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Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Smart money on Iran against Argentine geniuses – Queiroz

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Iran coach Carlos Queiroz praised opponents Argentina as a team of “geniuses” ahead of their World Cup Group F match on Saturday but said the smart money was on the overwhelming Asian underdogs.

Argentina, one of the leading title contenders in Brazil, are the clear favourites in the game at the Mineirao stadium with Queiroz heaping praise on their talented opponents.

Jun 20, 2014

Argentina coach Sabella relishes return to Mineirao

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is looking forward to a successful return to Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium against Iran in their World Cup Group F match on Saturday after celebrating his biggest club triumph there.

Sabella coached Argentine club Estudiantes to their 2009 Copa Libertadores victory with a 2-1 return leg win over Brazil’s Cruzeiro in the awe-inspiring stadium.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Argentina coach Sabella relishes return to Mineirao

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is looking forward to a successful return to Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium against Iran in their World Cup Group F match on Saturday after celebrating his biggest club triumph there.

Sabella coached Argentine club Estudiantes to their 2009 Copa Libertadores victory with a 2-1 return leg win over Brazil’s Cruzeiro in the awe-inspiring stadium.

Jun 20, 2014

Messi criticism welcome, says Argentina coach Sabella

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Four-times world player of the year Lionel Messi may not be deciding Argentina’s team tactics but his criticism is crucial and welcome, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Friday.

Messi was critical of Argentina’s first-half defensive formation in their World Cup opener against Bosnia despite a 2-1 win but those post-match comments were welcomed, Sabella said.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Messi criticism welcome, says Argentina coach Sabella

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Four-times world player of the year Lionel Messi may not be deciding Argentina’s team tactics but his criticism is crucial and welcome, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Friday.

Messi was critical of Argentina’s first-half defensive formation in their World Cup opener against Bosnia despite a 2-1 win but those post-match comments were welcomed, Sabella said.

Jun 20, 2014

Desperate times call for desperate Greek defense

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Rustic defending in the land of the beautiful game may seem like an insult for Brazilian fans but it served 10-man Greece well when they earned a point in a goalless World Cup Group C draw with Japan in Natal on Thursday.

The Greeks, who had captain Kostas Katsouranis sent off for a second booking late in the first half, quickly reverted to their tried and tested method of defending at all costs, a strategy that brought them a surprise triumph at Euro 2004.

Jun 19, 2014

No time to party for Chile with top spot the focus: FA

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Chile will have no time to bask in the glory of their memorable win over World Cup holders Spain as they focus on securing top spot in Group B, the country’s football chief Sergio Jadue said on Thursday.

Surprise package Chile defeated the Spaniards 2-0 on Wednesday to advance from the group stage with a game to spare but FA chief Jadue said the knockout round was not yet on their minds.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-No time to party for Chile with top spot the focus-FA

BELO HORIZONTE, June 19 (Reuters) – Chile will have no time to bask in the glory of their memorable win over World Cup holders Spain as they focus on securing top spot in Group B, the country’s football chief Sergio Jadue said on Thursday.

Surprise package Chile defeated the Spaniards 2-0 on Wednesday to advance from the group stage with a game to spare but FA chief Jadue said the knockout round was not yet on their minds.

Jun 19, 2014

Chile FA to punish fans who stormed media center

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Chile’s FA plans to sanction fans who stormed into the Maracana stadium media center ahead of their 2-0 win over Spain on Wednesday, causing a security embarrassment for World Cup hosts Brazil.

An estimated 200 Chilean soccer burst into the media center about an hour before kickoff raising major concerns for world soccer’s governing body FIFA and tournament organizers.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Chile FA to punish fans who stormed media centre

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil June 19 (Reuters) – Chile’s FA plans to sanction fans who stormed into the Maracana stadium media centre ahead of their 2-0 win over Spain on Wednesday, causing a security embarrassment for World Cup hosts Brazil.

An estimated 200 Chilean soccer burst into the media centre about an hour before kickoff raising major concerns for world soccer’s governing body FIFA and tournament organisers.

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