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Jul 4, 2014

Germany’s Loew shows he is a tournament tactician

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – “Don’t change a winning team” is a mantra beloved of armchair coaches but when it gets to the business end of a World Cup there is no room for sentiment, as Joachim Loew showed when his reshuffled Germany beat France 1-0 to reach the last four.

There is also no reason why a coach should be expected to keep his promises, as Loew also showed by finally switching Philipp Lahm back to his natural position of fullback.

Jul 4, 2014

Soccer-Germany’s Loew shows he is a tournament tactician

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 4 (Reuters) – “Don’t change a winning team” is a mantra beloved of armchair coaches but when it gets to the business end of a World Cup there is no room for sentiment, as Joachim Loew showed when his reshuffled Germany beat France 1-0 to reach the last four.

There is also no reason why a coach should be expected to keep his promises, as Loew also showed by finally switching Philipp Lahm back to his natural position of fullback.

Jul 3, 2014

More science than art to penalty shootout success

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Penalty shootouts have been used at the World Cup since 1982 but while every one of the 24 to date has routinely been described as “dramatic” there is a deal more science than art when it comes to converting successfully from 12 yards.

Shootouts are also routinely described as “a lottery” but the statistics would suggest they are anything but, and “the ultimate test of technique and nerve under intense pressure” is probably a more accurate description.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-More science than art to penalty shootout success

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 3 (Reuters) – Penalty shootouts have been used at the World Cup since 1982 but while every one of the 24 to date has routinely been described as “dramatic” there is a deal more science than art when it comes to converting successfully from 12 yards.

Shootouts are also routinely described as “a lottery” but the statistics would suggest they are anything but, and “the ultimate test of technique and nerve under intense pressure” is probably a more accurate description.

Jun 28, 2014

Maracana rocks to the boys in yellow: Colombia

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – As expected, the yellow-shirted South Americans delivered a masterclass and threw in a spectacular goal to leave the Maracana rocking though it was not Brazil sashaying into the last eight in style but Colombia.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over Uruguay sent them into the quarter-finals for the first time where they will face the hosts knowing that if they reproduce the free-running, high-scoring game that has brought them four wins so far they have nothing to fear.

Jun 28, 2014

Soccer-Maracana rocks to the boys in yellow – Colombia

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 28 (Reuters) – As expected, the yellow-shirted South Americans delivered a masterclass and threw in a spectacular goal to leave the Maracana rocking though it was not Brazil sashaying into the last eight in style but Colombia.

Saturday’s 2-0 win over Uruguay sent them into the quarter-finals for the first time where they will face the hosts knowing that if they reproduce the free-running, high-scoring game that has brought them four wins so far they have nothing to fear.

Jun 22, 2014

Origi goal merely exposes Belgium’s weakness

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Divock Origi was the toast of Belgium after shooting the country into the World Cup second round on Sunday but his 88th-minute winner against Russia could not disguise a lack of firepower that looks set to limit their tournament prospects.

The 19-year-old, who was an uncapped surprise inclusion in Marc Wilmots’ squad, came on as a 57th-minute replacement for Romelu Lukaku and secured the 1-0 victory two minutes from time with a clean finish from Eden Hazard’s cutback.

Jun 22, 2014

Soccer-Origi goal merely exposes Belgium’s weakness

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 22 (Reuters) – Divock Origi was the toast of Belgium after shooting the country into the World Cup second round on Sunday but his 88th-minute winner against Russia could not disguise a lack of firepower that looks set to limit their tournament prospects.

The 19-year-old, who was an uncapped surprise inclusion in Marc Wilmots’ squad, came on as a 57th-minute replacement for Romelu Lukaku and secured the 1-0 victory two minutes from time with a clean finish from Eden Hazard’s cutback.

Jun 9, 2014

Suarez center stage in heavyweight Group D battle

RIO DEIRO (Reuters) – Luis Suarez’s spectacular season for Liverpool went a long way to restoring his tarnished image among English fans but the Uruguayan will again be public enemy No. 1 for a game that could decide World Cup Group D.

With England and Italy making it three former world champions in the group and Costa Rica containing enough talent to at least worry their rivals, every match looks enticing and it is a tough call to predict who will go through, let alone find a one-two finishing order.

Jun 9, 2014

Soccer-Suarez centre stage in heavyweight Group D battle

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 9 (Reuters) – Luis Suarez’s spectacular season for Liverpool went a long way to restoring his tarnished image among English fans but the Uruguayan will again be public enemy No. 1 for a game that could decide World Cup Group D.

With England and Italy making it three former world champions in the group and Costa Rica containing enough talent to at least worry their rivals, every match looks enticing and it is a tough call to predict who will go through, let alone find a one-two finishing order.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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