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Greek default must be avoided, says ECB chief

The responsibility to prevent Greece from defaulting lies with eurozone governments, European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet told a Slovak newspaper in an interview published on Tuesday. “A credit event, selective default or default must be avoided,” Trichet told the daily Hospodarske Noviny, repeating the central bank’s line two days…

Group F results: Paraguay wins, Slovakia stuns

No, there are no errors in that title, and no, you’re not losing it. There is no Italy to speak of anymore in this tournament. The defending champions will be on their way home, just as their opponents from 2006 were the other day. Soccer is exciting, soccer is crazy,…

Group F Possibilities

The current table: Paraguay 4 pts +2 goal difference Italy 2 pts 0 New Zealand 2 pts 0 Slovakia 1 pt -2 The possibilities:   New Zealand win New Zealand/Paraguay draw Paraguay win Italy win Italy 5 +1 or better New Zealand 5 +1 or better Paraguay 4 Slovakia 1…

Paraguay 2-0 Slovakia

Here’s what you need to know: Slovakia got their first shot on goal in the 92nd minute. That sums up the viewing experience. But Paraguay, you might be saying, got 2 goals! And they did. And on those plays, they looked great – Vera with a clinical finish in the…

New Zealand: All White Power?

Country mascots: universally sucking since forever. A team called the All Whites. In South Africa. Somewhere, a polar bear cloned from Hitler’s DNA is smiling. But since I’m assuming that name refers to the jersey colors and not some misguided racial commentary, I suppose we can be happy that the…

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