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Jun 12, 2014

I won’t back you any more, UEFA boss Platini tells Blatter

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – UEFA chief Michel Platini has said he would not support FIFA president Sepp Blatter if he stood for another term, with the Frenchman adding that world soccer’s governing body needed a breath of fresh air.

Blatter all but confirmed at FIFA’s annual Congress on Wednesday that he would run for a fifth term next year despite criticism that the game and organization have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-I won’t back you any more, UEFA boss Platini tells Blatter

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – UEFA chief Michel Platini has said he would not support FIFA president Sepp Blatter if he stood for another term, with the Frenchman adding that world soccer’s governing body needed a breath of fresh air.

Blatter all but confirmed at FIFA’s annual Congress on Wednesday that he would run for a fifth term next year despite criticism that the game and organisation have been tarnished by accusations of corruption during his long reign.

Jun 11, 2014

Argentina-Brazil rivalry spills over into training

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina got an early taste of what to expect from their Brazilian hosts at the World Cup when they were welcomed with jeers and whistles in their first open practice session on Wednesday.

Some 5,000 fans attended the session in Belo Horizonte’s Independencia stadium with the locals giving their fierce rivals a noisy reception ahead of the tournament start on Thursday.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Argentina-Brazil rivalry spills over into training

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Argentina got an early taste of what to expect from their Brazilian hosts at the World Cup when they were welcomed with jeers and whistles in their first open practice session on Wednesday.

Some 5,000 fans attended the session in Belo Horizonte’s Independencia stadium with the locals giving their fierce rivals a noisy reception ahead of the tournament start on Thursday.

Jun 11, 2014

Champions League final in the past for “impeccable” Godin

SETE LAGOAS Brazil (Reuters) – The bitter Champions League defeat by Real Madrid last month has left no scars on Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender Diego Godin ahead of their World Cup opener against Costa Rica, he said on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old headed surprise Champions League finalists and Spanish champions Atletico into the lead in the final last month but Real equalized deep in stoppage time before winning 4-1 in extra time, denying their local rivals the chance of a sensational double.

Jun 7, 2014

Germany’s Reus out of World Cup, Mustafi called up

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday when midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury sustained in their final warmup game.

Germany, who take on Ghana, Portugal and United States in Group G, leave for Brazil on Saturday evening with 22-year-old Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi booking an unexpected last-minute ticket following Reus’s injury.

Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Reus out of World Cup, Mustafi called up

BERLIN, June 7 (Reuters) – Germany’s World Cup hopes suffered a severe blow on Saturday when midfielder Marco Reus was ruled out of the tournament due to an ankle injury sustained in their final warmup game.

Germany, who take on Ghana, Portugal and United States in Group G, leave for Brazil on Saturday evening with 22-year-old Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi booking an unexpected last-minute ticket following Reus’s injury.

Jun 7, 2014

Penpix of Germany’s squad for World Cup finals

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s squad for the World Cup finals comprises the following 23 players:

Goalkeepers:

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) Age 28; 45 caps. Undisputed number one in the team, if not the world, has been in position since 2010 World Cup. Solid and calm under pressure and with superb reflexes, big keeper adds much-needed confidence at the back.

Jun 7, 2014

Versatile Goetze is man to end Germany’s title drought

BERLIN (Reuters) – Midfielder Mario Goetze has seen his reputation and career skyrocket in the past four years, winning Bundesliga titles and becoming Germany coach Joachim Loew’s secret weapon.

The 2010 World Cup came too soon for the 22-year-old but he has since dazzled with his versatile and creative game.

Jun 7, 2014

Germany coach Loew still chases elusive title

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew knows there is much more at stake at the World Cup than simply ending his country’s 18-year title drought in a major competition.

The finals in Brazil could represent the softly-spoken 54-year-old’s last chance to lift a trophy with the national team, despite having a contract until 2016.

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