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  • World Paper Round: Prem clubs’ England sabotage

    "Sabotage"
    screams the Daily Mirror, with Sir Trevor Brooking accusing Premier League
    clubs of hampering the development of England's young players.

    Brooking
    has launched a scathing attack on clubs refusing to release young players for
    the U19 and U21 sides, with Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham identified as
    being particularly uncooperative.

    The
    FA's director of football development has highlighted the six players to have
    made the transition from Germany's U19 and U21 set ups to the senior side this
    summer to prove his point and shame the clubs, "undermining the country's
    prospects".

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  • World Cup Gallery: The cream of the crop

    A selection of the best photos so far from the World Cup in South Africa.

    Here is a humongous fan of Paraguay, gesturing to the referee after he incorrectly interprets the offside rule.

    Oranje are ready for take-off as they move into the quarter-finals - strap on your seatbelts!

    This fan serves to confound the widely held assumption that all German supporters are weird. Yep, he does quite a job.

    Not only did Germany hammer England in the WAG-off, thanks in large to Sarah Brandner's efforts (pictured left, unsurprisingly), but her boyfriend Bastian Schweinsteiger was equally instrumental on

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  • World Paper Round: Black Stars in blackjack party

    How
    do you best prepare for a World Cup quarter-final: a bowl of pasta, a Horlicks
    and an early night? Not if you are Ghana. The Black Stars were up till gone 2am
    in a full-blown casino in Johannesburg.

    The
    happy-go-lucky Ghana side, who are now Africa's sole representatives in the
    tournament, had a long night at the Sun City Hotel casino - a venue in which
    smoking and drinking is actively encouraged, according to the Daily Express.

    Black
    Stars
    boss Milovan Rajevac operates a relaxed approach which would make even
    Sven Goran Eriksson appear positively austere and tyranical, and the paper

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  • World Cup Venn: Day 24

    Welcome to World Cup Venn!

    Today's questions are the same as ever.

    First, identify these two World Cup legends.

    And then figure out what is the link between them.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Yesterday's poser gave you three World Cup tournaments to identify, and figure out the link between.

    The tournaments were USA 94, Germany 2006 and Japan 2002.

    And the link between them? 

    They are the only World Cups to have featured matches played in stadiums with full rooves.

    USA had the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Germany had the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen and Japan had the Sapporo

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  • World Cup Venn: Day 23

    Welcome to World Cup Venn!

    We've an interesting one for you today: three World Cup tournaments to name.

    Guessing the three shouldn't be difficult at all. In fact, so long as you can read then you'll be right in there (and if you can't then we're pretty sure you won't have made it this far).

    But what is the link between them?

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Yesterday's question proffered up two giants of world football.

    Naming them shouldn't have been too difficult: they were of course Italy's Paolo Maldini and Germany's Lothar Matthaeus.

    And the link between them? 

    They are the only

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  • World Cup Venn: Day 22

    Welcome to World Cup Venn!

    We've got two legendary footballers for you today.

    As ever, the question is the same: who are they, and what is the World Cup link between them?

    The answer will be revealed at half-time of the quarter-final between Brazil and the Netherlands.

     

     

     

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    How did you get on yesterday?

    Picking the four players should have been a cakewalk: they were Gary Lineker (left), Bobby
    Charlton (top), Geoff Hurst (right) and Michael Owen (bottom).

    And the link between
    them? They are the only England players to have scored more than three goals in
    World Cup

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  • World Cup Venn: Day four

    We're throwing in a bit of a curveball - all too easy to do with the Adidas Jabulani - with this morning's World Cup Venn. Instead of players, we're posing a question that's all about venues.

    We've got four iconic World Cup stadiums (okay, 'stadia' for those of you that have GCSE Latin) for you to take a look at.

    Your question, as ever, is a simple one: what are the names of these stadiums, and what is it that links the four of them?

    Find out the answer at half-time of today's match between the Netherlands and Denmark. 

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    Yesterday's question asked what linked three

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  • World Cup Venn: Day six

    It's day six of our World Cup Venn quiz, and we've got something of a special treat for any misty-eyed England fans with fond memories of the days when shorts were short and hair was long. 

    That's right: we've a quartet of players who wore the Three Lions during the World Cup.

    Now, having said all that, it's pretty obvious that the answer isn't merely that they were in an England squad.

    The answer is World Cup related, though: can you figure out what it is?

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    Find out the answer at half-time of today's clash between Spain and Switzerland.

     

     

     

     

    Yesterday's question involved the

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  • World Cup Venn: Day five

    It's our simplest World Cup Venn so far... well, simple in that there are only two players involved, but not so simple in terms of the answer. Unless you are a perfect combination of John Motson and Norris McWhirter, that is.

    Today's question focuses on a pair of players who burst out from behind the iron curtain as European Communism fell to bits in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    As ever, the question couldn't be simpler: who are they, and what is the link between them? 

     

    Find out the answer at half-time of today's clash between Ivory Coast and Portugal.

     

     

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  • World Cup Gallery: Les Miserables

    A selection of the best photos from South Africa as the hosts and the French both crash out of the World Cup, but in a very different manner.

    France coach Raymond Domenech clearly thought to himself, 'what could I possibly do to give the world a lower regard for me and my team?' - the solution was to snub his opposite number's offered handshake. What overwhelming class!

    Thierry Henry thanks the French fans for their unwavering support after giving them absolutely no reason to do so. Mind you, the squad with Domenech in tow would be joining them on an economy class flight later on anyway.

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