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Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Bosnia’s first World Cup win ends Iran dreams

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of claiming a shock spot in the knockout stage.

Already eliminated after two losses, Bosnia, appearing at a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation, went ahead in the 23rd minute through striker Edin Dzeko and doubled their lead just before the hour through Miralem Pjanic.

Jun 25, 2014

Bosnia end Iran hopes, record first World Cup win

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.

Already eliminated after two losses, Bosnia, appearing at a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation, went ahead in the 23rd minute through Edin Dzeko.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Bosnia end Iran hopes, record first World Cup win

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 25 (Reuters) – Bosnia beat Iran 3-1 in their Group F finale on Wednesday to record their first World Cup win and deny the West Asians any chance of reaching the knockout stage.

Already eliminated after two losses, Bosnia, appearing at a major tournament for the first time as an independent nation, went ahead in the 23rd minute through Edin Dzeko.

Jun 25, 2014

Iran stars step into limelight despite shrinking socks

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – A hundred thousand fans for your home internationals, a nation’s admiration for excellent World Cup performances, contrasted with struggling to find opponents and socks that shrink in the wash, life as a soccer player for Iran has its unique highs and lows.

Iran’s soccer stars are revered at home and have a penchant for fast cars and expensive toys which mirrors those of similar status in other countries.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer -Iran stars step into limelight despite shrinking socks

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – A hundred thousand fans for your home internationals, a nation’s admiration for excellent World Cup performances, contrasted with struggling to find opponents and socks that shrink in the wash, life as a soccer player for Iran has its unique highs and lows.

Iran’s soccer stars are revered at home and have a penchat for fast cars and expensive toys which mirrors those of similar status in other countries.

Jun 23, 2014

Iran looking to party like it’s 1998

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – With a solitary 1998 World Cup win to their name, another for Iran against Bosnia on Wednesday would alone be cause for big celebration, but with an improbable last 16 spot also up for grabs the party could really be one to remember.

Iran arrive in Salvador with just one point but a host of new fans thanks to a gutsy 0-0 draw with Group F rivals Nigeria and an excellent display against twice champions Argentina, where a late Lionel Messi goal denied them a famous stalemate.

Jun 23, 2014

Soccer-Iran looking to party like it’s 1998

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) – With a solitary 1998 World Cup win to their name, another for Iran against Bosnia on Wednesday would alone be cause for big celebration, but with an improbable last 16 spot also up for grabs the party could really be one to remember.

Iran arrive in Salvador with just one point but a host of new fans thanks to a gutsy 0-0 draw with Group F rivals Nigeria and an excellent display against twice champions Argentina, where a late Lionel Messi goal denied them a famous stalemate.

Jun 21, 2014

Sports Direct enters fitness market with gym deal

LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) – Britain’s biggest sporting goods
retailer Sports Direct has signed a deal to take over a
British gym and is in talks to buy more, marking its entrance
into the health and fitness industry.

Sports Direct, which has over 600 sports stores in Europe,
including 400 in the UK and also owns fashion chains and a
stable of brands including Dunlop, Slazenger and Everlast, has
taken ownership of a LA fitness centre in Sale, Greater
Manchester, LA fitness said in a company statement.

Jun 21, 2014

Smarting Swiss still have qualification in sight

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – The pain of Friday’s 5-2 thrashing by France is unlikely to ease quickly for Switzerland but with a World Cup knockout spot still in reach coach Ottmar Hitzfeld can focus on a rapid fix.

“We still have high hopes for qualifying and it will depend on us,” Hitzfeld told reporters, adding that he and his players would soon dissect the defeat before looking to the future.

Jun 21, 2014

Soccer-Smarting Swiss still have qualification in sight

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 21 (Reuters) – The pain of Friday’s 5-2 thrashing by France is unlikely to ease quickly for Switzerland but with a World Cup knockout spot still in reach coach Ottmar Hitzfeld can focus on a rapid fix.

“We still have high hopes for qualifying and it will depend on us,” Hitzfeld told reporters, adding that he and his players would soon dissect the defeat before looking to the future.

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      "I'm a company news reporter covering the retail and leisure sectors. Based in London I write on everything from the big retailers to fashion chains, hotels, drinks firms, pubs and coffee shops. I've previously covered the outsourcing sector and before that worked on Reuters sport for three years. You can follow me on Twitter @ReutersMaidment"
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