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Big battle of wits beckons

Brazil face Germany in do-or-die clash. AS BRAZIL and Germany prepare to do battle in their World Cup semifinal today, old stereotypes of both countries’ football philosophies are being rewritten.

Neymar of Brazil and Mauricio Isla of Chile in action during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 28 June 2014. 
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All down to genius of Neymar

Brazil look to their talisman for one big push

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JUNE 21:  Lionel Messi of Argentina controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Argentina and Iran at Estadio Mineirao on June 21, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Messi out to scale Swiss Alps

Argentina bank on their goal scoring maestro

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Mathieu Valbuena of France is challenged by Emmanuel Emenike of Nigeria during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

End of the road as Nigeria bows out

Two late French goals sink quarterfinal dream

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Bafana’s young guns step up to the plate

Serero shines as SA, Socceroos share spoils. A YOUTHFUL Bafana Bafana put a damper on what was supposed to be Australia ’s big send-off party when they drew 1-1 with the Socceroos in a tough friendly international at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

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Chiefs hold their breath

KAIZER Chiefs could look back to last night’s goalless draw against Bidvest Wits as the clash where they threw away the title.

GLOOMY OUTLOOK: The future of Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will be decided on Thursday Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Igesund’s future as SA boss bleak

Safa set to make call on Bafana job. THE question of Gordon Igesund’s future as coach of the South African soccer team will be answered on Thursday when a joint sitting of Safa’s international board and technical committee meet in Johannesburg.

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Talented Varsity Cup duo are sure proving real class acts

LAST year I  wrote that sat I next to former Pirates Rugby Club forward Anton Cloete whose son Chris turned out for SA Schools some years ago.

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