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Aug 10, 2014

Beaming Wenger all set for new season to start

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave the impression of a man who cannot wait for the new season to begin after praising his side following their 3-0 demolition of Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.

“It was a complete performance in the first half, we defended well and kept the spirit and organisation in the second half and the win today provides a very positive platform to prepare from,” Wenger told reporters.

Aug 10, 2014

Soccer-Beaming Wenger all set for new season to start

LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave the impression of a man who cannot wait for the new season to begin after praising his side following their 3-0 demolition of Premier League champions Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.

“It was a complete performance in the first half, we defended well and kept the spirit and organisation in the second half and the win today provides a very positive platform to prepare from,” Wenger told reporters.

Aug 10, 2014

Soccer-Dominant Arsenal thrash City in curtain-raiser

LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Arsenal, who went nine years without a trophy before winning the FA Cup in May, collected their second piece of silverware in three months when they crushed champions Manchester City 3-0 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

Arsenal thoroughly deserved their emphatic win in the traditional curtain-raiser to the new English season with goals from Santi Cazorla after 21 minutes, Aaron Ramsey after 42 and a stunning long-range third from Olivier Giroud just past the hour.

Aug 8, 2014

Spurs hope Pochettino can find path back to glory days

LONDON (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur have been one of the most consistent clubs in the Premier League over the last five seasons but they will be delighted to lose that tag under new Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Because, despite having a talented squad with great depth, young home-grown players breaking into the first team, regular European football and the expected start to building work on a new 58,000-seater stadium, Tottenham have under-achieved year after year.

Aug 8, 2014

Soccer-Spurs hope Pochettino can find path back to glory days

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Tottenham Hotspur have been one of the most consistent clubs in the Premier League over the last five seasons but they will be delighted to lose that tag under new Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino.

Because, despite having a talented squad with great depth, young home-grown players breaking into the first team, regular European football and the expected start to building work on a new 58,000-seater stadium, Tottenham have under-achieved year after year.

Jul 27, 2014

Russia should lose 2018 soccer World Cup over Ukraine: UK deputy PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia should be stripped of the right to host the 2018 soccer World Cup unless President Vladimir Putin stops destabilizing Ukraine, Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on Sunday, warning the world would look weak if it didn’t act.

Clegg, the most senior British politician to call for such action, said Putin’s behavior toward Ukraine was “beyond the pale” and had reached “a tipping point”.

Jul 9, 2014

Sublime Germany stun the world with rout of Brazil

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany inflicted the most shocking result in World Cup history when they crushed hosts Brazil 7-1 in a semi-final that brought grief to millions of home fans and caused utter astonishment around the world on Tuesday.

The inspired Germans scored five goals in 18 first-half minutes to re-write the record books as Brazil’s defense caved in to leave their dreams of a sixth world title in tatters.

Jul 8, 2014

Magnificent Germany shatter Brazil’s World Cup dream

BELO HORIZONTE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday which shattered the host nation’s hopes of winning their sixth World Cup.

It was the most shocking result in the tournament’s history, Brazil’s record World Cup defeat and their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975.

Jul 8, 2014

Soccer-Magnificent Germany shatter Brazil’s World Cup dream

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil, July 8 (Reuters) – Germany scored five goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes on their way to a 7-1 semi-final mauling of Brazil on Tuesday which shattered the host nation’s hopes of winning their sixth World Cup.

It was the most shocking result in the tournament’s history, Brazil’s record World Cup defeat and their first at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975.

Jul 7, 2014

Vanishing spray inventor not letting his ideals disappear

BELO HORIZONTE (Reuters) – One of the great World Cup success stories has been the “magic spray” used by referees to keep a defensive wall 10 yards (9.15 meters) from the ball at free kicks but its inventor says he is more concerned with the good of the game than making millions.

Heine Allemagne, 43, who has given FIFA free use of his invention at the finals, says he is driven by a love of the game and helping referees keep discipline rather than becoming a multi-millionaire.