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Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-San Lorenzo dream of unlikely win over Real Madrid

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 19 (Reuters) – San Lorenzo, undeterred by the big gulf that separates them from Real Madrid, have vowed to play with “a knife between our teeth” when they face the European champions in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The champions of South America, who count Pope Francis and Hollywood actor Viggo Mortensen among their supporters, spent three million euros ($3.68 million) in the last transfer window while Real splashed out 80 million euros this year on James Rodriguez alone.

Dec 18, 2014

Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”

Dec 18, 2014

Newsmaker: Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”

Dec 18, 2014

Soccer-Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH, Dec 18 (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”

Dec 18, 2014

FIFA set to vote on publication of Garcia report

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting amid tight security on Thursday with members expected to vote on whether to release ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report into the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The meeting, at a luxury Marrakech hotel where even the grounds were off limits to the public, began the day after Garcia quit in protest at the handling of his investigation into the process which led to the 2018 World Cup being awarded to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar in December 2010.

Dec 18, 2014

Soccer-FIFA set to vote on publication of Garcia report

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 18 (Reuters) – FIFA’s executive committee began a two-day meeting amid tight security on Thursday with members expected to vote on whether to release ethics investigator Michael Garcia’s report into the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The meeting, at a luxury Marrakech hotel where even the grounds were off limits to the public, began the day after Garcia quit in protest at the handling of his investigation into the process which led to the 2018 World Cup being awarded to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar in December 2010.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-Auckland City the moral winners, says coach

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx declared his team the moral winners after the part-timers took South American champions San Lorenzo to extra time and came close to a meeting with Real Madrid in the Club World Cup.

The New Zealanders eventually lost their semi-final 2-1, ending a run in which they had already seen off Moghreb Tetouan, champions of host nation Morocco, and African champions ES Setif.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-San Lorenzo scrape past Auckland in extra-time

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 17 (Reuters) – South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Auckland’s unlikely dream of facing European champions Real Madrid in Saturday’s final in Marrakech ended when substitute Mauro Matos fired San Lorenzo’s winner four minutes into extra-time.

Dec 17, 2014

Analysis – Garcia resignation damages FIFA’s credibility

MARRAKECH (Reuters) – FIFA’s credibility took another blow on Wednesday when its ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned complaining of a lack of leadership in world soccer’s governing body.

Garcia had spent 18 months probing the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Qatar and Russia respectively in December 2010, and was angry at the way his 430-page report was handled.

Dec 17, 2014

Soccer-Garcia resignation damages FIFA’s credibility

MARRAKECH, Dec 17 (Reuters) – FIFA’s credibility took another blow on Wednesday when its ethics investigator Michael Garcia resigned complaining of a lack of leadership in world soccer’s governing body.

Garcia had spent 18 months probing the turbulent bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Qatar and Russia respectively in December 2010, and was angry at the way his 430-page report was handled.