Archive for the 'worldcup2006' Category

Stephen Keshi in Lomé

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

The official Togolese government news website reports that Stephen Keshi is currently in Lomé. Presumably the ex-coach of the Togolese national football team is talking with the Togolese Football Federation (FTF) about a job. The FTF is now under new management – its new president Tata was formally installed on Tuesday. A connection between the […]

Gnassingbé defeated

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Rock, that is. Rock Balakiyem Gnassingbé, the brother of the President of Togo has been voted out as head of the Togolese Football Federation. After Togo’s first ever appearance at the FIFA Worldcup last year was thoroughly mismanaged, to a large degree by Rock and some other RPT cronies, the FTF finally rid itself of […]


Monday, January 1st, 2007

Last year had a couple of surprises for us, although most of these have yet to be completely realized: we found a new house, but we have yet to move there; we began planning our trip to Togo (and Ghana) for the upcoming July; and the Democrats won back the U.S. Congress. One of the […]

New German nat’l coach announced

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

The German Football Federation announced (de) that assistant coach Joachim Löw got a 2-year contract as national trainer, after Jürgen Klinsmann elected not to renew his contract after the Worldcup. Löw hails from Schönau (de) in the Black Forest, and I find it intriguing to see a fellow Badenser and former player at SC Freiburg […]

Germany wins some – looses some

Tuesday, July 11th, 2006

Germany’s biggest loss of this Worldcup came today – two days after the closing ceremony, as the German Football Federation (DFB) confirms Jürgen Klinsmann’s decision to quit. Considering his commute and the amount of abuse he had to suffer before the Worldcup, his decision does not come as a total shock – just as a […]

Millionaires win the Worldcup

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

With Ghana, Australia and Ecuador out, all that is left at the FIFA Worldcup® is millionaire football. Both Ghana and Australia got screwed by the FIFA refs (unfair, 92nd-minute penalty against the socceroos and two off-side goals for Brazil against Ghana). Too bad – millionaire football is not that much fun.

Togo makes France sweat

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

…. for the goal-less first half of the game, but after Patrick Vieira’s goal in the 55th Minute the Eperviers collapse and France reels in a 2-0 victory. Too bad that the first appearance at the Worldcup was such a bumpy ride for the team from Togo. But I hope they still had a good […]

The Black Stars rock!

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Ghana beat USA and qualifies for the next round! Only to meet Brazil … oh well …

Togo knocked out of the Worldcup

Monday, June 19th, 2006

The picture says it all: the 2-0 loss of the Eperviers against Switzerland is no big shock to most, but nevertheless a big disappointment to many. It seems that the back-and-forth over the premiums, and the FIFA’s “play-or-else” order, left very little spunk in that team. Sadly, Togo’s first Worldcup appearance will not primarily be […]

FIFA intervenes – Togo will play

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Finally FIFA intervened and explained to the team from Togo that they will play … or else … after the Togolese Football bosses proved to be completely incapable of resolving this embarrassing dispute. The coach Otto Pfister appears to be sympathetic to the players’ grievances: “I understand the players, they are being promised things but […]

Will the Eperviers play??

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

FRANKFURT, June 18 (Reuters) – Togo did not leave their team base Wangen on Sunday on time for a planned departure to their next World Cup group match. ‘We are still in the hotel,’ coach Otto Pfister told Reuters on the phone when the team was meant to get on the plane to Dortmund, where […]

The Black Stars rock!

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

What a day full of surprises in the Worldcup! Ghana v. Czech Rep. was one of the best, most exciting games I have seen so far. The Black Stars brought the Czech team to its knees and won a great upset. And then the USA – Italy battle … horrible football … but what drama. […]

Togo’s players earn some respect back

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

The ongoing trainer/premiums comedy has inflicted quite a bit of international embarrassment upon Togo’s Worldcup team – mostly due to the incompetence of the Togolese football management. Yet, the eperviers gained some respect back in today’s game against South Korea. They fought hard, and showed a strong defense, and some good offense action. Had it […]

Togo Worldcup disaster continues

Monday, June 12th, 2006

In one way Togo already lost the Worldcup. Sadly, this loss was not inflicted upon the team, and the country, in a fair sports competition in the stadium. Rather, the incompetence of the football (soccer) bosses of the Togolese Football Federation (FTF) bear full responsibility for the current, sad state of affairs. The lack of […]

Togo coach Pfister quits over pay

Saturday, June 10th, 2006

Oh boy – that’s IT for the eperviers’ chances in this worldcup. Pfister only took charge of the team earlier this year Togo’s World Cup Group G preparations are in turmoil after coach Otto Pfister resigned over a pay dispute. His former assistant Kodjovi Mawuena will take charge of the side for their first game […]

Togo wins game against Bavarian amateurs

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

The worldcup team from Togo won a warm-up game against a selection of German players 3:2 (2:1). The German players were selected from Bavarian amateur teams: FC Augsburg, FC Ismaning and TSV Aindling. The German coach of the Togolese team was not at the game – he was reportedly bed-ridden with the flu at the […]

Racism in Germany

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

The “Master Race” is at it again in Germany. The brown shirts are marching, the nazi thugs are beating up innocent people. They are not particularly popular, but they are gaining ground, and they are making headlines. The Interior Minister Schäuble presented today the annual “State of the Constitution” report (Verfassungsschutzbericht (de)) which documents a […]

German hosts greet Togo’s team

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

Organizers say that 3000 turned out to welcome Togo’s Worldcup Team (minus Emmanuel Adebayor):

Togo’s Worldcup Team arrived in Germany

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Togo’s National Team arrived in the southern town of Wangen today, where they will be based for the duration of the 2006 World Cup: Otto Pfister, coach of the West African side, has admitted that the debutants have a tough task of putting up a credible showing at the finals. “We’re obviously underdogs,” said Pfister […]