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Sep 3, 2015

Soccer-Robben misses out as Dutch face tough tie in Turkey

AMSTERDAM, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Arjen Robben will miss out on the Netherlands’ Euro 2016 qualifier in Turkey on Sunday after going off injured early on in Thursday’s shock home defeat by Iceland.

With Bruno Martins Indi sent off in the 1-0 loss and now suspended for the key Group A qualifier in Konya on Sunday, the Dutch have called up Jeremain Lens and Virgil van Dijk for the key Group A qualifier in Konya on Sunday

Sep 3, 2015

Iceland on brink after shock win over Dutch

AMSTERDAM, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Iceland moved a step closer to clinching a berth at Euro 2016 after a controversial penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson secured a shock 1-0 victory over 10-man Netherlands on Thursday.

The referee awarded the spot kick in the 51st minute even though Gregory van der Wiel seemed to win the ball in a challenge with Birkir Bjarnason.

Sep 3, 2015

Soccer-Iceland on brink after shock win over Dutch

AMSTERDAM, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Iceland moved a step closer to clinching a berth at Euro 2016 after a controversial penalty from Gylfi Sigurdsson secured a shock 1-0 victory over 10-man Netherlands on Thursday.

The referee awarded the spot kick in the 51st minute even though Gregory van der Wiel seemed to win the ball in a challenge with Birkir Bjarnason.

Sep 1, 2015

Preview: Netherlands seek to delay Iceland fairy tale qualification

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Iceland can complete a fairy tale qualification for the European Championship finals on Thursday but must first overcome a much-changed Netherlands team determined to catch up after a poor start to the qualifying campaign.

Thursday’s Group A game at the Amsterdam Arena presents the tiny island nation, with a population of less than half a million, a chance to be among the first to book a place at next year’s tournament in France.

Sep 1, 2015

Netherlands seek to delay Iceland fairy tale qualification

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Iceland can complete a fairy tale qualification for the European Championship finals on Thursday but must first overcome a much-changed Netherlands team determined to catch up after a poor start to the qualifying campaign.

Thursday’s Group A game at the Amsterdam Arena presents the tiny island nation, with a population of less than half a million, a chance to be among the first to book a place at next year’s tournament in France.

Sep 1, 2015

Soccer-Netherlands seek to delay Iceland fairy tale qualification

AMSTERDAM, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Iceland can complete a fairy tale qualification for the European Championship finals on Thursday but must first overcome a much-changed Netherlands team determined to catch up after a poor start to the qualifying campaign.

Thursday’s Group A game at the Amsterdam Arena presents the tiny island nation, with a population of less than half a million, a chance to be among the first to book a place at next year’s tournament in France.

Aug 30, 2015

Namibia relish All Black challenge, coach says

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Namibia do not expect to beat favourites New Zealand in their opening match at the Rugby World Cup next month but coach Phil Davies says his part-time players are eagerly anticipating their moment in the spotlight.

Namibia face the most demanding schedule of all the teams participating in the tournament in England — four group matches in 17 days — but are taking on the challenge with enthusiasm, the former Welsh international said in an interview with Reuters.

Aug 30, 2015

Rugby-Namibia relish All Black challenge, coach says

CAPE TOWN, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Namibia do not expect to beat favourites New Zealand in their opening match at the Rugby World Cup next month but coach Phil Davies says his part-time players are eagerly anticipating their moment in the spotlight.

Namibia face the most demanding schedule of all the teams participating in the tournament in England — four group matches in 17 days — but are taking on the challenge with enthusiasm, the former Welsh international said in an interview with Reuters.

Jul 30, 2015

Platini’s FIFA candidacy fails to excite Africa

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency has garnered no immediate enthusiasm from Africa despite France’s strong footballing ties with the continent.

A day after confirming he would stand to replace Sepp Blatter as leader of world football, the Frenchman has been criticised by one African association and given a lukewarm endorsement by one of his closest allies.

Jul 30, 2015

Soccer-Platini’s FIFA candidacy fails to excite Africa

CAPE TOWN, July 30 (Reuters) – Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency has garnered no immediate enthusiasm from Africa despite France’s strong footballing ties with the continent.

A day after confirming he would stand to replace Sepp Blatter as leader of world football, the Frenchman has been criticised by one African association and given a lukewarm endorsement by one of his closest allies.