June 9, 2002 |
South Africa scored its first World Cup victory Saturday, defeating Slovenia, 1-0, in front of a crowd of 47,226 and positioning itself to possibly advance to the final 16. All the same, 24-year-old forward Siyabonga Nomvethe's fourth-minute goal was something of a fluke. He stooped to head a free kick from teammate Quinton Fortune, missed the ball but saw it bounce off his thigh and into the net.
July 2, 1991 |
The Yugoslav army and Slovenia appeared headed for an all-out war Monday after trading charges of violating a cease-fire and threatening to take whatever measures necessary to defend their territory. The Serbian-dominated high command in Belgrade ordered a massive mobilization of 200,000 "appropriate" reservists. Residents of the federal capital said young men were being stopped by police for random conscription checks.
July 6, 1991 |
The thick cordons of parked trucks that had barricaded Ljubljana for more than a week seemed to have lifted with the morning mist. The first stretch of this main road headed east from the Slovenian capital toward Croatia appeared, deceptively, to be clear of defensive blockades. Two Slovenian reservists manned the sole checkpoint at the highway entrance, slouching against their car, smoking with one hand and sporting AK-47 assault guns with the other.
June 18, 2010 |
In a World Cup so far lacking any real drama, it took the U.S. to provide it by the wagon-load on Friday. With only eight minutes left on a bitterly cold afternoon at Johannesburg's Ellis Park stadium, Michael Bradley, the coach's son, ripped a shot into the back of the net to earn the Americans a 2-2 tie with Slovenia. The goal climaxed one of the greatest comebacks in American soccer history and kept Coach Bob Bradley's team alive in the tournament. Second-half sub Maurice Edu appeared to put the U.S. ahead in the 86th minute, poking in a close-range shot after Jozy Altidore headed Landon Donovan's free kick to him. But the goal was disallowed by referee Koman Couilibaly of Mali, apparently for a foul before Edu got the ball.
July 19, 1991 |
The Yugoslav People's Army will immediately begin withdrawing its 20,000 troops from Slovenia, it was announced Thursday in a move that suggests federal acceptance of independence for the republic. The decision by the federal presidency meeting in Belgrade was announced by the Serbian delegate, Borisav Jovic, on Belgrade Television.
June 18, 2010 |
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa -- Was it a goal or wasn't it? Did the U.S, get robbed in Friday's World Cup tie with Slovenia? Or did referee Koman Coulibaly get the call — whatever the call was — right? "I didn't see anything," U.S. midfielder Benny Feilhaber said. Considering the fact Feilhaber was on the field when Maurice Edu scored the goal that was disallowed, Feilhaber's confession is almost as hard to believe as Coulibaly's call. But Feilhaber wasn't really pleading ignorance.
June 14, 1997 |
Slovenians are stunned. They simply can't understand why one day they were flying high on the way to NATO membership, and the next day the biggest gun in the alliance has shot them down. President Clinton fired the potentially fatal shot Thursday, saying he will support only the candidacies of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic when the 16-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization opens its doors to new members at a July 8-9 summit in Madrid.
July 4, 1991 |
The Yugoslav federal army under the command of renegade generals deployed a massive invasion force Wednesday, sending 180 tanks and armored vehicles thundering into neighboring republics and threatening a clash with Slovenia that could inflict thousands of casualties. The army advance from Belgrade triggered a full-scale alert and defensive deployments in the republics of Croatia and Slovenia, which declared independence from Yugoslavia on June 25.
November 7, 1998 |
Opening the first round of the next big debate over NATO enlargement, a key member of Congress urged Friday that the Atlantic alliance extend membership to Slovenia at the organization's April summit in Washington. Sen. William V. Roth Jr. (R-Del.), who serves as president of NATO's consultative parliamentary wing, the North Atlantic Assembly, described the proposed offer to the small former Yugoslav republic as an important signal that NATO expansion will not end after its initial phase.
April 18, 2010
UNITED STATES A memorable upset of European champion Spain and a one-goal loss to Brazil in the Confederations Cup final in South Africa last year have raised American hopes, but Landon Donovan , Tim Howard , Clint Dempsey and company now have to live up to the billing. ENGLAND England's most recent two World Cup campaigns came to grief in the quarterfinals. There will be no David Beckham in 2010, but playmaker Frank Lampard and striker Wayne Rooney are back and expected to lead the charge to the final.