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  • England vs. Italy: Without Gianluigi Buffon, should Italy worry?

    June 14, 2014 8:04 PM 5

    Italy goes up against England without their star keeper, Gianluigi Buffon. But this could be the coming out party for Buffon's heir apparent: Salvatore Sirigu Should Italian football fans be worried that the great Gianluigi Buffon won't be in goal against England Saturday? Yes, Buffon is a legend. He's been Italy's goalkeeper for, well, forever, it seems

  • Messi ready to orchestrate Argentina's 'Fab Four'

    June 14, 2014 7:42 PM 1

    Argentina embark on an expected breeze through Group F tomorrow against a talented if inexperienced Bosnia team playing in the finals for the first time. The match takes place at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, where Lionel Messi and his team-mates will be hoping to return for the final on July 13 in search of the nation's third world title. Messi scored

  • Nigeria's Super Eagles ready to soar over Iran

    June 14, 2014 7:13 PM 3

    CURITIBA Brazil (Reuters) - Planet Football looked altogether different the last time Nigeria or Iran, who kick off their Group F adventure at Curitiba's box-like Baixada Arena on Monday, won a match at a World Cup. Back then, in another millennium, Brazil were the reigning champions while Spain wondered whether their long record of failure would ever end. FIFA president

  • Lionel Messi’s Argentina are ready to make World Cup history in Brazil

    June 14, 2014 6:03 PM 1

    The beginning of Argentina’s World Cup draws ever nearer. On Friday Lionel Messi and company flew down from their training base in Belo Horizonte to Rio de Janeiro, where they’ll open their campaign in the Maracana on Sunday evening against Bosnia-Herzegovina. In the days before the game, nothing has been left to chance, with manager Alejandro Sabella

  • Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara predicts Spanish backlash in Rio showdown

    June 14, 2014 5:53 PM 5

    Defender Gonzalo Jara expects Chile to have to withstand a Spanish backlash to maintain their positive start in the World Cup. Chile justified some of their upbeat pre-tournament billing with a 3-1 win over Australia in their opening Group B match in Cuiaba. The result increased their hopes of making progress but their next challenge could be altogether

  • Ramos Demands Response From Spain

    June 14, 2014 5:53 PM 5

    Spain defender Sergio Ramos has implored his team-mates to show all their champion qualities after a harrowing start to their World Cup defence. The world and European champions were torn apart as they crashed 5-1 to rampant Holland in a remarkable Group B encounter in Salvador. Spain had arrived in Brazil again among the tournament favourites while

  • Nigeria Sports Losers makes excuses - Sergio Ramos

    June 14, 2014 5:40 PM 2

    Discussion in 'Sports News' started by Titilope Adeuja, Jun 14, 2014 at 6:38 PM. Only losers makes excuse for not winning claims Spanish centre-half defender, Sergio Ramos, for their 5-1 white-wash in the hands of the vengeful Netherlands as Spain opened the defence of their World title. In a match where Ramos played in the centre of the Spanish defence

  • Goalkeeping coach says Iran out to win respect at World Cup

    June 14, 2014 5:37 PM 1

    SAO PAULO – Iran's goalkeeping coach Dan Gaspar says the team will earn the respect of soccer fans around the world with its performance against Nigeria in their World Cup opener on Monday. Iran heads into the Group F match at Curitiba with only one previous victory at a World Cup, against the United States in 1998. But Gaspar says "the one thing that I can guarantee

  • Italy ´keeper Buffon out of England clash  

    June 14, 2014 5:30 PM 8

    MANAUS, Brazil: Italy´s preparations for their World Cup clash with England suffered a huge blow after goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was ruled out just hours away from kick off on Saturday. Buffon limped out of a training session on Friday after suffering the knock and after receiving treatment immediately had to undergo sessions of physiotherapy late into the night

  • Moses named in World Cup top eight

    June 14, 2014 5:30 PM 7

    Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses has been named one of eight youngsters that will set the World Cup alight by Italian soccer website, forzaitalian­ In the write up, the Chelsea winger was named in fourth place in a list that had Mario Balo­telli, Abel Hernandez (Uruguay), Paul Pogba (France) and Marco Ve­ratti (Italy). Other names on the list are Raheem