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Sep 18, 2014

Costa can’t play every match because of injury – Mourinho

LONDON (Reuters) – Striker Diego Costa, who has scored seven goals for Chelsea in his first four Premier League games, cannot play more than once a week because of a hamstring problem, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Mourinho, looking down in the dumps after Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday, started with returning veteran striker Didier Drogba in attack with Costa on the bench against the Germans.

Sep 18, 2014

Soccer-Costa can’t play every match because of injury – Mourinho

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Striker Diego Costa, who has scored seven goals for Chelsea in his first four Premier League games, cannot play more than once a week because of a hamstring problem, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said.

Mourinho, looking down in the dumps after Chelsea could only draw 1-1 with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday, started with returning veteran striker Didier Drogba in attack with Costa on the bench against the Germans.

Sep 17, 2014

Schalke stop Chelsea juggernaut in its tracks

LONDON (Reuters) – Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season.

After Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead with his first goal for the club after 11 minutes, it seemed the floodgates would open and Chelsea, who have scored 15 goals in a perfect start to the Premier League, would run out easy winners.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-Schalke stop Chelsea juggernaut in its tracks

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Schalke 04 halted the Chelsea juggernaut when they drew 1-1 in their Champions League Group G opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, handing a wake-up call to the London club who had won their first four games of the season.

After Cesc Fabregas put Chelsea ahead with his first goal for the club after 11 minutes, it seemed the floodgates would open and Chelsea, who have scored 15 goals in a perfect start to the Premier League, would run out easy winners.

Sep 17, 2014

Wasteful Chelsea held to draw by Schalke

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea wasted chance after chance and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge that made a mockery of both teams’ early season form.

Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal for Chelsea to put them ahead after 11 minutes but the London side, who have won all four Premier League games, were pegged back when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a superb equaliser for Schalke, who are without a win in Germany this season.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-Wasteful Chelsea held to draw by Schalke

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Chelsea wasted chance after chance and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge that made a mockery of both teams’ early season form.

Cesc Fabregas scored his first goal for Chelsea to put them ahead after 11 minutes but the London side, who have won all four Premier League games, were pegged back when Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a superb equaliser for Schalke, who are without a win in Germany this season.

Sep 17, 2014

World Cup 2022 the ultimate goal for reborn Afghanistan

LONDON (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been beset by controversy, but for the visionaries bringing football back to life in Afghanistan it represents a shining, magical light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel.

“It is an almost impossible dream, but our dream is that Afghanistan, an Asian nation, takes part in an Asian World Cup in Qatar in eight years time,” Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada, the general secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), told Reuters.

Sep 17, 2014

Soccer-World Cup 2022 the ultimate goal for reborn Afghanistan

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has been beset by controversy, but for the visionaries bringing soccer back to life in Afghanistan it represents a shining, magical light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel.

“It is an almost impossible dream, but our dream is that Afghanistan, an Asian nation, takes part in an Asian World Cup in Qatar in eight years time,” Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada, the general secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), told Reuters.

Sep 16, 2014

QPR bank on Premier League survival as expulsion threat looms

LONDON (Reuters) – Losing 4-0 to Manchester United was bad enough for Queens Park Rangers but if the worst comes to the worst they could find themselves playing at minor clubs like Southport, Forest Green Rovers or Dover Athletic next year.

Instead of having to deal with British record signing Angel Di Maria in front of 75,000 people at Old Trafford in the Premier League, QPR could be playing in front of a few hundred fans on tiny grounds in football’s backwaters.

Sep 16, 2014

Soccer-QPR bank on Premier League survival as expulsion threat looms

LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Losing 4-0 to Manchester United was bad enough for Queens Park Rangers but if the worst comes to the worst they could find themselves playing at minor clubs like Southport, Forest Green Rovers or Dover Athletic next year.

Instead of having to deal with British record signing Angel Di Maria in front of 75,000 people at Old Trafford in the Premier League, QPR could be playing in front of a few hundred fans on tiny grounds in football’s backwaters.