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Jul 8, 2014

Magnificent Germany shatter Brazil’s World Cup dream

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday which shattered the host nation’s hopes of winning their sixth World Cup.

It was the most shocking result in the tournament’s history, Brazil’s record World Cup defeat and their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Magnificent Germany shatter Brazil’s World Cup dream

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 8 (Reuters) – Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday which shattered the host nation’s hopes of winning their sixth World Cup.

It was the most shocking result in the tournament’s history, Brazil’s record World Cup defeat and their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975.

Jul 7, 2014

Vanishing spray inventor not letting his ideals disappear

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – One of the great World Cup success stories has been the “magic spray” used by referees to keep a defensive wall 10 yards (9.15 meters) from the ball at free kicks but its inventor says he is more concerned with the good of the game than making millions.

Heine Allemagne, 43, who has given FIFA free use of his invention at the finals, says he is driven by a love of the game and helping referees keep discipline rather than becoming a multi-millionaire.

Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Vanishing spray inventor not letting his ideals disappear

BELO HORIZONTE, July 7 (Reuters) – One of the great World Cup success stories has been the “magic spray” used by referees to keep a defensive wall 10 yards (9.15 metres) from the ball at free kicks but its inventor says he is more concerned with the good of the game than making millions.

Heine Allemagne, 43, who has given FIFA free use of his invention at the finals, says he is driven by a love of the game and helping referees keep discipline rather than becoming a multi-millionaire.

Jul 7, 2014

A look back at five memorable World Cup semi-finals

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – With two potentially epic semi-finals in prospect this week between Brazil and Germany and Argentina and the Netherlands, Reuters takes a look back at five classic World Cup semi-finals.

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Pele, who was 17-years-old, had scored his first World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Wales in the quarter-finals but at a time when television was beginning to expand, his fame rapidly spread after his performance in the semi-final against France.

Jul 6, 2014

Soccer-A look back at five memorable World Cup semi-finals

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 6 (Reuters) – With two potentially epic semi-finals in prospect this week between Brazil and Germany and Argentina and the Netherlands, Reuters takes a look back at five classic World Cup semi-finals.

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Pele, who was 17-years-old, had scored his first World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 win over Wales in the quarter-finals but at a time when television was beginning to expand, his fame rapidly spread after his performance in the semi-final against France.

Jul 5, 2014

Winning ugly better than not winning at all, says Matthaeus

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Winning “ugly and dirty” matches when you have to is just as vital as crowd-pleasing victories along the way to World Cup success, said Lothar Matthaeus, who skippered the last German team to win the tournament in 1990.

Matthaeus, Germany’s most capped player who made 150 appearances for his country, believes Joachim Loew’s side have proved themselves already by reaching a record fourth successive semi-final, and he now expects them to play even better when they face Brazil in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Winning ugly better than not winning at all, says Matthaeus

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – Winning “ugly and dirty” matches when you have to is just as vital as crowd-pleasing victories along the way to World Cup success, said Lothar Matthaeus, who skippered the last German team to win the tournament in 1990.

Matthaeus, Germany’s most capped player who made 150 appearances for his country, believes Joachim Loew’s side have proved themselves already by reaching a record fourth successive semi-final, and he now expects them to play even better when they face Brazil in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday.

Jul 5, 2014

Ronaldo condemns “evil tackle” that put Neymar out of Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has accused Colombia’s Juan Zuniga of an “evil, violent” tackle that has put Neymar out of the World Cup and said on Saturday he favored tougher sanctions against violent play.

Ronaldo was at FIFA briefing with ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus and former Italy skipper Fabio Cannavaro and, while there was good-natured sparring ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final between Brazil and Germany, he condemned defender Zuniga’s foul.

Jul 5, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo condemns “evil tackle” that put Neymar out of Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5 (Reuters) – Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has accused Colombia’s Juan Zuniga of an “evil, violent” tackle that has put Neymar out of the World Cup and said on Saturday he favoured tougher sanctions against violent play.

Ronaldo was at FIFA briefing with ex-Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus and former Italy skipper Fabio Cannavaro and, while there was good-natured sparring ahead of Tuesday’s semi-final between Brazil and Germany, he condemned defender Zuniga’s foul.