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Jun 13, 2014

Greece striker Mitroglou fit to face Colombia : Santos

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Greece’s top striker Kostas Mitroglou is fit to play against Colombia in their World Cup Group C opener on Saturday despite hardly featuring this year due to a knee injury, coach Fernando Santos said.

Mitroglou, who became his country’s most expensive ever transfer when he joined Fulham in January in a 15 million euro deal, scored three times in their 4-2 aggregate playoff win over Romania last year to help Greece qualify.

Jun 13, 2014

More referee efficiency needed, says Colombia’s Pekerman

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Refereeing must become more efficient to avoid “serious mistakes”, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said on Friday, a day after a controversial penalty decision in Brazil’s 3-1 World Cup win over Croatia left their European opponents fuming.

Pekerman, asked specifically about the incident in the tournament opener and his view on a potential introduction of a video challenge as in tennis, said refereeing errors were human but they came at a cost to teams and fans.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-More referee efficiency needed, says Colombia’s Pekerman

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Refereeing must become more efficient to avoid “serious mistakes”, Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said on Friday, a day after a controversial penalty decision in Brazil’s 3-1 World Cup win over Croatia left their European opponents fuming.

Pekerman, asked specifically about the incident in the tournament opener and his view on a potential introduction of a video challenge as in tennis, said refereeing errors were human but they came at a cost to teams and fans.

Jun 12, 2014

Greece out to clip Colombia’s attacking wings

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Containing Colombia’s potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensive-minded Greece’s attempt to upset the World Cup Group C favorites on Saturday.

The Greeks, who also play Japan and Ivory Coast in the group, have long said their first game will be the most crucial one with Colombia, who finished second in the South American qualifiers after a superb campaign, seen as the team to beat.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Greece out to clip Colombia’s attacking wings

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Containing Colombia’s potent attacking game, even without injured striker Radamel Falcao, will be key to defensive-minded Greece’s attempt to upset the World Cup Group C favourites on Saturday.

The Greeks, who also play Japan and Ivory Coast in the group, have long said their first game will be the most crucial one with Colombia, who finished second in the South American qualifiers after a superb campaign, seen as the team to beat.

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.

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