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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.

Jun 26, 2014

World Cup a bridge too far for Portugal’s Ronaldo

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s subdued performances for Portugal at the World Cup after his scintillating form for Real Madrid last season suggest the tournament was a bridge too far for the Ballon d’Or holder.

Ronaldo was expected to be among the stars at the finals in Brazil but after a grueling season, when his record haul of 17 goals helped Real win a 10th Champions League crown, the Portugal captain did not seem to have much left in the tank.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-World Cup a bridge too far for Portugal’s Ronaldo

BRASILIA, June 26 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo’s subdued performances for Portugal at the World Cup after his scintillating form for Real Madrid last season suggest the tournament was a bridge too far for the Ballon d’Or holder.

Ronaldo was expected to be among the stars at the finals in Brazil but after a gruelling season, when his record haul of 17 goals helped Real win a 10th Champions League crown, the Portugal captain did not seem to have much left in the tank.

Jun 26, 2014

Boateng, Muntari suspended from Ghana team

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended from Ghana’s World Cup team with immediate effect after they clashed with coach Kwesi Appiah and a soccer federation (GFA) official.

The GFA, who said on Wednesday they had solved a row over player appearance fees, confirmed the decisions on their website ahead of the nation’s Group G game against Portugal in Brasilia later on Thursday.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Boateng, Muntari suspended from Ghana team

BRASILIA, June 26 (Reuters) – Midfielders Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended from Ghana’s World Cup team with immediate effect after they clashed with coach Kwesi Appiah and a soccer federation (GFA) official.

The GFA, who said on Wednesday they had solved a row over player appearance fees, confirmed the decisions on their website (www.ghanafa.org) ahead of the nation’s Group G game against Portugal in Brasilia later on Thursday.

Jun 25, 2014

Analysis – Messi ready to join the game’s all-time greats

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – Lionel Messi’s World Cup double for Argentina in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Nigeria suggests the four-times World Player of the Year may be ready to take his place among the all-time greats of the game.

The 27-year-old has amassed a glittering haul of trophies with Barcelona, netting 354 goals in 425 official games for the La Liga side and helping them win three Champions League crowns.

Jun 25, 2014

Messi ready to join the game’s all-time greats

By Iain Rogers

(Reuters) – Lionel Messi’s World Cup double for Argentina in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over Nigeria suggests the four-times World Player of the Year may be ready to take his place among the all-time greats of the game.

The 27-year-old has amassed a glittering haul of trophies with Barcelona, netting 354 goals in 425 official games for the La Liga side and helping them win three Champions League crowns.