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Jun 20, 2014

In World Cup, Portunol is the loving tongue

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – With the World Cup bringing thousands of fans from nine Spanish-speaking countries to Brazil, whose language is Portuguese, the mongrel language known as Portunol is helping to ease communications.

The informal, spontaneous hybrid of the two Iberian languages is commonly used in southern Brazil, which has strong links with neighboring Argentina and Uruguay, and by Spaniards and Latin Americans visiting other parts of the former Portuguese colony.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-In World Cup, Portunol is the loving tongue

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – With the World Cup bringing thousands of fans from nine Spanish-speaking countries to Brazil, whose language is Portuguese, the mongrel language known as Portunol is helping to ease communications.

The informal, spontaneous hybrid of the two Iberian languages is commonly used in southern Brazil, which has strong links with neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay, and by Spaniards and Latin Americans visiting other parts of the former Portuguese colony.

Jun 18, 2014

Close call for Netherlands against brave Australia

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – A long-range strike by substitute Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 3-2 win over Australia in a thrilling World Cup Group B game but a brave, hard-charging Socceroos side had threatened to earn a famous victory.

The game was marked by end-to-end action and spectacular goals – notably a stunning volley by Australia’s Tim Cahill which canceled out a goal by the Netherlands’ Arjen Robben only a minute earlier.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Close call for Netherlands against brave Australia

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – A long-range strike by substitute Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands a 3-2 win over Australia in a thrilling World Cup Group B game but a brave, hard-charging Socceroos side had threatened to earn a famous victory.

The game was marked by end-to-end action and spectacular goals – notably a stunning volley by Australia’s Tim Cahill which cancelled out a goal by the Netherlands’ Arjen Robben only a minute earlier.

Jun 17, 2014

Our football is still Totally Dutch, Netherlands coach says

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – The Netherlands’ crushing of holders Spain in their opening World Cup match had pundits drooling about the return of Total Football, the Dutch style exemplified by Johan Cruyff that delighted the world in decades past.

But for coach Louis van Gaal, the Oranje have always played it their way.

“There was no euphoria in the team. We have played Total Football. Nothing has changed in that respect. We are applying the Dutch principles,” he said.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Our football is still Totally Dutch, Netherlands coach says

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – The Netherlands’ crushing of holders Spain in their opening World Cup match had pundits drooling about the return of Total Football, the Dutch style exemplified by Johan Cruyff that delighted the world in decades past.

But for coach Louis van Gaal, the Oranje have always played it their way.

“There was no euphoria in the team. We have played Total Football. Nothing has changed in that respect. We are applying the Dutch principles,” he said.

Jun 17, 2014

No injury worries for Netherlands before Australia match

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – All the Netherlands players are fit for their World Cup Group B match against Australia in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, coach Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.

There had been injury worries over defenders Daley Blind and Ron Vlaar but these had cleared up, Van Gaal said.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-No injury worries for Netherlands before Australia match

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – All the Netherlands players are fit for their World Cup Group B match against Australia in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, coach Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.

There had been injury worries over defenders Daley Blind and Ron Vlaar but these had cleared up, Van Gaal said.

Jun 16, 2014

Aussie fans not only here for the beer

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – They may not regularly taste the glory that Australia’s rugby and cricket supporters do, but fans of the national soccer team the Socceroos could not be more dedicated.

Several thousand have made the trip from Down Under over a couple of oceans to Brazil for the World Cup.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Aussie fans not only here for the beer

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – They may not regularly taste the glory that Australia’s rugby and cricket supporters do, but fans of the national soccer team the Socceroos could not be more dedicated.

Several thousand have made the trip from Down Under over a couple of oceans to Brazil for the World Cup.

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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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