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May 21, 2015

Soccer-Why Blatter will remain supreme as The Pope of Football

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – Unless the world of soccer shifts on its axis at the end of this month, Sepp Blatter will be re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term at the annual congress of world soccer’s governing body in Zurich.

It is almost inconceivable that any of the 79-year-old’s three challengers, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan of FIFA’s executive committee, Dutch FA president Michael van Praag or former World Footballer of the Year Luis Figo will unseat him.

May 21, 2015

Soccer-Forty-five minutes that could change soccer’s world

LONDON, May 21 (Reuters) – When Sepp Blatter is not comparing FIFA to a boat in calm or choppy waters he often uses football analogies to illustrate his point so it might amuse him to think he faces a tricky 45 minutes at this month’s Congress.

That is when he will have to sit back and listen to the three men challenging his right to remain FIFA president, with each being allowed 15 minutes to score, as it were, a goal that would send him crashing to defeat.

May 20, 2015

Figo denies he is planning to withdraw from FIFA election

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo says he has no plans to quit his campaign at a joint news conference in the Netherlands with fellow hopeful Michael van Praag.

Figo was reacting on Wednesday to a story published earlier in the day by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.

May 20, 2015

Soccer-Figo denies he is planning to withdraw from FIFA election

LONDON, May 20 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo says he has no plans to quit his campaign at a joint news conference in the Netherlands with fellow hopeful Michael van Praag.

Figo was reacting on Wednesday to a story published earlier in the day by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.

May 16, 2015

Bruce manages a smile after hardest week as manager

LONDON (Reuters) – Hull City’s Steve Bruce was left to ponder his hardest week as a manager after a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday left them perilously close to relegation from the Premier League.

Hull must beat Manchester United in their last game to have any chance of staying up but Bruce had more on his mind than just a drop into the Championship after his midfielder Jake Livermore tested positive for cocaine this week.

May 16, 2015

Soccer-Bruce manages a smile after hardest week as manager

LONDON, May 16 (Reuters) – Hull City’s Steve Bruce was left to ponder his hardest week as a manager after a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday left them perilously close to relegation from the Premier League.

Hull must beat Manchester United in their last game to have any chance of staying up but Bruce had more on his mind than just a drop into the Championship after his midfielder Jake Livermore tested positive for cocaine this week.

May 14, 2015

Emotional Anfield gathers for Gerrard’s last home game

LONDON (Reuters) – An emotional Anfield will witness the end of an era on Saturday when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his final home appearance after more than 700 games and 17 years playing for his boyhood club.

Tickets that normally cost 47 pounds ($73.52) are on sale on the internet for more than 1,300 pounds such is the demand to see the Gerrard’s last match on home soil against Crystal Palace after his exceptional, glittering, one-club career.

May 14, 2015

Soccer-Emotional Anfield gathers for Gerrard’s last home game

LONDON, May 14 (Reuters) – An emotional Anfield will witness the end of an era on Saturday when Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard makes his final home appearance after more than 700 games and 17 years playing for his boyhood club.

Tickets that normally cost 47 pounds ($73.52) are on sale on the internet for more than 1,300 pounds such is the demand to see the Gerrard’s last match on home soil against Crystal Palace after his exceptional, glittering, one-club career.

May 13, 2015

Soccer eases life in Jordan refugee camp, until goal dispute

ZAATARI, Jordan (Reuters) – As Hiba’s shot beats the goalkeeper and nestles in the back of the net she turns away, her arms raised in triumph, her face beaming with joy while her team mates scream in delight.

This, however, is no ordinary goal on an ordinary soccer pitch. For many children, this exuberance marks a return of the childhood torn from them by screams of war in the Syrian homeland they have left behind.

May 13, 2015

Pietersen makes front and back pages after England snub

LONDON (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen dominated the front and back pages of Britain’s newspapers on Wednesday with many sympathising with the controversial batsman whose England comeback bid has been thwarted by new cricket director Andrew Strauss.

The flamboyant South African-born right-hander, who hit a career-best 355 not out for Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, has said the snub has left him “absolutely devastated”.