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    S O C I A L  D I S T A N C I N G: How one wedding guest infected 44 Uruguayans

S O C I A L D I S T A N C I N G: How one wedding guest infected 44 Uruguayans

Why is social  distancing important in containing the coronavirus pandemic? More than half of those that have been infected in Uruguay had contact with a woman who attended a wedding after contracting the virus in Spain. Although she had not been diagnosed before joining the 500-guest wedding party, Carmela Hontou had made two trips to Europe -- now the epicentre of the pandemic [...]

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    African players are ‘banana eaters’, says Italian FA boss

African players are ‘banana eaters’, says Italian FA boss

Italian football loves scapegoat – someone to heap all the blame on after a disastrous outing in a major competition. After failing to navigate the first round of Brazil 2014 World Cup, the senior players in the team led by Gianluigi Buffon blamed the junior players, particularly Mario Balotelli, for not showing enough hunger against Costa Rica and Uruguay – games [...]

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    Compact Costa Rica defeat Greece on penalties

Compact Costa Rica defeat Greece on penalties

Costa Rica defied the odds once more to continue their FIFA World Cup fairy tale with a 5-3 penalty win over Greece to seal their passage to the World Cup quarter-finals, where the Netherlands lie in wait. Rated as Group D's whipping boys having been drawn alongside England, Italy and Uruguay, Jorge Luis Pinto's men shocked the world by winning the group with [...]

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    Why it is important to win your World Cup group

Why it is important to win your World Cup group

The Netherlands wanted to top their group at all costs in order to avoid a ‘strong’ Brazil in the next round. Their coach, Louis van Gaal, fielded a strong team against Chile in a game that was to decide the group's winner. Holland won 2-0 and will now meet a ‘weak’ Mexico in the second round. So, how important is it to [...]

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    10 notable moments of the World Cup 1st round

10 notable moments of the World Cup 1st round

On the field and off it, we recount the beautiful and ugly moments of the first round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. RVP’s wonder goal against Spain Robin van Persie's wonderful diving header for Holland against Spain is destined to be among the defining moments of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. No controversies. The goal came when Daley Blind fired a [...]

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    Cote d’Ivoire crash out of World Cup at the last minute

Cote d’Ivoire crash out of World Cup at the last minute

Greece advanced to the round-of-16 thanks to a stoppage-time penalty that gave them a 2-1 win over the Ivory Coast. Wilfried Bony might have considered himself the hero after equalising for Les Elephants in the 74th minute, but a soft penalty call in stoppage time allowed Georgios Samaras to win the match for the Greeks. Veteran striker Didier Drogba started for Ivory Coast [...]

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    What’s it about human flesh that Suarez can’t stop biting?

What’s it about human flesh that Suarez can’t stop biting?

Not for the first time. Not for the second time.It is the third time, in fact, that Luis Suarez has been accused of biting an opponent. Following on from a seven-game suspension for biting Otman Bakkal while he was playing for Ajax. And the time he munched down on Branislav Ivanovic while playing for Liverpool in 2012, an action that earned him [...]

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    Uruguay dump Italy out of World Cup

Uruguay dump Italy out of World Cup

Uruguay made it to the last 16, thanks to Diego Godin’s late goal. However, they will have to wait to see if Luis Suarez will join them, after he appeared to bite defender Giorgio Chiellini in the victory. Captain Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute as Uruguay edged 10-man Italy 1-0 to reach the second round of the World Cup. [...]

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    Italy’s loss to Costa Rica sends England out of World Cup

Italy’s loss to Costa Rica sends England out of World Cup

England have crashed out of the 2014 World Cup, after Costa Rica pulled off a second successive upset by defeating more-fancied Italy 1.0 on Friday. The Three Lions fans were hoping for a favour from the Italians, but Costa Rica had other ideas. Anything other than an Azzurri win meant elimination for Roy Hodgson and his Three Lions, but few expected Italy [...]

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    Half-fit Suarez pushes England closer to World Cup exit

Half-fit Suarez pushes England closer to World Cup exit

Luis Suarez made an instant impact on his return from injury with two goals for Uruguay in the 2-1 win over England in a match tagged by the local media in Brazil as ‘the game of the desperate’. After both sides lost their opening games to Costa Rica and Italy respectively, this one was no doubt for brave. Suarez hadn't played [...]

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    3 die in China after staying awake all night for World Cup

3 die in China after staying awake all night for World Cup

Three Chinese football fans have died after staying up all night to watch World Cup matches broadcast from Brazil. According to a report monitored by NAN, a 39-year-old Shanghai man died on Sunday after watching World Cup games for three consecutive nights. The man, identified only by the surname Zhou, died of a stroke while watching the match between Uruguay and Costa [...]

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    FIFA World Cup: England crumble in the jungle

FIFA World Cup: England crumble in the jungle

Italy continued their dominance over England at the 2014 World Cup, thanks to goals from Claudio Marchisio and Mario Balotelli in a 2-1 win at the Arena Amazonia. Seen as the 'rumble in jungle' heading into the match, Italy made a good start to their campaign, beating Group D rivals in Manaus. Daniel Sturridge had England on level terms at half-time, cancelling [...]

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    ‘Nigeria will win the World Cup’ – and other Brazil 2014 predictions and palavers

‘Nigeria will win the World Cup’ – and other Brazil 2014 predictions and palavers

The World Cup, unlike Christmas, is every four years. That, though, should not limit my altruistic behaviour of caring about the needs and happiness of other people to the festive period only. Here are gifts, in form of predictions (based on history and humour), for football pundits, fans, non-fans, comedians and their clients, and NairaBet faithful! No new name on the [...]

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Eagles rated 19th richest team

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been valued at £47m and in 19th place of the 32 teams participating at the World Cup in Brazil. The ratings were based on the last transfers of each of the 736 players travelling to Brazil. Unsurprisingly, Argentina are the top-dog in Group F. The two-time champions are in 5th and valued at £199.1m. Bosnia, [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 14: Costa Rica rest faint hopes on Ruiz and Campbell

COUNTDOWN 14: Costa Rica rest faint hopes on Ruiz and Campbell

It is hard enough imagining your country in the World Cup’s ‘Group of Death’ and it is heartbreaking to know your country is actually in it. That is the feeling among Costa Rican fans ahead of Brazil 2014. However, if the Central American country will achieve a sweet escape, they will need Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell at their very best. A [...]

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    COUNTDOWN 15: Enigmatic Suarez to lead Uruguay’s assault in familiar territory

COUNTDOWN 15: Enigmatic Suarez to lead Uruguay’s assault in familiar territory

Mercurial Suarez or Cannibal Suarez? Love him or hate him, he delivers on all fronts. Be it catching a shot like a goalkeeper, falling like a pack of cards without being touched, instigating racial abuses, biting off an opponent’s hand, scoring unbelievable goals or tapping them in with ease, this enigmatic Uruguayan will turn heads in Brazil. Luis Suarez’s bad-boy status precedes [...]

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