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By JOHN EISENBERG | June 21, 1994
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- In the sixth minute of yesterday's World Cup match between Brazil and Russia, the temperamental Brazilian star known around the world as Romario found himself alone with the ball and bearing down on the Russian goal. The horn-blowing, yellow-shirted Brazilian fans filling Stanford Stadium leapt to their feet.When Romario's tame shot flew right to the goalkeeper, the fans groaned and sat down, and the Brazilian samba drummers went silent. Romario stopped and stared at his offending right foot, then at the goal, slowly shaking his head in disbelief.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 18, 1994
PASADENA, Calif. -- Let's get this straight right away. Deciding the World Cup by penalty kicks is a bad idea.Exciting? Yes. A welcome relief after 120 scoreless minutes on a day as hot as yesterday? Yes.Appropriate? No.It's no different from deciding the World Series with a homer-hitting contest. The Super Bowl with a punt, pass and kick competition. The NBA Finals with a free-throw-shooting contest.It's picking the winner with a gadget, not a game. That's just not right. A championship should be decided on the field, not with a gimmick.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 16, 1994
TORRANCE, Calif. -- Among the many appealing aspects of the World Cup, here are several of the most prominent:* 1. Games take two hours to play. No rain delays, no TV timeouts, nothing to stop the clock. You're in, you're out, you haven't had to take out a mortgage on your seat.* 2. Superstars deliver. You sit down to watch Ken Griffey Jr., he's liable to go 0-for-4. As often as not, his teammates win the game. In soccer, the best players carry their teams most of the time. If you sit down to see Romario or Roberto Baggio, you're probably going to see a goal.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 17, 1994
PASADENA, Calif. -- It has been a great run. Large crowds. A few upsets. Some new stars arrived, some old ones faded. TV ratings were higher than expected, and so was the scoring. Millions of dollars were added to this nation's economy, and the U.S. national team may have had its own coming-out party.And now the climax.It's Brazil vs. Italy today at the Rose Bowl, with gorgeous &L mountainsserving as a backdrop to the international flavor of Europe mixing it up with South America.The world's biggest sporting event will feature some of the game's biggest names.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 15, 1994
FULLERTON, Calif. -- One day Romario is bolting to the sidelines, swinging his arms and rocking an imaginary baby. Another day he is pumping a clenched fist in the air, or hoisting up the No. 1 finger in front of the Brazilian crowds. Sometimes he moonwalks, and other times he struts.Romario acts like he owns the World Cup.Maybe because he does.Thus far, World Cup '94 has been Romario's Cup."Yes, I remember saying this would be Romario's Cup," said Romario, sounding a bit embarrassed about his prediction.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1994
PASADENA, Calif. -- It's been a vicious cycle for Brazil since its last World Cup appearance in the final 24 years ago. The Brazilians come, they samba, talk trash, self-destruct and then go home as national failures.It was different last night in the hills of Pasadena, where the Brazilians are probably still partying.Brazil positioned itself to become the first team to win four World Cup titles by defeating Sweden, 1-0, before a Rose Bowl crowd of 84,569.Brazil star forward Romario scored on a header inside the right post on a fluttering pass from defender Jorginho at the 80th minute.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 14, 1994
PASADENA, Calif. -- To the Swedes: Nice tournament, guys, but good riddance. Next time, bring an offense.To the Bulgarians: We're all happy for you, and nice job against Germany, but no one wanted to see you beat Italy yesterday. Bulgaria in the World Cup final? No offense intended, but that's like planning a gourmet meal and winding up eating a pizza.No, if you're going to hold a World Cup in your country for once in your millennium, you don't want interlopers in your final. You don't want pretenders.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 5, 1994
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- On a day when America was celebrating its 218th birthday, the nation's soccer team was trying to pull off one more miracle.Happy Birthday, America.Goodbye, World Cup '94.The Bebeto and Romario combination, one of the most lethal in soccer, teamed up for a goal as Brazil defeated the United States, 1-0, in the second round of World Cup competition yesterday.Bebeto scored in the 74th minute for Brazil, which will meet the Netherlands, a 2-0 winner over Ireland yesterday, in the quarterfinals Saturday in Dallas.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 17, 1994
PASADENA, Calif. -- It has been a great run. Large crowds. A few upsets. Some new stars arrived, some old ones faded. TV ratings were higher than expected, and so was the scoring. Millions of dollars were added to this nation's economy, and the U.S. national team may have had its own coming-out party.And now the climax.It's Brazil vs. Italy today at the Rose Bowl, with gorgeous &L mountainsserving as a backdrop to the international flavor of Europe mixing it up with South America.The world's biggest sporting event will feature some of the game's biggest names.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 9, 1994
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Welcome to the World Cup '94 quarterfinals, or the European soccer club.Well, almost.All the gang is here. Klinsmann, Romario, Baggio, Hagi. These are the names that dominate European soccer. These are the guys dominating World Cup soccer, too. Of the eight quarterfinalists, seven are European.The only non-European team still alive is Brazil. And in the opposite bracket is Germany, the reigning World Cup champion and the most consistently dominant team on the planet for the past decade.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 16, 1994
TORRANCE, Calif. -- Among the many appealing aspects of the World Cup, here are several of the most prominent:* 1. Games take two hours to play. No rain delays, no TV timeouts, nothing to stop the clock. You're in, you're out, you haven't had to take out a mortgage on your seat.* 2. Superstars deliver. You sit down to watch Ken Griffey Jr., he's liable to go 0-for-4. As often as not, his teammates win the game. In soccer, the best players carry their teams most of the time. If you sit down to see Romario or Roberto Baggio, you're probably going to see a goal.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 15, 1994
FULLERTON, Calif. -- One day Romario is bolting to the sidelines, swinging his arms and rocking an imaginary baby. Another day he is pumping a clenched fist in the air, or hoisting up the No. 1 finger in front of the Brazilian crowds. Sometimes he moonwalks, and other times he struts.Romario acts like he owns the World Cup.Maybe because he does.Thus far, World Cup '94 has been Romario's Cup."Yes, I remember saying this would be Romario's Cup," said Romario, sounding a bit embarrassed about his prediction.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 14, 1994
PASADENA, Calif. -- To the Swedes: Nice tournament, guys, but good riddance. Next time, bring an offense.To the Bulgarians: We're all happy for you, and nice job against Germany, but no one wanted to see you beat Italy yesterday. Bulgaria in the World Cup final? No offense intended, but that's like planning a gourmet meal and winding up eating a pizza.No, if you're going to hold a World Cup in your country for once in your millennium, you don't want interlopers in your final. You don't want pretenders.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1994
PASADENA, Calif. -- Sometimes they are so creative, artistic and histrionic that their fierce competitiveness and relentless drive for greatness are forgotten.Brazil positioned itself to become the first team to win four World Cup titles by defeating Sweden, 1-0, last night in a semifinal game at the Rose Bowl.Brazil star forward Romario scored on a header inside the right post on a fluttering pass from defender Jorginho at the 80th minute.Brazil will play Italy, which along with Germany also has won three World Cup titles, Sunday afternoon here for the championship.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- The Brazilians feel right at home here. This is L.A. Hollywood cool. Beverly Hills hip. All the cool dudes have one name. Magic. Michael. Jack.And then there's Brazilian soccer cool. Samba. Steel drums. Chants. Flair. Creativity. And the one-namers. Romario, Bebeto and Cafu."Hey, this is great place, great location for our fans in this country to watch us play, and, of course, there is pressure, always pressure," Bebeto said. "When we win title, this is best place in U.S.A.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 9, 1994
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Welcome to the World Cup '94 quarterfinals, or the European soccer club.Well, almost.All the gang is here. Klinsmann, Romario, Baggio, Hagi. These are the names that dominate European soccer. These are the guys dominating World Cup soccer, too. Of the eight quarterfinalists, seven are European.The only non-European team still alive is Brazil. And in the opposite bracket is Germany, the reigning World Cup champion and the most consistently dominant team on the planet for the past decade.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- The Brazilians feel right at home here. This is L.A. Hollywood cool. Beverly Hills hip. All the cool dudes have one name. Magic. Michael. Jack.And then there's Brazilian soccer cool. Samba. Steel drums. Chants. Flair. Creativity. And the one-namers. Romario, Bebeto and Cafu."Hey, this is great place, great location for our fans in this country to watch us play, and, of course, there is pressure, always pressure," Bebeto said. "When we win title, this is best place in U.S.A.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | July 5, 1994
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- On a day when America was celebrating its 218th birthday, the nation's soccer team was trying to pull off one more miracle.Happy Birthday, America.Goodbye, World Cup '94.The Bebeto and Romario combination, one of the most lethal in soccer, teamed up for a goal as Brazil defeated the United States, 1-0, in the second round of World Cup competition yesterday.Bebeto scored in the 74th minute for Brazil, which will meet the Netherlands, a 2-0 winner over Ireland yesterday, in the quarterfinals Saturday in Dallas.
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