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Dec 19, 2014

Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year

LONDON (Reuters) – A superb World Cup featuring one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history, Germany’s fourth title and the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world’s best were among the soccer highlights of 2014.

Real Madrid’s long-awaited tenth European crown — ‘la decima’ — secured after they equalised late in normal time before winning the Champions League final 4-1 after extra time against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon was another dramatic moment.

Dec 19, 2014

Soccer-Germany triumphant, Brazil eclipsed in dramatic year

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A superb World Cup featuring one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history, Germany’s fourth title and the duel between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to be the world’s best were among the soccer highlights of 2014.

Real Madrid’s long-awaited tenth European crown — ‘la decima’ — secured after they equalised late in normal time before winning the Champions League final 4-1 after extra time against Atletico Madrid in Lisbon was another dramatic moment.

Dec 4, 2014

Chelsea seek record, City aim to keep up chase

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea will try to stay unbeaten for a club record 24th straight match when they visit Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday having had little time to recover from their midweek win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Jose Mourinho’s men maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-0 home victory over Spurs which preserved their six-point lead over champions Manchester City at the top of the table. They have not lost any match since April.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-Chelsea seek record, City aim to keep up chase

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Chelsea will try to stay unbeaten for a club record 24th straight match when they visit Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday having had little time to recover from their midweek win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Jose Mourinho’s men maintained their unbeaten start with a 3-0 home victory over Spurs which preserved their six-point lead over champions Manchester City at the top of the table. They have not lost any match since April.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-Phenomenal Aguero playing like one of the gods

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was named Player of the Year in a vote by 250,000 English fans this week — and it probably won’t be the last honour he picks up this season.

The 26-year-old, who won the Premier League title with City in May and reached the World Cup final with Argentina in July, topped the Football Supporters Federation poll, ahead of City team mate Yaya Toure, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton and the Chelsea duo of Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic.

Dec 4, 2014

Phenomenal Aguero playing like one of the gods

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City’s Argentine striker Sergio Aguero was named Player of the Year in a vote by 250,000 English fans this week — and it probably won’t be the last honour he picks up this season.

The 26-year-old, who won the Premier League title with City in May and reached the World Cup finals with Argentina in July, topped the Football Supporters Federation poll, ahead of City team mate Yaya Toure, Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton and the Chelsea duo of Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic.

Dec 3, 2014

Gerrard helps Liverpool triumph, United win again

LONDON (Reuters) – Steven Gerrard’s future at Liverpool may be in doubt but the captain turned back the clock to score in a 3-1 victory at bottom side Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Manchester United maintained their recent improvement with a fourth successive league win, beating Stoke City 2-1 at Old Trafford with a Marouane Fellaini header and Juan Mata free kick either side of a Steven Nzonzi goal for Stoke.

Dec 2, 2014

Soccer-Gerrard helps Liverpool triumph, United win again

LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Steven Gerrard’s future at Liverpool may be in doubt but the captain turned back the clock to score in a 3-1 victory at bottom side Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Manchester United maintained their recent improvement with a fourth successive league win, beating Stoke City 2-1 at Old Trafford with a Marouane Fellaini header and Juan Mata free kick either side of a Steven Nzonzi goal for Stoke.

Dec 2, 2014

Gerrard on target as Liverpool beat Leicester, United win

LONDON (Reuters) – Steven Gerrard’s future at Liverpool may be in doubt but he turned back the clock to score in a 3-1 victory at bottom side Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Manchester United maintained their recent improvement with a fourth successive league win, beating Stoke City 2-1 at Old Trafford with a Marouane Fellaini header and Juan Mata free kick either side of a Steven Nzonzi goal for Stoke.

Dec 2, 2014

Soccer-Gerrard on target as Liverpool beat Leicester, United win

LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Steven Gerrard’s future at Liverpool may be in doubt but he turned back the clock to score in a 3-1 victory at struggling Leicester City in the Premier League on Tuesday.

Manchester United maintained their recent improvement with a fourth successive league win, beating Stoke City 2-1 at Old Trafford with a Marouane Fellaini header and Juan Mata free kick either side of a Steven Nzonzi goal for Stoke.