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Jul 9, 2014

Expect unexpected in football, says Argentina’s Sabella

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Argentina interrupted preparations for their World Cup semi-final to watch Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil, a result coach Alejandro Sabella said illustrated the unpredictability and beauty of football.

Argentina are looking to return to the biggest game in world soccer for the first time since 1990 while last-four opponents the Netherlands are aiming for a spot in their second straight final after losing to Spain four years ago in Johannesburg.

Jul 9, 2014

Soccer-Expect unexpected in football, says Argentina’s Sabella

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Argentina interrupted preparations for their World Cup semi-final to watch Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil, a result coach Alejandro Sabella said illustrated the unpredictability and beauty of football.

Argentina are looking to return to the biggest game in world soccer for the first time since 1990 while last-four opponents the Netherlands are aiming for a spot in their second straight final after losing to Spain four years ago in Johannesburg.

Jul 8, 2014

Van Persie sick, a doubt for Argentina clash

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina after coming down with stomach problems, coach Louis van Gaal said.

Van Persie, the Netherlands’ joint top scorer with three goals in the tournament, has been training separately from the squad and Van Gaal said he would not be able to make a decision on his fitness until the day of the game.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Van Persie sick, a doubt for Argentina clash

SAO PAULO, July 8 (Reuters) – Netherlands striker Robin van Persie is a doubt for Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina after coming down with stomach problems, coach Louis van Gaal said.

Van Persie, the Netherlands’ joint top scorer with three goals in the tournament, has been training separately from the squad and Van Gaal said he would not be able to make a decision on his fitness until the day of the game.

Jul 1, 2014

Argentina scrape 1-0 extra time win over Swiss

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and seal the South Americans a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday.

After a tense 0-0 draw at 90 minutes and a scoreless first period of extra time, Lionel Messi broke quickly and released Di Maria, who swept the ball home before wheeling away in delight.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Argentina scrape 1-0 extra time win over Swiss

SAO PAULO, July 1 (Reuters) – Angel Di Maria scored deep into extra time to give Argentina a 1-0 win over Switzerland and seal the South Americans a place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Tuesday.

After a tense 0-0 draw at 90 minutes and a scoreless first period of extra time, Lionel Messi broke quickly and released Di Maria, who swept the ball home before wheeling away in delight.

Jul 1, 2014

Swiss prepare for Messi test, U.S. face Belgium

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has been the key to Argentina’s perfect start at the World Cup, scoring four of their six goals in three straight group wins, and the South Americans hope his blistering form continues when they face Switzerland in the last 16 on Tuesday.

Also battling for a place in the quarter-finals are the United States and Belgium, who arrived as one of the favorites to lift the trophy but have not yet fired on all cylinders.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Swiss prepare for Messi test, U.S. face Belgium

SAO PAULO, July 1 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi has been the key to Argentina’s perfect start at the World Cup, scoring four of their six goals in three straight group wins, and the South Americans hope his blistering form continues when they face Switzerland in the last 16 on Tuesday.

Also battling for a place in the quarter-finals are the United States and Belgium, who arrived as one of the favourites to lift the trophy but have not yet fired on all cylinders.

Jun 27, 2014

Suarez bite and ban steals the first round spotlight

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – For 13 glorious days in Brazil the feel-good factor flourished at the World Cup as the football flowed, the goals gushed and fans reveled in the tournament’s return to its spiritual home.

Then along came Luis Suarez.

From the moment the troubled Uruguay striker sunk his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder all the great goals and colorful celebrations of the group stage became a sideshow to the bite and subsequent nine-match ban.

Jun 27, 2014

Soccer-Suarez bite and ban steals the first round spotlight

SAO PAULO, June 27 (Reuters) – For 13 glorious days in Brazil the feel-good factor flourished at the World Cup as the football flowed, the goals gushed and fans revelled in the tournament’s return to its spiritual home.

Then along came Luis Suarez.

From the moment the troubled Uruguay striker sunk his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder all the great goals and colourful celebrations of the group stage became a sideshow to the bite and subsequent nine-match ban.

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      "Based in Singapore, I am the Chief Sub Editor for sports in Asia. In addition to sub editing duties I also compile monthly rotas for our team of deskers and reporters in the region, but I also get to do a lot of the fun stuff such as covering major sports events like the Olympics and World Cup."
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