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Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Platini rules out running for FIFA presidency

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, saying he “could not convince himself” that opposing incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency was the right thing to do.

Instead, the former France international told a packed news conference in Monte Carlo that he would offer himself instead for re-election as UEFA president, a role he has held since 2007.

Aug 28, 2014

Platini to press for more European World Cup places

MONACO (Reuters) – Michel Platini, who will almost certainly be re-elected as UEFA president next year after saying he had no plans to run for the FIFA presidency, said on Thursday he wants Europe to have 15 places at the World Cup again.

Platini, 59, used his traditional early season media conference to announce he intended to urge FIFA to increase Europe’s representation from 13 teams back to 15 for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Platini to press for more European World Cup places

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Michel Platini, who will almost certainly be re-elected as UEFA president next year after saying he had no plans to run for the FIFA presidency, said on Thursday he wants Europe to have 15 places at the World Cup again.

Platini, 59, used his traditional early season media conference to announce he intended to urge FIFA to increase Europe’s representation from 13 teams back to 15 for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Aug 28, 2014

Platini rules out standing against Blatter

MONACO (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the FIFA presidency on Friday, the Frenchman opting not to oppose incumbent president Sepp Blatter as head of soccer’s global governing body.

Platini, due to hold a news conference at 10:00 AM BST, told the chairman and general secretaries of UEFA’s 54 member nations that he had decided not to stand against Blatter, who will be seeking a fifth term when the election is held next year.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Platini rules out standing against Blatter

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the FIFA presidency on Friday, the Frenchman opting not to oppose incumbent president Sepp Blatter as head of soccer’s global governing body.

Platini, due to hold a news conference at 0900 GMT, told the chairman and general secretaries of UEFA’s 54 member nations that he had decided not to stand against Blatter, who will be seeking a fifth term when the election is held next year.

Aug 24, 2014

Lamela and Chadli shine as Spurs investments start to sparkle

LONDON (Reuters) – Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli were at the heart of Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers on Sunday as two of the much-derided flops of last season combined to offer hope for yet another new era in north London.

Tottenham fans have suffered too many false dawns over the years to get too carried away by a win that put Spurs top of the league after two games under new coach Mauricio Pochettino but even the most jaundiced would have gone home happy.

Aug 24, 2014

Soccer-Lamela and Chadli shine as Spurs investments start to sparkle

LONDON, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli were at the heart of Tottenham Hotspur’s 4-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers on Sunday as two of the much-derided flops of last season combined to offer hope for yet another new era in north London.

Tottenham fans have suffered too many false dawns over the years to get too carried away by a win that put Spurs top of the league after two games under new coach Mauricio Pochettino but even the most jaundiced would have gone home happy.

Aug 24, 2014

Arsenal salvage late Everton draw, Chelsea win

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal showed the resilience that could underpin a Premier League title challenge when they scored twice in the closing minutes to draw 2-2 at Everton after the home side largely dominated the match on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey tapped in after 83 minutes and substitute Olivier Giroud planted home a header in the 90th to cancel out the lead Everton held after a first-half header from Seamus Coleman and Steven Naismith’s second on the stroke of halftime.

Aug 23, 2014

Chelsea beat Leicester to complete double over new boys

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea secured a second successive win over a newly-promoted side when they beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

Jose Mourinho’s side started the season with a 3-1 win at last season’s Championship (second division) runners-up Burnley on Monday and Saturday’s win over winners Leicester gave them six points after a much improved second-half performance against the resilient visitors.

Aug 23, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea beat Leicester to complete win double over new boys

LONDON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Chelsea scored a second successive win over a newly-promoted side when they beat Leicester City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday thanks to second-half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

Chelsea started the season with a 3-1 win at last season’s Championship (second division) runners-up Burnley on Monday and Saturday’s win over winners Leicester gave Jose Mourinho’s men six points after a much improved second-half performance against the resilient visitors.