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Soccer-Record TV viewing figures for Confederations Cup say FIFA (Reuters)

Soccer-Record TV viewing figures for Confederations Cup say FIFA (Reuters)

By Mike Collett RIO DE JANEIRO, June 29 (Reuters) – Television audiences around the world have been watching the Confederations Cup in record numbers this month despite anti-government protests which has formed a violent background to the competition, FIFA said on Saturday. With two matches to play, the tournament has also produced a record number […]

Soccer-Confederations final important growth tool for 2014 – Scolari (Reuters)

Soccer-Confederations final important growth tool for 2014 – Scolari (Reuters)

By Andrew Downie BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil June 26 (Reuters) – Making the final of the Confederations Cup following a tense 2-1 win over Uruguay on Wednesday signalled to Brazil’s fickle fans that their team could go on and succeed at next year’s World Cup on home soil, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “We achieved our […]

Fresh protests in Brazil despite government concessions (Reuters)

Fresh protests in Brazil despite government concessions (Reuters)

* Protesters want better public services, end to corruption * Rousseff abandons plan for constituent assembly * Congress to speed up pace of reform in response to protests (Updates number of demonstrators in paragraph 2, adds FIFA president at game in paragraph 3, and context in paragraph 10) By Anthony Boadle and Tatiana Ramil BRASILIA/BELO […]

Soccer-No alternative to World Cup in Brazil – FIFA (Reuters)

Soccer-No alternative to World Cup in Brazil – FIFA (Reuters)

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (Reuters) – Soccer’s world governing body FIFA has not contemplated an alternative stage for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, secretary-general Jerome Valcke said on Monday. “The World Cup will be played in Brazil in 12 cities,” Valcke told reporters. “There is no plan B.” His comments came as this […]

Soccer-FIFA, Brazil govt. hit back at World Cup criticism (Reuters)

Soccer-FIFA, Brazil govt. hit back at World Cup criticism (Reuters)

(Adds details) By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (Reuters) – FIFA and the Brazilian government dismissed suggestions on Monday that next year’s World Cup will be staged at the cost of health and education as they hit back at criticism at the cost of the event. “None of the money earmarked for health […]

Soccer-Spain still the best as they close in on another title (Reuters)

Soccer-Spain still the best as they close in on another title (Reuters)

(Repeats clarifying eighth paragraph) By Mike Collett FORTALEZA, Brazil June 24 (Reuters) – Although Barcelona and Real Madrid failed to win the Champions League last season, many of the same players have forgotten what it is like to lose when they are united in the red shirts of Spain. The world and European champions’ 3-0 […]

Soccer-World Cup won’t affect health, education, says minister (Reuters)

Soccer-World Cup won’t affect health, education, says minister (Reuters)

By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO, June 24 (Reuters) – Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup and Confederations Cup will not be at the expense of health and education, sports minister Aldo Rebelo said on Monday. “None of the money earmarked for health and education has been diverted to building World Cup stadiums,” Rebelo told […]

Soccer-Balotelli to miss semi-final clash with Spain (Reuters)

Soccer-Balotelli to miss semi-final clash with Spain (Reuters)

June 24 (Reuters) – Italy striker Mario Balotelli has been ruled out of his side’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Spain on Thursday with a thigh injury, the Italian Football Federation said on Sunday. “The examinations carried out this afternoon in Fortaleza on Mario Balotelli showed a grade-one tear in the quadriceps muscle of the left […]

Soccer-South Korea name Hong as new coach (Reuters)

Soccer-South Korea name Hong as new coach (Reuters)

* Hong given two-year contract * Former skipper replaces Choi (Adds statement, details) SEOUL, June 24 (Reuters) – South Korea have named former skipper Hong Myung-bo as the new head coach of the national team, the Korean Football Association announced on Monday. Hong, who captained the Koreans to fourth place at the 2002 World Cup […]

Soccer-New Zealand probed over ineligible player in qualifier (Reuters)

Soccer-New Zealand probed over ineligible player in qualifier (Reuters)

BERNE, June 21 – New Zealand are being investigated for allegedly fielding an ineligible player in a World Cup qualifier, although they will still have won the Oceania group whatever the outcome, FIFA said on Friday. Soccer’s world governing body said it had opened proceedings against New Zealand in connection with 2-0 win away to […]

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