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Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Brazil could mark beginning of end of French nightmare

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – On the eve of a new World Cup campaign, France are still haunted by their South African nightmares and know that only a win against Honduras in their tournament opener will help banish the painful memories.

“I haven’t understood everything but I heard South Africa,” said French coach Didier Deschamps, fielding questions from reporters ahead of Sunday’s clash at the Beira Rio stadium.

Jun 14, 2014

Rain-soaked workers scramble to finish Beira Rio stadium

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Rain-soaked workers were scrambling to complete the Beira Rio stadium on the eve of its World Cup debut on Sunday while sensitive officials looked on nervously.

With the Group E clash between France and Honduras looming, the stadium in the southern city of Porto Alegre resembled a muddy construction site following two days of steady and sometimes torrential rain that slowed the pace of work.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Rain-soaked workers scramble to finish Beira Rio stadium

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Rain-soaked workers were scrambling to complete the Beira Rio stadium on the eve of its World Cup debut on Sunday while sensitive officials looked on nervously.

With the Group E clash between France and Honduras looming, the stadium in the southern city of Porto Alegre resembled a muddy construction site following two days of steady and sometimes torrential rain that slowed the pace of work.

Jun 13, 2014

Brazil still in love with iconic strip

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – It is more identifiable than the Brazilian flag, more instantly recognizable than Pele or Ronaldo or any of the illustrious players who have worn the world’s most famous sporting kit.

It is a uniform worth a reported $1.6 billion to American sports apparel giant Nike, which entered into a rights deal with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in 1996 to market the strip designed 61 years ago by Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a young cartoonist and prize-winning author.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Brazil still in love with iconic strip

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – It is more identifiable than the Brazilian flag, more instantly recognisable than Pele or Ronaldo or any of the illustrious players who have worn the world’s most famous sporting kit.

It is a uniform worth a reported $1.6 billion to American sports apparel giant Nike, which entered into a rights deal with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in 1996 to market the strip designed 61 years ago by Aldyr Garcia Schlee, a young cartoonist and prize-winning author.

Jun 9, 2014

Red Bull start party early as Austria awaits

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Formula One will return to Austria for the first time in 11 years this month but hosts Red Bull got the party rolling early when Daniel Ricciardo claimed the team’s first win of the season in Canada on Sunday.

Until Montreal it had seemed almost inevitable that dominant Mercedes and their title-chasing duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton would turn up as party-poopers at the Red Bull Ring on June 22.

Jun 9, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull start party early as Austria awaits

MONTREAL, June 9 (Reuters) – Formula One will return to Austria for the first time in 11 years this month but hosts Red Bull got the party rolling early when Daniel Ricciardo claimed the team’s first win of the season in Canada on Sunday.

Until Montreal it had seemed almost inevitable that dominant Mercedes and their title-chasing duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton would turn up as party-poopers at the Red Bull Ring on June 22.

Jun 9, 2014

Red Bull rivalry overtakes Hamilton, Rosberg spat

MONTREAL (Reuters) – For weeks the Formula One world has been riveted on a feud between championship contenders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton but after the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday the Mercedes team mates have another rivalry to worry about.

After a difficult start to the season, Red Bull returned to the top of the podium when Australian Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden F1 win, bringing Mercedes perfect start to the season to an end after six consecutive victories and five straight one-two finishes.

Jun 8, 2014

Motor racing-Red Bull rivalry overtakes Hamilton, Rosberg spat

MONTREAL, June 8 (Reuters) – For weeks the Formula One world has been riveted on a feud between championship contenders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton but after the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday the Mercedes team mates have another rivalry to worry about.

After a difficult start to the season, Red Bull returned to the top of the podium when Australian Daniel Ricciardo claimed his maiden F1 win, bringing Mercedes perfect start to the season to an end after six consecutive victories and five straight one-two finishes.

Jun 8, 2014

Ricciardo steps out from Vettel’s shadow

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Australian Daniel Ricciardo stepped out from the shadow of his Red Bull team mate quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel and onto the top of the podium at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, making a sensational debut as Formula One’s newest winner.

Moving into the seat left vacant by compatriot Mark Webber, who retired at the end of last season, the move has proven to be a very comfortable fit for both Red Bull and Ricciardo.