PRB 2014

By Guido Ngandu | Paint Rio black (PRB) 2014- Africa at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Includes news on England, Belgium, France & Brazil.

Help for Referees, in a Can

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Even casual soccer fans may already be familiar with the sport’s infamous “magic spray,” the ubiquitous mist that team trainers use on seemingly every type of injury to help stricken — or, as they are occasionally known, faking — players recover from grave maladies without …

How South Africa can offer Brazil a World Cup lesson

Aside from a few maintenance men on the roof, one of Africa’s most beautiful stadiums now sits empty and forgotten in the Atlantic Ocean breezes. Less than five years after being built for the World Cup, the $600-million Cape Town Stadium is largely abandoned.<p>“This is available for private …

Hosting the FIFA World Cup: What Brazil Can Learn From South Africa

If you still have the din of the vuvuzela stuck in your head, you might be surprised to learn that four years have passed and it's nearly time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. As Brazil gears up to host the Cup for the first time since 1950, Brazilians have the added pressure of simultaneously …

Yaya Toure's outburst says a lot about the way world sees Africa

Claim that African players are undervalued caused a stir, but it was merely meant to highlight that they can compete with the best, says Antoinette Muller for Daily Maverick<p>Yaya Toure is feeling a little bit irked. Not because he has been ruled out of the rest of the season with injury, but the …

Mexico Survive Ref Controversy to Take Three Points from Cameroon

Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0 at a rain-drenched Natal on Friday in a World Cup Group A match scarred by more refereeing blunders.<p>Oribe Peralta grabbed the only goal after 61 minutes but Mexico will consider themselves unlucky not to have been more comfortable winners after Giovani Dos Santos had two …

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Falcao to be Colombia's Main Cheerleader Against Greece

Star striker Radamel Falcao may be missing the World Cup due to injury but he will still be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday to cheer on his team-mates against Greece, coach Jose Pekerman said Friday.<p>Monaco forward Falcao and veteran former captain Luis Perea, who is also injured, will both watch the …

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Chile 3-1 Australia; World Cup Group B

In defeat, some regret; but much dignity. When the Socceroos were drawn to play Chile in the refitted Arena Pantanal’s first match of this World Cup many were expecting Australia to be on the end of a hiding.<p>But where for much of a slow, startle-eyed opening 20 minutes Australia looked likely to …

Nigeria football team says they took 'no witch doctor' to WC

Even if Nigeria’s football team ever had a witch doctor on their team, that was years ago - and now it is fair game only, says forwards Peter Osaze …

Yaya Toure: It would be an honour to join PSG

The Ivorian is at odds with Manchester City after claiming he was disrespected by a failure to celebrate his birthday, with a statement on his future …

World Cup: Netherlands embarrasses defending champion Spain, 5-1

What a blessing that the Spanish comfort food paella is commonly served on extra-large platters. Spain's haughty soccer interests might feel an urge to pig out in search of comfort after watching the harshest defeat ever for a World Cup defending champion.<p>Netherlands, 5-1. One more goal, which the …

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World Cup 2014: Steven Gerrard says England have no excuses

2014 FIFA WORLD CUP - England v Italy<p><b>England captain Steven Gerrard says he is determined to leave the World Cup with happy memories - and that there can be no excuse for failure.</b><p>Roy Hodgson's side face Italy on Saturday in their opening match.<p>Midfielder Gerrard, 34, said: "As each day creeps …

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