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Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Colombia’s coach tips Messi-led Argentina for cup

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Colombia coach Jose Pekerman, who gave forward Lionel Messi his international debut for Argentina in 2005, said on Friday the stage may be ready for his countryman to lift the World Cup.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I brought Messi into the Argentina national team,” Pekerman, who led Argentina at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and is now in charge of a powerful Colombia team, told reporters in Belo Horizonte.

Jun 12, 2014

Argentina scoff at defensive doubts, play for Messi

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentine players laughed off criticism of their supposed defensive weakness on Thursday and vowed there would be no repeat of their 2010 World Cup quarter-final thrashing by Germany.

Having waltzed through the early rounds of the South Africa World Cup, then manager Diego Maradona’s team were humiliated 4-0 by the Germans in a game that exposed what many see as the frailty behind arguably the world’s greatest forward line.

Jun 11, 2014

Uruguay sweat on Suarez, but in ‘better’ shape than 2010

SETE LAGOAS Brazil (Reuters) – Uruguay are still sweating on talismanic striker Luis Suarez’s fitness for the World Cup, but are otherwise in better shape than in South Africa four years ago when they reached the semi-finals, players said on Wednesday.

“Honestly, I think we are better. We have been together practically eight years, we have been through a lot,” midfielder Diego Godin told reporters at the Uruguay camp in a resort in rolling hills at Sete Lagoas near Belo Horizonte.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Uruguay sweat on Suarez, but in ‘better’ shape than 2010

SETE LAGOAS, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Uruguay are still sweating on talismanic striker Luis Suarez’s fitness for the World Cup, but are otherwise in better shape than in South Africa four years ago when they reached the semi-finals, players said on Wednesday.

“Honestly, I think we are better. We have been together practically eight years, we have been through a lot,” midfielder Diego Godin told reporters at the Uruguay camp in a resort in rolling hills at Sete Lagoas near Belo Horizonte.

Jun 10, 2014

For Colombia fans, World Cup trumps presidential politics

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Colombian fans pouring into Brazil for their team’s first World Cup since 1998 have had to sacrifice a vote at their cliff-hanger presidential poll the day after Saturday’s opener against Greece.

“I’m sorry, but the World Cup beats elections any day!” said systems engineer Guillermo Barrera, 33, arriving on Tuesday at Belo Horizonte ahead of the Group C game.

May 28, 2014

Venezuela government accuses opposition leader of ‘coup’ plot

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan officials on Wednesday accused hardline opposition leader Maria Corina Machado of leading plots to topple President Nicolas Maduro in league with U.S. officials.

The allegations are the latest in a torrent from the government, which says three months of protests this year were a veneer for a U.S.-backed conspiracy to unseat the successor to late socialist leader Hugo Chavez.

May 15, 2014

Venezuela sees protests down to hard core, over by July

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s three-month protest movement has dwindled to a hard core of a few hundred violent troublemakers and the unrest should be snuffed out by July, a top security official said.

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez, who has been the public face of the government crackdown on demonstrators, told Reuters authorities were focused on about 100 radical opponents in Caracas and 100-200 elsewhere around the nation.

May 8, 2014

Maduro wards off ‘Venezuela Spring’ but troubles not over

CARACAS (Reuters) – A few weeks ago, Plaza Altamira in Caracas was teeming with thousands of highly-charged students baying for an end to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s government.

Now, barely a dozen activists remain in the spacious 1940s square dabbling with posters. Beside them, crosses, flowers and photos lain on the floor mark the students’ dead.

Apr 21, 2014

Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela

CARACAS (Reuters) – Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the “resurrection” of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela.

Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations.

Apr 20, 2014

Venezuelan protesters hold Easter rally, plan to burn Maduro effigies

CARACAS (Reuters) – Hundreds of protesters rallied on Sunday to demand the “resurrection” of Venezuelan democracy while effigies of both President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders were paraded for burning in a local Easter Day tradition.

Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations.

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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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