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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.

Jun 20, 2014

Deschamps pays tribute to dazzling Benzema

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps reserved special praise for Karim Benzema on Friday after the striker was again at the heart of a fine attacking display in a 5-2 World Cup Group E mauling of Switzerland.

Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France’s opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.

Jun 20, 2014

Soccer-Deschamps pays tribute to dazzling Benzema

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 20 (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps reserved special praise for Karim Benzema on Friday after the striker was again at the heart of a fine attacking display in a 5-2 World Cup Group E mauling of Switzerland.

Benzema, who struck twice and came close to a hat-trick in France’s opening victory over Honduras, again caused havoc against the Swiss at Salvador’s Fonte Nova arena, scoring once and setting up another two.

Jun 20, 2014

France showing spirit of ’98, says Deschamps

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – France coach Didier Deschamps said his side were showing the grit and determination he and his team mates had when they swept to World Cup victory in 1998 after they demolished Switzerland 5-2 on Friday.

France are now virtually assured of qualification from Group E after a superb attacking display at the Fonte Nova arena gave them a 3-0 first-half lead in a rampant performance that left them with maximum points from two games.

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