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Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Salzburg stuck in a Kafkaesque nightmare after another failure

Aug 28 (Reuters) – Red Bull’s Salzburg appear to be stuck in a Kafkaesque nightmare after missing out on the Champions League group stage for the seventh time in as many attempts since the energy drinks manufacturer’s takeover of the club.

Wednesday’s 3-0 playoff defeat to Malmo has added to a catalogue of frustration and embarrassment for the club who, despite a budget other Austrian teams can only dream about, have repeatedly failed to reach the group stage since the Red Bull takeover in 2005.

Aug 27, 2014

Champions League: Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again

BERNE (Reuters) – Athletic Bilbao took advantage of shambolic defending to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in 16 years, leaving the Italians counting the cost of their premature exit.

Arsenal qualified for a 17th successive season with a nervy 1-0 win at home to Besiktas and Malmo made it for the first time with a 3-0 win over Salzburg, whose participation ended in the qualifiers for the ninth time in a row.

Aug 27, 2014

Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again

BERNE (Reuters) – Athletic Bilbao took advantage of shambolic defending to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in 16 years, leaving the Italians counting the cost of their premature exit.

Arsenal qualified for a 17th successive season with a nervy 1-0 win at home to Besiktas and Malmo made it for the first time with a 3-0 win over Salzburg, whose participation ended in the qualifiers for the ninth time in a row.

Aug 27, 2014

Soccer-Bilbao oust shambolic Napoli, Arsenal qualify again

BERNE, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Athletic Bilbao took advantage of shambolic defending to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday and reach the Champions League group stage for the first time in 16 years, leaving the Italians counting the cost of their premature exit.

Arsenal qualified for a 17th successive season with a nervy 1-0 win at home to Besiktas and Malmo made it for the first time with a 3-0 win over Salzburg, whose participation ended in the qualifiers for the ninth time in a row.

Aug 27, 2014

Soccer-’Team X’ on fixture list in Italy’s chaotic Serie B

Aug 27 (Reuters) – Italy’s second division campaign is due to kick off on Saturday with one of the 22 teams still to be decided after a summer of confusion and legal wrangling.

Serie B organisers referred to the missing club as “Team X” as the season’s fixture list was finally unveiled on Wednesday amid continuing uncertainty.

Aug 26, 2014

Brahimi, Hulk shine while Celtic go out again

BERNE (Reuters) – Porto and Zenit St Petersburg swept into the Champions League group stage, helped by inspired displays from Yacine Brahimi and Hulk, on Tuesday while hapless Celtic were knocked out of the competition for a second time in three weeks.

Brahimi, who shone for Algeria in the World Cup, curled in a majestic free kick and set up a second goal for Jackson Martinez to give Porto a 2-0 win over Lille in their playoff round second leg tie.

Aug 26, 2014

Soccer-Brahimi, Hulk shine while Celtic go out again

BERNE, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Porto and Zenit St Petersburg swept into the Champions League group stage, helped by inspired displays from Yacine Brahimi and Hulk, on Tuesday while hapless Celtic were knocked out of the competition for a second time in three weeks.

Brahimi, who shone for Algeria in the World Cup, curled in a majestic free kick and set up a second goal for Jackson Martinez to give Porto a 2-0 win over Lille in their playoff round second leg tie.

Aug 23, 2014

Champions League qualifiers may be better in May

BERNE (Reuters) – On the same day hosts Brazil were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup, another remarkable match took place almost unnoticed, thousands of kilometres away, in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

There, on an historic night for Andorran football, Eloy Casals, goalkeeper for the champions of the principality FC Santa Coloma, rifled in a 94th-minute effort to secure an away-goals win over Armenia’s Banants in a Champions League first round qualifier.

Aug 23, 2014

Soccer-Champions League qualifiers may be better in May

BERNE, Aug 23 (Reuters) – On the same day hosts Brazil were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup, another remarkable match took place almost unnoticed, thousands of kilometres away, in the Armenian capital Yerevan.

There, on an historic night for Andorran football, Eloy Casals, goalkeeper for the champions of the principality FC Santa Coloma, rifled in a 94th-minute effort to secure an away-goals win over Armenia’s Banants in a Champions League first round qualifier.

Aug 21, 2014

Zenit, Porto close in on group stage with away wins

BERNE (Reuters) – Zenit St Petersburg and Porto both put a foot in the Champions League group stage with 1-0 away wins in the first leg of their respective playoff ties on Wednesday.

Oleg Shatov’s first-half goal gave Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit a 1-0 win at Standard Liege and a second-half effort from Hector Herrera was enough for the Portuguese coach’s former team Porto at Lille.