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Jan 6, 2015

Soccer-Reformist Ali not one to blend into FIFA crowd

LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Prince Ali bin Al Hussein became the youngest member of the FIFA executive committee when he was elected to the governing body in 2011 but the Jordanian has never been over-awed by the more established members on soccer’s top table.

His royal background, military education and a fierce determination “to do the right thing” marked him out as someone who stood out from the old guard.

Jan 6, 2015

Champagne makes guarded response to Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON (Reuters) – Jerome Champagne, who began his campaign for the FIFA presidency a year ago, said on Tuesday that this year’s election for the top job in world soccer is not about personal ambition but concrete proposals for the future of the game.

Earlier on Tuesday, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan declared his intention to challenge for the leadership of world soccer’s governing body.

Jan 6, 2015

Soccer-Champagne makes guarded response to Ali’s FIFA bid

LONDON, Jan 6 (Reuters) – Jerome Champagne, who began his campaign for the FIFA presidency a year ago, said on Tuesday that this year’s election for the top job in world soccer is not about personal ambition but concrete proposals for the future of the game.

Earlier on Tuesday, FIFA executive committee member Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan declared his intention to challenge for the leadership of world soccer’s governing body.

Jan 5, 2015

Loan keeps Rangers afloat as financial crisis threatens

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Scottish champions Rangers were facing more financial upheaval on Monday after negotiating a loan to stay afloat while being approached by American financier Robert Sarver who is considering a potential takeover.

The Glasgow-based club, whose 54 Scottish titles constitutes a world record for domestic championships, have climbed back to the second tier after being wound up and re-formed as a fourth-tier club in 2012.

Jan 5, 2015

Soccer-Loan keeps Rangers afloat as financial crisis threatens

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) – Former Scottish champions Rangers were facing more financial upheaval on Monday after negotiating a loan to stay afloat while being approached by American financier Robert Sarver who is considering a potential takeover.

The Glasgow-based club, whose 54 Scottish titles constitutes a world record for domestic championships, have climbed back to the second tier after being wound up and re-formed as a fourth-tier club in 2012.

Dec 30, 2014

Soccer-Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year

LONDON, Dec 30 (Reuters) – A superb World Cup featuring one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history, Germany’s fourth title and the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world’s best were among the soccer highlights of 2014.

Real Madrid’s long-awaited 10th European crown — ‘la decima’ — secured after they equalised late in normal time before winning the Champions League final 4-1 after extra time against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon was another dramatic moment.

Dec 19, 2014

Yearender: Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year

LONDON (Reuters) – A superb World Cup featuring one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history, Germany’s fourth title and the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world’s best were among the soccer highlights of 2014.

Real Madrid’s long-awaited tenth European crown — ‘la decima’ — secured after they equalised late in normal time before winning the Champions League final 4-1 after extra time against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon was another dramatic moment.

Dec 19, 2014

Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year

LONDON (Reuters) – A superb World Cup featuring one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history, Germany’s fourth title and the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world’s best were among the soccer highlights of 2014.

Real Madrid’s long-awaited tenth European crown — ‘la decima’ — secured after they equalised late in normal time before winning the Champions League final 4-1 after extra time against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon was another dramatic moment.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A superb World Cup featuring one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history, Germany’s fourth title and the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world’s best were among the soccer highlights of 2014.

Real Madrid’s long-awaited tenth European crown — ‘la decima’ — secured after they equalised late in normal time before winning the Champions League final 4-1 after extra time against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon was another dramatic moment.

Dec 4, 2014

Chelsea seek record, City aim to keep up chase

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea will try to stay unbeaten for a club record 24th straight match when they visit Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday having had little time to recover from their midweek win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Jose Mourinho’s men maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-0 home victory over Spurs which preserved their six-point lead over champions Manchester City at the top of the table. They have not lost any match since April.