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Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Costa Rica in safe hands with ‘Falcon’ Navas

June 6 (Reuters) – Costa Rica may have little chance of World Cup success but in Keylor Navas, who plays his club football in Spain for Levante, they know that at least their goalkeeper is among the best in the business.

The 27-year-old was even hailed recently as the world’s number one by Joaquin Caparros, his coach at Levante at the time, and his performances this season prompted the official La Liga website (www.ligabbva.com) to proclaim him “the league’s best” ahead of the likes of Victor Valdes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois.

Jun 5, 2014

Boy wonder Alexis carrying Chile’s hopes in Brazil

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – There are many examples of players who have shrugged off the poverty of formative years to become household names but Chile forward Alexis Sanchez can point to a background that was about as tough as they come.

Born in Tocopilla in Chile’s northern mining region, a grim port city dominated by a gigantic power plant and a saltpeter processing facility, Alexis barely knew his father and was raised by a mother, who scraped a living as a cleaner at her son’s school.

Jun 5, 2014

Spain’s Costa a potential thorn in Brazil’s side

MADRID (Reuters) – A World Cup final featuring hosts Brazil and holders Spain is not an unlikely scenario and Diego Costa could find himself playing a starring role for his adopted country against his native one on July 13.

The Brazil-born forward, who made the final Spain squad despite a series of niggling muscle injuries that have dogged him in recent weeks, raised hackles among his compatriots when he accepted an invitation late last year to play for the world and European champions.

Jun 5, 2014

World Cup – Spain’s dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas.

The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer’s global showpiece outside Europe, thanks to their triumph in South Africa four years ago, La Roja got an indication of the task facing them when they were humbled 3-0 by hosts Brazil in last year’s Confederations Cup final.

Jun 5, 2014

Spain’s dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas.

The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer’s global showpiece outside Europe, thanks to their triumph in South Africa four years ago, La Roja got an indication of the task facing them when they were humbled 3-0 by hosts Brazil in last year’s Confederations Cup final.

Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-World-Boy wonder Alexis carrying Chile’s hopes in Brazil

June 5 (Reuters) – There are many examples of players who have shrugged off the poverty of formative years to become household names but Chile forward Alexis Sanchez can point to a background that was about as tough as they come.

Born in Tocopilla in Chile’s northern mining region, a grim port city dominated by a gigantic power plant and a saltpeter processing facility, Alexis barely knew his father and was raised by a mother, who scraped a living as a cleaner at her son’s school.

Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-World-Spain’s Costa a potential thorn in Brazil’s side

MADRID, June 5 (Reuters) – A World Cup final featuring hosts Brazil and holders Spain is not an unlikely scenario and Diego Costa could find himself playing a starring role for his adopted country against his native one on July 13.

The Brazil-born forward, who made the final Spain squad despite a series of niggling muscle injuries that have dogged him in recent weeks, raised hackles among his compatriots when he accepted an invitation late last year to play for the world and European champions.

Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-World-Spain’s dominance faces ultimate test in Brazil

MADRID, June 5 (Reuters) – Spain’s desire for glory on the international stage is as strong as ever but the champions will need something special if they are to become the first Europeans to win the World Cup in the Americas.

The only nation from the continent to triumph in soccer’s global showpiece outside Europe, thanks to their triumph in South Africa four years ago, La Roja got an indication of the task facing them when they were humbled 3-0 by hosts Brazil in last year’s Confederations Cup final.

May 25, 2014

Real hopeful of new era of European domination

LISBON (Reuters) – When Real Madrid’s team of Zinedine Zidane-inspired “galacticos” won the Spanish club’s ninth European crown in 2002 it was supposed to mark the beginning of another golden era of European domination.

As it turned out, and despite hundreds of millions of euros spent on players, it took the world’s richest club by income another 12 years to win the coveted 10th title, or “decima”, a record-extending feat they finally achieved with Saturday’s 4-1 extra-time win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

May 25, 2014

Soccer-Real hopeful of new era of European domination

LISBON, May 25 (Reuters) – When Real Madrid’s team of Zinedine Zidane-inspired “galacticos” won the Spanish club’s ninth European crown in 2002 it was supposed to mark the beginning of another golden era of European domination.

As it turned out, and despite hundreds of millions of euros spent on players, it took the world’s richest club by income another 12 years to win the coveted 10th title, or “decima”, a record-extending feat they finally achieved with Saturday’s 4-1 extra-time win against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in Lisbon.