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Jun 16, 2014

French up for a fight but not with each other

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Instead of fighting amongst themselves France beat up on Honduras in their World Cup opener on Sunday, signaling they still like a good scrap but no longer with each other.

Four years ago in South Africa, France were a squad full of cliques torn apart by internal squabbling that returned home in disgrace after failing to win a game.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-French up for a fight but not with each other

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – Instead of fighting amongst themselves France beat up on Honduras in their World Cup opener on Sunday, signalling they still like a good scrap but no longer with each other.

Four years ago in South Africa, France were a squad full of cliques torn apart by internal squabbling that returned home in disgrace after failing to win a game.

Jun 14, 2014

Brazil could mark beginning of end of French nightmare

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (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

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.