Thursday Kicks: World Cup holders Italy go home, Kiwi dream over & more

i-c275f81982896d86855e301454930e67-fabiocannavarodone.jpgItaly and Cannavaro are done: Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro, 36, has likely played the last World Cup game of his career (AP Photo).

Uninspired Italy were deservedly shown the World Cup door by Slovakia today while New Zealand snatched a third consecutive draw against Paraguay to remain undefeated, but also winless in the group. They will be missed, the Italians won’t be.

Later this morning at 11:30 a.m. it’s Denmark-Japan (ESPN) and Cameroon-Netherlands (ESPN2). The Dutch have already qualified for the next round.

In other World Cup news:

*Reflections on a historic U.S. World Cup victory Wednesday here.

*The rumors were true – the World Cup semifinals, third-place game and final will be shown in 3D at select movie theaters across the country, including the Regal Long Beach 26, for the first time ever.

To buy tickets, click here.

In other soccer news:

*The Galaxy host AC St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Home Depot Center and Chivas USA greet the visiting Austin Aztex at the same night and time at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Stadium in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup.

St. Louis defeated the NSC Minnesota Stars 1-0 Wednesday night, while the Aztex beat the Arizona Sahuaros 3-1.

The Seattle Sounders or Portland Timbers await the winner of the Galaxy-St. Louis game in the fourth round, while its either the Houston Dynamo or Miami FC for the Chivas USA-Aztex victor.

Tickets to both games are on sale starting at $10.

*A week from today the PDL Ventura County Fusion host Cruz Azul in a 7 p.m. friendly at Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road.

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  • World Cup Champions 2006

    Dear Nick,

    Your column stating that Italian’s won’t be missed doesnt shock me one bit considering you have been biased and supporting the “white” soccer teams (KIWIS, USA,etc). You honestly think USA is going to take it? Please, I have seen Division 5 girls soccer play better. For you to say that about 2006 World Cup champions make me think you have a big hate, because honestly, they played their game, and they played fair unlike the other Slovakian team who’s own goalie threw a punch at our player. Our player simply wanted the ball he used to score with to cheer and the Slovakian team had no character. Also, with that said, there were some bias calls from a French Referee (big shocker there). I guess just like you, the referee was all butt hurt from 2006 World Cup. Italy deserved their spot to be there. Do not think anyone “defeated the 2006″ World Champions…because 95% of the champions did not play in the tournament. Get your facts straight, Nick Green. And don’t act surprised when you lose soccer fans who are supporters of Italy who find your column bias CRAP!

  • http://www.insidesocal.com/soccer Nick Green

    Guess that loss stung, huh?

  • UCLABZ

    WCC’06: This is why the Italians won’t be missed.

    And what century do you live in? It been over 100 years since Italian’s have been considered non-white.

  • Studs Up

    I was wrong before, Giussepi De Rossi is having the last laugh now!

    Un-inspired should go home, too bad England didn’t join the French and Italians.