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Jun 17, 2014

Klinsmann gets reward for global recruitment strategy

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Berlin-born John Brooks grabbed an 86th-minute winner for the United States against Ghana in World Cup Group G on Monday as Juergen Klinsmann’s policy of recruiting dual-nationals from Europe paid off.

With Frankfurt-born midfielder Jermaine Jones arguably the best player for the U.S. in their 2-1 victory, dominating in midfield and creating the opening goal for Clint Dempsey, there was a distinctly German flavor to the win.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Klinsmann gets reward for global recruitment strategy

June 16 (Reuters) – Berlin-born John Brooks grabbed an 86th-minute winner for the United States against Ghana in World Cup Group G on Monday as Juergen Klinsmann’s policy of recruiting dual-nationals from Europe paid off.

With Frankfurt-born midfieldler Jermaine Jones arguably the best player for the U.S. in their 2-1 victory, dominating in midfield and creating the opening goal for Clint Dempsey, there was a distinctly German flavour to the win.

Jun 17, 2014

Guts and glory from Klinsmann’s brave troops

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – For all the emphasis on formations, tactics and philosophy since Juergen Klinsmann became United States coach, Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana was earned by the traditional American soccer virtues of hard work, discipline and fighting spirit.

Forget the ‘midfield diamond’, it was sweat, bruises and guts that ended the U.S’s jinx with Ghana, who had eliminated them from the last two World Cups.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Guts and glory from Klinsmann’s brave troops

June 16 (Reuters) – For all the emphasis on formations, tactics and philosophy since Juergen Klinsmann became United States coach, Monday’s 2-1 win over Ghana was earned by the traditional American soccer virtues of hard work, discipline and fighting spirit.

Forget the ‘midfield diamond’, it was sweat, bruises and guts that ended the U.S’s jinx with Ghana, who had eliminated them from the last two World Cups.

Jun 16, 2014

England can rely only on themselves, says Sturridge

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – England striker Daniel Sturridge says he has learnt from Liverpool’s ill-fated end to the season that it is best not to be left relying on other results for his team’s success.

Sturridge could be lining up against Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez in England’s Group D game against Uruguay on Thursday – with both teams needing to bounce back from losses.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-England can rely only on themselves, says Sturridge

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 16 (Reuters) – England striker Daniel Sturridge says he has learnt from Liverpool’s ill-fated end to the season that it is best not to be left relying on other results for his team’s success.

Sturridge could be lining up against Liverpool team mate Luis Suarez in England’s Group D game against Uruguay on Thursday – with both teams needing to bounce back from losses.

Jun 16, 2014

Sabella switch brings Argentina’s Messi to life

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella learnt a quick lesson about his team, and his most precious asset Lionel Messi, in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Bosnia in Group F – caution won’t work.

Sabella surprisingly opted to play an extra defender in Hugo Campagnaro and sacrificed forward Gonzalo Higuain against the World Cup debutantes and the result was a flat first half display that belied their status among the tournament favorites.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-Sabella switch brings Argentina’s Messi to life

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 15 (Reuters) – Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella learnt a quick lesson about his team, and his most precious asset Lionel Messi, in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Bosnia in Group F – caution won’t work.

Sabella surprisingly opted to play an extra defender in Hugo Campagnaro and sacrificed forward Gonzalo Higuain against the World Cup debutants and the result was a flat first half display that belied their status among the tournament favourites.

Jun 15, 2014

Business as usual for Italy but England encouraged

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Italy delivered a reminder of their qualities of organization and patience in their 2-1 World Cup victory over England on Saturday but opposing manager Roy Hodgson was encouraged by a display which confirmed the potential of his young talents.

After Uruguay struggled in their 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica earlier in Group D’s opening game both Italy and England will still feel confident that they can make it to the second round.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Business as usual for Italy but England encouraged

June 14 (Reuters) – Italy delivered a reminder of their qualities of organisation and patience in their 2-1 World Cup victory over England on Saturday but opposing manager Roy Hodgson was encouraged by a display which confirmed the potential of his young talents.

After Uruguay struggled in their 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica earlier in Group D’s opening game both Italy and England will still feel confident that they can make it to the second round.

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      "Simon is a Reuters Sports Correspondent based out of Miami and he covers a range of sports including NFL, NBA, US national team and MLS soccer, tennis, West Indies cricket, golf and winter sports. He was the co-author of the best-selling soccer book The Rough Guide to European Football and previously worked in Milan, Italy and Eastern Europe. He was born in Lancashire, England."
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