Latin America Sports Correspondent
Rex's Feed
Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Colombia signal South American World Cup intent

June 14 (Reuters) – Colombia’s emphatic 3-0 win over Greece on Saturday, hot on the heels of Chile’s win over Australia, shows South American teams’ World Cup ambitions do not stop at Brazil and Argentina.

On their own continent, the likes of Colombia, Chile and Ecuador will be looking to at least emulate South America’s four berths in the 2010 quarter-finals in South Africa.

Jun 14, 2014

Cautious Sampaoli taking nothing for granted after Chile win

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is taking nothing for granted looking ahead to his team’s clash with holders Spain whose World Cup defense began with a nightmare 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands on Friday.

The Chileans joined the Dutch on three points with a 3-1 victory over Australia in their Group B opener at the Pantanal arena on Friday, just a few hours after the Spanish debacle.

Jun 14, 2014

Australia draw pride from painful World Cup defeat

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Australia forward Tim Cahill says they can draw positives from their opening 3-1 loss to Chile at the World Cup on Friday but along with coach Ange Postecoglou he regrets showing them too much respect early on.

Chile were cruising after taking a 2-0 lead by the 14th minute but Cahill’s header in the 35th made for a tense, end-to-end encounter settled only when substitute Jean Beausejour grabbed a third in stoppage time.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Cautious Sampaoli taking nothing for granted after Chile win

CUIABA, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli is taking nothing for granted looking ahead to his team’s clash with holders Spain whose World Cup defence began with a nightmare 5-1 defeat by the Netherlands on Friday.

The Chileans joined the Dutch on three points with a 3-1 victory over Australia in their Group B opener at the Pantanal arena on Friday, just a few hours after the Spanish debacle.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Australia draw pride from painful World Cup defeat

CUIABA, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Australia forward Tim Cahill says they can draw positives from their opening 3-1 loss to Chile at the World Cup on Friday but along with coach Ange Postecoglou he regrets showing them too much respect early on.

Chile were cruising after taking a 2-0 lead by the 14th minute but Cahill’s header in the 35th made for a tense, end-to-end encounter settled only when substitute Jean Beausejour grabbed a third in stoppage time.

Jun 13, 2014

Chile’s Sampaoli expects to face a new Australia

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli believes Australia have changed their game under coach Ange Postecoglou by trying to play more soccer and rely less on their traditional physical strength.

Chile meet the Socceroos in their opening World Cup Group B match on Friday looking for a win that would set them up for their tough matches with holders Spain and the Netherlands.

Jun 12, 2014

Soccer-Soccer-Chile’s Sampaoli expects to face a new Australia

CUIABA, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli believes Australia have changed their game under coach Ange Postecoglou by trying to play more football and rely less on their traditional physical strength.

Chile meet the Socceroos in their opening World Cup Group B match on Friday looking for a win that would set them up for their tough matches with holders Spain and the Netherlands.

Jun 11, 2014

Chile, Australia primed for Cuiaba meltdown

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – If Australia’s World Cup warmup against Ecuador in London in March is anything to go by, their opening Group B clash with Chile at the Pantanal Arena could be a thriller.

Australia, who took a shock three-goal lead against the Ecuadoreans before being over-run in the second half and losing 4-3, like to hit opponents with fast breaks and if they are to do anything of note in Brazil they must beat Chile.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Chile, Australia primed for Cuiaba meltdown

CUIABA, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – If Australia’s World Cup warmup against Ecuador in London in March is anything to go by, their opening Group B clash with Chile at the Pantanal Arena could be a thriller.

Australia, who took a shock three-goal lead against the Ecuadoreans before being over-run in the second half and losing 4-3, like to hit opponents with fast breaks and if they are to do anything of note in Brazil they must beat Chile.

Jun 10, 2014

Dzeko, Enyeama and Queiroz out to spoil Messi’s dream

CUIABA (Reuters) – Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Iran coach Carlos Queiroz will all be looking for a say in trying to dent Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream over the next two weeks.

Argentina’s captain, who came to Brazil as a favourite for player of the tournament, should lead the twice world champions through to the knockout phase as winners of Group F.

    • About Rex

      "I returned to Buenos Aires in 2009 after 20 years in London, Paris and Rome as a sports desker and correspondent to look after the international sports file in Latin America. Soccer is the biggest story with the region holding the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and there are also good Argentine rugby and tennis stories."
    • Follow Rex