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Jun 18, 2014

Maradona claims he was barred from Maracana

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Not even the ‘Hand of God’ could open the doors to a packed Maracana stadium for Argentina’s World Cup game against Bosnia.

After Pele revealed that he had to listen on the radio in his car to the first half of Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Mexico on Wednesday, due to being stuck in traffic, Diego Maradona has claimed that he was refused entry to a game.

Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Maradona claims he was barred from Maracana

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 18 (Reuters) – Not even the ‘Hand of God’ could open the doors to a packed Maracana stadium for Argentina’s World Cup game against Bosnia.

After Pele revealed that he had to listen on the radio in his car to the first half of Brazil’s 0-0 draw with Mexico on Wednesday, due to being stuck in traffic, Diego Maradona has claimed that he was refused entry to a game.

Jun 17, 2014

Del Bosque takes criticism, expects response against Chile

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said he accepted the criticism of his team after the 5-1 World Cup mauling by the Netherlands and believes they will react in the right way against Chile on Wednesday.

“Just as we have been showered with praise when we have done well, when we have performed badly it is normal that we are criticized,” Del Bosque told reporters on Tuesday.

Jun 17, 2014

Soccer-Del Bosque takes criticism, expects response against Chile

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 17 (Reuters) – Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque said he accepted the criticism of his team after the 5-1 World Cup mauling by the Netherlands and believes they will react in the right way against Chile on Wednesday.

“Just as we have been showered with praise when we have done well, when we have performed badly it is normal that we are criticised,” Del Bosque told reporters on Tuesday.

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.

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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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