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Jun 14, 2014

Another white-knuckle ride for enterprising Chile

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Chile lived up their reputation as great entertainers with another whirlwind performance in their 3-1 win over Australia on Friday.

Just as they did in 2010, the South Americans played a fast and furious pressing game which at times threatened to blow their opponents away but also left them dangerously exposed at the back.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Another white-knuckle ride for enterprising Chile

June 13 (Reuters) – Chile lived up their reputation as great entertainers with another whirlwind performance in their 3-1 win over Australia on Friday.

Just as they did in 2010, the South Americans played a fast and furious pressing game which at times threatened to blow their opponents away but also left them dangerously exposed at the back.

Jun 13, 2014

Beckenbauer banned by FIFA for failing to cooperate

BRASILIA (Reuters) – German former World Cup winning coach and captain Franz Beckenbauer was provisionally banned from football for 90 days for failing to co-operate with a FIFA ethics committee investigation, soccer’s governing body said on Friday.

Beckenbauer, who was on the FIFA executive committee which controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to Qatar in 2010, had received “repeated requests” to provide information, FIFA said in a statement.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Beckenbauer banned by FIFA for failing to cooperate

BRASILIA, June 13 (Reuters) – German former World Cup winning coach and captain Franz Beckenbauer was provisionally banned from football for 90 days for failing to co-operate with a FIFA ethics committee investigation, soccer’s governing body said on Friday.

Beckenbauer, who was on the FIFA executive committee which controversially awarded the 2022 World Cup hosting rights to Qatar in 2010, had received “repeated requests” to provide information, FIFA said in a statement.

Jun 13, 2014

The new Switzerland : confident, fun-loving and late

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Forget the usual low-key, reliable and predictable Swiss. The 2014 World Cup team are a fun-loving bunch who ooze confidence, clown around in the swimming pool and, almost unbelievably, turn up late for press conferences.

Switzerland’s last two World Cup appearances were low-key affairs where they managed a total of just five goals in seven games, conceded one and failed to capture the public’s imagination back home.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-The new Switzerland – confident, fun-loving and late

BRASILIA, June 13 (Reuters) – Forget the usual low-key, reliable and predictable Swiss. The 2014 World Cup team are a fun-loving bunch who ooze confidence, clown around in the swimming pool and, almost unbelievably, turn up late for press conferences.

Switzerland’s last two World Cup appearances were low-key affairs where they managed a total of just five goals in seven games, conceded one and failed to capture the public’s imagination back home.

Jun 13, 2014

Lichtsteiner could have wings clipped by pacey Ecuador

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Stephan Lichtsteiner, whose marauding runs down right flank for Switzerland have earned him the nickname Forrest Gump, may find his style cramped by Ecuador’s pacey wingers in Sunday’s World Cup match.

The Swiss right back, one of his team’s most potent attacking weapons, could find himself bogged down with less-favored defensive duties to help his side cope with the threat posed by Ecuador winger Jefferson Montero in Sunday’s Group E match.

Jun 12, 2014

FIFPro slams ‘irresponsible’ conditions in Manaus

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro has criticized conditions in Manaus as being unsuitable for World Cup matches after a threadbare pitch added to concerns over heat and humidity.

“The players deserve a quality playing surface and conditions that reflect what is meant to be the world’s premier football event. This is simply not the case in Manaus,” said FIFPro in a statement.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-FIFPro slams ‘irresponsible’ conditions in Manaus

BRASILIA, June 13 (Reuters) – The world players’ union FIFPro has criticised conditions in Manaus as being unsuitable for World Cup matches after a threadbare pitch added to concerns over heat and humidity.

“The players deserve a quality playing surface and conditions that reflect what is meant to be the world’s premier football event. This is simply not the case in Manaus,” said FIFPro in a statement.

Jun 11, 2014

World Cup injury list dispiriting and predictable

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Barely a day has gone by in the run-up to the World Cup without a player seeing his dreams wrecked by injury, and the lengthening casualty list is as predictable as it is dispiriting.

A host of players, including Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, German midfielder Marco Reus and French winger Franck Ribery will miss out on Brazil, while others such as Uruguay striker Luis Suarez and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal are facing a race to be fit.