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Jun 18, 2014

Preview – Swiss up next as French dare to dream

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Since 1998, the erratic French soccer team has either reached the final or failed to win a game at the World Cup.

So now, after a clinical 3-0 defeat of Honduras, fans of Les Bleus could be daring to dream again as France take on neighbours Switzerland in the second Group E game on Friday.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Swiss up next as French dare to dream

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Since 1998, the erratic French soccer team has either reached the final or failed to win a game at the World Cup.

So now, after a clinical 3-0 defeat of Honduras, fans of Les Bleus could be daring to dream again as France take on neighbours Switzerland in the second Group E game on Friday.

Jun 16, 2014

Germany lay down marker as Mueller destroys Portugal

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick inspired Germany to a ruthless 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their World Cup opener on Monday, hammering home their credentials as serious title contenders in Brazil.

Billed as a clash of European heavyweights, the Germans ignored the soaring Salvador heat to deliver a sizzling attacking display against a disappointing Portugal, effectively ending the Group G game as a contest by halftime.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Germany lay down marker as Mueller destroys Portugal

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick inspired Germany to a ruthless 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their World Cup opener on Monday, hammering home their credentials as serious title contenders in Brazil.

Billed as a clash of European heavyweights, the Germans ignored the soaring Salvador heat to deliver a sizzling attacking display against a disappointing Portugal, effectively ending the Group G game as a contest by halftime.

Jun 16, 2014

Mueller fires German rout of Portugal

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Thomas Mueller’s hat-trick inspired Germany to a 4-0 mauling of 10-man Portugal in their opening World Cup Group G match on Monday.

The Germans delivered a sizzling attacking display that underlined their tag as strong title contenders and the match, billed as a clash of European heavyweights, was over as a contest by halftime.

Jun 15, 2014

Ronaldo fit for Portugal’s Germany test

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – World Player of the Year, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday’s World Cup Group G match against Germany.

Ronaldo’s fitness had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee, and despite training on Sunday with the injured area taped up, the goal machine said his niggles were all in the past.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo fit for Portugal’s Germany test

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – World Player of the Year, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, said he had nothing more to prove in his career as he declared himself fit for Monday’s World Cup Group G match against Germany.

Ronaldo’s fitness had been in doubt after struggling with tendinosis in his left knee, and despite training on Sunday with the injured area taped up, the goal machine said his niggles were all in the past.

Jun 15, 2014

Klose’s record ambitions not on German priority list

SALVADOR Brazil (Reuters) – Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose arrived in Brazil with the most World Cup goals record in his sights but any hopes he had of a helping hand from coach Joachim Loew to break it were dashed on Sunday.

Klose, Germany’s 36-year-old all-time top scorer, is one strike away from equaling a tournament record of 15 goals held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, and few would bet against him surpassing it if he has the pitch time in Brazil.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Klose’s record ambitions not on German priority list

SALVADOR, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose arrived in Brazil with the most World Cup goals record in his sights but any hopes he had of a helping hand from coach Joachim Loew to break it were dashed on Sunday.

Klose, Germany’s 36-year-old all-time top scorer, is one strike away from equalling a tournament record of 15 goals held by former Brazil striker Ronaldo, and few would bet against him surpassing it if he has the pitch time in Brazil.

Jun 14, 2014

Life without Suarez proves too tough for Uruguay

By Neil Maidment

(Reuters) – A shock 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica on Saturday showed the Luis Suarez-shaped hole in Uruguay’s forward line was just too big to fill, leaving fans praying for his speedy return before World Cup Group D opponents England and Italy come knocking.

Suarez, rampant in the English Premier League last season with 31 goals in 33 matches, has been battling to recover from keyhole surgery on his left knee three weeks ago but was not deemed fit enough by coach Oscar Tabarez to face Costa Rica, despite completing a training match without any problems.

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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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