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Jun 6, 2015

New Zealand and Netherlands clash for first World Cup win

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Canada and China will provide the main event when they kickoff the Women’s World Cup on Saturday but the Netherlands and New Zealand will provide an intriguing nightcap to opening day.

For New Zealand it will be their fourth World Cup but arrive in the Alberta capital searching for a first win on the sport’s biggest stage.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-New Zealand and Netherlands clash for first World Cup win

EDMONTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Canada and China will provide the main event when they kickoff the Women’s World Cup on Saturday but the Netherlands and New Zealand will provide an intriguing nightcap to opening day.

For New Zealand it will be their fourth World Cup but arrive in the Alberta capital searching for a first win on the sport’s biggest stage.

Jun 6, 2015

Focus on field with Canada, China set for Cup opener

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Nearly all the tickets have been sold and all the boxes ticked as Canada wrapped up their final training session on Friday, declaring the team ready to take on China in the opening match of the Women’s World Cup.

After a week of being grilled about the corruption and bribery scandal that has rocked world soccer, talk finally turned to the pitch and Saturday’s opener with a bullish Canadian coach John Herdman setting a lofty target.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Focus on field with Canada, China set for Cup opener

EDMONTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Nearly all the tickets have been sold and all the boxes ticked as Canada wrapped up their final training session on Friday, declaring the team ready to take on China in the opening match of the Women’s World Cup.

After a week of being grilled about the corruption and bribery scandal that has rocked world soccer, talk finally turned to the pitch and Saturday’s opener with a bullish Canadian coach John Herdman setting a lofty target.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA crisis worse than anything in Olympics scandal -Dick Pound

June 5 (Reuters) – Canadian lawyer Dick Pound, who headed the investigation to clean up the International Olympic Committee after the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games corruption scandal, said on Friday that the FIFA crisis was worse than anything the IOC faced.

“I think it is deeper rooted and it is far more serious,” Pound said in a telephone interview. “You are talking about corruption, bribes, money laundering, all sorts of stuff.”

Jun 5, 2015

FIFA crisis bigger than Olympics scandal -ex-investigator Pound

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Canadian lawyer Dick Pound, who headed the investigation to clean up the International Olympic Committee after the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games corruption scandal, said on Friday that the FIFA crisis was worse than anything the IOC faced.

“I think it is deeper rooted and it is far more serious,” Pound said in a telephone interview. “You are talking about corruption, bribes, money laundering, all sorts of stuff.”

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-FIFA crisis bigger than Olympics scandal -ex-investigator Pound

June 5 (Reuters) – Canadian lawyer Dick Pound, who headed the investigation to clean up the International Olympic Committee after the 2002 Salt Lake City winter games corruption scandal, said on Friday that the FIFA crisis was worse than anything the IOC faced.

“I think it is deeper rooted and it is far more serious,” Pound said in a telephone interview. “You are talking about corruption, bribes, money laundering, all sorts of stuff.”

Jun 4, 2015

Canada takes deep breath, steps into World Cup spotlight

EDMONTON (Reuters) – While the wider soccer world continued to convulse over revelations of FIFA bribery and corruption, Canada took a deep breath on Thursday and prepared for their moment in the Women’s World Cup spotlight.

Their fellow members of Group A — China, New Zealand and Netherlands — who will share opening day honors on Saturday, have not been able to escape questions as the media digs for answers behind a scandal that has triggered multiple arrests and investigations of high-ranking soccer officials.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Canada takes deep breath, steps into World Cup spotlight

EDMONTON, June 4 (Reuters) – While the wider soccer world continued to convulse over revelations of FIFA bribery and corruption, Canada took a deep breath on Thursday and prepared for their moment in the Women’s World Cup spotlight.

Their fellow members of Group A — China, New Zealand and Netherlands — who will share opening day honours on Saturday, have not been able to escape questions as the media digs for answers behind a scandal that has triggered multiple arrests and investigations of high-ranking soccer officials.

Jun 2, 2015

Canada hope to turn home advantage into World Cup glory

By Steve Keating

(Reuters) – Tremendous support and a familiarity with playing on artificial turf give Canada an edge at the Women’s World Cup but the hosts will need to find a way to cope with sky-high expectations that come with staging the tournament.

Having now qualified for six consecutive World Cups and taken bronze at the 2012 London Olympics there is plenty of optimism in Canada that the hosts have a legitimate shot at reaching the July 5 final in Vancouver.