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Jul 3, 2010

Casillas proves decisive in Spain victory

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas won praise from both winning and losing coaches on Saturday for saves that proved decisive in sending the European champions to the World Cup semi-finals.

Casillas saved a penalty from Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo and made a crucial double block at the end of Spain’s 1-0 win to thwart attempted equalizers by Lucas Barrios and Roque Santa Cruz.

Jul 3, 2010

Dutch wary of complacency against dangerous Uruguay

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Netherlands will not take anything for granted against a dangerous Uruguay team and must guard against complacency after beating Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, coach Bert van Marwijk said on Saturday.

The Dutch face the South Americans in the last four at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on Tuesday as favorites to reach the final of the world’s biggest soccer tournament.

Jul 2, 2010

World Cup fan arrivals beat estimates, says gov’t

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The World Cup in South Africa has attracted far more foreign fans than expected, adding to revenue and the already sizable long term benefit of a successful tournament, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Friday.

A relatively trouble-free competition, dispelling earlier fears criminals would target visitors, have helped lure more soccer fans, particularly from South America.

Jul 1, 2010

“No doubt” Messi’s the best, says Eusebio

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Argentina’s Lionel Messi is playing well despite not scoring at the World Cup and will easily be the best player at the tournament, former Portugal great Eusebio said on Thursday.

The top scorer at the 1966 Cup also urged the media and public not to be too hard on England’s Wayne Rooney and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who he said had tried but failed to reach their full potential in South Africa.

Jul 1, 2010

Soccer-World-”No doubt” Messi’s the best, says Eusebio

JOHANNESBURG, July 1 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Lionel Messi is
playing well despite not scoring at the World Cup and will
easily be the best player at the tournament, former Portugal
great Eusebio said on Thursday.

The top scorer at the 1966 Cup also urged the media and
public not to be too hard on England’s Wayne Rooney and
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who he said had tried but failed
to reach their full potential in South Africa.
Eusebio and Germany’s Gerd Mueller, Golden Boot winner at
the 1970 World Cup, picked Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain,
Spain’s David Villa and Thomas Mueller of Germany to fight it
out for the 2010 top scorer award.

Jun 29, 2010

Babel says Dutch will turn on style against Brazil

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Netherlands should finally be able to show off their true style when they face top ranked Brazil in the World Cup quarter-finals, winger Ryan Babel said on Tuesday after growing criticism back home of dull play.

The Dutch, despite winning all four games they have played in the tournament, have been criticised by fans and media for not showing their usual attacking flair.

Jun 28, 2010

S.Africa bars 613 foreign visitors during World Cup

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African immigration officials have stopped 613 “undesirable” people from entering the country ahead of and during the World Cup, the department of home affairs said.

Spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said the foreigners were denied entry because their names appeared on South Africa’s Visa and Entry Stop List, and lists of people to watch out for provided by Interpol and soccer governing body FIFA.

Jun 25, 2010

Coach says Paraguay must start taking their chances

POLOKWANE (Reuters) – Paraguay will have to improve their passing and start to convert chances if they want to make it through to the World Cup quarter-finals, coach Gerardo Martino says.

The Argentine-born coach was not pleased with Paraguay’s performance in a disappointing 0-0 draw against New Zealand that was enough to take them into the last 16.

Jun 25, 2010

Soccer-World-Coach says Paraguay must start taking their chances

POLOKWANE, June 25 (Reuters) – Paraguay will have to improve
their passing and start to convert chances if they want to make
it through to the World Cup quarter-finals, coach Gerardo
Martino says.

The Argentine-born coach was not pleased with Paraguay’s
performance in a disappointing 0-0 draw against New Zealand that
was enough to take them into the last 16.

Jun 25, 2010

New Zealand look to shake up 2014 World Cup

POLOKWANE (Reuters) – New Zealand’s soccer team can look forward to a bright future after a World Cup run in South Africa surprised many and took them to the brink of a shock qualification for the tournament’s second round.

The All Whites, one of the lowest ranked sides in soccer’s biggest competition and with no big name players, ended the group stage unbeaten, after holding more accomplished teams, including world champions Italy, to draws.