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Soccer-Pitfalls at every corner on the long road to Brazil (Reuters)

Soccer-Pitfalls at every corner on the long road to Brazil (Reuters)

By Brian Homewood June 21 (Reuters) – Pot-holed pitches, hostile customs officials, over-zealous police, unwelcoming hosts and marathon plane trips have turned the 2014 World Cup qualifiers into a via crucis for some teams despite efforts from FIFA to impose fair play. Although there has been nothing approaching the so-called “football war” which followed an […]

Soccer-Queiroz extends Iran stay through to 2014 World Cup (Reuters)

Soccer-Queiroz extends Iran stay through to 2014 World Cup (Reuters)

DUBAI, June 21 (Reuters) – Carlos Queiroz will stay on as Iran’s football coach through to the 2014 World Cup after leading the West Asians to Brazil, the Portuguese said on Friday. “My contract is such that it goes step by step in accordance with the interests of the (Iranian) football federation,” the 60-year-old former […]

Soccer-Brazil goalkeeper’s wife robbed at gunpoint in Fortaleza (Reuters)

Soccer-Brazil goalkeeper’s wife robbed at gunpoint in Fortaleza (Reuters)

June 20 (Reuters) – The wife of Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar was victim of an armed robbery in Fortaleza but played down the incident saying it was nothing more than “a gun pointed at me”. Susana Werner said on Twitter that the robbery happened just before midnight on Wednesday in the city where hosts Brazil […]

Soccer-Security tight at Maracana amid protests (Reuters)

Soccer-Security tight at Maracana amid protests (Reuters)

By Claire Watson RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20 (Reuters) – As a wave of protests continue to plague the Confederations Cup, security was tight around the Maracana stadium on Thursday with a heightened police presence as mass demonstrations take place in Rio. To help maintain order after protests turned violent for the fourth night running, […]

Soccer-Brazilians mock Pele appeal to end protests (Reuters)

Soccer-Brazilians mock Pele appeal to end protests (Reuters)

SAO PAULO, June 19 (Reuters) – Brazilian soccer great Pele has called on thousands of protestors demonstrating over poor quality public services and corruption to leave the streets and focus on football, an appeal that was quickly met with derision on social media. Brazil is currently hosting the Confederations Cup which began on Saturday, a […]

Soccer-Italy’s Prandelli sweats over players fitness (Reuters)

Soccer-Italy’s Prandelli sweats over players fitness (Reuters)

By By, Andrew and Downie RECIFE, Brazil June 19 (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli lamented the physical toll the Confederations Cup schedule and hot Brazilian climate were taking on his players on Wednesday. Prandelli watched his side overcome Japan 4-3 in the best game of the competition so far but complained that his players […]

Brazil protests proceed as smaller cities join the fray (Reuters)

Brazil protests proceed as smaller cities join the fray (Reuters)

* Demonstrations in Sao Paulo, Fortaleza under way * Federal troops deployed to five Confederations Cup cities * Fare reductions have failed to stop protests (Updates with Fortaleza protests, quotes, details) By Asher Levine and Tatiana Ramil SAO PAULO/FORTALEZA, June 19 (Reuters) – Protesters blocked roads in Sao Paulo and marched toward a stadium hosting […]

Soccer-Brazilian government has not lost control – deputy minister (Reuters)

Soccer-Brazilian government has not lost control – deputy minister (Reuters)

By Mike Collett RIO DE JANEIRO, June 19 (Reuters) – The Brazilian government has not lost control of the streets, the deputy minister of communications said on Wednesday as unrest in the country continued to overshadow the Confederations Cup. Thousands of protestors are expected to march the three kilometres from Rio’s City Hall towards the […]

Iran welcomes home soccer team after World Cup place booked (Reuters)

Iran welcomes home soccer team after World Cup place booked (Reuters)

DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) – Thousands celebrated the return of Iran’s national soccer team on Wednesday after they secured a place in next year’s World Cup finals, cheering wildly in the streets and making the most of new-found apparent freedoms since an election last week. The celebration came just days after the relative moderate, Hassan […]

Iran welcomes home soccer team after World Cup place booked (Reuters)

Iran welcomes home soccer team after World Cup place booked (Reuters)

DUBAI, June 19 (Reuters) – Thousands celebrated the return of Iran’s national soccer team on Wednesday after they secured a place in next year’s World Cup finals, cheering wildly in the streets and making the most of new-found apparent freedoms since an election last week. The celebration came just days after the relative moderate, Hassan […]

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