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Jul 24, 2014

Friendly business where profit and sport collide

TORONTO (Reuters) – Neither Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino nor Toronto FC’s Ryan Nelsen seemed particularly enthused about their mid-week friendly but smiled grudgingly while accepting the match as part of today’s global soccer reality where new fans and revenue streams must be cultivated.

For both men, Wednesday’s encounter was a meaningless contest where sporting and business interests collide.

Jul 24, 2014

Soccer-Friendly business where profit and sport collide

TORONTO, July 24 (Reuters) – Neither Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino nor Toronto FC’s Ryan Nelsen seemed particularly enthused about their mid-week friendly but smiled grudgingly while accepting the match as part of today’s global soccer reality where new fans and revenue streams must be cultivated.

For both men, Wednesday’s encounter was a meaningless contest where sporting and business interests collide.

Jul 22, 2014

World Cup party over but summer of soccer set to rock U.S

TORONTO (Reuters) – The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport’s glamour clubs looking to expand their brand.

From New York to Los Angeles, some of the game’s brightest stars and most valuable teams will spend the next three weeks packing America’s biggest stadiums with the highlight coming on Aug. 2 when a record crowd of 110,000 – the largest ever to watch a soccer game in the United States – is expected to fill Michigan Stadium to see Real Madrid take on Manchester United.

Jul 22, 2014

Soccer-World Cup party over but summer of soccer set to rock U.S.

TORONTO, July 22 (Reuters) – The World Cup party may be over but the summer of soccer is just heating up in the United States as fans prepare for a European invasion by the sport’s glamour clubs looking to expand their brand.

From New York to Los Angeles, some of the game’s brightest stars and most valuable teams will spend the next three weeks packing America’s biggest stadiums with the highlight coming on Aug. 2 when a record crowd of 110,000 – the largest ever to watch a soccer game in the United States – is expected to fill Michigan Stadium to see Real Madrid take on Manchester United.

Jul 20, 2014

Rain creates double trouble for IndyCar

TORONTO (Reuters) – Double-headers have long been part of baseball and it is nothing to see golfers pull double duty, but rarely are drivers forced to take on the challenge of two races in the same day as they did on Sunday at the Toronto Indy.

Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais and Briton Mike Conway shared the honors, each picking up a win on a wild weekend of racing that renewed the debate about drivers’ safety.

Jul 20, 2014

Motor racing-Rain creates double trouble for IndyCar

TORONTO, July 20 (Reuters) – Double-headers have long been part of baseball and it is nothing to see golfers pull double duty, but rarely are drivers forced to take on the challenge of two races in the same day as they did on Sunday at the Toronto Indy.

Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais and Briton Mike Conway shared the honours, each picking up a win on a wild weekend of racing that renewed the debate about drivers’ safety.

Jul 1, 2014

Scoring touch deserts Algeria at wrong time

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Algeria saw their dreams of a World Cup quarter-final disappear like a mirage on Monday after a 2-1 loss in extra time to Germany, leaving defender Madjid Bougherra to rue what might have been had the Desert Foxes’ scoring touch not deserted them.

Determined defending and the brilliant goalkeeping of Rais Mbolhi had kept Germany at bay in a scoreless 90 minutes, while Algeria had several chances to put the game away and claim the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

Jul 1, 2014

Soccer-Scoring touch deserts Algeria at wrong time

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Algeria saw their dreams of a World Cup quarter-final disappear like a mirage on Monday after a 2-1 loss in extra time to Germany, leaving defender Madjid Bougherra to rue what might have been had the Desert Foxes’ scoring touch not deserted them.

Determined defending and the brilliant goalkeeping of Rais Mbolhi had kept Germany at bay in a scoreless 90 minutes, while Algeria had several chances to put the game away and claim the biggest upset of the tournament so far.

Jul 1, 2014

Loew says World Cup ‘not a stroll in the park’ after tight win

PORTO ALEGRE Brazil (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew brushed aside criticism that his team are a far-cry from winning a fourth World Cup after they struggled to a 2-1 extra-time last 16 win over outsiders Algeria on Monday.

“It’s not a stroll in the park in the World Cup,” Loew told German TV. “There are always some matches like this in a tournament where you have teams that fight hard, where the opponents are defending really tough and playing aggressively.”

Jun 30, 2014

Soccer-Loew says World Cup ‘not a stroll in the park’ after tight win

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil, June 30 (Reuters) – Germany coach Joachim Loew brushed aside criticism that his team are a far-cry from winning a fourth World Cup after they struggled to a 2-1 extra-time last 16 win over outsiders Algeria on Monday.

“It’s not a stroll in the park in the World Cup,” Loew told German TV. “There are always some matches like this in a tournament where you have teams that fight hard, where the opponents are defending really tough and playing aggressively.”