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  • Nigerian boss wary of Queiroz’s experience

    June 15, 2014 5:43 PM 6

    Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi believes getting the better of his opposite number Carlos Queiroz will be the biggest challenge for his side as it takes on Iran in its World Cup opener on Monday. The Super Eagles have taken just two points from six matches in their last two appearances at the World Cup, but have higher hopes this time around after winning

  • World Cup 2014: Spain not looking to change the guard just yet

    June 15, 2014 5:40 PM 12

    And compete it must. Spain not only need to win the Group B match against Chile at the Maracana, but also have a big goal-difference deficit to make up after being routed 5-1 by the Netherlands. "We should remember what these players have achieved over the past years, the history that we've made," midfielder Cesc Fabregas said. "But we also can't live off of that." Spain

  • Xabi Alonso: We fight, or go home

    June 15, 2014 5:25 PM 4

    By Pilar Suarez in Curitiba Xabi Alonso says Spain have to be prepared to fight for their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup or else they might as well go home now. The reigning-World Champions endured a dismal start to the tournament as they were thrashed 5-1 by Netherlands. Alonso opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but was helpless

  • Veterans Odemwingie and Yobo hope to impress

    June 15, 2014 5:24 PM 3

    Long held as Nigeria’s most hardworking player, Peter Odemwingie saw the other side of fame when he lost his cool and took to trash-talking his national team coach on Twitter two years ago. The player, who was once held up as the mark of commitment for the squad, became public enemy. Two years in the wilderness have, however, softened the Stoke City striker

  • Large NFF delegation arrives Brazil  

    June 15, 2014 4:23 PM 12

    Published on June 15, 2014 by pmnews   ·   No Comments The delegation of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to this year’s FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil landed in Sao Paulo on Saturday will also fly to Curitiba for Nigeria’s opening session with Iran. Led by Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee, High Chief Emeka Inyama, the delegation traveled

  • Football - Beckenbauer to assist with probe

    June 15, 2014 3:54 PM 6

    Franz Beckenbauer has promised to co-operate with FIFA's ethics investigations into World Cup bidding and has asked for the provisional ban against him to be lifted. Beckenbauer, the former German great, was handed a 90-day ban while he is investigated for refusing to co-operate with US attorney Michael Garcia's probe into bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World

  • Five things England can take from a spirited but futile display under Italian magican Andrea Pirlo’s spell

    June 15, 2014 3:45 PM 2

    There are seemingly as many different views of England’s 2-1 defeat to Italy in Manaus as leaves in the surrounding rainforest. All those points are true. In fact, for every positive – of which there were many – there was a negative which detracted from an otherwise decent display. 1. The attack was all we had hoped… From Sterling’s first-half vibrancy

  • Wayne Rooney speaks out after England defeat and calls on fans to believe in, err… snow

    June 15, 2014 3:32 PM 3

    Wayne Rooney has broken his silence after England’s ‘gutting’ defeat to Italy. The Three Lions forward was singled out for criticism from fans during the 2-1 reverse, despite teeing up Daniel Sturridge for England’s equaliser. Now Rooney has taken to Twitter to reveal his disappointment in the result, but an unfortunate typo has taken the focus away from his calls

  • Uncanny Bafana undertones in Nigeria-Iran clash

    June 15, 2014 3:09 PM 6

    São Paulo - As fate would have it, the two major candidates bandied about to succeed Gordon Igesund as Bafana Bafana coach, Carlos Queiroz and Stephen Keshi, will be in direct opposition when Iran and Nigeria face each other in their opening World Cup match at the Arena da Baixada Stadium in Curitiba on Monday. Some fatalists see this as an omen and believe

  • Spain better now than in 2010 - Torres

    June 15, 2014 3:02 PM 4

    Curitiba, Brazil - Chelsea striker Fernando Torres believes Spain are an even better team than when they won the World Cup four years ago despite opening the defence of their title with a humiliating 5-1 thumping by the Netherlands. “We are the same as we were a week ago, or four years ago. The team has matured with age. There is nothing to say that the team is worse