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Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Spain’s reign not merely on the wane: it’s over

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18 (Reuters) – And so it was official. The reign of Spain was not merely on the wane – it was over.

But this was no hard luck story. No tale of near misses, or if onlys. It was a 90-minute clubbing of a once-mighty empire.

Jun 18, 2014

Chilean fans storm media centre at Maracana

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Some 200 Chilean soccer fans stormed the Maracana media centre around an hour before kick-off in the World Cup match against Spain on Wednesday, raising major concerns for FIFA and tournament organisers.

The fans charged through a security checkpoint before smashing down a glass door, witnesses said, and invading the working room.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Chilean fans storm media centre at Maracana

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Some 200 Chilean soccer fans stormed the Maracana media centre around an hour before kick-off in the World Cup match against Spain on Wednesday, raising major concerns for FIFA and tournament organisers.

The fans charged through a security checkpoint before smashing down a glass door, witnesses say, and invading the working room.

Jun 18, 2014

Start with Lallana, Hoddle tells England

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – England should use Adam Lallana from the start to give them greater attacking options against Uruguay in their World Cup Group D clash in Sao Paulo on Thursday, former national team manager Glenn Hoddle said.

That one change would completely alter the shape of the team that was beaten by Italy in their opener and revamp the way they could play, according to Hoddle.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Start with Lallana, Hoddle tells England

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18 (Reuters) – England should use Adam Lallana from the start to give them greater attacking options against Uruguay in their World Cup Group D clash in Sao Paulo on Thursday, former national team manager Glenn Hoddle said.

That one change would completely alter the shape of the team that was beaten by Italy in their opener and revamp the way they could play, according to Hoddle.

Jun 16, 2014

Southampton name Dutchman Koeman as manager

By Ossian Shine

(Reuters) – In a sign reflecting the small south coast club’s rapid renaissance and ambition, English Premier League Southampton named Ronald Koeman their new manager on Monday, signing the Dutchman on a three-year-deal.

The 51-year-old, who left Feyenoord at the end of this season having steered them to second place in the Dutch league, replaces Mauricio Pochettino who quit to join Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Southampton name Dutchman Koeman as manager

June 16 (Reuters) – In a sign reflecting the small south coast club’s rapid renaissance and ambition, English Premier League Southampton named Ronald Koeman their new manager on Monday, signing the Dutchman on a three-year-deal.

The 51-year-old, who left Feyenoord at the end of this season having steered them to second place in the Dutch league, replaces Mauricio Pochettino who quit to join Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Jun 10, 2014

Simmering tension threatens to sully Brazil extravaganza

RIO DEIRO (Reuters) – Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil’s global soccer party when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft.

What was to be a soccer celebration is in danger of being hijacked by off-field issues as a growing furore surrounding FIFA over alleged vote-buying for the 2022 World Cup stews and anger over domestic political corruption broils throughout Brazil.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Simmering tension threatens to sully Brazil extravaganza

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 10 (Reuters) – Simmering civil tension and the stench of corruption threatens to sully Brazil’s global soccer party when the World Cup kicks off on Thursday against a backdrop of protests, unrest and alleged political graft.

What was to be a soccer celebration is in danger of being hijacked by off-field issues as a growing furore surrounding FIFA over alleged vote-buying for the 2022 World Cup stews and anger over domestic political corruption broils throughout Brazil.

Jun 9, 2014

Football sponsors raise pressure on FIFA over Qatar claims

LONDON/RIO DEIRO (Reuters) – Sponsors Adidas, Sony, Visa and Coca-Cola on Sunday called on football’s rulers to deal thoroughly with allegations of bribery to secure the 2022 World Cup for Qatar, an issue overshadowing this week’s kickoff in Brazil.

With its four yearly showpiece event only four days away, soccer’s governing body FIFA is on the defensive, conducting an internal investigation into the decisions to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 Cup in Qatar. Both countries have denied any wrongdoing.

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