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Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Too much emotion in Suarez verdict, say FIFPro

BRASILIA, June 27 (Reuters) – Emotion played a part in FIFA’s decision to hand out a four-month ban to Uruguay striker Luis Suarez for biting Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, with a period of reflection needed, World Players’ Union FIFPro said.

FIFA handed out the biggest penalty ever imposed at a World Cup, which included a nine match ban, to the 27-year-old on Thursday after he bit the Italian defender near the end of Uruguay’s 1-0 win over Italy in Group D on Tuesday.

Jun 26, 2014

Soccer-Portugal beat Ghana in vain as both sides bow out

BRASILIA, June 26 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal of the tournament but missed a glut of other chances as Portugal’s 2-1 win over incident-hit Ghana on Thursday was not enough to make the second round as both sides exited the World Cup.

Portugal finished level on four points with the United States in Group G but the Americans advanced to the last 16 courtesy of a better goal difference despite their 1-0 loss to group winners Germany in Recife.

Jun 26, 2014

Portugal beat Ghana in vain as both sides bow out

BRASILIA (Reuters) – An own goal by John Boye and a late strike by Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 win over incident-hit Ghana on Thursday but it was not enough to make the second round as both sides exited the World Cup.

Portugal finished level on four points with the United States in Group G but the Americans advanced to the last 16 courtesy of a better goal difference despite their 1-0 loss to group winners Germany in Recife.

Jun 25, 2014

Queiroz departure clouds promising World Cup for Iran

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – With vital prize money pocketed and reputations enhanced by resolute displays, Iran should depart the World Cup with their heads held high but the departure of coach Carlos Queiroz leaves the future uncertain.

For the cash strapped federation, the $8 million prize money for qualifying for Brazil is a welcome relief as the economic sanctions placed on the country have hindered their progress, with home friendly matches – a key source of income – proving tricky to organize.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Queiroz departure clouds promising World Cup for Iran

June 25 (Reuters) – With vital prize money pocketed and reputations enhanced by resolute displays, Iran should depart the World Cup with their heads held high but the departure of coach Carlos Queiroz leaves the future uncertain.

For the cash strapped federation, the $8 million prize money for qualifying for Brazil is a welcome relief as the economic sanctions placed on the country have hindered their progress, with home friendly matches – a key source of income – proving tricky to organise.

Jun 25, 2014

Ghana solve World Cup appearance fee row

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Ghana have solved a row over World Cup appearance fees on the eve of their Group G finale against Portugal after President John Mahama intervened, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and coach Kwesi Appiah said on Wednesday.

The Africans missed training in Brasilia on Tuesday because of the row with the players conducting a series of meetings to discuss the matter.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Ghana solve World Cup appearance fee row

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Ghana have solved a row over World Cup appearance fees on the eve of their Group G finale against Portugal after President John Mahama intervened, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and coach Kwesi Appiah said on Wednesday.

The Africans missed training in Brasilia on Tuesday because of the row with the players conducting a series of meetings to discuss the matter.

Jun 25, 2014

I’m no hot-head, says Portugal’s Pepe

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Portugal defender Pepe denied suggestions he was a hot-head and said it was still possible for this team to get through to the World Cup last 16, adding he believed in miracles.

Portugal need a convincing win over Ghana in their final Group G clash on Thursday to stand any chance of making it through to the next round as well as a favorable result in the other match between Germany and the United States.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-I’m no hot-head, says Portugal’s Pepe

BRASILIA, June 25 (Reuters) – Portugal defender Pepe denied suggestions he was a hot-head and said it was still possible for this team to get through to the World Cup last 16, adding he believed in miracles.

Portugal need a convincing win over Ghana in their final Group G clash on Thursday to stand any chance of making it through to the next round as well as a favourable result in the other match between Germany and the United States.

Jun 24, 2014

Asian champions Japan fail to bridge the World Cup gap

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – Alberto Zaccheroni instilled flair, creativity and goals in his four years in charge of Japan but he could not find a cure for the mental flaws that prevented his side showcasing those talents on the grandest stage.

The Asian champions slumped meekly out of the World Cup at the group stage on Tuesday after a winless showing from a pool they had more than enough skill and talent to escape from.