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Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-With ‘Garra Charrua’, Uruguay always play with bite

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 24 (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.

Jun 23, 2014

Porto Alegre set for ‘gaucho fiesta’ as Argentines invade

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – By car, bus and plane, tens of thousands of Argentinians are crossing the border into southern Brazil in an invasion of the city of Porto Alegre for Argentina’s match against Nigeria on Wednesday.

It promises to be a celebration of their shared “gaucho” culture as well as soccer. But police are also bracing for trouble from Argentina’s notorious “barras bravas”, hooligans who may try to spoil the party.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Porto Alegre set for ‘gaucho fiesta’ as Argentines invade

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – By car, bus and plane, tens of thousands of Argentinians are crossing the border into southern Brazil in an invasion of the city of Porto Alegre for Argentina’s match against Nigeria on Wednesday.

It promises to be a celebration of their shared “gaucho” culture as well as soccer. But police are also bracing for trouble from Argentina’s notorious “barras bravas”, hooligans who may try to spoil the party.

Jun 23, 2014

Where Messi leads, Argentina must follow

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – After underwhelming early performances, traditional Latin American top dogs Argentina and reigning African champions Nigeria have something to prove when they meet in their final World Cup Group F match on Wednesday.

Argentina were among the favourites going in to the tournament but despite a much-vaunted front four, they have yet to come alive, with the exception of some moments of match-winning magic from Lionel Messi.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Where Messi leads, Argentina must follow

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – After underwhelming early performances, traditional Latin American top dogs Argentina and reigning African champions Nigeria have something to prove when they meet in their final World Cup Group F match on Wednesday.

Argentina were among the favourites going in to the tournament but despite a much-vaunted front four, they have yet to come alive, with the exception of some moments of match-winning magic from Lionel Messi.

Jun 22, 2014

After the goalrush, Algerian delight

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – They might want to change Porto Alegre’s name to Porto Algeria after the Desert Foxes’ 4-2 victory over South Korea in the southern Brazilian city on Sunday.

Algeria’s four goals ended a 32-year wait for a World Cup win and shot them into contention for a last 16 place for the first time in four tournaments.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-After the goalrush, Algerian delight

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – They might want to change Porto Alegre’s name to Porto Algeria after the Desert Foxes’ 4-2 victory over South Korea in the southern Brazilian city on Sunday.

Algeria’s four goals ended a 32-year wait for a World Cup win and shot them into contention for a last 16 place for the first time in four tournaments.

Jun 22, 2014

South Korea coach apologizes for porous defense

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo blasted his team’s woeful defending in their 4-2 World Cup Group H loss to Algeria on Sunday, saying the players he picked had let him down.

“The defense wasn’t what it should have been, our players were not up to standard,” Hong told reporters after the defeat which left South Korea bottom of the group.

Jun 22, 2014

Algeria must stand up and be counted, says Halilhodzic

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria must speed up, attack more, and be mentally strong if they are to overcome a superior South Korea in their World Cup Group H match, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said.

On the eve of Sunday’s match in Porto Alegre, the Franco Bosnian coach was lavish in his praise for South Korea and brutally frank about his own young side’s shortcomings.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Algeria must stand up and be counted, says Halilhodzic

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Algeria must speed up, attack more, and be mentally strong if they are to overcome a superior South Korea in their World Cup Group H match, coach Vahid Halilhodzic said.

On the eve of Sunday’s match in Porto Alegre, the Franco Bosnian coach was lavish in his praise for South Korea and brutally frank about his own young side’s shortcomings.

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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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