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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Champions League Final was a little piece of the World Cup

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The Champions League ended on Wednesday with the 2-1 victory of Barcelona over Arsenal. The Spanish team is the new king of Europe, in a game that showed some of the best players of the World. Most of them are expected to shine in the World Cup in Germany.

Arsenal took the lead when defender Sol Campbell scored the first. It was a surprise since Arsenal was playing with ten men after goalkeeper Lehmann recieved a red card.

But in the second half, Samuel Eto'o scored for Barcelona at 76' and 5 minutes laters Juliano Belletti made the winning goal. Both players were assisted by Larsson.

Many stars that will be in the World Cup took part of the Final. Ronaldinho, Deco, Larsson, Puyol and Marquez in Barcelona. Arsenal has almost all their squad in the national teams for the Cup. Thierry Henry, Ljumberg, Lehmann, Campbell, Reyes, Cole, Toure. However, the two players who gave Barcelona the victory (Eto'o and Belleti) won't be in Germany.

When the referee marked the end of the game, the party started in the Stadium and in Barcelona city.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Dutch list without three historic players

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Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf and Roy Makaay were dismissed by Marco Van Basten to be part of Netherland's national team list for the 2006 World Cup campaign. Even without the experienced trio Van Basten's squad is believed to be one of the favorites to win the tournament as players such as Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Robin van Persie, Dirk Kuijt, Rafael van der Vaart and many others are all outstanding European players.

Goalkeepers: Edwin van Der Sar (Manchester Utd), Maarten Stekelenburg (Ajax Amsterdam), Hen Timmer (AZ Alkmaar).

Defenders: Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Jan Kromkamp (Liverpool), Andre Ooijer (PSV Eindhoven), John Heitinga (Ajax Amsterdam), Khalid Boulahrouz (HSV), Joris Mathijsen (AZ Alkmaar), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (FC Barcelona), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar).

Midfielders: Mark van Bommel (FC Barcelona), Philip Cocu (PSV Eindhoven), Denny Landzaat (AZ Alkmaar), Hedwiges Maduro (Ajax Amsterdam), Wesley Sneijder (Ajax Amsterdam), Rafael van der Vaart (HSV).

Strikers: Dirk Kuijt (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Manchester Utd), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (PSV Eindhoven), Arjen Robben (FC Chelsea), Robin van Persie (FC Arsenal), Ryan Babel (Ajax Amsterdam).

Holland is in the World Cup group with Argentina, Serbia & Montenegro and Ivory Coast.