- Associated Press - Thursday, June 12, 2014

SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) - Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal says that while he’s at the World Cup he is not thinking about his job next season. Well, not very much.

“The World Cup is a competition for nations; there are no clubs here. I am fully focused on the Dutch team and that’s it,” the 62-year-old Dutchman said as he prepared for Friday’s match with Spain.

Van Gaal demands intense focus from his players as they ready for a tough Group B that also includes Australia and Chile. But he says they sometimes have to let their hair down.

“I gave the players Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning off because they have to think about something else,” he said. “You can’t only be focused on the World Cup.”

That’s where his new club commitments come in.

“Maybe you could describe Manchester United as a welcome distraction,” he said.

Come next season, when he has to rebuild the club from its worst season in the English Premier League, Manchester United will have to be his sole focus.

- By Mike Corder - www.twitter.com/mikecorder



SAO PAULO (AP) - In Sao Paulo, a city that sees far fewer international tourists than the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, subway passengers marveled at the new bilingual public address announcements.

One man joked of the pronunciation of the words “next station” by a voice with a Brazilian accent. It’s a sign the city is adapting to the influx of visitors from abroad for the monthlong tournament.

Two young women laughed at the words, “Next station, bye bye.”

- Adriana Gomez Licon - www.twitter.com/agomezlicon


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