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Luckott

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Theo Walcott Who is Luckott? It’s a term I coined for Theo Walcott on playing for England and making the history books.

Being chosen by Sven-Goran Eriksson is already a big winner for this kid let alone enter the history books and get past Wayne Rooney’s record of 17 years and 111 days when he appeared against Australia in February of 2003.

Theo Walcott luckily became the youngest player in England’s history on the 65th minute of their friendly against Hungary at Old Trafford to play at 17 years and 75 days.

Rooney’s status was already cemented when he entered the record books by playing in the English Premiership unlike Walcott who have been the invisible man of Arsenal all this time.

What more could Walcott ask?

Luckott is going to get luckier since he might just become the second youngest player in FIFA World Cup Finals behind only to Norman Whiteside of Northern Ireland whose record sits at 17 years and 41 days.

I can’t figure out how luck could bite players in the World Cup Finals. Luck does happen but to the best players on this planet especially at a level like the World Cup Finals. But a young kid who has not proven anything yet?

Luckott he is…

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World Cup Tracker

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I stumbled upon this software that will track the happenings on all the team in the upcoming World Cup. I have not been able to test it just yet but will do so and make a review.

How Deep is your Love?

in Fans-interactive-polls/FIFA World Cup/Germany/News & Features/Players

Football fans is an exceptionally different breed of people.

I find it quite unique in the way fans love, defend and stand by their teams. The football forums and communities I have joined always had violent people who behaved like barbarians. Their love is unquestionable to the extent that they put their education, integrity, credibility, etc. on the line just to defend their heart’s desire.

I always wanted it addressed differently — with respect and love; but I know deep inside that it just isn’t going to happen for a culture deeply embedded in the core of the sport.

Sweden Eyes on Opponents

in FIFA World Cup/Germany/News & Features/Paraguay/Players/Sweden/Trinidad & Tobago

Lyth, one of the scouts, told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet how important it was to see their opponents play live.

England, Paraguay and Trinidad and Tobago will be followed by Sweden’s three man team — Lyth, Goransson and Lenartsson.

What’s new?

All teams have scouts and that cancels everything else. Well, at least you get to do your homework. Who knows who among the scouts are enjoying their vacation and miss the important aspects of the game played?

World Cup 06: Tunisia

in FIFA World Cup/Germany/Players/Romania/Russia/Tunisia

Tunisia In this series of posts we shall look at each country’s profile that will see action during the games. We continue with Tunisia (player profile). The full archive is found here.

Only winning one game against Mexico in the last 28 years does not speak well of this team. Being the first African country to win a finals has put them in the record books though. Below is their world cup record:

1978: (lost) Poland; (draw) Germany
1998: (lost) England, Columbia; (draw) Romania
1998: (lost) Russia, Japan; (draw) Belgium

Former French national coach Roger Lemerre has led the team to lift the trophy at the Rades stadium during the CAF African Cup of Nations in February 2004.

Their six wins, three draws and only one loss ensured them a place in World Cup Germany.

Their solid combination of players makes Tunisian fans hopeful about their chances.

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World Cup 06: Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia In this series of posts we shall look at each country’s profile that will see action during the games. We continue with Saudi Arabia (player profile). The full archive is found here.

Saudi Arabia’s team is fortunate to receive great amounts of financial backing since their performance in World Cup 94; though their recent slump in the next two World Cup competitions is disappointing. They are looking to redeem themselves with their triple threat player combination.

They have been Asian champions three times, in 1984, 1988 and 1996. The 1984 and 1988 performance has prompted the country’s authorities to introduce full professionalism on the sport that resulted in their FIFA World Cup finals appearance at USA 94. They lost to Sweden in the second round after beating Morocco and Belgium in the first round.

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Watch – FIFA World Cup super goal collection

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World Cup Best Goals and Moves.

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Watch – Goal that got Trinidad into World Cup

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Trinidad & Tobago Captain is Rusty?

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Dwight Yorke, team captain of Trinidad & Tobago, will have his final game as a Sydney FC player on Sunday against Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s Grand Final.

Yorke said he has two-and-a-half months without a club and without playing competitive football ahead of him.

At 34 years old this year’s event is most likely his first and last World Cup so he cannot afford to keep low in the months ahead and would want his Country to remember their first World Cup appearance.

In lieu of Yorke’s void in competitive games; Alex Ferguson has offered him to train with United. Yorke insists that he need games more than anything else to prepare him as the leader of their country. Besides, the Soca Warriors will be facing England in the second game of the World Cup and Alex’s offer may have an ulterior motive.

I think Alex’s offer is genuine but there is still a conflict of interest and may get back at both Yorke and Alex once Yorke performs well in World Cup games and gets checked against England. Unless the Soca Warriors end up in the cellar, the worst thing that could happen is to be slightly beaten out by England which will surely get their people up and roaring.

The best thing to do is get training and play some games with teams that have the least chance of World Cup encounter. Any takers?

World Cup 2006 Predictions: Group A

in Group, Team & Standings/Uruguay

For starters, Germany is one lucky team having drawn a group that have Costa Rica 21st, Poland 23rd, and Ecuador 37th in FIFA world rankings. These teams may be a good enough challengers but the home crowd is certainly giving the Germans enough morale and support to muscle their way easily against these three teams.

Our gut instincts — Germany

The Germans will be starting their World Cup bid against Costa Rica who doesn’t have enough firepower to edge its competitors.

Their next opponent will be Poland who may give them a bit of a challenge compared to Costa Rica but would not prove enough to get a win against them.

Ecuador having beaten both Paraguay and Uruguay in an extremely competitive South America Zone will be attacking with confidence having the fearless Fernando Suarez at their side. But it takes more than one man up against the entire nation and a team of muscle and might players.

Unless overconfidence eat this squad; they are most likely to triumph against their group rivals.

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