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Jun 7, 2014

Soccer-World-Bentaleb poised to complete amazing six-month rise

June 7 (Reuters) – Few players at the World Cup in Brazil will have experienced a rise quite as meteoric as that enjoyed by Algeria’s teenage midfielder Nabil Bentaleb this season.

Less than six months ago he was playing in Tottenham Hotspur’s youth development squad on windswept playing fields and in near-empty stadiums.

Jun 6, 2014

Conservative Hodgson must allow England to cut loose

LONDON (Reuters) – In the year that England enjoyed their greatest soccer success by winning the World Cup in 1966, one young Englishman was facing an altogether uncertain future after being released by his club without making the grade as a professional.

That man was current England coach Roy Hodgson, who now faces the difficult task of getting it just right if his team are to win the World Cup for the first time since Crystal Palace cast him adrift almost half-a-century ago.

Jun 6, 2014

England head to Brazil relying on youngsters and luck

LONDON (Reuters) – One of the most telling moments of England’s World Cup build-up came off the pitch, away from the players, crowds and live TV cameras on the night of a labored 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley in March.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen, completing his post-match news conference turned back to the mass of reporters as he left the auditorium and shouted: “Good luck in the World Cup – you need it!”

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-Conservative Hodgson must allow England to cut loose

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – In the year that England enjoyed their greatest soccer success by winning the World Cup in 1966, one young Englishman was facing an altogether uncertain future after being released by his club without making the grade as a professional.

That man was current England coach Roy Hodgson, who now faces the difficult task of getting it just right if his team are to win the World Cup for the first time since Crystal Palace cast him adrift almost half-a-century ago.

Jun 6, 2014

Soccer-World-England head to Brazil relying on youngsters and luck

LONDON, June 6 (Reuters) – One of the most telling moments of England’s World Cup build-up came off the pitch, away from the players, crowds and live TV cameras on the night of a laboured 1-0 win over Denmark at Wembley in March.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen, completing his post-match news conference turned back to the mass of reporters as he left the auditorium and shouted: “Good luck in the World Cup – you need it!”

Jun 3, 2014

World Cup re-vote just one possible FIFA option: Champagne

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA have more options available than just organizing a re-vote to decide new 2022 World Cup hosts if allegations are proved that Qatar’s winning bid to stage the finals was corrupt, said FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne.

The Frenchman, the only person to formally declare his candidacy to stand in next year’s elections – almost certainly against incumbent Sepp Blatter – told Reuters that it was far from a foregone conclusion that, if and when FIFA had to decide on a change, there would be a simple re-vote.

Jun 3, 2014

Soccer-World Cup re-vote just one possible FIFA option – Champagne

LONDON, June 3 (Reuters) – FIFA have more options available than just organising a re-vote to decide new 2022 World Cup hosts if allegations are proved that Qatar’s winning bid to stage the finals was corrupt, said FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne.

The Frenchman, the only person to formally declare his candidacy to stand in next year’s elections – almost certainly against incumbent Sepp Blatter – told Reuters that it was far from a foregone conclusion that, if and when FIFA had to decide on a change, there would be a simple re-vote.

Jun 1, 2014

Qatar ‘vehemently denies’ latest accusation of 2022 wrongdoing

LONDON (Reuters) – Qatari organizers of soccer’s 2022 World Cup have “vehemently” denied accusations their successful bid was corrupt, saying its lawyers were looking into claims made by a British Sunday newspaper.

The Qataris issued the denial after Jim Boyce, a vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, said he would be in favor of re-running the vote for the 2022 host nation, if the allegations in the Sunday Times could be proved.

Jun 1, 2014

Soccer-Qatar “vehemently denies” latest accusation of 2022 wrongdoing

LONDON, June 1 (Reuters) – Qatari organisers of soccer’s 2022 World Cup have “vehemently” denied accusations their successful bid was corrupt, saying its lawyers were looking into claims made by a British Sunday newspaper.

The Qataris issued the denial after Jim Boyce, a vice-president of soccer’s world governing body FIFA, said he would be in favour of re-running the vote for the 2022 host nation, if the allegations in the Sunday Times could be proved.

Jun 1, 2014

Italy’s Montolivo out of World Cup with broken leg

LONDON (Reuters) – Italy suffered a serious blow ahead of next month’s World Cup when midfielder Riccardo Montolivo broke his leg during a warm-up game against Ireland at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

“It’s what we feared, a fractured tibia. It will probably need some months, Riccardo is out of the World Cup. He didn’t deserve this,” team doctor Enrico Castellacci told Rai TV.