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Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Zaccheroni undecided on Japan future after World Cup exit

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Alberto Zaccheroni said he would take some time before deciding whether or not to continue as Japan coach after their World Cup journey ended with a thumping 4-1 defeat by Colombia.

The Italian, who has been in charge for four years and led them to the 2011 Asian Cup title, said he had enjoyed his time in charge but admitted his side had failed to perform during their winless run in Brazil.

Jun 24, 2014

Colombia fans dance their way into heart of Brazil

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – The Colombian team may have the best goal celebration dance at this World Cup and their fans looks like they are having the best time of any contingent in Brazil.

An estimated 40,000 have descended on the western farm city of Cuiaba, site of their third and final match in Group C Tuesday against Japan. Colombia have already rewarded their fans with a spot in the knock-out stage with two strong wins in their first World Cup finals since 1998.

Jun 24, 2014

Soccer-Colombia fans dance their way into heart of Brazil

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – The Colombian team may have the best goal celebration dance at this World Cup and their fans looks like they are having the best time of any contingent in Brazil.

An estimated 40,000 have descended on the western farm city of Cuiaba, site of their third and final match in Group C Tuesday against Japan. Colombia have already rewarded their fans with a spot in the knock-out stage with two strong wins in their first World Cup finals since 1998.

Jun 23, 2014

Japan coach seeks ‘balance’ so far missing in Brazil

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Coach Alberto Zaccheroni thinks he can bring back the balance that has eluded Japan in their first two World Cup games in Brazil as they face unbeaten Colombia on Tuesday.

The South Americans have already qualified for the knockout stage and Japan need to win to have any hope of advancing with them after a loss and a scoreless draw.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Japan coach seeks ‘balance’ so far missing in Brazil

CUIABA, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – Coach Alberto Zaccheroni thinks he can bring back the balance that has eluded Japan in their first two World Cup games in Brazil as they face unbeaten Colombia on Tuesday.

The South Americans have already qualified for the knockout stage and Japan need to win to have any hope of advancing with them after a loss and a scoreless draw.

Jun 23, 2014

Brazil calls up wild squad for fans at World Cup wetlands

POCONE Brazil (Reuters) – The guide known as “Little Fish” calls out to a squad that sounds just like a Brazilian soccer team with their one-name monikers: Taffarel, Dragao, Chiquinho, Rodrigo, Cicarelli.

Taffarel, the name of a former Brazil goalkeeper, is actually Little Fish’s nickname for a tuiuiu, a stork with red-ringed neck who spreads his huge wings when he runs. Dragao is a playful alligator, if such a thing exists, Chiquinho and Rodrigo are capuchin monkeys and Cicarelli, an otter who refuses to come out of the vegetation.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Brazil calls up wild squad for fans at World Cup wetlands

POCONE, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – The guide known as “Little Fish” calls out to a squad that sounds just like a Brazilian soccer team with their one-name monikers: Taffarel, Dragao, Chiquinho, Rodrigo, Cicarelli.

Taffarel, the name of a former Brazil goalkeeper, is actually Little Fish’s nickname for a tuiuiu, a stork with red-ringed neck who spreads his huge wings when he runs. Dragao is a playful alligator, if such a thing exists, Chiquinho and Rodrigo are capuchin monkeys and Cicarelli, an otter who refuses to come out of the vegetation.

Jun 22, 2014

Nigeria seek to follow old cup-winning path

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi hopes the momentum from Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Bosnia will set his side on a similar path to that they followed in winning the last African Nations Cup.

“Victories affect people in different ways so we are looking up now and if we get into the second round anything can happen,” he said after Peter Odemwingie’s first half goal lifted Nigeria to four points after two games in Group F at the World Cup.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Nigeria seek to follow old cup-winning path

CUIABA, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi hopes the momentum from Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Bosnia will set his side on a similar path to that they followed in winning the last African Nations Cup.

“Victories affect people in different ways so we are looking up now and if we get into the second round anything can happen,” he said after Peter Odemwingie’s first half goal lifted Nigeria to four points after two games in Group F at the World Cup.

Jun 22, 2014

Bosnia exit with regrets, sense of injustice

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Bosnia went out of their first World Cup on Saturday with a sense of injustice over a disallowed goal and regrets that they had not performed as well as they can on soccer’s biggest stage.

“They are all depressed, disappointed, silent,” coach Safet Susic said of his players after they lost 1-0 to African champions Nigeria. Bosnia cannot now progress after losing 2-1 to Argentina in their first game in Group F.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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