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Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Defoe joins Sunderland’s battle for survival

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Former England striker Jermain Defoe returned to the Premier League when he signed for Sunderland on Friday and could make his debut against his former club Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Defoe, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, had been training with the youth development squad at Spurs since returning to England from Toronto FC during the MLS close season.

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Style, charm but little substance to Ginola’s FIFA campaign

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – While Michel Platini made the leap from pitch to high office another famous ex-France player, David Ginola, is unlikely to complete the same journey after launching an improbable campaign to unseat FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday.

Platini, who has been president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA since 2007, decided last year not to run against Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections in May — partly because he thinks Blatter is unbeatable.

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Ginola paid 250,000 pounds for FIFA presidential campaign

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – David Ginola’s unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency was exposed as little more than a publicity stunt when a bookmaking firm said it had paid the former France winger 250,000 pounds ($380,000) to stand,

Ginola launched on Friday an almost certainly doomed attempt to oust Sepp Blatter as head of world soccer’s ruling body, assuming the role of the “fans’ champion” under the slogan of “Rebooting Football.”

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Ginola launches unlikely FIFA bid as “fans’ champion”

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Former France international David Ginola launched an unlikely and almost certainly doomed bid for the FIFA presidency on Friday, assuming the role of the “fans champion” under the slogan of “rebooting football.”

Ginola, 48, who has until Jan. 29 to prove he has the backing of five football associations before his bid can be officially accepted by FIFA, is seeking the support of fans around the world to help get him on the ballot and to ultimately mount a successful election campaign.

Jan 16, 2015

Ex-France winger Ginola enters FIFA presidential race

LONDON (Reuters) – Former France winger David Ginola will announce on Friday that he is entering the race to become president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, The Sun reported on Thursday.

But the ex-Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player has no chance of winning the election and is unlikely to get the required number of nominations to officially enter the race.

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Ex-France winger Ginola enters FIFA presidential race

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Former France winger David Ginola will announce on Friday that he is entering the race to become president of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, The Sun reported on Thursday.

But the ex-Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player has no chance of winning the election and is unlikely to get the required number of nominations to officially enter the race.

Jan 14, 2015

Soccer-Gloves off as goalie Adrian strikes West Ham’s winner

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – In one of the most memorable moments in an absorbing match, West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian dramatically ripped off his gloves before scoring West Ham United’s winning penalty in their FA Cup tie against Everton.

The Spanish keeper had the fate of the third round replay in his hands before scoring against compatriot Joel Robles to give West Ham a 9-8 penalty shootout victory after a superb end-to-end thriller ended 2-2 after extra time on Tuesday.

Jan 14, 2015

Keeper Adrian the West Ham hero in Cup thriller

LONDON (Reuters) – West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian converted the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shootout against 10-man Everton to send the Londoners into the FA Cup fourth round after a pulsating replay at Upton Park on Tuesday.

Adrian fired past opposite number and Spanish compatriot Joel Robles immediately after the Everton keeper had crashed his spot kick against the crossbar as West Ham won 9-8 on penalties.

Jan 13, 2015

Soccer-Keeper Adrian the West Ham hero in Cup thriller

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian converted the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shootout against 10-man Everton to send the Londoners into the FA Cup fourth round after a pulsating replay at Upton Park on Tuesday.

Adrian fired past opposite number and Spanish compatriot Joel Robles immediately after the Everton keeper had crashed his spot kick against the crossbar as West Ham won 9-8 on penalties.

Jan 13, 2015

Interview – My campaign is still fizzing, says confident Champagne

LONDON (Reuters) – Frenchman Jerome Champagne says there are no cracks in his FIFA presidential campaign with just over two weeks to go before he has to declare he has the backing of five national associations to allow his nomination to go ahead.

The 56-year-old former FIFA deputy secretary-general was the first to announce his candidature a year ago this month with Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan also declaring last week that he would run against incumbent president Sepp Blatter who is seeking a fifth term in office.