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Apr 29, 2015

Asian soccer needs to ‘match up’ to catch up – Roxburgh

MANAMA (Reuters) – Asian footballers have talent and passion but must start applying themselves like Europeans and South Americans do if they are to achieve international success, according to the AFC’s new technical director Andy Roxburgh.

Roxburgh, who took his native Scotland to the World Cup finals in 1990 and the European Championship finals two years later, joined the Asian Football Confederation as the head of their technical department last month.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Asian soccer needs to ‘match up’ to catch up – Roxburgh

MANAMA, April 29 (Reuters) – Asian footballers have talent and passion but must start applying themselves like Europeans and South Americans do if they are to achieve international success, according to the AFC’s new technical director Andy Roxburgh.

Roxburgh, who took his native Scotland to the World Cup finals in 1990 and the European Championship finals two years later, joined the Asian Football Confederation as the head of their technical department last month.

Apr 29, 2015

Kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad to take first step towards FIFA throne

MANAMA (Reuters) – When FIFA president Sepp Blatter addresses delegates at the 26th Asian Football Confederation congress on Thursday at least four men watching him are likely to be imagining themselves standing in his shoes in the future.

Three of them are campaigning now to end Blatter’s 17-year-reign as the head of world soccer in next month’s presidential elections, but the fourth, biding his time, is increasingly being seen as the man mostly likely to actually succeed him.

Apr 29, 2015

Soccer-Kingmaker Sheikh Ahmad to take first step towards FIFA throne

MANAMA, April 29 (Reuters) – When FIFA president Sepp Blatter addresses delegates at the 26th Asian Football Confederation congress on Thursday at least four men watching him are likely to be imagining themselves standing in his shoes in the future.

Three of them are campaigning now to end Blatter’s 17-year-reign as the head of world soccer in next month’s presidential elections, but the fourth, biding his time, is increasingly being seen as the man mostly likely to actually succeed him.

Apr 28, 2015

Figo hopes World Cup expansion plan can gain Asia support

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo will hope to convince delegates at this week’s Asian Football Confederation Congress that a vote for him would boost the region’s chances of more places in future World Cup finals.

Figo told Reuters before he left for Thursday’s congress in the Bahrain capital of Manama that he also wanted more non-Europeans involved in working for FIFA, which should become more of a multi-cultural organisation.

Apr 28, 2015

Soccer-Figo hopes World Cup expansion plan can gain Asia support

LONDON, April 28 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Luis Figo will hope to convince delegates at this week’s Asian Football Confederation Congress that a vote for him would boost the region’s chances of more places in future World Cup finals.

Figo told Reuters before he left for Thursday’s congress in the Bahrain capital of Manama that he also wanted more non-Europeans involved in working for FIFA, which should become more of a multi-cultural organisation.

Apr 27, 2015

Soccer-Sleepy Bournemouth’s top-flight dream becomes a reality

LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) – There is an old joke in Bournemouth that when the local council offered free bus passes to residents under 21 only seven people applied — everyone else who lives in the English south-coast resort is too old.

For much of their 116-year existence, Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, still their official title under the trading name AFC Bournemouth, have reflected the perception of the town as a nice place for a quiet retirement or a weekend beside the sea.

Apr 27, 2015

Newsmaker: Kane named best young player after stellar year

LONDON (Reuters) – It took Harry Kane four years to become an overnight sensation at Tottenham Hotspur in a season that began on the bench but is ending with a Young Player of the Year award as a full England international.

His peers in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) had no doubt the 21-year-old striker who has scored 30 goals for Spurs and one for England 79 seconds into his debut, was the outstanding young performer of the campaign.

Apr 26, 2015

Kane named best young player after stellar year

LONDON (Reuters) – It took Harry Kane four years to become an overnight sensation at Tottenham Hotspur in a season that began on the bench but is ending with a Young Player of the Year award as a full England international.

His peers in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) had no doubt the 21-year-old striker who has scored 30 goals for Spurs and one for England 79 seconds into his debut, was the outstanding young performer of the campaign.

Apr 26, 2015

Soccer-Kane named best young player after stellar year

LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) – It took Harry Kane four years to become an overnight sensation at Tottenham Hotspur in a season that began on the bench but is ending with a Young Player of the Year award as a full England international.

His peers in the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) had no doubt the 21-year-old striker who has scored 30 goals for Spurs and one for England 79 seconds into his debut, was the outstanding young performer of the campaign.