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  • Bestteam won admits Voller

    June 30, 2002

    Germany coach Rudi Voller was magnanimous in defeat following his team's 2-0 World Cup final defeat, stating that Brazil were worthy winners.

  • Brazilfor Pele, Germany for Beckenbauer

    June 28, 2002

    Brazilian legend Pele has tipped his fellow countrymen to record a fifth World Cup triumph while Germany's greatest ever player, Franz Beckenbauer, has backed Rudi Voller's side to pull of a surprise win on Sunday.

  • FIFAthreatens to curtail size of domestic leagues

    June 28, 2002

    FIFA president Sepp Blatter has threatened to impose limits on the size of some of Europe's domestic leagues as the sport's governing body looks at ways to reduce the dangers of burnout among its leading players.

  • Hiddinkreceives highest honour

    June 28, 2002

    The South Korean World Cup squad and their Dutch manager Guus Hiddink have been awarded the country's highest sports honour - the Blue Dragon medal.

  • Maradonato attend final

    June 27, 2002

    Argentinian legend Diego Maradona plans to attend the World Cup final on Sunday, according to reports.

  • Collinato referee final

    June 27, 2002

    The FIFA Referees Committee has appointed Pierluigi Coliina to referee Sunday's World Cup final.