Football: The Global Game

World Cup Around the World
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"Morocco played well. For the first time since 1986 we can say we are proud of our team. What reward, what fine goals. Norway were lucky. They're the ones who are thanking God for coming out of the game with a point. I was worried beforehand, but now we can beat anybody - including Brazil." A fan's reaction to Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Norway from the Morocco Online Internet message board. (

"Our team looked half asleep."

"Dagbladet", Norwegian newspaper.

"I predict a European final. The champions could be France, England, Germany, Italy or Spain. I don't know which or why. I just have the feeling. There are many teams who want to beat Brazil." Javier Clemente, the Spain coach, on Spanish television.

"Not even the torrential downpour which began on the final whistle and continued long into the Parisian night could dampen Scottish spirits or their desire to party until dawn. With every drink, the defeat became easier to handle and, by the end of the night, the Brazilians were downright lucky to win. Another moral victory." Lawrence Donegan, writer for "The Scotsman".

"Like most Americans in Paris this week, Allen and Denise Hughes of Plano, Texas, admitted they had booked their family vacation several months ago, without realising they'd be in town during the tournament. `We're here to avoid the World Cup,' Denise admitted at the base of the Eiffel Tower." USA Today.