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Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Down but not out, Uruguay gun for ‘unlucky’ England

SETE LAGOAS, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Still smarting from a shock opening defeat, Uruguay’s coach and captain said on Monday they were working on how to annul England’s speedy strikers in a “life-or-death” Group D clash.

Although last World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay ended surprisingly well beaten 3-1 by Costa Rica, many considered England hard done by in a 2-1 defeat by Italy after one of their best attacking performances under coach Roy Hodgson.

Jun 15, 2014

Name a famous Belgian?’ Noone’s laughing now

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – With a star-studded squad that makes a mockery of the old joke ‘who can name a famous Belgian?’, young and talented Belgium should breeze past Algeria in the Group H opener on Tuesday.

Maligned as a non-entity in the past their nation may have been, but now the soccer team trips off everyone’s tongues: Thibault Courtois in goal, Vincent Kompany marshalling the back, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku terrorizing defences.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-’Name a famous Belgian?’ Noone’s laughing now.

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – With a star-studded squad that makes a mockery of the old joke ‘who can name a famous Belgian?’, young and talented Belgium should breeze past Algeria in the Group H opener on Tuesday.

Maligned as a non-entity in the past their nation may have been, but now the soccer team trips off everyone’s tongues: Thibault Courtois in goal, Vincent Kompany marshalling the back, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku terrorizing defences.

Jun 14, 2014

Colombia thrash Greece in joyous World Cup return

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) –

Colombia celebrated their first World Cup appearance since 1998 by sweeping aside Greece 3-0 on Saturday with a free-flowing display that showed their abundance of attacking talent even without top striker Radamel Falcao.

The result at the Estadio Mineirao stadium confirmed the South Americans’ pre-tournament status as Group C favourites, though Ivory Coast and Japan are likely to prove trickier rivals.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Colombia thrash Greece in joyous World Cup return

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Colombia celebrated their first World Cup appearance since 1998 by sweeping aside Greece 3-0 on Saturday with a free-flowing display that showed their abundance of attacking talent even without top striker Radamel Falcao.

The result at the Estadio Mineirao stadium confirmed the South Americans’ pre-tournament status as Group C favourites, though Ivory Coast and Japan are likely to prove trickier rivals.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer – Colombia beat Greece 3-0 in joyous World Cup return

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Colombia celebrated their first World Cup appearance since 1998 with a deserved 3-0 win over Greece in a free-flowing display that showed their abundance of attacking talent even without top striker Radamel Falcao.

The South Americans made a blistering start with left back Pablo Amero scoring with a 5th minute deflected shot. Striker Teofilo Gutierrez extended their lead, stabbing home a 58th minute corner, and midfield James Rodriguez added a late third goal to seal the win.

Jun 14, 2014

FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands protest

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Soccer world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina’s soccer association due to a players’ protest over the Falkland islands at a World Cup warmup game.

At last week’s home friendly against Slovenia in La Plata, the Argentina team stood behind a banner proclaiming sovereignty over the Falkland islands, or Malvinas as South Americans know them, in a long-running dispute with Britain.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-FIFA probe Argentina for Falklands protest

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Football world governing body FIFA said on Friday it had begun disciplinary proceedings against Argentina’s football association due to a players’ protest over the Falkland islands at a World Cup warmup game.

At last week’s home friendly against Slovenia in La Plata, the Argentina team stood behind a banner proclaiming sovereignty over the Falkland islands, or Malvinas as South Americans know them, in a long-running dispute with Britain.

Jun 13, 2014

Colombia over Falcao, ready to ‘hurt’ Greeks

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia have recovered from losing top striker Radamel Falcao to injury with others in their attack-minded team hoping to “hurt” Greece in Saturday’s Group C opener, coach Jose Pekerman said.

Though Falcao’s absence is a huge blow for the South Americans in their first World Cup since 1998, they still have a wealth of offensive talent with the likes of Teofilo Gutierrez, Jackson Martinez and Carlos Bacca.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Colombia over Falcao, ready to ‘hurt’ Greeks

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Colombia have recovered from losing top striker Radamel Falcao to injury with others in their attack-minded team hoping to “hurt” Greece in Saturday’s Group C opener, coach Jose Pekerman said.

Though Falcao’s absence is a huge blow for the South Americans in their first World Cup since 1998, they still have a wealth of offensive talent with the likes of Teofilo Gutierrez, Jackson Martinez and Carlos Bacca.

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      "Andrew Cawthorne is a British journalist who has worked for Reuters since 1992 on various assignments in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that, Andrew worked on newspapers for several years."
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