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Feb 24, 2015

November/December the best World Cup option, even for Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – The FIFA Task Force set up to recommend the best time of year to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were always in an impossible position, from the moment they sat down to consider the options.

But Tuesday’s recommendation to stage it over November and December is probably the best option for all — even though Europe’s major clubs disagree.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-November/December the best World Cup option, even for Europe

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The FIFA Task Force set up to recommend the best time of year to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were always in an impossible position, from the moment they sat down to consider the options.

But Tuesday’s recommendation to stage it over November and December is probably the best option for all — even though Europe’s major clubs disagree.

Feb 24, 2015

Monaco’s Berbatov seeks goals on London return

LONDON (Reuters) – Dimitar Berbatov will be hoping for a goalscoring return against his former arch-enemies Arsenal when AS Monaco come to the red half of north London for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg match on Wednesday.

The Bulgarian is still remembered with affection for the 46 goals he scored for Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a two-year spell at White Hart Lane before a 30 million pounds ($46.05 million) move to Manchester United in September 2008.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-Monaco’s Berbatov seeks goals on London return

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Dimitar Berbatov will be hoping for a goalscoring return against his former arch-enemies Arsenal when AS Monaco come to the red half of north London for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg match on Wednesday.

The Bulgarian is still remembered with affection for the 46 goals he scored for Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a two-year spell at White Hart Lane before a 30 million pounds ($46.05 million) move to Manchester United in September 2008.

Feb 23, 2015

Middle East investment boosts European shirt revenue

LONDON (Reuters) – Middle East investment is swelling the coffers of Europe’s top football clubs whose income from shirt sponsorship has soared to over 687 million euros (503.73 million pounds) this season — 20 percent up on 2013-14, according to analysts Repucom.

The German-based global strategy company says in their European Football Jersey Report that companies in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar invested about 160 million euros this season, almost a quarter of the total spent by companies worldwide sponsoring the shirts in Europe’s top six leagues.

Feb 23, 2015

Soccer-Middle East investment boosts European shirt revenue

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Middle East investment is swelling the coffers of Europe’s top soccer clubs whose income from shirt sponsorship has soared to over 687 million euros ($777.75 million) this season — 20 percent up on 2013-14, according to analysts Repucom.

The German-based global strategy company says in their European Football Jersey Report that companies in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar invested about 160 million euros this season, almost a quarter of the total spent by companies worldwide sponsoring the shirts in Europe’s top six leagues.

Feb 22, 2015

Spurs’ late equaliser should not have stood – Allardyce

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s 96th minute equaliser by Harry Kane in a 2-2 home draw against West Ham United on Sunday should not have stood but the referee was not brave enough to disallow it, said visiting manager Sam Allardyce.

With four minutes and 48 seconds of five additional minutes having been played, and Spurs trailing 2-1, they were awarded a penalty when Kane was felled by Alex Song.

Feb 22, 2015

Soccer-Spurs’ late equaliser should not have stood – Allardyce

LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur’s 96th minute equaliser by Harry Kane in a 2-2 home draw against West Ham United on Sunday should not have stood but the referee was not brave enough to disallow it, said visiting manager Sam Allardyce.

With four minutes and 48 seconds of five additional minutes having been played, and Spurs trailing 2-1, they were awarded a penalty when Kane was felled by Alex Song.

Feb 19, 2015

Figo proposes World Cup expansion if elected FIFA head

LONDON (Reuters) – Luis Figo proposed an increase from 32 to “40 or 48″ teams at the World Cup finals as part of his FIFA presidential manifesto launched at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

The former Portugal international, 42, wants a greater percentage of FIFA’s income spent on grassroots development and also proposed sin-bins and reverting to the old offside rule interpretation.

Feb 19, 2015

Soccer-Figo proposes World Cup expansion if elected FIFA head

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Luis Figo proposed an increase from 32 to “40 or 48″ teams at the World Cup finals as part of his FIFA presidential manifesto launched at Wembley Stadium on Thursday.

The former Portugal international, 42, wants a greater percentage of FIFA’s income spent on grassroots development and also proposed sin-bins and reverting to the old offside rule interpretation.