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Jun 23, 2014

Brazil not giving up on misfiring Fred

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil are not eyeing an alternative to center-forward Fred at the World Cup and are confident the misfiring forward will start hitting the target soon.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first move when he took over the side 18 months ago was to field a target man, a role which had fallen out of favor under his predecessor Mano Menezes.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Brazil not giving up on misfiring Fred

BRASILIA, June 22 (Reuters) – Brazil are not eyeing an alternative to centre-forward Fred at the World Cup and are confident the misfiring forward will start hitting the target soon.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari’s first move when he took over the side 18 months ago was to field a target man, a role which had fallen out of favour under his predecessor Mano Menezes.

Jun 23, 2014

Big Phil fumes over ‘choosing opponents’ comments

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari fumed over a suggestion the World Cup hosts would pick and choose their second round opponents, describing the comment as “stupid and ill-intentioned”.

Brazil face Cameroon in Group A on Monday (2000 GMT) needing a point to reach the last 16 where they will face either the Netherlands or Chile, who have already qualified from Group B.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Big Phil fumes over “choosing opponents” comments

BRASILIA, June 22 (Reuters) – Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari fumed over a suggestion the World Cup hosts would pick and choose their second round opponents, describing the comment as “stupid and ill-intentioned”.

Brazil face Cameroon in Group A on Monday (2000 GMT) needing a point to reach the last 16 where they will face either the Netherlands or Chile, who have already qualified from Group B.

Jun 21, 2014

Another win over Africans in prospect for Brazil

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s perfect record against African teams at the World Cup suggests that Monday’s Group A match against a demoralized, discredited Cameroon should be little more than a stroll in the park.

Goalless Cameroon have already been knocked out of the competition and would seem to be the perfect opponents for the stuttering hosts to find their rhythm and sort out their disjointed midfield.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Another win over Africans in prospect for Brazil

BRASILIA, June 21 (Reuters) – Brazil’s perfect record against African teams at the World Cup suggests that Monday’s Group A match against a demoralised, discredited Cameroon should be little more than a stroll in the park.

Goalless Cameroon have already been knocked out of the competition and would seem to be the perfect opponents for the stuttering hosts to find their rhythm and sort out their disjointed midfield.

Jun 21, 2014

Ecuador and Honduras keep it plain and simple

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Never mind tiki-taka, false number nines and midfield diamonds.

Ecuador and Honduras kept it plain and simple as they served up a rustic feast of hoofed clearances, lunging challenges and lofted balls in the penalty area in their World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Jun 21, 2014

Analysis – Ecuador and Honduras keep it plain and simple

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Never mind tiki-taka, false number nines and midfield diamonds.

Ecuador and Honduras kept it plain and simple as they served up a rustic feast of hoofed clearances, lunging challenges and lofted balls in the penalty area in their World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Ecuador and Honduras keep it plain and simple

June 20 (Reuters) – Never mind tiki-taka, false number nines and midfield diamonds.

Ecuador and Honduras kept it plain and simple as they served up a rustic feast of hoofed clearances, lunging challenges and lofted balls in the penalty area in their World Cup Group E match on Friday.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer: Colombia’s football finally takes center stage

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Already into the last 16 at the World Cup and with two wins under their belt, Colombia finally seem to have cast off their unwanted eccentric label and are being recognized for their entertaining football instead.

Past Colombian World Cup campaigns have been a mixture of the tragic and near-comic, overshadowing the football itself which was often delightful to watch, if somewhat ineffective.