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  • Cardiff, Fulham fail to ease relegation fears

    Cardiff, Fulham fail to ease relegation fears

    Cardiff, Fulham fail to ease relegation fears

    By Josh Reich April 19 (Reuters) - The Premier League survival hopes of Cardiff City and Fulham remain no clearer after a draw with Stoke City and loss to Tottenham Hotspur respectively kept them marooned in the relegation zone with three matches remaining. Cardiff fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 to move above 19th placed Fulham on goal difference after the west Londoners went down 3-1 at Spurs, who won with goals from Paulinho, Harry Kane and Younes Kaboul. The pair are two points …

  • Captain Puyol joins lengthy list of Barca abentees

    Captain Puyol joins lengthy list of Barca abentees

    Captain Puyol joins lengthy list of Barca abentees

    Captain Carles Puyol has joined a long list of Barcelona absentees after feeling pain in his knee during training on Saturday, the champions said ahead of Sunday's La Liga game at home to Athletic Bilbao. Centre back Puyol, who turned 36 this month, has barely played this season due to a string of injuries and coach Gerardo Martino is also without regulars including forward Neymar, goalkeeper Victor Valdes, centre back Gerard Pique and left back Jordi Alba for the match against fourth-placed …

  • Ranieri and Monaco seek derby redemption

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    Ranieri and Monaco seek derby redemption

    Monaco host Nice in a Cote d'Azur derby on Sunday looking to get back to winning ways in Ligue 1 after the blow of losing in the French Cup semi-finals. The principality club were stunned by struggling Guingamp on Wednesday, losing 3-1 after extra time to end their hopes of winning major silverware for the first time in more than a decade. It was a defeat that did coach Claudio Ranieri few favours at a time when his future at the Stade Louis II is the subject of much speculation, especially …

  • Liverpool manager Rodgers only has eyes for Norwich

    Liverpool manager Rodgers only has eyes for Norwich

    Liverpool manager Rodgers only has eyes for Norwich

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers remains confident he will be able to keep his players focused against Norwich City as they attempt to take another step towards the Premier League title. With Manchester City drawing 2-2 against Sunderland on Wednesday, the sense of anticipation at Anfield has increased even further, but Rodgers insists his players are simply focused on Sunday's match against strugglers Norwich at Carrow Road. "It doesn't matter about Chelsea, Crystal Palace or Newcastle now …

  • Moyes set for tricky Everton return

    Moyes set for tricky Everton return

    Moyes set for tricky Everton return

    Manchester United manager David Moyes will be under the spotlight when he returns to Everton on Sunday for the first time since he left the club for Old Trafford at the end of last season. Moyes was in charge at Goodison Park for 11 years before leaving when his contract expired to replace Alex Ferguson, British football's most successful manager, at United following his fellow Scot's retirement. While Moyes's successor, Roberto Martinez, has guided the Everton to a challenge for a Champions …

  • Magath says Fulham will survive despite Spurs loss

    Magath says Fulham will survive despite Spurs loss

    Magath says Fulham will survive despite Spurs loss

    By Josh Reich LONDON (Reuters) - Manager Felix Magath insists Fulham can avoid relegation despite Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur that leaves them third from bottom of the Premier League with three matches remaining. Consecutive wins over Aston Villa and Norwich City had given the west Londoners hope they could produce a late relegation escape act but the defeat leaves them on 30 points, two behind 17th-placed Norwich City who host leaders Liverpool on Sunday. Brazil midfielder …

Seoul: Korea Selatan memerlukan sedikit masa untuk mengimbangi faktor kekurangan pengalaman dalam skuad Piala Dunia di Brazil tahun ini, kata ketua jurulatihnya, Hong Myung-bo, semalam.

Kuasa besar bola sepak Asia itu bakal memulakan saingan kempen pada 17 Jun menentang Russia yang mereka pernah tewaskan 2-1 pada November lalu sebelum berdepan Algeria (22 Jun) dan Belgium (26 Jun).

Myung-bo, bekas kapten dan pernah mewakili Korea mara ke separuh akhir Piala Dunia pada 2002, berkata dia semakin hampir memuktamadkan skuadnya untuk kejohanan berprestij itu.

Pemain muda

“Kami memiliki ramai pemain muda berbakat, tetapi kekurangan pengalaman antarabangsa,” kata Myung-bo kepada media di Seoul. “Tugas saya ialah cuba menerapkan perkara itu pada bulan mendatang,” katanya yang menggantikan Choi Kang-hee, Jun lalu.

“Pemain teras kami berusia antara 22 hingga 25, dan kami memerlukan pemain lama untuk Piala Dunia bagi mengimbangkan pasukan.” Korea berjaya mengelak kuasa besar tradisi di peringkat kumpulan dan itu meningkatkan keyakinan pemainnya.

Dia pernah menjadi pembantu Guus Hiddink dari Jerman di kelab Russia Anzhi Makhachkala dan menunjukkan prestasi terbaik sebagai jurulatih negara itu ketika Sukan Olimpik dengan memenangi gangsa di London 2012. - Reuters

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