With the dramatic end of the 2006 World Cup, readers cheered the host nation, grappled with a certain star's confounding use of his head, and proposed ways to improve the role of the game's referees

Re "Italy's Cup" [July 17]: time was enthusiastic about the success and drama of the monthlong World Cup saga and described in superlatives various aspects of the games and their positive effect on Germany in particular. As a TV viewer who witnessed most of the matches, let me protest that, on the whole, the World Cup was one long soporific. In...

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