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Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Best World Cup for quality and entertainment, says Houllier

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 2 (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.

Jul 2, 2014

FIFA asks Der Spiegel to hand over match-fixing documents

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA has asked German magazine Der Spiegel to hand over all the documents it says it has regarding the claims of convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal that Cameroon players threw their World Cup group games.

FIFA has refused to make any comment regarding the allegations that some Cameroon players fixed the results of their three Group A matches, which all ended in defeat, nor would it confirm or deny it was investigating the claims.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-FIFA asks Der Spiegel to hand over match-fixing documents

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 2 (Reuters) – FIFA has asked German magazine Der Spiegel to hand over all the documents it says it has regarding the claims of convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal that Cameroon players threw their World Cup group games.

FIFA has refused to make any comment regarding the allegations that some Cameroon players fixed the results of their three Group A matches, which all ended in defeat, nor would it confirm or deny it was investigating the claims.

Jul 1, 2014

FIFA stays silent on Cameroon match-fixing claims

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – FIFA remained silent on Tuesday regarding allegations that Cameroon players played a part in fixing the results of their World Cup group matches.

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer would not confirm or deny that soccer’s world ruling body was investigating the claims, adding that even if it was, it would not reveal that information.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-FIFA stays silent on Cameroon match-fixing claims

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 30 (Reuters) – FIFA remained silent on Tuesday regarding allegations that Cameroon players played a part in fixing the results of their World Cup group matches.

FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer would not confirm or deny that soccer’s world ruling body was investigating the claims, adding that even if it was, it would not reveal that information.

Jun 30, 2014

Dutch comeback kings expect tough match against Costa Rica

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The Dutch earned the title “World Cup Comeback Kings” with a 2-1 win over Mexico, the third time in four matches they have come from behind to win in the tournament, and are now preparing for another tough battle against Costa Rica in the quarter-final.

The run started in their opening Group B match when they conceded first against world champions Spain in Salvador on June 13, and trailed for 17 minutes before winning 5-1.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Dutch comeback kings expect tough match against Costa Rica

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 30 (Reuters) – The Dutch earned the title “World Cup Comeback Kings” with a 2-1 win over Mexico, the third time in four matches they have come from behind to win in the tournament, and are now preparing for another tough battle against Costa Rica in the quarter-final.

The run started in their opening Group B match when they conceded first against world champions Spain in Salvador on June 13, and trailed for 17 minutes before winning 5-1.

Jun 30, 2014

Robben says getting punished for being too honest

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil (Reuters) – Netherlands winger Arjen Robben said he had been too honest for his own good regarding the controversial penalty he won in stoppage time on Sunday which gave the Dutch a dramatic late 2-1 win over Mexico in their last-16 match in Fortaleza.

Robben dived theatrically, and not for the first time in his career, after Mexico captain Rafael Marquez challenged him in the dying minutes of their match at the Castelao arena.

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Robben says getting punished for being too honest

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Netherlands winger Arjen Robben said he had been too honest for his own good regarding the controversial penalty he won in stoppage time on Sunday which gave the Dutch a dramatic late 2-1 win over Mexico in their last-16 match in Fortaleza.

Robben dived theatrically, and not for the first time in his career, after Mexico captain Rafael Marquez challenged him in the dying minutes of their match at the Castelao arena.

Jun 29, 2014

Rodriguez steals limelight as Colombia reach last eight

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A sensational display from James Rodriguez fired Colombia into the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time on Saturday with the attacking midfielder scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over Uruguay including a contender for goal of the tournament.

Rodriguez became the World Cup’s top scorer with five goals and, based on comparative last-16 displays, a buoyant Colombia will fancy their chances against their next opponents Brazil who squeezed past Chile on penalties earlier in the day.