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  1. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    'My mission is not finished,' says Sepp Blatter as he pledges to build a new Fifa

    Posted Jun 12th 2014, 10:30am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Sao Paulo Swiss chief still in powerful position with strong support among the African and Asian blocs Sepp Blatter is ready to seek a new term as Fifa’s president, ... the 78-year-old Blatter told the Fifa congress in Sao Paulo on the eve of the start of the World Cup. The Fifa leader was helped by a congress vote not to consider age- and term-limits for officials. He ...

  2. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Brazil's psychologist has work cut out after team's mental breakdown

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 03:06am by James Porteous

    ... by the overwrought displays of emotion by their players. (For background, here is an i nteresting interview with her in the New York Times from which the opening quote is taken.)  "With Regina we speak ... 35.6 million tweets were sent, beating the previous record set at the Super Bowl in February, nearly 25 million. This map of the world going up in flames shows the volume. (Interestingly, ...

  3. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup Final: Lionel Messi stands one step from immortality

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 01:13am by AFP

    ... step from immortality Argentina's Lionel Messi will never have a better opportunity to prove he is one of the greatest players of all time than in this World Cup final against Germany. For all the breathtaking goals and teeming towers of silverware he has accumulated with Barcelona, it is in the World Cup final that the true greats confirm their legacies. From a 17-year-old Pele ...

  4. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Top five unforgettable moments of an unforgettable tournament

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 12:29pm by James Porteous

    ... James Porteous james.porteous@scmp.com Whether or not 2014 is remembered as the best tournament ever, it leaves us with some indelible images Follow @JamesPorteous Best World Cup ever? ... concede seven goals at major tournaments any more, certainly not in the knockout stages. And at a World Cup semi-final? The hosts getting annhiliated in front of their own supporters? If every ...

  5. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Luis Suarez to fight 'fascist' ban in highest court

    Posted Jul 12th 2014, 11:01am

    ... will appeal a "fascist" four-month ban for biting a World Cup rival, his lawyer said. Fifa had rejected an appeal on Thursday by Uruguay and the 27-year-old over the severity of his ... the picture. “I would like to thank him for his outstanding contribution on the pitch during his time liverpoolfc and to wish him and his family all the best on his new adventure in Spain. ...

  6. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Nightmare just got worse for Brazil: bitter rivals Argentina reach their Maracana

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 10:28am

    ... Agence France-Presse in Rio de Janeiro Traumatised fans now have to watch Lionel Messi's team battle for trophy in their own backyard Brazilians might have thought that their World ... already picked a new team for Sunday. “Now I’m German,” he said. Brazilians noted the final will be in the same stadium where Brazil lost the decisive game of the 1950 tournament to Uruguay, ...

  7. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Road to Rio: We may have to sell an eye to secure World Cup final tickets

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:21pm by Paul Kay

    ... trip. We stay in the northwest of the park, close to Vale da Capao, a small village with an unexpected new-age vibe. The area has long attracted those with a penchant for alternative lifestyles, ...

  8. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    France v Germany: We have no fear, insists Didier Deschamps

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:00am by Agence France Press

    ... when the sides clash in the World Cup quarter-finals at the Maracana Stadium on Friday. “There is no apprehension or fear. There is no reason for us to feel any. Germany are a solid side ... meeting of the nations since West Germany beat France 2-0 in the 1986 World Cup semi-finals, four years after they also triumphed on penalties when the teams met at the same stage ...

  9. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    Brazil v Colombia: Euphoria deafening as Andean nation hopes to reinvent reputation

    Posted Jul 03rd 2014, 09:46pm by AP

    ... in Bogota. No country's fan base is apparently as dedicated as Colombia. In a pre-World Cup poll done by YouGov.com for The New York Times, only 6 per cent of Colombians (the lowest number ... Associated Press in Bogota Not since Colombia drubbed Argentina 5-0 in a 1993 World Cup qualifier has the South American nation of 48 million been so enthralled by the beautiful game ...

  10. Sport - Soccer - World cup 2014

    World Cup diary: Abkhazia, Kosovo or Barcelona for Luis Suarez, the face of nipple clamps?

    Posted Jul 05th 2014, 01:33am by James Porteous

    ... James Porteous james.porteous@scmp.com Everybody- from football clubs in breakaway Georgian states to Swedish sex toy shops- is trying to cash in on the Uruguayan's shameful bite Follow @JamesPorteous Okay, hopefully these are the last Luis Suarez updates of the World Cup, then we can all forget him for a while until he bites the new King of Spain in a statement ...




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