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Jun 5, 2014

Greece gunslinger Mitroglou ready to fire in Brazil

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will rely on Kostas Mitroglou to fire them into the knockout stage of the World Cup finals and after a slow start to his international career, and now at Fulham, the striker wants to show his true worth in Brazil.

Known as ‘Mitrogoal’ and ‘Pistolero’ (gunslinger) by Greek fans for his gun-toting goal celebrations as well as his strike rate, the forward left Olympiakos Piraeus for Fulham in January for 12 million pounds.

Jun 5, 2014

Greece seek to chart new territory past group stage

ATHENS (Reuters) – A second consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals represents a huge success for a Greece side who have set their sights on going one step further than they did in South Africa and advancing past the group stage.

Greece recorded their first victory and scored their first goals at the World Cup four years ago after an embarrassing maiden World Cup appearance in 1994, when they lost all three group games and conceded 10 goals without reply.

Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-World-Greece gunslinger Mitroglou ready to fire in Brazil

ATHENS, June 5 (Reuters) – Greece will rely on Kostas Mitroglou to fire them into the knockout stage of the World Cup finals and after a slow start to his international career, and now at Fulham, the striker wants to show his true worth in Brazil.

Known as ‘Mitrogoal’ and ‘Pistolero’ (gunslinger) by Greek fans for his gun-toting goal celebrations as well as his strike rate, the forward left Olympiakos Piraeus for Fulham in January for 12 million pounds ($20 million).

Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-World-Greece coach Santos eager to leave team on a high

ATHENS, June 5 (Reuters) – The World Cup finals offer a very fitting stage for Portuguese Fernando Santos to end his four-year spell as Greece coach.

The poker-faced 59-year-old, who took over from Otto Rehhagel in 2010, has continued to steer the Greeks to major tournaments, leading them to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals and now to their second consecutive World Cup.

Jun 5, 2014

Soccer-World-Greece seek to chart new territory past group stage

ATHENS, June 5 (Reuters) – A second consecutive appearance at the World Cup finals represents a huge success for a Greece side who have set their sights on going one step further than they did in South Africa and advancing past the group stage.

Greece recorded their first victory and scored their first goals at the World Cup four years ago after an embarrassing maiden World Cup appearance in 1994, when they lost all three group games and conceded 10 goals without reply.

Jun 2, 2014

Germany drop Volland, Schmelzer, Mustafi from World Cup squad

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will travel to this month’s World Cup in Brazil with only one out-and-out striker to end their 18-year wait for an international title after coach Joachim Loew cut Kevin Volland from his final 23-man squad on Monday.

Hoffenheim forward Volland joined defender Shkodran Mustafi and left back Marcel Schmelzer, still nursing a knee injury, as the three players left out of the final squad after being included in a provisional selection for a training camp in Italy.

Jun 2, 2014

Soccer-Germany drop Volland, Schmelzer, Mustafi from World Cup squad

BERLIN, June 2 (Reuters) – Germany will travel to this month’s World Cup in Brazil with only one out-and-out striker to end their 18-year wait for an international title after coach Joachim Loew cut Kevin Volland from his final 23-man squad on Monday.

Hoffenheim forward Volland joined defender Shkodran Mustafi and left back Marcel Schmelzer, still nursing a knee injury, as the three players left out of the final squad after being included in a provisional selection for a training camp in Italy.

May 24, 2014

Germany’s Reus, Goetze itching for action in Brazil

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s versatile attacking midfielders Marco Reus and Mario Goetze are hoping their time to shine in the national team will come at the World Cup in Brazil next month after both players endured a disappointing maiden tournament at Euro 2012.

The 24-year-old Reus and Goetze, 21, are considered the best players of their generation in Germany but they have yet to leave their mark in a major tournament for their country.

May 24, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Reus, Goetze itching for action in Brazil

BERLIN, May 24 (Reuters) – Germany’s versatile attacking midfielders Marco Reus and Mario Goetze are hoping their time to shine in the national team will come at the World Cup in Brazil next month after both players endured a disappointing maiden tournament at Euro 2012.

The 24-year-old Reus and Goetze, 21, are considered the best players of their generation in Germany but they have yet to leave their mark in a major tournament for their country.

May 21, 2014

Bayern renew call for goalline technology in Bundesliga

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have again called for the introduction of goalline technology in the Bundesliga, only days after the double winners benefited from a lack of it during the German Cup final on Saturday.

Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with both goals scored in extra time but the losing side were aggrieved that a Mats Hummels header midway through the second half was not allowed to stand.

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