title=”Soccer-Optimism restored, England face first test against Spain” data-text=”Soccer-Optimism restored, England face first test against Spain” dir=”auto” class=”headline”>Optimism restored, England face first test against Spain

By Martyn Herman LONDON, Sept 6 : After years of tournament failures and steadily dwindling expectations, England’s surprise run to the World Cup semi-finals infused the country’s long-suffering fans with optimism. A visit by Spain to Wembley in the Nations League on Saturday will provide an early test of the depth of the feelgood factor […]

Everton head late rush for players on transfer deadline day

By Simon Evans MANCHESTER, England, Aug 9 : Everton brought in three new faces on the final day of the Premier League transfer window, swooping for Brazilian midfielder Bernard from Shakhtar Donetsk and Barcelona players Yerry Mina and Andres Gomes. But Tottenham Hotspur ended the window as the only club not to bring in a […]

Qatar Airways adapts to regional political dispute, may avoid making a loss

By Sarah Young FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17 : Qatar Airways’ chief executive said the airline was adapting to a regional political dispute that has prevented it flying some routes, and that those restrictions would not necessarily push it into the red for the current financial year. “There is a possibility that we will post also […]

England main beneficiaries of rise in set-piece goals

By Richard Martin St Petersburg, July 8 : After more goals came from set pieces in this World Cup’s group stage than any other, set-play strategy has continued to have a huge impact in the knockout phase, with five of the 11 goals scored in the quarter-finals coming from free-kicks or corners. Raphael Varane headed […]

Three lions have kickabout to roar England to World Cup success

By George Sargent LONDON, June 14 : England, the soccer team with three lions on their shirts, have the fierce support of three lionesses at London Zoo who were doing their own training on Thursday as the tournament kicked off. Encouraged to play with a soccer ball specially painted with the English flag, one of […]