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May 5, 2015

Soccer-Napoli fans don’t know whether to laugh or cry

TURIN, May 5 (Reuters) – Napoli’s season has already been written off as a failure by critics, but Rafael Benitez’s side could still land only their second European title and qualify for the Champions League.

Napoli host Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final with the team still maintaining a media blackout on the orders of outspoken president Aurelio Di Laurentiis.

May 4, 2015

Allegri rejects suggestion that Juve have nothing to lose

TURIN (Reuters) – Juventus want to reach the Champions League final as much as anyone, coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday as he refuted the suggestion that his side have nothing to lose in their tie against Real Madrid.

Italian sides can no longer match the spending power of clubs from Spain, England and Germany and reaching the semi-finals in itself is regarded as a success for Juventus, the first Serie A side to progress to the last four since Inter Milan in 2010.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Allegri rejects suggestion that Juve have nothing to lose

TURIN, May 4 (Reuters) – Juventus want to reach the Champions League final as much as anyone, coach Massimiliano Allegri said on Monday as he refuted the suggestion that his side have nothing to lose in their tie against Real Madrid.

Italian sides can no longer match the spending power of clubs from Spain, England and Germany and reaching the semi-finals in itself is regarded as a success for Juventus, the first Serie A side to progress to the last four since Inter Milan in 2010.

May 4, 2015

Pepe relishing prospect of battle with Tevez

TURIN (Reuters) – Real Madrid defender Pepe said he was relishing the prospect of a battle against Juventus forward Carlos Tevez when the sides meet in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final.

Tevez has been revitalised since his move to Juventus two years ago and the battle between the feisty Argentine and the notoriously volatile Portugal defender promises to be one of the highlights of the first leg.

May 4, 2015

Soccer-Pepe relishing prospect of battle with Tevez

TURIN, May 4 (Reuters) – Real Madrid defender Pepe said he was relishing the prospect of a battle against Juventus forward Carlos Tevez when the sides meet in Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final.

Tevez has been revitalised since his move to Juventus two years ago and the battle between the feisty Argentine and the notoriously volatile Portugal defender promises to be one of the highlights of the first leg.

Apr 26, 2015

Suriname promise to vote for Van Praag in FIFA election

BERNE (Reuters) – Suriname have pledged to support Michael van Praag in next month’s FIFA presidential election, becoming the first national association to publicly promise their vote to the Dutchman.

“I am delighted that John Krishnadath, the president of the Suriname Football Association has expressed his support for me,” said Van Praag, the Dutch FA (KNVB) president, on his website (www.michaelvanpraag.com).

Apr 26, 2015

Soccer-Suriname promise to vote for Van Praag in FIFA election

BERNE, April 26 (Reuters) – Suriname have pledged to support Michael van Praag in next month’s FIFA presidential election, becoming the first national association to publicly promise their vote to the Dutchman.

“I am delighted that John Krishnadath, the president of the Suriname Football Association has expressed his support for me,” said Van Praag, the Dutch FA (KNVB) president, on his website (www.michaelvanpraag.com).

Apr 15, 2015

Rusty Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus

TURIN (Reuters) – Even at 35 and playing his first game in seven weeks, Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo made the difference in their 1-0 win over Monaco on Tuesday.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri took a calculated risk by thrusting the bearded midfielder into the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie for his comeback after recovering from a calf muscle strain.

Apr 15, 2015

Soccer-Rusty Pirlo still makes the difference for Juventus

TURIN, April 15 (Reuters) – Even at 35 and playing his first game in seven weeks, Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo made the difference in their 1-0 win over Monaco on Tuesday.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri took a calculated risk by thrusting the bearded midfielder into the Champions League quarter-final first leg tie for his comeback after recovering from a calf muscle strain.

Apr 14, 2015

Monaco coach fumes over ‘non-existent’ penalty

TURIN (Reuters) – Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim was furious after his side lost 1-0 to what he described as a “non-existent penalty” in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at Juventus on Tuesday.

The controversial decision will add to calls for the use of video replays as it was still not fully clear what happened, even after several repeats of the incident in slow motion.