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Feb 25, 2015

Attention European leagues – it’s the World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Europe’s leading soccer leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup.

Tuesday’s recommendation by a task force of soccer’s world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about “disruption” and “tradition.”

Feb 25, 2015

Soccer-Attention European leagues – it’s the World Cup

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Europe’s leading soccer leagues, flush from spiralling TV deals and inflated to bursting by their own importance, found this week that, for all its recent problems, FIFA at least recognises the literal meaning of the World Cup.

Tuesday’s recommendation by a task force of soccer’s world governing body to hold the 2022 Qatar World Cup outside of the European summer for the first time brought about the predictable European wailing about “disruption” and “tradition.”

Feb 20, 2015

Racism and violence still stain the beautiful game

LONDON (Reuters) – The veneer of respectability covering modern European football was rolled back to expose the rot that still festers below this week, with high-profile incidents of racism and violence bringing chill reminders of the bad old days of the 1980s.

That there was widespread shock and revulsion at the sight of Chelsea fans chanting “We’re racist and that’s the way we like it” while preventing a black Frenchman boarding a carriage in the Paris Metro, is something of a positive in that such incidents, once widely prevalent, are now uncommon.

Feb 14, 2015

Rugby-England surge back to thrash Italy 47-17

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Jonathan Joseph scored two superb tries as England recovered from a stuttering start to hammer Italy 47-17 on Saturday to make it two wins out of two in the Six Nations championship and remain on course for their first title since 2011.

England scored six tries, and their backline showed some real pace and panache, but they looked shaky in defence at times as Italy started and finished strongly.

Feb 14, 2015

Three Italian tries take edge off Lancaster’s joy

LONDON (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster did not know quite how to sum up Saturday’s 47-17 Six Nations win over Italy after seeing his side score six tries amid some scintillating back play but also concede three via sloppy defending.

The result leaves England well placed to make an assault on the title after three successive second places and there was plenty for the 82,000 Twickenham crowd to appreciate, not least another exciting performance by two-try Jonathan Joseph.

Feb 14, 2015

Rugby-Three Italian tries take edge off Lancaster’s joy

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Stuart Lancaster did not know quite how to sum up Saturday’s 47-17 Six Nations win over Italy after seeing his side score six tries amid some scintillating back play but also concede three via sloppy defending.

The result leaves England well placed to make an assault on the title after three successive second places and there was plenty for the 82,000 Twickenham crowd to appreciate, not least another exciting performance by two-try Jonathan Joseph.

Feb 11, 2015

Mourinho praises Cech and ref after last-gasp Chelsea win

LONDON (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho had a double break with tradition on Wednesday as he strolled on to the pitch to hug goalkeeper Petr Cech then praised a “fantastically disallowed” Chelsea goal shortly before Willian’s 89th-minute shot secured a 1-0 home win over Everton.

Mourinho usually disappears down the tunnel before the last note of the final whistle has died away but, fired up by the last-gasp victory that kept Chelsea seven points ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League, he made a beeline for Cech.

Feb 11, 2015

Soccer-Mourinho praises Cech and ref after last-gasp Chelsea win

LONDON, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Jose Mourinho had a double break with tradition on Wednesday as he strolled on to the pitch to hug goalkeeper Petr Cech then praised a “fantastically disallowed” Chelsea goal shortly before Willian’s 89th-minute shot secured a 1-0 home win over Everton.

Mourinho usually disappears down the tunnel before the last note of the final whistle has died away but, fired up by the last-gasp victory that kept Chelsea seven points ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League, he made a beeline for Cech.

Feb 10, 2015

Soccer-Brentford boss Warburton looks doomed even if they go up

LONDON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – The feelgood factor surrounding Brentford’s unlikely Premier League dream was punctured on Tuesday when the club made a limp reply to speculation that manager Mark Warburton will be sacked even if he achieves a shock promotion.

The west London club have not played in the top flight for nearly 70 years and have spent most of the time since then bobbing about in England’s bottom two divisions.

Feb 8, 2015

Seven-point lead means nothing in England, says Mourinho

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said the Premier League title race is still open despite his team stretching their lead over Manchester City to seven points on Saturday.

Branislav Ivanovic secured a 2-1 win for Chelsea at Aston Villa while City needed a late James Milner goal to scrape a 1-1 home draw with Hull City.

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      "I'm the head of UK sports reporting, based in London. I've been on the Reuters sports desk since 1997 and cover mainly football, rugby, athletics, golf, cycling and cricket."
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