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Jun 28, 2014

Preview – Algeria fight for glory, revenge against powerful Germany

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – If revenge is a plate best served cold, Algeria will hope to dish it out to Germany in their World Cup Round of 16 match on Monday 32 years after one of the most shameful games in the tournament’s history.

In all likelihood, however, a powerful Germany side will bring the Desert Foxes’ run to an end and deprive them of retribution and further glory. But it might not be easy.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Algeria fight for glory, revenge against powerful Germany

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – If revenge is a plate best served cold, Algeria will hope to dish it out to Germany in their World Cup Round of 16 match on Monday 32 years after one of the most shameful games in the tournament’s history.

In all likelihood, however, a powerful Germany side will bring the Desert Foxes’ run to an end and deprive them of retribution and further glory. But it might not be easy.

Jun 25, 2014

Argentine shot in Brazil bar fight during World Cup

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – An Argentine fan in Brazil for the World Cup soccer tournament was shot in the leg during a bar fight, security officials said on Wednesday, stoking concerns about possible violence if Argentina meets Brazil in the championship match.

Six other Argentine fans were arrested for trying to steal tickets to their national team’s match against Nigeria on Wednesday in Porto Alegre, the southernmost World Cup host city.

Jun 25, 2014

Freak injury might rule Nigeria’s Babatunde out of World Cup

By Angus MacSwan

(Reuters) – Nigeria midfielder Michel Babatunde looks likely to miss the rest of the World Cup after he was struck on the arm by a powerful shot from team mate Ogenyi Onazi in their 3-2 loss to Argentina on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the 66th minute with medics bounding up the player’s arm while he lay on the pitch before taking him away on a stretcher.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Freak injury might rule Nigeria’s Babatunde out of World Cup

June 25 (Reuters) – Nigeria midfielder Michel Babatunde looks likely to miss the rest of the World Cup after he was struck on the arm by a powerful shot from team mate Ogenyi Onazi in their 3-2 loss to Argentina on Wednesday.

The incident occurred in the 66th minute with medics bounding up the player’s arm while he lay on the pitch before taking him away on a stretcher.

Jun 25, 2014

Argentina try to save Messi’s magic for knockout round

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has scored in all of Argentina’s group games and while the South Americans clearly depend on the livewire forward, coach Alejandro Sabella is wary of pushing him too hard ahead of the knockout round.

The forward scored twice on Wednesday to help Argentina secure a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and clinch first place in Group F for the South Americans.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Argentina try to save Messi’s magic for knockout round

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has scored in all of Argentina’s group games and while the South Americans clearly depend on the livewire forward, coach Alejandro Sabella is wary of pushing him too hard ahead of the knockout round.

The forward scored twice on Wednesday to help Argentina secure a 3-2 win over African champions Nigeria and clinch first place in Group F for the South Americans.

Jun 25, 2014

Argentine fans swamp Porto Alegre for Nigeria match

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Porto Alegre was awash in a sea of sky-blue and white on Wednesday as tens of thousands of Argentina fans flooded the southern Brazilian city for their team’s concluding World Cup Group F match against Nigeria.

Police have called in reinforcements to increase security and guard against any possible crowd problems, although, the early morning mood was friendly and festive.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Argentine fans swamp Porto Alegre for Nigeria match

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Porto Alegre was awash in a sea of sky-blue and white on Wednesday as tens of thousands of Argentina fans flooded the southern Brazilian city for their team’s concluding World Cup Group F match against Nigeria.

Police have called in reinforcements to increase security and guard against any possible crowd problems, although, the early morning mood was friendly and festive.

Jun 24, 2014

With ‘Garra Charrua’, Uruguay always play with bite

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Uruguay’s World Cup victory over Italy showed again the country’s unique spirit of “La Garra Charrua” – a gritty, fighting character which is never stronger than in do-or-die situations.

The word comes from the Charrua Indians, reputedly ferocious warriors who were wiped out in the 19th century.

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      "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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