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Jan 14, 2015

Soccer-Gloves off as goalie Adrian strikes West Ham’s winner

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – In one of the most memorable moments in an absorbing match, West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian dramatically ripped off his gloves before scoring West Ham United’s winning penalty in their FA Cup tie against Everton.

The Spanish keeper had the fate of the third round replay in his hands before scoring against compatriot Joel Robles to give West Ham a 9-8 penalty shootout victory after a superb end-to-end thriller ended 2-2 after extra time on Tuesday.

Jan 14, 2015

Keeper Adrian the West Ham hero in Cup thriller

LONDON (Reuters) – West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian converted the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shootout against 10-man Everton to send the Londoners into the FA Cup fourth round after a pulsating replay at Upton Park on Tuesday.

Adrian fired past opposite number and Spanish compatriot Joel Robles immediately after the Everton keeper had crashed his spot kick against the crossbar as West Ham won 9-8 on penalties.

Jan 13, 2015

Soccer-Keeper Adrian the West Ham hero in Cup thriller

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – West Ham United goalkeeper Adrian converted the decisive spot-kick in a penalty shootout against 10-man Everton to send the Londoners into the FA Cup fourth round after a pulsating replay at Upton Park on Tuesday.

Adrian fired past opposite number and Spanish compatriot Joel Robles immediately after the Everton keeper had crashed his spot kick against the crossbar as West Ham won 9-8 on penalties.

Jan 13, 2015

Interview – My campaign is still fizzing, says confident Champagne

LONDON (Reuters) – Frenchman Jerome Champagne says there are no cracks in his FIFA presidential campaign with just over two weeks to go before he has to declare he has the backing of five national associations to allow his nomination to go ahead.

The 56-year-old former FIFA deputy secretary-general was the first to announce his candidature a year ago this month with Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan also declaring last week that he would run against incumbent president Sepp Blatter who is seeking a fifth term in office.

Jan 13, 2015

Soccer-My campaign is still fizzing, says confident Champagne

LONDON, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Frenchman Jerome Champagne says there are no cracks in his FIFA presidential campaign with just over two weeks to go before he has to declare he has the backing of five national associations to allow his nomination to go ahead.

The 56-year-old former FIFA deputy secretary-general was the first to announce his candidature a year ago this month with Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan also declaring last week that he would run against incumbent president Sepp Blatter who is seeking a fifth term in office.

Jan 12, 2015

Van Gaal no closer to title challenge than Moyes was

LONDON (Reuters) – Louis Van Gaal said it would take him three years to transform Manchester United into a potential title-winning team when he became manager last summer, but judged by Sunday’s loss to Southampton, he might have to wait a lot longer than that.

United, who spent 150 million pounds ($226.76 million) on new players in the summer, failed to get a shot on target at home for the first time in more than five years as they went down to a 1-0 defeat to the Saints who had not won at Old Trafford since 1988.

Jan 12, 2015

Soccer-Van Gaal no closer to title challenge than Moyes was

LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Louis Van Gaal said it would take him three years to transform Manchester United into a potential title-winning team when he became manager last summer, but judged by Sunday’s loss to Southampton, he might have to wait a lot longer than that.

United, who spent 150 million pounds ($226.76 million) on new players in the summer, failed to get a shot on target at home for the first time in more than five years as they went down to a 1-0 defeat to the Saints who had not won at Old Trafford since 1988.

Jan 11, 2015

Palace Glad All Over as Pardew celebrates winning return

LONDON (Reuters) – New Crystal Palace coach Alan Pardew celebrated an emotional return to Selhurst Park on Saturday as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 before he helped orchestrate the fans booming out their “Glad All Over” anthem.

Former Palace player Pardew may be just as glad his troubled reign at Newcastle United is all over as he was greeted “home” by a home crowd who had plenty to celebrate at the end of his first Premier League game as the club’s manager.

Jan 10, 2015

Soccer-Palace Glad All Over as Pardew celebrates winning return

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – New Crystal Palace coach Alan Pardew celebrated an emotional return to Selhurst Park on Saturday as they beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 before he helped orchestrate the fans booming out their “Glad All Over” anthem.

Former Palace player Pardew may be just as glad his troubled reign at Newcastle United is all over as he was greeted “home” by a home crowd who had plenty to celebrate at the end of his first Premier League game as the club’s manager.

Jan 10, 2015

50 leagues disrupted by winter World Cup warns official

LONDON (Reuters) – At least 50 football leagues around the world would be adversely affected if the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was held in November and December, the official who originally warned against holding the World Cup there has told Reuters.

The leagues would be slightly less disrupted if it was held in January and February but other complications make that difficult, says Harold Mayne-Nicholls, head of FIFA’s technical investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cups which ranked Qatar the highest risk for 2022.