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Feb 20, 2014

Brazil invests heavily in World Cup security

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil will employ 170,000 security personnel and spend close to 1.9 billion reais ($798 million) to try and ensure a trouble free World Cup tournament, organizers said on Thursday.

A total of 150,000 armed services and public policing forces personnel will be diverted to the month-long event that kicks off on June 12, plus a further 20,000 trained private security officers hired to bolster security.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Brazil invests heavily in World Cup security

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Brazil will employ 170,000 security personnel and spend close to 1.9 billion reais ($798 million) to try and ensure a trouble free World Cup tournament, organisers said on Thursday.

A total of 150,000 armed services and public policing forces personnel will be diverted to the month-long event that kicks off on June 12, plus a further 20,000 trained private security officers hired to bolster security.

Feb 20, 2014

Eto’o's move to Chelsea delights Cameroon coach

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – Samuel Eto’o's form at Chelsea has delighted Cameroon coach Volker Finke who on Thursday said the veteran striker remained his country’s best hope at the World Cup finals.

“Eto’o is the best player of Cameroon. He can make the difference and I’m very pleased that he has left behind his Russia experience and now I think that at Chelsea he’s coming back to his best level,” Finke told Reuters.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Eto’o's move to Chelsea delights Cameroon coach

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Samuel Eto’o's form at Chelsea has delighted Cameroon coach Volker Finke who on Thursday said the veteran striker remained his country’s best hope at the World Cup finals.

“Eto’o is the best player of Cameroon. He can make the difference and I’m very pleased that he has left behind his Russia experience and now I think that at Chelsea he’s coming back to his best level,” Finke told Reuters.

Feb 20, 2014

Embrace challenge of Brazil, says France coach Deschamps

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – Teams must embrace the challenge of playing the 2014 World Cup in a land as vast and varied as Brazil, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday.

“It might be a problem to play in the north of Brazil where the temperatures are very hot but it’s true that each World Cup has its own characteristics,” he told reporters at a pre-finals workshop organised by soccer’s ruling body FIFA.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Embrace challenge of Brazil, says France coach Deschamps

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Teams must embrace the challenge of playing the 2014 World Cup in a land as vast and varied as Brazil, France coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday.

“It might be a problem to play in the north of Brazil where the temperatures are very hot but it’s true that each World Cup has its own characteristics,” he told reporters at a pre-finals workshop organised by soccer’s ruling body FIFA.

Feb 19, 2014

My U.S. team will oust Germany or Portugal – Klinsmann

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann believes his side will turf out Germany or Portugal in the first round of the World Cup in Brazil in June.

“Our team has matured a lot over the last couple of years and we are going to give them a big, big fight,” he told reporters at a FIFA pre-World Cup workshop on Wednesday.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-My U.S. team will oust Germany or Portugal – Klinsmann

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 19 (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann believes his side will turf out Germany or Portugal in the first round of the World Cup in Brazil in June.

“Our team has matured a lot over the last couple of years and we are going to give them a big, big fight,” he told reporters at a FIFA pre-World Cup workshop on Wednesday.

Feb 19, 2014

Van Persie’s United woes might help Netherlands – Van Gaal

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – Robin van Persie’s struggles at Manchester United this season might benefit the Netherlands at this year’s World Cup in Brazil, their coach Louis van Gaal said on Wednesday.

“The football he is experiencing now at Manchester United may be difficult for him but that could lead to him wishing to show his capability, his technique and his tactical skills at the World Cup,” Van Gaal told reporters at a pre-World Cup workshop.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Van Persie’s United woes might help Netherlands – Van Gaal

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Robin van Persie’s struggles at Manchester United this season might benefit the Netherlands at this year’s World Cup in Brazil, their coach Louis van Gaal said on Wednesday.

“The football he is experiencing now at Manchester United may be difficult for him but that could lead to him wishing to show his capability, his technique and his tactical skills at the World Cup,” Van Gaal told reporters at a pre-World Cup workshop.