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Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Obama, Ferraris and criticism on Algeria coach’s mind

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Algeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic added a splash of color to drab World Cup news conferences on Monday, talking about critics back home, slow Belgian defenders his team will face in their Group H game on Tuesday, and even U.S. President Barack Obama.

The Franco-Bosnian, whose team secured a spot in the tournament in Brazil after a 3-3 aggregate result against Burkina Faso and advanced on the away goals rule, said if Algeria did not want him, officials should tell him so.

Jun 16, 2014

Belgium defense ready to stem World Cup goal rush

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Belgium captain Vincent Company has taken notice of the flood of goals at the Brazil World Cup, but said his team was ready to ensure it was not on the receiving end of a trend that has seen an average of more than three goals per game.

“As a defender you see so many goals scored and defenders are a bit more aware of this at this moment in time,” he told reporters at the Mineirao stadium on Monday ahead of their opening Group H game against Algeria on Tuesday.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Pressure? What pressure? asks Belgium coach Wilmots

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – Expectations may be high but Belgium coach Marc Wilmots believes there is no pressure on his team ahead of their Group H opener against Algeria on Tuesday.

The Belgians kick off their campaign exactly 12 years to the day from when they were eliminated by Brazil at the 2002 World Cup, the last occasion they qualified.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Belgium defence ready to stem World Cup goal rush

BELO HORIZONTE, June 16 (Reuters) – Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has taken notice of the flood of goals at the Brazil World Cup, but said his team was ready to ensure it was not on the receiving end of a trend that has seen an average of more than three goals per game.

“As a defender you see so many goals scored and defenders are a bit more aware of this at this moment in time,” he told reporters at the Mineirao stadium on Monday ahead of their opening Group H game against Algeria on Tuesday.

Jun 15, 2014

World Cup experience priceless for Belgium, says Wilmots

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium need to handle a steep learning curve at the World Cup to gain the experience that will benefit the team in tournaments to come, coach Marc Wilmots said on Sunday.

Wilmots, a member of the squad at four World Cups from 1990 to 2002, has only one player in his fancied young squad who has taken part in a previous tournament – Daniel van Buyten.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-World Cup experience priceless for Belgium, says Wilmots

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Belgium need to handle a steep learning curve at the World Cup to gain the experience that will benefit the team in tournaments to come, coach Marc Wilmots said on Sunday.

Wilmots, a member of the squad at four World Cups from 1990 to 2002, has only one player in his fancied young squad who has taken part in a previous tournament – Daniel van Buyten.

Jun 15, 2014

I thrive under pressure, says Belgium’s Lukaku

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders in his first World Cup in the absence of injured Christian Benteke, but the forward is relishing the pressure that comes with the tournament.

“I love pressure, I embrace it,” the 21-year-old told reporters on Sunday ahead of their World Cup Group H game against Algeria on Tuesday.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-I thrive under pressure, says Belgium’s Lukaku

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders in his first World Cup in the absence of injured Christian Benteke, but the forward is relishing the pressure that comes with the tournament.

“I love pressure, I embrace it,” the 21-year-old told reporters on Sunday ahead of their World Cup Group H game against Algeria on Tuesday.

Jun 15, 2014

Greece coach Santos issues wakeup call for players

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Greece kept up its negative tradition of conceding an early goal in their World Cup opening match when they lost 3-0 to Colombia with coach Fernando Santos urging his players to wake up and smell the proverbial Brazilian coffee.

This is the third time Greece let in an early goal at a World Cup after conceding a second minute goal against Argentina in 1994 and a seventh minute goal in 2010 against South Korea in their group opener of their two previous appearances.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Greece coach Santos issues wakeup call for players

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil June 15 (Reuters) – Greece kept up its negative tradition of conceding an early goal in their World Cup opening match when they lost 3-0 to Colombia with coach Fernando Santos urging his players to wake up and smell the proverbial Brazilian coffee.

This is the third time Greece let in an early goal at a World Cup after conceding a second minute goal against Argentina in 1994 and a seventh minute goal in 2010 against South Korea in their group opener of their two previous appearances.

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