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Jan 12, 2015

Ronaldo wins Ballon d’Or award again

ZURICH (Reuters) – Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo won the FIFA Ballon d’Or award for the second year running and the third overall on Monday after a prolific, trophy-filled year with Real Madrid.

He was voted ahead of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, his bitter rival, and Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the annual poll run jointly by soccer’s governing body and France Football magazine.

Jan 8, 2015

Serbia and Albania appeal to CAS over UEFA sanctions

BERNE (Reuters) – Serbia and Albania have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the sanctions imposed on them following their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, the sporting tribunal said on Thursday.

Serbia were awarded a 3-0 walkover win following the stormy match in Belgrade but were also docked three points and ordered to play their next two home games in the competition behind closed doors.

Jan 8, 2015

Soccer-Serbia and Albania appeal to CAS over UEFA sanctions

BERNE, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Serbia and Albania have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the sanctions imposed on them following their abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier, the sporting tribunal said on Thursday.

Serbia were awarded a 3-0 walkover win following the stormy match in Belgrade but were also docked three points and ordered to play their next two home games in the competition behind closed doors.

Dec 29, 2014

Soccer-Brazil capitulate under 64 years of expectation

ZURICH, Dec 29 (Reuters) – This year’s World Cup was supposed to mark the moment Brazilian football emerged from the shadow of the 1950 Maracanazo and stamped its authority on the sport by winning a sixth world title on home soil.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari told his team they had an “obligation” to win the tournament and any player who could not handle the pressure should go and work in a bank or “sit in an office and do nothing.”

Dec 22, 2014

FIFA chief Blatter “invigorated” after Marrakech meeting

BERNE (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is “invigorated” after last week’s executive committee meeting in Marrakech and has every intention of standing in next year’s FIFA presidential election, a source close to the FIFA leadership said on Monday.

“He was invigorated by the whole event and he is finishing the year on a high note,” said the source, adding that he had not heard any suggestion that Blatter would change his mind about standing. “That is not our information at all,” he said.

Dec 22, 2014

Soccer-FIFA chief Blatter “invigorated” after Marrakech meeting

BERNE, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter is “invigorated” after last week’s executive committee meeting in Marrakech and has every intention of standing in next year’s FIFA presidential election, a source close to the FIFA leadership said on Monday.

“He was invigorated by the whole event and he is finishing the year on a high note,” said the source, adding that he had not heard any suggestion that Blatter would change his mind about standing. “That is not our information at all,” he said.

Dec 21, 2014

Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week. An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club’s history.

Goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico said before Saturday’s final against Real Madrid, won 2-0 by the European champions, that it would be “the most important game of my life” and coach Edgardo Bauza expressed similar sentiments.

Dec 21, 2014

Analysis – Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.

An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club’s history.

Dec 21, 2014

Soccer-Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.

An estimated 9,000 fans made the tortuous and costly trip from Buenos Aires to Marrakech to witness what they believed was the most important week in their club’s history.

Dec 21, 2014

A defeat is never dignified, says San Lorenzo coach

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Reuters) – San Lorenzo coach Edgardo Bauza refused to accept his team’s 2-0 defeat had been dignified, even though they were up against the clearly superior Real Madrid in Saturday’s Club World Cup final.

The South American champions were eight minutes short of getting to halftime with their goal intact and had succeeded in antagonising Real before Sergio Ramos headed the European champions in front.