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Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-World Cup experience priceless for Belgium, says Wilmots

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Belgium need to handle a steep learning curve at the World Cup to gain the experience that will benefit the team in tournaments to come, coach Marc Wilmots said on Sunday.

Wilmots, a member of the squad at four World Cups from 1990 to 2002, has only one player in his fancied young squad who has taken part in a previous tournament – Daniel van Buyten.

Jun 15, 2014

I thrive under pressure, says Belgium’s Lukaku

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders in his first World Cup in the absence of injured Christian Benteke, but the forward is relishing the pressure that comes with the tournament.

“I love pressure, I embrace it,” the 21-year-old told reporters on Sunday ahead of their World Cup Group H game against Algeria on Tuesday.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-I thrive under pressure, says Belgium’s Lukaku

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku is carrying the hopes of a nation on his shoulders in his first World Cup in the absence of injured Christian Benteke, but the forward is relishing the pressure that comes with the tournament.

“I love pressure, I embrace it,” the 21-year-old told reporters on Sunday ahead of their World Cup Group H game against Algeria on Tuesday.

Jun 15, 2014

Greece coach Santos issues wakeup call for players

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Greece kept up its negative tradition of conceding an early goal in their World Cup opening match when they lost 3-0 to Colombia with coach Fernando Santos urging his players to wake up and smell the proverbial Brazilian coffee.

This is the third time Greece let in an early goal at a World Cup after conceding a second minute goal against Argentina in 1994 and a seventh minute goal in 2010 against South Korea in their group opener of their two previous appearances.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Greece coach Santos issues wakeup call for players

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil June 15 (Reuters) – Greece kept up its negative tradition of conceding an early goal in their World Cup opening match when they lost 3-0 to Colombia with coach Fernando Santos urging his players to wake up and smell the proverbial Brazilian coffee.

This is the third time Greece let in an early goal at a World Cup after conceding a second minute goal against Argentina in 1994 and a seventh minute goal in 2010 against South Korea in their group opener of their two previous appearances.

Jun 14, 2014

Colombia’s focus key in win over Greece: Pekerman

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia kept their focus when the going got tough against Greece on Saturday, coach Jose Pekerman said, and got their reward with a 3-0 Group C victory on their return to the World Cup finals after a 16-year absence.

“It is a dream come true for me,” the Argentine said after a flamboyant attacking display.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Colombia’s focus key in win over Greece – Pekerman

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Colombia kept their focus when the going got tough against Greece on Saturday, coach Jose Pekerman said, and got their reward with a 3-0 Group C victory on their return to the World Cup finals after a 16-year absence.

“It is a dream come true for me,” the Argentine said after a flamboyant attacking display.

Jun 14, 2014

Defeat by Colombia is no Greek drama says coach Santos

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – A 3-0 defeat by Colombia on Saturday in Greece’s opening World Cup Group C game was a bad start to the tournament in Brazil but it is no drama, Greece coach Fernando Santos told reporters.

Santos said the Greeks, who have never managed to keep a clean sheet at a World Cup match, paid the price for a lack of focus at key moments in the game.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Defeat by Colombia is no Greek drama says coach Santos

BELO HORIZONTE, June 14 (Reuters) – A 3-0 defeat by Colombia on Saturday in Greece’s opening World Cup Group C game was a bad start to the tournament in Brazil but it is no drama, Greece coach Fernando Santos told reporters.

Santos said the Greeks, who have never managed to keep a clean sheet at a World Cup match, paid the price for a lack of focus at key moments in the game.

Jun 13, 2014

Bayern doctor says Ribery could have played in World Cup

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – France’s Franck Ribery could have been fit for the World Cup, Bayern Munich’s doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt said on Friday as he rejected French claims it was his treatment that ruled the winger out.

Ribery was dropped from the France squad days before the tournament started after failing to recover from a back injury that had troubled him towards the end of the season.

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