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Qatar to reschedule 15 percent of planned projects: sources

By Praveen Menon DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar is likely to reschedule about 15 percent of its planned building projects for coming years and go over budget, amid a push to complete preparations for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament, sources familiar with government policy said.

Football: Pele memorabilia up for pre-Cup auction

A Brazilian football fan hopes to net thousands of dollars from the auction of Pele memorabilia, including the shirt the legend wore for his last appearance in a Brazil shirt, media reported Wednesday. The fan, 38-year-old Marcos Batista, is selling off around 100 items he has collected over 30 years, including stamps commemorating Pele's 1,000th goal, figurines, picture albums and comics.

Football: US, Hanover defender Cherundolo retires

Steve Cherundolo, a 35-year-old defender for the US national team with 15 seasons in the German Bundesliga for Hanover, announced his retirement from football on Wednesday. Nagging knee injuries have caused him to miss most of the 2013-2014 season and will keep the 2002, 2006 and 2010 US World Cup defender from making a charge into contention for US coach Jurgen Klinsmann's squad for this June in Brazil. "Because of several knee injuries in the past 15 months, I have to stop my career as a professional footballer today," Cherundolo said.

Stadiums will be ready for World Cup, Brazilian says

London, Mar 18 (EFE).- The Brazilian stadiums scheduled to host 2014 World Cup matches will be ready in time for the June 12 kickoff of the tournament, the country's sports minister said here Tuesday. "We are quite certain the stadiums will be completed on time," Aldo Rebelo said during a press conference in London. FIFA, soccer's world governing body, had set a deadline of December 2013 for completion of stadium construction and renovation, but work continues on five of the 12 World Cup venues.

Football: Thuram 'understands' Brazil protests

French football legend Lilian Thuram expressed sympathy with Brazilian protesters threatening to disrupt the World Cup, saying he understands their anger over the tournament's multi-billion-dollar price tag. The 42-year-old star of France's 1998 World Cup-winning side told AFP during a visit to Rio de Janeiro that protesting over the cost of the World Cup was understandable given the country's creaking infrastructure. "I am not Brazilian so I would not join the protesters -- but I understand them totally," Thuram told AFP when asked if he supported the demonstrators.

Football: Thuram 'understands' Brazil protests

French football legend Lilian Thuram expressed sympathy with Brazilian protesters threatening to disrupt the World Cup, saying he understands their anger over the tournament's multi-billion-dollar price tag. The 42-year-old star of France's 1998 World Cup-winning side told AFP during a visit to Rio de Janeiro that protesting over the cost of the World Cup was understandable given the country's creaking infrastructure. "I am not Brazilian so I would not join the protesters -- but I understand them totally," Thuram told AFP when asked if he supported the demonstrators.

Football: Pirlo magic keeps Juve on track for scudetto

Andrea Pirlo produced a piece of free-kick magic to keep Juventus on track for a third consecutive scudetto thanks to a late 1-0 win away to Genoa on Sunday. Juventus looked to be heading for only their fourth draw of the season, having seen goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon save Emanuele Calaio's 72nd minute penalty and two other great earlier chances for the hosts.

Football: Seven up for Barca as Messi breaks another record

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer as they cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to four points ahead of their meeting next weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna. After a slow start, the hosts were sparked into life by Messi's opening goal as he flicked home at the near post from Alexis Sanchez's cross. Sanchez was next on the scoresheet as he finished off a similar move involving Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba before Iniesta's wonderful strike from 25 yards made it 3-0.

Football: Seven up for Barca as Messi breaks another record

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer as they cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to four points ahead of their meeting next weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna. After a slow start, the hosts were sparked into life by Messi's opening goal as he flicked home at the near post from Alexis Sanchez's cross. Sanchez was next on the scoresheet as he finished off a similar move involving Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba before Iniesta's wonderful strike from 25 yards made it 3-0.

Football: Seven up for Barca as Messi breaks another record

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick to become Barcelona's all-time record goalscorer as they cut the gap on La Liga leaders Real Madrid to four points ahead of their meeting next weekend with a 7-0 thrashing of Osasuna. After a slow start, the hosts were sparked into life by Messi's opening goal as he flicked home at the near post from Alexis Sanchez's cross. Sanchez was next on the scoresheet as he finished off a similar move involving Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba before Iniesta's wonderful strike from 25 yards made it 3-0.
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