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Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Champions League final facts and figures

BERLIN, June 4 (Reuters) – Facts and figures relating to the Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday:

– This will be the 60th final of the competition since it started as the European Champions Cup in the 1955-56 season and the first final in the competition’s history to be staged in Berlin.

Jun 4, 2015

England daring to dream of World Cup success in Canada

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson believes his squad are good enough to win a maiden Women’s World Cup next month after the way they blitzed their way into the finals winning all 10 qualifiers with a 52-1 goal tally.

Clearly he and his squad know that having to beat the likes of world champions Japan, Germany or the United States if they reach the closing stages will be an entirely different matter from seeing off Montenegro 10-0 and 9-0 in the qualifiers, but England will be no pushovers in Canada.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-England daring to dream of World Cup success in Canada

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson believes his squad are good enough to win a maiden Women’s World Cup next month after the way they blitzed their way into the finals winning all 10 qualifiers with a 52-1 goal tally.

Clearly he and his squad know that having to beat the likes of world champions Japan, Germany or the United States if they reach the closing stages will be an entirely different matter from seeing off Montenegro 10-0 and 9-0 in the qualifiers, but England will be no pushovers in Canada.

Jun 3, 2015

How to cancel a World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – It has never been done before and no defined procedure for doing it exists but, in theory, withdrawing the right to host a World Cup from a host nation should be an easy thing to do.

Football has been in turmoil since a series of arrests last week of officials from the world governing body FIFA on U.S. Department of Justice allegations of bribery.

Jun 3, 2015

The men who might be after FIFA’s top job

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA is facing a turning point in its history with the end of president Sepp Blatter’s 17-year grip on power.

He was only the eighth man to hold the office since FIFA was formed 111 years ago, and in the last 54 years only three men have been president: Stanley Rous of England, who held the post for 13 years from 1961 to 1974; Joao Havelange, who was there for 24 years from 1974-98; and Blatter.

May 30, 2015

Sherwood promises Villa clear-out after FA Cup final defeat

LONDON (Reuters) – Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood said some players in the side crushed 4-0 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday had played their last match for the club.

Offering no excuses for Villa’s poor performance, Sherwood said he intended to immediately start re-building his squad for next season.

May 30, 2015

Soccer-Sherwood promises Villa clear-out after FA Cup final defeat

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood said some players in the side crushed 4-0 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday had played their last match for the club.

Offering no excuses for Villa’s poor performance, Sherwood said he intended to immediately start re-building his squad for next season.

May 30, 2015

Arsenal rout Villa in final to claim FA Cup record

LONDON (Reuters) – Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up their one-sided victory.

Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were also on target, once the match was effectively over as a contest, as the Londoners sealed their biggest winning margin in a final of the world’s oldest knockout competition.

May 30, 2015

Soccer-Arsenal rout Villa in final to claim FA Cup record

LONDON, May 30 (Reuters) – Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up their one-sided victory.

Per Mertesacker and Olivier Giroud were also on target, once the match was effectively over as a contest, as the Londoners sealed their biggest winning margin in a final of the world’s oldest knockout competition.

May 30, 2015

English FA president Prince William calls for FIFA reform

LONDON (Reuters) – English FA president Prince William called on FIFA to reform and show that “it can represent the interests of fair play” in a speech at the FA Cup final on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of English football’s showpiece occasion between Arsenal and Aston Villa, the Duke of Cambridge compared the scandal hitting football’s world governing body to the Salt Lake City Olympics corruption crisis.