LOVE TRULY conquers all, even those hard hearts at Fifa who have agreed that tonight's confrontation between Brazil and Norway in Marseilles could be preceded by a match of another kind - the marriage of a Norwegian, Oivind Ekeland, and a Brazilian, Rosangela de Souza, out on the pitch with a Catholic priest officiating and not a red card in sight. Keith Cooper, the Fifa spokesman, said they had a change of heart after initially rejecting the request. "We always talk about football bringing people together in a spirit of love, friendship and fraternity so we thought why are we saying no? We asked them not to tell the press because we didn't want a flood of similar requests, of Moroccans marrying Paraguayans and goodness knows what."
THE STAR names will think long and hard before agreeing to undertake an advertisement for a certain boot manufacturer after what can only be described as the curse of adidas at this World Cup. In the build-up to the tournament TV viewers became familiar with a film showing in succession, Alessandro del Piero, David Beckham, Patrick Kluivert and Zinedine Zidane, all of whom have cause to regret the first two weeks of the competition.
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