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Jurgen Klinsmann Is Playing All Sorts Of Mind Games Before The Belgium Game

Posted Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

A month ago, U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann introduced himself to mainstream America by cutting the best player the country has ever produced and declaring the U.S. couldn't win the World Cup. Those controversies brought an unprecedented amount of criticism for a U.S. soccer coach, but both decisions served a larger purpose. Klinsmann was trying to instill his belief that the U...Full Story »

FIFA lets Cameroon lead in matchfixing probe

Posted Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - FIFA said Tuesday it will let Cameroon football authorities lead the hunt for "seven bad apples" in the national team who have been linked to match-fixing at the World Cup. The Cameroon federation has said it is determined to "employ all means necessary" to uncover any wrongdoing around the African country's World Cup group game against Croatia. But a former head of FIFA...Full Story »

Jurgen Klinsmann Expresses Concerns With Referee Assigned To Match With Belgium

Posted Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

Jurgen Klinsmann has raised some eyebrows with comments made about the referee assigned to the U.S. national team's match with Belgium in the World Cup's round of 16. When asked whether he was concerned about the Algerian referee assigned to the match, Klinsmann gave an answer that was not exactly a ringing endorsement. "Well, we hope it's not a concern," Klinsmann told the media. "Is it a goo...Full Story »

Lionel Messi sets up Angel Di Maria for late extra-time winner against Switzerland

Posted Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by YAHOO Sport

For 118 minutes, Argentina and Switzerland played a round of 16 match that can only be described as a black hole of nothingness. Both teams played as if scoring goals was a long forgotten concept from a now mythical civilization. But late in extra time, with a shootout appearing to be inevitable, Lionel Messi finally decided enough was enough and evaded a couple of defenders to set up Angel Di M...Full Story »

Argentina 1 : 0 Switzerland - Late Di Maria winner sinks Swiss

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by PA

Argentina squeezed into the quarter-finals of the World Cup thanks to a last-gasp extra-time winner from Angel Di Maria. The South American side dominated possession in the first half, but they would have been behind at the break had Josip Drmic not wasted a glorious chance to put Switzerland ahead. The Swiss withstood a barrage from Argentina for the rest of the evening, but their excellent...Full Story »

Transfer news: Chelsea reach agreement to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid

Posted Wednesday, July 02, 2014 by Sky Sport

Diego Costa: Spain forward heading to Chelsea Chelsea have reached an agreement to sign Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa. The Premier League club announced the news on their official website in a short statement. The statement read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa, with Chelsea meeting the buy-out clause ...Full Story »

Argentina – and Lionel Messi – ready to shift up a gear for Switzerland

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Guardian.co.uk

• Manager Alejandro Sabella says mistakes must be eliminated• ‘We are in good spirits and very positive, but this is different’ Argentina's Lionel Messi has already cast a daintily skilled shadow over the last 16 match with Switzerland Like so many of the tournament heavyweights at this World Cup, Argentina have so far performed in a peculiar half-light: sublime at time...Full Story »

Alex Bellos World Cup 2014 column: The lack of vocal support for Brazil has exposed national divides

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Independent.co.uk

Only the white upper middle class can afford tickets to see their team in action at this World Cup Each time Brazil have started a game at this World Cup the fans in the stadium have stood up and sung the national anthem a cappella, making a rousing wall of sound that makes your hair stand on edge. The practice of singing beyond the recorded musical accompaniment started at the Confederations C...Full Story »

Arsenal Transfer Zone: Gunners suffer double setback as they face £44m bill for targets

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Dailystar.co.uk

ARSENAL have been told to cough up £44m if they want to land Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona and Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy. REINFORCEMENTS: Arsene Wenger wants to secure new signings for the 2014/15 campaign The Gunners have been told the Magpies will not sell full-back Mathieu Debuchy on the cheap amid claims he is close to a move to the Emirates. Reports in France the 28-year-old Franc...Full Story »

World Cup 2014: Cameroon to investigate match-fixing claims

Posted Tuesday, July 01, 2014 by Guardian.co.uk

• Cameroon FA to look into team’s World Cup group games• Match against Croatia at centre of investigation Cameroon's Alex Song was sent off against Croatia at the World Cup. His manager, Volker Finke, has denied wrongdoing by any players Cameroon are to investigate claims of match-fixing in their World Cup group games, especially the match against Croatia, the country’s...Full Story »

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