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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.

Jun 8, 2014

Soccer-Kovac and Sammir confident Croatia can stun Brazil

June 8 (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.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-UEFA bans Red Star Belgrade from Champions League

BELGRADE, June 6 (Reuters) – Red Star Belgrade reached their lowest ebb on Friday when UEFA banned the 1991 European Cup winners from next season’s Champions League because of unpaid bills but senior officials said the club would launch an appeal.

European soccer’s governing body explained that Red Star were in breach of a number of licensing and Financial Fair Play rules after looking into a complaint that they were behind on payments.

Jun 6, 2014

Dzeko must keep cool head for Bosnia to thrive

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – If Bosnia are to make an impact in their first major tournament as an independent nation, their top scorer and driving force Edin Dzeko will need to control his temper and fire on all cylinders on the pitch rather than in the dressing room.

Having propelled the Balkan country in qualifying with 10 goals in as many games, Dzeko drew the wrath of fans and coach Safet Susic during a 2-0 friendly defeat by Egypt in March, when he was jeered from the terraces and fell out with Susic.

Jun 6, 2014

Father figure Susic nurtures attacking football

By Zoran Milosavljevic

(Reuters) – Former Yugoslavia forward Safet Susic had huge expectations to deal with in soccer-mad Bosnia when he took over at the Balkan nation in December 2009 and his penchant for attacking football was richly rewarded with a 2014 World Cup berth.

The 59-year-old coach, who scored 21 goals in 54 international appearances which included games in the 1982 and 1990 World Cups, succeeded the much-admired Miroslav Blazevic who steered Croatia to the semi-finals in the 1998 tournament and reached the 2010 playoffs with Bosnia.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Dzeko must keep cool head for Bosnia to thrive

June 6 (Reuters) – If Bosnia are to make an impact in their first major tournament as an independent nation, their top scorer and driving force Edin Dzeko will need to control his temper and fire on all cylinders on the pitch rather than in the dressing room.

Having propelled the Balkan country in qualifying with 10 goals in as many games, Dzeko drew the wrath of fans and coach Safet Susic during a 2-0 friendly defeat by Egypt in March, when he was jeered from the terraces and fell out with Susic.

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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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