Brazilian World Cup-winning hero Romario has pulled out of tomorrow's Millennium Cup, dealing a huge blow to organisers left without a single big name for the match.

Saturday, 18 December, 1999, 12:00am

Kiss bookies' favourites goodbye

THE greatest sporting show on earth begins on Wednesday and when it reaches its climax on July 12 in the glorious Stade de France, the hands that raise aloft the World Cup will not be Brazilian, Italian or English.

7 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Mind games can turn winners into losers

Play Golf the Ian Baker-Finch Way is not likely to be a best-seller this, or any other, Christmas.

The tall Australian with the elegant swing and a British Open title to his name has been embarrassingly reduced to hacker level for the past four years.

22 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Sport Lines

''Coming to the US and not winning the World Cup is like going to Rome and not visiting the Pope.'' - Italian goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca who hopes to keep Brazil's Romario, Bebeto and Co out of the goal mouth in the final.

18 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

World was a stage for these individuals

FOR the past month the South China Morning Post has offered readers the chance to spend an evening on ATV World channel's World Cup panel.

Every day since the start of the tournament, the SCMP has published a World Cup-related question which has been featured in that night's coverage by the ATV World Cup panel of Charlie Charters, Dale Tempest and Spencer Robinson.

18 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Look into crystal ball

THE South China Morning Post is offering readers the chance to spend an evening on ATV World channel's World Cup panel.

Each day between now and the final on July 17, the SCMP will publish a World Cup-related question which will be featured in that night's coverage.

16 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Branco keeps the Samba alive

AN anguished wait of 24 long years ended for Brazil when the triple former champions finally made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Not since the Pele-led immortals of 1970 took the Jules Rimet trophy back permanently to Rio, have Brazil reached the last stages of the Cup they cherish.

11 Jul 1994 - 12:00am

Wizard of whinge in a class of his own

EVERY school playground had one. The ''it's my ball/bat merchant'' who made life a misery for the rest.

They would arrive, chest proudly pushed out, with said ball or bat and dominate its usage. If too many seconds passed without him or her in possession the game would be brought to an abrupt halt and off they would stomp with ball or bat defiantly tucked under arm.

26 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

HK crystal ball shows sentimental favourites Brazil are hot

WORLD Cup fever is sweeping the territory and to guide you to the sport's ultimate prize, the Post asked Hong Kong's leading soccer players and personalities to gaze into the crystal ball and come out with a winner.

17 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

The Cup is ours: Lazaroni

''EVERYBODY in Brazil is looking forward to the World Cup . . . this year's championship will be ours,'' enthused former Brazilian national coach Sebastiao Barrosso Lazaroni yesterday.

10 Jun 1994 - 12:00am