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Jul 7, 2014

‘Boring’ Belo Horizonte joins party on World Cup semi eve

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – It has no Amazon jungle, sun-kissed beaches or Maracana stadium, and has been a somewhat staid setting for Brazil’s World Cup party compared to more glamorous venues.

Yet on the eve of Tuesday’s cross-continent semi-final clash between Brazil and Germany, state capital and business center Belo Horizonte was finally getting into the party.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-’Boring’ Belo Horizonte joins party on World Cup semi eve

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 7 (Reuters) – It has no Amazon jungle, sun-kissed beaches or Maracana stadium, and has been a somewhat staid setting for Brazil’s World Cup party compared to more glamorous venues.

Yet on the eve of Tuesday’s cross-continent semi-final clash between Brazil and Germany, state capital and business centre Belo Horizonte was finally getting into the party.

Jul 6, 2014

Aguero trains, Di Maria missing for Argentina

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina striker Sergio Aguero trained normally on Sunday and looked fully recovered from injury, but fellow forward Angel Di Maria was missing amid speculation his World Cup is over.

Argentina are juggling options ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final with the Netherlands in Sao Paulo.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Aguero trains, Di Maria missing for Argentina

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – Argentina striker Sergio Aguero trained normally on Sunday and looked fully recovered from injury, but fellow forward Angel Di Maria was missing amid speculation his World Cup is over.

Argentina are juggling options ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final with the Netherlands in Sao Paulo.

Jul 6, 2014

Forget Spain, it was Costa Rica ‘tico-taka’ that lit us up

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Costa Rica exit the World Cup proudly unbeaten in open play with a first ever quarter-final appearance, the scalps of two former champions and some tidy football that mocked their underdog status.

“Costa Rica’s heart broken, but soul intact,” read one of the Sunday headlines at home as the Central American nation of less than 5 million people hailed its over-achieving heroes who began the tournament as 4,000-1 outsiders.

Jul 6, 2014

Factbox: Brazil v Germany

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil play Germany in a World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Where: The Mineirao stadium, Belo Horizonte

Capacity: 58,170

When: Tuesday, July 8, 1700 local (2000 GMT/1600 ET)

Referee: To be announced

Probable teams:

Brazil: 12-Julio Cesar; 6-Marcelo; 23-Maicon; 13-Dante; 4-David Luiz; 17-Luiz Gustavo; 8-Paulinho; 19-Willian; 11-Oscar; 7-Hulk; 9-Fred.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Brazil v Germany

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – Brazil play Germany in a World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Where: The Mineirao stadium, Belo Horizonte

Capacity: 58,170

When: Tuesday, July 8, 1700 local (2000 GMT/1600 ET)

Referee: To be announced

Probable teams:

Brazil: 12-Julio Cesar; 6-Marcelo; 23-Maicon; 13-Dante; 4-David Luiz; 17-Luiz Gustavo; 8-Paulinho; 19-Willian; 11-Oscar; 7-Hulk; 9-Fred.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Forget Spain, it was Costa Rica ‘tico-taka’ that lit us up

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil July 6 (Reuters) – Costa Rica exit the World Cup proudly unbeaten in open play with a first ever quarter-final appearance, the scalps of two former champions and some tidy football that mocked their underdog status.

“Costa Rica’s heart broken, but soul intact,” read one of the Sunday headlines at home as the Central American nation of less than 5 million people hailed its over-achieving heroes who began the tournament as 4,000-1 outsiders.

Jul 5, 2014

Neymar out of Cup as Brazil and Germany make semis

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe’s biggest remaining team Germany.

Brazil’s poster-boy, in terrific form with four goals at the tournament, fractured a vertebra near the end of a 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia and will be out for several weeks.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Neymar out of Cup as Brazil and Germany make semis

BELO HORIZONTE, July 4 (Reuters) – Hosts Brazil suffered a huge blow when they lost leading forward Neymar for the rest of the World Cup through injury on Friday as they set up an epic-looking semi-final against Europe’s biggest remaining team Germany.

Brazil’s poster-boy, in terrific form with four goals at the tournament, fractured a vertebra near the end of a 2-1 quarter-final win over Colombia and will be out for several weeks.

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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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