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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.

Jun 11, 2014

This is best England team I’ve played with: Rooney

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Striker Wayne Rooney says the current England team is the best he has played in during his 11 years with the national team and that Italy should be worried about Saturday’s game in Manaus.

“It’s probably the best squad I’ve been involved in so it’s great to be a part of. I am looking forward to this tournament and the future with England because it certainly looks bright,” Rooney told reporters on Wednesday.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-This is best England team I’ve played with – Rooney

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 11 (Reuters) – Striker Wayne Rooney says the current England team is the best he has played in during his 11 years with the national team and that Italy should be worried about Saturday’s game in Manaus.

“It’s probably the best squad I’ve been involved in so it’s great to be a part of. I am looking forward to this tournament and the future with England because it certainly looks bright,” Rooney told reporters on Wednesday.

Jun 11, 2014

Italy can repeat 2006 glory, says Pirlo

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is hoping to end his international career by winning a second World Cup and believes the Azzurri are capable of repeating their success from 2006.

“We can win the World Cup. I always play to win and I won’t be satisfied by just getting out of the group stage or into the quarter-finals. This Italy team has everything it need to go all the way,” Pirlo told reporters on Wednesday.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Italy can repeat 2006 glory, says Pirlo

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 11 (Reuters) – Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo is hoping to end his international career by winning a second World Cup and believes the Azzurri are capable of repeating their success from 2006.

“We can win the World Cup. I always play to win and I won’t be satisfied by just getting out of the group stage or into the quarter-finals. This Italy team has everything it need to go all the way,” Pirlo told reporters on Wednesday.

Jun 10, 2014

Garber hoping MLS’s World Cup investment pays off

RIO DEIRO (Reuters) – Major League Soccer has spent heavily to bring in World Cup players, and commissioner Don Garber is hoping that strategy pays off with a post-Brazil boost in interest in the league.

MLS clubs, encouraged and helped by the league, invested in the past year on deals to bring key United States national team players Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey back from Europe.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Garber hoping MLS’s World Cup investment pays off

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 10 (Reuters) – Major League Soccer has spent heavily to bring in World Cup players, and commissioner Don Garber is hoping that strategy pays off with a post-Brazil boost in interest in the league.

MLS clubs, encouraged and helped by the league, invested in the past year on deals to bring key United States national team players Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey back from Europe.

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