- The Washington Times - Monday, June 3, 2002

From combined dispatches
ULSAN, South Korea Brazil team captain Emerson was ruled out of the World Cup yesterday after injuring his shoulder and arm during practice.
Emerson, a midfielder, was hurt while playing goalie during an informal scrimmage at Munsu Stadium, where Brazil faces Turkey today.
"He will need four weeks to play football again," team doctor Jose Luis Runco said. "His participation in the World Cup is out of the question."
Emerson's right shoulder popped out of place while he was trying to deflect a shot by Rivaldo. His arm was immobilized and placed in ice.
"Because he has no experience as a goalie, he fell the wrong way," Rivaldo said.
Brazil called up Ricardinho to replace Emerson.

France's Zidane improving
YOKOHAMA, Japan The torn thigh muscle of French star Zinedine Zidane is making good progress, and the midfielder started running again this weekend. France dearly missed its playmaker in a stunning 1-0 loss to Senegal in the opener.
"He is undergoing treatment, which will be intensified in the next few days," team doctor Jean-Marcel Ferret said.
France next plays Thursday against Uruguay.

World Cup blowouts
SAPPORO, Japan Germany's 8-0 win over Saudi Arabia was big but not the biggest in the history of the World Cup. In 1982, Hungary thrashed El Salvador 10-1. The Hungarians beat South Korea 9-0 in 1954, and Yugoslavia defeated Zaire 9-0 in 1974.
There have been two other 8-0 scores: Sweden over Cuba in 1938 and Uruguay over Bolivia in 1950.
Time of possession didn't have much impact on the game. The Saudis were in control of the ball 48 percent of the time. The Germans scored four goals in each half, the first time that happened at a World Cup.

Suspected hooligan banned
TOKYO Another England fan was turned back at Tokyo's main airport yesterday, bringing to nine the number sent home because of a history of hooliganism.
The British Embassy says 20 other Britons have been barred from entering Japan for a variety of suspected offenses.

North Koreans watch
PYONGYANG, North Korea The isolated populace here got a rare glimpse of its rival and neighbor when the Senegal-France opener from Friday in Seoul was televised on tape delay.
The North's reclusive communist regime has had no diplomatic ties with the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. North Koreans can't watch South Korean television, though the North's broadcasts can be seen in the South.
The broadcast showed North Korean viewers the riches of the thriving South a sensitive issue for the North's leaders, whose economy collapsed in the 1990s and still depends on foreign food aid.

England's nemesis
Following yesterday's 1-1 tie, England's winless streak against Sweden has reached its fourth decade.
Over the past 34 years Sweden has tied or beaten England at almost all levels of play: friendlies, Euro qualifiers, European Championships, World Cup qualifiers and now the World Cup finals.
Sweden has three wins and seven ties against England dating back to the 1970s, although FIFA does not recognize all of those games. England last beat Sweden in 1968.

Focused Germans
It was business as usual in the German camp yesterday, with no sign of euphoria one day after scoring their biggest World Cup victory.
Following the 8-0 rout of Saudi Arabia, the Germans turned their attention to their next match against Ireland.
"The group stage is not over yet, and we are not overestimating yesterday's victory," midfielder Bernd Schneider said. "Yes, 8-0 is great, but the next two matches will be more challenging.
"We did get a lot of confidence, though."
The lopsided victory gave the three-time champions a commanding lead in Group E following the 1-1 tie between Ireland and Cameroon. Germany plays Ireland on Wednesday.


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