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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.

Jun 16, 2014

Confident Dutch set to expose Socceroos

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – After the Netherlands’ demolition of holders Spain in their opening World Cup match, Australia will have to plug the dyke to stop a flood of goals from the Oranje in their second Group E game in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.

The Dutch stunned the world with their 5-1 victory over a hapless Spain, highlighted by a sensational headed goal by Robin Van Persie and a swaggering, two-goal display from Arjen Robben.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Confident Dutch set to expose Socceroos

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – After the Netherlands’ demolition of holders Spain in their opening World Cup match, Australia will have to plug the dyke to stop a flood of goals from the Oranje in their second Group E game in Porto Alegre on Wednesday.

The Dutch stunned the world with their 5-1 victory over a hapless Spain, highlighted by a sensational headed goal by Robin Van Persie and a swaggering, two-goal display from Arjen Robben.

Jun 16, 2014

Benzema brace as France overrun 10-man Honduras

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – A swashbuckling Karim Benzema led the charge as France overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 in their Group E opener on Sunday, showing a resurgence of flair that should bury the memories of Les Bleus’ debacle in South Africa in 2010.

Benzema bagged a brace himself, while a bizarre own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares saw goal line technology used for the first time in a World Cup to confirm the ball had crossed the line.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Benzema brace as France overrun 10-man Honduras

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – A swashbuckling Karim Benzema led the charge as France overwhelmed Honduras 3-0 in their Group E opener on Sunday, showing a resurgence of flair that should bury the memories of Les Bleus’ debacle in South Africa in 2010.

Benzema bagged a brace himself, while a bizarre own goal by Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares saw goal line technology used for the first time in a World Cup to confirm the ball had crossed the line.

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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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