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Home >Section 2 Around the Net > Thursday, June 19, 2014
How much of a doubt is Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal's crucial World Cup clash against the USA on Sunday? The messages are decidedly mixed. After once again leaving practice early with an ice pack placed over his troublesome left knee, reports in Spain surfaced claiming that the Real Madrid forward ... Read the whole story
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque remarked that he will have plenty of time to think about the future after the defending champ crashed out of the World Cup after just two matches on Wednesday, following up a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands last Friday with a 2-0 loss to Chile ... Read the whole story
The Spanish press certainly mourned the end of the country's soccer dynasty on Thursday morning, but the front pages of many newspapers were more focused on a new kind of reign, as King Felipe VI ascended the Spanish throne after former King Juan Carlos signed his abdication papers. Most of ... Read the whole story
Australia coach Ange Postecoglu praised his "outstanding" Socceroos for testing Louis van Gaal's Dutch squad to the limit on Wednesday, but the Greek tactician admitted that the 3-2 loss, which meant early elimination from the World Cup, was hard to take. For long stretches, it looked as though the Aussies ... Read the whole story
Cameroon coach Volker Finke was asked to reflect on a poor campaign from the Africans, which was highlighted by Alex Song's sending off in a 4-0 loss against Croatia on Wednesday. Song was sent off for elbowing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic. Meanwhile, the end of the game was marred by ... Read the whole story
Croatia coach Niko Kovac lavished praise on the returning Mario Mandzukic following his his double strike against Cameroon in Croatia's 4-0 Group A victory on Wednesday night. The Bayern Munich striker had missed the opening game against Brazil, which Croatia lost 3-1, due to suspension. "Any coach would be happy ... Read the whole story
Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc has ruled out a renewed bid for Chelsea and Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard after admitting that Blues coach Jose Mourinho has no desire to sell him. "For him, as for others, the door is closed," Blanc said. "People who know me know that, when I ... Read the whole story
France outcast Samir Nasri on Wednesday signed a new five-year deal with his club Manchester City that will see the former Arsenal playmaker earn $306,700 per week. Nasri, who turns 27 on Tuesday, was a shock omission from Didier Deschamps France squad despite his impressive form for City last season, ... Read the whole story


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