Tuesday, June 13, 2006

More Soccer Notes

Togo, Togo, Togo
At the end of the first half Togo was beating South Korea (1-0). Eventually, the Togolese lost 2-1. Too bad. Togo, a former French colony became independent in 1960. It has a population of about 5 million people. The coach for the Togo team is Otto Pfister who quit his job a few days before the beginning of the World Cup. There was a dispute between the team and the Togo Federation about salaries. Eventually, Pfister came back to coach but it was not good enough. The next chance is on June 19 against Switzerland.

Fire the Coach?
A Polish fan almost had a nervous breakdown because Poland lost 2-0 to Ecuador. Zygmunt Jan Pruszynski sued Pavel Janas, the team’s coach. However, he is willing to relent if Poland beats Germany in tomorrow’s game.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Tie: A Victory
Trinidad and Tobago tied Sweden in their first World Cup game. The “upset” is a real victory for the Caribbean country.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Soccer: Politics on the Field?

You can read my article on soccer and politics in the Los Angeles Daily News.

World Cup Odds and Ends

Well, it’s soccer feast these days. Just watched the first half of USA-Czech Republic. During the break I am posting a few things of interest. Mexico won yesterday against Iran (3-1). It was a sweet victory for Mexican players particularly Oswaldo Sanchez whose father had died a few days ago. Mexicans players dedicated the victory to Sanchez’ dad. In 1966 North Korea beat Italy. Korean players went home as heroes. Now North Koreans cannot watch the World Cup because the country cannot afford the broadcast rights. Not to worry. South Korea will help them out. Diego Armando Maradona went back to Italy to play for a benefit game. Italian police confiscated two Rolex watches from Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona to pay off some of his 30m euros ($39m) in back taxes. Maradona ran up the debt when he played for Naples in 1984-1990.

Friday, June 09, 2006

No Bilingual Classes: Parents Upset

Parents of elementary school kids became upset when school officials ended the dual language program their kids were enrolled in.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Speak English and More...

The Washington post has an op-ed piece on the value of English and other languages.