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May 12, 2014

State of the nations a month before World Cup kick off

LONDON (Reuters) – With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.

BRAZIL

Brazil remain the hot favorites to win on home soil, having lifted the Confederations Cup last year in convincing style and won seven of their eight games since, but individually many of the players likely to feature are struggling. Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari chose a largely predictable squad last week and, for the first time in years, there was little criticism from fans who expect nothing less than a record sixth World Cup triumph. The relative calm is helped by the fact that both the manager and the fans know the starting line-up that Scolari has carefully honed over 18 months in charge and he will stick by them even though several have struggled over the last half of the season.

May 12, 2014

Soccer-State of the nations a month before World Cup kick off

LONDON, May 12 (Reuters) – With one month to go until the start of the 2014 soccer World Cup in Brazil on June 12, we take a look at how things are shaping up on the playing side for 10 of the leading nations.

BRAZIL

Brazil remain the hot favourites to win on home soil, having lifted the Confederations Cup last year in convincing style and won seven of their eight games since, but individually many of the players likely to feature are struggling.

Apr 22, 2014

Moyes axed by Man Utd after season of failure

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United’s succession planning for life after Alex Ferguson was left in tatters on Tuesday as manager David Moyes was sacked after 10 troubled months that brought failure and frustration to a club grown used to seamless success.

Moyes, appointed with a six-year contract on the direction of retiring fellow-Scot Ferguson last July after 11 years at Everton, did not even get to complete his first season as the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, ran out of patience.

Apr 22, 2014

Soccer-Moyes axed by Man Utd after season of failure

LONDON, April 22 (Reuters) – Manchester United’s succession planning for life after Alex Ferguson was left in tatters on Tuesday as manager David Moyes was sacked after 10 troubled months that brought failure and frustration to a club grown used to seamless success.

Moyes, appointed with a six-year contract on the direction of retiring fellow-Scot Ferguson last July after 11 years at Everton, did not even get to complete his first season as the club’s American owners, the Glazer family, ran out of patience.

Apr 11, 2014

Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all

LONDON (Reuters) – “You’re virtually there” is a common shout of encouragement to ailing runners in the London marathon but thanks to a new “interactive 3D experience” athletes the world over will be able to navigate the course from the comfort of their own treadmill.

Marathon organizers have combined with established treadmill video producers Paofit to create the new system that combines HD video of the entire 26.2 mile, icon-studded route with virtual reality avatars.

Apr 11, 2014

Athletics-Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all

LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) – “You’re virtually there” is a common shout of encouragement to ailing runners in the London marathon but thanks to a new “interactive 3D experience” athletes the world over will be able to navigate the course from the comfort of their own treadmill.

Marathon organisers have combined with established treadmill video producers Paofit to create the new system that combines HD video of the entire 26.2 mile, icon-studded route with virtual reality avatars.

Apr 8, 2014

Mo races into unknown territory

LONDON (Reuters) – Like many of the 30,000 who will toe the line at the London Marathon on Sunday, Mo Farah will do so with a certain amount of trepidation, vowing to follow the amateur’s mantra of “respect the distance, be patient and see where it takes me”.

Farah’s ultimate target, however, is some way removed from the rest of the field as, in his first crack at the revered 26.2 mile distance, he is planning to take on and beat one of the best elite fields ever assembled.

Apr 8, 2014

Marathon – Mo races into unknown territory

LONDON (Reuters) – Like many of the 30,000 who will toe the line at the London Marathon on Sunday, Mo Farah will do so with a certain amount of trepidation, vowing to follow the amateur’s mantra of “respect the distance, be patient and see where it takes me”.

Farah’s ultimate target, however, is some way removed from the rest of the field as, in his first crack at the revered 26.2 mile distance, he is planning to take on and beat one of the best elite fields ever assembled.

Mar 19, 2014

Chelsea cruise through as Drogba homecoming falls flat

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea cruised into the Champions League last eight with a 2-0 win over toothlesss Galatasaray on Tuesday for a 3-1 aggregate success as Didier Drogba’s Stamford Bridge homecoming turned out to be a damp squib.

First-half goals by Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill effectively settled the tie and Chelsea then smothered the match with Frank Lampard offering a tireless midfield screen and their John Terry-led defence in total command.

Mar 18, 2014

Chelsea’s easy win built on solid defence

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea’s miniature midfield marvels may scoop the plaudits but success is built on solid foundations and Jose Mourinho praised his central defensive rocks after his side’s Champions League win over Galatasaray.

Eden Hazard, Oscar, Ramires and Willian were all on duty in Tuesday’s 2-0 home victory that sent Chelsea into the quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate but it was John Terry and Gary Cahill who Mourinho picked out for particular praise.

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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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