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    ironically from EXCITE.COM

    Doctors probe heart attack risk for soccer fans


    Jun 19, 9:16 AM (ET)

    By Alexandra Hudson
    COLOGNE (Reuters) - World Cup soccer causes joy and despair and even ends marriages but now doctors are studying whether the thrill of it all can be literally heart stopping.
    Previous research during international soccer tournaments has found an increase in the general incidence of heart attacks, particularly on days when tense matches have had fans on the edge of their seats.
    In the new FIFA-approved study researchers will receive blood samples from heart attack victims all over Germany watching football at the time of the attack, allowing them to look for traces of stress hormones which can clot the blood.
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    Doctors will also receive samples from anyone who collapses in a stadium during a World Cup match and whose blood may show higher levels of hormones then those fans watching at home.
    "Patients are asked precisely what they were doing at the time of the attack -- whether they were following football on the radio or television, or even watching the pundits after the game," David Leistner of Munich's Ludwig Maximilians University told Reuters.
    "So far, on the days when Germany has played we have received a lot more blood samples," he added.
    First results are due in October.
    A study in 1998 found the number of heart attacks increased by 25 percent on the day and in the two days after England lost to Argentina in a penalty shoot out at the 1998 World Cup.
    Researchers in Switzerland also found heart attacks in the country increased by 60 percent during the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea -- even though the Swiss team was not even competing.
    The findings prompted calls for emergency heart attack equipment to be installed in stadiums during Euro 2004.
    "If it really is the case that higher stress levels can increase the chance of a heart attack then attending soccer games may have to carry a health warning," said Leistner.
    Doctors advise those soccer fans who may be at greater risk of heart attack anyway due to obesity, high-cholesterol or diabetes, to refrain from drinking excessively during the World Cup tournament.



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    Wc Death Watch

    quite possibly the best of the genre

    absolutely riveting

    http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/world_...tch/index.html


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    A great idea for a book

    footie player overjoyed at winning,whips out a flag and waves it.
    His country's footie assoc apologies to all and sundry for waving of flag.

    The flag waver is denouced as a covert agent for an inteligence service

    all hell breaks loose

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    pity its all been done


    Is it illegal to display the Israeli Flag in Germany?


    WUERZBURG, Germany (AP) - Ghanas Football Association on Monday apologized after Israel-based defender John Pantsil pulled out an Israeli flag during celebrations for Saturdays 2-0 victory over the Czech Republic.

    It was an action out of naivety and we apologize to anyone who was offended. It will never happen again, Ghana FA spokesman Randy Abbey said. He was obviously unaware of the implications of what he did ... Hes extremely popular in Israel and he wanted to thank the fans who traveled to see him play, Abbey said.

    Pantsil, 25, plays for Hapoel Tel Aviv. He pulled out a small Israeli flag during a goal celebration at Cologne Stadium.

    Abbey said that there had been complaints to the Ghana FA but did not elaborate.

    Were not here for politics ... We dont support Israel or Arab nations ... It was unfortunate that the player was ignorant about the political situation. Abbey added: But he has apologized to us and I think the matter should end there.



    Egypt: Ghanian soccer player a Mossad agent

    This morning, it turns out that the complaints come from the third largest recipient of US foreign aid, a country that has a 'peace treaty' with Israel. That country is Egypt of course (Iraq pushed them from second to third place in the foreign aid race this year). Egypt has accused Pantsil of being - guess what - a Mossad agent:

    "The ignorant and stupid Paintsil, who spent 20 days in Egypt during the last African Nations Cup, plays for Hapoel," sports commentator Alaa Sadek wrote in the daily Al-Akhbar, explaining to baffled Egyptian audiences Painstil's link to Israel.
    [...]
    Some papers described Paintsil as a "Mossad agent", others said "an Israeli had paid him to do it" but the most elaborate theory was offered by the top-selling state-owned daily Al-Ahram.

    "The real reason," sports analyst Hassan el-Mestekawi wrote, stems from the fact that many Ghanaian players go through football training camps set up by an Israeli coach who "discovered the treasure of African talent, and abused the poverty of the continent's children" with the ultimate goal of selling them off to European clubs.

    "The training program for these children starts every morning with a salute to the Israeli flag," Mestekawi claimed.

    Another party apparently upset by Pantil's act was FIFA - the world soccer governing body.

    FIFA said they had taken note of the flag-waving and that although there was nothing in the rules to prevent it, they
    hoped not to see a repetition.


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    photographic proof of the atrocious behavior of John Paintsil


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    CZECHS ON AMERICAN BUD

    "It's Missing the Taste of Beer"

    http://service.spiegel.de/cache/inte...421130,00.html




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    Boo Hoo

    Thousands of households watch matches on the internet - for free

    VIVIENNE CHOW

    Nearly 40,000 households are estimated to have been watching the World Cup on the internet without paying a cent.

    Internet traffic recorded by the Hong Kong Internet eXchange has increased by 30 to 35 per cent since the beginning of the World Cup.

    Many soccer sites were operated from the mainland and were streaming matches from state-run CCTV's broadcasts. Cable TV owns the exclusive broadcasting rights to all 64 World Cup matches in Hong Kong.

    Although the eXchange, co-ordinated by Chinese University's Information Technology Services Centre, could not determine the content of the traffic, times and dates correspond exactly with the World Cup matches schedule. The eXchange is the backbone of internet traffic in Hong Kong.

    Since the World Cup kicked off on June 9, internet traffic at night had been growing steadily from the usual 30 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) to 47Gb/s yesterday morning, when Brazil played Ghana. Up to June 19, the last day of the second round of group games, internet traffic began to pick up sharply closer to 9pm, Hong Kong's kick-off time for the night's first match.

    From June 20 to Wednesday, when the kick-off time changed to 11pm, the high traffic shifted accordingly.

    "The extra [internet traffic] is caused by peer-to-peer internet streaming of World Cup matches," said David Choi Chan-hung, head of the centre's data communications and networking section.

    About 35,000 computers were streaming the Spain vs France match yesterday morning.

    The Satellite Broadcasting Association's chief executive officer, Simon Twiston Davies, said the association was aware of the licensee's rights being infringed. "In this case, since the streaming is done in China, we have had strategies to remediate some problems. We are in discussion with mainland authorities regarding [intellectual property] rights issues," he said.

    Gabriela Kennedy, a partner at Lovells law firm, said many people thought it was legal to stream mainland-sourced matches because they were watching them on the computer, not TV. "Whoever is doing the streaming, it constitutes an infringement of Fifa's and the exclusive licensee's rights," she said.

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    Man bets 200K on England



    A man has bet 200,000 in cash on England to win the World Cup.
    If England become World Champions he will win a world record pay-out of 1.2million.
    The gambler, an Arab in his 40s, went to the William Hill in London's Park Lane two days before the tournament began with a Fortnum and Mason hamper holding 50,000. He bet on England at 6-1.
    It took staff 30 minutes to count the money which was all in 50 notes reports The Sun.
    The next day the punter returned with two hampers with a total of 100,000. And he came back again on day three with another hamper with 50,000, making his total bet 200,000.
    A spokesman for William Hill said: "Our eyes popped out when we opened up the first hamper. When he came back on the second day with 100,000 it took over an hour to count it."

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    So if you played for Brazil what would your shirt be like?

    http://www.minimalsworld.net/BrazilName/brazilian.shtml


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    if you need a reason

    well Wimbledon has begun


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    banker teams

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    Investment banks put through their paces in World Cup rankings

    Is there anyone left to run the world now that the World Cup is reaching its juddering finale?


    Bankers, brokers, reporters, legislators - almost everyone in town - is either glued to the screen or in the recovery mode now that the World Cup has reached the quarter-final matches.

    Certainly at Euromoney, the journalists have made time to pair up investment banks with the World Cup teams they most resemble. Here's a sample of the top talent:

    * Brazil - Goldman Sachs

    Always the favourites, enormously talented but a tendency to concentrate on attack at the expense of their defence.

    * France - Morgan Stanley

    A former great and still a force to be reckoned even though they keep bringing back old players.

    * Germany - UBS

    Formerly thought of as staid, dull and predictable but recently developing a bit of panache.

    * Netherlands - Deutsche Bank

    Lots of flair, great players but you feel they could blow up at any moment.

    * Argentina - Citigroup

    Flair with a long history of quality but frequently guilty of dodgy play.

    * South Korea - Bank of America

    Foreign excursions prove they are only good on home soil.

    * Portugal - Lehman Brothers

    Unheard of 15 years ago but now serious contenders.

    * Italy - Merrill Lynch

    Great in the 1990s, went through a blip at turn of the century but seem to be getting better again.

    * USA - RBS

    Lots of the best talent seems to seek better compensation in other sports.

    * England - Barclays Capital

    Imported foreign coach on a multimillion-pound salary.

    * Trinidad & Tobago - Ixis CIB

    What on earth are they doing there?

    * Mexico - any of the major French banks

    Frequently play an attractive game but never quite make it on the biggest stage.

    * Spain - HSBC

    Always disappoint; never quite the sum of their component parts.

    * Russia (failed to qualify) - JP Morgan

    Traditional superpower struggling to come to terms with its new circumstances.

    * Greece (failed to qualify) - Dresdner Kleinwort

    Flash in the pan - good for a while but where are they now

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