Fan hangs himself up
TAIPEI: A Japanese man hanged himself in Taiwan on Sunday after the Asian champions failed to secure a single victory in the World Cup, a report said. The 60-year-old man identified as Yoshio Takanashi was found dead at the home of his Taiwanese wifeâ€™s parents in the city of Taichung, the cable television news network ETToday reported. It said his wife told police that her husband had stopped watching television following Japanâ€™s dismal performance in the competition. The team failed to secure a victory, losing to Australia, drawing with Croatia and losing again to champions Brazil.
Ballack given rest
BERLIN: German skipper Michael Ballack missed a brief training session with the hosts on Sunday after a foot injury flared following Saturdayâ€™s win over Sweden, which took his team through to quarter-final meeting with Argentina, assistant Oliver Bierhoff said. â€œHe has a slight foot problem which we are looking into,â€ said Bierhoff. The rest of the squad were given a clean bill of health after the impressive showing against the Swedes and were also having a day off before meeting up Monday evening for another light workout.
â€˜Klose looks like Gerdâ€™
BERLIN: Germany striker Miroslav Klose reminds Franz Beckenbauer of Gerd Muller, the legendary West Germany forward who is the joint all-time World Cup scorer with 14 goals. â€œThe way he swivelled to score the first goal against Ecuador and the way he moves in the oppositionâ€™s penalty area remind me of Gerd Muller,â€ Beckenbauer said. Klose scored five goals in Germanyâ€™s surprise advance to the 2002 final, but has looked a more complete player here, notching four goals already.
Model does a Rooney
Berlin: English model Sophie Anderton has stripped off and been daubed in the white and red colours of the England flag to emulate England star Wayne Rooneyâ€™s poster shot for a sportswear manufacturer. Anderton told British newspaper the News of the World: â€œIt was a huge compliment to be asked, even if it does mean being pink for a whole weekend!â€