Newcastle United's Loic Remy scores his side's first goal against Norwich City during their English Premier League soccer match at Newcastle, England, Saturday, Nov 23, 2013. (AP Photo / Owen Humphreys, PA)

Newcastle 2-1 Norwich: visitors make it all too easy for Newcastle (video)

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Chris Hughton’s visit to Newcastle didn’t go exactly as he’d planned, and now the Norwich manager is once again hanging on to his job by a slender thread. His Canaries made it all too easy for the hosts, who pounced early, and controlled the majority of the match. That means Norwich are still just a point above the drop zone, and Hughton will once again be having trouble sleeping.

Newcastle got off to a quick start, putting away their first goal before three minutes were up. And who else but Loic Remy? Yohan Cabaye, who was instrumental in France’s win over Ukraine last week, put in the corner. It was his French colleague that rose up to head in the opener, helped along by Norwich defender Bradley Johnson, who watched the ball bounce and didn’t clear the danger.

Norwich had a great chance to equalize in the 15th minute, after Leroy Far slipped behind Fabricio Coloccini. But Shola Ameobi was there to clear up the captain’s blushes, and between the forward and goalkeeper Tim Krul, managed to prevent Fer from pouncing on the ball.

Moussa Sissoko wasted an excellent chance to put his side up 2-0 after 30 minutes. The midfielder was set free on a ball from Shola Ameobi, going one on one with John Ruddy. But, despite having plenty of time to set up his shot, Sissoko but the ball wide of the Norwich goal.

But the Magpies did manage a second goal before the break, demonstrating some lovely teamwork that likely made Norwich cry with jealousy. Newcastle had plenty of time to set up amongst the scattered Canary defenders, allowing Sissoko to put in a cross for Shola Ameobi. The header fell to Yoan Gouffran, who had no trouble knocking it in to double the hosts’ lead.

Norwich did manage to give the hosts a brief scare in the second half. Despite being down two goals, the Canaries still barely threatened. But they briefly came alive about ten minutes before the final whistle. After a few minutes of pressure led to a series of corners for Norwich, the visitors finally managed to get a goal. Nathan Redmond sent in the corner and Fer once again got the best of Coloccini, rising above him to send his header past Krul.

Newcastle: Krul; Yanga-Mbiwa, Coloccini, Williamson, Santon; Sissoko, Cabaye (Anita 68), Tiote, Gouffran (Ben Arfa 83), Shola Ameobi (Cisse 74), Remy

Subs not used: Elliot, Haidara, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi

Goals: Remy 2′; Gouffran 38′

Norwich: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, R Bennett, Olsson; Johnson (Hoolahan 89), Fer, Howson; Redmond (Murphy 89), Pilkington (Elmander 49), Hooper

Subs not used: Nash (GK), Whittaker, Bassong, Becchio

Goals: Fer 80′

Qatar to set up desert tent camp to house World Cup fans

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) The committee organizing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar plans to try out a “fan village” that could house up to 2,000 soccer spectators in Arabian desert tents.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said Tuesday it is seeking bids to develop a pilot project near the Sealine Beach resort south of the capital, Doha.

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It will offer different types of accommodation in 350 temporary tents and 300 permanent tents, along with big viewing screens and other entertainment options. A total of five fan villages could eventually be built.

Qatar is racing to build hotels and other infrastructure needed to host the games. Visitor accommodation in Qatar is currently dominated by higher-end hotels in Doha.

Once more, with feeling: Who could be the next England manager?

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It seems like mere months ago we were discussing who would take over for Roy Hodgson as the next manager of England.

That’s obviously because it was just 67 days ago that Sam Allardyce was hired as the next manager of the Three Lions, and 22 days since he oversaw what would be his only match in charge: a 1-0 win in Slovakia.

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Now Allardyce’s mouth has engineered his exit from the job. How much has the landscape changed for managerial candidates?

Not too much. In no particular order, let’s look through some of the same names we studied this summer:

Steve Bruce — The ex-Hull City boss interviewed for the gig before Allardyce was hired. Is it as simple as going with choice No. 2?

Jurgen Klinsmann — The USMNT coach is again being listed by the oddsmakers despite the fact that England didn’t contact U.S. Soccer regarding an interview last time around. Has anything changed?

Gareth Southgate — The caretaker boss has worked with several of these players when they were U-20 and U-21 players, with his only other managerial experience coming with Middlesbrough between 2006-09.

Alan Pardew — The Palace man fancies himself for the job, that’s for sure. Would England really hire a ‘look at me’ man for such a high-profile position?

Eddie Howe — Bournemouth, and maybe Arsenal, fans won’t want to hear it, but the young manager would be a terrific choice for the job. But would he like running a team that doesn’t entail weekly game prep?

Harry Redknapp — If you’re looking for Pardew, only older and somehow even more sure of himself.

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Other names on the oddmakers’ books are ex-Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, current Arsenal man Arsene Wenger, and Manuel Pellegrini (who is with Chinese club Hebei China Fortune). Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri has also been mentioned.

Allardyce’s issues really did no favors to club football in England, let alone country. The 61-year-old was hired in July, when clubs could’ve addressed their manager leaving better. Now in late September, the next England coach could wreak havoc on a PL team.

England hosts Malta on Oct. 8 in its second World Cup qualifier, before visiting Slovenia three days later.

Man City: Guardiola updates De Bruyne, Kompany injury status

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Kevin De Bruyne has been as valuable an attacker as any in the Premier League season, so his injury suffered this weekend is quite a big deal.

There were fears that Manchester City’s Belgian attacker would be gone for more than a month, but manager Pep Guardiola has quelled those concerns to an extent.

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De Bruyne will miss Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Celtic, which shouldn’t bother the club too much, though his absence Sunday against Tottenham Hotspur could be felt more keenly.

Guardiola said that both De Bruyne and his Belgian teammate, Vincent Kompany, should be back in two to three weeks time. In De Bruyne’s case, Guardiola’s specifically mentioned after the international break. That puts him in line for an Oct. 15 trip to Everton.

The manager also related that he’s excited for his first trip to Celtic Park, as he’s not been to Glasgow to face Celtic in his career.

From ManCity.com:

“Everyone talks to me about the atmosphere, I’m looking forward to playing here. I know how strong they are here. I spoke with my old players, and they have said this is a special environment.”

Kickoff from Scotland is 2:45 p.m. ET.

Champions League preview: Arsenal match sees Xhaka vs. Xhaka; Man City hosts Celtic

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal talks to Granit Xhaka during an Arsenal training session ahead of the Champions League Group A match between Arsenal and Basel at London Colney on September 27, 2016 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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There are some absolute beauties on tap for Wednesday in the UEFA Champions League, with two Premier League clubs in play and a pair of matches pitting top teams from Germany and Spain.

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All Wednesday matches kick off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

Celtic vs. Manchester City

Having been hammered 7-0 at home by Barcelona, Celtic’s “reprieve” is a trip to face Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. Brendan Rodgers will need to pull every trick out of his hat to avoid another blowout, as City had little trouble in dispatching a solid Borussia Monchengladbach side 4-0.

Arsenal vs. FC Basel

Both Group A matches were 1-1 draws to open the stage, though few expect draws on day 2. That’s because giants Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain move onto perceived lesser lights in Basel and Ludogorets Razgrad.

The Gunners are flying, having gotten their toughest fixture out of the way in a 1-1 draw at PSG. Arsene Wenger‘s crew is fresh off a 3-0 thumping of Chelsea, and will be aware of Basel’s best: Serey Die, Birkir Bjarnason, and Taulant Xhaka, brother of Arsenal’s Granit. That’s right… all the Xhakas.

Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich

A road goal led Diego Simeone’s Atleti past Bayern in last year’s UCL semifinal, and the Bavarians will hope for a better fate under new boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Barcelona

Man, this group. A very good Gladbach side will have to rebound from a 4-0 loss to Man City by hosting Barcelona. The good news for the Germans is that Barcelona will be without Leo Messi, though that mattered little in Barca’s 5-0 win in La Liga play this weekend.

Elsewhere
Ludogorets Razgrad vs. Paris Saint-Germain
Napoli vs. Benfica
Besiktas vs. Dynamo Kyiv
FC Rostov vs. PSV Eindhoven