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‘Psychic octopus’ to predict final, if not tired

BERLIN: Paul the “psychic” octopus, who has become a global star after correctly forecasting all six of Germany’s World Cup games, will predict the final, but only if his hefty workload has not exhausted him.

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Back problem could rule out Klose record bid

ERASMIA: Brazil’s all-time World Cup record goal scorer Ronaldo’s mark of 15 goals could well remain intact as it was revealed on Thursday German striker Miroslav Klose could miss Saturday’s third place match with Uruguay because of a back injury.

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‘Germany deserved finals berth’

PANAJI: “Oh my God, this is unbelievable, the Octopus has crucified Germany’s aspiations,” yelled Ms Nalini Rocha, an ardent Germany supporter at the World Cup, after witnessing her favourite team crash out of the semi-finals with a narrow 1-0 loss to Euro 2008 champs Spain, Wednesday .

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World Cup: Ode to the perfect pass

CAPE TOWN: For the climax of the World Cup, it is all coming down to the art of the perfect pass.
The Spanish proved in Wednesday’s semi-final against Germany that they are wizards at football’s fundamental skill. They wove passing webs so intricate that the Germans really didn’t have that much to do—except lose. They duly obliged, going down 1-0.

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NETHERLANDS GOES WORLD CUP CRAZY

THE HAGUE: Dutch football fans scrambled on Wednesday for pricey, last-minute tickets to South Africa as the country went football crazy after reaching the World Cup final for the first time in 32 years.

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Sodiem Siolim pip Goa Velha

MAPUSA: Sodiem Siolim Sports Club advanced into the quarters of the Vagator Parish Youth Soccer 2010 being played at Vagator Parish youth grounds, with a 4-3 win via tie-breaker over Goa Velha Sports Club on Wednesday.

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