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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.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-World Cup injury list dispiriting and predictable

BRASILIA, June 11 (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.

Jun 10, 2014

Small, mountainous countries do battle in Group E

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – The erratic French, efficient Swiss, flying Ecuadoreans and hard-tackling Honduras promise to turn Group E into one of the most unpredictable at the World Cup.

The raw talents of Paul Pogba, Jerry Bengtson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Jefferson Montero add to the intrigue to a group which may lack a high-profile encounter but will provide an intriguing battle between Europe and Latin America.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Small, mountainous countries do battle in Group E

June 10 (Reuters) – The erratic French, efficient Swiss, flying Ecuadoreans and hard-tackling Honduras promise to turn Group E into one of the most unpredictable at the World Cup.

The raw talents of Paul Pogba, Jerry Bengtson, Xherdan Shaqiri and Jefferson Montero add to the intrigue to a group which may lack a high-profile encounter but will provide an intriguing battle between Europe and Latin America.

Jun 9, 2014

Analysis – Inzaghi risks same fate as Milan predecessors

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Filippo Inzaghi became AC Milan’s third coach in five months on Monday and there was no immediate reason to believe he was going to have any more success than his two predecessors.

Massimiliano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf were sacked due to problems caused by the club’s rudderless administration.

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer-Milan fire coach Seedorf and bring in Inzaghi

June 9 (Reuters) – AC Milan fired coach Clarence Seedorf on Monday after less than five months in charge and replaced him with youth team boss Filippo Inzaghi, a move that had been on hold for two weeks.

“I thank Silvio Berlusconi for the trust,” former Italy and Milan striker Inzaghi said of the club president. “This club is my life.

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer-Inzaghi risks same fate as Milan predecessors

June 9 (Reuters) – Filippo Inzaghi became AC Milan’s third coach in five months on Monday and there was no immediate reason to believe he was going to have any more success than his two predecessors.

Massimiliano Allegri and Clarence Seedorf were sacked due to problems caused by the club’s rudderless administration.