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Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-’Pope’ Blatter likely to ride out latest FIFA storm

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Teflon-coated Sepp Blatter has survived plenty of crises during his 16 years as FIFA president and although the current one over the Garcia corruption report takes world soccer’s governing body into uncharted waters, he is very likely to come through it too.

Previous scandals include the collapse of FIFA’s former marketing partner ISL in 2001, allegations over bribes paid to former FIFA president Joao Havelange and other senior officials, and financial mismanagement claims made by former FIFA secretary general Michel Zen Ruffinen in 2002.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Publish report and rebuild FIFA’s image, presidential hopeful says

LONDON, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The “absolutely incredible” events buffeting FIFA mean world soccer’s governing body must now release the full report into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups if it is to rebuild its tarnished image, the man who hopes to become its next president told Reuters on Friday.

FIFA had hoped to draw a line under the controversy when German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, ruling on behalf of the soccer body’s ethics committee, said he found no grounds sufficient to re-open the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments in Russia and Qatar.

Nov 11, 2014

Tottenham seeking to rebuild on and off the pitch

LONDON (Reuters) – Almost all the old buildings have been demolished, diggers are in place and a perimeter fence displaying images of Tottenham Hotspur’s shiny new stadium borders the vast open space next to the North Stand at White Hart Lane.

But like most things in Tottenham’s recent history, it’s not as simple as all that.

Nov 11, 2014

Soccer-Tottenham seeking to rebuild on and off the pitch

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Almost all the old buildings have been demolished, diggers are in place and a perimeter fence displaying images of Tottenham Hotspur’s shiny new stadium borders the vast open space next to the North Stand at White Hart Lane.

But like most things in Tottenham’s recent history, it’s not as simple as all that.

Nov 9, 2014

Chelsea “autumn champions”, City fail to win again

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea were declared the “autumn champions” by coach Jose Mourinho as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 win at Liverpool on Saturday that kept them four points clear of Southampton at the top of the Premier League.

Relentless Southampton beat Leicester City 2-0 at home and there was also a tight 1-0 victory for Manchester United over Crystal Palace although champions Manchester City were held to a 2-2 draw at lowly Queens Park Rangers in the evening kickoff.

Nov 8, 2014

Top two Chelsea and Southampton win again

LONDON (Reuters) – Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa gave Chelsea a deserved 2-1 comeback win at Liverpool on Saturday as they stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to 11 matches from the start of the season.

Chelsea stayed four points clear at the top from Southampton, who won 2-0 at home to Leicester City after Shane Long came on as a 67th-minute substitute and scored with a left-foot shot on 75 minutes and a right-foot effort five minutes later.

Nov 8, 2014

Soccer-Top two Chelsea and Southampton win again

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Goals from Gary Cahill and Diego Costa gave Chelsea a deserved 2-1 comeback win at Liverpool on Saturday as they stretched their unbeaten Premier League run to 11 matches from the start of the season.

Chelsea stayed four points clear at the top from Southampton, who won 2-0 at home to Leicester City after Shane Long came on as a 67th-minute substitute and scored with a left-foot shot on 75 minutes and a right-foot effort five minutes later.

Nov 7, 2014

Fulham owner Khan targets top-six finish for improving side

LONDON (Reuters) – It’s not everyone who can watch two clubs he owns in two different sports while staying on his own yacht moored in the middle of London, but that’s the pleasant situation Shahid Khan finds himself in this weekend.

The 64-year-old billionaire, who made his money in the motor trade, will watch Fulham play Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage in the English soccer Championship (second division) on Saturday and will then see his Jacksonville Jaguars team take on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL at Wembley on Sunday.

Nov 7, 2014

Soccer-Fulham owner Khan targets top-six finish for improving side

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – It’s not everyone who can watch two clubs he owns in two different sports while staying on his own yacht moored in the middle of London, but that’s the pleasant situation Shahid Khan finds himself in this weekend.

The 64-year-old billionaire, who made his money in the motor trade, will watch Fulham play Huddersfield Town at Craven Cottage in the English soccer Championship (second division) on Saturday and will then see his Jacksonville Jaguars team take on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL at Wembley on Sunday.

Nov 7, 2014

Allardyce honour fitting reward for West Ham’s revival

LONDON (Reuters) – West Ham United’s transformation under Sam Allardyce was recognised on Friday when he was named Premier League Manager of the Month after three straight league wins in October.

There was a double celebration for the east London club too as Diafra Sakho, one of a number of exciting new arrivals in the summer, was named the league’s Player of the Month after scoring a goal in each of the three victories.