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Jan 9, 2015

Soccer-Chelsea and Mourinho searching for answers

LONDON, Jan 9 (Reuters) – If Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is asked where it all went wrong at the end of the season rather than patted on the back for steering Chelsea to the title, he might point to their trip to Newcastle United in December.

The now managerless north east club head to Stamford Bridge for the return fixture on Saturday, but there has been a noticeable shift in the mood at the Premier League leaders in the month since they suffered their first defeat of the season at St James’ Park on Dec. 6.

Jan 3, 2015

Liverpool face up to life without ageing Gerrard

LONDON (Reuters) – While the emotional bond formed of 17 years sterling service to his boyhood club ensures Steven Gerrard’s exit will be an emotional occasion, his ageing legs and dwindling reserves of energy mean the hero of yesteryear had already departed.

Gerrard, who announced on Friday that he was quitting Liverpool at the end of the season for a new challenge abroad, can rightfully lay claim to be one of the club’s true greats.

Jan 3, 2015

Analysis – Liverpool face up to life without ageing Gerrard

LONDON (Reuters) – While the emotional bond formed of 17 years sterling service to his boyhood club ensures Steven Gerrard’s exit will be an emotional occasion, his ageing legs and dwindling reserves of energy mean the hero of yesteryear had already departed.

Gerrard, who announced on Friday that he was quitting Liverpool at the end of the season for a new challenge abroad, can rightfully lay claim to be one of the club’s true greats.

Jan 3, 2015

Soccer-Liverpool face up to life without ageing Gerrard

LONDON, Jan 3 (Reuters) – While the emotional bond formed of 17 years sterling service to his boyhood club ensures Steven Gerrard’s exit will be an emotional occasion, his ageing legs and dwindling reserves of energy mean the hero of yesteryear had already departed.

Gerrard, who announced on Friday that he was quitting Liverpool at the end of the season for a new challenge abroad, can rightfully lay claim to be one of the club’s true greats.

Jan 2, 2015

Newsmaker – Iron-willed Gerrard among Liverpool’s greatest

LONDON (Reuters) – It is testament to Steven Gerrard’s ability that his Liverpool career will be remembered for heroic acts of willpower that ensured no deficit was irretrievable and no opponent unbeatable, rather than the league title that eluded him.

There was surprise when he announced on Friday that this season would be his last at Anfield after nearly 17 years in which his ability to wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat made him one of the finest players in the club’s history.

Jan 2, 2015

Iron-willed Gerrard among Liverpool’s greatest

LONDON (Reuters) – It is testament to Steven Gerrard’s ability that his Liverpool career will be remembered for heroic acts of willpower that ensured no deficit was irretrievable and no opponent unbeatable, rather than the league title that eluded him.

There was surprise when he announced on Friday that this season would be his last at Anfield after nearly 17 years in which his ability to wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat made him one of the finest players in the club’s history.

Jan 2, 2015

Soccer-Iron-willed Gerrard among Liverpool’s greatest

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – It is testament to Steven Gerrard’s ability that his Liverpool career will be remembered for heroic acts of willpower that ensured no deficit was irretrievable and no opponent unbeatable, rather than the league title that eluded him.

There was surprise when he announced on Friday that this season would be his last at Anfield after nearly 17 years in which his ability to wrestle victory from the jaws of defeat made him one of the finest players in the club’s history.

Dec 30, 2014

Major sporting upsets of 2014

LONDON, Dec 30 (Reuters) – Five major sporting upsets in 2014:

1. Brazil suffer 7-1 World Cup humiliation against Germany

“Historic Disgrace” screamed the Folha de S.Paulo’s headline, as a shocked nation digested a 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany on home soil.

While many pundits had speculated that this Brazil side lacked the sparkle of previous vintages, nobody predicted they would suffer perhaps the greatest shame in their illustrious footballing past.

Dec 20, 2014

Former bricklayer Austin is QPR’s hat-trick hero

LONDON (Reuters) – It is only a few years ago that Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin was working as a bricklayer and playing in English football’s minor leagues.

It was a world away from the glamour of the top flight where a hat-trick on Saturday rescued his relegation-threatened side, took his tally for the season to 11 league goals and prompted calls for him to be rewarded with an England call-up.

Dec 20, 2014

Soccer-Former bricklayer Austin is QPR’s hat-trick hero

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – It is only a few years ago that Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin was working as a bricklayer and playing in English football’s minor leagues.

It was a world away from the glamour of the top flight where a hat-trick on Saturday rescued his relegation-threatened side, took his tally for the season to 11 league goals and prompted calls for him to be rewarded with an England call-up.