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Jun 26, 2015

The failure of England’s U21s sparks well-worn debate

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Another tournament exit and another inquest, the failure of England’s under 21s has prompted a familiar debate focussing on the power of Premier League clubs, the inflated wages of pampered players and a lack of conviction from the FA.

The battle lines were swiftly drawn after England’s aspiring talent fell at the first hurdle of the European Championship, prompting some familiar soul searching as to why English players struggle at major tournaments.

Jun 10, 2015

Ex-England boss McClaren named Newcastle manager

By Toby Davis

(Reuters) – Former England manager Steve McClaren was appointed Newcastle United head coach on Wednesday after the club earlier said interim boss John Carver and his assistant Steve Stone had left.

The 54-year-old McClaren, who was in charge of Newcastle’s north-east rivals Middlesbrough from 2001-06 before taking over as England boss, has agreed an initial three-year deal that could be extended to eight.

Jun 10, 2015

Soccer-Ex-England boss McClaren named Newcastle manager

June 10 (Reuters) – Former England manager Steve McClaren was appointed Newcastle United head coach on Wednesday after the club earlier said interim boss John Carver and his assistant Steve Stone had left.

The 54-year-old McClaren, who was in charge of Newcastle’s north-east rivals Middlesbrough from 2001-06 before taking over as England boss, has agreed an initial three-year deal that could be extended to eight.

Jun 2, 2015

Blatter replacement must be ‘squeaky clean’ says FA boss

LONDON (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter’s replacement as FIFA president must be “squeaky clean” and have a forensic eye to turn world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body into a transparent organization, said English FA chairman Greg Dyke.

Blatter unexpectedly announced earlier on Tuesday that he was quitting as FIFA chief, just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term.

Jun 2, 2015

Soccer-Blatter replacement must be ‘squeaky clean’ says FA boss

LONDON, June 2 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter’s replacement as FIFA president must be “squeaky clean” and have a forensic eye to turn world soccer’s scandal-hit governing body into a transparent organisation, said English FA chairman Greg Dyke.

Blatter unexpectedly announced earlier on Tuesday that he was quitting as FIFA chief, just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term.

May 28, 2015

Europa League champs Sevilla face struggle to keep top talent

WARSAW (Reuters) – Sevilla further underlined their European pedigree with a record fourth Europa League title but now face the more daunting task of converting their continental success into a challenge for domestic honours.

While Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk proved that when it comes to Europe’s second tier competition, they are the undisputed top dogs, having won all of their titles in the last nine years, Sevilla still remain little more than also-rans in La Liga.

May 28, 2015

Soccer-Europa League champs Sevilla face struggle to keep top talent

WARSAW, May 28 (Reuters) – Sevilla further underlined their European pedigree with a record fourth Europa League title but now face the more daunting task of converting their continental success into a challenge for domestic honours.

While Wednesday’s 3-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk proved that when it comes to Europe’s second tier competition, they are the undisputed top dogs, having won all of their titles in the last nine years, Sevilla still remain little more than also-rans in La Liga.

May 28, 2015

Decision time for Sevilla’s Emery as opportunities await

WARSAW (Reuters) – Sevilla boss Unai Emery wants to be allowed to enjoy the moment after winning the Europa League final but faces a difficult decision having refused to commit his future to the club.

Emery’s fancied side lifted the trophy for a record fourth time with a 3-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in a gripping final at Warsaw’s National Stadium on Wednesday, but the Spanish boss now has to decide whether to stick or twist.

May 27, 2015

Soccer-Decision time for Sevilla’s Emery as opportunities await

WARSAW, May 28 (Reuters) – Sevilla boss Unai Emery wants to be allowed to enjoy the moment after winning the Europa League final but faces a difficult decision having refused to commit his future to the club.

Emery’s fancied side lifted the trophy for a record fourth time with a 3-2 win over Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in a gripping final at Warsaw’s National Stadium on Wednesday, but the Spanish boss now has to decide whether to stick or twist.

May 27, 2015

Bacca proves too hot to handle for plucky Dnipro

WARSAW (Reuters) – Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca is a striker at the peak of his powers and no amount of preparation by Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk coach Myron Markevych could stop the Colombian making his mark in Wednesday’s Europa League final.

Dnipro’s European adventure ended in a 3-2 defeat at Warsaw’s National Stadium, with Bacca the prime executioner, scoring with two expert finishes including the late winner.