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LONDON---David Beckham says he
might come out of retirement and
play football again.
The foootball great, who retired
last year after a final stint at Paris
Saint-Germain, said in a BBC docu-
mentary he had "a tough time" after
hanging up his boots and is tempted
to come out of retirement.
The 39-year-old Beckham, who is
trying to launch a Major League
Soccer team and build a stadium in
Miami, said "there s never been a
player-owner, but maybe?"
The former England captain trav-
eled 800 miles (1,300 kilometres)
into the Amazon rainforest for 12
days to make the documentary
which will be broadcast on Monday.
David Beckham hints at possible comeback
GOIANIA---Neymar scored one
goal and set up two others to help
Brazil defeat Panama 4-0 in a World
Cup warm-up match yesterday.
Neymar broke the deadlock with
a well-struck free kick from just out-
side the area in the 26th minute, and
then sent a perfect back-heel pass
for Hulk to score less than a minute
into the second half. Neymar also
started the move that led to Willian
scoring in the 73rd.
Neymar s Barcelona teammate
Dani Alves had struck Brazil s second
goal with a right footed shot in the
Brazil had been struggling until
the first goal and fans had started to
jeer their team at the nearly packed
Serra Dourada Stadium in the central
city of Goiania.
It was Brazil s second-to-last
match before the World Cup opener
against Croatia on June 12 in Sao
Paulo. The five-time world champion
will play Serbia on Friday, also in
Panama was in control and created
most of the scoring chances in the
early stages, upsetting fans and
prompting Brazil coach Luiz Felipe
Scolari to leave his bench several
times to talk to his players.
The more than 30,000 fans at the
Serra Dourada were starting to jeer
when Neymar was pulled down at
the edge of the area for the foul that
led to his goal. He curled a right
footed shot over the wall and into
the upper left corner of the net to
get the crowd behind the team again.
Neymar several times turned to
the fans and asked them to cheer
and keep supporting the team. The
squad was loudly applauded after
the final whistle.
Brazil was already playing better
when Alves shot from outside the
area found the far corner, and then
Hulk took advantage of Neymar s
back-heel to score the third goal with
a low cross shot.
Neymar began the move for
Brazil s fourth goal with a nice
through pass to Maxwell, who
crossed the ball for an easy goal by
Neymar applauded the crowd
when it repeatedly chanted his name
after he nearly scored with a bicycle
kick late in the match.
Brazil was without captain Thiago
Silva, who stayed at the team s train-
ing camp outside Rio de Janeiro to
improve his physical condition.
Reserve midfielder Fernandinho also
didn t travel to Goiania to work on
his fitness, while Paulinho didn t
make the trip because of a minor
left ankle injury. All three players are
expected to be fit to play against
Dante replaced Thiago Silva and
Ramires substituted Paulinho.
Maicon, Hernanes and Maxwell were
added for the start of the second
half, while Jo, Willian and Henrique
came on later.
Earlier yesterday, a few dozen peo-
ple protested in front of the team s
hotel to complain about the money
being spent by the country on the
World Cup. Police had to intervene
to keep them from disturbing the
The national team had already
been targeted by demonstrators when
it began its preparations in Rio. Pro-
testers banged on the team s bus and
attached dozens of stickers with
comments against the World Cup.
LUCERNE---Star forward Xher-
dan Shaqiri scored a rare right-
footed goal to help Switzerland
beat Peru 2-0 in its final World
Cup warm-up match yesterday.
The Bayern Munich winger
struck in the 84th minute, fin-
ishing smartly after taking a long
through pass in his stride.
Switzerland right-back Stephan
Lichtsteiner headed the opening
goal in the 78th from left-back
Ricardo Rodriguez s cross.
The slow-starting Swiss played
their best football near the end,
following the same pattern as
their 1-0 win against Jamaica last
Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld s team
leaves for Brazil on Friday with
just one loss in 18 matches over
the past two years. That was a
2-1 defeat against World Cup-
bound South Korea last Novem-
ber.Switzerland opens its Group E
campaign against Ecuador on
June 15 in Brasilia.
It then plays France in Salvador
and Honduras in Manaus.
In a testy first half, Peru pair
Luis Ramirez and Paolo Hurtado
were both booked after incidents
with Swiss captain Gokhan Inler.
Hurtado threatened in the 41st,
exploiting a big hole in the Swiss
defense to fire a curling shot that
goalkeeper Diego Benaglio dived
to tip beyond his left-hand post.
Shaqiri was the only one of
Hitzfeld s likely World Cup start-
ing 11 who began on the bench
yesterday, and his introduction
in the 64th was key to changing
His sweeping pass found
Rodriguez, whose floated ball into
the goalmouth found Lichtsteiner
rising to meet it with a header
high into the top-right corner.
Six minutes later, Inler s long
pass released Shaqiri to poke a
shot through the legs of goal-
keeper George Forsyth. (AP)
MIAMI GARDENS---Wayne Rooney
will have a chance to prove his
World Cup match fitness for Eng-
land when he starts against
Ecuador in a friendly today.
The Manchester United striker
returned from a month out with a
groin injury in Friday s 3-0 victory
against Peru but went a fourth match
without scoring for England during
his 66 minutes on the Wembley Sta-
Although Roy Hodgson is using
England s penultimate World Cup
warm-up match to give squad play-
ers game time, the coach confirmed
yesterday that Rooney will stay in
the starting lineup at the Sun Life
Stadium, just north of Miami.
Frank Lampard, though, will take
over the captain s armband from
Steven Gerrard, who will be rested
from the starting lineup. (AP)
JuanFran Torres insists the World
Cup is not about geography.
"There are no advantages for any-
one here. Everything will be pretty
equal," Torres said in Spanish when
asked whether Latin American coun-
tries will enjoy any advantage playing
No European team has won a
World Cup in the Americas since
Uruguay hosted the first tournament
"The strongest team, the more
competitive, the one with most
appetite ... will take this World Cup,"
he said. "And I see this squad very
eager, with a lot of ambition and a
lot of appetite to repeat."
Juanfran said striker Diego Costa
is in "wonderful" shape and is con-
vinced his Atletico Madrid teammate
will be "one of the best players in
the World Cup. He will make this
team great in this World Cup."
Costa has been hobbled for weeks
by an injured right thigh, but he did
not appear slowed during training
Monday before the team left for
Spain arrived to Washington on
Monday and will train daily before
they face El Salvador on Saturday,
its last tuneup game before heading
to Brazil. (AP)
tops Peru 2-0 in
last warm up
UAE 1, Georgia 0
Czech Republic 1, Austria 2
Japan 3, Costa Rica 1
Rooney to start
Spain is primed
to win Cup again
Neymar stars for Brazil
...leads host to 4-0 win over Panama
Brazil's Neymar, left, dribbles the ball past Panama's Luis Tejada during a friendly football match at the Serra
Dourada stadium in Goiania, Brazil, yesterday. Brazil, who won 4-0, is preparing for the World Cup football
tournament which starts on June 12. AP PHOTO
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