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Still recovering from Barcelona's bout of daylight robbery to steal the Champions League away from his beloved Arsenal, the Englander (or should that be Inglander?) is going to put club rivalry to one side.

He's hoping that Rooney recovers (for the next four weeks anyway) and Ferdinand learns to defend, although that might be tough after England eliminates Germany in the last 16 and everyone's a sour Kraut. Having spent four years on the sports desks of The Independent and The Daily Express, Paul is looking forward to seeing the World Cup evolve from a different perspective, one that doesn't revolve around metatarsal bones for a change, and is more about the on- than off-field action.

Globe and Mail sports columnist Stephen Brunt is covering his fourth World Cup. He also covered Euro 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium, and has written about selected Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup matches for the newspaper.

His favourite football memory, despite the fact that it coincided with a debilitating case of food poisoning originating in a bad tuna sandwich on a French train, was watching Brazil beat the Netherlands 4-2 on penalties in Marseille after playing to a 1-1 draw in the 1998 World Cup semi-final.

Simon Beck is the Globe's Special Reports Editor and writes The Week column in Report on Business.

He is (just) old enough to remember England's 1966 triumph on TV and is still waiting vainly for a repeat. A Londoner by birth, he supports Queen's Park Rangers, another team that has not won a trophy since the 1960s.

His favourite World Cup team of all time is the elegant French side of the 1980s, led by Platini, Giresse and Tigana.

Neil Campbell is The Globe and Mail's executive editor and previously served as sports editor and editor of He covered several World Cups as a sports writer and sports columnist. He was born and raised not far from Ibrox, home of Rangers, and Love Street, home of St. Mirren. Those are his favourite teams, along with Scotland, Canada and whoever is playing Celtic and England. You can add Toronto FC to the list beginning next year. The $50 deposit for season tickets has already been paid.

Phillip Crawley is the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Globe and Mail. He is a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry but for more years than that he has passionately followed Newcastle United and England. He will be a guest contributor to the World Cup blog.

Scott Colbourne writes about video games for The Globe. He prefers Konami's Winning Eleven games to Electronic Arts' FIFA series, and in the real world he pulls for Canada's national teams, Liverpool, Australia and England, in  that order. This summer he can be seen on pitches across Toronto playing for  the National Post Football Club, the last remaining newspaper squad in the city's media league.

John Doyle is the Globe's Television Critic and sometimes AKA Soccer Boy. He's been a soccer fan since the age of 10. Much of childhood and adolescence was devoted to worshipping Manchester United and playing soccer in Dublin, Ireland. He covered World Cup 2002 in Korea/Japan for The Globe and Euro2004 in Portugal. The impact of soccer on his upbringing is celebrated in his acclaimed and bestselling memoir, A Great Feast of Light: Growing Up Irish in the Television Age.

Peter Mallett is a soccer writer and editor in The Globe and Mail sports department. He was a fan of the North American Soccer League and the Toronto Blizzard in his youth. His first World Cup memory was 1982: watching all of Northern Ireland's matches involving Blizzard star Jimmy Nichol and other great moments such as Zico's miraculous swerving free kick around Maradona and Argentina; Germany's now infamous win over France in the semi-finals; and Paulo Rossi falling to the ground in delight after knocking in his second goal against Poland. He also fondly remembers seeing Canada qualify for its first World Cup on a live CBC broadcast from St. John's, Newfoundland while huddled around the family Zenith. He covered Canada's Gold Cup win in February of 2000 for Canada's National newspaper

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