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Fifa U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

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For THIRD PLACE, congratulations to CHILE here.

Chile: 1 - Austria: zero

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As for the final game itself, CONGRATULATIONS TO ARGENTINA FOR REPEATING AS CHAMPIONS AND BECOMING THE SIX-TIME WINNER OF THE U-20 WORLD CUP!!!

Argentina: 2 - Czech Republic: 1

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Imagine that: Argentina has the better record in this World Cup than Brazil.

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Now that Canada 2007 is officially in the FIFA history books now, it is on to the next FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009: EGYPT!

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For more information about the return of this World Cup to the Middle East and Africa area, come click on the link below.

Link: EGYPT 2009 WEBSITE

However, it is temporarily not on-line at this time. More so, I am not sure if this is the official one or not because I have found one other link that claims to be one as well.

According to Wikipedia, these Egyptian cities and their stadiums will be used in this capacity two years from now.

1. CAIRO (2) -> Cairo International Stadium & the Cairo Military Academy Stadium

2. ALEXANDRIA (2) -> Borg El Arab Stadium & Harras El-Hedoud Stadium

3. PORT SAID - Port Said Stadium

4. ISMAILIA -> Ismailia Stadium

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In the first time, Argentina was a mix of actors and divers, just like in the match against Chile. With the difference that the referee didn't believe in they and that the Czech didn't fall in their game. But in the second time, they changed their plans and began to play football finally... and they got their victory. Congratulations, besides I was cheering for the Czechs.

FIFA gave the Gold Ball to Sergio Agüero, also the goalscorer of the tournament. The Silver Ball was to Maximiliano Moralez (also Bronze Boot) and the Bronze Ball was to the mexican Giovanni dos Santos. So, FIFA didn't give any award to any Chilean... I was hoping Toselli got at least the Silver Ball because of its record and its incredible participation in all the matches (when he stopped the ball at 89' today when it was crossing the line was incredible)... but FIFA prefered to give it to Agüero, who in my opinion, wasn't the best Argentinean player (Moralez and Banega were much better).

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That is what I thought, after seeing that the FIFA website has all the information one would need. Makes me wonder who made those ones? Perhaps a "publicity stunt" of some sort?

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All us Canadians will find out if we have won the rights to host the Women's World Cup on October 30th. FIFA has set the date and they will also be deciding if Brazil will get the 2014 World Cup on that date.

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And today the history of the Chilean U-20 team finished when they arrived at Santiago... they visited President Bachelet in the Palace of La Moneda and were received by thousands of supporters... It was the third time in the history that a sportman or a sports team is received in the Palace: the first was Marcelo Rios in 1998 when he become ATP Top 1 and in 2004 for Massu and Gonzalez and their gold medals at Athens.

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Officers cleared in soccer scuffle

Probe concludes police acted professionally when brawl broke out after Chilean loss

July 31, 2007

Betsy Powell

Daniel Dale

Staff Reporters

An internal Toronto police investigation has found officers acted professionally, "with an immense amount of restraint," during a post-match brawl at a World Cup Under-20 soccer game despite being "punched, kicked, spat on and kicked" by members of the Chilean team, says Chief Bill Blair.

And despite conduct he described as "assaultive," Blair defended the decision by the officer in charge to release the nine players without charge.

"It is available to the police to exercise discretion," said Blair, adding the duty inspector took into account the "emotions attached to the game," the fact a tournament was in progress and that world soccer body FIFA officials had agreed to pay for the $35,000 in damages to the team's rented bus.

The officers involved "also agreed, under the circumstances, to allow the tournament to continue" and release the players into the custody of team officials," Blair said.

The chief held a news conference yesterday to release details of the investigation into the aftermath of Chile's 3-0 semifinal loss to Argentina on July 19, a probe conducted by officers with the force's professional standards branch.

Supt. Jim Ramer, who headed the review, ensured his officers reviewed all available video footage and that all officers on the scene provided accounts.

Statements were taken from other witnesses, including event security officials, members of the Ontario Soccer Association, the BMO Field event co-ordinator and the driver of the Chilean bus.

"All witnesses reported that the conduct and actions of my officers were appropriate, necessary and commendable," Ramer said.

He didn't go into many specifics about the sequence of events, but said the trouble started when two people not involved in the game got into a fight.

Security guards, then police, tried to intervene, which is when a Chilean player punched a female police officer in the face. Things escalated from there, Blair said.

"Chilean players dismantled the armrests and footrests from the bus seats. They smashed the windows of the bus in order to throw these objects at, and spit at, the police officers below.

`` They also threw D-cell batteries, clothes hangers and cans of deodorant at the officers. Four officers were struck and injured by various projectiles."

In a statement yesterday, Harold Mayne-Nicholls, chair of the Football Federation of Chile, said he was there and "I didn't see any Chilean player hitting any officer except between all the struggling.

``If that (hitting) was the case, it's surprising the players were released so easily."

One of the players, Isaias Peralta, who was hit with a Taser by an officer, was quoted in a Chilean newspaper as saying he saw a teammate hit a police officer but yesterday he denied making the comment.

Patricio Bascunan, president of the Salvador Allende Cultural Society of Toronto, said while the review was important, it fell short.

"What we need is an independent investigation that is going to be fair to everyone."

The melee turned into an international incident with Chile's President Michelle Bachelet calling the actions of police "clearly not justified."

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So... the Chileans hit a police officer and four police officers were injured. Where are the proofs? Where are the images of those polices? Because it's to easy to say this two weeks after the incidents. Just two weeks after the incident they say they were provoked and attacked by the football team... and not in the first days.

And as Mayne-Nicholls said... if that was the truth, I don't believe the Toronto P.D. will release the players without any charges after an hour.

And this didn't explain why the police attacked to the Chilean officers and the press.

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Oh come on. Do you think Canada is some kind of "banana republic"? The media were everywhere, yet no one here has come out with pictures or video and testimony to say the police report was wrong. On the other hand, other witnesses indicated that the Chilean players were the ones who started this nonsense and got out of hand.

Where are the complaints from FIFA of police brutality? Do you not believe that if there was a legitimate abuse of police powers at a FIFA competition like this, FIFA would not have rushed to the defence of the Chilean players and publicly condemned the actions of the Toronto police?

And today, the Globe and Mail reports that the Chilean government reps in Canada have become mysteriously quiet on this topic since the report went public, and have stopped all talk of lawsuits and sanctions.

Drop the emotion and use your logic. The world's football media was in Toronto - it's a city with a population approaching 4 million with a free press. No one seems to be able to provide credible evidence that the Toronto police acted incorrectly. But there is lots of evidence putting the blame on the Chilean players. Don't fall for the hype you're hearing in Chile.

Globe article: Soccer report fails to kick up a storm in Chile

So... the Chileans hit a police officer and four police officers were injured. Where are the proofs? Where are the images of those polices? Because it's to easy to say this two weeks after the incidents. Just two weeks after the incident they say they were provoked and attacked by the football team... and not in the first days.

And as Mayne-Nicholls said... if that was the truth, I don't believe the Toronto P.D. will release the players without any charges after an hour.

And this didn't explain why the police attacked to the Chilean officers and the press.

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I guess that the Correo Canadiense reporters doesn't count as testifies.

Of course, Canadian press didn't get photos of the incidents because that happened in a place where even the Chilean press wasn't interested. But I guess that they are proofs of the attacks of the Chileans, right? There is a photo of the police woman punched by the injured Alexis Sánchez, right?

Because the police says that the punch was the thing that make them attacking this way to the Chileans. But at first, they they said that was because the Chileans attacked an Argentinian fan. Bullshit... even Canadian witnesses said that this wasn't the origin of the attacks.

Of course, Chilean hitted some polices when they were trying to defend their teammates. The point is that a police group can't attack to anybody in this way...

And I guess that you have seen the videos of the situation, right?

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In the end of it all, FIFA "sides with Canada here."

Link: CBC: FIFA Bans Chilean Player For U-20 Incident

Quote 1: "Soccer's world governing body slapped Jaime Grondona with a nine-month ban on Wednesday in response to the Chilean player's behaviour at last month's FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada."

Quote 2: "Grondona was also fined by FIFA and his suspension covers all soccer matches, both in domestic and international competitions."

Quote 3: "The Chilean soccer association was also fined for "team misconduct" after aggressive behaviour by players and officials at the end of the Argentina match."

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One moment!!!!

The sanctions of FIFA weren't about the police vs. Chile incident... it was because the attacks to the referee after the end of the match. And I agree with that resolution.

The thing about the police and the incidents outside the stadium is supposed to be solved in the Canadian justice and not by FIFA.

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