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Team Profile: Argentina

Appearances at finals
1930 – Runners-up
1934 – First round
1958 – First round
1962 – First round
1966 – Quarter-finals
1974 – Second group stage
1978 – Winners
1982 – Second group stage
1986 – Winners
1990 – Runners-up
1994 – Second round
1998 – Quarter-finals
2002 – First round
2006 – Quarter-finals

Overall record at finals: Played 65, Won 33, Drawn 13, Lost 19.

Best performance: Winners in 1978 and 1986.

Most appearances at finals: Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994) – 21.

Most goals at finals: Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002) – 9.

World Cup high: Diego Maradona scoring a thrilling solo goal against England in the quarter-finals at the Mexico 86 World Cup.

World Cup low: Losing 6-1 against Czechoslovakia in Sweden 58.

World Cup legend: Diego Maradona. He scored five goals and was the indisputable star of the Mexico 86 tournament.

The story so far: In 1930, Argentina reached the first World Cup final, which ended in a victory for Uruguay, the tournament hosts. The Argentine national team have also topped the football world twice. In 1978, playing at home, the squad coached by Cesar Menotti and led by Mario Kempes defeated Holland in extra-time to clinch their first World Cup.

Eight years later, Diego Maradona played at his absolute peak and took Carlos Bilardo’s team to the title in Mexico after defeating Germany in the final. Argentina also reached the final in 1990, when Germany avenged their loss at Aztec Stadium four years earlier and defeated Argentina 1-0 in Rome.

Argentina have failed to qualify only once, after being defeated in the qualifiers in 1970. They have refused to participate in three other World Cups for political reasons but since 1974 they have played in every World Cup, and they have been eliminated in the first round only once, in 2002.

Qualification: The road to South Africa was filled with pitfalls for the two-time champions. Argentina only qualified following the very last game of the tournament, after defeating Uruguay 1-0 in Montevideo, where they had not won since 1976. After their defeat against Chile in the tenth game, coach Alfio Basile quit and Diego Maradona took over.

Under his watch, the team failed to meet expectations and they were pummelled 6-1 by Bolivia in La Paz. However, history weighed heavier in the last two games, and victories against Peru and Uruguay were enough to reach the World Cup. Many people in Argentina dream about repeating the epic 1986 campaign in which the team made it to the World Cup after a turbulent qualifying campaign and went on to become world champions.

Qualifying record: P18, W8, D4, L6, F23, A20, Pts28.

Most appearances: Lionel Messi (18).

Top goalscorers: Sergio Agüero, Lionel Messi, Juan Román Riquelme (4).


Team Profile: Brazil

Appearances at finals:
1930: First round
1934: First round
1938: Third place
1950. Runners-up
1954: Quarter-finals
1958: Winners
1962. Winners
1966: First round
1970: Winners
1974: Fourth place
1978: Third place
1982: Second group stage
1986: Quarter-finals
1990: Second round
1994: Winners
1998: Runners-up
2002: Winners
2006: Quarter-finals

Overall record at finals: Played 92, Won 64, Drawn 14, Lost 14.Best performance: Winners in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Most appearances at finals: Cafú (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006) – 21.Most goals at finals. Ronaldo (1998, 2002, 2006) – 15.

World Cup high: Becoming the first country to win three World Cups with what has been described as the world’s greatest ever team in 1970. They defeated Italy 4-1 in the final and were graced by an attacking line-up that boasted Pelé, Tostao, Gerson, Jairzinho and Rivelino. As close to attacking football perfection as has yet been seen.

World Cup low: Losing the final of France 98, where star man Ronaldo played like a zombie after suffering a fit in the hours leading up to the match. Brazil had no answer to a Zinedine Zidane-inspired France and crashed to a 3-0 defeat.

World Cup legend: Pelé played in four World Cups and remains the only player to have won three World Cups. He was champion for the first time as a 17-year-old at Sweden 1958. Having missed much of the 1962 tournament after suffering an injury in Brazil’s second game, and then being kicked out of the tournament after rough-house tactics from Hungary and Portugal as Brazil exited, he secured his legend at Mexico 70, where he inspired the tournament’s best-ever team, scoring in the final and providing the assist for Carlos Alberto’s wonderful goal to clinch the 4-1 win. Overall, he played 14 games and scored a total of 12 goals.

The story so far: The team and country most associated with the World Cup, Brazil’s love affair with the greatest show on earth has been one of constant attendance. They are the only team to have played in all 19 tournaments and their non-participation is almost unthinkable.

They first showed their potential in 1938 when losing in the semi-finals and unearthing a true star in Leônidas. As hosts in 1950, a nation went into mourning when Uruguay beat them 2-1 in the deciding match, with the result that Brazil have not worn white-coloured shirts since. It was in Sweden in 1958 that they finally lifted the Jules Rimet Trophy after unearthing Pelé and Garrincha as they became the first team to win the World Cup in a different continent. Pelé’s injury in 1962 left Garrincha as the star man and the winger, as well as Pelé’s replacement, Amarildo, secured victory in Chile. The high point came in 1970 with the Jules Rimet Trophy claimed forever and the world dazzled by a team that won every game in unmatched style. The rest of the 70s were not so glorious, although they claimed third place in 1978.

Four years later, Brazil were again the entertainers but fell to Italian guile in a classic second-round encounter. Mexico 86 and Italia 90 were tales of unfulfilled promise and premature exits, but USA 94 saw Brazil, perhaps more cautious than before, able to win the World Cup trophy after beating Italy on penalties in the final in Pasadena. In 1998, they were favourites but disaster struck in Paris amid the infamous Ronaldo saga and they lost 3-0. Ronaldo achieved vindication in 2002, though, with two goals in the final to complete a remarkable comeback. Germany 2006 saw them again expected to cruise to glory but their malfunctioning superstars were dumped out by a resurgent France.

Qualification: Brazil won the South American qualifying tournament with ease, and could afford to lose and draw their last two matches with Bolivia and Venezuela respectively. Coach Dunga ignored those who criticised his style of play as Luis Fabiano starred in attack and Julio Cesar in goal.

During their campaign, they beat Argentina 3-1 away for the first time in 14 years, and they once again enter the finals tournament as a heavily-favoured team.

Qualifying record: P18, W9, D7, L2, F33, A11, Pts34.

Most appearances: Julio Cesar (18).

Top goalscorer: Luis Fabiano (9).


What to Make of Argentina?

NYT – By JEFFREY MARCUS

JOHANNESBURG — It was difficult to determine who was more fired up after Argentina’s 3-1 victory over Mexico in the round of 16 last Sunday night, Carlos Tevez, who scored two goals to earn man of the match honors, or his coach, Diego Maradona.

Tevez was thrilled to put his imprint on the Albicelestes’ World Cup run. The son of Fuerte Apache is a fighter, who bleeds for his national team, and no other player, even among Argentina’s passionately committed stars, takes as much pride in his workmanship.

He’ll be a key player for Argentina against Germany this weekend in the quarterfinal. The tournament resumes Friday after a two-day break. Half the teams still competing are from South America, and none has as many interesting story lines as Argentina.

Will Lionel Messi get a goal?

The world’s best player has carved up defenses with his sharp runs. He has aided teammates with precise passes. And he’s also shown himself to be one tough little dude (he’s only 5 feet 6 inches).

“What is being done to Messi is a scandal,” Maradona said. “Every time he touches the ball, they kick him. They don’t even look for the ball, they look for his legs.”

Messi has been fouled 15 times, most of any player still competing in the tournament.

Earlier in the World Cup, Portugal Coach Carlos Queiroz complained his star, Cristiano Ronaldo, was also a target and didn’t get the protection from referees. He won’t need to worry about that any more; Ronaldo and Portugal said goodbye to South Africa on Tuesday night, care of Spain. Many people were not happy with Ronaldo’s salutation

Does Maradona go with a recovering Samuel? Or will he rely on Burdisso.

He scoffed at a reporter who dared to ask him. My guess: he has no idea what he’s going to do until the minute he does it.

In fact, Maradona had no interest in looking at his team’s match up with Germany a few days ago.

“That’s a ridiculously stupid question,” Maradona said. “Can’t you let me enjoy this win over Mexico.”

“I’ll start thinking about Germany tomorrow,” he said. “Write whatever you think I would about Germany.”


Team Profile: Germany

Appearances at finals:
(As East Germany)
1974 – Second round

(As West Germany)
1954 – Winners
1958 – Fourth place
1962 – Quarter-finals
1966 – Runners-up
1970 – Third place
1974 – Winners
1978 – Second round
1982 – Runners-up
1986 – Runners-up
1990 – Winners

(As Germany)
1934 – Third place
1938 – First round
1994 – Quarter-finals
1998 – Quarter-finals
2002 – Runners-up
2006 – Third place

Overall record at finals: Played 58, Won 37, Drawn 9, Lost 12.

Best performance: Winning the tournament in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

Most appearances at finals: Lothar Matthäus (1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) – 25.

Most goals at finals: Gerd Müller (1970, 1974) – 14.

World Cup high: Winning the World Cup on home turf in 1974 with a 2-1 win in the final to beat Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands, who were famed for their ‘total football’ and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest sides in history.

World Cup low: Losing in the 1966 final to England after a contentious goal from Geoff Hurst that may or may not have crossed the line at Wembley, depending on your geographical location. It was the opinion of Azerbaijani linesman Tofik Bakhramov that counted, though.

World Cup legend: Franz Beckenbauer was perhaps the finest sweeper in football history. Der Kaiser captained Germany to glory in 1974, managed the team that won the 1990 tournament and, for good measure, helped bring the World Cup to German soil as the key figure in the 2006 bid team.

The story so far: ‘Never write off the Germans’ is the old refrain – and with good reason. Reaching seven finals in their history, five times as West Germany before the reunification of the country, the Germans have reached the quarter-finals in every tournament since 1982 and are the very model of consistency.

Their first triumph came in the 1954 World Cup in Switzerland courtesy of a shock victory over the ‘Magical Magyars’ of Hungary, despite going 2-0 down to the team of Ferenc Puskas. The odds were upset once again in 1974 when Johan Cruyff’s Netherlands went a goal up in the final only to lose 2-1 as West Germany triumphed on home turf. A hat-trick of titles was complete when Andreas Brehme struck with five minutes remaining to defeat Argentina in the final of Italia 90 and confirm Germany as a nation with outstanding World Cup pedigree.

Qualification: Germany enjoyed an unbeaten qualifying campaign under Joachim Loew as they held off the challenge of Guus Hiddink’s Russia to secure top spot in Group Four. After starting their campaign in ominous fashion with a 6-0 hammering of Liechtenstein, the key to Germany’s qualification was their two victories over Russia, the second of which was a 1-0 win in Moscow in October that guaranteed their participation in the finals in South Africa.

Qualifying record: P10, W8, D2, L0, F26, A5, Pts26.

Most appearances: Philipp Lahm, Mario Gomez (10).

Top goalscorer: Miroslav Klose (7).


Brazil Keeps Winning Dunga’s Way

NY Times – By ROB HUGHES

JOHANNESBURG — There are no points for artistry in soccer. There never were, yet some Brazilians cannot help thinking otherwise.

The manner of its overpowering 3-0 destruction of Chile at Ellis Park on Monday left little doubt that Brazil possesses the talents and the toughness to dismiss any opponent in any way it pleases.

But reverse those qualities. Make it the toughness and the talents, because this is without doubt the way Brazil’s coach, Dunga, has set out to win back the World Cup.

The first goal Monday was designed by Dunga — a set piece rehearsed a thousand times, a thundering header from a big, strong defender. The second turned a deep defense into a deadly attack in a matter of seconds, with the final pass and the finish delivered at such a quick pace that only the most skilled players could have accomplished it.

And the third goal, with Robinho’s burst of free spirit, was a treat allowed to the players only after the match was dead and buried.

That is Dunga’s soccer, and that is what makes Brazil the likely world champion for the sixth time, over Maradona’s cavalier Argentines, the cocksure Dutch, the cosmopolitan Germans and a Spanish squad that was still searching for its finery before its 1-0 victory over Portugal on Tuesday in its Round of 16 match.Dunga’s postgame comments were unconditional. He said it was wrong to believe that the Brazilians of the past could win without steel in the modern age…

And Dunga is Dunga. Win the power game first, then, if you must, indulge in the fantasy that hopeless romantics always associate with Brazil.

The truth is that this is Dunga’s Brazil, and he may very likely win the World Cup with it. The players at his disposal are good enough to go the distance whatever their style…


Team Profile: Netherlands

Appearances at finals:

1934 – First round
1938 – First round
1974 – Runners-up
1978 – Runners-up
1990 – Second round
1994 – Quarter-finals
1998 – Fourth place
2006 – Second round

Overall record at finals: Played 36, Won 16, Drawn 10, Lost 10.

Best performance: Runners-up in 1974 and 1978.

Most appearances at finals: Johnny Rep (1974, 1978), Ruud Krol (1974, 1978), Wim Jansen (1974, 1978) – 14.

Most goals at finals: Johnny Rep (1974, 1978) – 7.

World Cup high: Bringing ‘total football’ to the World Cup in 1974 when, in beating both Brazil and Argentina in the second group stage, they made it to the final despite it being a first appearance in the tournament for 36 years.

World Cup low: The ugly incident involving Netherland’s Frank Rijkaard and Germany’s Rudi Völler, resulting in both players being sent off and Rijkaard spitting in Voller’s hair.

World Cup legend: Johan Cruyff, who, despite only playing in the 1974 finals, was central to the country’s brand of ‘brilliant orange’, which catapulted the Dutch from obscurity to World Cup entertainers in the 70s.

The story so far: Netherlands’ World Cup history is surprisingly sparse considering their modern reputation. After taking part in the first two tournaments, they failed to qualify again until the 70s, when they lost in two consecutive finals.

Even after that, the Dutch missed out on the finals in 1982 and 1986 and, later, in 2002. They have always promised much yet there is still the feeling that the Dutch have generally under-achieved in world football.

Qualification: Netherlands found their route to the finals in faultless fashion, becoming the first European side to qualify for South Africa in June 2009. They were handed an easy group with just four other nations, none of which had qualified for any finals tournament since 2000. The Dutch had a 100% record in Group Nine, but were not exactly prolific in scoring 17 goals in 8 games. Qualification was virtually assured by back-to-back 3-0 and 4-0 home wins over Scotland and Macedonia in the first qualifiers of 2009.

Qualifying record: P8, W8, D0, L0, F17, A2, Pts24.

Most appearances: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Andre Ooijer, Dirk Kuyt, Joris Mathijsen, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (8).

Top goalscorers: Dirk Kuyt, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (3).


World Cup 2010: Cristiano Ronaldo is a ‘broken man’ after Portugal defeat to Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo is inconsolable following Portugal’s 1-0 defeat to Spain in the World Cup second round but coach Carlos Queiroz believes his team will bounce back stronger.

Telegraph

The European champions won an intriguing World Cup second-round contest 1-0 ending Portugal‘s campaign which had so much expectation, especially after the 7-0 win against North Korea.

“We hope that in the next World Cup we can perform with a greater degree of ambition and keep alive our motto of playing to win.”

“I wanted us to be able to leave the field with our heads held high, and I think we accomplished this.

“We always have as our main goal to win. We also want to have an honourable performance to dignify Portuguese football.

Portugal defended well, but they were ultimately overwhelmed by the sheer amount of possession and territory play Spain commanded.

“We wanted to do well and when we compete at this level, if we manage to obtain second or third, it is not satisfactory,” he said.

The statistics spoke for themselves, with Spain amasing 19 shots to Portugal’s nine and having 61 percent of the possession.

Real Madrid’s Ronaldo, the most expensive footballer in the world, was left broken, refusing to speak to the media after the match.

His only remark was to a TV crew when he said: “How can I explain it (the defeat). Ask the question of Carlos Queiroz.” He was roundly criticised at home for that and for not assuming his responsibilities as the national captain.

In a statement issued later, he said he was deeply sad.

“I feel a broken man, completely disconsolate, frustrated and an unimaginable sadness,” he said.

“When I said ‘put the question to the coach’, it is just because Carlos Queiroz was holding a press conference.

“I was not in a position to explain what was what. I am a human being, and like any human being I suffer and I have the right to suffer alone.

“I know that I am the captain, and I have always assumed and will assume my responsibilities.”

Queiroz said Portugal would return home and work at becoming an even better side.



Team Profile: Spain

Appearances at finals:
1934 – Quarter-finals
1950 – Fourth place
1962 – First round
1966 – First round
1978 – First round
1982 – Second round
1986 – Quarter-finals
1990 – Second round
1994 – Quarter-finals
1998 – First round
2002 – Quarter-finals
2006 – Second round

Overall record at finals: Played 49, Won 22, Drawn 12, Lost 15.

Best performance: Reaching the final group round in the 1950 tournament, finishing fourth.

Most appearances at finals: Andoni Zubizarreta (1986, 1990, 1994, 1998) – 16.

Most goals at finals: Estanislao Basora (1950), Emilio Butragueno (1986, 1990), Fernando Hierro (1994, 1998, 2002), Fernando Morientes (1998, 2002), Raul (1998, 2002, 2006) – 5.

World Cup high: Emilio ‘The Vulture’ Butragueno tearing apart a superb Denmark side including Michael Laudrup, Soren Lerby and Preben Elkjaer in the 1986 second round, scoring four goals in a stunning 5-1 demolition of one of Europe’s finest teams.

World Cup low: The 2002 campaign ending in acrimony and controversy as a succession of dubious decisions saw them lose on penalties to host nation South Korea in the quarter-finals. Jose Antonio Camacho’s men were furious after two apparently good goals were disallowed.

World Cup legend: Fernando Hierro. The Real Madrid icon is Spain’s joint top scorer in World Cups and is second only to Zubizarretta in terms of appearances, with 12 to his name. The defender represented his country with distinction at three finals, but failed to progress past the quarter-finals.

The story so far: It is one of the more curious statistics in World Cup history that, since their fourth-placed finish in 1950, Spain have never come closer than the quarter-finals of football’s greatest competition.

Star names have come and gone and accusations of ‘bottling it’ have become a perennial stick with which to beat the country, but maybe, just maybe, Spain will end their long wait for a World Cup triumph in South Africa.

After decades of under-achievement and acute disappointment, La Furia Roja have real aspirations of following in the footsteps of West Germany and France by holding both the World Cup and European Championship titles at the same time.

Qualification: Spain enjoyed an impeccable campaign under Vicente del Bosque, winning ten out of ten qualifiers. Relying almost entirely on the squad that triumphed at Euro 2008, particularly top scorer David Villa, Spain were imperious and enjoyed heavy wins over Armenia (4-0), Belgium (5-0) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (5-2) to confirm the suspicion that they will be real contenders in South Africa. Their qualification campaign also witnessed the emergence of young stars such as Juan Mata and Gerard Pique, both of whom scored three goals.

Qualifying record: P10, W10, D0, L0, F28, A5, Pts30.

Most appearances: Iker Casillas, Joan Capdevila, Xavi (9).

Top goalscorer: David Villa (7).


World Cup 2010: Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger brands Argentina ‘whingers’

Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger has lit the fuse for a potentially explosive World Cup quarter-final with Argentina by launching an extraordinary attack on their South American opponents.

Telegraph – By Ian Chadband

Schweinsteiger lambasted the Argentine players for provoking referees, using gamesmanship and disrespecting their opponents, suggesting that their behaviour was part of their national character.

The key German midfielder even had a go at Argentina fans, claiming they had taken seats belonging to Mexico supporters during the last 16 match in Johannesburg.

Schweinsteiger’s inflammatory comments stem from his bitter memories of the equivalent quarter-final clash at the last World Cup on home soil when Germany’s victory on penalties was marred by ugly post-match scenes, with players and coaches from both teams clashing on the pitch.

“The Argentinians provoke and are always whingeing to the referee to try and change his opinion. We shouldn’t let ourselves be affected by their provocations,” said Schweinsteiger.

“It starts before the match. You see their body language, how they gesticulate, how they try to influence the referee. That is not part of the game. That is a lack of respect. They are like that. We should not be provoked by them. I hope the referee will pick this up.”

Schweinsteiger said the half-time melee involving Argentina’s players during the last-16 match against Mexico showed they had “no respect”…]


Team Profile: Paraguay

Appearances at finals:
1930 – First round
1934 – Withdrew from competition
1950 – First round
1958 – First round
1986 – Second round
1998 – Second round
2002 – Second round
2006 – First round

Overall record at finals: Played 19, Won 6, Drawn 7, Lost 9.

Best performance: Second round in 1986, 1998, 2002

Most appearances at finals: Carlos Gamarra (1998, 2002, 2006) – 11.

Most goals at finals: Nelson Cuevas (2002, 2006) – 3.

World Cup high: A 3-1 win over Nigeria, who had just defeated Spain and Bulgaria, at France 98.

World Cup low: Losing 7-3 to France at Sweden 58.

World Cup legend: Jose Luis Chilavert is one of the biggest stars in Paraguayan soccer and was outstanding in 1998 and 2002 when he led the teams that came very close to eliminating France and Germany.

The story so far: The Paraguayan national team’s stock is on a high at present. They are now widely considered one of the strongest teams in South America after qualifying for their fourth consecutive World Cup.

After featuring in only one World Cup in 40 years, Paraguay put up decent performances in the past three tournaments, especially in 1998 and 2002, when they were eliminated in the last 16 by teams that ended up reaching the final: France and Germany. After the experience of previous World Cups, the current generation of Paraguayan footballers will now hope to finally go beyond the second round.

Qualification: Paraguay qualified without any major problems and with two games to play, having beating Argentina in Asuncion. The team, coached by Gerardo Martino, was the most impressive in the first half of qualifying, when they won seven out of ten games, including an outstanding 1-0 win over Brazil at home. Although they failed to keep up that high level of performance in the second half of the competition, they were still able to comfortably reach their fourth consecutive World Cup.

Qualifying record: P18, W10, D3, L5, F24, A16, Pts33.

Most appearances: Justo Villar (17).

Top goalscorers: Salvador Cabañas (6).



Team Profile: Uruguay

Appearances at finals:
1930 – Winners
1950 – Winners
1954 – Fourth place
1962 – First round
1966 – Quarter-finals
1970 – Fourth place
1974 – First round
1986 – Second round
1990 – Second round
2002 – First round

Overall record: Played 40, Won 15, Drawn 10, Lost 15.

Best performance: They won the championship in their first two appearances, in 1930 and 1950.

Most appearances at finals: Ladislao Mazurkiewicz (1966, 1970, 1974) – 11.

Most goals at finals: Oscar Míguez, Juan Alberto Schiaffino (1950, 1954) – 7.World Cup high: The ‘Maracanazo‘ in 1950, a 2-1 victory against Brazil in the championship-deciding game. Juan Alberto Schiaffino and Alcides Ghiggia scored Uruguay’s goals in the second half after Friaça had put the hosts ahead.

World Cup low: Their humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Denmark in Mexico 1986.

World Cup legend: Juan Alberto Schiaffino is considered the best Uruguayan footballer of all-time. He is most fondly remembered for his great performance in 1950, where he led his squad to their most memorable achievement, but some feel he was even better in the 1954 finals. As a man of Italian ancestry, he joined AC Milan in 1954 and spent the final years of his international career playing for Italy.

The story so far: During the early days of organised international football, Uruguay were a true world power. Prior to the creation of the World Cup, they had won Olympic gold in both 1924 and 1928. Since they were the best team of their era, they were awarded the privilege of organising the first World Cup, which they won with relative ease.

Due to political reasons, they were absent from the next two World Cups, but they came back with a bang in 1950 as they achieved one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history by defeating Brazil at the Estádio do Maracanã to take the trophy, a feat that came to be known as ‘Maracanazo‘. Despite a couple of decent runs in 1954 and 1970, they have since been unable to relive their early glories.

Qualification: As has been the way of things during recent years, Uruguay had to suffer to reach their 11th World Cup final. Defeat to Argentina in their final CONMEBOL qualifier took them into a play-off with fourth-placed CONCACAF side Costa Rica. They defeated the Ticos 1-0 away and then drew the second leg 1-1 at the legendary Estadio Centenario in Montevideo to grab the last available spot in South Africa. Qualifying record: P20, W7, D7, L6, F30, A21, Pts 28.Most appearances: Luis Suárez (19).

Top goalscorer: Diego Forlán (7).

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Google’s mismanagement of the Android Market

Jon Lech Johansen’s blog

Earlier this week, CNET ran an article critical of the permission model of the Android Market. Google’s response to the criticism was that “each Android app must get users’ permission to access sensitive information”. While this is technically true, one should not need a PhD in Computer Science to use a smartphone.

How is a consumer supposed to know exactly what the permission “act as an account authenticator” means? The CNET opinion piece “Is Google far too much in love with engineering?” is quite relevant here.

Google does far too little curation of the Android Market, and it shows. Unlike Apple’s App Store, the Android Market has few high quality apps. A study by Larva Labs (the developers of the excellent Slidescreen app) estimates that Apple has paid out 50 times more money to developers than Google has.

While the Android Market is available in 46 countries, developers can only offer paid apps in 13 countries (for instance, Canada has only had access to paid apps since March 2010). In addition, the price for foreign apps is not displayed in the user’s local currency and developers do not have the option of customizing pricing by country. To make matters worse, you can’t pay for foreign apps using your Amex card or carrier billing. There’s also no support for in-app payments and changelogs (to communicate app changes)…



Opponents of immigration law call for boycott of Arizona Iced Tea – but it is brewed in New York!

NY Daily News – BY Helen Kennedy

Opponents of Arizona‘s new anti-immigrant law are calling for a boycott of the state’s products – including the popular Arizona Iced Tea.

The problem: Arizona Iced Tea is actually brewed in New York. Online, misguided tea fans vowed to switch to Lipton or Snapple.

“Dear Arizona: If you don’t change your immigration policy, I will have to stop drinking your enjoyable brand of iced tea,” Twittered Jody Beth in Los Angeles. “It is the drink of fascists,” wrote Travis Nichols in Chicago.

The company did not return messages asking if they planned to set the public straight. Founded in Brooklyn in 1992, the firm was based in Queens before moving into a new $35 million headquarters in Nassau County last year.

The new state law allows cops to demand citizenship papers from anyone they think looks illegal. Actual Arizona firms facing a boycott: Cold Stone Creamery, U-Haul and Best Western.


Microsoft’s Windows 8 goals revealed

Fast-boot slate, cloud services

The Register – By Gavin Clarke

Microsoft’s successor to Windows 7 is taking shape – and that shape looks suspiciously like an iPad supplementing a diet of media with online services.

A set of Microsoft slides, apparently leaked online here and expanded here, have mapped out the company’s design and feature goals for Windows 8.

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Among those goals: Windows 8 works on a slate form factor in addition to the regular laptop and “all-in-one” PC, with Windows 8 complementing this new form factor by providing instant power on – or at least near instant.

Windows 8 slates will support touch and use facial recognition to pull up the users’ profile – presumably application settings, documents and services.

Microsoft’ wants Windows 8 to feed users cloud services and let them down load applications from a planned Windows 8 Store. So far, Microsoft’s only been talking about marketplaces in relation to Windows Mobile and Zune service.

Among the other goals for Windows 8 are a “reset button” for use if – or more likely when – your PC begins to mysteriously slow down and performance begins to drag like a dog. Windows 8 will let you reset and retain your data.

The Windows 8 customer will re-install applications by visiting Microsoft’s Windows Store.

The reset button is a sign Microsoft is aware performance is of paramount importance to consumers and enthusiast – two target customer groups Microsoft has highlighted in its slides as its target users. It also suggests Microsoft feels it cannot stop the performance of Windows on PCs degrading over time, so it wants to give users an easy fix…



Is ‘Google Me’ Ready to Challenge Facebook?

Fox News – By Jeremy A. Kaplan

Some 140 characters have the Internet wondering: Is Google planning a competitor for Facebook?

Thanks to a brief post by the well-connected founder of the Digg tech news site, rumors are swirling that a “Google Me” service is in the works — possibly something that will compete with the runaway freight train of social networking.

Digg’s Kevin Rose wrote 14 words late Saturday night: “Huge rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon “Google Me,” very credible source.” Rose is well known, however, for spreading rumors — especially surrounding Apple products and services.

But he’s also known for getting it right.

A Facebook spokesman refused to comment on the speculation, and Google was equally reluctant to discuss the rumors. But despite the scarce details, there’s every reason to believe the rumors, experts say. For one thing, Google already has most of the components required for a social-networking site: The Google Profiles function lets you create a personal page with your info, while Google Buzz lets you create brief status updates, just like those on Facebook or Twitter. And Latitude lets you share location info with your friends.

“Latitude has 3 million users reportedly (per Google), but Buzz may be all but dead,” cautioned Greg Sterling, a contributing editor of Google-watcher Search Engine Land. But “a merger of Latitude and Buzz would be interesting and potentially useful,” he noted.

Then there’s the quirky Google Wave, an online communication and collaboration tool that arguably replicates some of what Facebook does. But those are all disjointed features, noted PCMag.com editor in chief Lance Ulanoff, and they lack the market share and momentum of Facebook.

“Google Buzz has not made the mark Google hoped it would,” he told FoxNews.com, “and Wave is exciting, but still far too esoteric for most people. In other words, Google has yet to get it right on the social-interaction side. I expect it will keep trying — because it can — until it does.”

Real or not, experts are skeptical that any such service could topple Facebook, which currently has more than 450 million users and expects to pass 500 shortly. According to market-research firm Hitwise, social networking sites garner increasingly more visits than search engines today. In May, 14.5% of all website traffic was to social networking sites and forums, while search engines accounted for slightly more than 10%…


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Alltop: iPhone 4 vs HTC Evo


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Family of fallen soldier petitions top general for war policy changes

Poststar – By DAYELIN ROMAN

QUEENSBURY — The father of a slain local soldier has taken public a message about the war’s rules of engagement.

William Osborn, the father of Spc. Benjamin Osborn, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 15, sent a letter to Gen. David Petraeus on Sunday asking him to change rules which he said tie soldiers’ hands.

“Our son, SPC 4 Benjamin D. Osborn, volunteered to man the one heavy gun his unit had mounted on top of an MRAP vehicle,” the e-mail states. “Finally, ordered to fire, Ben was able to get off 10 rounds before falling silent.”

Four minutes after Osborn sent the e-mail, Petraeus responded with condolences for the parents and asked them to listen to remarks he’ll make at a Senate confirmation hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, where he planned to address the issue.

Petraeus is to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday as part of the process to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. President Obama opted to replace McChrystal last week.

“I will note that commanders have a moral imperative to ensure that we provide every possible element of support to our troopers when they get into a tight spot,” Petraeus’s e-mail states. “And I will ensure that we meet that imperative if I am confirmed to command ISAF in Afghanistan.”

On Monday morning, William Osborn appeared on the Fox News cable channel to deliver the same message and said troops need to be empowered to use force when they deem it necessary.

The current rules of engagement call for firing only after being fired upon, Osborn said, and that rule is what led to the death of his son.

“We have the greatest fighting force in the world with the most technologically advanced weapons known to man,” Osborn’s e-mail to Petraeus stated. “We spend enormous resources to teach, train and prepare our fighting men and women for battle; then send them out with one hand tied behind their backs.”

The rules of engagement are part of a war strategy referred to as counter-insurgency, where troops try to win the hearts and minds of the Afghan population.

On Thursday morning, the day his son was laid to rest at the Saratoga National Cemetery, Osborn compared the war in Afghanistan to Vietnam and said winning the hearts of the Afghan people can’t be done until the war is won.

“It has to change, or we’re going to lose,” he said, “and in the process of losing, more families are going to go through what we’re going through, and that’s not right.”

After his appearance on national television on Monday morning, Osborn said the experience felt like a whirlwind. The cable channel sent a car to pick the parents up at around 1:30 a.m. and whisked them to New York City.

“I don’t even remember what was said,” he said on Monday afternoon. “I hope I did some good to the cause.”

Cyndie Wade, a friend of the Osborn family who said a contact she knows helped Osborn get on the national cable network, sent an e-mail to NBC on Monday and said she is working to get the parents to appear on MSNBC and the Today Show.

“For whatever reason, my feelings seem to have caught on with some people,” Osborn said. “It’s too late for my son, but if this could help the men and women out there now, this is Ben’s legacy. It’s about Ben and the men that he fought with over there. They just deserve a lot better than what they’re getting.”



The Prisoner of Gen. Petraeus

Townhall – Pat Buchanan

President Obama is being hailed for toughness in his firing of Gen. McChrystal and brilliance in his replacing him as Afghan field commander with Gen. David Petraeus, who managed the George W. Bush “surge” in Iraq that saved this nation from an ignominious defeat.

Herewith, a dissent.

By firing a fighting general, beloved of his troops, Obama just took upon himself full responsibility for the McChrystal Plan. The general is off the hook.

As of now, the plan is not succeeding. And given the inability of Kabul to deliver the “government in a box” to Marja, after Marines supposedly de-Talibanized the town, the McChrystal Plan is failing. The Battle of Kandahar has not yet begun, though the June D-Day has come and gone.

Should we be in this same bloody stalemate in December, Obama will be blamed for having fired his field commander who devised his battle plan, and was carrying it out, over some stupid insults from staff officers to some counterculture magazine.

More critically, Obama just made himself hostage to a savvy general who is said to dream of one day holding Obama’s office.

Consider the box Obama just put himself in.

In 2009, he sacked Gen. David McKiernan and replaced him with his own man, Gen. McChrystal. Now, he has sacked McChrystal and replaced him with Petraeus.

The former community organizer and acolyte of Saul Alinsky cannot now possibly fire the most popular and successful general in the U.S. Army, who accepted a demotion to take command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, without a firestorm that would consume his presidency.

If Obama has not noticed, the neocons, who want a “long war” in the Islamic world and a new war with Iran, are celebrating the Petraeus appointment with far greater unanimity than Obama’s own staff…



What the McChrystal incident tells us about US

JPOST – By SHMULEY BOTEACH

What was McChrystal guilty of? Insubordination?

It seems I’m one of the few Americans appalled at the firing of Gen. Stanley McChrystal last week. In a rare moment of unity, pundits on both the Left and Right supported President Barack Obama’s relieving him of his command. The arguments were uniform (no pun intended): If the president hadn’t fired McChrystal, it would have eroded civilian authority over the military….

McChrystal’s comments showed a lack of professionalism and conduct unbecoming an officer…. He insulted our allies, etc, etc.

But put aside the hysteria and think soberly for a moment. What was McChrystal guilty of? Insubordination?

… McChrystal’s error was to blow off steam and allow his subordinates to grumble about their civilian overlords – which one assumes is pretty standard fare in military circles – in the presence of a journalist. But anyone who has been the subject of a lengthy magazine profile knows how easy it is to simply forget that off-the-cuff remarks are on the record, especially when you have a million more important things to worry about.

Vice President Joe Biden is known to be gaffe-prone, and recently dropped the f-bomb into a live microphone at Obama’s signing of the health-care bill. Politicians are human. So are generals, as are their staffs. You don’t destroy the career and reputation of a heroic officer who has served his country valiantly for three decades because a journalist decides to publish private banter.

BUT IT’S not the general that is mostly on my mind, it’s American values. Obama said he had to fire the general to bolster civilian control over the military, which conjured up images of McChrystal poised to “cross the Rubicon” and storm Washington. But the president could better have used the incident to teach the American people about the importance of gratitude – a value sorely lacking in our democracy.

He could have told the country that McChrystal screwed up; a general has to be measured and in control. But given the fact that this was just a silly magazine article and the country owes McChrystal a tremendous debt for three decades of service – especially as head of the Joint Special Operations Command, which captured Saddam Hussein and killed al-Qaida Iraq head Abu Musab al-Zarqawi – he was going to overlook the incident and accept the general’s public apology…


McChrystal to retire from Army

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Afghanistan: Unity Of Command, The Hazaras, And Poppy Fields

Welcome Home: Job Well Done…

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HotAir: Pelosi warns: Expect a “serious drawdown” in Afghanistan next year


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Department of Justice Press Release

Ten Alleged Secret Agents Arrested in the United States

Multi-year FBI Investigation Uncovers Network in the United States Tasked with Recruiting Sources and Collecting Information for Russia

WASHINGTON—Eight individuals were arrested Sunday for allegedly carrying out long-term, “deep-cover” assignments in the United States on behalf of the Russian Federation, the Justice Department announced today. Two additional defendants were also arrested Sunday for allegedly participating in the same Russian intelligence program within the United States.

In total, 11 defendants, including the 10 arrested, are charged in two separate criminal complaints with conspiring to act as unlawful agents of the Russian Federation within the United States. Federal law prohibits individuals from acting as agents of foreign governments within the United States without prior notification to the U.S. Attorney General. Nine of the defendants are also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The defendants known as “Richard Murphy” and “Cynthia Murphy” were arrested yesterday by FBI agents at their residence in Montclair, N.J., and are expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan today. Vicky Pelaez and the defendant known as “Juan Lazaro” were arrested yesterday at their residence in Yonkers, N.Y., and are expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan today. Anna Chapman was arrested in Manhattan yesterday and is expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan today.

The defendants known as “Michael Zottoli” and “Patricia Mills” were arrested yesterday at their residence in Arlington, Va., and are appearing in federal court in Alexandria, Va., today. Defendant Mikhail Semenko was arrested yesterday at his residence in Arlington and is appearing in federal court in Alexandria today. In addition, the defendants known as “Donald Howard Heathfield” and “Tracey Lee Ann Foley” were arrested at their residence in Boston yesterday and are appearing in federal court in Boston today. The defendant known as “Christopher R. Metsos” remains at large.

The charges are filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. All the defendants are charged with this violation. The charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. All the defendants except Chapman and Semenko are charged with this violation.

This case is the result of a multi-year investigation conducted by the FBI; the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York; and the Counterespionage Section and the Office of Intelligence within the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Farbiarz, Glen Kopp and Jason Smith of the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and Trial Attorneys Kathleen Kedian and Richard Scott of the Counterespionage Section of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

The charges and allegations contained in the criminal complaints are merely allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Read the criminal complaints: (Via CBS)

Complaint 1

Complaint 2

Question of the Day:

We have been listening and watching for over 10 years…

Why bust the spies now?

Spies are everywhere: Germany accuses Russia of espionage

Russia Today – Natalia Makarova

The 300-page report by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution – Germany’s domestic intelligence agency – was presented on Monday by its head Heinz Fromm along with Maiziere, Deutsche Welle (DW) writes.

The authors of the report underline that Germany is a country with an economy oriented for the development of technologies and export.

“The situation with dangers [to German economy] is concrete. Such states as Russia and China – via their secret services – actively conduct undercover work in such fields as economy, science and research,” the document reads.

According to the data released, Russia and China also “track technical information as well as business strategies.”

The most dangerous inquiries, the document states, “are those aimed at mobile communications and computer systems (conducted via internet) of various businesses and state organizations. International financial and economic crisis also has its negative effect upon security structures of private enterprises.”

The Interior Minister said Monday that the threat of industrial espionage – which increased in 2009 – was of particular concern to the government. Largely the Internet is to blame, Maiziere said, as the exchange of information via the worldwide web increases the risk of falling victim to spies.

Maiziere noted that currently companies underestimate this risk and urged them to work together with the government to protect technologies from competitors.

“The effectiveness of these measures depends in a large part on the willingness of the companies to constructively implement them,” DW quotes him as saying. “Small and medium sized companies don’t often have enough awareness of the danger.”

Earlier in May, the problem was voiced by the head of Germany’s counterintelligence, Burkhard Even. Speaking at a security forum in Bonn, reported Germany’s The Local, he claimed that it was estimated that out of the 500 staff of the Russian embassy in Berlin, 150 were working as intelligence agents, disguised as journalists and diplomats – and there might be a lot more of those among about five million Russians living in Germany.

Citing studies, he added that the German economy loses around €50 billion a year as a result of industrial espionage by Russia and China.

However, a former intelligence officer – who refused to have his name published – told RT that it is “a policy of double standards that keeps working against Russia.”

“What we can witness today proves that [the accusations by the German side] are not true,” he said, adding that the German intelligence agency probably has not worked professionally enough if it comes up with such statements.

“We do not need to steal anything since we can create everything ourselves,”
the source stressed.

He recalled a phrase by Alexander III of Russia: “Russia has no friends, because of its hugeness. It has only two reliable allies: its army and fleet.”

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Belmont Club: What the Russian Sleepers Did

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US Sues Oracle For Overcharging On Software Products

Dow Jones Newswires – By Jeanette Borzo and Jerry A. DiColo

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a lawsuit against Oracle Corp. (ORCL) for allegedly failing to disclose discounts and overcharging the federal government by tens of millions of dollars.

According to the original suit filed in 2007 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Oracle provided discounts to its “most favored customers” that also should’ve been provided to government agencies through an agreement with the General Services Administration, or GSA, designed to make routine purchases easier for federal government employees.

“If they were giving discounts to commercial customers, they should have extended those discounts to the government,” said DOJ spokesman Charles Miller. This procedure of updating the GSA when commercial discounts improved was written into the government’s contract with Oracle, which was in place from 1998 to 2006, he added.

The original suit was filed under the False Claims Act. In such cases, the plaintiff must disclose information about the suit to the government before filing it under seal. The government then investigates the case and can join the case or decide that it has no merit.

In April, the government filed a notice of election to intervene in the case, originally filed by former Oracle employee Paul Frascella. The government’s specific allegations will be known later–probably in August–when it files an amended complaint to the lawsuit. Once that complaint is filed, Oracle will have 30 or 45 days to respond, depending on how the court sets the case schedule…

Part 538.2 of the General Services Administration Acquisition Manual (GSAM) provides as follows:

538.270 Evaluation of multiple award schedule (MAS) offers.

(a) The Government will seek to obtain the offeror’s best price (the best price given to the most favored customer). However, the Government recognizes that the terms and conditions of commercial sales vary and there may be legitimate reasons why the best price is not achieved.

(b) Establish negotiation objectives based on a review of relevant data and determine price reasonableness.

(c) When establishing negotiation objectives and determining price reasonableness, compare the terms and conditions of the MAS solicitation with the terms and conditions of agreements with the offeror’s commercial customers. When determining the Government’s price negotiation objectives, consider the following factors:

(1) Aggregate volume of anticipated purchases.

(2) The purchase of a minimum quantity or a pattern of historic purchases.

(3) Prices taking into consideration any combination of discounts and concessions offered to commercial customers.

(4) Length of the contract period.

(5) Warranties, training, and/or maintenance included in the purchase price or provided at additional cost to the product prices.

(6) Ordering and delivery practices.

(7) Any other relevant information, including differences between the MAS solicitation and commercial terms and conditions that may warrant differentials between the offer and the discounts offered to the most favored commercial customer(s). For example, an offeror may incur more expense selling to the Government than to the customer who receives the offeror’s best price, or the customer (e.g., dealer, distributor, original equipment manufacturer, other reseller) who receives the best price may perform certain value-added functions for the offeror that the Government does not perform. In such cases, some reduction in the discount given to the Government may be appropriate. If the best price is not offered to the Government, you should ask the offeror to identify and explain the reason for any differences. Do not require offerors to provide detailed cost breakdowns.

(d) You may award a contract containing pricing which is less favorable than the best price the offeror extends to any commercial customer for similar purchases if you make a determination that both of the following conditions exist:

(1) The prices offered to the Government are fair and reasonable, even though comparable discounts were not negotiated.

(2) Award is otherwise in the best interest of the Government.

Acquisition Regulations

GSA is responsible for two acquisition regulations:

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR):  The FAR was established to codify uniform policies for acquisition of supplies and services by executive agencies. It is issued and maintained jointly, pursuant to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Reauthorization Act, under the statutory authorities granted to the Secretary of Defense, Administrator of General Services and the Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Statutory authorities to issue and revise the FAR have been delegated to the Procurement Executives in Department of Defense (DoD), GSA and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

GSA Acquisition Regulation (GSAM) along with Acquisition Letters:  The GSAM incorporates the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) as well as internal agency acquisition policy.  The rules that require publication fall into two major categories:

  • Those that affect GSA’s business partners (e.g., prospective offerors, contractors).
  • Those that apply to acquisition of leasehold interests in real property.  The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) does not apply to leasing actions.  GSA establishes regulations for lease of real property under the authority of 40 U.S.C. 490 note.


Acquisition Letters

Document Number Issued Date Name/Format/Size
V-08-06 06/20/2008 Changes to Procedures for Conducting Fact-Finding in a Debarment/Suspension Case under GSAM Subpart 509.4
[Word - 18K]   [PDF - 191K]
V-09-08 08/28/2009 Personal Identity Verification and Credentialing for Contractors
<!–[-->[Word - 52K]   [PDF - 861K]
V-09-05 05/27/2009 Contractor Fraud Disclosure Requirements
[Word - 52K]   [PDF - 861K]
V-09-03 05/01/2009 Acquisition Planning
[Word - 52K]   [PDF - 861K]
V-09-02 05/08/2009 Posting of Justification and Approval Documents
[Word - 52K]   [PDF - 861K]
V-09-01, Supplement 1 04/09/2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Implementation
<!–[Word - 52K]   –>[PDF - 861K]
V-09-01 04/09/2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Implementation
[Word - 52K]   [PDF - 861K]
V-08-05 07/03/2008 Cooperative Purchasing – Acquisition of Security and Law Enforcement Related Goods and Services (Schedule 84) by State and Local Governments
[Word - 52K]   [PDF - 861K]
V-08-04 06/10/2008 Appendix D Amended 09-10-08 – Modification of June 08 Cutoff Memo
[Word - 109K]   <!–[PDF - 1,123K]–>
V-08-04 06/10/2008 Interagency agreements — Acceptance and Obligation of Funds
[Word - 109K]   [PDF - 1,123K]
V-08-03 04/14/2008 GSA Green Procurement Program
[Word - 71K]   [PDF - 299K]
V-08-02 04/07/2009 Implementation of DoD Class Deviation — New Specialty Metals Restrictions, Berry Amendment
[Word - 64K]   [PDF - 2,349K]
V-08-01 02/26/2008 Jurisdiction of the GSA Ombudsman on ID/IQ Contracts Awarded by GSA
<!–[Word- 62K]   –>[PDF - 157K]

Acquisition Library

Visit the Acquisition Library Archives for archived information.

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REVIEW OF THE GSA OCAO’s PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT REVIEW PROCESS

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