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Jul 30, 2014

Soccer-Zenit lose in Cyprus, Salzburg upset by nine-man Qarabag

BERNE, July 30 (Reuters) – Zenit St Petersburg slumped to a 1-0 defeat at AEL Limassol and Azerbaijan’s Qarabag pulled off an even bigger upset when they beat Salzburg 2-1 despite finishing with nine men in the Champions League qualifiers on Wednesday.

Legia Warsaw missed two penalties but still managed to thrash ten-man Celtic 4-1 in another of the third qualifying round, first leg ties.

Jul 9, 2014

Germany debacle the culmination of long Brazil decline

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) РGermany’s astonishing demolition of Brazil was the brutal culmination of a long, slow decline for the five-times world champions whose production line of world-class players seems to have ground to a halt.

Brazil have not had a player in the top three of the world player of the year award since Kaka won the prize in 2007 and their highest-placed player for 2013 was Neymar, who came fifth.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Germany debacle the culmination of long Brazil decline

July 9 (Reuters) – Germany’s astonishing demolition of Brazil was the brutal culmination of a long, slow decline for the five-times world champions whose production line of world-class players seems to have ground to a halt.

Brazil have not had a player in the top three of the world player of the year award since Kaka won the prize in 2007 and their highest-placed player for 2013 was Neymar, who came fifth.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria suspended by FIFA over government interference

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 9 (Reuters) – Nigeria was suspended from international football on Wednesday because of government interference, FIFA said in a statement.

World soccer’s ruling body sent a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (FFF) last week expressing its concern after the NFF was served with court proceedings preventing its President from running the African country’s soccer affairs.

Jul 9, 2014

Ghosts of 1950 return to haunt Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – After waiting 64 years to exorcise the ghosts of the Maracanazo, Brazil have instead suffered another defeat that may haunt them for decades.

Many people had seen hosting the 2014 World Cup as a chance to wipe out memories of a defeat which is ingrained in Brazilian football folklore. Now they must come to terms with another result which nobody believed was remotely possible.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Ghosts of 1950 return to haunt Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 8 (Reuters) – After waiting 64 years to exorcise the ghosts of the Maracanazo, Brazil have instead suffered another defeat that may haunt them for decades.

Many people had seen hosting the 2014 World Cup as a chance to wipe out memories of a defeat which is ingrained in Brazilian football folklore. Now they must come to terms with another result which nobody believed was remotely possible.

Jul 8, 2014

Executive freed as World Cup hospitality probes continue

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Ray Whelan, the chief executive of a hospitality firm arrested in connection with an investigation into VIP ticket scalping at the World Cup, was released on Tuesday after spending the night in custody.

But his company, MATCH Services, remains at the centre of two investigations that once again raise questions about the business and commercial practices of FIFA, soccer’s governing body and an organisation long tarnished by allegations of corruption and a lack of transparency.

Jul 8, 2014

Executive in World Cup ticket scalping probe released

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Ray Whelan, the chief executive of a hospitality firm arrested in connection with an investigation into VIP ticket scalping at the World Cup, was released on Tuesday after spending the night in custody.

His company, MATCH, said the Englishman was released from custody in Rio de Janeiro and that he will assist police with further enquiries.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Executive in World Cup ticket scalping probe released

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 8 (Reuters) – Ray Whelan, the chief executive of a hospitality firm arrested in connection with an investigation into VIP ticket scalping at the World Cup, was released on Tuesday after spending the night in custody.

His company, MATCH, said the Englishman was released from custody in Rio de Janeiro and that he will assist police with further enquiries.

Jul 7, 2014

Chief of Swiss hospitality company detained in World Cup probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Police in Rio de Janeiro on Monday arrested the chief executive of a Swiss hospitality and ticketing company in connection with an ongoing investigation over VIP ticket scalping at the World Cup.

Ray Whelan, of Switzerland-based Match Services, was arrested at the city’s beachfront Copacabana Palace hotel as a result of a probe into the illegal resale of tickets for the ongoing tournament, police said.