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Jul 2, 2015

Football gatecrashes Britain’s summer sporting parties

LONDON (Reuters) – Soccer gatecrashed Britain’s summer sporting party scene on Thursday when West Ham United kicked off their season just 39 days after their last competitive match with a satisfactory 3-0 win over Andorran part-timers FC Lusitans in the Europa League.

On the day former men’s singles champion Rafa Nadal crashed out on Centre Court at Wimbledon and six days before the first Ashes cricket test between England and Australia, the start of the Champions and Europa League qualifiers this week underlined just how European club soccer is now virtually a year-round affair.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Football gatecrashes Britain’s summer sporting parties

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – Soccer gatecrashed Britain’s summer sporting party scene on Thursday when West Ham United kicked off their season just 39 days after their last competitive match with a satisfactory 3-0 win over Andorran part-timers FC Lusitans in the Europa League.

On the day former men’s singles champion Rafa Nadal crashed out on Centre Court at Wimbledon and six days before the first Ashes cricket test between England and Australia, the start of the Champions and Europa League qualifiers this week underlined just how European club soccer is now virtually a year-round affair.

Jul 2, 2015

England must not repeat 2012 mistakes, says BBC’s Oatley

LONDON (Reuters) – The English FA and everyone involved in women’s football must not repeat the mistakes they made after the success of the 2012 London Olympics if the women’s game is to grow in the country, BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley told Reuters on Thursday.

Oatley, the anchor of the BBC’s multi-platform coverage of the women’s World Cup finals in Canada, was speaking after England’s heart-breaking last-minute 2-1 semi-final defeat by world champions Japan in Edmonton.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-England must not repeat 2012 mistakes, says BBC’s Oatley

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – The English FA and everyone involved in women’s football must not repeat the mistakes they made after the success of the 2012 London Olympics if the women’s game is to grow in the country, BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley told Reuters on Thursday.

Oatley, the anchor of the BBC’s multi-platform coverage of the women’s World Cup finals in Canada, was speaking after England’s heart-breaking last-minute 2-1 semi-final defeat by world champions Japan in Edmonton.

Jul 1, 2015

Liverpool complete Clyne signing from Southampton

LONDON (Reuters) – Liverpool have signed Southampton and England right back Nathaniel Clyne on a long-term deal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who had one year left on his Southampton contract, has signed for a fee reported in British media to be around 12.5 million pounds ($19.57 million).

Jul 1, 2015

Soccer-Liverpool complete Clyne signing from Southampton

LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – Liverpool have signed Southampton and England right back Nathaniel Clyne on a long-term deal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, who had one year left on his Southampton contract, has signed for a fee reported in British media to be around 12.5 million pounds ($19.57 million).

Jun 7, 2015

Disappointed Juve still have bright future, says Morata

BERLIN (Reuters) – Juventus’s disappointment after losing 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League final was plain to see but once the dust settles on one of the great European showpiece matches there will be lots of positives to reflect on.

The scorer of their only goal, Alvaro Morata, believes the Italian club can build on their double domestic success of this season and challenge for the Champions League title again soon.

Jun 7, 2015

Soccer–Disappointed Juve still have bright future, says Morata

BERLIN, June 7 (Reuters) – Juventus’s disappointment after losing 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League final was plain to see but once the dust settles on one of the great European showpiece matches there will be lots of positives to reflect on.

The scorer of their only goal, Alvaro Morata, believes the Italian club can build on their double domestic success of this season and challenge for the Champions League title again soon.

Jun 7, 2015

Barca and Juve provide perfect antidote to FIFA stench

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona triumphed over fellow European giants Juventus in a superb Champions League final on Saturday that was the perfect antidote to the stench coming out of Zurich in the wake of the FIFA corruption scandal.

Barca’s dazzling attacking play and Juve’s resilience, which kept them in the game until Neymar wrapped up a 3-1 win in stoppage time, recalled the free-scoring early years of the competition in the 1950s and 1960s and provided a wonderful finale to the 60th season of UEFA’s flagship club competition.

Jun 6, 2015

Analysis – Barca and Juve provide perfect antidote to FIFA stench

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona triumphed over fellow European giants Juventus in a superb Champions League final on Saturday that was the perfect antidote to the stench coming out of Zurich in the wake of the FIFA corruption scandal.

Barca’s dazzling attacking play and Juve’s resilience, which kept them in the game until Neymar wrapped up a 3-1 win in stoppage time, recalled the free-scoring early years of the competition in the 1950s and 1960s and provided a wonderful finale to the 60th season of UEFA’s flagship club competition.