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Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Devastated Rooney and Hart apologise for England failure

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 21 (Reuters) – England players Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart said on Saturday they were devastated by England’s early elimination from the World Cup and apologised to the country for their failure.

England exited the finals at the group stage for the first time since 1958 after losing to Italy and Uruguay, their fate sealed when Costa Rica beat the Italians on Friday to ensure Roy Hodgson’s side could not make the top two spots in Group D.

Jun 20, 2014

England will make history if they qualify

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – England will make World Cup history if they qualify from the group stage after losing their first two matches.

No team has ever made it out of the first stage after two opening defeats since the model of four-team first round groups playing three matches each was introduced in Sweden in 1958.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-England will make history if they qualify

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters) – England will make World Cup history if they qualify from the group stage after losing their first two matches.

No team has ever made it out of the first stage after two opening defeats since the model of four-team first round groups playing three matches each was introduced in Sweden in 1958.

Jun 19, 2014

FIFA embarrassed after Chile fans storm media center

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA admitted to being “embarrassed” after Chilean fans stormed the Maracana media center before Wednesday’s World Cup match against Spain, but local security forces refused to take responsibility on Thursday.

Ralf Mutschke, FIFA’s director of security, told reporters that 87 Chilean fans were arrested after the incident and had to leave the country within 72 hours or be deported.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-FIFA embarrassed after Chile fans storm media centre

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19 (Reuters) – FIFA admitted to being “embarrassed” after Chilean fans stormed the Maracana media centre before Wednesday’s World Cup match against Spain, but local security forces refused to take responsibility on Thursday.

Ralf Mutschke, FIFA’s director of security, told reporters that 87 Chilean fans were arrested after the incident and had to leave the country within 72 hours or be deported.

Jun 18, 2014

Spain’s reign ends as Chile prove too hot to handle

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Holders Spain were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday when their 2-0 Group B defeat by Chile brought an end to one of the greatest dynasties of the modern game.

On the day when Spain’s King Carlos also signed his abdication papers, Spain’s footballers left their throne as goals from Eduardo Vargas after 20 minutes and Charles Aranguiz two minutes before halftime earned Chile a stunning victory.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Spain’s reign ends as Chile prove too hot to handle

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18 (Reuters) – Holders Spain were eliminated from the World Cup on Wednesday when their 2-0 Group B defeat by Chile brought an end to one of the greatest dynasties of the modern game.

On the day when Spain’s King Carlos also signed his abdication papers, Spain’s footballers left their throne as goals from Eduardo Vargas after 20 minutes and Charles Aranguiz two minutes before halftime earned Chile a stunning victory.

Jun 17, 2014

Chile match like another World Cup final, say Iniesta, Torres

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The World Cup final is still almost a month away but as far as Spain’s Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres are concerned, they are already facing a final on Wednesday when they play Chile in a make-or-break Group B match.

The world and European champions made the worst imaginable start to the defense of their global title when they were humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands in the opening match and both veterans of the 2010 success in South Africa know they face the point of no return.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Chile match like another World Cup final, say Iniesta, Torres

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 17 (Reuters) – The World Cup final is still almost a month away but as far as Spain’s Andres Iniesta and Fernando Torres are concerned, they are already facing a final on Wednesday when they play Chile in a make-or-break Group B match.

The world and European champions made the worst imaginable start to the defence of their global title when they were humbled 5-1 by the Netherlands in the opening match and both veterans of the 2010 success in South Africa know they face the point of no return.

Jun 17, 2014

Empty seats due to no-shows not corporate absences, FIFA says

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The empty seats visible at some stadiums in the World Cup’s opening 14 matches are due to fans who have bought tickets but have not turned up for the games rather than corporate clients not using them, FIFA said on Tuesday.

FIFA’s official figures show that 701,710 of the 716,176 seats available in the opening games have been filled, meaning that 98 per cent of all seats have been used in the games so far.