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Apr 17, 2014

Coaches’ survival rate lowest in Greece says UEFA

BERNE (Reuters) – Top-flight coaches in Greece keep their jobs for a mere four months on average, according to UEFA’s club licensing report, while the average across the continent is 17 months.

Of the big five European leagues, France and England offer the most stable environments for coaches at 24 months, followed by Germany (22), Italy (19) and Spain (11).

Apr 17, 2014

Soccer-Coaches’ survival rate lowest in Greece says UEFA

BERNE, April 17 (Reuters) – Top-flight coaches in Greece keep their jobs for a mere four months on average, according to UEFA’s club licensing report, while the average across the continent is 17 months.

Of the big five European leagues, France and England offer the most stable environments for coaches at 24 months, followed by Germany (22), Italy (19) and Spain (11).

Apr 16, 2014

AFC boss told to spend less energy on politics

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been told by the continent’s FIFA vice-president to spend less time on politics and more on developing the sport.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, elected as Asia’s FIFA vice-president in 2011, made the comments as he criticised a campaign for his position on the executive committee to be automatically handed to the AFC president, starting from next year.

Apr 16, 2014

Soccer-AFC boss told to spend less energy on politics

April 16 (Reuters) – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been told by the continent’s FIFA vice-president to spend less time on politics and more on developing the sport.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, elected as Asia’s FIFA vice-president in 2011, made the comments as he criticised a campaign for his position on the executive committee to be automatically handed to the AFC president, starting from next year.

Apr 10, 2014

Guardiola struggles to entertain tough Bavarian crowd

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola displayed signs that he has yet to fully adapt to life at the German champions following Wednesday’s win over Manchester United, complaining of a passive home crowd and the huge expectations placed upon his team.

The Bavarians remain on course for a second successive treble, having already sewn up the Bundesliga, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and German Cup in the Spaniard’s maiden season at the club.

Apr 10, 2014

Soccer-Guardiola struggles to entertain tough Bavarian crowd

MUNICH, April 9 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola displayed signs that he has yet to fully adapt to life at the German champions following Wednesday’s win over Manchester United, complaining of a passive home crowd and the huge expectations placed upon his team.

The Bavarians remain on course for a second successive treble, having already sewn up the Bundesliga, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and German Cup in the Spaniard’s maiden season at the club.

Apr 9, 2014

Soccer-Bayern in semis after punishing Man Utd for lapses

MUNICH, April 9 (Reuters) – A schoolboy lapse in concentration and a bad miss by Wayne Rooney wrecked Manchester United’s hopes of causing a huge Champions League upset against holders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

When United went ahead in the quarter-final second leg with a spectacular Patrice Evra strike after 57 minutes it seemed an improbable victory was possible but they seemed to be still celebrating when Mario Mandzukic headed the equaliser 22 seconds after the re-start.

Apr 9, 2014

Bayern survive Evra stunner to knock out Man Utd

MUNICH (Reuters) – Holders Bayern Munich recovered from the shock of conceding a stunning Patrice Evra goal to score three times in quick succession to beat Manchester United 3-1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

An uninspiring quarter-final, second leg burst into life when Evra met a bouncing ball with a rasping half-volley to put United ahead in the 57th minute and 2-1 in front on aggregate.

Apr 9, 2014

Soccer-Bayern survive Evra stunner to knock out Man Utd

MUNICH, April 9 (Reuters) – Holders Bayern Munich recovered from the shock of conceding a stunning Patrice Evra goal to score three times in quick succession to beat Manchester United 3-1 and reach the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday.

An uninspiring quarter-final, second leg burst into life when Evra met a bouncing ball with a rasping half-volley to put United ahead in the 57th minute and 2-1 in front on aggregate.

Apr 2, 2014

Barca get transfer ban for breaching rules on minors

BERNE (Reuters) – Barcelona have been given a transfer ban for two consecutive windows and fined 450,000 Swiss francs ($509,400) for breaching rules on the international transfer of minors, FIFA said in a statement on Wednesday.

The Spanish federation (RFEF) was fined 500,000 Swiss francs after soccer’s world governing body found that it had also breached rules on the transfer of under-18 players.