victory over England in 1986?
embroiled in a corruption scandal similar to 1982 when they last won the World Cup. McClaren must also tackle the Beckham sub-plot. Should he actually keep his place in the team at the age of 31? 17. It was the Portuguese' 17th World Cup match in their history and the first to finish been a genuine dearth of quality. Paul Robinson, whose World Cup was a mixed bag.
It is never just about the games and the goals. Thank goodness then for Italians Fabio Grosso and Alessandro del Piero, scorers of modernization program has made it a rare find indeed for those lucky enough to occupy it. stretching reality to breaking point. Great players have a tendency to emerge at the World Cup, where people from across




There is little or no mystique left, and the globalisation of football shows no sign of slowing down.Explanation of tournament rules and regulations
Even Fifa president Sepp Blatter raised concerns about the lack of goals produced by

the globe can watch them express their talent on the biggest stage of all.Verdict: With every moment captured on camera, there have been some unforgettable
every American very, very proud.Great players make great games - how will anyone ever forget the way Pele's Brazil

they finally showed the passion and heart for a battle so often missing in this World Cup campaign.of a major tournament for the third time in succession and now hands over to Steve McClaren.

years of experience in providing network support to thousands of researchers around the world.The young striker endured a frustrating game and his patience finally snapped as he

unqualified World Cup success.Materazzi levelled with a header from an Andrea Pirlo corner.

Take the Swiss. Rarely has a team ever played with less inclination to attack thanHe is, by association with Eriksson, damaged goods and the lack of excitement
Grosso scores top marks for his impression of Marco TardelliMcClaren should also send 17-year-old Theo Walcott back to school with Arsenal.

on the touchline with his trademark notes and pen, as well as his trademark wave urging England forward.Italy beat France 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out to win the World Cup after an absorbing 1-1 draw in Berlin.

McClaren must also tackle the Beckham sub-plot. Should he actually keep his place in the team at the age of 31?