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Oct 21, 2013

Soccer-Moyes endures bumpy ride surrounded by Ferguson reminders

MANCHESTER, England, Oct 21 (Reuters) – As Manchester United manager David Moyes struggles to string together back-to-back Premier League wins, there are reminders everywhere he looks that this type of form is not what the English champions are used to.

Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton was at Old Trafford where the Sir Alex Ferguson stand, Sir Alex Ferguson bronze statue and newly unveiled Sir Alex Ferguson Way road loom large.

Oct 21, 2013

Soccer-Spanish giants have Italian job on their minds

Oct 21 (Reuters) – Spain’s big two face a pair of Italian giants in the Champions League this week, boasting 22 European Cups between them, as AC Milan aim to end a recent bad record against Barcelona and Juventus seek to peg back Real Madrid.

With 10 points widely accepted as the magic number that usually puts a team through to the knockout stage of Europe’s elite club competition, seven of the eight group leaders can get within a point of that with wins in this third round of games.

Oct 20, 2013

Townsend flourishes in limelight as Spurs win

By Sonia Oxley

(Reuters) – Andros Townsend prospered in the glare of the spotlight as he netted his first Premier League goal in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday to continue what he called the best few weeks of his life.

The 22-year-old, who signed a four-year deal with Spurs on Friday having scored on his England debut the previous week before finding himself at the centre of a racism furore, put his side ahead in the 31st minute with a cross that found the net.

Oct 20, 2013

Soccer-Townsend flourishes in limelight as Spurs win

Oct 20 (Reuters) – Andros Townsend prospered in the glare of the spotlight as he netted his first Premier League goal in Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday to continue what he called the best few weeks of his life.

The 22-year-old, who signed a four-year deal with Spurs on Friday having scored on his England debut the previous week before finding himself at the centre of a racism furore, put his side ahead in the 31st minute with a cross that found the net.

Oct 18, 2013

Scandal and negativity all part of England manager’s job

By Sonia Oxley

(Reuters) – England manager Roy Hodgson has quickly discovered success offers no protection from a media pummelling as his country stayed true to form by preparing for a major tournament by vilifying the man in charge.

Instead of opening the papers to bask in the joy of World Cup qualification, Hodgson found himself at the centre of a racism debate after using the “feed the monkey” punchline from an old NASA joke in his halftime team talk on Tuesday against Poland.

Oct 18, 2013

Soccer-Scandal and negativity all part of England manager’s job

Oct 18 (Reuters) – England manager Roy Hodgson has quickly discovered success offers no protection from a media pummelling as his country stayed true to form by preparing for a major tournament by vilifying the man in charge.

Instead of opening the papers to bask in the joy of World Cup qualification, Hodgson found himself at the centre of a racism debate after using the “feed the monkey” punchline from an old NASA joke in his halftime team talk on Tuesday against Poland.

Oct 15, 2013

Bosnia join Spain, England and Russia at World Cup

By Sonia Oxley

(Reuters) – First-timers Bosnia joined holders Spain, England and Russia in grabbing Europe’s remaining automatic spots for the 2014 World Cup finals on Tuesday as the last round of group matches ended in joy, despair and shattered nerves.

Fireworks lit the skies across Bosnia as they celebrated qualifying for their first major tournament as an independent nation, while bigger European names like France, Portugal and Greece were consigned to the playoffs.

Oct 15, 2013

Soccer-Bosnia join Spain, England and Russia at World Cup

Oct 15 (Reuters) – First-timers Bosnia joined holders Spain, England and Russia in grabbing Europe’s remaining automatic spots for the 2014 World Cup finals on Tuesday as the last round of group matches ended in joy, despair and shattered nerves.

Fireworks lit the skies across Bosnia as they celebrated qualifying for their first major tournament as an independent nation, while bigger European names like France, Portugal and Greece were consigned to the playoffs.

Oct 15, 2013

Russia and Bosnia join World Cup party

LONDON (Reuters) – Russia and Bosnia grabbed two of Europe’s four remaining automatic spots for next year’s World Cup finals on Tuesday, consigning Portugal and Greece to the playoffs.

Fireworks were let off across Bosnia as they celebrated reaching their first major tournament as an independent nation by clinching top spot in Group G when Vedad Ibisevic’s 68th-minute winner earned a 1-0 victory in Lithuania.

Oct 15, 2013

Soccer-Russia and Bosnia join World Cup party

LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Russia and Bosnia grabbed two of Europe’s four remaining automatic spots for next year’s World Cup finals on Tuesday, consigning Portugal and Greece to the playoffs.

Fireworks were let off across Bosnia as they celebrated reaching their first major tournament as an independent nation by clinching top spot in Group G when Vedad Ibisevic’s 68th-minute winner earned a 1-0 victory in Lithuania.

    • About Sonia

      "I have been on the Reuters sports desk since 2006, before that was on the world desk and have also been a general news correspondent in Moscow. I report on sport in the north of England and also sub copy on all sports."
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