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Aug 27, 2015

Analysis – Champions League takes on less predictable look

MONACO (Reuters) – The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday’s draw, helped by UEFA’s decision to tweak the seeding system.

Only Group A, where Paris St Germain and Real Madrid should steam through, and Group F, set to be dominated by Bayern Munich and Arsenal, appeared to be foregone conclusions after the hour-long ceremony in Monaco.

Aug 27, 2015

Soccer-Champions League takes on less predictable look

MONACO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The Champions League group stages took on a less predictable look after Thursday’s draw, helped by UEFA’s decision to tweak the seeding system.

Only Group A, where Paris St Germain and Real Madrid should steam through, and Group F, set to be dominated by Bayern Munich and Arsenal, appeared to be foregone conclusions after the hour-long ceremony in Monaco.

Aug 27, 2015

Mourinho faces Porto clash in Champions League

MONACO (Reuters) – Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is to meet one of his former clubs in the Champions League group stages while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take on Malmo, the club where the Swede began his career.

Premier League winners Chelsea were drawn in Group G on Thursday with Porto, who won the competition with the ‘Special One’ at the helm in 2004, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Aug 27, 2015

Soccer-Mourinho faces Porto clash in Champions League

MONACO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is to meet one of his former clubs in the Champions League group stages while Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will take on Malmo, the club where the Swede began his career.

Premier League winners Chelsea were drawn in Group G on Thursday with Porto, who won the competition with the ‘Special One’ at the helm in 2004, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Aug 27, 2015

Sexwale still mulling bid for FIFA presidency

MONACO (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is still mulling whether to run for the presidency of soccer’s governing body FIFA, he said on Thursday.

Sexwale, currently head of FIFA’s Israel-Palestine monitoring committee, announced via a spokesman at the start of this month that he was considering joining the race to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

Aug 27, 2015

Soccer-Sexwale still mulling bid for FIFA presidency

MONACO, Aug 27 (Reuters) – South African businessman and former political prisoner Tokyo Sexwale is still mulling whether to run for the presidency of soccer’s governing body FIFA, he said on Thursday.

Sexwale, currently head of FIFA’s Israel-Palestine monitoring committee, announced via a spokesman at the start of this month that he was considering joining the race to replace outgoing president Sepp Blatter.

Aug 26, 2015

Football must not be overlooked in FIFA race: Platini

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Michael Platini will publish his manifesto in the next six to eight weeks and wants to bring football back into the spotlight during the campaign, a source close to the Frenchman said on Wednesday.

Although Platini, the UEFA president, agrees that reform of scandal-plagued FIFA has to be the priority in the run-up to the election on Feb. 26, he also believes it should not completely overshadow the sport itself, the source told Reuters.

Aug 26, 2015

Soccer-Platini wants football at forefront of presidency debate

ZURICH, Aug 26 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Michael Platini will publish his manifesto in the next six to eight weeks and wants to bring football back into the spotlight during the campaign, a source close to the Frenchman said on Wednesday.

Although Platini, the UEFA president, agrees that reform of scandal-plagued FIFA has to be the priority in the run-up to the election on Feb. 26, he also believes it should not completely overshadow the sport itself, the source told Reuters.

Aug 24, 2015

I will be appreciated when I’ve gone, says Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes his critics will realize they have been wrong and will recognize his achievements once he has left soccer’s world governing body.

In an interview with the BBC, the 79-year-old Swiss defended his record at the head of scandal-plagued FIFA and said he was respected in many parts of the world.

Aug 24, 2015

Soccer-I will be appreciated when I’ve gone, says Blatter

ZURICH, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter believes his critics will realise they have been wrong and will recognise his achievements once he has left soccer’s world governing body.

In an interview with the BBC, the 79-year-old Swiss defended his record at the head of scandal-plagued FIFA and said he was respected in many parts of the world.