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World Cup 2014 draw: what the coaches said

Dec 6 2013, 9:58pm CST | by IANS

Costa do Saupie (Brazil), Dec 7 (IANS) Comments from the coaches after Friday's World Cup draw, according to Xinhua.

Costa do Saupie (Brazil), Dec 7 — Comments from the coaches after Friday's World Cup draw, according to Xinhua. Vicente del Bosque (Spain): "I told some close friends this morning that we would get...

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World Cup 2014 draw: what the coaches said

Dec 6 2013, 9:58pm CST | by IANS

Costa do Saupie (Brazil), Dec 7 (IANS) Comments from the coaches after Friday's World Cup draw, according to Xinhua.

Costa do Saupie (Brazil), Dec 7 — Comments from the coaches after Friday's World Cup draw, according to Xinhua.

Vicente del Bosque (Spain):

"I told some close friends this morning that we would get the Netherlands in the first game and that is how it turned out. The Netherlands have changed the way they play but have still got (Rafael) Van der Vaart, (Arjen) Robben and (Robin) Van Persie."

Joachim Loew (Germany):

"In our preparations, we have to get used to the humidity and high temperatures. I have already been to Fortaleza and Recife, where we will conditions difficult to acclimatize to. We will have to adapt our preparations."

Alejandro Sabella (Argentina):

"It is positive that we didn't get the Group of Death and we will be playing in favourable locations like Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre and Belo Horizonte. Now I have to start doing my homework and study the rivals. From now we have to study every detail from an individual and collective viewpoint."

Jose Pekerman (Colombia):

"I really respect Japan, Cote d'Ivoire and Greece. It's been a long time since Colombia has been in a World Cup. We hope to do our part. We performed well in the qualifiers but that is now in the past. Anything can happen in the group phase so we have to be careful."

Paulo Bento (Portugal):

"It's an even group, but for me the favourites to finish top are Germany because of their potential and their history. Ghana and the US are also very organised teams with good individual players with European experience. Our goal is to get through to the round of 16."

Sebastian Bauza (Uruguay, president of football federation):

"It's obvious that we have a tough group and I don't think anybody would envy us for the rivals we will be up against. But I'm sure that if you ask the coaches of Italy and England they will also tell you that they are not overly happy about having to play Uruguay."

Cesare Prandelli (Italy):

"Our target is to win every match we can. If we had drawn three not very good teams everybody would have thought we were favourites, but with a big team like England or Uruguay we have to suffer. We remember the match against England in the (2012) Euros. We played a fantastic match but England is now a different team, a more technical team. In any case, England versus Italy is the most fascinating match you can imagine in a town like Manaus."

Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland):

"It's an interesting group with high level teams that have different styles. France is a very tough opponent but all the teams pose a threat. Now we have to make the most of the time we have to prepare for the conditions that we're going to face."

Louis van Gaal (Netherlands):

"We have to play the world champion, we have to play Australia who we have never beaten and Chile was 3-0 up recently against Colombia before it ended 3-3, so that is not a weak team. The opponents are tough, but for the playing conditions it is not too bad."

Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil):

"We can't worry too far ahead past the group stage. If you start thinking about the second round you forget about the teams in the first round, which are important. We have to worry about these teams first."

Marc Wilmots (Belgium):

"It's an interesting group," said Wilmots. "There are no world-class players within our opponents. I'm not saying it will be an easy group, but our first objective to reach the round of 16 is still the same."

Roy Hodgson (England):

"With Uruguay and Italy, we almost have two number one seeds in our group. It does not surprise me at all to get a tough draw. But I am still very positive about the whole affair, as you never know."

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World Cup 2014: Live Stream, Predictions, Preview for Brazil vs. Netherlands

Jul 12 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Brazil and the Netherlands are coming off heartbreaking losses in the World Cup semifinals. They were just two wins away from their ultimate goal and must now try to refocus in time to play a third-place match. It's not an easy task. Of course, each side was eliminated in a vastly different manner. The Selecao were destroyed 7-1 by Germany as fans from the host nation looked on in shock. The Oranje went to penalty kicks before falling short against Ar ...
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World Cup 2014 Groups Schedule: Odds and Favourites For The Knockout Stages

Jun 14 2014 6:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

After a four-year long wait, the 2014 World Cup is finally underway, with 32 teams spread over eight groups all vying for one of 16 tickets to the knockout stages. Hosts Brazil are joined by Spain, Germany and Argentina as favourites to lift the World Cup trophy when all is said and done, and oddsmakers have taken notice. Surviving the group stages will be priority No. 1 for these four teams, so let's have a look at the full group schedule as well as the odds for all the team favoured to ...
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Spain vs. Netherlands, 2014 World Cup: The rematch is here

Jun 13 2014 1:20pm CDT | Source: SBNation

For the first time ever, the finalists from the previous World Cup face off in the group stage. Are the Netherlands stronger this time around, or are Spain ready to win a fourth straight major title? The World Cup's Group B action starts with a bang, as Spain meet the Netherlands in a rerun of the last World Cup final (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). On that occasion Spain ran out winners, and they head into this encounter ...
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World Cup Bracket 2014: Latest Predictions for All Groups Before Day 2 Results

Jun 13 2014 3:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Although the World Cup began on Thursday with the host nation of Brazil taking center stage against Croatia, the action now begins in earnest. There will be at least three matches per day over the next two weeks as the drama of group play unfolds. Perhaps the most intriguing factor heading into the tournament was the lack of a clear favorite. There's a strong group of contenders, led by Brazil, Argentina, Germany and Spain, but no dominant side. That outlook ...
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World Cup Groups 2014: Fixtures, Predictions and Final Preview

Jun 12 2014 1:00pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Ever since the World Cup group draw was completed back in December there's been endless talk about which teams will advance, potential sleepers and top squads that may be in danger. Now, it's time to actually play the matches to find out the answers. While there are obviously some national teams in better position to advance than others, every side enters with the same goal. They all want to simply find a way to reach the knockout stages because anything can happen in eliminat ...
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World Cup Schedule 2014: Group Fixtures Info, TV Coverage and Picks

Jun 12 2014 11:47am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

National teams from around the globe worked for the past four years to reach this point. Now they have three games in the group stage to show they belong among the final 16, which would also put them within four wins of glory at the 2014 World Cup.   The format is conducive to high drama. Since it's only single round-robin play in the group stage, there's added pressure to showcase top form right away. That's why there's usually a couple surprise exits. Certain ...
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World Cup 2014: TV Schedule, Live Stream Info and Preview for Brazil Tournament

Jun 12 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The past four years have all been building to this. Stars will become legends, and one team will etch its name forever into the very fabric of the game itself. Such is the impact of the World Cup. Most fans have grown accustomed to tuning out in the group stage of knockout tournaments. There aren't many surprises, and the teams that everybody expects to advance do just that. Where's the drama? This year, though, features one of the deepest fields in the ...
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Betting tips for Spain v Holland: Predicted line-ups & essential facts and stats

Jun 11 2014 12:03pm CDT | Source: 101 great goals

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World Cup Schedule 2014: Group Fixtures, Live Stream Info and Start Times

Jun 11 2014 9:34am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The best 32 national teams in the world have descended upon Brazil and the 2014 World Cup is set to begin play. Glory is on the line for all of these nations. The host country Brazil will start things off against Croatia in Saturday's opener. Then two weeks of group-stage play begin between the countries as they decide who stays alive to represent the 16 in the knockout stage. Some contenders will breeze into t ...
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World Cup 2014: Match Predictions for All Group Fixtures

Jun 10 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Most groups have clear winners. Plenty of groups have obvious cellar dwellers, too. But almost every group has equal teams with equal chances of advancing which will face each other at some point with a shot at the knockout phase almost assuredly on the line. While below you can find a prediction for every group-phase game, we'll also focus more in-depth on one key matchup from every group (with the exception of Group D, which is so up in the air it's hard to single ...
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