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Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Bundesliga would never consider playing overseas says CEO

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Bundesliga would never consider playing matches overseas like the Premier League because it would not want to alienate fans who watch their teams “through rain and shine,” chief executive Christian Seifert said on Wednesday.

Seifert told delegates at the Leaders in Sport Summit at Chelsea’s stadium they would never have a “35th” game overseas — similar to the Premier League’s infamous “39th” which is back on the agenda after seemingly being ditched six years ago.

Oct 8, 2014

Winter Olympics may have to move for 2022 World Cup – ECA

LONDON (Reuters) – The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates to accommodate the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar, leading European soccer clubs’ official Umberto Gandini said on Wednesday.

Gandini, vice-chairman of the European Club Association of Europe’s top 200-plus clubs and Director of Sport at AC Milan, told delegates at the Leaders In Sport summit at Stamford Bridge that the World Cup should take precedence over the Winter Games.

Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Winter Olympics may have to move for 2022 World Cup – ECA

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The 2022 Winter Olympics may have to move from its traditional January and February dates to accommodate the World Cup finals being staged in Qatar, leading European soccer clubs’ official Umberto Gandini said on Wednesday.

Gandini, vice-chairman of the European Club Association of Europe’s top 200-plus clubs and Director of Sport at AC Milan, told delegates at the Leaders In Sport summit at Stamford Bridge that the World Cup should take precedence over the Winter Games.

Oct 8, 2014

Leiwekes take a stand against Europe’s U.S. soccer plans

LONDON (Reuters) – Brothers Tod and Tim Leiweke, two of the most powerful sports entrepreneurs in the United States, have questioned the value of European soccer clubs staging matches in the U.S. and Canada.

The brothers, who have been involved in American sports clubs across different codes, were reacting on Wednesday to a story in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper which suggested UEFA was considering staging mini-tournaments outside Europe.

Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Leiwekes take a stand against Europe’s U.S. soccer plans

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Brothers Tod and Tim Leiweke, two of the most powerful sports entrepreneurs in the United States, have questioned the value of European soccer clubs staging matches in the U.S. and Canada.

The brothers, who have been involved in American sports clubs across different codes, were reacting on Wednesday to a story in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper which suggested UEFA was considering staging mini-tournaments outside Europe.

Oct 8, 2014

Mayne-Nicholls considering FIFA presidency bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former head of the FIFA technical committee which warned world soccer’s governing body against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is considering running for its presidency next year.

If he did, Mayne-Nicholls would be the third candidate in the race with the incumbent and overwhelming favorite, Sepp Blatter, and former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne.

Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Mayne-Nicholls considering FIFA presidency bid

LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the former head of the FIFA technical committee which warned world soccer’s governing body against holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, is considering running for its presidency next year.

If he did, Mayne-Nicholls would be the third candidate in the race with the incumbent and overwhelming favourite, Sepp Blatter, and former FIFA deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne.

Oct 5, 2014

Emotional day for Pochettino ends on a high as Spurs beat Saints

LONDON (Reuters) – An emotional day for Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino ended on a high when they beat his former club Southampton 1-0 on Sunday for their first win in the Premier League since Aug. 24.

All the pre-match build-up had focused on the Argentine manager whose Spurs side began the day in joint 11th place after two draws and two defeats in four league matches since beating Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in the second week of the season.

Oct 5, 2014

Soccer–Emotional day for Pochettino ends on a high as Spurs beat Saints

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – An emotional day for Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino ended on a high when they beat his former club Southampton 1-0 on Sunday for their first win in the Premier League since Aug. 24.

All the pre-match build-up had focused on the Argentine manager whose Spurs side began the day in joint 11th place after two draws and two defeats in four league matches since beating Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in the second week of the season.

Oct 3, 2014

Mourinho praises ‘phenomenal’ Fabregas as Arsenal await

LONDON (Reuters) – Cesc Fabregas might have been “Made in Arsenal” but all that matters for his manager Jose Mourinho is that he has been playing “phenomenal” football for top-of-the-table Chelsea.

As Fabregas prepares to face his old club for the first time, his former manager Arsene Wenger said he passed up a reported option to re-sign the player because the Spaniard had already decided to join Chelsea.