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Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Chile’s referee concerns an insult to Brazil – Federation

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Chile’s concerns over the impartiality of the referee for their World Cup round of 16 game against Brazil on Saturday are an insult to the people of the host nation, Brazil’s Football Federation said on Friday.

Chile players were repeatedly asked this week whether they were concerned about the referee and his ability to be impartial in a game that could potentially see the hosts eliminated from a tournament they are favoured to win.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Fear and loneliness in Belo Horizonte for Brazil’s Scolari

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – Brazil’s World Cup round of 16 game against confident Chile on Saturday brings with it a higher level of nervousness and insecurity, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said.

The five-time champions are carrying the weighty expectations of an entire nation on their shoulders and anything but victory at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte would equal disaster and instantly suck the local enthusiasm out of the tournament.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA lifts ban on Beckenbauer

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – A 90-day provisional ban by FIFA on World Cup-winning player and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted after only 15 days with world soccer’s governing body saying on Friday the German was now welcome at the tournament.

Beckenbauer, one of the world’s best known former players, had been banned two weeks ago after refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-FIFA lifts ban on Beckenbauer

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – A 90-day provisional ban by FIFA on World Cup-winning player and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted after only 15 days with world soccer’s governing body saying on Friday the German was now welcome at the tournament.

Beckenbauer, one of the world’s best known former players, had been banned two weeks ago after refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Jun 27, 2014

FIFA’s ban on Beckenbauer lifted – manager

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – A 90-day provisional ban by FIFA on German World Cup-winning soccer player and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted after only 15 days, his manager said on Friday.

Germany’s Beckenbauer, one of the world’s best known former players, had been banned on June 13 after refusing to cooperate with an investigation by world soccer’s governing body into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-FIFA’s ban on Beckenbauer lifted – manager

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 27 (Reuters) – A 90-day provisional ban by FIFA on German World Cup-winning soccer player and coach Franz Beckenbauer has been lifted after only 15 days, his manager said on Friday.

Germany’s Beckenbauer, one of the world’s best known former players, had been banned on June 13 after refusing to cooperate with an investigation by world soccer’s governing body into the award of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Jun 26, 2014

Alexis says Chile will fight like pitbulls against Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Chile will go into their World Cup round of 16 game against hosts Brazil on Saturday with all guns blazing as they look “to make history” against the tournament favorites, forward Alexis Sanchez said.

The Chileans, eliminated three times by Brazil in past World Cups, are eager to confirm their status as dark horses in this tournament with a major upset.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Alexis says Chile will fight like pitbulls against Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil June 26 (Reuters) – Chile will go into their World Cup round of 16 game against hosts Brazil on Saturday with all guns blazing as they look “to make history” against the tournament favourites, forward Alexis Sanchez said.

The Chileans, eliminated three times by Brazil in past World Cups, are eager to confirm their status as dark horses in this tournament with a major upset.

Jun 25, 2014

Pressure is not on us against Brazil, says Chile captain

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Chile tried to deflect the pressure that comes with facing World Cup favorites Brazil at home in the round of 16 on Saturday, saying they were feeling none of it.

“Even with the pressure of facing Brazil as the hosts, it is something that we are not feeling,” Chile captain and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo told reporters on Wednesday.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Pressure is not on us against Brazil, says Chile captain

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Chile tried to deflect the pressure that comes with facing World Cup favourites Brazil at home in the round of 16 on Saturday, saying they were feeling none of it.

“Even with the pressure of facing Brazil as the hosts, it is something that we are not feeling,” Chile captain and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo told reporters on Wednesday.

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