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: 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: 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

Live Blog: Paraguay Vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Paraguay has been a big disappointment, losing two games 1-0 and already having been eliminated. Meanwhile, the plucky Trinidadians — Toboggans? — look unlikely to make the next round; they need a convincing victory and a blowout loss by Sweden against England. But that's more than perhaps they expected coming in.… » 6/20/06 4:00pm 6/20/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: Germany Vs. Ecuador

Ecuador has been one of the more pleasant stories of the tournament, upsetting Poland and cruising past Costa Rica in their first two games. This is, obviously, the real test, with the Ecuadorians facing host Germany. The winner takes the top seed out of Group A, and if there's a draw, it's good news for Ecuador,… » 6/20/06 11:00am 6/20/06 11:00am

Live Blog: Spain Vs. Tunisia

You probably can't tell from that picture, but the guy in it is a Spain fan who is inexplicably wearing a Spider-man costume. (Oh, by the way: Can any comic book fan out there explain why the hyphen is in there? It's really annoying.) We can't, for the likes of us, figure out what Spain's soccer team has to do with… » 6/19/06 4:00pm 6/19/06 4:00pm

Live Blog: Ukraine Vs. Saudi Arabia

People tend to like us to find "sexy" pictures of soccer "babe" fans, wearing little "clothing" and painting their "faces." But, try as we might, we were unable to find any sexy photos of Saudi Arabia fans. (We also had trouble with Iran and, unusually, Brazil. Odd.) We apologize. » 6/19/06 12:45pm 6/19/06 12:45pm

Live Blog: Mexico vs. Angola

Since our attentions are usually more focused on the World Cup than, say, any other aspect of soccer, we always forget that Mexico is the United States' main rival; they kind of hate each other. How happy Mexico must be now, then, since they're just one win away from the Final 16, while the United States looks like… » 6/16/06 5:28pm 6/16/06 5:28pm

Live Blog: Netherlands vs. Cote d'Ivoire

You have no idea how much fun our dad used to have with us as a kid, trying to convince us that "the Dutch," Holland and the Netherlands were different places. He would set us up in front of people and make us talk about the differences in the people. That was kind of mean, now that we think about it. » 6/16/06 12:45pm 6/16/06 12:45pm