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  • FIFA official says England had best bid for 2018 World Cup

    LONDON (Reuters) - England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup "was by far the strongest contender", FIFA official Harold Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying on Sunday. "How could England have only got two votes? It was a big surprise," Mayne-Nicholls was quoted as saying in The Sunday Times.…

  • Soccer-Simeone wants more of the same from 'fabulous' Griezmann

    By Iain Rogers MADRID, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Antoine Griezmann has taken time to settle at Atletico Madrid but the France forward's fine hat-trick at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday was more evidence he could be a key man for the Spanish champions this season. Griezmann is one of several new faces at…

  • Celtic must make chances count, manager Deila points out

    Celtic manager Ronny Deila took a swipe at his ineffectual forwards after the Hoops' winning streak came to an end following a 2-1 defeat to Dundee United on Sunday. Despite his side chalking up eight successive victories in the Scottish Premiership prior to Sunday's defeat, Deila has repeatedly…

  • Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

    By Brian Homewood MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) - Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week. An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from…

  • Liverpool on track for top four, says Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers felt his players demonstrated the character necessary to revitalise their challenge for a top-four Premier League finish in their last-gasp 2-2 draw with Arsenal. After Philippe Coutinho's opener was swiftly cancelled out by Mathieu Debuchy in first-half stoppage…

  • Soccer-No retirement in sight for evergreen Socceroo Cahill

    SYDNEY, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Australia's all time leading goal-scorer Tim Cahill is feeling as fit as ever and thinks he could continue playing for another four seasons into his 40th year. With his weight and body fat ratio unchanged since he was 17, Cahill said he would be looking for a two or three…

  • Soccer-Pardew creates unwanted history in Newcastle defeat

    LONDON, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Alan Pardew suffered the ignominy of becoming the first Newcastle United manager to lose four successive Tyne-Wear derbies against Sunderland after Adam Johnson's late goal subjected his team to more misery against their arch-rivals. In a frenetic, feisty and…

  • Soccer-Bundesliga results and standings

    Dec 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Bundesliga matches on Sunday Sunday, December 21Hertha Berlin 0 Hoffenheim 5 Freiburg 2 Hanover 96 2 Saturday, December 20Bayer Leverkusen 1 Eintracht Frankfurt 1 FC Augsburg 2 Borussia Moenchengladbach 1 Schalke 04 0 Hamburg SV 0 VfB…

  • Soccer-Japan send mission to Spain to probe Aguirre allegations

    TOKYO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - The Japan Football Association has sent a delegation to Spain to conduct a probe into the match-fixing scandal that has embroiled national team coach Javier Aguirre. The JFA have confirmed that Aguirre will remain in charge for the next month's Asian Cup in Australia…

  • Germans set 10-year plan, want Euro 2024

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- At a reception shortly before Christmas, German football federation president Wolfgang Niersbach said his plan for the holidays was to sit back on a sofa, shut off the radio and television and think about the wonderful year behind him.

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  • Soccer-Portuguese championship results and standings

    Dec 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Portuguese championship matches on Sunday Sunday, December 21Academica 1 Penafiel 1 Arouca 1 Maritimo 0 Benfica 1 Gil Vicente 0 Nacional 0 Sporting 1 Moreirense 1 Boavista 0 Saturday, December 20Estoril 1 Vitoria Guimaraes 0 Friday,…

  • Soccer-Marseille go into break as leaders after victory

    (Adds Lyon win) PARIS, Dec 21 (Reuters) - Olympique de Marseille will go into the two-week Ligue 1 break at the top of the table thanks to Michy Batshuayi's winning goal in a 2-1 home victory over Lille on Sunday. Belgian striker Batshuayi, in the side after coach Marcelo Bielsa dropped Dimitri…

  • Soccer-English premier league top scorers

    Dec 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the English premier league on Sunday 14 Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) 12 Diego Costa (Chelsea) 11 Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) 9 Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) 8 Graziano Pelle (Southampton) Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) 7 Robin van Persie (Manchester…

  • Soccer-Dutch championship summaries

    Dec 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Dutch championship matches on Sunday Sunday, December 21Twente Enschede 3 Youness Mokhtar 12, Andreas Bjelland 90+2, Torgeir Borven 90+4 Red Card: Renato Tapia 81Willem II Tilburg 2 Ali Messaoud 31, Robbie Haemhouts 72 Halftime: 1-1; Attendance:…

  • PSG held at home, Marseille on course to end year on top

    Paris Saint-Germain failed to find the killer punch in a drab goalless draw at home to Montpellier on Saturday, handing arch-rivals Marseille the chance to end the year on top of the Ligue 1 table. The home side were looking anything like reigning champions even after upping the tempo at the start…

  • Soccer-Bolivian championship results and standings

    Dec 21 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Bolivian championship matches on Sunday Sunday, December 21 Blooming 0 Bolivar 3 Jorge Wilstermann 5 Nacional Potosi 2 The Strongest 2 Oriente Petrolero 1 Universitario de Pando 2 Club Petrolero 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts C1 Bolivar 22 14…

  • Egypt eases spectator ban for football league matches

    Egypt will allow some fans to attend Premier League football matches for the first time since imposing a spectator ban after a deadly 2012 stadium riot, the football federation said Sunday. "The interior ministry and the minister of youth and sports have agreed (to allow) the presence of spectators…

  • Experience William Boyd's The Vanishing Game

    Join Alec Dunbar as he fights to survive every twist, turn, and act of treachery in #TheVanishingGame.

  • Ronaldo returns home for statue unveiling

    World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo returned to his hometown of Funchal on Madeira on Sunday to attend the unveiling of a statue sculpted in his honour. The Real Madrid star travelled to the Portuguese island from Marrakech, where on Saturday he helped his club lift the Club World Cup, their…

  • Lazio go third as Inter save Mancini blushes

    A first-half brace from Felipe Anderson was enough to secure third place for Lazio in Serie A prior to the festive break on Sunday in a hard-fought 2-2 draw away to Inter. Inter only claimed their maiden win under Roberto Mancini, their first in six games, last week but had the worst possible start…