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  1. Business - China Business - MR. SHANGKONG

    Li Keqiang's football musings a signal he wants to see some policy teamwork

    Posted Jul 21st 2014, 03:18am by George Chen

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com Li's praise of the German World Cup team is a signal he wants to see some policy teamwork Premier is a frustrated football coach Is Premier Li Keqiang really a big fan of Germany's national football team? I don't know, but he decided to use Germany's victory in the World Cup this year to reaffirm a key point for policymaking ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Road to Rio: Smoothest of transitions from Hong Kong to planet football

    Posted Jun 17th 2014, 10:26pm by Paul Kay

    ... football The Sao Paulo early evening sky was a haze of pink and blue as I opened my bleary eyes for a first glimpse of Brazil. Thirty hours and back-to-back long-haul flights from Hong Kong via Istanbul had left me stiff and weary, but that sky seemed as welcoming and invigorating as a cold beer after a long hike. The flight was, to use a football cliché, a game of two halves, ...

  3. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Netherlands not just good at football

    Posted Jun 15th 2014, 01:21am by James Porteous

    ... the 'World Cup Video Diaries' of Richard Keys to the wider audience they deserve. Football presenter Keys, sacked by the UK's Sky TV after being caught on camera making sexist remarks, now ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: culinary secrets of the football masterchefs

    Posted Jun 14th 2014, 05:51am by James Porteous

    ... at this Watching the World Cup with Americans takes me back to watching it in London in the 90's, when the middle-classes started to 'get' football. — Irvine Welsh (@WelshIrvine) June 13, ...

  5. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: We should all thank Luis Suarez for his consistent commitment to pure entertainment

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 01:03am by James Porteous

    ... DAMN WEIRD. Cruel and unusual behaviour deserves cruel and unusual punishment. Suarez will never, ever learn or change his behaviour. As long as he plays football better than most people ... Football is a soap opera and Suarez is a magnificent villain. We'll all miss him when he serves his ban. Punters cash in as Suarez chomps down GREAT BET! A Norwegian put a bet on Suárez biting ...

  6. Business - Comment - MONEY MATTERS

    Ma's fancy footwork puts him on a winner with football play

    Posted Jun 07th 2014, 01:05am by Shirley Yam

    ... footwork puts him on a winner with football play What was Jack Ma Yun thinking when he spent 1.2 billion yuan (HK$1.48 billion) on Guangzhou Evergrande Football Club? There's been a wide range of wild guesses. Some said he was drunk. Some said soccer would push the Alibaba brand into every home in China. Some said the goal was football betting on Alibaba's portal. Some even said ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHO SAID IT?

    Who said it?

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 03:03am by STAFF

    ... don't know what it will be like in this cockpit. That's part of the adventure Driver Andy Green on his plan to break his own land-speed record in a supersonic car   Portugal are tough opponents, but we want to draw some attention to ourselves with a good result Germany forward Lukas Podolski on his team's opening World Cup match against Portugal early tomorrow ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Lifetime doesn't mean lifetime when Fifa is involved

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 12:26am by James Porteous

    ... James Porteous james.porteous@scmp.com Football's governing body essentially guffawed in the faces of 3,000 owners of special tickets at the Maracana who thought they would get ... or football (probably both), while the eastern seaboard has essentially been hit by a nuke. Surprising support of the day Jose Mourinho binned Iker Casillas at Real Madrid to much scorn, but the Spain ...

  9. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Fred can't catch a break as Fifa TV wrongly shows him to be offside

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 12:43am by James Porteous

    ... noticed at home- Sunday’s exciting 2-2 draw against Portugal set records for a ‘soccer’ game in the States. Cable sports network ESPN released a statement saying the game, which was on in the late afternoon US time, attracted 18.2 million viewers, “the most-viewed soccer match in the United States ever”- and the biggest event on ESPN that wasn’t professional or college American football ...

  10. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: the Brazilian family keeping all six fingers crossed for victory

    Posted Jun 21st 2014, 01:02am by James Porteous

    ... scored, 1,111 trees will be planted, roughly the area of a football pitch. But after the Netherlands' 5-1 thrashing of Spain and Germany’s 4-0 rout of Portugal in the first two games, local ...




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