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Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Deschamps unconcerned about unbeaten World Cup record

BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps is indifferent about his unbeaten World Cup record as a player and coach and is focusing only on getting his players ready for their quarter-final.

France’s 2-0 win over Nigeria on Monday put them through to face Germany or Algeria in the last eight and made it 10 unbeaten World Cup games Deschamps has been involved in.

Jun 30, 2014

Nigeria were unlucky to lose to France, says coach

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was left cursing his team’s bad luck after they conceded two late goals in a 2-0 defeat by France in the last 16 on Monday.

Nigeria fell apart near the end after having an effort from Emmanuel Emenike disallowed for offside in the first half.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria were unlucky to lose to France, says coach

BRASILIA, June 30 (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi was left cursing his team’s bad luck after they conceded two late goals in a 2-0 defeat by France in the last 16 on Monday.

Nigeria fell apart near the end after having an effort from Emmanuel Emenike disallowed for offside in the first half.

Jun 29, 2014

France’s Griezmann hoping to match Rodriguez exploits

BRASILIA (Reuters) – While James Rodriguez has been banging the goals in at the World Cup finals, another talented forward born a few months earlier than the 22-year-old Colombian is still hoping to make his mark for France.

Long considered one of the most promising players of his generation, Antoine Griezmann has a similar profile to Rodriguez, who tops the scoring chart in Brazil with five goals ahead of the likes Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-France’s Griezmann hoping to match Rodriguez exploits

BRASILIA, June 29 (Reuters) – While James Rodriguez has been banging the goals in at the World Cup finals, another talented forward born a few months earlier than the 22-year-old Colombian is still hoping to make his mark for France.

Long considered one of the most promising players of his generation, Antoine Griezmann has a similar profile to Rodriguez, who tops the scoring chart in Brazil with five goals ahead of the likes Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Jun 29, 2014

France fans back in love with Les Bleus, Lloris says

BRASILIA (Reuters) – France’s recent form and impressive run at the World Cup finals has led to an improved relationship with the fans of Les Bleus, captain Hugo Lloris said ahead of Monday’s last-16 clash against Nigeria.

France finished second to Spain in their European qualifying group and were heading for elimination against Ukraine in the playoffs before a 3-0 victory in the second leg in Paris secured their place in Brazil by 3-2 on aggregate.

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-France fans back in love with Les Bleus, Lloris says

BRASILIA, June 29 (Reuters) – France’s recent form and impressive run at the World Cup finals has led to an improved relationship with the fans of Les Bleus, captain Hugo Lloris said ahead of Monday’s last-16 clash against Nigeria.

France finished second to Spain in their European qualifying group and were heading for elimination against Ukraine in the playoffs before a 3-0 victory in the second leg in Paris secured their place in Brazil by 3-2 on aggregate.

Jun 28, 2014

France pinning hopes on Benzema for Nigeria clash

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When France striker Karim Benzema was hauled off in the 83rd minute of their 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Spain in March last year he was sent packing with a cacophony of boos and whistles.

The fans’ angry reaction at the Stade de France to yet another limp performance from the Real Madrid forward seemed even harsher eight minutes later when they gave Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta a rousing ovation as he was substituted.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-France pinning hopes on Benzema for Nigeria clash

BRASILIA, June 28 (Reuters) – When France striker Karim Benzema was hauled off in the 83rd minute of their 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Spain in March last year he was sent packing with a cacophony of boos and whistles.

The fans’ angry reaction at the Stade de France to yet another limp performance from the Real Madrid forward seemed even harsher eight minutes later when they gave Spain playmaker Andres Iniesta a rousing ovation as he was substituted.

Jun 26, 2014

Boateng, Muntari suspended by Ghana

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Ghana midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended from their World Cup squad with immediate effect after they clashed with coach Kwesi Appiah and a Ghana Football Association (GFA) official.

The GFA, which said on Wednesday it had solved a row over player appearance fees, confirmed the decision on its website (www.ghanafa.org) ahead of the team’s Group G game against Portugal in Brasilia on Thursday.