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Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Shaqiri teaches party-pooping Swiss to enjoy themselves

BERNE, June 6 (Reuters) – If Switzerland are going to shed their reputation as World Cup party-poopers, then their impish winger Xherdan Shaqiri is the man to do it.

Fun is not a word usually associated with Switzerland’s national team, who have scored five goals and conceded one in their last seven games at the World Cup, yet it is something the 22-year-old Kosovo-born player thrives on.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Switzerland coach Hitzfeld to turn final page of career

BERNE, June 6 (Reuters) – Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of Europe’s most successful coaches at club level, will bow out in Brazil after a 45-year career which has brought him seven Bundesliga titles, two Champions League winners’ medals and one extraordinary defeat.

Hitzfeld will be leading Switzerland to the World Cup for the second time, having also been in charge of a bittersweet campaign in South Africa four years ago.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Feisty young side shatter stereotypes of Switzerland

BERNE, June 6 (Reuters) – A young side drawn mainly from immigrant backgrounds, Switzerland’s World Cup team is about as far removed from the stereotyped image of the Alpine nation as it is possible to get.

While the Swiss are often regarded as reserved, diplomatic and predictable, their national side is a feisty outfit with a surprising amount of flair.

Jun 4, 2014

Lively Algeria beat Romania in front of unruly crowd

GENEVA (Reuters) – Algeria again looked anything but World Cup outsiders as they beat Romania 2-1 with a lively performance in a friendly marred by unruly behaviour by their fans on Wednesday.

Nabil Bentaleb and El Arabi Soudani scored in each half for Algeria, backed by around 15,000 supporters who poured across the border from France to create a raucous atmosphere at the Stade de Geneve.

Jun 4, 2014

Soccer-Lively Algeria beat Romania in front of unruly crowd

GENEVA, June 4 (Reuters) – Algeria again looked anything but World Cup outsiders as they beat Romania 2-1 with a lively performance in a friendly marred by unruly behaviour by their fans on Wednesday.

Nabil Bentaleb and El Arabi Soudani scored in each half for Algeria, backed by around 15,000 supporters who poured across the border from France to create a raucous atmosphere at the Stade de Geneve.

Jun 3, 2014

Soccer-Swiss struggle to beat experimental Peru

LUCERNE Switzerland (Reuters) – Switzerland left it late as they struggled to a 2-0 win over a defensive, experimental Peru on Tuesday in their final friendly before the World Cup in Brazil.

Right back Stephan Lichtsteiner broke the deadlock with a looping header in the 78th minute and Xherdan Shaqiri, who sat out the first hour, added the second five minutes later.

Jun 3, 2014

Swiss struggle to beat experimental Peru

LUCERNE Switzerland (Reuters) – Switzerland left it late as they struggled to a 2-0 win over a defensive, experimental Peru on Tuesday in their final friendly before the World Cup in Brazil.

Right back Stephan Lichtsteiner broke the deadlock with a looping header in the 78th minute and Xherdan Shaqiri, who sat out the first hour, added the second five minutes later.

Jun 2, 2014

Union says soccer scandals show players need more say

BERNE (Reuters) – Players should be given more of a voice in how soccer is run to prevent “scandal after scandal,” the world players’ union said on Monday in the wake of accusations bribes were paid to win Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

The international game has been rocked by a British Sunday newspaper’s report that around $5 million was paid to officials in return for votes for Qatar’s successful bid.

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-Union says soccer scandals show players need more say

BERNE, June 2 (Reuters) – Players should be given more of a voice in how soccer is run to prevent “scandal after scandal,” the world players’ union said on Monday in the wake of accusations bribes were paid to win Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

The international game has been rocked by a British Sunday newspaper’s report that around $5 million was paid to officials in return for votes for Qatar’s successful bid.

May 31, 2014

Algeria sweep aside Armenia in festive atmosphere

SION Switzerland (Reuters) – Algeria belied their status as World Cup outsiders blasting three first-half goals on their way to a comprehensive 3-1 win over Armenia in a festive atmosphere in Sion on Saturday.

Around 12,000 drum-banging, chanting Algerian fans turned the tiny Tourbillon in the usually sleepy Swiss Alpine town into a cauldron, appearing to unnerve their opponents in the first half.