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Russia World Cup 2018 organisers: bid vote was not pre-decided

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian team that successfully bid to host the 2018 World Cup had no knowledge of who would win until the vote on choosing a host was publicly announced, the head of the Russian organising committee...

United’s Van Gaal dismisses Scholes’ criticism

REUTERS - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dismissed former player Paul Scholes' criticism of his team's playing style, saying "sticks and stones can break my bones, but names never hurt me".The former United midfielder had said he...

Erdogan intervenes after soccer boss takes referees hostage

ANKARA (Reuters) - The boss of Turkish soccer club Trabzonspor locked four match officials in the stadium overnight for failing to award his team a penalty, only to release them under escort from special forces after a phone call...

Swans have to be at their best against Arsenal, says Monk

(Reuters) - Swansea City will have to be at their very best if they are to get a result against an in-form Arsenal, manager Garry Monk has said ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash.The Swans, who did the double...

I want a manager to stay at Leeds for 10 years, says Cellino

LONDON (Reuters) - Leeds United's controversial owner Massimo Cellino, who has had six managers in under two years at the club, says he would like one to stay for 10 years."It's bad firing a coach," he said in an...

Ranieri reaping rewards of Pearson’s work, says Pulis

REUTERS - Leicester City's impressive form this season is down to former manager Nigel Pearson more than current coach Claudio Ranieri, West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has said ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with the Foxes.Under Pearson,...

Stoke’s Shawcross to face Newcastle, Muniesa ruled out

(Reuters) - Stoke City manager Mark Hughes' delight at skipper Ryan Shawcross' return from injury in their League Cup win over Chelsea has been dampened by news of a hamstring injury to Marc Muniesa that has sidelined the defender...
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It’s frustrating to defend against Man Utd – Hangeland

(Reuters) - Manchester United are a frustrating team to defend against, Crystal Palace defender Brede Hangeland has said ahead of Saturday's Premier League encounter with Louis van Gaal's side.Palace have gone off the boil after a promising start to...