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May 24, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time World Cup frenzy gripped Italy, ecstatic fans wrote songs about Salvatore Schillaci. This year, they have written him off. "I'm sleeping, don't wake me up, let me enjoy the dream," the square-cut striker sighed four years ago at the crest of a gossamer summer that turned a Sicilian slum kid into a national hero. "Toto" Schillaci is awake now: The closest the high scorer of Italia '90 will get to USA '94 is his television set--with a translator.
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May 24, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time World Cup frenzy gripped Italy, ecstatic fans wrote songs about Salvatore Schillaci. This year, they have written him off. "I'm sleeping, don't wake me up, let me enjoy the dream," the square-cut striker sighed four years ago at the crest of a gossamer summer that turned a Sicilian slum kid into a national hero. "Toto" Schillaci is awake now: The closest the high scorer of Italia '90 will get to USA '94 is his television set--with a translator.
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June 13, 2008
Soccer: In Wednesday's Sports section, the Corner Kicks column incorrectly said that Salvatore "Toto" Schillaci was the leading scorer at soccer's 1982 World Cup in Spain. Schillaci was the leading scorer at the 1990 World Cup in Italy.
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June 26, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Host Italy moved an impressive step closer to the World Cup here Monday with a 2-0 second-round victory over Uruguay. Its fourth shutout in a row put Italy into the quarterfinals as co-favorite with West Germany. The Italians will play surprising Ireland here Saturday in the quarterfinals.
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March 29, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hakeem Olajuwon of the Houston Rockets was suspended by the NBA for one game Monday for hitting referee Bill Spooner in the stomach with an open hand during Sunday night's game in Phoenix. Olajuwon will sit out Houston's game tonight in Sacramento. Olajuwon struck Spooner, apparently accidentally, while gesturing to protest what he thought should have been a foul on the Suns' A.C. Green. "Spooner felt a shot in the solar plexus," said Darrell Garretson, NBA supervisor of officials.
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June 13, 1994 | GRAHAME L. JONES
Just because the soccer world's attention is focused on the United States for the next month or so is no reason to think nothing else is happening. To the contrary . . . * In Denmark, the national team's two most gifted players, brothers Brian and Michael Laudrup, both will be playing with new clubs in the fall. Brian Laudrup is leaving his Italian club, Fiorentina, to join Glasgow Rangers of Scotland on a three-year, $3.3-million contract.
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June 11, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
1 It appears as if Sven-Goran Eriksson is going to have his hands full with Mexico once he takes over as coach of the national team this month. Having watched his new players get dismantled, 4-1, by Argentina in front of 68,498 in San Diego last week, Eriksson then had to face the fact that veteran goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez was arrested in Chicago for disturbing the peace.
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April 25, 1994 | GRAHAME L. JONES
The proposal by FIFA President Joao Havelange of Brazil to increase the number of teams in the 1998 World Cup in France from 24 to 32 has met with predictably mixed reactions. The idea, put forward more to help Havelange win reelection than for any practical purpose, has yet to be submitted to FIFA's executive committee for approval, but already is being both praised and criticized.
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June 28, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Monzialismo Ti Uccide . An Italian graffiti artist spray-painted that cry for help on several stone walls in Florence. It means, "The World Cup Is Killing Me." Americans would advise him to call 911, but telephones are among the utilities taken for granted at home that cannot always be counted on in Italy. Electricity and water are others. One Saturday afternoon in Florence, a rumor spread that the water would be cut off for 24 hours beginning at midnight.
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June 16, 1994 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In 1990, it was the wild eyes, the outstretched arms, the joyous celebrations of Italy's Salvatore (Toto) Schillaci that fired the fans' imagination. In 1986, it was the smooth skills, the fluid motion, the calm demeanor and the deadly finishing of England's Gary Lineker that won their applause. In 1982, it was Italy's Paolo Rossi who captured their hearts. In 1978, it was Argentina's Mario Kempes who grabbed their attention.
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