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Dec 12, 2013

Milan muddle through again with ‘anti-football’

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – AC Milan have made a habit of muddling through under coach Massimiliano Allegri and they did it again on Wednesday by scraping into the Champions League knockout stage with a performance which left opponents Ajax Amsterdam fuming.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer accused Milan of playing “anti-football” after the Serie A team shut up shop against his side following midfielder Riccardo Montolivo’s first-half sending-off.

Dec 12, 2013

Soccer-Milan muddle through again with “anti-football”

Dec 12 (Reuters) – AC Milan have made a habit of muddling through under coach Massimiliano Allegri and they did it again on Wednesday by scraping into the Champions League knockout stage with a performance which left opponents Ajax Amsterdam fuming.

Ajax coach Frank de Boer accused Milan of playing “anti-football” after the Serie A team shut up shop against his side following midfielder Riccardo Montolivo’s first-half sending-off.

Dec 10, 2013

Club Cup puts Morocco on world stage at last

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – After four failed bids to host the World Cup, Morocco finally gets to stage a world football championship over the next 10 days although this one is little more than a consolation prize.

The North African country will stage the Club World Cup, the quirky and, in Europe at least, rather unloved tournament featuring the club champions of each continent, whose participants this year range from part-timers Auckland City to all-conquering Bayern Munich.

Dec 10, 2013

Soccer-Club Cup puts Morocco on world stage at last

Dec 10 (Reuters) – After four failed bids to host the World Cup, Morocco finally gets to stage a world soccer championship over the next 10 days although this one is little more than a consolation prize.

The North African country will stage the Club World Cup, the quirky and, in Europe at least, rather unloved tournament featuring the club champions of each continent, whose participants this year range from part-timers Auckland City to all-conquering Bayern Munich.

Dec 9, 2013

Paying players can reduce match-fixing threat

BERNE (Reuters) – The match-fixing threat to football could be greatly reduced by the surprisingly simple expedient of making sure that players are paid on time, experts on the subject say.

Although footballers are generally assumed to be fabulously rich, that is only the case for a select few. The vast majority are ordinary salary earners with only a short career in which to build their financial future.

Dec 9, 2013

Analysis – Paying players can reduce match-fixing threat

BERNE (Reuters) – The match-fixing threat to football could be greatly reduced by the surprisingly simple expedient of making sure that players are paid on time, experts on the subject say.

Although footballers are generally assumed to be fabulously rich, that is only the case for a select few. The vast majority are ordinary salary earners with only a short career in which to build their financial future.

Dec 9, 2013

Soccer-Paying players can reduce match-fixing threat

BERNE, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The match-fixing threat to football could be greatly reduced by the surprisingly simple expedient of making sure that players are paid on time, experts on the subject say.

Although footballers are generally assumed to be fabulously rich, that is only the case for a select few. The vast majority are ordinary salary earners with only a short career in which to build their financial future.

Dec 9, 2013

Champions League set for some much-needed drama

BERNE (Reuters) – The Champions League is set for some much-needed drama this week with the conclusion of a group stage which has been all too predictable and produced an embarrassing procession of one-sided matches.

Eight places in the round of 16 are still up for grabs, with much of the attention focussed on Group F where Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal are battling for two spots.

Dec 9, 2013

Soccer-Champions League set for some much-needed drama

BERNE, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The Champions League is set for some much-needed drama this week with the conclusion of a group stage which has been all too predictable and produced an embarrassing procession of one-sided matches.

Eight places in the round of 16 are still up for grabs, with much of the attention focussed on Group F where Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal are battling for two spots.

Dec 4, 2013

Olympic sports need more air time, says Bach

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Most Olympic sports do not get enough television coverage outside the four-yearly Games and need more air time, International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach said on Wednesday.

The recently-appointed president added that he wanted to get “couch potatoes off their couches” and said the IOC would be sympathetic to an African bid for the 2024 games.