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Mon, 12 Oct 2015 14:03:15 -0400
Soccer-Austria complete unbeaten campaign with win over Liechtenstein

Russia qualified for next year's European championships with a 2-0 win over Montenegro on Monday, while Sweden goes into the playoffs. Veteran defender Oleg Kuzmin and striker Alexander Kokorin scored both Russian goals in the space of five first-half minutes to ensure Russia takes the second automatic qualifying place in Group G behind Austria, which had already qualified. Qualification caps a dramatic turnaround under new coach Leonid Slutsky, who took charge of the team in August with the 2018 World Cup host struggling to qualif


Mon, 12 Oct 2015 13:53:26 -0400
Soccer-European Ch. Qual. group G results and standings

By Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Russia booked their place in next summer's Euro 2016 finals in France by beating Montenegro 2-0 at the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow on Monday. Oleg Kuzmin scored his first goal for his country after 33 minutes and they went 2-0 up when Vladimir Rodic sent Dmitry Kombarov tumbling in the penalty area four minutes later and Alexander Kokorin stepped up to take the resulting spot kick as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way. Russia qualify in second place from the group, behind leaders Austria. Sweden finished third and go into the playoffs. .


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:34:07 -0400
Soccer-Venezuelan championship results and standings

Germany and Poland clinched their places at next year's European Championship with 2-1 home victories over Georgia and Ireland in their final qualifying games on Sunday. Max Kruse scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Germany to finish top in Group D, one point above Poland, which had Robert Lewandowski to thank for the winner against Ireland with his 13th goal in qualifyin


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 18:05:32 -0400
Soccer-Germany will rediscover killer instinct for Euro 2016 - Loew

Albania joined World Cup winner Germany, Poland and Romania in clinching a spot at next year's European Championship on Sunday after winning their final qualifying games. Germany beat Georgia 2-1 to top Group D ahead of Poland, which beat Ireland by the same score. Albania reached its first major tournament with a 3-0 away win over Armenia to finish second in Group I behind Portugal, which had already qualifie


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 16:39:45 -0400
Soccer-European Ch. Qual. group D results and standings

Germany and Poland clinched their places at next year's European Championship with 2-1 home victories over Georgia and Ireland in their final qualifying games on Sunday. Max Kruse scored three minutes after coming on as a substitute for Germany to finish top in Group D, one point above Poland, which had Robert Lewandowski to thank for the winner against Ireland with his 13th goal in qualifyin


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 16:14:06 -0400
Bradley, Dempsey out for US exhibition vs Costa Rica

The American Outlaws and their fellow U.S. soccer fans were louder, rowdier and more numerous than they were four years ago for their team's last clash with Mexico at the Rose Bowl. ''There was a difference - not sure how huge it was,'' captain Michael Bradley said, comparing the crowd to the 2011 Gold Cup final. Mexico earned CONCACAF's berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup, leaving the U.S. without another opportunity to face the world's best teams or a trip to Russia before the 2018 World Cu


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:22:11 -0400
Soccer-Hungary head for Euro 2016 playoffs after loss to Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Romania clinched a spot in next year's European Championship with a 3-0 away win over Faeroe Islands on Sunday, while Greece beat Hungary 4-3 to avoid a winless qualifying campaig


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 14:05:20 -0400
Soccer-Romania claim Euro 2016 ticket with Faroe Islands win

Albania will play in the European Championship for the first time next year after beating Armenia 3-0 in a qualifier on Sunday. The victory secured Albania second place in Group I, behind Portugal and ahead of Denmark. Albania opened the scoring with an own goal by Armenia defender Kamo Hovhannisyan in the ninth minut


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 13:54:25 -0400
Soccer-European Ch. Qual. group F results and standings

Romania qualified for the Euro 2016 finals when they comfortably won 3-0 in the Faroe Islands on Sunday to clinch the second automatic qualifying place in Group F. The win left unbeaten Romania with 20 points, one behind already-qualified Northern Ireland, who ended their campaign with a 1-1 draw in Finland. Constantin Budescu, who replaced the ineffective Claudio Keseru in Romania's starting lineup, scored twice before the break and almost grabbed a hat-trick in the second half. Alexandru Maxim put the result beyond doubt with their third goal eight minutes from tim


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 06:51:52 -0400
Soccer-Ferretti repays Mexico with Confederations Cup berth

Ramon Rodriguez Verdejo, who still goes by the nickname from his goalkeeping days, has become one of the most sought-after football directors in European soccer after revolutionizing Spanish club Sevilla with a scouting system that helped rescue the team from the brink of financial collapse and turned it into a perennial contender in the continent's second-tiered competitions. Monchi is soccer's version of Billy Beane, the baseball general manager whose innovative methods to evaluate players helped revitalize the Oakland A's and whose story later became a book and the movie, ''Moneyball,'' starring Brad Pitt. No Hollywood blockbuster is in the works about the bald-headed Monchi, but like Beane, he has his own way of doing things and has achieved significant success despite a limited budget compared to the powerhouses of European soccer, including local rivals Real Madrid and Barcelon


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 02:41:15 -0400
Soccer-Im trying to do a good job, says beleaguered Klinsmann

By Mark Lamport-Stokes PASADENA, California (Reuters) - United States coach Juergen Klinsmann was once again preparing to come under the harsh glare of scrutiny after his team lost their CONCACAF Cup playoff match to Mexico 3-2 in extra time on Saturday. Klinsmann had already been savaged by his critics after the U.S. produced their worst performance in 15 years at the Gold Cup in July, though his contract with U.S. Soccer is set to run through the 2018 World Cup in Russia. While the U.S. did well to come back twice from a goal down to an impressive Mexico team at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, they have now won only once in their last five matche


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 01:28:06 -0400
Mexico clinches CONCACAF Cup with 3-2 win over U.S.

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Paul Aguilar ripped his volley into the far corner of Brad Guzan's net in an instant, setting off a delirious celebration for the majority of the Rose Bowl crow


Sun, 11 Oct 2015 00:35:38 -0400
Paul Aguilar - extra-time goal puts Mexico past US 3-2

By Mark Lamport-Stokes PASADENA, California (Reuters) - Mexico won a pulsating CONCACAF Cup playoff match against the United States 3-2 in extra time at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday to book their place in the next Confederations Cup. It was their first victory against the U.S. since they clinched the 2011 Gold Cup final played at the same venue, and earned them bragging rights in what has become an intense soccer rivalry over the past two decades. With a high-energy game tied 1-1 at half-time and also after full time, forward Oribe Peralta broke the deadlock in the 96th minute with a powerful right-footed shot off a low cross from defender Paul Aguila


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 22:41:40 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

Mexico will have a chance to defend its Olympic gold medal in men's soccer. Erick Torres and Hirving Lozano scored to lead El Tri over Canada 2-0 Saturday night for a berth in next year's Olympics at Rio de Janeiro. ''What this team obtained is not minor,'' Mexico coach Raul Gutierrez sai


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:52:10 -0400
Brilliant Drogba goal puts Montreal on verge of playoffs

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Didier Drogba scored on a 30-yard free kick, Evan Bush made a late diving save and the Montreal Impact beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 on Saturda


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:34:13 -0400
SOCCER-Brilliant Drogba goal puts Montreal on verge of playoffs

(Reuters) - Didier Drogba scored a brilliant early goal with a 30-yard free kick to give the visiting Montreal Impact a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. The win keeps the Impact in the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The three points pushed Montreal's season total to 45 points, four ahead of seventh-placed Orlando Cit


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 20:03:15 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

The United States is in danger of missing its second straight men's Olympic soccer tournament. Alberth Elis scored in the 24th and 77th minutes, and Honduras beat the U.S. 2-0 Saturday to qualify for next year's Rio de Janeiro Games. To reach the Olympics for the first time since 2008, the Americans must beat Canada on Tuesday in the third-place game of North and Central American and Caribbean qualifying, then defeat Colombia in the CONCACAF-South America one-game playoff, to be held in Rio from March 21-2


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:49:43 -0400
Soccer-Wales seal Euro 2016 berth despite 2-0 defeat in Bosnia

By Rex Gowar Oct 10 (Reuters) - Soccer history is riddled with world class players who missed out on major tournaments because their national teams were not strong enough -- not so Gareth Bale. Bale has led Wales into their first major finals in 57 years, the 2016 European championship in France. The Welsh, who played at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, clinched second place in Group H with a match to spare despite going down to their first defeat, 2-0 in Bosnia, after Israel lost 2-1 at home to Cyprus on Saturda


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 18:03:42 -0400
Soccer-Cyprus win 2-1 in Israel to keep playoff chances alive

Sepp Blatter will battle on despite his suspension as head of world soccer body FIFA amid corruption investigations, he was quoted as saying by a Swiss newspaper. "They can destroy me, but they cannot destroy my life's work." Blatter, who has headed FIFA since 1998, was provisionally suspended from his duties as president for 90 days by the group's ethics committee on Thursday. The paper cited him as saying the ethics committee had forbidden him to speak about FIF


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:39:27 -0400
Honduras beats US 2-0 in soccer to qualify for Olympics

Despite a 2-0 defeat to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wales reached its first international tournament since the 1958 World Cup on Saturday thanks to Cyprus beating Israel 2-1. ''It's probably the best loss of my life,'' Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale sai


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 17:08:37 -0400
Soccer-Croatia outclass lacklustre Bulgaria to stay in contention

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Jason Demetriou's 85th minute winner gave Cyprus a 2-1 victory over Israel in Group B on Saturday to leave the visitors with a slim chance of qualifying for the Euro 2016 finals through the playoffs by finishing third in the group. The Cypriot victory was achieved with dogged defending, coupled by a lack of any inspired play by their Israeli hosts and it was a first win for the islanders in Israel in 12 meetings between the Mediterranean neighbours in 55 years. After a first half in which the Israelis had most of the possession but failed to make any clear chances, the Cypriots broke the deadlock through a Dosa Junior header in the 58th minut


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:43:46 -0400
Netherlands beats Kazakhstan to stay in race for Euro 2016

Stephan El Shaarawy ended a three-year drought by scoring the winning goal as Italy beat Azerbaijan 3-1 Saturday to qualify for next year's European Championship. After Eder's opener and an equalizer from Dmitri Nazarov, El Shaarawy finished off a counterattack in the 43rd for his first national team goal since November 2012. Manchester United's Matteo Darmian added another for Italy in the second hal


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:43:46 -0400
Netherlands beats Kazakhstan to stay in race for Euro 2016

Stephan El Shaarawy ended a three-year drought by scoring the winning goal as Italy beat Azerbaijan 3-1 Saturday to qualify for next year's European Championship. After Eder's opener and an equalizer from Dmitri Nazarov, El Shaarawy finished off a counterattack in the 43rd for his first national team goal since November 2012. Manchester United's Matteo Darmian added another for Italy in the second hal


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 14:06:36 -0400
Soccer-Dutch keep hopes alive with win in Kazakhstan

The Netherlands kept alive its hopes of qualifying for next year's European Championship by beating Kazakhstan 2-1 on Saturday. Midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum and Wesley Sneijder scored in either half to ensure the fight for third spot in Group A goes down to the final round of qualifiers on Tuesday. Islambek Kuat scored a consolation goal with the last touch of the matc


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:32:46 -0400
Soccer-Platini confirms appeal, French ready for court move

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Suspended UEFA president Michel Platini lodged an appeal with FIFA against his 90-day ban from the game on Saturday while French soccer's governing body said it would back him if he went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Frenchman, who hopes to replace Sepp Blatter as FIFA president at an election due in February, was suspended on Thursday along with Blatter pending their investigation by FIFA's independent ethics committee. Both men deny wrongdoing but the suspension of the two most powerful leaders in world football has thrown FIFA into deeper turmoil as U.S. and Swiss authorities probe graft allegation


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 11:03:50 -0400
Soccer-Holders Spain still struggling to revive golden era

Michel Platini lodged an appeal Saturday with FIFA against his 90-day suspension and was backed by the South American confederation, which called for the European soccer leader to be allowed to stand in the presidential election to succeed Sepp Blatter. CONMEBOL's intervention comes ahead of a FIFA executive committee meeting later this month which is poised to discuss whether to delay the Feb. 26 emergency presidential election. FIFA's ethics committee imposed a provisional 90-day ban on Platini on Thursday after a payment the UEFA president received from the world body became embroiled in a Swiss criminal investigatio


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 09:06:50 -0400
Soccer-French federation to appeal against Platini - ban to CAS if necessary

Sepp Blatter's ex-wife has defended the powerful soccer boss who was suspended as FIFA president this week amid a corruption probe. "Everyone wants to crucify him now," Graziella Blatter-Bianca, a former dolphin trainer whose marriage to Blatter ended in 2004 after around a year, told the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper. Swiss prosecutors last month opened a criminal investigation of Blatter on suspicions of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds over a television rights contract he signed in 2005 and a 2 million Swiss franc ($2.1 million) payment in 2011 to Michel Platini, president of the UEFA soccer confederatio


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:39:38 -0400
FIFA reform committee says work continues despite bans

Michel Platini's FIFA suspension jeopardizes the integrity of the presidential election and should be lifted to ensure he can be a candidate, the South American confederation said, criticizing the ethics committee decision. The CONMEBOL statement, which backs Platini's credentials to be Sepp Blatter's permanent successor as president, comes as FIFA's executive committee is poised to discuss at an emergency meeting whether to delay the Feb. 26 emergency election. FIFA's ethics committee imposed a provisional 90-day ban on Platini on Thursday after a payment the UEFA president received from the world body became embroiled in a Swiss criminal investigatio


Sat, 10 Oct 2015 05:22:24 -0400
South American confederation backs Platini, slams suspension

A FIFA advisory panel is pressing ahead to draft reforms of the scandal-shaken world soccer body despite the suspension of President Sepp Blatter and other senior officials amid corruption investigations, the panel's head said. "This has no influence on the reform process itself because our work continues," Francois Carrard told Swiss SRF radio in an interview aired on Saturday. Carrard, a former director general of the International Olympic Committee, heads the FIFA Reform Committee that FIFA's executive committee set up in Jul


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 18:22:32 -0400
Soccer-Holders Spain and Swiss join Euro 2016 finals party

Spain will defend its European Championship title next year, while Switzerland will return to the tournament for the first time since co-hosting it eight years earlier. Spain secured its Euro 2016 spot by easily defeating Luxembourg 4-0 at home, while Switzerland trounced San Marino 7-0 to clinch its berth for the tournament in France. Switzerland missed the 2012 European Championship after co-hosting the tournament with Austria in 200


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:34:56 -0400
Soccer-England cruise against Estonia to secure ninth win

Switzerland will return to the European Championship for the first time since co-hosting the tournament eight years ago after thrashing San Marino 7-0 on Friday with seven different scorers. As the Swiss secured second place, Group E leader England made it nine wins out of nine in qualifying, with Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling scoring in a 2-0 win over Estonia. With one qualifier remaining, Switzerland has an unassailable five-point advantage over Slovenia, which was held 1-1 by Lithuania but is almost certain to make the playoff


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 17:27:33 -0400
Soccer-Spain secure Euro 2016 berth with Luxembourg win

Russia took a big step toward qualifying for Euro 2016 on Friday as a 2-1 win over Moldova strengthened its hold on second place in Group G. Russia struggled to break down the Moldovan defense but eventually took the lead through veteran defender Sergei Ignashevich, who blasted the ball into the net in the 58th minute after Artyom Dzyuba knocked on a free kick. Dzyuba doubled Russia's lead in the 78th minute with a tap-in when Ignashevich headed on a corner from Dmitry Kombaro


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:52:41 -0400
Blatter, Platini face uphill struggle under scrutiny of appeal panel

Santi Cazorla and Paco Alcacer scored two goals each to help Spain beat Luxembourg 4-0 on Friday and secure a spot for the holders in next year's European Championship. Cazorla scored in the 42nd and 85th minutes, while Alcacer netted in the 67th and 80th to give Spain 24 points in Group C, five more than Slovakia and Ukraine. Slovakia lost 1-0 at home to Belarus, while Ukraine defeated Macedonia 2-


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:47:34 -0400
Soccer-Blatter, Platini face uphill struggle under scrutiny of appeal panel

By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA's Appeal Committee will never face a bigger task than ruling on the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and the man who has been most likely to succeed him as president, Michel Platini. Last year, it was the focus of world soccer when it ruled against Uruguay's Luis Suarez's who had appealed his four month ban for biting an opponent at the World Cup in an incident seen by millions of fans on television. Despite their denials of wrongdoing, both men have gradually been submerged by the scandal that has rocked the world's most popular sport, beginning with dawn raids and a series of arrests at a Swiss luxury hotel in May. Blatter and Platini were on Thursday banned for 90 days by the Ethics Committee which was reformed and ring-fenced as independent from FIFA under reforms which were passed in 201


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:08:08 -0400
Sunderland appoints Sam Allardyce as manager on 2-year deal

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Sergio Aguero will miss Argentina's World Cup qualifier against Paraguay next week with a left-leg injur


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 14:21:37 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship results and standings

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA is discussing delaying the election for their next president following the suspensions of Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two sources told Reuters, as soccer's governing body called an emergency meeting on the crisis. A delay to the election could make it easier for UEFA president Michel Platini to be a candidate to replace the departing Blatter -- if Platini succeeds in an appeal against his ban from the game. England's Football Association, which has supported Platini's candidature, said on Friday it was among those making the call for a crisis meeting of FIFA's executive where the election would be discusse


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:08:13 -0400
Soccer-FIFA to hold executive committee meeting on Oct 20

By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Much more than just bragging rights and a title will be on the line when the United States and Mexico resume their intense soccer rivalry on Saturday with a CONCACAF Cup playoff match in Pasadena, California. Also up for grabs will be a coveted spot to represent the CONCACAF region at the 2017 Confederations Cup, an eight-nation event to be held in Russia as a prelude to the 2018 World Cup. "It can't get any bigger in our region," United States coach Juergen Klinsmann, 51, told reporters while preparing his 23-man squad for the heavily anticipated showdown at the iconic Rose Bowl in Pasaden


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:45:07 -0400
Argentina forward Aguero may miss next World Cup qualifier

After Rome and Bologna, Venice is the latest stop for New York lawyer Joe Tacopina in his Grand Tour of Italian soccer. Tacopina and a group of American investors announced the purchase of the lagoon city's fourth-division soccer club Venezia FC on Friday. The move comes less than 20 days after Tacopina resigned as president of Serie A club Bologna because of a rift with Canadian investor Joey Saputo - having only been in charge there for 11 month


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:43:20 -0400
Soccer-Strachan still best man for Scotland, says Dalglish

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany forward Mario Goetze could be out until the end of the year with a groin injury he picked up in the loss to Irelan


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:12:41 -0400
Former FIFA vice-president Chung to appeal six-year ban to CAS

Suspended and shamed, Sepp Blatter is still hoping to return to power as FIFA president within the next 10 days. Both Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini were given 90-day bans in the wake of a Swiss criminal case investigating financial misconduct at FIFA. Platini has also said he will fight the decisio


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 10:53:02 -0400
EXCLUSIVE-Soccer-FIFA mulls delaying presidential election - sources

By Simon Evans ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA is discussing delaying the election for their next president following the suspensions given to Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini, two sources have told Reuters. The issue is expected to be on the agenda of an emergency executive committee meeting which could make the decision to postpone the vote, scheduled for Feb. 26, the sources, with knowledge of the discussions, said on Friday. FIFA said on Friday a decision whether to hold an emergency executive meeting would likely be made next wee


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 06:29:56 -0400
Soccer-FIFA likely to decide by next week on crisis meeting

FIFA's executive committee is likely to decide next week whether to hold an emergency meeting following the suspension of president Sepp Blatter, a spokesperson said on Friday. Blatter, due to step down in February, was suspended for 90 days by FIFA's ethics committee on Thursday along with UEFA president Michel Platini as part of a corruption investigation shaking world soccer's governing body. Platini had been the frontrunner to win the election to replace Blatter and his shrinking hopes now depend on whether he can overturn the ban through an appeal proces


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:19:37 -0400
Soccer-Barcelona back Messi in tax fraud case

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) -- Juergen Klopp says he wants to turn Liverpool ''from doubters into believers.'&#03


Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:47:57 -0400
Soccer-Kane in pole position to lead line for England - Hodgson

Sepp Blatter has filed an official appeal against his suspension from soccer by FIFA's ethics committee, the New York Times reported. Blatter, the Swiss who has been president of the global soccer body FIFA since 1998, was suspended on Thursday by the association's ethics committee. The 79-year-old is currently facing a Swiss criminal investigatio


Thu, 08 Oct 2015 22:26:15 -0400
Brazil loses without Neymar; Argentina falls with no Messi

Two goals in two minutes gave Ecuador a shock 2-0 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires on Thursday as the Andean side got off to a flying start in their bid to reach the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. Frickson Erazo headed home the first goal after 80 minutes and Felipe Caicedo doubled their lead when he finished off a quick counter attack just a minute later. Argentina, who were without injured Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, could not find the net in spite of taking 12 shots to Ecuador's eight and dominating possessio


Thu, 08 Oct 2015 21:55:23 -0400
Soccer-Chile beat Brazil 2-0 in opening World Cup qualifier

Chile got their 2018 World Cup campaign off to the perfect start on Thursday when two late goals gave them a 2-0 win over five-time champions Brazil. Eduardo Vargas deftly volleyed home a cross from the right after 72 minutes that goalkeeper Jefferson got a hand to but could not stop. Alexis Sanchez then doubled their lead in the 89th minute when he finished off a nice 1-2 with Arturo Vida


Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:14:41 -0400
Soccer-Germany, Poland and Ireland set to dust off the calculators

Portugal and Northern Ireland booked their places at Euro 2016 on Thursday, while world champion Germany was made to wait after being upset 1-0 by Ireland in Dublin. Germany, Portugal and Ireland are vying for the top two spots to ensure direct qualification. Scotland's hopes were ended when Robert Lewandowski salvaged a 2-2 draw for Poland in Glasgo


Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:47:09 -0400
Messi to stand trial in Spain on 3 counts of tax fraud

Clint Dempsey has been immersed in the U.S. soccer rivalry with Mexico pretty much from the moment he understood what the international game means to both nations. ''I grew up in Texas, and I played with a lot of kids from Mexico that went to my high school, and we were always talking trash,'' Dempsey said. Dempsey and his U.S. teammates were already anticipating the next chapter in this lively rivalry when they went through a workout Thursday under picturesque California sunshine on the UC Irvine campu


Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:22:55 -0400
Juergen Klopp takes over as new Liverpool manager

By Simon Evans and Mark Hosenball ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter's loss of control of soccer's world governing body had been evident to staff in its hilltop glass headquarters here well before Thursday's announcement by FIFA's Ethics Committee that he had been suspended. The Swiss national who has won five successive elections to dominate FIFA for 17 years had become increasingly isolated in the months following the U.S. indictment of 14 soccer officials and sports marketing executives on corruption charges in late May, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The power had shifted to FIFA's lawyers and some external adviser


Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:50:12 -0400
Soccer-Northern Ireland and Portugal seal Euro 2016 places

Substitute Shane Long scored five minutes after coming on for Ireland to upset world champion Germany 1-0 and clinch at least a playoff place for Euro 2016 on Thursday. Long struck in the 70th minute of their qualifier when he took goalkeeper Darren Randolph's long kick over the German defense and fired the ball past Manuel Neuer to the top corner. ''He's one of the best goalkeepers in the world so it makes it even that bit more special,'' Long said after Ireland's first ever competitive win over German




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