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  • England captain Steven Gerrard announces international retirement July 21, 2014

    England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer, the Football Association said on Monday. The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 20 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000. "I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and it is...
  • Arsenal celebrate FA Cup win with trophy parade May 18, 2014

    For the tens of thousands Arsenal fans lining the streets of north London on Sunday, it had been a long time coming. After nine years spent desperately waiting for a title, they finally got the chance to celebrate the end of the drought as the Gunners paraded the FA Cup on...
  • Wenger hails Arsenal's Cup win as his most important success May 18, 2014

    London: Arsenal's dramatic Wembley win against Hull City was the most important victory of Arsene Wenger's 18 years in charge, the fivetimes FA Cup winning manger said on Saturday. Despite winning eight major trophies including three Premier League titles, during his long reign at the club, the Frenchman ranks their 32...
  • Arsenal end nineyear title drought with FA Cup win May 18, 2014

    London: Doused in champagne by Arsenal's victorious players, Arsene Wenger was a success again. The nineyear wait for a trophy was over, and the manager, who had felt the pressure of the drought, could finally celebrate on the Wembley Stadium field. For the fifth time in Wenger's 14 years, the Gunners...
  • FA Cup Final: Arsenal seek end to trophy drought May 17, 2014

    When Arsenal beat Manchester United in a penalty shootout to win the FA Cup in 2005, few imagined that Arsene Wenger's team would still be waiting for its next piece of silverware nine years later. Yet that is the situation facing Arsenal ahead of their latest opportunity to end the trophy...
  • Arsene Wenger under pressure like never before in FA Cup final May 16, 2014

    During Arsene Wenger's most successful period as manager of Arsenal, the FA Cup final became a regular date in the club's diary. From 1998 onwards they played in English football's showpiece five times in eight seasons, winning four of those games. Yet since the last success, a lucky one on penalties after...
  • FA Cup win could spark success for Arsenal and Wenger May 16, 2014

    The pressure is all on Arsenal ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Hull City, but if they can end their nineyear trophy drought then good times lie ahead with Arsene Wenger at the helm, former midfielder Ray Parlour has told Reuters. The future of the French manager has been called...
  • FA Cup win could be catalyst for Arsenal, says Thomas Vermaelen May 15, 2014

    Victory in the FA Cup final could prove to be a catalyst for a new era of Arsenal success, Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen said on Thursday. Arsenal have not won a trophy for nine years and none of the current squad have experienced bringing silverware to the north London club, something...
  • Hull beat Sheffield to reach first FA Cup final in 110-year history April 13, 2014

    London: Hull reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their 110-year history as the Premier League side twice came from behind to beat third-tier club Sheffield United 5-3 in a lively encounter on Sunday. Hull manager Steve Bruce, who won world football's oldest cup competition three times as...
  • Arsenal beat holder Wigan to reach FA Cup final April 13, 2014

    London: Arsenal avoided FA Cup embarrassment against second-tier club Wigan on Saturday, coming from behind against the holder and winning a penalty shootout to reach the final where the London club will be looking to end a nine-year trophy drought. After extra time ended 1-1, Arsenal's players scored all of their...
  • FA Cup triumph could launch new Arsenal era: Tomas Rosicky April 11, 2014

    London: Winning this year's FA Cup would give Arsenal a taste for silverware again and could provide a launching pad for another era of success for the north London club, Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky said. Not one of Arsenal's current squad, Rosicky included, has ever won a trophy with the club...
  • Arsenal need another quality FA Cup performance, says Wenger April 10, 2014

    London: Arsenal must continue their fine form in the FA Cup if they are to beat current holders Wigan Athletic in the semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday, manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday. Arsenal have reached the last four for a record-equalling 27th time after impressive wins over Tottenham Hotspur, Coventry...
  • FA rejects Hull City bid to change name to Tigers April 9, 2014

    London: English Premier League club Hull City's controversial bid to change their name to Hull Tigers has been rejected by the FA, the governing body said in a statement on Wednesday. "The FA Council, which is made up of representatives from across football, fully considered the recommendation and the subsequent responses...
  • Synthetic pitches to be allowed in FA Cup next season March 24, 2014

    London: Synthetic pitches will be allowed in every round of the FA Cup from next season, the English Football Association announced on Monday. Current rules bar the use of so-called 3G (third generation) surfaces after the first round. FA general secretary Alex Horne said the rule change had been recommended by...
  • Jose Mourinho charged with improper conduct March 20, 2014

    London: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with improper conduct by the FA following his side's 1-0 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa on Saturday. Mourinho was sent to the stands by referee Chris Foy for encroaching on the turf after Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Ramires had been shown a straight...
  • Anelka and FA accept five-match ban March 14, 2014

    London: Nicolas Anelka has decided not to appeal against the five-match ban imposed on the West Bromwich Albion striker for his controversial 'quenelle' gesture, the FA said on Thursday. The 34-year-old French forward was suspended for his goal celebration during a Premier League match against West Ham United. Anelka had until Thursday...
  • Alan Pardew banned for seven games for head-butting player March 11, 2014

    London: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been handed a seven-match ban by the English Football Association for head-butting an opposing player during a Premier League match. The FA says Pardew will serve a three-match stadium ban before being suspended from standing on the touchline for the other four games. The governing body...
  • Roberto Martinez and Ben Watson inspiration behind Manchester City upset: Uwe Rosler March 10, 2014

    Former manager Roberto Martinez and FA Cup final hero Ben Watson were the inspiration behind Wigan Athletic's quarter-final upset win over English Premier League aristocrats Manchester City, victorious manager Uwe Rosler said. The holders were given little hope of repeating their 1-0 final win over City in May, masterminded by now...
  • We need a strong response to Wigan upset, says Pellegrini March 10, 2014

    Manchester: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini called on his players to respond to their FA Cup exit on Sunday by overhauling Barcelona this week and Premier League rivals Chelsea by the end of the season. City, who had been aiming for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies after securing the English League...
  • Manchester City lose to Wigan Athletic, crash out of FA Cup March 10, 2014

    London: Second-tier Wigan stunned Manchester City for the second straight year in the FA Cup, beating the Premier League giants 2-1 on Sunday to reach the semi-finals and stay on course to retain the trophy. Seven days after winning the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium, City were looking to return...
  • Olivier Giroud double sends Arsenal into FA Cup semis March 8, 2014

    London: A rejuvenated Mesut Ozil put Arsenal on the path to an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley though Arsene Wenger and Everton manager Roberto Martinez agreed after the home side's 4-1 win on Saturday the match had hinged on a miss by Ross Barkley. Barkley, the most impressive player in a...
  • FA Cup holders Wigan look to shock Manchester City again March 8, 2014

    London: An immediate return to the Premier League remains Wigan Athletic's priority but the FA Cup holders are determined to repeat last year's shock final win over Manchester City when they meet in Sunday's last-eight clash (1605 GMT). Wigan stunned hot favourites City 1-0 at Wembley with Ben Watson's late header...
  • Alan Pardew admits charge for head-butting player March 7, 2014

    Newcastle: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will attend a hearing with the English Football Association to discover what punishment he will receive for head-butting an opposing player in the Premier League. Newcastle said on Thursday that Pardew has admitted a misconduct charge following his confrontation with Hull midfielder David Meyler during Newcastle's...
  • Everton's Phil Jagielka 'unlikely' to face Arsenal: Roberto Martinez March 6, 2014

    Everton captain Phil Jagielka looks set to miss their FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Saturday after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, manager Roberto Martinez said on Thursday. The 31-year-old Jagielka picked up the injury in training last week and was absent from England's victory over Denmark on Wednesday. "It's...
  • Stoke's Charlie Adam gets three-match ban for Giroud stamp March 6, 2014

    London: Stoke City midfielder Charlie Adam has been banned for three matches after being found guilty of violent conduct by the English FA, the governing body said on Wednesday. Adam appeared to stamp on Arsenal's Olivier Giroud during Saturday's 1-0 home win in the Premier League. "Adam had denied the charge,...
  • Sol Campbell calls FA 'racist' after England captaincy snub March 2, 2014

    Former England defender Sol Campbell believes he would have been national team captain for more than 10 years if he was white, according to extracts from his new biography that is being serialised by The Sunday Times newspaper. Campbell, 39, who was born in east London to Jamaican parents, claimed the...
  • Hull City and Charlton advance to FA Cup quarter-finals February 25, 2014

    London: Goals from Curtis Davies and Robert Koren earned Hull City a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 replay win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday. Charlton Athletic lifted some more of their gloom as the relegation-threatened second-tier side won 2-1 at fellow Championship outfit...
  • Hull grab late draw at Brighton in FA Cup fifth round February 18, 2014

    Yannick Sagbo kept Hull City in the FA Cup with a late strike in their 11 fifthround draw at second tier Brighton & Hove Albion to prevent an upset on Monday. The pair now face a replay at Premier League Hull next Monday with Brighton looking to set up a quarterfinal...
  • Arsenal defeat won't hold us back, says Gerrard February 17, 2014

    London: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Sunday's defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup will not halt his team's momentum as they head into the crucial final stretch of the season. Goals to Alex OxladeChamberlain and Lukas Podolski gave Arsenal a 20 advantage soon after halftime, before the German tripped Luis...
  • Arsenal gain sweet revenge over Liverpool in FA Cup February 17, 2014

    London: Arsenal sent Liverpool crashing out of the FA Cup, avenging last weekend's rout at Anfield, when they beat Brendan Rodgers's highflyers 21 in a fullbloodied fifth round tie at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Londoners, who lost 51 to Liverpool in the Premier League on February 8, won with...