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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.

Jun 15, 2014

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

MANAUS, Brazil, June 14 (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.

Jun 15, 2014

Balotelli header gives Italy 2-1 win over England

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Italy striker Mario Balotelli powered home a close range header to secure a 2-1 win over England on Saturday in an entertaining World Cup Group D game played amid baking heat and humidity.

England left back Leighton Baines, who often looked out of his depth, allowed Antonio Candreva to cross from the right for Balotelli to soar high and score in the 50th minute.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Balotelli header gives Italy 2-1 win over England

MANAUS, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Italy striker Mario Balotelli powered home a close range header to secure a 2-1 win over England on Saturday in an entertaining World Cup Group D game played amid baking heat and humidity.

England left back Leighton Baines, who often looked out of his depth, allowed Antonio Candreva to cross from the right for Balotelli to soar high and score in the 50th minute.

Jun 14, 2014

Italy game could be another classic, hints Hodgson

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – England’s opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.

The coach said he was surprised by the 5-1 hammering the Netherlands dealt defending champions Spain earlier in the day.

Jun 14, 2014

England-Italy game could be another classic, hints Hodgson

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – England’s opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.

The coach said he was surprised by the 5-1 hammering the Netherlands dealt defending champions Spain earlier in the day.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-England-Italy game could be another classic, hints Hodgson

MANAUS, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – England’s opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.

The coach said he was surprised by the 5-1 hammering the Netherlands dealt defending champions Spain earlier in the day.

Jun 13, 2014

UK’s cycling money man ditches capitalism after long Brazil ride

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – London accountant Andy Smith used to make good money in the City but says he is giving up on full-blown capitalism after a five-month bicycle ride through Brazil opened his eyes to life’s real riches.

The lean and heavily tanned 35-year-old stood in the baking heat outside the Amazonia arena in Manaus on Thursday after cycling almost 8,000 km (5,000 miles) for charity since starting in the southern city of Porto Alegre in January.

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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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