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Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-’Forget history, we’re coming for you’, Chile tell Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil June 27 (Reuters) – Eliminated three times by Brazil in past World Cups, Chile vowed a fearless and fighting approach on the eve of Saturday’s second round knockout game against the hosts and favourites.

Despite the combative talk, ‘La Roja’ are sweating on the fitness of two key players – defender Gary Medel known as “The Pitbull” and midfielder Arturo Vidal nicknamed “King Arthur” – for the showdown at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer – Argentina’s Aguero reported out of World Cup with injury

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentine striker Sergio Aguero is out of the World Cup after suffering a muscle tear in the 3-2 victory over Nigeria, a Buenos Aires newspaper reported on Thursday.

Aguero’s injury, which could not be immediately confirmed by team spokesmen, would be a major blow to the South Americans’ campaign to capture a third World Cup, this time on the soil of their great rivals Brazil.

Jun 26, 2014

Chile face nemesis Brazil in World Cup knockout

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – World Cup favorites Brazil have rediscovered their swagger and boast a superb past record against Chile but go into Saturday’s do-or-die game knowing their rivals have enough attacking prowess to wreck the hosts’ party.

Seeking a sixth World Cup on home soil, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men hit their stride in a 4-1 demolition of Cameroon that won them Group A and showed striker Neymar at his very best with two great goals and crowd-pleasing trickery on the ball.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Chile face nemesis Brazil in World Cup knockout

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 26 (Reuters) – World Cup favourites Brazil have rediscovered their swagger and boast a superb past record against Chile but go into Saturday’s do-or-die game knowing their rivals have enough attacking prowess to wreck the hosts’ party.

Seeking a sixth World Cup on home soil, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s men hit their stride in a 4-1 demolition of Cameroon that won them Group A and showed striker Neymar at his very best with two great goals and crowd-pleasing trickery on the ball.

Jun 25, 2014

Dancing Colombia set bar for wild World Cup celebrations

CARACAS (Reuters) – Forgotten for a moment who won the 1990 World Cup?

Maybe, but if you are old enough, it’s impossible not to remember Roger Milla’s hip-shaking celebrations for Cameroon or Salvatore Toto Schillaci’s euphorically bulging eyes as he wheeled away from goal-after-goal for Italy.

Tournaments down the years have often been as memorable for their clever and crazy celebrations as the actual trophy winners.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Dancing Colombia set bar for wild World Cup celebrations

CARACAS, June 25 (Reuters) – Forgotten for a moment who won the 1990 World Cup?

Maybe, but if you are old enough, it’s impossible not to remember Roger Milla’s hip-shaking celebrations for Cameroon or Salvatore Toto Schillaci’s euphorically bulging eyes as he wheeled away from goal-after-goal for Italy.

Jun 24, 2014

English need to shun salaries and play abroad: Hodgson

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – English football would benefit if more players went abroad but the Premier League’s huge salaries are a major deterrent to that, national team coach Roy Hodgson said on Tuesday.

England’s humiliating early exit from the World Cup in Brazil has plunged the nation into soul-searching about why they have come up short time-and-time again in the big tournaments.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-English need to shun salaries and play abroad – Hodgson

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – English football would benefit if more players went abroad but the Premier League’s huge salaries are a major deterrent to that, national team coach Roy Hodgson said on Tuesday.

England’s humiliating early exit from the World Cup in Brazil has plunged the nation into soul-searching about why they have come up short time-and-time again in the big tournaments.

Jun 24, 2014

Joyful Costa Rica ready for more giant-slaying

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Defying their underdog status to top a group of three former world champions, jubilant Costa Rica are ready to do it all again in only their second ever World Cup last 16 appearance.

“We’ve given Costa Rica status in the football world. Noone can say it was chance, luck or just for a few moments,” coach Jorge Luis Pinto said after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with England that followed remarkable wins over Uruguay and Italy.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Joyful Costa Rica ready for more giant-slaying

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Defying their underdog status to top a group of three former world champions, jubilant Costa Rica are ready to do it all again in only their second ever World Cup last 16 appearance.

“We’ve given Costa Rica status in the football world. Noone can say it was chance, luck or just for a few moments,” coach Jorge Luis Pinto said after Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with England that followed remarkable wins over Uruguay and Italy.

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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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