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  • Tuneful Antunes returns as Cape Verde coach

    Tuneful Antunes returns as Cape Verde coach

    (Reuters) - The air traffic controller who sang in celebration after Cape Verde Islands reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals has been reappointed to take charge of the national team, the country’s football federation said on Monday. Lucio Antunes, who burst into song at a post-match news conference three years ago, will lead the island archipelego’s bid to reach the 2018 World Cup as they begin the final group phase of the African preliminaries away to Senegal next month. The 49-year-old Antunes, who combined coaching with his job at Sal airport after being appointed for the first time in 2010, takes over from compatriot Felisberto Cardoso after the former Portuguese colony failed to reach next year's Nations Cup. More »

    Mon, Sep 12, 2016 21:38 BST
  • German FA wants to stick with coach Loew past 2018

    German FA wants to stick with coach Loew past 2018

    Germany's football association (DFB) is eager to extend the contract of national team coach Joachim Loew past the 2018 World Cup, DFB president Reinhard Grindel said on Monday. Loew, who has been in charge since 2006, coached Germany to the 2014 World Cup title and to a total of five straight semi-final appearances at World Cups and Euros, with his current deal running to 2018 and the World Cup in Russia. More »

    Mon, Sep 12, 2016 10:06 BST
  • Southampton's Forster ready to start against Arsenal but Boufal out

    Southampton's Forster ready to start against Arsenal but Boufal out

    (Reuters) - Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster is ready for Saturday's Premier League clash with Arsenal despite being ruled out of England's World Cup qualifier on Sunday, manager Claude Puel has said. Forster injured his arm in training last month and was replaced by club mate Alex McCarthy in the England squad against Slovakia. "I think it's positive for Fraser and he looks ready to play," Puel told the club's website. More »

    Thu, Sep 8, 2016 17:13 BST
  • West Ham's Payet ready to start against Watford - Bilic

    West Ham's Payet ready to start against Watford - Bilic

    (Reuters) - Attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet is likely to make his first Premier League start of the season for West Ham United in Saturday's clash with Watford, manager Slaven Bilic said on Thursday. The 29-year-old, who has suffered niggling injuries, last featured for West Ham as a substitute in their opening league game against Chelsea last month, but made an appearance in France's World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Tuesday. Payet scored 12 goals in all competitions last season after joining from Olympique Marseille in June last year. More »

    Thu, Sep 8, 2016 11:29 BST
  • Brexit will make it harder for England to win hosting rights - FA

    Brexit will make it harder for England to win hosting rights - FA

    (Reuters) - Britain's decision to leave the European Union will make it tougher for England to win the right to host future World Cup and European Championship tournaments, English Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Clarke has said. Clarke, who last month succeeded Greg Dyke as head of the FA, said he began thinking about the country's chances of hosting a major international tournament after England's 1-0 World Cup qualifying win against Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday. "I was mulling on the way back on the plane from Slovakia what Brexit does to our chances of a future tournament because I never had any expectations of a new tournament (bid) in my tenure," Clarke was quoted as saying by British media on Wednesday. More »

    Wed, Sep 7, 2016 14:47 BST