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Jun 23, 2014

‘Disgrace of Gijon’ memories accompany Germany into U.S. clash

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – When it became clear on Sunday that the United States will slug it out with Germany in their final Group G game for qualification and top spot, memories of Germany’s “Disgrace of Gijon,” a 1982 World Cup match against Austria, quickly resurfaced.

With former Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann now at the helm of the United States and a draw in Recife on Thursday suiting both countries, parallels to the controversial 1982 encounter are inevitable.

Jun 23, 2014

Pump new blood into team for finale-Hoddle tells England

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Coach Roy Hodgson should pump fresh blood into his already eliminated England team for their final World Cup game against Costa Rica on Tuesday to prepare for future competitions, former England coach Glenn Hoddle said on Monday.

“This match should be viewed by Roy as a “freebie”, a chance to blood (Luke) Shaw who hasn’t had a kick yet, and (Ross) Barkley and (Adam) Lallana,” Hoddle said on Monday.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Pump new blood into team for finale-Hoddle tells England

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Coach Roy Hodgson should pump fresh blood into his already eliminated England team for their final World Cup game against Costa Rica on Tuesday to prepare for future competitions, former England coach Glenn Hoddle said on Monday.

“This match should be viewed by Roy as a “freebie”, a chance to blood (Luke) Shaw who hasn’t had a kick yet, and (Ross) Barkley and (Adam) Lallana,” Hoddle said on Monday.

Jun 22, 2014

You think Argentina are bad but we are good: Di Maria

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina may have failed to impress in their opening two World Cup games but after winning both to reach the knockout stage they must be doing something right, midfielder Angel Di Maria said on Sunday.

The Argentines, title contenders in Brazil, had to wait until stoppage time to beat Iran 1-0 in Group F on Saturday courtesy of a superb Lionel Messi goal.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-You think Argentina are bad but we are good – Di Maria

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Argentina may have failed to impress in their opening two World Cup games but after winning both to reach the knockout stage they must be doing something right, midfielder Angel Di Maria said on Sunday.

The Argentines, title contenders in Brazil, had to wait until stoppage time to beat Iran 1-0 in Group F on Saturday courtesy of a superb Lionel Messi goal.

Jun 22, 2014

Maradona shows Argentine FA chief the finger on live TV

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Former World Cup winner Diego Maradona showed Argentine FA President Julio Grondona the finger on live television after the soccer administrator had suggested Argentina scored against Iran because “jinxed” Maradona had left the stadium by then.

Argentina struggled against Iran at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium on Saturday with Maradona in the stands as a spectator along with his daughter.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Maradona shows Argentine FA chief the finger on live TV

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – Former World Cup winner Diego Maradona showed Argentine FA President Julio Grondona the finger on live television after the soccer administrator had suggested Argentina scored against Iran because “jinxed” Maradona had left the stadium by then.

Argentina struggled against Iran at Belo Horizonte’s Mineirao stadium on Saturday with Maradona in the stands as a spectator along with his daughter.

Jun 22, 2014

Argentina must turn one-man band into full orchestra

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – World Cup contenders Argentina arrived in Brazil with high hopes but Saturday’s last-gasp win over underdogs Iran exposed deficiencies within the team that need rapid improvement if they are to mount a realistic title bid.

Lionel Messi’s sumptuous stoppage-time strike may have secured a ticket through to the next round with a Group F game to spare but Argentina’s attack and defense looked anything but world class against an arguably much weaker opponent.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Argentina must turn one-man band into full orchestra

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 22 (Reuters) – World Cup contenders Argentina arrived in Brazil with high hopes but Saturday’s last-gasp win over underdogs Iran exposed deficiencies within the team that need rapid improvement if they are to mount a realistic title bid.

Lionel Messi’s sumptuous stoppage-time strike may have secured a ticket through to the next round with a Group F game to spare but Argentina’s attack and defence looked anything but world class against an arguably much weaker opponent.

Jun 21, 2014

We will peak at the right time says Argentina’s Messi

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina captain Lionel Messi, whose last-gasp goal against Iran sent the South Americans through to the World Cup round of 16 on Saturday, said his team would improve as the tournament progresses and peak at the right time.

The Argentines eked out a wafer-thin 1-0 win over the Asian underdogs thanks to Messi’s stoppage time goal, his second of the tournament, to move up to six points in Group F.

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