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Sep 5, 2014

FIFA completes probe into 2018, 2022 World Cup hosting

BERNE (Reuters) – FIFA ethics committee investigator Michael Garcia has completed his probe into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, and handed in a 350-page report.

The report, which has not been made public, will be submitted to the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, headed by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, to decide on whether any wrongdoing was committed, soccer’s governing body said on Friday.

Sep 5, 2014

Soccer-FIFA completes probe into 2018, 2022 World Cup hosting

BERNE, Sept 5 (Reuters) – FIFA ethics committee investigator Michael Garcia has completed his probe into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar respectively, and handed in a 350-page report.

The report, which has not been made public, will be submitted to the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber, headed by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, to decide on whether any wrongdoing was committed, soccer’s governing body said on Friday.

Sep 2, 2014

No reheated soup, but plenty of leftovers for Serie A

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – At various stages during the transfer window, Juventus hoped to sign Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and prolific Colombian Radamel Falcao to boost their attack and mount a serious challenge in the Champions League this season.

Instead, they ended up with Alvaro Morata, who spent most of last season as a Real Madrid substitute and then suffered a knee injury in his first training session after his move to Turin.

Sep 2, 2014

Soccer-No reheated soup, but plenty of leftovers for Serie A

Sept 2 (Reuters) – At various stages during the transfer window, Juventus hoped to sign Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and prolific Colombian Radamel Falcao to boost their attack and mount a serious challenge in the Champions League this season.

Instead, they ended up with Alvaro Morata, who spent most of last season as a Real Madrid substitute and then suffered a knee injury in his first training session after his move to Turin.

Sep 1, 2014

Brazil, Colombia clash adds spice to friendlies

BERNE (Reuters) – Brazil and Colombia, the dust barely settled following their brutal World Cup quarter-final, clash again and there will also be a replay of the final as Germany host Argentina in this week’s international friendlies.

Dunga begins his second stint as Brazil coach, while the return of Colombia forward Radamel Falcao and a likely meeting of Neymar and Juan Camilo Zuniga adds further spice to the match at the Sun Life stadium in Miami.

Sep 1, 2014

Soccer-Brazil, Colombia clash adds spice to friendlies

BERNE, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Brazil and Colombia, the dust barely settled following their brutal World Cup quarter-final, clash again and there will also be a replay of the final as Germany host Argentina in this week’s international friendlies.

Dunga begins his second stint as Brazil coach, while the return of Colombia forward Radamel Falcao and a likely meeting of Neymar and Juan Camilo Zuniga adds further spice to the match at the Sun Life stadium in Miami.

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.