- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Soccer Guy feels a little better today concerning the poor players from Togo who had threatened to boycott their team’s game against France if they weren’t paid by their soccer federation. FIFA has agreed to pay the players bonuses rather than handing cash over to the suspect Togolese soccer bosses.

• Germany has gone nuts over its recent victories, and the nation’s colors are everywhere. You can buy a German baseball cap decorated with the black, red and yellow of the flag for just $2.40 and a Hawaiian-type necklace for a mere $1.

• It was good to hear Germans finally accept the 1966 World Cup loss to England even though the third English goal in the 4-2 win is still highly debated.

“We have reached the stage now where we should be able to say England deserved to win the World Cup,” Germany’s Wolfgang Weber said Tuesday. Weber scored the late equalizer in the 1966 final to make it 2-2 before Geoff Hurst’s goal, which did not appear to cross the line, was awarded by the Russian official.

John Haydon

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