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Jun 19, 2014

Coach labels Cameroon bust-up ‘disgusting’

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon coach Volker Finke said an on-field bust-up between two of his players during the team’s abject 4-0 defeat against Croatia on Saturday was “disgusting” and bemoaned a lack of discipline and effort by his players.

In the first half midfielder Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in the back and towards the end of the game defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted Benjamin Moukandjo after an argument.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Coach labels Cameroon bust-up ‘disgusting’

MANAUS, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Cameroon coach Volker Finke said an on-field bust-up between two of his players during the team’s abject 4-0 defeat against Croatia on Saturday was “disgusting” and bemoaned a lack of discipline and effort by his players.

In the first half midfielder Alex Song was sent off for elbowing Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic in the back and towards the end of the game defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted Benjamin Moukandjo after an argument.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Ageing lion Eto’o snarls at foes, still has desire to play

MANAUS, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o may be coming to the end of his career but as he showed on Tuesday the captain of the Indomitable Lions still has plenty of desire.

Eto’o hit out at unspecified enemies he said were trying to undermine the team, saying he would deal with them after the World Cup.

Jun 17, 2014

Eto’o could play in Croatia game despite knee injury: coach

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Cameroon captain and record goal scorer Samuel Eto’o could be used as a substitute during the second Group A game against Croatia on Wednesday despite a knee injury, coach Volker Finke said.

Eto’o, 33, said on Monday he had virtually no hope of appearing in the game, with Cameroon needing at least a point to avoid a group stage exit.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o could play in Croatia game despite knee injury – coach

MANAUS, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – Cameroon captain and record goal scorer Samuel Eto’o could be used as a substitute during the second Group A game against Croatia on Wednesday despite a knee injury, coach Volker Finke said.

Eto’o, 33, said on Monday he had virtually no hope of appearing in the game, with Cameroon needing at least a point to avoid a group stage exit.

Jun 17, 2014

Germany mark World Cup century in style, U.S. upset Ghana

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Germany marked their 100th World Cup game in style on Monday by thumping shambolic Portugal 4-0 in the midday sun to confirm their billing as title contenders while the United States snatched a win over Ghana.

The tournament continued to live up to its reputation as one of the best in recent years and in a hugely enjoyable, fast-paced game the U.S. grabbed a late goal for a surprise 2-1 victory over their deflated opponents.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Germany mark World Cup century in style, U.S. upset Ghana

MANAUS, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Germany marked their 100th World Cup game in style on Monday by thumping shambolic Portugal 4-0 in the midday sun to confirm their billing as title contenders while the United States snatched a win over Ghana.

The tournament continued to live up to its reputation as one of the best in recent years and in a hugely enjoyable, fast-paced game the U.S. grabbed a late goal for a surprise 2-1 victory over their deflated opponents.

Jun 15, 2014

Hard man Capello out to end woeful Russian World Cup run

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Serial under-performers Russia are trusting that disciplinarian manager Fabio Capello can knock them into shape and eradicate the team’s long-standing tradition of inconsistent play.

Since gaining independence in 1991, Russia have only reached two World Cups, the last in 2002. Then, as in 1994, they crashed out at the first stage after winning just one game.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Hard man Capello out to end woeful Russian World Cup run

MANAUS, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Serial under-performers Russia are trusting that disciplinarian manager Fabio Capello can knock them into shape and eradicate the team’s long-standing tradition of inconsistent play.

Since gaining independence in 1991, Russia have only reached two World Cups, the last in 2002. Then, as in 1994, they crashed out at the first stage after winning just one game.

Jun 15, 2014

Cool Italy outwit England to win 2-1 in the heat

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – A cool-headed Italy proved too clever for England on Saturday, scoring two well-crafted goals and defending doggedly in the Amazon heat to grab a 2-1 win in their opening World Cup Group D game.

Italy grabbed the winner in the 50th minute when midfielder Antonio Candreva outfoxed England left back Leighton Baines and chipped a cross deep into the area for Mario Balotelli to head in from close range at the far post.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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