World Cups:
Italy’s Giuseppe Meazza & Giovanni Ferrari both played in the 1934 & 1938 champion teams.

Only player to have won 3 World Cups:
Pele of Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

First player to score in World Cup:
Lucien Laurent of France in the 19th minute in the first World Cup match on 13/07/1930.

First player to score a penalty goal:
Mexico’s Manuel Rocquetas Rosas against Argentina on 19/07/1930.

First player to score an own goal:
Ernst Loertscher of Switzerland against West Germany on 9 June 1938.

First substitute to score a goal
Mexico’s Juan Basaguren in the match against El Salvador on 7 June 1970.

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May 29th, 2006 Comments off

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Every burned book enlightens the world

May 27th, 2006 2 comments

bookburningsmall.jpg“Dort, wo man Bücher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.”

I just couldn’t believe what I read in the news today. A bonfire, fueled by Dan Brown’s books and pirates’ copies of movies based on it, was lit at the Bonifacio Shrine at a prayer rally organized by youth and religious groups calling Dan Brown’s work a sin against Christianity. The book burning rally, initiated by members of the St. James Parish in Ayala, Alabang, drew about 500 people, mostly students, from schools and universities in Manila.

The group said it was meant to dramatize their sentiment against the book and the movie. The Book Burning movement was an idea and lead by an Ateneo Alumnus, Jesse Paredes. Manila Mayor Lito Atienza embraced the idea and agreed to hold the prayer rally in the city. “God is big in Manila,” Paredes said.

Whats going on with our country today? We’ve got a government that can lie barefacedly and eliminates opposition by illegal arrests, kidnapping, abduction and liquidation, now we’ve got an ignorant citizenry who wants to resurrect and perchance institutionalize a NAZI practice of book burning. And they’re doing it in the name of God!

To translate the German phrase above by Heinrich Heine, from his play Almansor in 1821, it means, “Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.” Heaven forbid!

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Liar, liar, pants on fire!

May 25th, 2006 2 comments

Monday, May 22, 2006:

Virgilio Eustaquio, Ruben Dionisio, Jim Lucio Cabauatan, Dennis Ibuna and Police Officer 3 Jose Justo Curameng — all supporters of former President Estrada were taken from Eustaquio’s house in Kamuning by armed men who did not identify themselves.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006:

Families of the abducted persons went to the ISAFP compound in Camp Aguinaldo searching for their missing kin but ISAFP guards told them the missing men were not inside. On this same day AFP Public Information Chief Col. Tristan Kison denied the five men were being held by the military.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006:

The Commission on Human Rights slammed “a pattern of impunity” that had marked violence against political militants and the Amnesty International deplored continuing human rights abuses in the country.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita was quite emphatic. The administration had nothing to do with the disappearance of five supporters of ousted President Joseph Estrada, whom their relatives had reported missing. Ermita told Malacañang reporters: “They will always point the blame against the administration but rest assured that we are not doing it because it would only cause destabilization. Why would we choose those belonging to the opposition, we don’t want to do that. The government is always the natural suspect when these things happen.”

Two hours after Ermita made the statement yesterday, the military confirmed the government had the five in custody.Colonel Tristan Kison, said the five had been in ISAFP’s custody since their arrest.

The police had filed rebellion charges against the five for allegedly plotting to assassinate four Cabinet members — Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, Presidential Chief of Staff Michael Defensor, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane and National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales – a plot conspiracy between rightist elements and communist rebels. “They allegedly hatched the assassination plot in furtherance of rebellion … to paralyze the government … and sow chaos and anarchy,” said Senior State Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco.

One of the victims, Dionisio, removed his shirt and showed alleged marks of torture when he and his four companions were presented to media last evening. He said electric shocks were applied to his genitals and he was forced to admit to involvement in the plot.

State Prosecutor Velasco denied this claim, he said it was normal for accused people to claim torture.

Well, would you still believe in a Government that can lie to you barefacedly?


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World Cup 2006 Squads

May 16th, 2006 7 comments

Finally the list of National squads for World Cup 2006 is out.

Here’s the list of my favorite National teams with their respective squads including each player’s current professional Clubs:

BRA.jpgBrazil squad:

Goalkeepers: Dida (AC Milan), Julio Cesar (Inter Milan), Rogerio Ceni (Sao Paulo)

Defenders: Cafu (AC Milan), Cicinho (Real Madrid), Lucio (Bayern Munich), Juan (Bayer Leverkusen), Roberto Carlos (Real Madrid), Gilberto (Hertha Berlin), Cris (Olympique Lyon), Luisao (Benfica)

Midfielders: Edmilson (Barcelona), Juninho Pernambucano (Olympique Lyon), Emerson (Juventus), Ze Roberto (Bayern Munich), Gilberto Silva (Arsenal), Kaka (AC Milan), Ricardinho (Corinthians)

Forwards: Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Robinho (Real Madrid), Ronaldinho (Barcelona), Adriano (Inter Milan), Fred (Olympique Lyon).


GER.jpgGermany squad:

Goalkeepers: Jens Lehmann (Arsenal/ENG), Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich), Timo Hildebrand (VfB Stuttgart)

Defenders: Arne Friedrich (Hertha Berlin), Robert Huth (Chelsea/ENG), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Per Mertesacker (Hannover), Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Jens Nowotny (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders: Michael Ballack (Bayern Munich), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Tim Borowski (Werder Bremen), Torsten Frings (Werder Bremen), Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund), Bernd Schneider (Bayer Leverkusen), Thomas Hitzlsperger (VfB Stuttgart), David Odonkor (Borussia Dortmund)

Fowards: Miroslav Klose (Werder Bremen), Lukas Podolski (FC Cologne), Mike Hanke (VfL Wolfsburg), Oliver Neuville (Borussia Monchengladbach), Gerald Asamoah (Schalke 04)


ARG.jpgArgentina squad:

Goalkeepers: Roberto Abbondanzieri (Boca Juniors), Leonardo Franco (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Oscar Ustari (Independiente)

Defenders: Nicolas Burdisso (Inter Milan/ITA), Gabriel Milito (Zaragoza/ESP), Juan Pablo Sorin (Villarreal/ESP), Fabricio Coloccini (Deportivo La Coruna/ESP), Leandro Cufre (Roma/ITA), Roberto Ayala (Valencia/ESP), Gabriel Heinze (Manchester United/ENG)

Midfielders: Maximiliano Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan/ITA), Juan Roman Riquelme (Villarreal/ESP), Lionel Scaloni (West Ham/ENG), Luis Gonzalez (Porto/POR), Javier Mascherano (Corinthians/BRA), Pablo Aimar (Valencia/ESP)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Hernan Crespo (Chelsea/ENG), Carlos Tevez (Corinthians/BRA), Javier Saviola (Sevilla/ESP), Julio Cruz (Inter Milan/ITA), Rodrigo Palacio (Boca Juniors)


ENG.jpgEngland squad:

Goalkeepers: Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur), David James (Manchester City), Robert Green (Norwich City)

Defenders: Gary Neville (Manchester United), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea)

Midfielders: David Beckham (Real Madrid), Michael Carrick (Tottenham Hotspur), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur)

Forwards: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Michael Owen (Newcastle United), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

On stand-by: Scott Carson (Liverpool), Luke Young (Charlton Athletic), Nigel Reo-Coker (West Ham United), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur) Andrew Johnson (Crystal Palace).


ITA.jpgItaly squad:

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Angelo Peruzzi (Lazio), Marco Amelia (Livorno)

Defenders: Massimo Oddo (Lazio), Cristian Zaccardo (Palermo), Marco Materazzi (Inter Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Palermo), Alessandro Nesta (AC Milan), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Gianluca Zambrotta (Juventus), Fabio Grosso (Palermo)

Midfielders: Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus), Gennaro Gattuso (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (AC Milan), Simone Perrotta (Roma), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Simone Barone (Palermo), Francesco Totti (Roma)

Forwards: Luca Toni (Fiorentina), Alberto Gilardino (AC Milan), Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan), Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus), Vincenzo Iaquinta (Udinese)


For the list of squads of other National teams, visit the Fifa World Cup website.

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A Bed Weather Treat

May 15th, 2006 1 comment

Last Saturday evening while typhoon Caloy was pouring rain and blowing gusty winds over Metro Manila, I was glued on the TV set watching, what else – Football. But it was not any ordinary Football match, it was a live telecast of the FA Cup Final match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United. A match that will go down as one of the greatest in the competition’s 134-year history. Liverpool FC repeated the drama it played during last year’s UEFA Champions League Finals by winning the match via a penalty shoot-out.

Gerrard2nd_H1.jpgThe match started with West Ham United getting the first score courtesy of a Liverpool own goal and then earning its second score by a shot on goal. Liverpool managed to tag along by scoring their first goal before the first half ended. Liverpool started the second half with an equalizer by Steven Gerrard. But West Ham United immediately got the lead again by shooting another goal making the score 3-2. As the second half comes to a close and while West Ham United fans were already celebrating their imminent victory, the miracle of the match happened. Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard suddenly scored a goal equalizing the score to 3-3 as the clock marked exactly 90 minutes with an added 1 minute injury time – just a whistle away to full time. A 30 minute extra-time was played still resulting to a 3-3 standstill. The rest is already history. Liverpool lifted the FA Cup after defeating West Ham United in a sudden death penalty shoot out.

This FA Cup finals had shown that England is already warming up for the World Cup next month. BBC has recorded a peak of 11 million viewers who watched the FA Cup finals on BBC. According to BBC these figures are only for viewers who watched the match at home, and do not include those who saw it in pubs or clubs or from other channels. I wonder how many in the Philippines were able to watch the match? Perhaps a thousand, I wish.

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