Iran's Mohammad Nosrati tries to stop Portugal's Luis Figo (L)
Jun 18, 2006Iran's Mohammad Nosrati tries to stop Portugal's Luis Figo (L) during the Portugal vs Iran Group D soccer match at the World Cup stadium in Frankfurt on June 17, 2006.
Jun 18, 2006Portugal's players huddle together before their Group D World Cup 2006 soccer match against Iran in Frankfurt on June 17, 2006.
Fans of Portugal
Jun 18, 2006Fans of Portugal give thumbs-up prior to the Portugal v Iran Group D soccer match at the World Cup stadium in Frankfurt on June 17, 2006
Michael Essien (L) fights for the ball with Czech midfielder Tomas Galasek
Jun 18, 2006Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien (L) fights for the ball with Czech midfielder Tomas Galasek during the 2006 World Cup Group E football match Czech Republic vs Ghana on June 17, 2006 in Cologne.
Ghana's Stephen Appiah and Czech Republic's David Rozehnal
Jun 18, 2006Ghana's Stephen Appiah, left, and Czech Republic's David Rozehnal compete during the World Cup Group E soccer match between Czech Republic and Ghana at the Cologne stadium on June 17, 2006.
Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro (L) vies with US midfielder Landon Donovan
Jun 18, 2006Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro (L) vies with US midfielder Landon Donovan during the World Cup 2006 Group E football match Italy vs USA on June 17, 2006 at Kaiserslautern stadium.
Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda gives a yellow card to Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi
Jun 18, 2006Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda gives a yellow card to Italian midfielder Daniele De Rossi (4) as Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo stand behind during the World Cup 2006 Group E football match Italy vs USA on June 17, 2006 at Kaiserslautern stadium.
Italian fan is pictured prior the World Cup 2006 group E football
Jun 18, 2006Italian fan is pictured prior the World Cup 2006 group E football match Italy vs USA on June 17, 2006 at Kaiserslautern stadium.
Sculptures depicting musical notes are placed at the Gendarmenmarkt
Jun 18, 2006Sculptures depicting musical notes are placed at the Gendarmenmarkt in front of the French Cathedral in Berlin. The sculpture "Masterworks of Music" is one of six sculptures forming the 'Walk of Ideas' for the football world championship, a walking tour of ideas from Germany. The notes stand for the creativity and rich imagination of composers and writers.
The Modern Football Shoe
Jun 18, 2006A radio reporter walks past the sculpture 'The Modern Football Shoe' placed in central Berlin. The sculpture is part of the "Walk of Ideas" through Berlin which should symbolize the richness of ideas and the spirit of invention of German composers, writers, scientists and engineers.
German optician Stephanie Berndt wears a soccer ball
Jun 18, 2006German optician Stephanie Berndt wears a soccer ball and German flag printed pair of contact lenses in Munich. A set of 'Magic Lens' contact lenses with images of one soccer ball and a German flag cost 45 euros ($54).
cakes of promotion entitled "Deutscher Fussball"
Jun 18, 2006Sales clerk for German confectionery shop Juhheim, Akiko Katsuragawa, displays cakes for a promotion entitled "Deutscher Fussball" (German Football), including a soccer ball shaped cake (R) priced at 500 yen ($4.4) and a goal net (L) for 480 yen ($4.2) at a Tokyo shop. The cakes are for sale until the FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany ends in July.
Hernan Marini - Argentina's most popular soccer club Boca Juniors
Jun 18, 2006Hernan Marini, aged 24, stands next to a blue and yellow coffin that he is buying in instalments and is etched with the shield of Argentina's most popular soccer club Boca Juniors, in Buenos Aires. Many fans of Argentina's most popular soccer team, Boca Juniors, pledge eternal devotion to the club. And with new Boca caskets on sale, they can put their money where their mouths are. Die-hard fans can buy their own coffins decorated in Boca colours and symbols for between 2,000 pesos and 2,500 pesos ($650 to $
thumb sized micro robot - Eco-Be
Jun 18, 2006Japan's Citizen Watch engineer Yasuji Hirosawa displays the prototype model of thumb sized micro robot "Eco-Be", equipped with two step motors to drive both wheels independently, controlled by infrared remote controler in Tokyo. The tiny sized robot, measuring 1.8 cm wide and 2.5 cm tall, enables it to move forwards, backwards and turn with a maximum speed of 2.5 cm per second. The robots will exhibit soccer games at the RoboCup in Germany in June.
orange helmet created for Dutch soccer fans
Jun 18, 2006An orange helmet created for Dutch soccer fans is seen in the Netherlands. Sales of orange replica Nazi helmets aimed at Dutch soccer fans attending the soccer World Cup have trebled since they were banned from Dutch stadiums, the helmet's producer said. The words on the helmet read "Go Holland go"
Modell Ina shows a mobile phone
Jun 18, 2006Modell Ina shows a mobile phone, on which a soccer game tv broadcast can be seen on the CeBIT computer fair at the exhibition centre in Hanover, northern Germany. Vodafone presents the new "MobileTV" UMTS technology.