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Aug 28, 2015

Soccer-Platini ducks FIFA talk, praises his work at UEFA

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Michel Platini declined to discuss his bid for the FIFA presidency on Friday, preferring instead to deliver a glowing assessment of his own performance in charge of European soccer’s governing body UEFA.

In a self-congratulatory news conference, Platini and his secretary general Gianni Infantino proclaimed UEFA as pioneers in the fight against racism, leaders in tackling match-fixing and said they had brought financial sanity to European football.

Aug 28, 2015

Platini avoids FIFA talk, says in last term as UEFA chief

MONACO (Reuters) – Michel Platini is in his final term as UEFA president regardless of whether he wins next year’s FIFA election, the Frenchman said on Friday.

Platini declined to talk about his bid for the FIFA presidency in his first news conference since announcing a month ago that he would stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter.

Aug 28, 2015

Soccer-Platini avoids FIFA talk, says in last term as UEFA chief

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Michel Platini is in his final term as UEFA president regardless of whether he wins next year’s FIFA election, the Frenchman said on Friday.

Platini declined to talk about his bid for the FIFA presidency in his first news conference since announcing a month ago that he would stand as a candidate to replace Sepp Blatter.

Aug 28, 2015

Former European champions Ajax, Celtic meet in Europa League

MONACO (Reuters) – Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic, who both suffered the indignity of being knocked of the Champions League qualifiers by underdogs this season, will meet in the Europa League after being drawn together in the group stage on Friday.

Four-times European champions Ajax, beaten by Rapid Vienna in the premier competition, and Celtic, who were ousted by Malmo, were placed in Group A alongside Turkey’s Fenerbahce and Norwegian side Molde.

Aug 28, 2015

Soccer-Former European champions Ajax, Celtic meet in Europa League

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Former European champions Ajax Amsterdam and Celtic, who both suffered the indignity of being knocked of the Champions League qualifiers by underdogs this season, will meet in the Europa League after being drawn together in the group stage on Friday.

Four-times European champions Ajax, beaten by Rapid Vienna in the premier competition, and Celtic, who were ousted by Malmo, were placed in Group A alongside Turkey’s Fenerbahce and Norwegian side Molde.

Aug 27, 2015

Champions League takes on less predictable look

MONACO (Reuters) – The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday’s draw, helped by UEFA’s decision to tweak the seeding system.

Only Group A, where Paris St Germain and Real Madrid should steam through, and Group F, set to be dominated by Bayern Munich and Arsenal, appeared to be foregone conclusions after the hour-long ceremony in Monaco.

Aug 27, 2015

Analysis – Champions League takes on less predictable look

MONACO (Reuters) – The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday’s draw, helped by UEFA’s decision to tweak the seeding system.

Only Group A, where Paris St Germain and Real Madrid should steam through, and Group F, set to be dominated by Bayern Munich and Arsenal, appeared to be foregone conclusions after the hour-long ceremony in Monaco.

Aug 27, 2015

Soccer-Champions League takes on less predictable look

MONACO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday’s draw, helped by UEFA’s decision to tweak the seeding system.

Only Group A, where Paris St Germain and Real Madrid should steam through, and Group F, set to be dominated by Bayern Munich and Arsenal, appeared to be foregone conclusions after the hour-long ceremony in Monaco.

Aug 27, 2015

Mourinho faces Porto clash in Champions League

MONACO (Reuters) – Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is to meet one of his former clubs in the Champions League group stages while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take on Malmo, the club where the Swede began his career.

Premier League winners Chelsea were drawn in Group G on Thursday with Porto, who won the competition with the ‘Special One’ at the helm in 2004, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Aug 27, 2015

Soccer-Mourinho faces Porto clash in Champions League

MONACO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is to meet one of his former clubs in the Champions League group stages while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take on Malmo, the club where the Swede began his career.

Premier League winners Chelsea were drawn in Group G on Thursday with Porto, who won the competition with the ‘Special One’ at the helm in 2004, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.