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Players excited about start of World Cup

The TV in players' lounge was locked down on the World Cup in Germany -- and the first game was still six hours away.

Originally Published: June 3, 2006
ESPN.com news services

READY FOR WORLD CUP

By Greg Garber, ESPN.com

PARIS -- On Friday, the television in players' lounge was locked down on the World Cup in Germany -- and the first game was still six hours away. A clock in the corner of the EuroSport feed counted down the minutes.

America's sports fans may be focused on the NBA Finals, but the world will be obsessed with soccer's ultimate celebration -- 32 nations competing in 64 games for a month. Tennis players, truly citizens of the world, are especially ...

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