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Jan 19, 2015

Redknapp’s job is safe says QPR chairman Fernandes

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Redknapp will be staying as Queens Park Rangers manager despite widespread media speculation he is about to be sacked with the Premier League club facing an immediate return to the Championship (second tier).

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said on Monday that he wanted to set the record straight over the 67-year-old’s future after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Manchester United left them second-bottom, one point from the safety zone.

Jan 19, 2015

Soccer–Redknapp’s job is safe says QPR chairman Fernandes

LONDON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Harry Redknapp will be staying as Queens Park Rangers manager despite widespread media speculation he is about to be sacked with the Premier League club facing an immediate return to the Championship (second tier).

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said on Monday that he wanted to set the record straight over the 67-year-old’s future after Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat by Manchester United left them second-bottom, one point from the safety zone.

Jan 19, 2015

FIFA candidate Champagne facing fight to stay in the race

LONDON (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne does not yet have the letters of support he needs from five football associations with the deadline for his nomination to be accepted only 10 days away, the Frenchman said on Monday.

Champagne, the 56-year-old former FIFA deputy secretary general, who opened his campaign in London a year ago this week, has sent an open letter to the heads of FIFA’s 209 member associations appealing for their support before the Jan.29 deadline.

Jan 17, 2015

Defoe’s goalscoring debut record ends as Sunderland lose

LONDON (Reuters) – Jermain Defoe’s record of scoring on his first appearance for every club he has played for came to an end as Sunderland lost 2-1 at his former club Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.

Eleven months after leaving Tottenham for a short-lived spell with Toronto FC in the MLS, the 32-year-old former England striker was given a warm reception by the home fans when he ran out in Sunderland’s unfamiliar all-blue away strip.

Jan 17, 2015

Soccer-Defoe’s goalscoring debut record ends as Sunderland lose

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Jermain Defoe’s record of scoring on his first appearance for every club he has played for came to an end as Sunderland lost 2-1 at his former club Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.

Eleven months after leaving Tottenham for a short-lived spell with Toronto FC in the MLS, the 32-year-old former England striker was given a warm reception by the home fans when he ran out in Sunderland’s unfamiliar all-blue away strip.

Jan 17, 2015

Ginola paid 250,000 pounds for FIFA presidential campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – David Ginola’s unlikely bid for the FIFA presidency was exposed as little more than a publicity stunt when a bookmaking firm said it had paid the former France winger 250,000 pounds ($380,000) to stand,

Ginola launched on Friday an almost certainly doomed attempt to oust Sepp Blatter as head of world soccer’s ruling body, assuming the role of the “fans’ champion” under the slogan of “Rebooting Football.”

Jan 16, 2015

Style, charm but little substance to Ginola’s FIFA campaign

LONDON (Reuters) – While Michel Platini made the leap from pitch to high office another famous ex-France player, David Ginola, is unlikely to complete the same journey after launching an improbable campaign to unseat FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday.

Platini, who has been president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA since 2007, decided last year not to run against Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections in May — partly because he thinks Blatter is unbeatable.

Jan 16, 2015

Defoe joins Sunderland’s battle for survival

LONDON (Reuters) – Former England striker Jermain Defoe returned to the Premier League when he signed for Sunderland on Friday and could make his debut against his former club Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Defoe, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, had been training with the youth development squad at Spurs since returning to England from Toronto FC during the MLS close season.

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Defoe joins Sunderland’s battle for survival

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Former England striker Jermain Defoe returned to the Premier League when he signed for Sunderland on Friday and could make his debut against his former club Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Defoe, who has signed a three-and-a-half year deal, had been training with the youth development squad at Spurs since returning to England from Toronto FC during the MLS close season.

Jan 16, 2015

Soccer-Style, charm but little substance to Ginola’s FIFA campaign

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – While Michel Platini made the leap from pitch to high office another famous ex-France player, David Ginola, is unlikely to complete the same journey after launching an improbable campaign to unseat FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Friday.

Platini, who has been president of European soccer’s governing body UEFA since 2007, decided last year not to run against Blatter in this year’s FIFA elections in May — partly because he thinks Blatter is unbeatable.