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  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/paulfletcher">Paul Fletcher - Sport Interactive journalist
  • 8 Jun 06, 07:47 PM

paul_fletcher.gifSTADE JOSY BARTHEL, LUXEMBOURG - Ricco and I are currently in Luxembourg's modest national stadium waiting for their friendly match against Ukraine, which is a matter of minutes away.

Luxembourg have provided World Cup warm-up opposition for Germany, Portugal and now Ukraine.

But in all honesty we are not really here to watch Luxembourg complete their very own World Cup group (sort of) or monitor the form of the Ukrainians but to try to persuade %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/ukraine/5048162.stm">Andriy Shevchenko to sign some of our T-shirts.

I cannot help but think we might have missed our chance.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/munich_gears_up_for_the_openin_1.html">Munich gears up for the opening match

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/celinahinchcliffe">Celina Hinchcliffe - Match of the Day reporter
  • 8 Jun 06, 06:58 PM

celina_hinchcliffe2.gif MUNICH. Grown German men in my hotel are on the verge of tears with the news that Michael Ballack %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/germany/5049952.stm">may be out of the opening match (though until the team sheet is published no-one really knows). I spotted two men hugging and consoling each other over the biggest glass of beer I have ever seen in my life. If you think Rooney has fans in Britain hanging by his metatarsal tissue, Ballack's calf strain is the talk of Munich and Germany as a whole.

I was helping myself to a hearty German breakfast in our hotel...you know the usual - vast swathes of ham, cheese and sausage meat, and there toying over the croissants were a merry band of Costa Rican fans.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/the_daily_video_show.html">The Daily Video Show

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/glenlevy">Glen Levy, Match of the Day assistant producer
  • 8 Jun 06, 06:27 PM

BERLIN - It may not be up there with Neil Armstrong landing on the moon or being asked where you were when JFK was shot but we can proudly announce the newest arrival to the Match Of The Day stable – the first World Cup Daily is online and ready to view!

This is the %3Ca%20href="%3Ca%20href="#" onClick="javascript: void window.open('http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av?redirect=fs.stm&nbram=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&news=1&nol_storyid=5061100','console','toolbar=0,location=0,status=0,menubar=0,scrollbars=0,resizable=0,width=681,height=487');return false;">worldwide version and if you're in the UK you can watch an extended version with match action %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/video_archive/default.stm">on the top right of this index.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/world_cup_round_up.html">World Cup round up

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/blogeditor">Blog Editor - Sport Interactive
  • 8 Jun 06, 06:19 PM

LONDON - After pleas from some of you to give it a rest on Wayne Rooney, I pledged to bring you some insight into what the rest of the 31 teams have been stressing over.

So here's a little round-up of recent news and mood in the camps, some of which come from some of the BBC News correspondents around the world (and check out our %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/5046358.stm">form guide for an overview).
Claire S - blog editor

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/tight_lippi.html">Tight Lippi

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/matthewroberts">Matthew Roberts - Match of the Day producer
  • 8 Jun 06, 05:35 PM

matthew_roberts.gifDUISBURG - There's nothing quite like a day with the Italians. Today it was the usual high octane mix of hundreds of journalists, manic press conferences and great sandwiches provided by the Italian FA.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/sven_shows_fergie_his_ruthless.html">Sven shows Fergie his ruthless side

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/philmcnulty">Phil McNulty - Sport Online chief football writer
  • 8 Jun 06, 03:29 PM

phil_mcnulty.gifBADEN-BADEN - Easily the most dramatic day so far at England's opulent World Cup media centre.

Early whispers that Sven-Goran Eriksson would read a brief, prepared statement on Wayne Rooney's fitness then decline further questions set the pulses racing for the world's media.

And Eriksson did not disappoint in what was seen by almost everyone afterwards as putting Sir Alex Ferguson firmly in his place when it comes to Rooney's immediate World Cup future.

My take was that this was very much an "I'm in charge" message to those wondering who will decide Rooney's World Cup destiny.

The statement was cleverly pitched, appealing to "40m England fans" - knowing every last one (bar maybe a few inside Old Trafford) wants to see Rooney in action in Germany.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/wayne_who.html">Wayne who?

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/martinrichardson">Martin Richardson - Sport Interactive journalist
  • 8 Jun 06, 01:38 PM

martin_richardson.gifAIRE DE SPY, E42, BELGIUM – While England is going Rooney crazy after it’s confirmed “the big man” will play some part in the tournament, it’s a different story on the continent.

Check out the %3Ca%20href="#" onClick="javascript: void window.open('http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/sol/ukfs_sport/hi/av?redirect=fs.stm&nbram=1&bbram=1&nbwm=1&bbwm=1&news=1&nol_storyid=5061270','console','toolbar=0,location=0,status=0,menubar=0,scrollbars=0,resizable=0,width=681,height=487');return false;">video of our first day on the blog.

A stop for lunch at the motorway services just past Charleroi gave me my first opportunity to get my hands on the Bild Zeitung, Germany’s biggest tabloid paper.

So is the Rooney news splashed all across the headlines?

The answer, a firm no.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/bobbies_in_frankfurt.html">Bobbies in Frankfurt

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/tomgeoghegan">Tom Geoghegan - News Interactive journalist
  • 8 Jun 06, 01:15 PM

tom_geoghegan.gifFRANKFURT - The first British bobbies to patrol foreign streets in uniform have begun work in Frankfurt.harold_203.jpg

A chorus of "Bobby, bobby, give us a song," rang out in the main square Romerplatz, courtesy of a group of Ipswich fans enjoying the sunshine and the German lager.

And one of the officers, a Liverpudlian known as "Robbie the Bobby", cheerfully obliged with "We won it five times", referring to his club's haul of European Cups.

He is one of four uniformed officers on the streets of Frankfurt, offering help and trying to bridge any cultural misunderstandings between fans and the German police.

They began work being treated like minor celebrities, posing for pictures with international tourists and youngsters.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/sven_hits_back_in_rooney_row.html">Sven hits back in Rooney row

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/blogeditor">Blog Editor - Sport Interactive
  • 8 Jun 06, 12:20 PM

LONDON - Update from my %3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/is_there_a_deal_on_rooney_1.html">earlier post regarding Manchester United possibly having a say in Wayne Rooney's participation..
%3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/england/5059286.stm">Sven-Goran Eriksson did not mince words at his 11am (BST) media conference.

In one of his most outspoken moments so far, Eriksson stated categorically: "Wayne Rooney is injury free. It's up to us to get him match fit now."
He said he was prepared to "take in any specialist we want to take in, or Manchester United want us to take in", but insisted that "the last say on this situation is Rooney's and mine".

In words uncharacteristically passionate, Sven signed off: "I am doing this in the best interests of Rooney, the England team and 40m England fans."

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/inside_the_match_of_the_day_ca.html">Inside the Match of the Day camp

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/paularmstrong">Paul Armstrong, Editor, Match of the Day
  • 8 Jun 06, 11:33 AM

paul_armstrong_55x55.gif BERLIN - Not long to go now til the hype can be interrupted by the outbreak of football. I've been in Berlin since Saturday but even here - thanks to 24 hours news and www.bbc.co.uk/sport it's been possible to tap into the round-the-clock metatarsal coverage.

We're having to rely on eye-witness reports to tell us about the numbers of flags flying from cars, but we can sense expectations growing. The German media are almost as obsessed with Ballack as we are with Rooney: did he really slate Jurgen Klinsmann's tactics, did he miss training as a mere "precaution" or - %3Ca%20href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/world_cup_2006/teams/germany/5049952.stm">as it now turns out - was something worse afoot? Or indeed acalf.

I'm typing this in the area adjoining %3Ca%20href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/44565978@N00/">our studio, overlooking the %3Ca%20href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandenburg_Gate">Brandenburg Gate, and after four days of awful weather (it was snowing on Sunday in Baden-Baden) it finally feels like summer.

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%3Ca%20href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/is_there_a_deal_on_rooney_1.html">Is there a deal on Rooney?

  • %3Ca%20href="/blogs/worldcup/blogeditor">Blog Editor - Sport Interactive
  • 8 Jun 06, 09:35 AM

LONDON - So, are Manchester United happy about Wayne Rooney getting the all clear to play (some part) in the World Cup? Make your own mind up.
The news broke around midnight last night. The club put out this statement on %3Ca%20href="http://www.manutd.com/news/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=336128&itype=466&icategoryid=120&update">its website:

Manchester United can confirm that Wayne Rooney has rejoined the England squad in Germany following his scan in Manchester.
He is now in the care of the England medical team. The expert independent medical view is that Wayne has a good chance of being fit after the group stage.
At that point, the expert independent medical view is that his participation in the tournament will require very careful assessment in order to address his suitability, as he will not have had the opportunity to play in less demanding games.

Five Live correspondent Mike Ingham, who was in the hotel reception when Rooney returned and heard him declare 'The Big Man's Back in Town', is among many journalists pointing to the not entirely enthusiastic phrasing as proof United are not entirely happy their £30m investment is back in Germany.

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