Lionel Messi was crowned soccer’s best player for an unprecedented fourth straight time after the Barcelona and Argentina forward broke the record for goals in a calendar year.
World Cup champion Italy’s captain Fabio Cannavaro signed a two-year agreement to join Dubai-based soccer club Al Ahli.
Italy started the defense of its World Cup soccer title last night with a 1-1 tie against Paraguay. The Netherlands and Japan both won their first games.
Italian national soccer team coach Marcello Lippi dropped defending champions Francesco Totti , Luca Toni and Alessandro Del Piero from the preliminary 30-man squad for next month’s World Cup.
As his colleagues at Westpac Banking Corp. in Wellington look forward to watching New Zealand’s first soccer World Cup appearance in 28 years from afar, Andy Barron will have the closest possible view as a member of the squad.
Brazil beat Ivory Coast 3-1 to advance to the round of 16 at the World Cup, while defending champion Italy was held to a 1-1 tie by New Zealand and Paraguay defeated Slovakia 2-0.
Italians may have a preference for older vintages when it comes to wine. It’s a different matter when it comes to their champion soccer squad.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable links to the Web.
Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 in extra time last night to win its first soccer World Cup title in a final that set a record for yellow cards.
Italy Coach Marcello Lippi criticized journalists for asking about the Northern League radio station’s support of Paraguay at a press conference following yesterday’s World Cup match.