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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.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Greece speed learning to attack as Costa Rica await

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Greece are trying to quickly shed their defensive-minded image at the World Cup following their last-gasp win over the Ivory Coast on Tuesday as they prepare for confident Costa Rica in their last 16 match on Sunday.

Greece coach Fernando Santos and his players said they had so far been misinterpreted at the finals with the team more eager to go forward than in past tournaments.

Jun 25, 2014

Costa Rica look to last 16 after draw with England

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Unbeaten Costa Rica proudly marched into the second round of the World Cup, topping Group D containing three former winners after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England on Tuesday.

The ‘Ticos’, assured of progress before kickoff after beating Italy and Uruguay in a spectacular start to their tournament, comfortably held their own against England, who endured their worst World Cup showing in 56 years.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Costa Rica look to last 16 after draw with England

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Unbeaten Costa Rica proudly marched into the second round of the World Cup, topping Group D containing three former winners after a 0-0 draw with already-eliminated England on Tuesday.

The ‘Ticos’, assured of progress before kickoff after beating Italy and Uruguay in a spectacular start to their tournament, comfortably held their own against England, who endured their worst World Cup showing in 56 years.

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