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Nov 18, 2014

Rejuvenated Sanmartean breathes new life into Romania

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romania have reaped the rewards of a rejuvenated Lucian Sanmartean after the veteran returned following a three-year break to become instrumental in guiding the team to the top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

The 34-year-old midfielder was named in Romania’s starting lineup for the eagerly-anticipated clash with neighbours Hungary last month, his first international appearance since playing 28 minutes of a Euro 2012 qualifier against Belarus on Oct. 7 2011.

Nov 18, 2014

Soccer-Rejuvenated Sanmartean breathes new life into Romania

BUCHAREST, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Romania have reaped the rewards of a rejuvenated Lucian Sanmartean after the veteran returned following a three-year break to become instrumental in guiding the team to the top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

The 34-year-old midfielder was named in Romania’s starting lineup for the eagerly-anticipated clash with neighbours Hungary last month, his first international appearance since playing 28 minutes of a Euro 2012 qualifier against Belarus on Oct. 7 2011.

Nov 6, 2014

Bulgaria election winner to form minority government

SOFIA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The winner of Bulgaria’s
parliamentary election signed an accord on Thursday to form a
minority coalition government after a month of talks, a welcome
breakthrough for a country reeling from a bank crisis and
struggling to revive economic growth.

The centre-right GERB party will partner a group of five
tiny pro-market parties, paving the way for former bodyguard
Boiko Borisov to become prime minister again after he was
toppled by street protests in early 2013.

Nov 5, 2014

Romanian player hit with 16-match ban for reckless foul

BUCHAREST (Reuters) – FCM Targu Mures midfielder Gabriel Muresan has been handed an unprecedented 16-match domestic ban for a violent tackle during a league match in October, the Romanian football federation (FRF) disciplinary commission said.

Muresan was also fined 25,000 lei ($7,100) following the ugly incident in the game against champions Steaua Bucharest on Oct. 26, the FRF added in its statement on Wednesday.

Nov 5, 2014

Soccer-Romanian player hit with 16-match ban for reckless foul

BUCHAREST, Nov 5 (Reuters) – FCM Targu Mures midfielder Gabriel Muresan has been handed an unprecedented 16-match domestic ban for a violent tackle during a league match in October, the Romanian football federation (FRF) disciplinary commission said.

Muresan was also fined 25,000 lei ($7,100) following the ugly incident in the game against champions Steaua Bucharest on Oct. 26, the FRF added in its statement on Wednesday.

Nov 4, 2014

Bulgaria edges nearer to forming government

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria inched closer towards getting a new government on Tuesday, nearly a month after an inconclusive parliamentary election, after the biggest party, the center-right GERB, made headway in coalition talks with a small pro-market group.

Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member state, urgently needs to tackle a bank crisis and an almost stagnant economy, but a messy result in the Oct. 5 election has hobbled GERB leader Boiko Borisov’s efforts to form a stable government.

Oct 31, 2014

Bulgaria’s prospective PM douses hopes of Corpbank rescue

SOFIA, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The man expected to be Bulgaria’s
next prime minister on Friday poured cold water on a plan by a
consortium to rescue Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank)
, nudging the crisis-hit lender a step closer to
collapse.

Boiko Borisov, who won an Oct. 5 election and could form a
government as early as this weekend, said Corpbank could not be
rescued and that trying to do so with the help of state funds
could tip the eastern European country into recession.

Oct 29, 2014

CSKA coach won’t give medical proof after snowball rumpus

SOFIA (Reuters) – CSKA Sofia coach Stoycho Mladenov has made a U-turn and will not provide the medical document requested by officials after he was hit on the head by a snowball in an explosive Bulgarian derby on Saturday.

“I’m a man of honour and the case is closed for me,” Mladenov told local media on Wednesday after the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) postponed a decision on the incident.

Oct 29, 2014

Soccer-CSKA coach won’t give medical proof after snowball rumpus

SOFIA, Oct 29 (Reuters) – CSKA Sofia coach Stoycho Mladenov has made a U-turn and will not provide the medical document requested by officials after he was hit on the head by a snowball in an explosive Bulgarian derby on Saturday.

“I’m a man of honour and the case is closed for me,” Mladenov told local media on Wednesday after the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) postponed a decision on the incident.

Oct 27, 2014

Bulgaria election winner struggles to form government

SOFIA, Oct 27 (Reuters) – The winner of this month’s general
election said on Monday he was willing to try to form a
government, but warned that Bulgaria might have to return to the
polls next year as parties struggle to agree on a coalition.

The centre-right GERB party emerged as the largest single
parliamentary force at the Oct. 5 vote, but fell dozens of seats
short of a majority in the most fractured result the Balkan
state has seen since the fall of Communism in 1989.

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