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  • Former Porto boss Lopetegui appointed Spain coach

    Former Porto boss Lopetegui appointed Spain coach

    By Adriana Garcia VALENCIA (Reuters) - Spanish football launched a new era with the appointment of 49-year-old former goalkeeper Julen Lopetegui to replace Vicente del Bosque as national team coach on Thursday. After early exits from the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has picked a coach it knows well from managing the country's youth teams from 2010 to 2014. Lopetegui played for Castilla, Longrones and Rayo Vallecano and was a back-up keeper at Real Madrid and Barcelona. More »

    Thu, Jul 21, 2016 16:27 BST
  • FIFA says Russia's Alfa Bank is first regional World Cup sponsor

    FIFA says Russia's Alfa Bank is first regional World Cup sponsor

    By Brian Homewood ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA, which has struggled to find commercial partners since it was battered by a corruption scandal last year, named a Russian bank as the first of up to 20 regional World Cup sponsors on Monday. The global football body said Alfa Bank would "activate sponsorship initiatives" around the 2018 World Cup, which is being hosted by Russia, although it did not say how much the deal is worth. FIFA said that under a new commercial strategy for the World Cup, up to four packages were being offered for regional sponsors in each of five regions it listed as Europe, North America, South America, Middle East and Africa, and Asia. More »

    Mon, Jul 18, 2016 14:10 BST
  • Czech Republic pick Jarolim to coach national team

    Czech Republic pick Jarolim to coach national team

    The Czech Republic have hired Karel Jarolim as their new coach to help steer them through the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, the country's FA said on Friday. Jarolim, 59, was a Czechoslovakia international and played for three years at Rouen in France in the late 1980s. Jarolim replaces Pavel Vrba who left to join Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala after the Czech Repoublic finished bottom of Group D with one point form three matches at Euro 2016. More »

    Fri, Jul 15, 2016 15:08 BST
  • Hurst's 1966 World Cup final shirt goes unsold at auction

    Hurst's 1966 World Cup final shirt goes unsold at auction

    The red shirt worn by England's hat-trick hero Geoff Hurst in the 1966 World Cup final victory over West Germany went unsold at auction on Tuesday after it failed to reach the reserve price. Described as "the most significant obtainable artefact relating to the 1966 World Cup final", the shirt was accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by Hurst, who sold it in 2000 to a private collector. Media reported that Hurst, now 74 and still the only player to score three goals in a World Cup final, had feared it might be stolen from his home. More »

    Tue, Jul 12, 2016 19:05 BST
  • Qatar to build Zaha Hadid hotel shaped like desert flower

    Qatar to build Zaha Hadid hotel shaped like desert flower

    Qatar will construct two buildings designed by late Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, including a tower shaped like a desert flower close to the site of the 2022 soccer World Cup final, a member of its ruling family said on Tuesday. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al-Thani, the brother of Qatar's Emir, commissioned Hadid in 2013 to create the structures, one a 38-story hotel in the form of a hyacinth and featuring a nine-pointed base to shield visitors from the searing Gulf sun. Sheikh Mohammed's Al Alfia Holding said in a statement it would construct the tower "designed in response to current and future environmental challenges" by 2020 in the city of Lusail, 23 km (14 miles) north of the capital Doha. More »

    Tue, Jul 12, 2016 16:55 BST