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Jun 18, 2014

Soccer-Organised Costa Rica eye another upset against Italy

RECIFE, Brazil, June 18 (Reuters) – Shunning the flamboyance and individuality that has previously characterised their game, Costa Rica and their collection of nimble attacking talents face Italy on Friday ready to produce another World Cup shock.

The Central American nation were meant to be the sacrificial lambs in Group D but stunned Uruguay 3-1 in their opening game.

Jun 16, 2014

‘Rottweiler’ shuts the gate to keep ‘Big Boss’ at bay

By Toby Davis

(Reuters) – Pitching a well-marshalled defense against a largely impotent attack, it was perhaps no surprise that Monday’s Group F clash between Iran and Nigeria produced the World Cup’s first truly disappointing match.

The rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills had to come to an end at some point, but the only consolation to mitigate the lack of entertainment on offer in Curitiba was that it came in a fixture nobody thought would to be a classic.

Jun 16, 2014

Soccer-’Rottweiler’ shuts the gate to keep ‘Big Boss’ at bay

June 16 (Reuters) – Pitching a well-marshalled defence against a largely impotent attack, it was perhaps no surprise that Monday’s Group F clash between Iran and Nigeria produced the World Cup’s first truly disappointing match.

The rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills had to come to an end at some point, but the only consolation to mitigate the lack of entertainment on offer in Curitiba was that it came in a fixture nobody thought would to be a classic.

Jun 15, 2014

Sparkling Sterling shows his value for England

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – A YouTube video showing a young slip of a lad scything through the heart of defenses with devastating pace and the balance of a tightrope walker had Liverpool fans tapping at their keyboards in a flurry of excitement.

That player was a 15-year-old Raheem Sterling, just signed by Liverpool’s then manager Rafa Benitez and showing dribbling ability not unlike the club’s former England great John Barnes.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Sparkling Sterling shows his value for England

RECIFE, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – A YouTube video showing a young slip of a lad scything through the heart of defences with devastating pace and the balance of a tightrope walker had Liverpool fans tapping at their keyboards in a flurry of excitement.

That player was a 15-year-old Raheem Sterling, just signed by Liverpool’s then manager Rafa Benitez and showing dribbling ability not unlike the club’s former England great John Barnes.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Drogba inspires Ivory Coast as Japan lose their way

RECIFE, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Two quickfire headed goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho helped Ivory Coast recover to beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday as their bid for a first appearance in the World Cup knockout stages got off to a fine start.

The African side trailed to a stunning Keisuke Honda strike in the first half, but the introduction of forward Didier Drogba off the bench proved the catalyst to turn the match on its head after the restart as they scored twice in three minutes.

Jun 15, 2014

Drogba inspires Ivory Coast as Japan lose their way

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Two quickfire headed goals from Wilfried Bony and Gervinho helped Ivory Coast recover to beat Japan 2-1 on Saturday as their bid for a first appearance in the World Cup knockout stages got off to a fine start.

The African side trailed to a stunning Keisuke Honda strike in the first half, but the introduction of striker Didier Drogba off the bench proved the catalyst to turn the match on its head after the restart as they scored twice in three minutes.

Jun 13, 2014

Yaya Toure fit for Ivory Coast opener against Japan

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Ivory Coast received a huge fillip ahead of the World Cup opener against Japan as marauding midfield presence Yaya Toure was passed fit to play by coach Sabri Lamouchi ahead of Saturday’s Group C clash.

Toure, the three-times African player of the year, had picked up a hamstring injury in April playing for club side Manchester City as they went on to win the English Premier League title.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Yaya Toure fit for Ivory Coast opener against Japan

RECIFE, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Ivory Coast received a huge fillip ahead of the World Cup opener against Japan as marauding midfield presence Yaya Toure was passed fit to play by coach Sabri Lamouchi ahead of Saturday’s Group C clash.

Toure, the three-times African player of the year, had picked up a hamstring injury in April playing for club side Manchester City as they went on to win the English Premier League title.

Jun 13, 2014

Prepare well or prepare to fail in north Brazil: expert

RECIFE Brazil (Reuters) – Come prepared with a well thought out acclimatization plan and you will not have to change tactics to play World Cup games in the heat and humidity of northern Brazil, a leading physiologist said on Friday.

After the tournament kicked off in the more temperate southern city of Sao Paolo on Thursday, teams are now heading north where soaring temperatures combine with damp, humid tropical air.