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Jul 21, 2015

Thai refugee eyeing Premier League with Sheffield United

By Patrick Johnston

(Reuters) – In the prison-like surroundings of a Thai refugee camp on the Myanmar border, 10-year-old Kler Heh would play football in bare feet with family and friends dreaming of a new life elsewhere. Anywhere.

The long list of possible locations never included the northern English city of Sheffield but the once-mighty industrial town that has struggled since the decline of its steel mills in the 1980s has became a welcome home, largely because of football.

Jul 21, 2015

Soccer-Thai refugee eyeing Premier League with Sheffield United

July 21 (Reuters) – In the prison-like surroundings of a Thai refugee camp on the Myanmar border, 10-year-old Kler Heh would play soccer in bare feet with family and friends dreaming of a new life elsewhere. Anywhere.

The long list of possible locations never included the northern English city of Sheffield but the once-mighty industrial town that has struggled since the decline of its steel mills in the 1980s has became a welcome home, largely because of soccer.

Jul 21, 2015

Indonesian jailed for match-fixing attempt in Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An Indonesian man was jailed for 30 months on Tuesday for attempting to fix a soccer match at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

Nasiruddin, 52, conspired with two others to give East Timor soccer official Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes $15,000 to ensure they would lose to Malaysia on May 30, Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a statement.

Jul 21, 2015

Soccer-Indonesian jailed for match-fixing attempt in Singapore

SINGAPORE, July 21 (Reuters) – An Indonesian man was jailed for 30 months on Tuesday for attempting to fix a soccer match at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.

Nasiruddin, 52, conspired with two others to give East Timor soccer official Orlando Marques Henriques Mendes $15,000 to ensure they would lose to Malaysia on May 30, Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau said in a statement.

Jul 18, 2015

Everton boss Martinez critical of Chelsea’s Stone pursuit

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hit out at the public manner of Chelsea’s attempts to sign his promising young centreback John Stones.

Chelsea had a 20 million pounds offer for the versatile defender, who made his England debut last year rejected by Everton on Friday, British media reported.

Jul 18, 2015

Arsenal dazzle to Asia Trophy success over Everton

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – A full-strength Arsenal added another piece of silverware to their recent FA Cup success by beating Everton 3-1 in the final of the Premier League’s Asia Trophy on Saturday.

Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil scored the goals in a strong display that left manager Arsene Wenger pleasantly surprised by his team’s free-flowing, attacking play.

Jul 18, 2015

Soccer-Everton boss Martinez critical of Chelsea’s Stone pursuit

SINGAPORE, July 18 (Reuters) – Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hit out at the public manner of Chelsea’s attempts to sign his promising young centreback John Stones.

Chelsea had a 20 million pounds ($31.22 million) offer for the versatile defender, who made his England debut last year rejected by Everton on Friday, British media reported.

Jul 18, 2015

Soccer-Arsenal dazzle to Asia Trophy success over Everton

SINGAPORE, July 18 (Reuters) – A full-strength Arsenal added another piece of silverware to their recent FA Cup success by beating Everton 3-1 in the final of the Premier League’s Asia Trophy on Saturday.

Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil scored the goals in a strong display that left manager Arsene Wenger pleasantly surprised by his team’s free-flowing, attacking play.

Jul 18, 2015

Arnautovic sparkles as Stoke see off Singapore Select

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Marko Arnautovic produced flashes of class and a neat second half goal as Stoke City rounded off their Premier League Asia Trophy campaign with a 2-0 win over a Singapore Select XI on Saturday.

The Austrian winger proved too much for the underdog hosts and capped an impressive display by cutting inside and neatly curling a right-foot 73rd minute effort past Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud to make it 2-0.

Jul 18, 2015

Soccer-Arnautovic sparkles as Stoke see off Singapore Select

SINGAPORE, July 18 (Reuters) – Marko Arnautovic produced flashes of class and a neat second half goal as Stoke City rounded off their Premier League Asia Trophy campaign with a 2-0 win over a Singapore Select XI on Saturday.

The Austrian winger proved too much for the underdog hosts and capped an impressive display by cutting inside and neatly curling a right-foot 73rd minute effort past Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud to make it 2-0.