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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.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Bosnia exit with regrets, sense of injustice

CUIABA, Brazil, June 21 (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.

Jun 21, 2014

Now is the time for Bosnia to show their mettle – Susic

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – World Cup newcomers Bosnia must prove coach Safet Susic’s belief that they are good enough to reach the knockout stages by beating Nigeria on Saturday, he said.

After a hard-fought 2-1 defeat to Argentina, Susic said he believed his squad – the lone debutants in Brazil – are second best in Group F, but now must show it.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Now is the time for Bosnia to show their mettle – Susic

CUIABA, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – World Cup newcomers Bosnia must prove coach Safet Susic’s belief that they are good enough to reach the knockout stages by beating Nigeria on Saturday, he said.

After a hard-fought 2-1 defeat to Argentina, Susic said he believed his squad – the lone debutants in Brazil – are second best in Group F, but now must show it.

Jun 20, 2014

Pekerman reaps rich rewards for Colombia after lean years

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is a thin man who has endured the lean years that inevitably come with a life devoted to soccer.

When the Argentine’s playing years ended due to a knee injury in the late 1970s, he supported himself with odd jobs, like driving a taxi.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Pekerman reaps rich rewards for Colombia after lean years

CUIABA, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – Colombia coach Jose Pekerman is a thin man who has endured the lean years that inevitably come with a life devoted to soccer.

When the Argentine’s playing years ended due to a knee injury in the late 1970s, he supported himself with odd jobs, like driving a taxi.

Jun 19, 2014

World Cup fans get extra kick from far-flung Brazil wilderness

CHAPADA DOS GUIMARAES Brazil (Reuters) – A pair of scarlet macaws swooped around the 86-metre (282-foot)waterfall, crossed the deep green gorge and soared right over the heads of visitors, who might have witnessed a more impressive spectacle than the World Cup match the night before.

As if on cue, the playful pair, with their red, blue and yellow plumage and long tails, preened for tourists who had made their way to the Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park the day after the Russia-South Korea match on Tuesday in Cuiaba which ended in a 1-1 draw.

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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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