June 1, 1994 |
Try as he might--and the extent and sincerity of his effort must be seriously questioned--Faustino Asprilla can't seem to adopt the attitude of a European soccer professional. The 24-year-old Colombian lives his life with a wink and a shrug. His success as a forward on Parma's first division team has the citizens of this tidy town in Italy's breadbasket chanting "Tino, Tino" at games with every feint and daring dribble.
June 19, 1994 |
Saturday at the Rose Bowl, he was the Gretzky of Romania. Actually, for the last 10 years, he has been the Gretzky of Romania. His name is Gheorghe Hagi and his position is star midfielder for the Romanian soccer team that, on this bright and sunny afternoon, shocked Colombia and the rest of the soccer world with a convincing 3-1 win over the flashier and more highly touted South American team.
June 22, 1994 |
There are two schools of thought on Colombia's mood going into today's World Cup game against the United States at the Rose Bowl. One says the intense pressure on Colombia, which was upset by Romania in its opener, will cause the team to wilt in its rush to gain a point with only two games left in the first round. This reasoning has it that the Colombians will press to score and lapse into undisciplined individual play.
June 23, 1994 |
The United States, long a soccer lightweight, scored an improbable upset in its second game in the World Cup on Wednesday, beating highly regarded Colombia, 2-1, in front of a screaming, flag-waving crowd of 93,194 at the Rose Bowl. It was the first World Cup win for the United States since 1950, when it stunned England 1-0 in Brazil. The win also means the U.S. team will almost certainly advance out of the first round of the World Cup for the first time since 1930.
June 17, 1994 |
Carlos Valderrama was dancing, throwing the defenders of Bayern Munich off guard, rolling pinpoint passes onto the feet of his forwards. The television cameras feasted on him. Valderrama, two-time South American player of the year, is the best of what Colombia's national coach, Francisco Maturana, calls "the party" of Colombian soccer.
July 5, 1994 |
The 1972 Olympics will never be remembered for world records, non-winning fractions or general brotherhood of the athletic community. It will be remembered for the slaughter of a dozen fine athletes by a band of terrorists. It will forever be the "Massacre" Olympics. The 1919 World Series will never be remembered for called shots, spectacular catches, base-stealing splurges or brilliant pitching.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1994 |
It was the most incredible of victories, a whipping of odds so large that the only question before the game was not whether the United States would lose, but how badly. And then the minutes of the second half began to tick away and the fans began to realize that the impossible might actually happen--that the United States might win a World Cup soccer game for the first time since 1950.
February 27, 2000 |
Today's Gold Cup final between Canada and Colombia at the Coliseum is going to be different than the four championship games that preceded it for a number of reasons. The noon game will be the first, for instance, that features neither Mexico nor the United States. It also could be the first that features an almost nonexistent crowd.
June 24, 1994 |
Grim-faced Colombian soccer players milled about the packed lobby of the Fullerton Marriott hotel Thursday, signing autographs for star-struck youngsters, granting interviews to swarms of reporters and looking for answers. How did they lose to the United States team? What has become of their World Cup dreams? And, perhaps most troubling, who threatened the life of one of their star players, demanding that the player--Gabriel Jamie Gomez--be benched?