Prison film Healing ‘a bromance’: Don Hany

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Don Hany says his new film Healing is more like a bromance than your typical prison movie.


Best known for his TV work in East West 101 and Offspring, Hany stars alongside Hugo Weaving in the new Aussie film as Viktor Khadem, an Iranian man serving an 18-year prison sentence for murder.

Inspired by true events, Viktor is moved to a minimum-security prison called Won Wron for the final 12 months of his sentence, to help prepare him for life on the outside.

It’s there that Senior Officer Matt Perry (Weaving) puts Viktor in charge of a unique bird program.

Along with two other inmates (played by Xavier Samuel and Mark Winter), Viktor is responsible for the rehabilitation of injured owls, falcons and one fearsome wedge-tailed eagle, Yasmin.

From day one, Hany began working with the three wedge-tailed eagles who would star as Yasmin, learning to hold them, feed them and allow the birds to accept him as part of the furniture.

Hany says although he learnt the birds are “as cuddly as goldfish”, the eagles were a big part of what attracted him to the part.

“I knew the pressure was off as an actor, `cause when you’re in a scene with one of those, no one’s looking at you,” he said, laughing.

“(Also) it’s impossible to take your attention off them, so it’s like you’re forced into a behaviour that makes you look very comfortable with what you’re doing, but you’re actually defecating inside.”

Weaving says watching Hany work with the eagles was incredible, particularly on the last day of the shoot.

In fading light, Hany had to call down one of the birds, which lined him up from 75 metres out, before swooping in to land on his arm.

“It’s an absolutely fantastic piece of work from Don, who really worked a lot with them. I just pretended I knew all about them,” he says, adding he just dealt with the eagles’ smaller cousins.

“I got the fluffy, little chirpy, little Boobook owls – the ones I could handle.”

While the birds play a big part in Healing, writer and director Craig Monahan also shows how the prisoners and Weaving’s character Matt form an offbeat surrogate family at Won Wron Correctional Centre.

Hany says their relationships are a vehicle to explore the pain men experience expressing feelings like love and loss.

“So thematically, despite the fact it’s set in a jail and it’s blokes and it’s about loyalty and brotherhood and there’s a strong father-son theme, it’s actually like a bromance,” he says.

“In the landscape of films and genres, I think this one fits into warm, runny, feel-good chick flick, which runs at odds to the way it’s been marketed as a prison film, with the expectation you’re going to see some mano-a-mano, hard and fast violence.”

It’s not the only way Healing isn’t your average prison movie.

You’re more likely to see vegetable gardens or cooking classes at Won Wron than watch towers and barbed wire.

Weaving says unlike a classic prison film this doesn’t take place in maximum security.

“This is a really very different world,” he says.

“There are no boundary fences. If they want to run away they can, but they’ll be picked up and put back into medium-security so they don’t.”

He says low-security jails try and get prisoners to take responsibility for themselves.

It was one of the reasons Healing caught his attention.

“(And) the whole thing comes from a true story and that really interested me,” he says.

“The sense of healing, of getting wounded inmates to heal wounded raptors and release them before they’re being released themselves.”

* Healing releases in Australian cinemas on May 8

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Texas student planned violence: school

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A Texas teenager who hid a loaded AK-47 assault rifle in a school bathroom and two loaded handguns in his backpack intended to “commit a violent act”, a school official says.


But the plan was foiled when the parents of the 17-year-old discovered the weapons missing at home and alerted school administrators.

The unidentified boy was taken into custody after he was found at Madison High School with two loaded handguns and ammunition stuffed into his backpack. North East Independent School District spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor said the boy admitted to hiding the AK-47 in a trash can in the bathroom.

She said the assault rifle was placed in the bathroom either before school began or just as classes started, but Chancellor said it’s not clear how the boy was able to sneak the weapon into the school. He also was found with a 30.5cm knife.

The school with 3,200 students was placed on lockdown shortly after 10 am on Monday. After the campus was searched, the lockdown ended at 11:30am. There were no reports of injuries or shots being fired.

The boy’s parents awoke about 6 am to find the boy missing, Chancellor said. They called San Antonio police to report him as a runaway. When they discovered the missing weapons, they rushed to the school to speak with administrators, she said. Their son, a sophomore, was pulled from class and the handguns and ammunition were discovered in his backpack. His parents then asked what he did with the AK-47.

Chancellor said when he was confronted by administrators and his parents, the boy said he intended to make a series of demands during morning announcements. If those demands weren’t met he vowed to use the weapons to “commit a violent act”.

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Feisty young side shatter stereotypes of Switzerland

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While the Swiss are often regarded as reserved, diplomatic and predictable, their national side is a feisty outfit with a surprising amount of flair.


Stephan Lichtsteiner and hard-tackling captain Gokhan Inler never shy away from a battle while the impish skills of Xherdan Shaqiri could make him one of the finals’ most exciting players.

The make-up of the team has changed beyond recognition over the past few years as the national federation, which runs one of Europe’s most impressive youth development programmes, has tapped into the potential offered by Switzerland’s immigrant communities.

More than half the squad hail from immigrant backgrounds. Many are from families who fled to Switzerland from Kosovo during the 1990s while midfielder Gelson Fernandes was born in the Cape Verde Islands and Johan Djourou in Ivory Coast.

Although they missed out on Euro 2012, when the team was in a transitional period, Switzerland will be going to their third successive World Cup, an excellent record for a small country especially considering that football is less popular than ice hockey and Alpine skiing.

Under former Bayern Munich manager Ottmar Hitzfeld, their prospects are better than at the previous two tournaments and they should be a far more entertaining proposition than their dour, defense-orientated predecessors.

They open their campaign against Ecuador in Brasilia on June 15, then meet France in Salvador on June 20 and Honduras in Manaus on June 25.

As nearly all of their players are based in top European leagues those matches will not unduly faze them.

Fullback Lichtsteiner is at Juventus, Napoli boast the midfield trio of Inler, Blerim Dzemaili and Valon Behrami and the Bundesliga contingent includes Djourou, Shaqiri, goalkeeper Diego Benaglio and midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Switzerland may have problems at the back, however, where Philippe Senderos and Djourou have struggled for form at their clubs.

They are prone to lapses, such as squandering a three-goal lead in a 4-4 draw at home to Iceland, but young forwards such as Josip Drmic, Admir Mehmedi and Haris Seferovic give them bite.

Hitzfeld’s team went through an admittedly easy qualifying group unbeaten and, with England, are one of only two teams to have beaten Brazil since Luiz Felipe Scolari took over as coach in November 2012.

Even if they go out in the first round, Switzerland should certainly provide more entertainment than in 2006, when they became the only team in World Cup history to be eliminated without conceding a goal, or 2010 when their three matches produced just two goals, one for and one against.

Going even further back in time, Switzerland acquitted themselves well enough when they took part in the 1950 World Cup in Brazil.

Although they lost 3-0 to Yugoslavia in their first match they held Brazil to a 2-2 draw in their second game at Sao Paulo, a result which prompted some fans to attack the Brazilian coach Costa after the match, incensed that Brazil had allowed the Swiss a late goal to deprive them of victory.

The Swiss then beat Mexico 2-1 in their final game and were officially placed sixth at the end of the tournament, missing out on the final pool which ended with Uruguay beating Brazil 2-1 in the decider.

(Reporting By Brian Homewood; editing by Robert Woodward)

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Wenger tells Arsenal not to relax

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to get carried away despite his side taking a major step towards Champions League qualification with a convincing 3-0 Premier League win at home to Newcastle on Monday.


Goals from Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud at the Emirates Stadium handed the fourth-placed Gunners a routine victory that moved them four points clear of fifth-placed rivals Everton with just two league games of the season remaining.

FA Cup finalists Arsenal require one more domestic league win to achieve their 17th successive campaign in Europe’s premier competition, although an Everton defeat by Manchester City at Goodison Park on Saturday would also suit the Gunners.

But Wenger was not ready to start celebrating just yet despite a decent performance against Alan Pardew’s struggling outfit, who lost a sixth successive English top-flight match for the first time since 1986-87 season amid calls for the Newcastle manager to be sacked from the north-east club’s travelling fans at the Emirates.

“It’s a step forward and one more win will be top four, for sure. But it’s not done,” said Wenger.

“I’m long enough in the job to know to get over the line is difficult,” added the 64-year-old Frenchman, now far and away the Premier League’s longest-serving manager after taking charge of north London giants Arsenal in 1996.

“We have suffered enough this season in some periods not to be complacent. The pain we went through will help us focus to do the final job well. We are in a strong position now.

“We have another home game and another opportunity to win again. What is important is our performances and, game by game, they look strong and convincing and show we have the potential to play very good football.”

Wenger allayed fears Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, missing with a groin problem, would be unfit for England World Cup duty in Brazil in June, while Jack Wilshere should return from a fractured foot before the end of the season.

“He has an inflammation of his groin,” Wenger said of Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“He couldn’t practise… We decided to give him a complete rest for two weeks.

“Will he be involved with me? I think he has a chance. But will he be ready for England? I think so.”

Turning to Wilshere, Wenger said: “Jack is training already. When will he be ready? Honestly I cannot tell you exactly. Next week or the week after. At the moment the progress he’s making is good.”

As the game wore on, Newcastle fans vented their anger towards Pardew, but the Toon Army manager accepted the criticism and insisted he’s solely focused on beating Cardiff on Saturday to secure a top-10 finish.

“They (the supporters) are frustrated,” said Pardew.

“We had 2,000 here making this long trip. Although we’re playing a good team, they expect us to win.

“They’ve seen us lose again and they’re not happy, and I have to respect that.

“It puts pressure on the team and myself and I have to do my best to protect the team and the performance.

“But all I can do is do this job to the best of my ability. We’ve been top 10 all year. We should have performed better in this run.

“We’ve got to finish in the top 10 and a win on Saturday will guarantee us top 10.

“If Cardiff think it’s important (to avoid relegation), it’s important for us to finish in the top 10, believe me.

“All I can do is get my team in the best possible place. At 2-0, we could have copped harm, but we came out with our dignity still there.

“Our stadium has to give us the atmosphere. We’ve got the best fans in the world, and they don’t deserve the run we’ve given them. Our focus is to get that win as quickly as possible.”

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Handouts no good for farmers: PC

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Government handouts to struggling farmers weaken their ability to compete and distorts the whole farm industry, the Productivity Commission says.


In its submission to the federal government’s agriculture white paper, the commission argues that government assistance to farmers will not benefit the industry long-term.

The Abbott government in February announced a $320 million drought package for struggling farmers to get cheaper and greater access to loans.

But the government’s economic research body says while taxpayer assistance helps some primary producers, it comes at the expense of the competitiveness of the whole sector.

Short-term assistance distorts the agriculture market and impedes farmers’ ability to manage risks.

Instead, farmers should look at attracting foreign investment – a sticking point for many producers opposed to foreign land grabs.

Not only does it give them a new source of money, it also exposes them to new technologies and techniques and opens up Australia’s access to overseas markets.

“When foreigners purchase agricultural or other resources in Australia, the sellers benefit directly,” the commission says.

However, goods produced through foreign investment should not be sent abroad, but sold back to residents.

The commission is also sceptical of the benefits of recent trade agreements such as Australia’s Japan trade pact, which it says may not largely improve access for agriculture.

For example, Australia’s gaining lower beef tariffs may be impeded by other, “excessive” restrictions such as quarantine requirements that could be used to restrict trade.

It suggests an independent body oversee pre-negotiation modelling before Australia enters into future trade pacts, and that the agreement’s assessments be made public.

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Confident Force ready for African rumble

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Money can buy a lots of things, but it can’t buy belief.


At the moment, the Western Force have belief on tap, and they’re hoping there’s plenty left in the tank ahead of what shapes as a season-defining tour of South Africa.

Six wins from their past seven games have propelled the Force into fourth spot on the Super Rugby table.

The Perth-based franchise have the bye this week, before taking on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and the Stormers in Cape Town.

The Cheetahs sit in 14th spot on the table, while the Stormers are dead last after posting just two wins from their opening nine games.

Should the Force secure a perfect two wins from the tour, it would put them within touching distance of securing a maiden finals berth.

A home final is also a distinct possibility.

Captain Matt Hodgson has been through plenty of dark times at the Force since arriving in Perth for the team’s inaugural season in 2006.

But he said the blood, sweat and tears under coach Michael Foley’s worth had paid off in spades.

“The majority of this playing group has been together for 18 months. We did a lot of hard work last year and didn’t get the results we deserved,” Hodgson said.

“But now to get it and have belief in the group, you’re seeing us winning games with 13 men left on the field and wins away from home.

“We’ve got a lot of momentum at the moment and we just have to keep riding that.”

Coach Michael Foley knows his team still have plenty of areas to improve on if they are to become a major contender this year.

The scrum has been a hit-and-miss area all season, while the line-out has become a concern in recent weeks.

The Force lost possession on a host of their own throws in last week’s 15-9 win over the Bulls, and Foley said he would use the team’s bye week to work on the area.

Winger Luke Morahan (hamstring), scrumhalf Alby Mathewson (ankle), lock Hugh McMeniman (collarbone) and flanker Chris Alcock (shoulder) will all miss the tour of South Africa.

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Scientists closer to diabetes cure

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Scientists say they are one step closer to treating diabetic patients with their own insulin-producing cells.


The revelation comes after researchers used cloning technology to make embryonic stem cells carrying a diabetic woman’s genes, and turned them into insulin-producing beta cells that may one day cure her disease.

The team reported clearing an important hurdle in the quest to make “personalised stem cells” for use in disease therapy, but a bioethicist said the breakthrough also highlighted the need for better regulation of lab-grown embryos.

“We are now one step closer to being able to treat diabetic patients with their own insulin-producing cells,” said Dieter Egli of the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), who led the study published in the journal Nature.

Egli and a team transplanted the nuclei of cells taken from the woman’s skin into human eggs to create stem cells, which they could then coax into becoming beta cells – a shortage of which causes insulin deficiency and high blood-sugar in diabetics.

In doing so, the team confirmed a potentially important source for future cell-replacement therapy.

It was not the first study to create stem cells in this way, but it was the first to use cells sourced from a diseased adult person with the aim of producing therapy-specific cells.

Insoo Hyun, a bioethicist from the Case Western Reserve University’s school of medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, said the research, the latest to produce embryonic stem cells that carry the genomes of living people, raised red flags.

“This repeated cloning of embryos and generation of stem cells, now using cells collected from adults, increases the likelihood that human embryos will be produced to generate therapy for a specific individual,” he wrote in a comment in Nature.

“Regulatory structures must be in place to oversee it.”

Embryonic stem cells – neutral, primitive cells that can develop into most of the specialised tissue cells of the body – are viewed as a potential source for rebuilding organs damaged by disease or accident.

But they are controversial, as until fairly recently stem cells could only be obtained from human embryos.

They can be grown in the lab by transferring the nucleus of a cell from tissue like the skin, which contains a person’s DNA, into a human egg from which the nucleus has been removed.

The egg is then given an electrical pulse to start dividing until it forms a blastocyst, a hollow, early-stage embryo made up of about 150 cells with the DNA of the donor of the tissue cell.

Technically known as somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), the technique is used for therapeutic research but is also the first step in cloning, and was used to create Dolly the sheep.

SCNT is banned in many countries.

For the new study, scientists in the United States and Israel said they made “technical improvements” – altering the chemicals used in the culture in which the cells are grown.

The stem cells could in turn be coaxed into becoming various different types of adult cells – including beta cells, the team said.

“Seeing today’s results gives me hope that we will one day have a cure for this debilitating disease,” said NYSCF chief executive Susan Solomon.

The same team had previously made beta cells with a similar method, but using eggs with their nuclei still intact – resulting in stem cells with three sets of chromosomes that could not be used in therapy.

But using the new, improved method, the stem cells emerged with the normal two sets of chromosomes, the team wrote.

Hyun said such research could raise fears of a future in which human babies are cloned or embryos callously created and destroyed for research, and called for the strengthening of oversight structures.

But Solomon said the research was “strictly for therapeutic purposes” and adhered to strict ethical oversight.

“Under no circumstances do we or any other responsible scientific group have any intention to use this technique for the generation of humans, nor would it be possible,” she told AFP.

The beta cells produced in the study cannot yet be used in replacement therapy, the team said.

Diabetics’ immune systems attack beta cells, and ways have yet to be found to shield them.

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48-hour strike begins on London’s Tube

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Workers on London’s Underground train system have began a 48-hour strike, threatening chaos for commuters and hitting football supporters attending Arsenal’s match with Newcastle.


The action started at 9pm on Monday (0700 AEST Tuesday) and was called by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) in protest at plans to close all ticket offices on the “Tube” system, which they say will jeopardise hundreds of jobs and safety standards.

The strike, called after talks between union bosses and London Underground broke down earlier on Monday, will cost the British capital millions of pounds.

Boards were erected outside stations offering advice to fans trying to get home from the Emirates Stadium after Arsenal hosted Newcastle in the Premier League.

But the most severe disruption is expected during Tuesday and Wednesday’s rush hours.

London mayor Boris Johnson called the action, the first since the death of firebrand RMT chief Bob Crow in March, “pointless and mad”.

RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash explained: “London Underground have dug themselves into an entrenched position and have refused to move one inch from their stance of closing every ticket office.

“Despite the spin from LU nothing that they are proposing is about ‘modernisation’. The current plans, closing every ticket office and axing nearly a thousand safety-critical jobs, is solely about massive austerity cuts driven centrally by David Cameron and his government and implemented by Mayor Boris Johnson.”

There will be a limited service on most underground lines during the strike but no trains running on the central London sections of the busy Central and Piccadilly lines and no service at all on the Waterloo and City line.

A further three-day strike is planned from 9pm next Monday.

London’s Underground system, the oldest in the world, carries around three million passengers daily. 

Tube strike: Strike is now underway and will run throughout tomorrow and Weds. We will run as many services as possible.

— Transport for London (@TfLOfficial) April 28, 2014

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PM Abbott faces tax promise attack

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Tony Abbott promised a government of no new taxes and no surprises.


But his government’s first budget, to be delivered on May 13, risks breaking both key election commitments.

The prime minister insists the proposed “deficit levy” on people earning $80,000 or more, which could remain in place for up to four years, is not a broken promise.

“If there was a permanent increase in taxation that would certainly be inconsistent with what was said during the election,” he says.

Abbott argues that bringing the budget back to surplus within the decade demands short-term pain for permanent and lasting gain.

While the idea of a tax hike on the highest income earners has found some support in the welfare sector, Labor leader Bill Shorten has seized on it as a “deceit tax”.

“It is clear to most reasonable Australians that the Abbott government said one thing in opposition and is now doing something else in government,” he says.

Business groups have been quick to remind Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey of a line both men have used frequently: “You can’t tax your way to prosperity.”

Income tax rises have a habit of dampening private sector demand, especially at a time when the economy needs a kickalong and the jobless rate is unimpressive.

It’s not as if there are no other options to get the budget under control.

The $5.5 billion paid parental leave scheme is widely seen, even within coalition ranks, as a gold-plated scheme the nation can’t afford at present.

Labor points to the unnecessary $8.8 billion given to the Reserve Bank to bolster its holdings and other post-election spending which has effectively doubled the deficit.

The Greens suggest trimming some of the billions of dollars in diesel fuel subsidies given to foreign-owned mining companies or a modest levy on bank profits.

Then there are the bigger and bolder options of broadening the base or raising the rate of the GST, winding back capital gains tax concessions or axing generous tax breaks for the highest earning superannuants.

However, Abbott has made a rod for the government’s own back by promising before the election not to touch super or the GST.

Thursday’s release of the national commission of audit report will help Abbott underline the severity of the economic and fiscal challenge ahead.

It may also give the government some political cover as Hockey and Abbott reject some of the audit report’s more extreme measures to deal with debt and deficit, as John Howard did after his audit in 1997.

As a sweetener, the prime minister, in a speech on Monday, held out hope of income tax cuts within five years if the budget-repaid job goes to plan.

But the coalition has much explaining to do if it wants to avoid the “broken promises” hole into which the former Rudd and Gillard Labor government collapsed.

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Angry fans plan MKR final boycott

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Angry My Kitchen Rules fans plan to boycott the popular reality television show’s grand final to protest against what they say is bullying and rigging.


The fans have accused Channel 7 of rigging the program and the West Australian finalists of bullying other contestants.

The episode has sparked a viewer backlash with at least 500 people liking a Facebook page named “Boycott MKR Grand Final”.

In last night’s episode of MKR, watched by more than two million viewers, WA cooks Chloe and Kelly beat popular Queensland dads Paul Bullpitt and Blair Tonkin by just one point.

That win set them up for a grand final place against their South Australian rivals Jessica and Bree.

During the show the WA team was shown making critical comments against the South Australians, laughing when mistakes were made and saying Jessica and Bree had “one brain between them”.

Stephen Vasily is one fan who will be turning his TV off Channel 7 on Tuesday night.

“I saw this program tonight and could not believe the intimidation by Chloe and Kelly towards the twins,” he wrote on the boycott page.

“I have hurried home for the last few weeks to ensure I watched this program. But after what I saw tonight, I was shocked that it went to air. And I regret that I ever did watch MKR. I hope this program finishes and becomes axed.”

Others took to Twitter to claim the show was rigged from the beginning to make sure the rival female teams lasted all the way to the end.

“I’m not even guna bother watching #mkr after last nights results. It’s obviously rigged. Absolute disgrace, take the Logie back!” JessKimoo tweeted.

* My Kitchen Rules finale will screen at 7.30pm on Tuesday on the Seven Network

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World-Uruguay aim at least to match 2010 semi-final spot

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Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s record scorer with 39 goals, and strike partner Edinson Cavani are both 27.


He would not go as far as saying that Uruguay can repeat their 1950 World Cup success in Brazil, but he would not rule out reaching the latter stages, as they did in South Africa four years ago.

“What happened in 1950 was a long time ago, a different era,” Tabarez told Reuters in a recent interview, “but it won’t be easy to beat us. Brazil found it hard to beat us last year. We could cause some surprises and go a long way.”

Last year’s Confederations Cup gave the reigning South American champions experience of the conditions teams can expect at the tournament, including climate at venues separated in some cases by thousands of kilometres, which Tabarez said had been good.

Uruguay’s World Cup exploits in Brazil 64 years ago hold great memories for Uruguay but bad memories for Brazilian fans old enough to remember the pain of losing the decider at the 1950 finals – the only other time Brazil has hosted the soccer extravaganza.

Their 2-1 victory over Brazil on July 16, 1950, known as the “Maracanazo”, gave Uruguay their second title and might even give Tabarez’s team an added boost in a tight group that includes former champions Italy and England as well as Central American outsiders Costa Rica.


Continuity is the key for this Uruguayan generation, benefiting from a stable set-up under Tabarez, who has been in charge in his second spell as head coach since 2006 and will be the longest-serving coach at the finals.Uruguay will play a similar game, based on a 4-4-2 formation, that took them to the semi-finals in South Africa four years ago and is reminiscent of classic Italian teams.

Cristian “Cebolla” (The Onion) Rodriguez, who was suspended from the 2010 tournament, is the usual starter in the role behind the strikers that Diego Forlan occupied at the previous finals.

The midfield trio will include two and at times three defensive players chosen from Egidio Arevalo Rios, Walter Gargano, Diego Perez and Alvaro Gonzalez, all South Africa veterans.

Tabarez has said he feels no guilt espousing defensive tactics, telling Reuters: “We work very well in defence, I love that kind of thing. I’m not ashamed, as if to play defensively were a bad word.

“Football is defence and attack and attacking is very much linked to what one does in defence, and we don’t have a team to take the game to our opponents nor that many players.

“As a small country we don’t have many options. When you find something that works for you, you stick to it.”

The reliable Fernando Muslera is still in goal and the defence is still built around captain Diego Lugano partnered in the centre by a maturing Diego Godin with Maxi Pereira at right back and Martin Caceres on the left, which points to a settled if not hugely gifted side.

Generational turnover comes in the form mainly of forwards

Gaston Ramirez and Christian Stuani, while Nicolas Lodeiro is a more creative alternative to Rodriguez in the attacking midfield role.

Uruguay are more than the sum of their parts even if they boast one of the world’s best players in Suarez, who is having an exceptional season with Liverpool in England with all the attributes of a match-winner.

(Writing by Rex Gowar in Buenos Aires, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Mike Collett)

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