(Reuters) - David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time. Midfielder and assistant coach Ryan Giggs placed in temporary control for the final four league matches of the season while United search for a permanent successor. Meulensteen, among a group of trusted lieutenants of former boss Alex Ferguson who Moyes removed in favor of bringing in his own backroom staff, said Moyes had paid the price for ignoring the blueprint of success forged under Ferguson.
Soccer-Moyes left all at sea by scale of United job, says former coach
David Moyes lost his job as Manchester United manager because he ignored advice and failed to appreciate the scale of the job, said Rene Meulensteen, a former coach at the Premier League club. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after a disastrous 10-month spell in charge, with United now certain to finish outside the Premier League's top four for the first time. Midfielder and assistant coach Ryan Giggs placed in temporary control for the final four league matches of the season while United search for a permanent successor. Meulensteen, among a group of trusted lieutenants of former boss Alex Ferguson who Moyes removed in favour of bringing in his own backroom staff, said Moyes had paid the price for ignoring the blueprint of success forged under Ferguson.
Motor racing-Senna had so much to offer, says sister
By Andrew Downie SAO PAULO, April 25 (Reuters) - For Brazilians of a certain generation, the death of Ayrton Senna is not unlike September 11 or the assassination of John F. Kennedy. "It's funny, it doesn't seem like it was 20 years ago," his sister Viviane Senna said of the Formula One great's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Even though two decades have passed, Senna still casts a mighty shadow over both his sport and Brazil. During Senna's peak years between the first title with McLaren in 1988 and his death in a Williams in 1994, Formula One almost rivaled football as Brazil's most popular sport.
Los Che have been left with a mountain to climb in order to make it to Turin, thanks in part to a contentious opening goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
Aston Villa-Swansea City Preview
Guaranteeing Premier League survival will be the aim for both Swansea City and Aston Villa when they meet at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Hosts Swansea (9-9-17) beat Newcastle 2-1 last week to pick up their first points in three games and move six clear of the drop zone. However, with three games remaining, the Swans are not yet safe, and centre-back Jordi Amat is keen to build on the win over Newcastle and move up the table. "This has been a hard season," said Amat, who will replace Chico Flores in the starting lineup.
West Ham United-West Brom Preview
West Bromwich Albion are targeting four more points for Premier League survival, and a win over West Ham United at the Hawthorns on Saturday would put them close to achieving that aim. Pepe Mel's side (6-15-13) have picked up five points from their last four games to give themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation, but conceding stoppage-time equalisers to both Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur during that run has left them still needing results in their final matches of the campaign. With Cardiff and Fulham both three points behind the Baggies having played a game more, Mel believes that four points from his team's four remaining matches should be enough. But some of the performances we have seen recently are those we need to see in order to keep ourselves up." Despite being 12th in the table, Sam Allardyce's West Ham (10-7-18) are not yet assured of their Premier League status either.
Soccer-Sevilla earn two-goal cushion against Valencia
(Adsd detail, quotes) BARCELONA, April 24 (Reuters) - Stephane MBia and Carlos Bacca were on target for Sevilla as they took a big step towards reaching the Europa League final with a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Thursday. The Andalusian side continued their good form which has seen them win nine of their last 10 La Liga games as they took advantage of Valencia's defensive weaknesses to put themselves in the driving seat in the all-Spanish semi-final. After a frantic start to the game MBia knocked in the opening goal on the half hour mark and then Bacca added another shortly afterwards as he used his pace to get clear before finishing clinically. "It was a good game from us against a strong rival in Valencia but despite this result it is still going to be difficult there," Bacca told reporters.
Norwich City-Manchester United Preview
Manchester United begin life without David Moyes on Saturday when they welcome Norwich City to Old Trafford. The decision to sack Moyes came Monday - just 10 months after he had been hand-picked by predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson - the club's greatest manager. The sacking ended a disastrous tenure that saw United drop from Premier League champions to seventh-placed also-rans in the space of one campaign. United won just 27 of the 51 games played under Moyes, and this season has seen them rack up their least number of points in the Premier League era and produce their worst home record since 1978.
Tottenham Hotspur-Stoke City Preview
Stoke City hope Tottenham Hotspurs' visit to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday will be one for the record books. Victory over the London side would also propel the Potters to 47 points, equaling their best haul in a Premier League campaign, and with two games still to play. It will be no easy task for Stoke (11-11-13) who are winless in four against Saturday's opponents, losing twice and drawing twice. Peter Crouch knows exactly what to expect from Spurs having started his career their and spent two further years at White Hart Lane before signing on at Stoke in 2011 "Having played for Tottenham they will come here and look to play on the front foot and impose themselves on the game - they will want the three points for sure," Crouch told club's official website.
The Argentine played down the significance of his first strike in continental competition since 2009, saying he is only interested in helping the Bianconeri get through
Soccer-Late Lima strike gives Benfica win over Juve
* Benfica earn late victory in Europa League semi-final first leg * Tevez on mark for Juve but Lima gives Portuguese side the edge April 24 (Reuters) - A brilliantly-worked Lima goal gave last year's runners-up Benfica a late 2-1 win at home to Juventus in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday. Central defender Ezequiel Garay headed Benfica in front after three minutes but the recently-crowned Portuguese champions failed to take advantage and Carlos Tevez levelled for Juventus on 73 minutes.
Fixer of Australian soccer games jailed
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- A Malaysian man who organized an international match-fixing syndicate involving Australian soccer games in 2013 has been jailed for at least a year.
Soccer-Scolari says has chosen Brazil's World Cup squad
* Scolari knows his World Cup squad * Squad due be announced on May 7 * Coach selects four captains (Adds details, quotes) By Tatiana Ramil SAO PAULO, April 24 (Reuters) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari knows his 23-man squad for the World Cup finals and has chosen Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Julio Cesar and Fred to act as captains, he said on Thursday. "I have no doubts," Scolari said at the Sao Judas Tadeu University in Sao Paulo after a conference on psychology and football.
Andrea Pastorello says his client has fully recovered from the knee ligament damage he suffered in January and will be in prime physical condition for this summer's World Cup
Hull City-Fulham Preview
Relegation-threatened Fulham need a positive result from Saturday's home match against Hull City to retain any realistic hope of avoiding the drop. Fulham (9-3-23) are second from bottom and two points from safety with three matches to play. After facing Hull, the Cottagers travel to Stoke City before ending their campaign with a London derby against Crystal Palace at Craven Cottage on May 12. Midfielder Paul Parker has vowed he and his teammates will do everything they can to help Fulham stay in the Premier League.
Soccer-Ukrainian championship results and standings
April 24 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Ukrainian championship matches on Thursday Thursday, April 24 Arsenal Kiev Metalurg Donetsk Postponed Chernomorets Odessa 1 Dynamo Kiev 1 Zakarpattya Uzhgorod 0 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 2 Illichevets Mariupol 1 Vorskla Poltava 2 Volyn Lutsk 1 Metalist Kharkiv 4 Wednesday, April 23 Sevastopol 5 Metalurg Zaporizhya 0 Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Tavria Simferopol 1 Zarja Lugansk 2 Karpaty Lviv 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 25 18 2 5 54 21 56 -------------------------2 Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 24 16 5 3 47 20 53 ...
All 12 host cities have ''no choice'' and ''must'' organize their own fanfest, was FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke's blunt warning to Brazil World Cup organizers on Thursday. The warning comes as officials in the northeastern city of Recife reiterate they still don't know whether they will stage a fanfest, which allows fans without tickets to watch matches for free on large screens in public areas. ''The cities who have not yet committed to have their own fanfest, it's a mistake, and they have to do it, there is no choice,'' Valcke said after visiting the fanfest site in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. ''There must be a fanfest in each of the 12 host cities in Brazil.
Schalke exec criticized over possible Kremlin trip
BERLIN (AP) -- The chairman of the German soccer team Schalke is drawing criticism for suggesting his team would accept an invitation to Moscow from President Vladimir Putin. The Russian energy giant Gazprom is a team sponsor.
The 46-year-old has rejected reports suggesting he will leave the club and insists he is "super happy" at Signal Iduna Park.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez insists his fifth-placed side will reach the Champions League if they can win their final three games, beginning with Saturday's lunch-time kick-off at St. Mary's against Southampton. The Toffees are one point behind Arsenal for a place in Europe's most prestigious club competition, with the Gunners playing on Monday night at home against Newcastle United. Maximum points over the remainder of the campaign will give Everton 78. "I think it is fair to say, just looking at the last 15 years or since the Premier League started, the fourth place is well below the 76 points," he said.
The striker has been the key figure in Liverpool's rampant march to the top of the Premier League, dazzling fans with a series of all-action, goal-laden performances.
Cardiff City-Sunderland Preview
Gus Poyet got his miracle. Now, he may have a chance to pull Sunderland closer to unexpected survival in the Premier League. Fresh off the back of a stunning victory away to Chelsea, Poyet and the Black Cats will try to build on their momentum and capitalise on a timely meeting with fellow relegation battlers Cardiff City on Sunday. Much of Sunderland's season has been abysmal, and the club seemed destined for a return to the Championship while wallowing at the bottom of the Premier League with little hope of survival.
Manchester City-Crystal Palace Preview
Manchester City's hopes for a second Premier League title in three seasons require some help from Liverpool's opponents, and in the meantime, all Manuel Pellegrini's squad can do is avoid a fatal slip up. They could have Yaya Toure back to aid in that task when traveling to Selhurst Park Sunday for a meeting with streaking Crystal Palace, who have secured Premier League safety for the first time in club history. "We always talk with the players that if Liverpool win their (last) three matches and win 14 in a row, they will be champions," said Pellegrini after Monday's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium.
When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of its rivals - he recruited from the Arab villages of northern Israel. Arab Israelis, who complain of decades of discrimination in day-to-day life, are rare in the Israeli Women's Premier League - a small league that is often overlooked in the local sports scene.