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May 15, 2014

Soccer-Basel win fifth successive Swiss league title

BERNE, May 15 (Reuters) – Basel continued their dominance of Swiss football by winning their fifth successive league title with a 3-1 win away to Aarau on Thursday.

An 8,000 crowd packed into Aarau’s tiny ground and the game ended in chaos when Basel fans staged a pitch invasion after the final whistle.

May 15, 2014

Serie A’s coaching rumour mill cranks into action

TURIN Italy (Reuters) – Serie A’s coaching rumour mill is cranking into action already with speculation rife of possible moves even before the current season is over. With everything, apart from one Europa League place, already settled before Sunday’s final round of matches, attention has been focused on which coaches will be leaving once the final ball has been kicked.

Hapless AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf is seen as almost certain to lose his job, despite having been given a contract until 2016 when he was appointed in January. Club president Silvio Berlusconi had been chasing Seedorf, who spent 10 years of his playing career at Milan, for several months before finally appointing him and there seems no logical reason as to why the Dutchman has fallen out of favour so quickly. Results have improved markedly under Seedorf, with 10 wins in 18 league games compared to five in the previous 19 under his predecessor Maximilian Allegri.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Serie A’s coaching rumour mill cranks into action

TURIN, Italy, May 15 (Reuters) – Serie A’s coaching rumour mill is cranking into action already with speculation rife of possible moves even before the current season is over.

With everything, apart from one Europa League place, already settled before Sunday’s final round of matches, attention has been focused on which coaches will be leaving once the final ball has been kicked.

May 15, 2014

Emotion, drama and mystique never far away from Benfica

TURIN Italy (Reuters) – Few European clubs serve up the same heady mix of emotion, drama and mystique as Benfica who have been left licking their wounds again after another heroic European failure. Wednesday’s penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final was just another dip on the emotional roller-coaster which Benfica fans have become used to over the years.

Last season ended in tears after Benfica lost the Portuguese league on the last day of the season to Porto, lost the Cup final to a controversial goal against Vitoria Guimaraes and were beaten by a stoppage time goal in the Europa League final against Chelsea. This season, Benfica have bounced back, delighting fans with their attacking football as they wrested the Portuguese league title from Porto, added the League Cup and reached the Portuguese Cup final, where they face Rio Ave on Sunday.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Emotion, drama and mystique never far away from Benfica

TURIN, Italy, May 15 (Reuters) – Few European clubs serve up the same heady mix of emotion, drama and mystique as Benfica who have been left licking their wounds again after another heroic European failure.

Wednesday’s penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final was just another dip on the emotional roller-coaster which Benfica fans have become used to over the years.

May 15, 2014

Emery proud of Sevilla’s ‘capacity to suffer’

TURIN (Reuters) – Few teams can have taken more tortuous routes to European success than Sevilla this season and coach Unai Emery hailed his team’s “capacity to suffer” after they beat Benfica on penalties to win the Europa League on Wednesday.

Sevilla played 19 matches on their way to winning the competition for a third time and were lucky to be taking part at all.

May 15, 2014

More penalty misery for unhappy Cardozo

TURIN (Reuters) – Oscar Cardozo relived his 2010 World Cup nightmare when he missed his spot kick in Benfica’s penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

From the moment substitute Cardozo lined up to take Benfica’s second penalty in front of a wall of Sevilla fans, it was clear he lacked confidence.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-More penalty misery for unhappy Cardozo

TURIN, May 14 (Reuters) – Oscar Cardozo relived his 2010 World Cup nightmare when he missed his spot kick in Benfica’s penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday.

From the moment substitute Cardozo lined up to take Benfica’s second penalty in front of a wall of Sevilla fans, it was clear he lacked confidence.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Emery proud of Sevilla’s ‘capacity to suffer’

TURIN, May 14 (Reuters) – Few teams can have taken more tortuous routes to European success than Sevilla this season and coach Unai Emery hailed his team’s “capacity to suffer” after they beat Benfica on penalties to win the Europa League on Wednesday.

Sevilla played 19 matches on their way to winning the competition for a third time and were lucky to be taking part at all.

May 14, 2014

Sevilla shootout win extends Benfica’s miserable run

TURIN (Reuters) – Sevilla beat Benfica 4-2 on penalties after a goalless draw to win the Europa League final on Wednesday, extending the Portuguese side’s extraordinary run of defeats in European finals.

Substitute Kevin Gameiro fired home the winning penalty as Sevilla, twice winners of the old UEFA Cup, lifted the trophy for the third time and left Benfica to reflect on their eight successive loss in European finals.