2006

December 31, 2006 by  
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Goodbye, 2006.

I entered the year with a 14-day-old marriage, and exit having experienced the joys and trials that come with those most important first 12 months of wedlock.

Some other things happened during the year, including university, the FIFA World Cup, and others, but they were all pretty much woven into those joys and trials already mentioned.

Speaking of trials, Saddam Hussein managed to steal the headlines to memorably finish off 2006 – his face plastered across New Year’s Eve newspapers the world over.

So farewell, 2006.

Lucas

August 31, 2006 by  
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Good news, Liverpool fans! Lucas Neill is rumoured to be heading to Liverpool. As potentially the best defender (scientifically proven) at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Liverpool could be getting him for the bargain basement price of £2million. Neill’s club, Blackburn, have rejected the initial offer from Liverpool, who will have to pay more if they want him before the transfer window closes in the next 24 hours or so.

In other soccer-related news, our team drew 0-0 on the weekend. To go through to the finals we had to equal or better the sixth-placed team’s result on Saturday. We found out early in the week that they won their match, taking fifth spot and the finals berth. That sucked.

Yet more soccer news. Three of us from the team banded together for 24 tickets to the upcoming Australia v Paraguay friendly in October. It should be a good night, with European-based Socceroos said to be returning for the match.

Cinq

August 15, 2006 by  
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It’s Ekka Holiday tomorrow in Brisbane, otherwise known as the Royal Exhibition. Kate and I are off to the coast right now to see my new niece. My sister-in-law had baby number five on Sunday, Gemma.

I’m coming back tomorrow for our must-win rescheduled soccer game. With only three games left in the season we may not make the finals. Shock!

To keep you all occupied until such time as we meet again, here is a little online game that was sent to me after the World Cup final. I put together a big long post about Zidane’s sending off for a headbutt, but never bothered finishing it. This link was down for a while because of huge traffic, but it’s up again now.

You’re Zidane, see how many Materazzi’s you can headbutt before being shown the red card.

Play here.

World Ranking

July 13, 2006 by  
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Following our achievements at the World Cup, Australia has risen only 9 places in the world rankings, from 42 to 33. Japan, on the other hand, have dropped from 18th all the way to 49. Italy goes to number two, while Brazil are still number one, despite their quarter-final loss to France.

Compare world rankings at the FIFA site.

Australia at the World Cup

July 10, 2006 by  
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I know that previous post was supposed to be my last, but rather than editing it again I just decided to do one last one for Australia.

I thought it worth mentioning that (and repeating myself just a little), of our only two losses in the World Cup, both were to the world champions. Australia outplayed Brazil, the defending world champions, and were unlucky to go down 2-0. And we matched Italy, now current world champions, for 94 minutes before that penalty. We can be proud.

World Cup Final

July 10, 2006 by  
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Italy 1 – 1 France
Italy win 5-4 on penalties after second period of extra time.
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World Cup – Third place playoff

July 10, 2006 by  
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Germany 3 – 1 Portugal
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World Cup Semi Finals

July 10, 2006 by  
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Germany 0 – 2 Italy
France 1 – 0 Portugal

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World Cup – Quarter Finals

July 4, 2006 by  
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Germany 1 – 1 Argentina (Germany wins 5-3 on penalties)
England 0 – 0 Portugal (Portugal wins 3-1 on penalties)
Italy 3 – 0 Ukraine
Brazil 0 – 1 France

After having said France are useless, they are now the team I am supporting. They’ve played some great football in their last two games and I hope for more. I’m also hoping Germany thump Italy…

So tomorrow morning Australian time it’s Germany v Italy, then Thursday morning it’s France v Portugal.

Wednesday night is also the deciding State of Origin Rugby League match in Melbourne.
Are you going along to that Mr Bren Carlill?

World Cup – the Second Rounding

June 28, 2006 by  
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Brazil 3 – 0 Ghana
France 3 – 1 Spain
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World Cup – Second Roundup

June 27, 2006 by  
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Germany 2 – 0 Sweden
Argentina 2 – 1 Mexico
England 1 – 0 Ecuador
Portugal 2 – 1 Netherlands
Italy 1 – 0 Australia
Switzerland 0 – 3 Ukraine (on penalties)

What’s on tonight?

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World Cup – Day 15

June 24, 2006 by  
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Togo 0 – 2 France
Switzerland 2 – 0 Korea Republic
Saudia Arabia 0 – 1 Spain
Ukraine 1 – 0 Tunisia

What’s on tonight? SECOND ROUND!
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World Cup – Day 14

June 23, 2006 by  
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Italy 2 – 0 Czech Republic
Ghana 2 – 1 USA
Japan 1 – 4 Brazil
Australia 2 – 2 Croatia

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World Cup – Day 13

June 23, 2006 by  
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Netherlands 0 – 0 Argentina
Côte d’Ivoire 3 – 2 Serbia
Portugal 2 – 1 Mexico
Iran 1 – 1 Angola
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World Cup – Day 12

June 21, 2006 by  
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Ecuador 0 – 3 Germany
Costa Rica 1 – 2 Poland
Sweden 2 – 2 England
Paraguay 2 – 0 Trinidad & Tobago

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