Germany beats Chile in bruising Confederations Cup final

Jul 3, 2017

Germany beats Chile in bruising Confederations Cup final

Germany's experimental young side overcame Chile to win the Confederations Cup final 1-0 on Sunday, vindicating Joachim Loew's decision to leave most of his world champions at home. The only goal in St. Petersburg came in the 20th minute from 28-year-old Lars Stindl, who tapped ...

Germany whips Mexico in semis

Jun 30, 2017

Germany whips Mexico in semis

Leon Goretzka scored two quick-fire early goals on Thursday as Germany beat Mexico 4-1 to reach the Confederations Cup final. Exploiting Mexico's defensive frailties, Joachim Loew's inexperienced squad led 2-0 within 10 minutes. Loew is using the squad to assess his pool of talent, and this ...

Chile's Bravo stonewalls Portugal in shootout

Jun 29, 2017

Chile's Bravo stonewalls Portugal in shootout

Claudio Bravo made three penalty saves as Chile crushed Portugal 3-0 in a penalty shootout to reach the Confederations Cup final on Wednesday. Bravo, who missed the first two cup games in Russia because of an injury, stopped penalties by Ricardo Quaresma, Joao Moutinho and ...

Zaccheroni focused on improving team defense

Aug 29, 2013

Zaccheroni focused on improving team defense

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National team manager Alberto Zaccheroni has pledged to stick by his embattled defenders, insisting on Thursday he would not swap them for anyone else in the world. Japan takes on friendly opponents Guatemala in Osaka on Sept. 6 and Ghana in Yokohama four days later, ...

Balotelli's injury delivers blow to Italy's hopes

Jun 26, 2013

Balotelli's injury delivers blow to Italy's hopes

Having seen Confederations Cup semifinal opponent Spain neatly dismantle Nigeria in their final group game on Sunday, the last thing Italy needed was an injury to increasingly influential striker Mario Balotelli. The 22-year-old has been ruled out of the tournament due to a torn thigh ...

Italy edges Japan in thriller

Jun 21, 2013

Italy edges Japan in thriller

Italy booked its place in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup here on Wednesday with a thrilling come-from-behind 4-3 victory over Japan that also sent Brazil into the last four. The Italians looked to be heading for defeat after going 2-0 down to Japan midway ...

Zaccheroni prepares to lead Japan against native Italy

Jun 19, 2013

Zaccheroni prepares to lead Japan against native Italy

During his three years as Japan manager, Alberto Zaccheroni has generally kept it dry, remaining a cool customer when speaking to the media. But on the eve of Wednesday's Confederations Cup match against his native Italy, the normally reserved Zaccheroni admitted to being overwhelmed by ...

Italy beats Mexico, eyes Japan clash

Jun 18, 2013

Italy beats Mexico, eyes Japan clash

Italy delivered a classy performance to beat Mexico behind goals from Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli in its Confederations Cup debut on Sunday. But manager Cesare Prandelli has no plans to bask in the victory at the Maracana, with a tricky proposition in Japan waiting ...