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FORTALEZA, Brazil — Brazil striker Neymar and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez have led their teams to the World Cup quarterfinals, dominating the attention and the scoring. The 22-year-old stars will go head-to-head when Brazil plays Colombia on Friday, when only one will get the chance to continue his run at the tournament. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 534 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police who are investigating ticket scalping at the World Cup are alleging “someone from FIFA” is a source of tickets being resold for many times the face value. By Stephen Wade. SENT: 580 words, photos.
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — An overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in this World Cup host city, killing at least two people and trapping a commuter bus, two construction trucks and a car in an embarrassment for a country that has been basking in praise for what has mostly been a smoothly running soccer tournament. By Victor R. Caivano and Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT: 591 words, photos.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — Luiz Felipe Scolari thinks Brazil may be at an advantage by playing in the World Cup quarterfinals against a Colombia team that likes to attack often. Scolari said he knows it will be a very tough match on Friday, but expects Brazil to face fewer difficulties than it did in the second-round game against a feisty and more defensive-minded Chilean team. By Tales Azzoni. SENT: 538 words, photos.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — Colombia has been playing the exciting brand of football that Brazilians believe their own team should be playing at this World Cup. They’ve also been dancing after goals, bringing a spirit of fun to the pitch. Fullback Camilo Zuniga puts it down to coach Jose Pekerman’s philosophy of mixing amusement with responsibility. By Frank Griffiths. SENT: 397 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — The best is yet to come from Germany. That was the promise, at least, from coach Joachim Loew ahead of Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal against France at the Maracana Stadium. While Germany looked impressive in a 4-0 win over Portugal in its opening match, the three-time champion struggled in its next games, being held to a 2-2 draw by Ghana, edging the United States 1-0 and needing extra time to beat Algeria 2-1. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 430 words, photos.
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RIO DE JANEIRO — When Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer embarked on a series of hair-raising dashes out of his area in the second-round win over Algeria, it would have struck a chord with French football fans of a certain vintage. Thoughts no doubt returned to one of the most shocking collisions in World Cup history, which occurred in the 1982 semifinal between West Germany and France and involved another goalkeeper’s excursion off his line. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 738 words, photos.
So far none of Argentina’s opponents has been able to stop Lionel Messi. Perhaps Belgium has what it takes. But even if doesn’t, the Red Devils present a fresh challenge for Argentina at this World Cup. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 479 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — At this point in the World Cup, the Dutch know plenty about Costa Rica — once one of the surprise packages of the tournament. What they may not have heard is that Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto learned his coaching from the Dutchman who invented ‘total football.’ Pinto, a well-traveled Colombian, studied at the University of Cologne early in the 1980s when Dutch coach Rinus Michels was coaching the city’s Bundesliga club. By Mike Corder. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SANTOS, Brazil — Celso Borges is the link between the two Costa Rica teams that have sprung World Cup surprises. His father, Alexandre Guimaraes, is a naturalized Brazilian who played as a striker in the Costa Rica team that reached the round of 16 in Italy in 1990. By Eric Nunez. SENT: 339 words, photos.
WCUP-WHAT TO WATCH
RIO DE JANEIRO — One thing for certain on Friday is that a South American team and a European team will secure their spots in the World Cup semifinals. A pair of 22-year-old forwards who have been among the stand-out players of the tournament go head-to-head when Neymar’s Brazil takes on a James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia team that has won all four of its games so far. The host nation is relying on Neymar to deliver again, and keep Brazil on course for a sixth World Cup title. SENT: 900 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Splits in FIFA’s plan to fight discrimination at the World Cup have been exposed after reported incidents involving fans went unpunished. The public divide was revealed Thursday at a briefing involving the chairmen of FIFA’s task force against racism, Jeffrey Webb, and its disciplinary panel, Claudio Sulser. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 509 words, photos.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — With his five goals, his bright yellow jersey and his boyish looks, James Rodriguez has attracted the attention of Brazil. Precocious and virtuoso are just two of the words used to describe the 22-year-old playmaker ahead of Colombia’s World Cup quarterfinal match against host Brazil on Friday. By Santiago Torrado. SENT: 741 words, photos.
WCUP-WHY SO MANY GOALS?
RIO DE JANEIRO — Since Day 1, when Brazil put three past Croatia, the World Cup has enjoyed a goal deluge as sustained as an Amazon forest downpour. A combination of factors gelled to put Brazil on a trajectory to smash the record for most goals at any of the 20 World Cups. By John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Dual World Cup winner Ronaldo is certain coach Luiz Felipe Scolari “will change something” to reawaken Brazil’s attack in Friday’s World Cup quarterfinal match against Colombia. By Luke Norman. SENT: 312 words, photos.
WCUP-WORLD CUP WITHDRAWAL
SAO PAULO — The streets seem too quiet, diners and souvenir stores, empty. For two whole days now, the globe has gone without World Cup soccer matches in this most electrifying of tournaments in decades. There were no matches on Wednesday and Thursday as teams still standing took a break before heading into Friday’s quarterfinal matches. By Adriana Gomez Licon. SENT.
RIO DE JANEIRO — For Placido Domingo, opera and soccer go hand in hand. The Spanish tenor has performed during almost every World Cup since 1990 and plans a July 11 concert in Rio de Janeiro, just two days before the city hosts the final game. By Jenny Barchfield. 514 words, photos.
MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil — This is as close to ‘rent-a-crowd’ that the World Cup will come. And it won’t cost Belgium anything. Expected to be outnumbered by tens of thousands of Argentina fans at Saturday’s quarterfinal at the 70,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots gently stoked a regional rivalry to suit his ends. By Raf Casert. SENT: 494 words, photos.
FORTALEZA, Brazil — In 25 attempts, Colombia has only beaten Brazil twice, and never managed it on Brazilian soil. Father-and-son Colombia supporters Orlando and Sebastian Duque are in Fortaleza hoping to see some history being made in this northeastern World Cup city on Friday. By Derek Gatopoulos. SENT: 639 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — FIFA’s disciplinary committee chairman says Luis Suarez received a just punishment and was not made an example of. Claudio Sulser said the Uruguay and Liverpool forward’s World Cup biting case was “very severe.” SENT: 125 words.
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