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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Parfitt-Williams' West Ham Draw

Djair Parfitt-Williams did not feature in the West Ham United team as their hopes of qualifying for the Europa League group stage suffered a setback as they were held after leading 2-0 against Romania's Astra Giurgiu.

Goals by Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate put the Hammers in control of the third qualifying round before James Collins's dismissal changed the game.

Fernando Boldrin made it 2-1 before debutant Angelo Ogbonna headed past his own keeper while attempting to clear.

West Ham now face a tough test in the second leg in Romania on August 6th.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Mussenden & Sabir Get a Letter from Platini
In a letter sent to the Bermuda Football Association President Larry Mussenden and General Secretary David Sabir, as well as the Presidents and General Secretaries of the other 208 Member Associations of World Football's Governing Body, Michel Platini who announced his intention to stand as a candidate for the FIFA Presidency said, "This was a very personal, carefully considered decision, one in which I weighed up the future of football alongside my own future. I was also guided by the esteem, support and encouragement that many of you have shown me."

Platini pledged that he would work tirelessly "in the interests of football".

"There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands," he said. "I am at one of those decisive moments, at a juncture in my life and in events that are shaping the future of FIFA."

Platini, who has been President of UEFA since 2007 and a member of the FIFA Executive Committee since 2002, added, "During this last half-century or so, FIFA has only had two presidents. This extreme stability is something of a paradox in a world that has experienced radical upheavals and in a sport that has undergone considerable economic change. However, recent events force the supreme governing body of world football to turn over a new leaf and rethink its governance."

The UEFA President said that in recent months, he had defended his ideas and proposals "to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves."

Platini highlighted his aspiration to unite world football by bringing the continental confederations together and offering all national associations a common cause – "listening to everyone and respecting the diversity of the game around the world."

He said he was standing as a candidate "with enthusiasm and conviction, but also with the humility of someone who knows that he cannot succeed on his own."

"I am counting on your support and our common love of football so that, together, we can give the tens of millions of football fans the FIFA that they want: a FIFA that is exemplary, united and shows solidarity, a FIFA that is respected, liked and of the people."

Candidatures must be submitted by October 26th, 2015, and the election will take place at an Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Zurich on February 26th, 2016.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Hall & Limerick Fall & Simons scores for Chesterfield

Freddy Hall and his Limerick Football Club teammates are now the co-holders of an unwanted record after losing 4-1 to Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium.

They equal Waterford United’s tally of 21 Premier Division games without a win as their remained rooted to the bottom of the table.

Limerick’s best opportunity of the opening half fell to Robbie Williams inside twenty minutes. Sean Russell’s corner from the left was swung in and found the Yorkshireman in space inside the six yard box. Williams just couldn’t climb high enough to make the right contact, and his header clipped the crossbar and went over. Limerick defended deep and well in the opening stages, but there was nothing they could do to prevent Brandon Miele’s opener after 34 minutes. He stuck from 30 yards – firing straight past Hall, who had little chance.

The game was put beyond Limerick after 53 minutes when Conor Kenna headed home from close range after a good delivery from Kieran Marty Waters’ free kick.

Limerick got their consolation on the hour mark when Barry Murphy failed to hold Shane Duggan’s shot and Ian Turner was on hand to fire in the rebound. That glimmer of hope didn’t last long however, as Brandon Miele played in North who squared to Paddy Cregg and he converted after rounding Hall to secure the points for Pat Fenlon’s men.

Miele doubled his tally on the day to add gloss to the scoreline – a clever flick from Gareth McCaffrey played in the midfielder to fire past Hall.

Meanwhile goals from Jay O'Shea, Armand Gnanduillet and Bermuda’s Rai Simons earned Chesterfield an away win in this pre-season friendly against Ilkeston a team that Simons once suited up for with a 3-1 victory.

With Chesterfield leading 2 – 1 with 21 minutes remaining, they reinstated their two-goal lead courtesy of Simons who met Gboly Ariyibi’s incisive cross before striking past a helpless Rachoni on the half-volley from around 12 yards.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Platini to Announce President Bid

UEFA President Michel Platini will announce later this week he wants to be the next President of FIFA.

Platini after receiving indications of support from four continental confederations - will be a candidate when the poll is held on February 26th next year.

Along with the backing of his own European confederation he is understood to have gained support from South America (Conmebol), North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) in which Bermuda hold a vote and, significantly, Asia (AFC).

If every football association within those confederations voted for Platini he would secure 144 votes - more than enough to be elected as Blatter's successor.

That however is unlikely to happen - given some football associations will back rival candidates or abstain. However, Platini would still be expecting to poll a significant number of votes.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Wells Preparing for Spanish Giants Deportivo

Spanish Premier Division side Deportivo de La Coruna have confirmed a 23-man travelling party for their pre-season friendlies against Nahki Wells and his Huddersfield Town teammates as well as Swansea City.

Huddersfield Town are worried about the team’s pre-season defensive record.

After wins against Guiseley and Leyton Orient, Town gave up three goals against Grimsby Town and four against League One Rochdale all of those in the first half.

Manager Chris Powell was also unhappy with the first-half showing, but pleased with how the players responded to a half-time rollicking and felt they should have had at least a draw.

He may have had a point, but with just Deportivo to come on Wednesday night and Barnsley away on Saturday before the Championship opener against Hull City on August 8th, the supporters are unsettled.
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