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The Earley Edition has officially moved to My dot com, that is. Thanks for joining me.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Yes, there's an absolute feast of soccer on the box this weekend.

Early tomorrow (Friday) morning we have Brazil vs France in a FIFA
Centennial friendly match. Brazil, winners of the last World Cup
(2002), vs France, winners of the '98 World Cup where they beat Brazil
3-0 in the final! You can't get much better than this. I tell you
that (who won what recently) so you get the idea that this is going to
be a bit more than just a friendly kick-around. Both of these teams
have something to prove. France didn't back up too well from their
'98 WC crown, not even making it past the group stage in '02. Despite
this, I'm tipping France to win it. With Thierry Henry leading the
French attack you'd be hard pressed not to. It's not a one-man team
though, he's backed up by fellow Premier League champions and Arsenal
team-mates Vieira and Pires, Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane and
captained by Chelsea stalwart Desailly. But you can never write off
the magic of the Brazilians. Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Carlos...they all
have the ability to produce what can only be described as 'beautiful'.
This should be special. That one's on SBS at 4.45am, Friday.

Friday night at 7pm it's Australia vs Turkey in the first of two
friendly matches. Turkey made it to the semi-finals of World Cup 2002
and will be a tough opponent for Australia. Hakan Sukur and Emre are
the two standout players for me, but we'll see what I have to say
about that after the first game. Unfortunately Australia will be
without some of their top players: Kewell, Viduka, Moore and Muscat
out with injuries; Tim Cahill with Millwall for the FA Cup final
against ManU; Tony Popovic with Crystal Palace playing for promotion
to the Premier League and Paul Okon on club duties. With seven of our
top players out, the chances of posing a serious challenge to the
Turkish side would seem to be low. These guys are rarely around
anyway, all with clubs outside of Australia, and so I'm actually
looking forward to seeing if we've got the quality here at home to
take Turkey on. Turkey also missed out on a spot at Euro2004 in
Portugal this year, so there's a lot of pressure on them to perform.
This is either going to be a good thing, or we're going to be
tragically outplayed. As always I'll be cheering like a madman for
Australia. Sydney-siders don't get to see it live on TV. Go to the
game! I hope this is well attended and watched by Australian
supporters. That's live on SBS at 7pm, delayed telecast in Sydney at

Finally, Saturday night Millwall take on Manchester United in the FA
Cup final. Go Millwall! It's a long shot, but you've got to back the
boys from the First Division. They were good enough to get to the
final, I just hope they've got what it takes to down the richest club
in the world. Not only the richest, but the winningest FA Cup team in
history: 10 wins out of 15 finals appearances. This is Millwall's
first, and unfortunately they haven't really been tested yet. To make
it to the final they haven't faced a single Premier League side.
Hopefully they aren't overawed by the whole occasion. Saturday on SBS
at 10pm.

All of these games are LIVE!

Ah yes, then there's us, playing at 1pm against the only side that has
beaten us this season, in the very first game. Let me point out, that
was a game I wasn't here for... I've played in every game since, and
we have not lost again. I'm still puzzled as to why I haven't
received a call from Frank Farina yet, any fool could make the

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