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Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Spain stalwarts not finished yet, says Del Bosque

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vincente del Bosque fired an ominous warning on Thursday to any critics suggesting the dominance of his world and European champions could be about to end.

Spain arrived in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returning to the next tournament of any world champions, with some suggesting the influence of thirty-something key men like Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas may be waning.

Jun 12, 2014

Ain’t no mountain high enough for Brazil bound Dutchman

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – A World Cup adventure in the vast expanse of Brazil is a demanding task for any fan but one Dutchman arrives having already clocked up 21,000 kilometers in his truck ‘Nellie’ before a ball is kicked.

Ben Oude Kamphuis, 53, rolled across Brazil’s northern border in late May in his original 1955 Chevy, after a five month journey that began in San Francisco and incorporated desert, mountains and rainforest on his way through 12 countries to the World Cup hosts.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Ain’t no mountain high enough for Brazil bound Dutchman

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – A World Cup adventure in the vast expanse of Brazil is a demanding task for any fan but one Dutchman arrives having already clocked up 21,000 kilometres in his truck ‘Nellie’ before a ball is kicked.

Ben Oude Kamphuis, 53, rolled across Brazil’s northern border in late May in his original 1955 Chevy, after a five month journey that began in San Francisco and incorporated desert, mountains and rainforest on his way through 12 countries to the World Cup hosts.

Jun 11, 2014

Deja vu for Spain as World Cup defence begins

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.

Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returned at the following World Cup by any world champion, with many still bearing the scars of a bruising encounter with the Dutch in 2010.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Deja vu for Spain as World Cup defence begins

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Spain will be lifted by a reminder of the glory of four years ago as the defence of their World Cup crown begins against 2010 finalists the Netherlands in Salvador on Friday in a standout Group B opener.

Spain, also 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners, arrive in Brazil with 16 players retained from the squad that triumphed in South Africa, the most returned at the following World Cup by any world champion, with many still bearing the scars of a bruising encounter with the Dutch in 2010.

Jun 10, 2014

Germany, Portugal aim to keep lid on Ghana

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – World Cup quarter-finalists in South Africa four years ago, Ghana will again grab the headlines in Brazil if they can wrestle a Group G qualifying spot from European heavyweights Germany or Portugal.

Ghana, cruelly eliminated in 2010 by Uruguay in a shootout after Luis Suarez’s infamous goalline handball and a subsequent missed penalty, are the form side from Africa but it is hard to look beyond the star-studded squads of Germany and Portugal as the ones to progress.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Germany, Portugal aim to keep lid on Ghana

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 10 (Reuters) – World Cup quarter-finalists in South Africa four years ago, Ghana will again grab the headlines in Brazil if they can wrestle a Group G qualifying spot from European heavyweights Germany or Portugal.

Ghana, cruelly eliminated in 2010 by Uruguay in a shootout after Luis Suarez’s infamous goalline handball and a subsequent missed penalty, are the form side from Africa but it is hard to look beyond the star-studded squads of Germany and Portugal as the ones to progress.

Jun 5, 2014

G4S vows to quit Israel contracts as AGM gets heated

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – The world’s biggest security
firm, Britain’s G4S, reaffirmed its vow to exit
controversial contracts in Israel on Thursday as protesting
shareholders dominated its annual general meeting.

Still recovering from scandals including its failure to
fully staff the London 2012 Olympics and overcharging the UK
government on a contract to monitor criminals, G4S has been
criticised for providing security at prisons in Israel and
occupied Palestinian territories where activists claim
Palestinians have been tortured.

Jun 5, 2014

Former Morrisons boss blasts “disastrous” performance

LONDON, June 5 (Reuters) – Ken Morrison, the son of the
founder and a former boss of Morrisons, on Thursday
labelled the grocer’s performance “disastrous” and called for
its board to be bolstered with more “retail knowledge”.

Morrisons is currently the worst-performing of Britain’s
so-called big four grocers, trailing market leader Tesco
, Wal-Mart’s Asda and Sainsbury’s.

Jun 2, 2014

G4S overhaul continues with new strategy director

LONDON (Reuters) – G4S (GFS.L: Quote, Profile, Research), the world’s biggest security firm, has promoted the boss of its Indian arm to oversee group strategy, marking its latest move in an overhaul designed to help bolster growth after a series of damaging failures.

Mel Brooks, chief executive of G4S’s India business since early 2013, will become group strategy and commercial director on July 1, G4S said, and will focus on developing core services like cash security, manned guarding and facilities management.

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