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Apr 3, 2015

Bulgarian government to set up unit to fight corruption

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria followed neighbor Romania on Friday in seeking to shed an image as one of Europe’s most corrupt states, announcing plans to form a special unit to investigate high-level graft.

Corruption has eroded Bulgarians’ trust in their public institutions and been a deterrent to businesses for years. Brussels has repeatedly criticized the authorities for failing to jail officials and overhaul its slow and inefficient judiciary.

Apr 1, 2015

No wages at CSKA but “unique” fans, says keeper Uvarenko

SOFIA (Reuters) – Financially-troubled CSKA Sofia’s Latvian goalkeeper Maksims Uvarenko has not been paid for three months and has had to ask his parents to send him money to pay his rent.

But despite the financial problems, Uvarenko, who joined the Bulgarian club on an 18-month contract in January, has been impressed by the “unique” fans and their passionate support.

Apr 1, 2015

Soccer-No wages at CSKA but “unique” fans, says keeper Uvarenko

SOFIA, April 1 (Reuters) – Financially-troubled CSKA Sofia’s Latvian goalkeeper Maksims Uvarenko has not been paid for three months and has had to ask his parents to send him money to pay his rent.

But despite the financial problems, Uvarenko, who joined the Bulgarian club on an 18-month contract in January, has been impressed by the “unique” fans and their passionate support.

Mar 28, 2015

Conte in unforgiving mood on critics, wants to work in peace

SOFIA (Reuters) – Under-fire Italy coach Antonio Conte urged his critics to bury the hatchet and leave him to get on with his job following his side’s Euro 2016 qualifying 2-2 draw with Bulgaria on Saturday.

Conte, who has been criticised following the injury to Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, has also been attacked by John Elkann, the head of the holding company which controls FIAT and Juventus, who said the Italy coach worked the players too hard during the national team’s training camps.

Mar 28, 2015

Soccer-Conte in unforgiving mood on critics, wants to work in peace

SOFIA, March 29 (Reuters) – Under-fire Italy coach Antonio Conte urged his critics to bury the hatchet and leave him to get on with his job following his side’s Euro 2016 qualifying 2-2 draw with Bulgaria on Saturday.

Conte, who has been criticised following the injury to Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio, has also been attacked by John Elkann, the head of the holding company which controls FIAT and Juventus, who said the Italy coach worked the players too hard during the national team’s training camps.

Mar 28, 2015

Eder strikes on debut to salvage draw for Italy

SOFIA (Reuters) – Brazilian-born debutant Eder’s brilliant late equaliser gave injury-hit Italy a 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in a pulsating Euro 2016 Group H qualifier played at a near-empty Vasil Levski stadium on Saturday.

Eder’s stunning goal left second-placed Italy unbeaten with 11 points from five matches, two adrift of leaders Croatia. Bulgaria are down in fourth position on five points.

Mar 28, 2015

Soccer-Eder strikes on debut to salvage draw for Italy

SOFIA, March 28 (Reuters) – Brazilian-born debutant Eder’s brilliant late equaliser gave injury-hit Italy a 2-2 draw with Bulgaria in a pulsating Euro 2016 Group H qualifier played at a near-empty Vasil Levski stadium on Saturday.

Eder’s stunning goal left second-placed Italy unbeaten with 11 points from five matches, two adrift of leaders Croatia. Bulgaria are down in fourth position on five points.

Mar 27, 2015

Soccer-No tactical change after Marchisio injury – Italy’s Conte

SOFIA, March 27 (Reuters) – Italy coach Antonio Conte has no intention of altering his tactics in their Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Bulgaria on Saturday following midfielder Claudio Marchisio’s injury.

Marchisio ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the warm-up at Friday’s training session and returned to his club Juventus for treatment.

Mar 26, 2015

CSKA ask fans for emergency backing amid expulsion threat

SOFIA (Reuters) – CSKA Sofia have issued a desperate plea to their supporters to provide emergency financial backing to avoid expulsion from the Bulgarian top division over debts, the club said on Thursday.

“Today, we’re launching a campaign to collect funds to save the licence of CSKA,” the 31-times Bulgarian champions, who have never been relegated, said in a statement.

Mar 26, 2015

Soccer-CSKA ask fans for emergency backing amid expulsion threat

SOFIA, March 26 (Reuters) – CSKA Sofia have issued a desperate plea to their supporters to provide emergency financial backing to avoid expulsion from the Bulgarian top division over debts, the club said on Thursday.

“Today, we’re launching a campaign to collect funds to save the licence of CSKA,” the 31-times Bulgarian champions, who have never been relegated, said in a statement.

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