Category archives for: Soccer

Improving Neymar key to Barcelona’s pursuit of Real

By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) – Neymar took time to settle but is finally shining in Barcelona's devastating attacking trident with Villarreal the next La Liga opponents in their sights on Sunday as the Catalans continue their pursuit of Real Madrid. The pressure of expectation and scandal over the true cost of his transfer fee [...]

Manchester City-Chelsea Preview

So many times over the years, Frank Lampard was a difference-maker for Chelsea as they ascended to the Premier League elite. Lampard left Chelsea as their all-time leading scorer with 211 goals in all competitions, including 48 match-winners in league play. His first goal for the Citizens on Sept. 21 didn’t provide a victory, but [...]

Chelsea looks to restore 8-point lead over stumbling City

Chelsea can open up an eight-point lead over Manchester City for the second time this season by beating its Premier League title rival on Saturday in the most pivotal match of the campaign so far. Having worked so hard in December to get back on level terms with Chelsea, City has allowed Jose Mourinho's team [...]

West Ham United-Liverpool Preview

Liverpool are expected to welcome striker Daniel Sturridge back into their squad this weekend, but seem to be preparing to part company with another striker very soon. With Sturridge available to manager Brendan Rodgers for the first time since August, the Reds will try to avoid another disappointing result against West Ham United on Saturday. [...]

Russia to cut budget for 2018 World Cup amid economic woes

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Sports Minister says the government will cut the budget for hosting the 2018 World Cup as part of plans to slash state expenditure while recession looms. View full post on World Soccer on Yahoo Sports

FIFA says English teams spend most in $4.1bn transfer market

FIFA says English clubs are dominating international transfer spending, accounting for almost 30 percent of the $4.06-billion market. Spanish clubs are the next biggest spenders with deals worth $700 million, and they generated a global record $667 million from international transfers. Of 400 applications, 352 were accepted by FIFA. View full post on World Soccer [...]

Column: FIFA hopeful is Trojan horse for gambling industry

There’s nothing funny about the gambling industry’s latest wheeze to sink its teeth even deeper into football and its fans. Ginola has zero chance of unseating Sepp Blatter. FIFA’s election and ethics rules will almost certainly keep him off the May ballot. US$375,000) from bookmaker Paddy Power for this stunt, Ginola became the latest Trojan [...]

Soccer-Under-pressure Villa boss Lambert gets thumbs-up from owner

(Refiles to clarify headline) LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Despite a poor run of results in the Premier League, not many goals and a stadium full of disgruntled fans, Aston Villa’s chief executive Tom Fox said on Wednesday manager Paul Lambert had the full support of American owner Randy Lerner. Villa, who started the season [...]

Figo latest to enter FIFA presidential race

LONDON (Reuters) – Former Portugal international Luis Figo said on Wednesday he wanted to stand for the FIFA presidency revealing his plans one day before nominations close to enter the race. The former Real Madrid and Barcelona forward announced his intention to run against incumbent Sepp Blatter in an interview with CNN. Figo, 42, was [...]

Luis Figo enters FIFA presidential race against Blatter

Luis Figo wants to become FIFA president and claims he has the nominations needed to be an official candidate against Sepp Blatter. The former Portugal, Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker announced his campaign in a statement on Wednesday timed for release with an interview with CNN. ''I look at the reputation of FIFA right now [...]

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