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Nov 15, 2014

Soccer-Rooney scores on 100th appearance to spark England win

LONDON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney celebrated his 100th England cap by scoring a penalty to lead his team to a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 Group E qualifier at Wembley on Saturday which only came to life after halftime.

The England skipper scored with a thunderous spot-kick after 59 minutes having been fouled by Slovenia captain Bostjan Cesar to move level with Jimmy Greaves as his country’s joint-third highest scorer on 44 goals.

Nov 15, 2014

Youngster Rooney joins England’s 100 club

LONDON (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney became the youngest player to win 100 caps for England when he captained the side in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday.

Rooney, who turned 29 last month, became the ninth player to join the 100 club which is headed by Peter Shilton, who won the last of his 125 caps in 1990.

Nov 15, 2014

Soccer-Youngster Rooney joins England’s 100 club

LONDON, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Wayne Rooney became the youngest player to win 100 caps for England when he captained the side in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday.

Rooney, who turned 29 last month, became the ninth player to join the 100 club which is headed by Peter Shilton, who won the last of his 125 caps in 1990.

Nov 14, 2014

‘Pope’ Blatter likely to ride out latest FIFA storm

LONDON (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

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

LONDON (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 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.