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Jul 4, 2014

Germany break France’s World Cup hearts again

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Germany broke French hearts for the third time in the World Cup when they triumphed 1-0 at the Maracana on Friday to become the first country to reach the semi-finals in four successive tournaments.

But, unlike the dramas of their memorable semi-final victories over France in Spain in 1982 and Mexico four years later, this success, secured by Mats Hummels’ 13th minute header, lacked real excitement and was based more on solid defending and team work.

Jul 4, 2014

Hummels goal puts Germany into World Cup semis

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – An early Mats Hummels header proved enough for Germany to beat France 1-0 in a tense, error-strewn and largely uninspiring World Cup quarter-final at the Maracana on Friday.

The defender scored the only goal of a match neither team ever took control of when he headed in a free kick from Toni Kroos after 13 minutes.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Hummels goal puts Germany into World Cup semis

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 (Reuters) – An early Mats Hummels header proved enough for Germany to beat France 1-0 in a tense, error-strewn and largely uninspiring World Cup quarter-final at the Maracana on Friday.

The defender scored the only goal of a match neither team ever took control of when he headed in a free kick from Toni Kroos after 13 minutes.

Jul 3, 2014

FIFA anti-discrimination boss laments lack of abuse-spotters

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA’s anti-discrimination chief hit out at world soccer’s governing body on Thursday for not deploying staff specifically to tackle racist or homophobic abuse among fans at World Cup matches.

Jeffrey Webb said there was a “disconnect” between FIFA’s stated aim of stamping out discrimination at games and its failure to back a proposal to use trained staff in Brazil to investigate and report on cases.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-FIFA anti-discrimination boss laments lack of abuse-spotters

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 3 (Reuters) – FIFA’s anti-discrimination chief hit out at world soccer’s governing body on Thursday for not deploying staff specifically to tackle racist or homophobic abuse among fans at World Cup matches.

Jeffrey Webb said there was a “disconnect” between FIFA’s stated aim of stamping out discrimination at games and its failure to back a proposal to use trained staff in Brazil to investigate and report on cases.

Jul 2, 2014

Colombia, Costa Rica seek to join Bitter Sweet club

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Colombia and Costa Rica will be trying to break into – and quickly escape from – an exclusive group of World Cup semi-finalists which could be known as the Bitter Sweet club.

There are only eight members and although Costa Rica and Colombia would be delighted to join it by beating the Netherlands and Brazil in the quarter-finals, they would just as quickly like to leave it again by winning their semis.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Colombia, Costa Rica seek to join Bitter Sweet club

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 2 (Reuters) – Colombia and Costa Rica will be trying to break into – and quickly escape from – an exclusive group of World Cup semi-finalists which could be known as the Bitter Sweet club.

There are only eight members and although Costa Rica and Colombia would be delighted to join it by beating the Netherlands and Brazil in the quarter-finals, they would just as quickly like to leave it again by winning their semis.

Jul 2, 2014

Houllier welcomes idea of fourth substitute in extra time

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The idea that a fourth substitute should be allowed in extra time should be re-submitted to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the game’s law-making body, Gerard Houllier said on Wednesday.

Houllier, who has managed France and Liverpool among others, is the senior member of FIFA’s technical study group (TSG) which analyses trends and tactics at the World Cup.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Houllier welcomes idea of fourth substitute in extra time

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 2 (Reuters) – The idea that a fourth substitute should be allowed in extra time should be re-submitted to the International Football Association Board (IFAB), the game’s law-making body, Gerard Houllier said on Wednesday.

Houllier, who has managed France and Liverpool among others, is the senior member of FIFA’s technical study group (TSG) which analyses trends and tactics at the World Cup.

Jul 2, 2014

Best World Cup for quality and entertainment, says Houllier

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – With eight matches still to play, this World Cup is shaping up as the best in terms of the quality of the football and entertainment, former France and Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier said on Wednesday.

Houllier, the most experienced member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group which analyses tactics, trends and all aspects of technical play in the tournament, has seen nine World Cups and said he expected the trend of exciting, attacking football to continue.