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Oct 15, 2014

Piturca set to bow out on a high after reviving Romania

By Angel Krasimirov

(Reuters) – Romania bounced back in style from their home draw with Hungary, outclassing Finland for their second successive away Euro 2016 win on Tuesday, but Victor Piturca’s third spell as his country’s coach appears to be over.

Media reports say the 58-year-old, who guided Romania to the European Championship finals in 2000 and 2008 during his previous reigns, is close to taking the coaching job at Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad.

Oct 15, 2014

Soccer-Piturca set to bow out on a high after reviving Romania

Oct 15 (Reuters) – Romania bounced back in style from their home draw with Hungary, outclassing Finland for their second successive away Euro 2016 win on Tuesday, but Victor Piturca’s third spell as his country’s coach appears to be over.

Media reports say the 58-year-old, who guided Romania to the European Championship finals in 2000 and 2008 during his previous reigns, is close to taking the coaching job at Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad.

Oct 11, 2014

Bulgaria coach Penev defends fans, flares and fireworks

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev has defended the display of pyrotechnics by fans during the Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia on Friday that could trigger another punishment for the country’s football authorities.

The match at the Vasil Levski national stadium was interrupted for a few minutes midway through the first half after rival supporters threw fireworks at each other and a number of flares were hurled from the stands.

Oct 11, 2014

Soccer-Bulgaria coach Penev defends fans, flares and fireworks

SOFIA, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Bulgaria coach Luboslav Penev has defended the display of pyrotechnics by fans during the Euro 2016 qualifier against Croatia on Friday that could trigger another punishment for the country’s football authorities.

The match at the Vasil Levski national stadium was interrupted for a few minutes midway through the first half after rival supporters threw fireworks at each other and a number of flares were hurled from the stands.

Oct 10, 2014

Soccer-Crowd trouble takes gloss off Croatia triumph in Bulgaria

SOFIA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – An own goal by Bulgaria centre back Nikolay Bodurov gave Croatia a 1-0 victory in a Euro 2016 Group H qualifier marred by unruly behaviour by fans of both teams at the Vasil Levski stadium on Friday.

The visitors struck after 36 minutes when the powerfully-built Bodurov turned the ball into his own net as he tried to clear Ivica Olic’s header from Ivan Rakitic’s right-wing cross.

Oct 10, 2014

Bulgarian election winner seeks broad coalition to govern

SOFIA (Reuters) – The winner of Bulgaria’s election said on Friday he wanted to form a majority government, shifting tactics after last weekend’s vote produced a fractured result threatening his chances of becoming prime minister again.

Boiko Borisov, who led Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013, had initially said he was ready to head a minority government after his center-right GERB party won about a third of the vote on Sunday but fell 37 seats short of a majority.

Oct 7, 2014

Neutral venues for Bulgarian clubs whose fans misbehave

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian clubs whose supporters cause trouble will be forced to play at neutral venues instead of behind closed doors, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said on Tuesday.

“Visiting fans are not to blame for the violations committed by the home club’s supporters,” the BFU said in a statement on Tuesday after discussing the problem with fans’ organisations, clubs and interior ministry officials.

Oct 7, 2014

Soccer-Neutral venues for Bulgarian clubs whose fans misbehave

SOFIA, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Bulgarian clubs whose supporters cause trouble will be forced to play at neutral venues instead of behind closed doors, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) said on Tuesday.

“Visiting fans are not to blame for the violations committed by the home club’s supporters,” the BFU said in a statement on Tuesday after discussing the problem with fans’ organisations, clubs and interior ministry officials.

Oct 6, 2014

Rightist party wins Bulgaria election as vote splinters

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s center-right GERB party won a snap national election on Sunday but fell short of a majority, a result that could mean another shaky coalition struggling to solve a bank crisis and revive economic growth.

GERB leader Boiko Borisov, a former bodyguard and karate expert said his party would hold internal discussions on Monday on how to proceed. Exit polls pointed to a highly fractured result, setting the stage for days or weeks of haggling with smaller parties and the opposition.

Oct 5, 2014

Crisis-hit Bulgaria votes in ‘last chance’ snap election

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarians voted in a “last chance” snap general election on Sunday, a poll that could leave them with another shaky coalition struggling to solve a bank crisis and revive growth in the European Union’s poorest member state.

Led by a former bodyguard and karate expert, the center right GERB party is expected to win but fall short of a majority, which could spark a period of haggling with smaller parties and the opposition to shore up support.

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