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Oct 17, 2015

Soccer-Klopp keeps it normal as Liverpool draw at Spurs

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Juergen Klopp introduced himself as the “the Normal One” at his first media conference and the new Liverpool manager ended up having a relatively normal day when his side drew 0-0 at Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

That is, of course, without the phalanx of photographers that followed his every move, the TV interviews before kickoff and double the usual number of reporters at his post-match news interview.

Oct 17, 2015

Klopp’s Liverpool reign begins with draw at Spurs

LONDON (Reuters) – Juergen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager began with a few points made but only one gained from an exciting, end-to-end 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Klopp’s new team displayed signs of the high energy, high-pressing full-throttle footballing style he perfected at Borussia Dortmund, but without the injured Daniel Sturridge in attack, they lacked the guile to break down a resilient Spurs defence.

Oct 17, 2015

Soccer-Klopp’s Liverpool reign begins with draw at Spurs

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Juergen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager began with a few points made but only one gained from an exciting, end-to-end 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Klopp’s new team displayed signs of the high energy, high-pressing full-throttle footballing style he perfected at Borussia Dortmund, but without the injured Daniel Sturridge in attack, they lacked the guile to break down a resilient Spurs defence.

Oct 14, 2015

Drama as Turkey and Croatia qualify while Dutch go out

LONDON (Reuters) – Turkey and Croatia secured the last automatic spots at Euro 2016 in dramatic fashion on Tuesday but the Netherlands’ qualifying campaign ended in failure with a home defeat by Czech Republic leaving them out of contention.

The Dutch, European champions in 1988 and World Cup semi-finalists last year, finished fourth in their group to miss out on the finals for the first time since 1984.

Oct 13, 2015

Soccer-Drama as Turkey and Croatia qualify while Dutch go out

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Turkey and Croatia secured the last automatic spots at Euro 2016 in dramatic fashion on Tuesday but the Netherlands’ qualifying campaign ended in failure with a home defeat by Czech Republic leaving them out of contention.

The Dutch, European champions in 1988 and World Cup semi-finalists last year, finished fourth in their group to miss out on the finals for the first time since 1984.

Oct 12, 2015

Russia, Slovakia clinch places in Euro finals

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia, who host the World Cup in 2018, made sure they will be guests at France’s party next year when they beat Montenegro to make sure of their place in the Euro 2016 finals on Monday.

On the penultimate night of qualifiers, they were joined by Slovakia, who beat Luxembourg, while Ukraine, Slovenia and Sweden must take their chances in the playoffs.

Oct 12, 2015

Soccer-Russia, Slovakia clinch places in Euro finals

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Russia, who host the World Cup in 2018, made sure they will be guests at France’s party next year when they beat Montenegro to make sure of their place in the Euro 2016 finals on Monday.

On the penultimate night of qualifiers, they were joined by Slovakia, who beat Luxembourg, while Ukraine, Slovenia and Sweden must take their chances in the playoffs.

Oct 12, 2015

State of play on road to Euro 2016 finals

LONDON (Reuters) – The state of play on the road to the Euro 2016 finals in France with qualifying games completed in Groups D, F and I on Sunday, and the remaining groups to be finalised on Monday and Tuesday.

Qualified:

Hosts: France

Group A: Iceland, Czech Republic

Group B: Belgium, Wales

Group C: Spain

Group D: Germany, Poland

Group E: England, Switzerland

Group F: Northern Ireland, Romania

Group G: Austria

Group H: Italy

Group I: Portugal, Albania

Still in contention for automatic qualification:

Group C: Slovakia and Ukraine

Group G: Russia and Sweden

Group H: Norway and Croatia

Playoff places:

Group A: Turkey or Netherlands

Group B: Bosnia, Israel or Cyprus

Group C: Slovakia or Ukraine

Group D: Ireland

Group E: Slovenia or Estonia

Group F: Hungary

Group G: Russia or Sweden

Group H: Norway or Croatia

Group I: Denmark

The third-placed side with the best record against the first, second, fourth and fifth teams in their group also qualify automatically. The eight other third-placed teams go into the two-legged playoffs in November.

Oct 12, 2015

Germany, Albania, Romania and Poland join 2016 party

LONDON (Reuters) – World champions Germany and perennial also-rans Albania do not share much in common in soccer but both were united in joy on Sunday when they qualified for Euro 2016 in France along with Romania and Poland.

The World Cup winners, who have lifted the Henri Delauney trophy three times as European champions, left it late but sealed their spot with a 2-1 win over already-eliminated Georgia which gave them top spot in Group D.

Oct 11, 2015

Soccer-Germany, Albania, Romania and Poland join 2016 party

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – World champions Germany and perennial also-rans Albania do not share much in common in soccer but both were united in joy on Sunday when they qualified for Euro 2016 in France along with Romania and Poland.

The World Cup winners, who have lifted the Henri Delauney trophy three times as European champions, left it late but sealed their spot with a 2-1 win over already-eliminated Georgia which gave them top spot in Group D.