World Cup Final Live Blog: Italy Vs. France

Well, it took long enough, but it's finally time for the World Cup Final. It's your favorite divers from Italy against the surrender monkeys from France. It's non-stop fun; it's the World Cup. » 7/09/06 3:00pm 7/09/06 3:00pm

Goalkeeper: Fabian Barthez

Live Blog: France Vs. Portugal

We're down to the final three teams in the World Cup — unless you count the third-place game, and who counts the third place game? — and we're knocking out one of them right now. The first team in the World Cup Finals is Italy; who will be the second, as they say? » 7/05/06 3:45pm 7/05/06 3:45pm

Live Blog: Italy Vs. Ukraine

It's still hard to believe that the United States tied a team that's one game away from the semifinals. We think maybe the Italians should be disqualified on that indignity alone. » 6/30/06 4:00pm 6/30/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: Germany Vs. Argentina

And, at last, after a whole two days without soccer, the quarterfinals have begun, in what we think is probably the best quarterfinal matchup of all. The Argentinians have often looked like the best team here, but the Germans, you know, they're hosting, and they've looked doggone good themselves. Doggone good. You see. » 6/30/06 12:00pm 6/30/06 12:00pm

Live Blog: Spain Vs. France

A little way to keep yourself entertained during this World Cup if you happen to be the sort who has trouble retaining interest? Pretend the countries are their corresponding characters in "Mike Tyson's Punch Out." Therefore, this one is Don Flamenco vs. Glass Joe. There. Don't you feel better? You can now RELATE! » 6/27/06 4:00pm 6/27/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: Brazil Vs. Ghana

If you're the type of person who's still upset about the United States losing to Ghana last week, you might be lamenting that this could have been the U.S. playing in this game. But you know what? We highly doubt you're that type of person. » 6/27/06 11:45am 6/27/06 11:45am

Live Blog: Italy Vs. Australia

As we continue along the Round of 16 — these games really are quite more exciting when they loser goes home — we start off your weekday live blogging with a team representing a country that was founded by the exiled convicts of another country ... and, much worse, a team that tied the United States. Heavens. How… » 6/26/06 12:00pm 6/26/06 12:00pm

Live Blog: Switzerland Vs. Korea Republic

The tightest of all the groups, Group G has three teams all with legitimate chances at making it into the next round. But these are the only two who control their proverbial destiny. The winner here automatically wins the Group and advances to play Ukraine next Monday. A draw means all kinds of chaos if France beats… » 6/23/06 4:00pm 6/23/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: France Vs. Togo

Ah, France. The French might have won the whole business two World Cups ago, but right now, they're looking like they could be in serious trouble. They need a win here, obviously, and then they have to either win convincingly or hope the Switzerland-Korea game doesn't end up in a draw. That's what happens when you… » 6/23/06 3:40pm 6/23/06 3:40pm

Live Blog: Spain Vs. Saudi Arabia

It is not entirely outside of the realm of possibility that Saudi Arabia could somehow sneak into the next round; they would need a (huge) upset win here and then ... well, they'd need a lot to happen. Meanwhile, Spain is already cruising into the Round of 16 and is (mostly) assured of the top seed out of the Group.… » 6/23/06 11:00am 6/23/06 11:00am

Live Blog: Ukraine Vs. Tunisia

This one's a potentially pivotal game; Ukraine is into the second round with a win, but Tunisia could end up in the same boat. A win could push them in as well, assuming Saudi Arabia doesn't shock Spain. But Ukraine has to be happy to be here; remember, they were hammered 4-0 in the first round. » 6/23/06 11:00am 6/23/06 11:00am

Live Blog: Brazil Vs. Japan

It's impossible not to have a good time watching Brazil, and not just because of the ladies, yeahhh. So far, the Brazilians haven't played that beautiful game we've all expected of them, but it's early, and Ronaldo hasn't lost all his weight yet. Give him time. » 6/22/06 4:00pm 6/22/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: Australia Vs. Croatia

This game is deceptively underbilled; it's pretty huge, actually. If Australia earns a tie or a win, the Socceroos will advance to the next round; a win for Croatia does the same for them, barring something crazy from Japan against Brazil. It's rare that this round of games end up with two teams playing against each… » 6/22/06 4:00pm 6/22/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: United States Vs. Ghana

Well, here we go: It's the game that will let us know whether we're gonna have a rollicking drunk Tuesday 11 a.m. party next week, or whether ... well, whether the United States will be playing during said drunkenness. As you know, the United States needs an Italian win and a win here, both of which seem firmly within… » 6/22/06 11:00am 6/22/06 11:00am

Live Blog: Italy Vs. Czech Republic

It's always important to have villains in international sports — because what's global goodwill except for an excuse for everybody to hold hands and smell of patchouli? — and last Saturday, Italy played the role right good. Now, of course, We Are All Italians. The United States needs to win its game, then have Italy… » 6/22/06 11:00am 6/22/06 11:00am

Live Blog: Argentina Vs. Netherlands

This is, from almost all accounts, the most entertaining game of the day; two teams who both will be in the next round but are playing for the No. 1 spot or the No. 2. A win or a draw gives Argentina the nod, and a Netherlands win does it for the Dutch/ Netherlanders/ Hollandaise. » 6/21/06 4:00pm 6/21/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: Serbia & Montenegro Vs. Cote d'Ivoire

OK, so fine: This is another one of those games that doesn't mean anything. The Poland-Costa Rica game yesterday was supposedly "meaningless" too, and that didn't stop it from being perhaps the most entertaining game of the day. » 6/21/06 3:48pm 6/21/06 3:48pm

Live Blog: Portugal Vs. Mexico

It's bright and early today, perfect for a particularly rocking soccer game. (Match. Pitch. Whatever.) This one, similar to the Germany-Ecuador game yesterday, could be for the top seed in the next round, though Mexico hasn't nailed down their spot just yet. » 6/21/06 11:00am 6/21/06 11:00am

Live Blog: Iran Vs. Angola

You might be sitting there at your computer, saying silly things like, "Why would I need a live blog of a game between Angola and Iran? Isn't there an excellent Mexico vs. Portugal game right next door? » 6/21/06 11:00am 6/21/06 11:00am

Live Blog: England Vs. Sweden

More fun with America Sr.: The English - with a lead from Mr. Waxed Head Wayne Rooney - are already into the second round, but they need to a draw or a win to secure the top seed coming out of Group B. A win by Sweden here gives them the top seed, and a draw guarantees them a spot in the second round. And even with a… » 6/20/06 4:00pm 6/20/06 4:00pm