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Jul 7, 2014

Soccer-Messi, Van Persie have rich history to live up to

SAO PAULO, Brazil, July 6 (Reuters) – If the past is any guide, we should be in for something memorable on Wednesday in Sao Paulo when the Netherlands meet Argentina in the World Cup semi-final at the Corinthians arena.

In their four World Cup meetings the two nations have produced some unforgettable football, leaving Lionel Messi and Robin van Persie with plenty to live up to.

Jul 6, 2014

Costa Rican fans didn’t celebrate penalties for long

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – There was something jarring about Costa Rica fans celebrating their team taking the Netherlands into penalties in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday after a goalless 120 minutes.

The shootout, while it may be dramatic viewing, should be a last-resort to separate the teams rather than achievement to be celebrated.

Jul 3, 2014

Donovan slams Klinsmann’s tactics after U.S. exit

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Landon Donovan, the United States’ record scorer who was left out of the World Cup squad, has criticized coach Juergen Klinsmann’s tactics during their campaign which ended with a 2-1 second round extra-time defeat by Belgium.

Klinsmann’s decision not to include 32-year-old Donovan in his 23-man squad surprised many fans and pundits and increased speculation that the pair did not see eye-to-eye.

Jul 3, 2014

Soccer-Donovan slams Klinsmann’s tactics after U.S. exit

July 3 (Reuters) – Landon Donovan, the United States’ record scorer who was left out of the World Cup squad, has criticised coach Juergen Klinsmann’s tactics during their campaign which ended with a 2-1 second round extra-time defeat by Belgium.

Klinsmann’s decision not to include 32-year-old Donovan in his 23-man squad surprised many fans and pundits and increased speculation that the pair did not see eye-to-eye.

Jul 2, 2014

Klinsmann ready to turn to youth after U.S. exit

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann says he will now turn to youth after his team’s World Cup ended in a second-round defeat by Belgium.

The U.S. lost 2-1 in extra-time on Tuesday and although Klinsmann praised the effort and spirit of his team during the tournament his thoughts have quickly turned to refreshing the squad with new faces.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-Klinsmann ready to turn to youth after U.S. exit

SAO PAULO, July 2 (Reuters) – United States coach Juergen Klinsmann says he will now turn to youth after his team’s World Cup ended in a second-round defeat by Belgium.

The U.S. lost 2-1 in extra-time on Tuesday and although Klinsmann praised the effort and spirit of his team during the tournament his thoughts have quickly turned to refreshing the squad with new faces.

Jul 2, 2014

U.S. need to find creative touch for future progress

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Great effort and determination have long been the foundation of American teams and the United States showed that spirit again at this World Cup but, as their second-round exit to Belgium showed, those qualities can only take you so far.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann squeezed everything he could out of his squad in this tournament and his words of pride for the players were sincere and justified.

Jul 2, 2014

Soccer-U.S. need to find creative touch for future progress

July 1 (Reuters) – Great effort and determination have long been the foundation of American teams and the United States showed that spirit again at this World Cup but, as their second-round exit to Belgium showed, those qualities can only take you so far.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann squeezed everything he could out of his squad in this tournament and his words of pride for the players were sincere and justified.

Jun 29, 2014

Robben penalty raises questions about the modern foul

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Mexico defender Rafa Marquez stuck his foot out and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went down for an injury-time penalty that took his team into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win.

Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?

Or – to ask the fashionable question that evades the issue of whether it was actually a foul – was there ‘contact’?

Jun 29, 2014

Soccer-Robben penalty raises questions about the modern foul

June 29 (Reuters) – Mexico defender Rafa Marquez stuck his foot out and Netherlands winger Arjen Robben went down for an injury-time penalty that took his team into the World Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 win.

Did Robben dive or was he fouled by Marquez?

Or – to ask the fashionable question that evades the issue of whether it was actually a foul – was there ‘contact’?

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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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