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Jun 19, 2014

Greeks play down training ground bust-up ahead of Japan clash

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Greece played down a training ground bust-up between two players on Wednesday, saying they were “200 percent” focused on getting their World Cup campaign back on track with victory over Japan.

Defenders Yannis Maniatis and Giorgos Tzavellas had to be separated by captain Giorgos Karagounis on Tuesday after clashing as the Greeks prepared for their Group C match.

Jun 19, 2014

Soccer-Greeks play down training ground bust-up ahead of Japan clash

NATAL, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Greece played down a training ground bust-up between two players on Wednesday, saying they were “200 percent” focused on getting their World Cup campaign back on track with victory over Japan.

Defenders Yannis Maniatis and Giorgos Tzavellas had to be separated by captain Giorgos Karagounis on Tuesday after clashing as the Greeks prepared for their Group C match.

Jun 18, 2014

Preconceptions challenged as visitors pour into Brazil

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Many fans arrived in Brazil for the World Cup expecting a six-week party with a heady mix of top quality football, tropical beaches and Caipirinha cocktails played out to the soundtrack of a funky Samba beat.

And while there has been no shortage of sunshine, barbecued beef, beer and beach kickarounds, the more than half a million foreign visitors have discovered a nation more varied and complex than the picture postcard stereotypes.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Preconceptions challenged as visitors pour into Brazil

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Many fans arrived in Brazil for the World Cup expecting a six-week party with a heady mix of top quality football, tropical beaches and Caipirinha cocktails played out to the soundtrack of a funky Samba beat.

And while there has been no shortage of sunshine, barbecued beef, beer and beach kickarounds, the more than half a million foreign visitors have discovered a nation more varied and complex than the picture postcard stereotypes.

Jun 17, 2014

Japan and Greece go back to the well for Natal clash

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – After losing their Group C openers, Japan and Greece will be looking to rediscover the qualities which got them to Brazil as they bid to keep their campaigns alive at the Dunas arena on Thursday.

There is little doubt that only three points will do if either side is to extend their stay in Brazil beyond the group stage.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Japan and Greece go back to the well for Natal clash

NATAL, Brazil, June 17 (Reuters) – After losing their Group C openers, Japan and Greece will be looking to rediscover the qualities which got them to Brazil as they bid to keep their campaigns alive at the Dunas arena on Thursday.

There is little doubt that only three points will do if either side is to extend their stay in Brazil beyond the group stage.

Jun 17, 2014

Dempsey scores early but Brooks secures win for U.S.

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.

Dempsey drilled the ball into the net after just 32 seconds at the Dunas arena before Andre Ayew finally gave Ghana reward for their second half pressure with an equalizer seven minutes from the end of a physical and often testy match.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Dempsey scores early but Brooks secures win for U.S.

NATAL, Brazil, June 16 (Reuters) – The United States got a dream start to their World Cup campaign when Clint Dempsey scored the fifth fastest goal in tournament history but they needed an 86th minute winner from John Brooks to secure a dramatic 2-1 win over Ghana on Monday.

Dempsey drilled the ball into the net after just 32 seconds at the Dunas arena before Andre Ayew finally gave Ghana reward for their second half pressure with an equaliser seven minutes from the end of a physical and often testy match.

Jun 16, 2014

Ghana skipper Gyan wary of vengeful Americans

NATAL Brazil (Reuters) – Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is wary of vengeful Americans but confident the young Blacks Stars team have enough talent to open their third World Cup campaign with a victory on Monday.

Gyan scored the winner in extra time when Ghana sent the United States tumbling out of the World Cup for the second successive tournament in South Africa four years ago.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Ghana skipper Gyan wary of vengeful Americans

NATAL, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is wary of vengeful Americans but confident the young Blacks Stars team have enough talent to open their third World Cup campaign with a victory on Monday.

Gyan scored the winner in extra time when Ghana sent the United States tumbling out of the World Cup for the second successive tournament in South Africa four years ago.

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