June 29, 2002 |
If there's one person the Germans have to watch out for in Sunday's World Cup final, it's the bald guy. No, not Pierluigi Collina. The Italian referee with the cue-ball head and the piercing eyes is the least of Germany's worries. He is probably the most highly respected game official in soccer and the perfect choice for a Brazil-Germany clash. No, not Ronaldo, either.
July 11, 1998 |
Roberto Carlos, the Thighmaster of international soccer, was out walking his twins Friday. Righty and Lefty, you can call them. Inseparable since birth. They come out to play every time Carlos dresses them in the blue and white shorts of Brazil's national team--a pair of holy terrors that sometimes even Carlos is unable to control. They are not Carlos' children, of course, not in the traditional sense. They are his thighs. More awesome to behold than a Ronaldo one-on-one break.
June 16, 1998 |
SITE: Nantes TIME: Noon. TV: ESPN, Ch. 34. RADIO: KWKW (1330 Spanish). * ABOUT BRAZIL: The only truly enterprising team in the tournament, the only team other than Croatia with an unquestioned commitment to attack, the only team with players who can light up a game, is shoring up its defense. The Brazilian coaches have put restraints on their two outside defenders, Cafu and Roberto Carlos, from going forward as much and told them to stay back and help the center backs.
March 23, 1989 |
When Warner Bros. made only lukewarm efforts to promote Edward James Olmos for an Oscar nomination, the actor and his friends took matters into their own hands. They felt Olmos should be a nominee at the March 29 ceremonies for his portrayal of East Los Angeles math teacher Jaime Escalante in "Stand and Deliver." They mounted their own Oscar campaign in the Hollywood trade press.
July 15, 1996 |
With the opening ceremonies of the Atlanta Games only days away, Brazil fired a perfect warning shot across the bows of its Olympic rivals Sunday. Two excellent goals by Bebeto and Roberto Carlos, sandwiched around a truly spectacular one by Germany's Juergen Klinsmann, earned the South Americans a well-deserved 2-1 victory over the FIFA World Stars at Giants Stadium.
April 24, 2010 |
BRAZIL, 1970: Played six and won six, thanks to Pele, Jairzinho, Rivelinho, Tostao, Gerson, Carlos Alberto and all the rest. The final victory over Italy was a soccer master class. Head and shoulders above all others. HUNGARY, 1954: The "Magnificent Magyars" sported the likes of Ferenc Puskas, Sandor Koksis, Nandor Hidegkuti, Zoltan Czibor and Jozsef Bozsik, every one of them of true world-class. Beaten only once in six years. NETHERLANDS, 1974: For the incomparable Johan Cruyff, with a creative cast that included Johan Neeskens, Johnny Rep, Rob Rensenbrink, Wim van Hanegam and Ruud Krol, "Total Football" added up to total enjoyment, until the final.