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- 5 Russia players to watch at the World Cup Updated: Apr-11-14 6:05 am
- Bento's feisty, no-nonsense manner guides Portugal Updated: Apr-11-14 5:48 am
PARIS - Midfield great Zinedine Zidane offered to coach the national team two years ago but was turned down by the president of the French Football Federation.
MOSCOW - Although Russia is a team with plenty of veterans, only one of them has seen World Cup action.
LISBON, Portugal - When Paulo Bento was hired to salvage Portugal's calamitous qualifying campaign for the 2012 European Championship, he had only four years of experience as a top-flight coach and had quit Sporting Lisbon after failing to win a league match in two months.