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Feb 19, 2014

Scolari seeks to banish 1950 Brazil ghosts

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – Coach Luis Filipe Scolari says he wants Brazil to banish the ghosts of 1950, when his country last hosted the World Cup and lost the final in a defeat that has haunted them ever since.

Scolari explained to reporters at a FIFA pre-World Cup workshop on Wednesday that his view was different to that held by most Brazilians.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Scolari seeks to banish 1950 Brazil ghosts

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Coach Luis Filipe Scolari says he wants Brazil to banish the ghosts of 1950, when his country last hosted the World Cup and lost the final in a defeat that has haunted them ever since.

Scolari explained to reporters at a FIFA pre-World Cup workshop on Wednesday that his view was different to that held by most Brazilians.

Feb 19, 2014

Drogba could be big factor at World Cup, says coach

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – The Brazil World Cup offers Didier Drogba the chance of a perfect swansong and the opportunity to propel his country further in the tournament than ever before, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi said on Wednesday.

Drogba, 35, will lead his country in their third World Cup finals appearance as the Ivorians strive to make it out of the group stage for the first time.

Feb 19, 2014

Soccer-Drogba could be big factor at World Cup, says coach

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 19 (Reuters) – The Brazil World Cup offers Didier Drogba the chance of a perfect swansong and the opportunity to propel his country further in the tournament than ever before, Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi said on Wednesday.

Drogba, 35, will lead his country in their third World Cup finals appearance as the Ivorians strive to make it out of the group stage for the first time.

Feb 18, 2014

Relieved Curitiba admits it needed ‘ears pulled’

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – Contrite officials in Curitiba have conceded they underestimated the demands of hosting World Cup matches as the venue’s status was confirmed on Tuesday after FIFA had considered ditching the Brazilian city over stadium construction delays.

FIFA backed down on a threat to remove Curitiba from the World Cup programme, saying they were satisfied enough had been done to accelerate the construction to ensure completion by mid-May – one month before the start of this year’s tournament.

Feb 18, 2014

Soccer-Relieved Curitiba admits it needed “ears pulled”

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Contrite officials in Curitiba have conceded they underestimated the demands of hosting World Cup matches as the venue’s status was confirmed on Tuesday after FIFA had considered ditching the Brazilian city over stadium construction delays.

FIFA backed down on a threat to remove Curitiba from the World Cup programme, saying they were satisfied enough had been done to accelerate the construction to ensure completion by mid-May – one month before the start of this year’s tournament.

Feb 18, 2014

FIFA keeps World Cup matches in Curitiba despite delays

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – FIFA will stick with plans to hold World Cup matches in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, officials said on Tuesday, backing down from a threat of dropping the host city due to delayed work on a stadium.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said the decision followed signs of progress on construction, financial guarantees and commitments by local organisers.

Feb 18, 2014

Soccer-FIFA keeps World Cup matches in Curitiba despite delays

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 18 (Reuters) – FIFA will stick with plans to hold World Cup matches in the Brazilian city of Curitiba, officials said on Tuesday, backing down from a threat of dropping the host city due to delayed work on a stadium.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said the decision followed signs of progress on construction, financial guarantees and commitments by local organisers.

Feb 18, 2014

Decision on World Cup venue due later on Tuesday

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (Reuters) – A decision on whether Curitiba is to remain as a World Cup venue in June is expected later on Tuesday (1800 GMT).

The announcement will be made in Florianopolis by general secretary Jerome Valcke, said FIFA’s head of media Delia Fisher.

Feb 18, 2014

Soccer-Decision on World Cup venue due later on Tuesday

FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A decision on whether Curitiba is to remain as a World Cup venue in June is expected later on Tuesday (1800 GMT).

The announcement will be made in Florianopolis by general secretary Jerome Valcke, said FIFA’s head of media Delia Fisher.