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Jul 18, 2014

Lahm stuns Germany by quitting national side

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany captain Philipp Lahm stunned his homeland on Friday by quitting international soccer at the age of 30, five days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil.

“During last season I made a decision to end my international career after the World Cup,” Lahm wrote in an open letter on the German soccer federation website (www.dfb.de).

Jul 18, 2014

Soccer-Lahm stuns Germany by quitting national side

BERLIN, July 18 (Reuters) – Germany captain Philipp Lahm stunned his homeland on Friday by quitting international soccer at the age of 30, five days after leading his side to World Cup victory in Brazil.

“During last season I made a decision to end my international career after the World Cup,” Lahm wrote in an open letter on the German soccer federation website (www.dfb.de).

Dec 22, 2013

Sherwood masterminds Spurs win, Everton fourth

LONDON (Reuters) – Tim Sherwood’s hopes of becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s permanent manager were boosted after his attacking team came back to win 3-2 at stuttering Southampton in an enthralling Premier League game on Sunday.

Forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as caretaker boss Sherwood played the Togo striker up front with Roberto Soldado for the first time in a ploy which helped Spurs move above Manchester United into seventh spot.

Dec 22, 2013

Soccer-Sherwood masterminds Spurs win, Everton fourth

LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Tim Sherwood’s hopes of becoming Tottenham Hotspur’s permanent manager were boosted after his attacking team came back to win 3-2 at stuttering Southampton in an enthralling Premier League game on Sunday.

Forgotten man Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice as caretaker boss Sherwood played the Togo striker up front with Roberto Soldado for the first time in a ploy which helped Spurs move above Manchester United into seventh spot.

Dec 21, 2013

Suarez puts Liverpool top as Man City hit four

LONDON (Reuters) – Luis Suarez celebrated his new contract by sending Liverpool to the top of the Premier League thanks to two goals and another virtuoso display in a 3-1 home win over crisis club Cardiff City on Saturday.

Manchester City moved up to second despite a bizarre Vincent Kompany own goal in a 4-2 victory at lowly Fulham while champions Manchester United, in seventh, overcame West Ham United 3-1 through Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young.

Dec 21, 2013

Soccer-Suarez puts Liverpool top as Man City hit four

LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Luis Suarez celebrated his new contract by sending Liverpool to the top of the Premier League thanks to two goals and another virtuoso display in a 3-1 home win over crisis club Cardiff City on Saturday.

Manchester City moved up to second despite a bizarre Vincent Kompany own goal in a 4-2 victory at lowly Fulham while champions Manchester United, in seventh, overcame West Ham United 3-1 through Danny Welbeck, Adnan Januzaj and Ashley Young.

Nov 19, 2013

Soccer-France, Portugal reach World Cup after heroics

LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – France produced one of soccer’s most famous comebacks on Tuesday to scrape into next year’s World Cup finals via the playoffs while Portugal blazed through after Cristiano Ronaldo conjured up a sensational hat-trick.

The two European heavyweights will be joined in next June’s finals by Croatia, Greece, Ghana and Algeria after they prevailed in their second leg playoffs.

Nov 19, 2013

France, Portugal reach World Cup after heroics

LONDON (Reuters) – France produced one of soccer’s most famous comebacks on Tuesday to scrape into next year’s World Cup finals via the playoffs while Portugal blazed through after Cristiano Ronaldo conjured up a sensational hat-trick.

The two European heavyweights will be joined in next June’s finals by Croatia, Greece, Ghana and Algeria after they prevailed in their second leg playoffs.

Nov 6, 2013

Soccer-Barca and Atletico sail into last 16

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid led a Spanish Armada into the Champions League last 16 with home wins on Wednesday and in-form Aaron Ramsey steadied Arsenal’s boat with a battling win against rocky Borussia Dortmund.

Barca met seven-times winners AC Milan at the Nou Camp but the stock of the faltering Italians has fallen so much that even an average display from the hosts sealed a 3-1 success in Group H, Lionel Messi scoring a penalty and a cheeky third.

Nov 6, 2013

Barca and Atletico reach last 16 with wins

LONDON (Reuters) – Barcelona and Atletico Madrid led a Spanish Armada into the Champions League last 16 with home wins on Wednesday and in-form Aaron Ramsey steadied Arsenal’s boat with a battling win.

Barca met seven-times winners AC Milan at the Nou Camp but the stock of the faltering Italians has fallen so much that even an average display from the hosts sealed a 3-1 success in Group H, Lionel Messi scoring a penalty and a cheeky third.