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A spectacle to remember

If there is one thing the Germans are famous for, it's ruthless efficiency. And that's exactly they are applying as they prepare for the 2006 World Cup Finals, a tournament they want to famously host and win. STARSPORT'S ERIC SAMUEL was in Germany to see how things are going along.


Indoor fun

ONE of the fastest growing games in the world is futsal or indoor soccer.

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Alarm bells go off in Japan as the sun sets on Kashima and Shimuzu

The fall of Japanese clubs has raised alarm bells in the land of the rising sun as both Kashima Antlers and Shimizu S-Pulse were favoured at least to qualify for the semi finals of the US$3 million Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

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'New Pele' and Diego left out of Brazil squad

Two of Brazil#8217;s hottest teenage football prospects #8211; Robinho, hailed as the #8220;new Pele#8221;, and the dashing Diego #8211; will not be showcasing their silky skills at the Malaysia International Youth tournament scheduled at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on March 13 and 16.


Down Under on top

England and her former colony, Australia, have always been intense rivals in the international sporting arena. It could be argued that the animosity between the sides actually began in the now infamous #8220;Bodyline Series#8221; of the 1932-33 Ashes cricket test matches held Down Under when English pace bowler, Harold Larwood, pitched the ball up with the intention to cause bodily harm to the Australian batsmen, in particular the legendary, Sir Donald Bradman.


Japanese adex drops 5.9% last year

Japan's advertising expenditures fell 5.9% in 2002 to 5.7 trillion yen due to economic doldrums despite last year's World Cup championship, Dentsu Inc said on Monday.


Hope for Houllier

I>We don#8217;t destroy our heroes today when we worshipped them yesterday. /I>#8211; Gerard Houllier. This statement is very telling in light of what has transpired in the Red half of Liverpool over the past four months.


Gone for good



Real-ly good show

REAL Madrid have made a scintillating start to the new year with two wins in as many Primera Liga matches to prove to their staunchest critics that the all-whites are certainly returning to their frightening best.