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Jul 31, 2010
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Bullfighting banned in Catalonia — So how will David Villa celebrate now?


Now that the Spanish region of Catalonia has banned bullfighting, what will happen to striker David’s Villa goal-scoring celebrations?

Villa struck a matador’s pose after he scored in Spain’s World Cup games in South Africa – you can see an example on FIFA’s official site here — raising eyebrows by some in Catalonia who viewed it as a gesture of support for the “fiesta nacional”.

Jul 30, 2010
via Global News Journal

Cocktails with Khmer Rouge killers


By Angus MacSwan
The sentencing of Khmer Rouge torturer Kaing Guek Eav this week and the forthcoming trial of former leader Khieu Samphan by a United Nations-backed court has brought renewed attention to their murderous rule of Cambodia in the 1970s — and a certain amount of satisfaction in the “international community” for its role in seeing justice done.

But there was a time when you could meet Khmer Rouge officials at cocktail parties in Phnom Penh, with the drinks provided by the United Nations.

Jul 6, 2010
via Reuters Soccer Blog

Uruguayan passion for soccer helps make friends in distant places


Uruguay’s run to the last four of the World Cup is something of a fairytale, despite the Luis Suarez handball incident – the tiny nation with a glorious soccer history, their squad led by a scholarly coach and a dashing striker, battling on to write a new chapter as its bigger, more illustrious neighbours fall by the wayside.

I followed Uruguay for a while in this World Cup campaign but my link with them goes back a few years. I thought it worth sharing because if soccer is a sport that unites the world, the Uruguayans have played their part beyond the spotlight.

Jul 3, 2010

Uruguay relish their win, but count the cost

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Uruguay’s usually eloquent coach Oscar Tabarez was almost at a loss for words after his team’s nail-biting duel with Ghana saw the South Americans reach the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 40 years.

When he gathered his emotions, he spoke like a man who had run through a fire and survived.

Jul 3, 2010

I had no choice but to handle says Uruguay’s Suarez

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Uruguay’s Luis Suarez said his conscience was clear after being dismissed for a handball that denied Ghana a last-gasp winner in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday.

Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed the subsequent penalty to leave the match deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time and Uruguay went on to seal a place in the last four through a penalty shootout.

Jul 2, 2010

Uruguay beat brave Ghana on penalties

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Uruguay ended Ghana’s dream of being the first African team in the World Cup semi-finals when they won a penalty shootout 4-2 after their quarter-final finished 1-1 at the end of extra time on Friday.

Uruguay substitute Sebastian Abreu got the decisive penalty with a cheeky chip over goalkeeper Richard Kingson to set up a semi-final with Netherlands, who shocked Brazil 2-1.

Jul 1, 2010

Uruguay urged “Go Forward” by bewitched Kimberley

KIMBERLEY, South Africa (Reuters) – When the Uruguayan squad left their hotel in Kimberley to head for the World Cup quarter-final with Ghana in Johannesburg, staff and guards at the gate bid them farewell singing “Shosholoza.”

It is an old South African rail-gang song that has been adopted by soccer and rugby fans and urges: “Go Forward, Go Forward.”

Jun 30, 2010

Uruguay’s Tabarez names team for Ghana, Godin out

KIMBERLEY, South Africa (Reuters) – Uruguay coach Oscar Taberez said on Wednesday injured defender Diego Godin would miss the World Cup quarter-final match against Ghana as he named his side a full 48 hours before the match.

Mauricio Victorino, who performed well after coming on for Godin at halftime against South Korea, will start in his place in Friday’s match, Tabarez told a news conference.

Jun 30, 2010

Scottish ghosts of Boer War roam South African plain

By Angus MacSwan

MAGERSFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters Life) – Springboks bound amongst the thorn bushes of Magersfontein during a sun-filled South African day.

But local people say that the night belongs to the ghosts of Scottish soldiers who were cut down by Boer bullets in a battle here more than 100 years ago.

Jun 27, 2010

Soccer-World-Germany give England record 4-1 thumping

BLOEMFONTEIN, June 27 (Reuters) – Germany put on a superb
display to thrash England 4-1 and move into the World Cup last
eight, leaving their long-standing rivals bemoaning a decision
to rule out an equaliser which they say cost them the game.

Thomas Mueller scored twice as Germany’s young side
overwhelmed a sloppy defence on Sunday with some sublime
counter-attacking to dish out England’s biggest ever defeat in
the World Cup finals.

    • About Angus

      "Angus MacSwan has reported for Reuters for 25 years from Asia, Latin America, the United States, the Middle East, South Africa and the Balkans. He has covered events from the overthrow of President Marcos in the Philippines in 1986 to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He stood next to Archbishop Desmond Tutu when he voted in South Africa's first free election and witnessed the arrival of the first prisoners to the U.S. camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
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