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Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Crunch time beckons for England as stalwarts falter

MANAUS, Brazil, June 15 (Reuters) – England’s stalwarts couldn’t match the pace of guile of the team’s young lions in Saturday’s 2-1 Group D defeat by Italy, raising questions about whether players such as captain Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney should still be automatic starters.

Some of England’s much improved build-up play was in stark contrast to a toothless display against the same opposition in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals, when Italy won on penalties after thoroughly dominating a goalless encounter.

Jun 15, 2014

My tactics worked says Prandelli after Italy sink England

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was generous in his praise of an improving England side but said his tactical approach had paid off with the 2-1 victory in Group D on Saturday.

“Our logic was that we don’t have players who are as powerful as England’s but we have technically skilled players and in the first half we had better ball possession,” said the Italy coach, whose team won thanks to a 50th minute Mario Balotelli header.

Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-My tactics worked says Prandelli after Italy sink England

MANAUS, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli was generous in his praise of an improving England side but said his tactical approach had paid off with the 2-1 victory in Group D on Saturday.

“Our logic was that we don’t have players who are as powerful as England’s but we have technically skilled players and in the first half we had better ball possession,” said the Italy coach, whose team won thanks to a 50th minute Mario Balotelli header.

Jun 14, 2014

Italy’s Prandelli happy with pitch, wary of different England

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Italy have the know-how to beat a much improved England side boasting plenty of attacking talent on a good pitch that should produce a spectacular clash in the Amazon city of Manaus, coach Cesare Prandelli said on Friday.

The 56-year-old Italian added that he would keep his squad guessing until the very last minute who will start Saturday’s Group D clash in the expected hot and humid climate.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Italy’s Prandelli happy with pitch, wary of different England

MANAUS, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Italy have the know-how to beat a much improved England side boasting plenty of attacking talent on a good pitch that should produce a spectacular clash in the Amazon city of Manaus, coach Cesare Prandelli said on Friday.

The 56-year-old Italian added that he would keep his squad guessing until the very last minute who will start Saturday’s Group D clash in the expected hot and humid climate.

Jun 11, 2014

Manaus pitch looks poor, but FIFA calm about England-Italy clash

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Parts of the pitch in Manaus’s Amazonia arena still looked in poor shape on Wednesday just days ahead of England’s Group D World Cup clash with Italy but FIFA said it was confident the grass would be ready in time.

Manaus is deep in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, noted for its high temperatures and stifling humidity, and the pitch has been a concern for months. A team of FIFA experts is in Manaus to help deal with the damage.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Manaus pitch looks poor, but FIFA calm about England-Italy clash

MANAUS, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Parts of the pitch in Manaus’s Amazonia arena still looked in poor shape on Wednesday just days ahead of England’s Group D World Cup clash with Italy but FIFA said it was confident the grass would be ready in time.

Manaus is deep in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, noted for its high temperatures and stifling humidity, and the pitch has been a concern for months. A team of FIFA experts is in Manaus to help deal with the damage.

Jun 10, 2014

Croatia need to step up as a team, says Modric

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Most Croatian players have improved individually since Euro 2012 but only the June 12-July 13 World Cup will show whether the team can match the sum of its parts, playmaker Luka Modric said.

The Croatians take on hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo in the tournament’s opener on Thursday and Modric assessed there was a thin line between success and failure in the 32-nation event.

Jun 10, 2014

Soccer-Croatia need to step up as a team, says Modric

MANAUS, Brazil, June 10 (Reuters) – Most Croatian players have improved individually since Euro 2012 but only the June 12-July 13 World Cup will show whether the team can match the sum of its parts, playmaker Luka Modric said.

The Croatians take on hosts Brazil in Sao Paulo in the tournament’s opener on Thursday and Modric assessed there was a thin line between success and failure in the 32-nation event.

Jun 8, 2014

Kovac and Sammir confident Croatia can stun Brazil

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Croatia coach Niko Kovac and Brazilian-born midfielder Sammir believe the 1998 World Cup semi-finalists can rekindle past glory and upset hosts Brazil in Thursday’s tournament opener in Sao Paulo.

Kovac, who steered Croatia to the finals with a 2-0 aggregate playoff win over Iceland in November having taken over from the sacked Igor Stimac, was buoyed by Brazil’s patchy performance in a 1-0 win over Serbia in their final warmup.

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      "I've been a sports reporter since 1996, having started in the news business as a Serbian-English translator in 1990. I am based in my hometown Belgrade, Serbia and my current job involves covering various top-level sports events at home and abroad."
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