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Jul 15, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal can renew United challenge, says Robson

July 15 (Reuters) – New manager Louis van Gaal can propel Manchester United back into Premier League contention after their dismal form of last season and excite the players again, former United skipper Bryan Robson said on Tuesday.

Robson, speaking a day before the Netherlands’ World Cup coach Van Gaal arrives in Manchester to take up his new post, also said that the lack of European football at Old Trafford could help the team back to the top.

Jul 15, 2014

Soccer-Van Gaal arrives on the crest of a wave of expectation

July 15 (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal arrives for his new job at Manchester United on Wednesday on a wave of expectation following the World Cup finals in Brazil where his reputation was greatly enhanced.

The achievement of the 62-year-old coach in taking the Netherlands to third place at the tournament highlighted the meticulous nature of his preparations and a single-minded self-belief.

Jul 6, 2014

Cillessen sorry for outburst after being subbed

SALVADOR, Brazil, (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen apologized to his Netherlands team mates and coaching staff for his petulant outburst after he was substituted before the end of Saturday’s dramatic World Cup quarter-final win over Costa Rica, Dutch media reported on Sunday.

Cillessen had been caught by surprise by the decision to replace him with Tim Krul just minutes from the end of extra time as coach Louis van Gaal reckoned Krul would be the better goalkeeper for the shootout.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Cillessen sorry for outburst after being subbed

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen apologised to his Netherlands team mates and coaching staff for his petulant outburst after he was substituted before the end of Saturday’s dramatic World Cup quarter-final win over Costa Rica, Dutch media reported on Sunday.

Cillessen had been caught by surprise by the decision to replace him with Tim Krul just minutes from the end of extra time as coach Louis van Gaal reckoned Krul would be the better goalkeeper for the shootout.

Jul 6, 2014

Dutch can’t keep relying on Van Gaal’s bag of tricks

SALVADOR, Brazil, (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal’s tactical masterstroke got them out of a sticky situation again in the quarter-final on Saturday but the Netherlands will know they cannot continue relying on their coach to conjure up tricks if they are to go further at the World Cup.

Van Gaal‘s reputation as a meticulous tactician was enhanced when he substituted his goalkeeper and Tim Krul went on to make two penalty shootout saves and take the Dutch past Costa Rica in a dramatic finish to their goalless draw.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Dutch can’t keep relying on Van Gaal’s bag of tricks

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – Louis van Gaal’s tactical masterstroke got them out of a sticky situation again in the quarter-final on Saturday but the Netherlands will know they cannot continue relying on their coach to conjure up tricks if they are to go further at the World Cup.

Van Gaal’s reputation as a meticulous tactician was enhanced when he substituted his goalkeeper and Tim Krul went on to make two penalty shootout saves and take the Dutch past Costa Rica in a dramatic finish to their goalless draw.

Jul 6, 2014

Nigerian federation voted out of office as FIFA ban looms

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria’s football federation were voted out of office on Saturday after being accused of botching up the country’s World Cup campaign but it is unlikely FIFA will recognise the hastily-arranged elections as anything more than a coup d’etat.

An extraordinary general assembly of the federation went ahead in Abuja on Saturday despite FIFA’s warning of a possible suspension for the African nation if it did not restore the old leadership to power.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Nigerian federation voted out of office as FIFA ban looms

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s football federation were voted out of office on Saturday after being accused of botching up the country’s World Cup campaign but it is unlikely FIFA will recognise the hastily-arranged elections as anything more than a coup d’etat.

An extraordinary general assembly of the federation went ahead in Abuja on Saturday despite FIFA’s warning of a possible suspension for the African nation if it did not restore the old leadership to power.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-Dutch shootout win down to Krul’s reach, close study

SALVADOR, Brazil, July 5 (Reuters) – Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal said their World Cup quarter-final win on penalties was the result of substitute keeper Tim Krul’s long reach and a close study of Costa Rica’s last match, which also ended in a shootout.

Regular keeper Jasper Cillessen, who was replaced by Krul shortly before the end of extra time, was kept in the dark about the plan so as not to distract him during normal play, Van Gaal said of his unorthodox, and ultimately successful switch.

Jul 6, 2014

‘Wonderful’ Costa Rica exit with pride, Pinto says

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Costa Rica achieved “wonderful things” at this World Cup and are proud to bow out having conceded only two goals and without losing a game, coach Jorge Luis Pinto said on Saturday.

“During this World Cup we have done very beautiful things that many people didn’t believe we could achieve – wonderful things,” Pinto said after a 4-3 penalty shootout defeat by the Netherlands following a quarter-final which finished 0-0 at the end of extra time.