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By THE NEW YORK TIMES | June 20, 2002
Before the World Cup began, Brazilian star Ronaldo lamented that every article written about him, every television and radio report, referred to him as an injured player. He said he longed for the day when he would again be referred to simply as a player. That time has come. Ronaldo, a two-time world Player of the Year, has scored five goals in four World Cup matches, equaling the total of Germany's Miroslav Klose, as Brazil has played with its familiar attacking flair in reaching the quarterfinals.
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By Grahame L. Jones | June 30, 2010
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — He is a fraud, an imposter, a sheep in wolf's clothing. We are talking here about the player who wore the No. 7 shirt for Portugal on Tuesday night. The man who is the most expensive soccer player ever signed. We are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo. We are talking about why the Portuguese are not going to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, whereas the Spanish are. We are talking about why a man who earns tens of millions of dollars to run around a field and kick a ball couldn't be bothered to do either in the most important game his country has played in years.
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By Jerry Trecker and Jerry Trecker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 30, 2002
YOKOHAMA, Japan - It is the classic matchup in sports. When Brazil and Germany play for the World Cup today, the world's greatest forward, Ronaldo, will face the world's finest goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn. "It will be a very hard game," said Ronaldo, who has come almost all the way back from three knee surgeries to repair ligament damage that has plagued his career since 1998. "Germany is a powerful, interesting side. You cannot pick out one player because their strength is as a team." Kahn, however, is the man Ronaldo will have to solve if he is to continue his remarkable comeback.
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By TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICES | June 22, 2010
Portugal put on the most dominant performance of the World Cup, routing North Korea 7-0 on Monday in Cape Town. Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Tiago scored over an eight-minute span in the second half, after Raul Meireles' 29th-minute goal gave Portugal the lead. Liedson added another in the 81st. Cristiano Ronaldo ended his goalless streak in the 87th minute, and Tiago added his second goal two minutes later. Ronaldo had not scored for his nation in a non-friendly match since the 2008 European Championship.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 28, 1998
PARIS -- Ivan Zamorano, the Chilean striker, had a dream recently about these World Cup finals. Chile would play Brazil; Chile would win, 1-0.Zamorano's subconscious did get one thing right about yesterday's second-round game at the Parc des Princes: Chile scored a goal. The problem was that Brazil scored four, and easily could have scored more.Not much went wrong for the defending champions on a cool, intermittently rainy evening. After losing to Norway on Tuesday in a game that mattered mostly to the Norwegians, the Brazilians started slowly, hearing jeers from their fans throughout the first 10 minutes, and then gradually acquired ramming speed, confidence and plenty of space to show off their remarkable individual skills.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 13, 1998
SAINT-DENIS, France -- The French soccer team, which had aroused an indifferent nation with its exceptional play over the past month, delivered an even more stunning accomplishment yesterday, dominating favored Brazil to win its first World Cup title. In winning the world's largest sporting event, 3-0, France produced the tournament's most improbable championship game upset in nearly five decades.Zinedine Zidane, France's exquisite playmaker, scored his first two goals of the competition at its most decisive moment, heading in a pair of corner kicks and making the home team the champion of the quadrennial tournament for the first time since Argentina prevailed in 1978.
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By BOSTON GLOBE | July 8, 1998
MARSEILLE, France -- Maybe they should have just gone on until dawn. There was a full moon in a clear sky and a cool breeze off the Mediterranean and nobody had anything scheduled until the weekend. Why did the best match of the World Cup have to come down to penalty kicks? And why, the Dutch moaned, did they have to be the ones standing around numbly at the end?"This was God helping me," said keeper Taffarel after he'd blocked two shots to thwart the Netherlands, 4-2, in a shootout after the teams had played to a 1-1 tie, putting his team into Sunday's final for the second straight time with a chance to win its fifth Cup.Four years ago, the Brazilians defeated Italy for the Cup on penalty kicks when Roberto Baggio's attempt sailed over the bar in the Rose Bowl.
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July 27, 2000
Soccer Brazil's Ronaldo reportedly considers playing with MLS Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo is considering a stint with Major League Soccer as a means of returning from an injury, Italy's leading sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday. The MLS says it has been in contact with the agent for the Brazilian soccer great, but there are no plans for Ronaldo to join the league. Ronaldo plays for Internazionale of Milan. The Italian club already has rebuffed Ronaldo's suggestion that he play temporarily for Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo before returning to the more difficult competition of Italy's top league.
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By Sandra McKee | July 7, 2002
Brazil must be one party-happy place right now. Its soccer team won the World Cup. Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500. And today at 4 in Toronto, Cristiano da Matta has his second chance this season to tie the Championship Auto Racing Team's record for consecutive victories in that open-wheel series. Da Matta, in fact, was so happy when Brazil won the World Cup he and the rest of the Brazilian CART drivers shaved their heads in the style of team star Ronaldo (a shaved head except for the forward third)
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By TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICES | June 22, 2010
Portugal put on the most dominant performance of the World Cup, routing North Korea 7-0 on Monday in Cape Town. Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Tiago scored over an eight-minute span in the second half, after Raul Meireles' 29th-minute goal gave Portugal the lead. Liedson added another in the 81st. Cristiano Ronaldo ended his goalless streak in the 87th minute, and Tiago added his second goal two minutes later. Ronaldo had not scored for his nation in a non-friendly match since the 2008 European Championship.
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By Sandra McKee | July 7, 2002
Brazil must be one party-happy place right now. Its soccer team won the World Cup. Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500. And today at 4 in Toronto, Cristiano da Matta has his second chance this season to tie the Championship Auto Racing Team's record for consecutive victories in that open-wheel series. Da Matta, in fact, was so happy when Brazil won the World Cup he and the rest of the Brazilian CART drivers shaved their heads in the style of team star Ronaldo (a shaved head except for the forward third)
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By Jerry Trecker and Jerry Trecker,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 30, 2002
YOKOHAMA, Japan - It is the classic matchup in sports. When Brazil and Germany play for the World Cup today, the world's greatest forward, Ronaldo, will face the world's finest goalkeeper, Oliver Kahn. "It will be a very hard game," said Ronaldo, who has come almost all the way back from three knee surgeries to repair ligament damage that has plagued his career since 1998. "Germany is a powerful, interesting side. You cannot pick out one player because their strength is as a team." Kahn, however, is the man Ronaldo will have to solve if he is to continue his remarkable comeback.
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By THE NEW YORK TIMES | June 20, 2002
Before the World Cup began, Brazilian star Ronaldo lamented that every article written about him, every television and radio report, referred to him as an injured player. He said he longed for the day when he would again be referred to simply as a player. That time has come. Ronaldo, a two-time world Player of the Year, has scored five goals in four World Cup matches, equaling the total of Germany's Miroslav Klose, as Brazil has played with its familiar attacking flair in reaching the quarterfinals.
SPORTS
July 27, 2000
Soccer Brazil's Ronaldo reportedly considers playing with MLS Brazilian soccer great Ronaldo is considering a stint with Major League Soccer as a means of returning from an injury, Italy's leading sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported yesterday. The MLS says it has been in contact with the agent for the Brazilian soccer great, but there are no plans for Ronaldo to join the league. Ronaldo plays for Internazionale of Milan. The Italian club already has rebuffed Ronaldo's suggestion that he play temporarily for Rio de Janeiro's Flamengo before returning to the more difficult competition of Italy's top league.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 13, 1998
SAINT-DENIS, France -- The French soccer team, which had aroused an indifferent nation with its exceptional play over the past month, delivered an even more stunning accomplishment yesterday, dominating favored Brazil to win its first World Cup title. In winning the world's largest sporting event, 3-0, France produced the tournament's most improbable championship game upset in nearly five decades.Zinedine Zidane, France's exquisite playmaker, scored his first two goals of the competition at its most decisive moment, heading in a pair of corner kicks and making the home team the champion of the quadrennial tournament for the first time since Argentina prevailed in 1978.
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By BOSTON GLOBE | July 8, 1998
MARSEILLE, France -- Maybe they should have just gone on until dawn. There was a full moon in a clear sky and a cool breeze off the Mediterranean and nobody had anything scheduled until the weekend. Why did the best match of the World Cup have to come down to penalty kicks? And why, the Dutch moaned, did they have to be the ones standing around numbly at the end?"This was God helping me," said keeper Taffarel after he'd blocked two shots to thwart the Netherlands, 4-2, in a shootout after the teams had played to a 1-1 tie, putting his team into Sunday's final for the second straight time with a chance to win its fifth Cup.Four years ago, the Brazilians defeated Italy for the Cup on penalty kicks when Roberto Baggio's attempt sailed over the bar in the Rose Bowl.
NEWS
By Grahame L. Jones | June 30, 2010
CAPE TOWN, South Africa — He is a fraud, an imposter, a sheep in wolf's clothing. We are talking here about the player who wore the No. 7 shirt for Portugal on Tuesday night. The man who is the most expensive soccer player ever signed. We are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo. We are talking about why the Portuguese are not going to the quarterfinals of the World Cup, whereas the Spanish are. We are talking about why a man who earns tens of millions of dollars to run around a field and kick a ball couldn't be bothered to do either in the most important game his country has played in years.
NEWS
July 10, 2010
Germany vs. Uruguay Time/TV: 2:30 p.m., ABC. The buzz: This is not the way either team hoped to end its World Cup, but a lot is at stake in Saturday's consolation game in Port Elizabeth. For German striker Miroslav Klose, one goal would tie him with former Brazilian star Ronaldo at 15 for most World Cup scores. And Klose, Germany's Thomas Mueller and Uruguay's Diego Forlan, with four goals each, remain in the running for the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | June 28, 1998
PARIS -- Ivan Zamorano, the Chilean striker, had a dream recently about these World Cup finals. Chile would play Brazil; Chile would win, 1-0.Zamorano's subconscious did get one thing right about yesterday's second-round game at the Parc des Princes: Chile scored a goal. The problem was that Brazil scored four, and easily could have scored more.Not much went wrong for the defending champions on a cool, intermittently rainy evening. After losing to Norway on Tuesday in a game that mattered mostly to the Norwegians, the Brazilians started slowly, hearing jeers from their fans throughout the first 10 minutes, and then gradually acquired ramming speed, confidence and plenty of space to show off their remarkable individual skills.
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