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Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-We lost our nerve and deserved defeat, says distraught Wenger

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger could hardly conceal his despair when he said his team lost their nerve, were not mentally sharp enough and got the result they deserved after losing 3-1 to AS Monaco in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.

Wenger, 65, who managed Monaco for seven years at the start of his coaching career, watched his former club take a grip on the tie after s win which should prove to be enough to see them reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 2004.

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-Monaco heap more Champions League agony on Arsenal

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday, heaping more Champions League agony on Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal boss Wenger, a former manager at Monaco, is now facing elimination at this stage of the competition for the fifth straight season after the shattering home defeat.

Feb 25, 2015

Resilient Monaco stun Arsenal with 3-1 away win

LONDON (Reuters) – AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday and take a stranglehold on the tie.

French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia put the visitors ahead after 38 minutes when he crashed in a long range shot that took a deflection off Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, leaving goalkeeper David Ospina helpless.

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-Resilient Monaco stun Arsenal with 3-1 away win

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – AS Monaco gave Arsenal a lesson in patient, counter-attacking football to win their Champions League last 16 first leg-match 3-1 in London on Wednesday and take a stranglehold on the tie.

French midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia put the visitors ahead after 38 minutes when he crashed in a long range shot that took a deflection off Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, leaving goalkeeper David Ospina helpless.

Feb 24, 2015

November/December the best World Cup option, even for Europe

LONDON (Reuters) – The FIFA Task Force set up to recommend the best time of year to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were always in an impossible position, from the moment they sat down to consider the options.

But Tuesday’s recommendation to stage it over November and December is probably the best option for all — even though Europe’s major clubs disagree.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-November/December the best World Cup option, even for Europe

LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The FIFA Task Force set up to recommend the best time of year to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were always in an impossible position, from the moment they sat down to consider the options.

But Tuesday’s recommendation to stage it over November and December is probably the best option for all — even though Europe’s major clubs disagree.

Feb 24, 2015

Monaco’s Berbatov seeks goals on London return

LONDON (Reuters) – Dimitar Berbatov will be hoping for a goalscoring return against his former arch-enemies Arsenal when AS Monaco come to the red half of north London for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg match on Wednesday.

The Bulgarian is still remembered with affection for the 46 goals he scored for Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a two-year spell at White Hart Lane before a 30 million pounds ($46.05 million) move to Manchester United in September 2008.

Feb 24, 2015

Soccer-Monaco’s Berbatov seeks goals on London return

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Dimitar Berbatov will be hoping for a goalscoring return against his former arch-enemies Arsenal when AS Monaco come to the red half of north London for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg match on Wednesday.

The Bulgarian is still remembered with affection for the 46 goals he scored for Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in a two-year spell at White Hart Lane before a 30 million pounds ($46.05 million) move to Manchester United in September 2008.

Feb 23, 2015

Middle East investment boosts European shirt revenue

LONDON (Reuters) – Middle East investment is swelling the coffers of Europe’s top football clubs whose income from shirt sponsorship has soared to over 687 million euros (503.73 million pounds) this season — 20 percent up on 2013-14, according to analysts Repucom.

The German-based global strategy company says in their European Football Jersey Report that companies in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar invested about 160 million euros this season, almost a quarter of the total spent by companies worldwide sponsoring the shirts in Europe’s top six leagues.

Feb 23, 2015

Soccer-Middle East investment boosts European shirt revenue

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Middle East investment is swelling the coffers of Europe’s top soccer clubs whose income from shirt sponsorship has soared to over 687 million euros ($777.75 million) this season — 20 percent up on 2013-14, according to analysts Repucom.

The German-based global strategy company says in their European Football Jersey Report that companies in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar invested about 160 million euros this season, almost a quarter of the total spent by companies worldwide sponsoring the shirts in Europe’s top six leagues.