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Jun 12, 2014

Trauma over for Robben as nemesis Casillas looms again

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Netherlands forward Arjen Robben has put to bed the trauma of the missed chance he had to win the 2010 World Cup as his team prepare to face world champions Spain again in their Group B opener on Friday.

But the prospect of going head-to-head again with Iker Casillas, the Spanish goalkeeper whose outstretched leg denied the Dutchman a possible World Cup-winning goal in South Africa, means he must relive a moment of notoriety.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Trauma over for Robben as nemesis Casillas looms again

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Netherlands forward Arjen Robben has put to bed the trauma of the missed chance he had to win the 2010 World Cup as his team prepare to face world champions Spain again in their Group B opener on Friday.

But the prospect of going head-to-head again with Iker Casillas, the Spanish goalkeeper whose outstretched leg denied the Dutchman a possible World Cup-winning goal in South Africa, means he must relive a moment of notoriety.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o accused of ‘treason’ amid strike fallout

SALVADOR, June 12 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s affection for its favourite footballing son has turned sharply with striker Samuel Eto’o accused by local media of “treason” after leading strike action by their World Cup squad at the weekend.

Eto’o's tantrums and temperamental behaviour have long been tolerated because of his success on the field but it seems his country has had enough on the eve of their opening game against Mexico at the World Cup.

Jun 12, 2014

Eto’o accused of ‘treason’ as strike fallout continues

SALVADOR (Reuters) – Cameroon’s affection for its favorite footballing son has turned sharply with striker Samuel Eto’o accused by local media of “treason” after leading strike action by their World Cup squad at the weekend.

Eto’o's tantrums and temperamental behavior have long been tolerated because of his success on the field but it seems his country has had enough on the eve of their opening game against Mexico at the World Cup.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o accused of ‘treason’ as strike fallout continues

SALVADOR, June 12 (Reuters) – Cameroon’s affection for its favourite footballing son has turned sharply with striker Samuel Eto’o accused by local media of “treason” after leading strike action by their World Cup squad at the weekend.

Eto’o's tantrums and temperamental behaviour have long been tolerated because of his success on the field but it seems his country has had enough on the eve of their opening game against Mexico at the World Cup.

Jun 11, 2014

Africa seeks to force FIFA’s hand with success in Brazil

SALVADOR, Brazil (Reuters) – Africa’s hopes of increased future World Cup representation rest heavily on achievement in Brazil this year where five countries seek to break new ground and force FIFA’s hand.

To do so, however, African teams will have to do vastly better than the disappointing return of four years ago, where they failed to take advantage of a World Cup on home soil and largely disappointed.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Africa seeks to force FIFA’s hand with success in Brazil

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Africa’s hopes of increased future World Cup representation rest heavily on achievement in Brazil this year where five countries seek to break new ground and force FIFA’s hand.

To do so, however, African teams will have to do vastly better than the disappointing return of four years ago, where they failed to take advantage of a World Cup on home soil and largely disappointed. This year, the draw has been favorable for the African sides except for the continent’s form team Ghana, who face Germany, Portugal and the United States in a tough group.

Jun 11, 2014

Europe tells soccer boss Blatter he’s no longer man for the job

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Europe’s powerful soccer body told FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday that he was no longer fit to run an organization mired in allegations of corruption, in a stinging indictment of his reign just two days before the World Cup kicks off.

It was not all bad news for the 78-year-old Swiss, who earlier in the day all but confirmed his intention to lead soccer’s world governing body for a record fifth term in an election to be held next year.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Europe tells soccer boss Blatter he’s no longer man for the job

SAO PAULO, June 10 (Reuters) – Europe’s powerful soccer body told FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Tuesday that he was no longer fit to run an organisation mired in allegations of corruption, in a stinging indictment of his reign just two days before the World Cup kicks off.

It was not all bad news for the 78-year-old Swiss, who earlier in the day all but confirmed his intention to lead soccer’s world governing body for a record fifth term in an election to be held next year.

Jun 10, 2014

Embattled FIFA boss wins support despite calls to step down

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The head of world soccer, Sepp Blatter, faced calls on Tuesday to hand over the reins of an organization mired in allegations of corruption, but he also secured the backing of regional FIFA delegates gathered in Brazil ahead of the World Cup.

Michael van Praag, president of the Dutch Football Association (KNVB), conveyed one of the bluntest messages yet to the 78-year-old FIFA president, who is widely expected to run for a record fifth term in office in an election next year.