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Jun 28, 2014

Cesar holds firm as Brazil sink Chile on penalties

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send the hosts into the World Cup quarter-finals 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time on Saturday.

Four years to the day since Brazil eliminated Chile at the same stage of the 2010 tournament, they did it again when Gonzalo Jara sent his spot-kick against the post after Cesar had twice denied the battling Chileans.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Cesar holds firm as Brazil sink Chile on penalties

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 28 (Reuters) – Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar saved two spot-kicks in a shootout against Chile to send the hosts into the World Cup quarter-finals 3-2 on penalties following a pulsating 1-1 draw after extra time on Saturday.

Four years to the day since Brazil eliminated Chile at the same stage of the 2010 tournament, they did it again when Gonzalo Jara sent his spot-kick against the post after Cesar had twice denied the battling Chileans.

Jun 27, 2014

Messi or Neymar? Ask me in 15 years, says Scolari

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari refused to be drawn into a comparison between his forward Neymar and Argentina’s four-times world player of the year Lionel Messi, saying he would offer a definitive answer in 15 years.

The 22-year-old Brazil forward is currently joint top scorer in his first World Cup along with Messi and Germany’s Thomas Mueller on four goals from three games.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Messi or Neymar? Ask me in 15 years, says Scolari

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari refused to be drawn into a comparison between his forward Neymar and Argentina’s four-times world player of the year Lionel Messi, saying he would offer a definitive answer in 15 years.

The 22-year-old Brazil forward is currently joint top scorer in his first World Cup along with Messi and Germany’s Thomas Mueller on four goals from three games.

Jun 27, 2014

Chile’s referee concerns an insult to Brazil: Federation

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Chile’s concerns over the impartiality of the referee for their World Cup round of 16 game against Brazil on Saturday are an insult to the people of the host nation, Brazil’s Football Federation said on Friday.

Chile players were repeatedly asked this week whether they were concerned about the referee and his ability to be impartial in a game that could potentially see the hosts eliminated from a tournament they are favored to win.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Chile’s referee concerns an insult to Brazil – Federation

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Chile’s concerns over the impartiality of the referee for their World Cup round of 16 game against Brazil on Saturday are an insult to the people of the host nation, Brazil’s Football Federation said on Friday.

Chile players were repeatedly asked this week whether they were concerned about the referee and his ability to be impartial in a game that could potentially see the hosts eliminated from a tournament they are favoured to win.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Fear and loneliness in Belo Horizonte for Brazil’s Scolari

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Brazil’s World Cup round of 16 game against confident Chile on Saturday brings with it a higher level of nervousness and insecurity, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

The five-time champions are carrying the weighty expectations of an entire nation on their shoulders and anything but victory at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte would equal disaster and instantly suck the local enthusiasm out of the tournament.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA lifts ban on Beckenbauer

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – A 90-day provisional ban by FIFA on World Cup-winning player and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted after only 15 days with world soccer’s governing body saying on Friday the German was now welcome at the tournament.

Beckenbauer, one of the world’s best known former players, had been banned two weeks ago after refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-FIFA lifts ban on Beckenbauer

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – A 90-day provisional ban by FIFA on World Cup-winning player and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted after only 15 days with world soccer’s governing body saying on Friday the German was now welcome at the tournament.

Beckenbauer, one of the world’s best known former players, had been banned two weeks ago after refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA’s ban on Beckenbauer lifted – manager

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – A 90-day provisional ban by FIFA on German World Cup-winning soccer player and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted after only 15 days, his manager said on Friday.

Germany’s Beckenbauer, one of the world’s best known former players, had been banned on June 13 after refusing to cooperate with an investigation by world soccer’s governing body into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

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