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Feb 23, 2015

European clubs still hopeful of 2022 World Cup in May

BERNE (Reuters) – European clubs are still hopeful of persuading football’s world governing body FIFA to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in May rather than in the winter.

A FIFA task force, set up to find the best time of year to stage the tournament, meets for the third and final time in Doha on Tuesday when it is expected to make a recommendation to the FIFA executive committee.

Feb 23, 2015

Soccer-European clubs still hopeful of 2022 World Cup in May

BERNE, Feb 23 (Reuters) – European clubs are still hopeful of persuading soccer’s world governing body FIFA to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in May rather than in the winter.

A FIFA task force, set up to find the best time of year to stage the tournament, meets for the third and final time in Doha on Tuesday when it is expected to make a recommendation to the FIFA executive committee.

Feb 23, 2015

Pirlo sees chance for Juve to make the step up

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo hopes this could be the season they finally re-establish themselves on the European stage as he dreams of winning the Champions League again before he retires.

Juve’s maestro has been helping steer them towards a fourth successive Italian title, yet the gulf between a fading Serie A and the Champions League is so great that they are not seen as a major threat to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Feb 23, 2015

Soccer-Pirlo sees chance for Juve to make the step up

Feb 23 (Reuters) – Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo hopes this could be the season they finally re-establish themselves on the European stage as he dreams of winning the Champions League again before he retires.

Juve’s maestro has been helping steer them towards a fourth successive Italian title, yet the gulf between a fading Serie A and the Champions League is so great that they are not seen as a major threat to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Feb 22, 2015

Parma fans protest, captain slams federation

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – About 1,000 Parma supporters protested in front of the team’s stadium on Sunday where the Serie A match with Udinese was postponed because the cash-strapped club could not afford to pay stewards or police.

Meanwhile, team captain Alessandro Lucarelli slammed the Italian federation (FIGC) and the Serie A league for allowing the chaos to continue unchecked at the former UEFA Cup winners, where the players have not been paid all season.

Feb 22, 2015

Soccer-Parma fans protest, captain slams federation

Feb 22 (Reuters) – About 1,000 Parma supporters protested in front of the team’s stadium on Sunday where the Serie A match with Udinese was postponed because the cash-strapped club could not afford to pay stewards or police.

Meanwhile, team captain Alessandro Lucarelli slammed the Italian federation (FIGC) and the Serie A league for allowing the chaos to continue unchecked at the former UEFA Cup winners, where the players have not been paid all season.

Feb 19, 2015

Basel praise ‘courageous’ refereeing, Porto baffled

ZURICH (Reuters) – FC Basel praised the referee’s courage while Porto said they were emotionally affected after match officials took so long to disallow a goal by the Portuguese side that the players were ready to kick off again in their Champions League match.

The stadium announcer had already confirmed the goal and Porto had finished celebrating and were back on the halfway line ready for the re-start before Mark Clattenburg, after a long consultation with his linesman, ruled it out.

Feb 19, 2015

Soccer-Basel praise ‘courageous’ refereeing, Porto baffled

ZURICH, Feb 19 (Reuters) – FC Basel praised the referee’s courage while Porto said they were emotionally affected after match officials took so long to disallow a goal by the Portuguese side that the players were ready to kick off again in their Champions League match.

The stadium announcer had already confirmed the goal and Porto had finished celebrating and were back on the halfway line ready for the re-start before Mark Clattenburg, after a long consultation with his linesman, ruled it out.

Feb 18, 2015

Porto hold Basel amid controversy over disallowed goal

BERNE (Reuters) – Porto hit back with a late Danilo penalty to hold FC Basel 1-1 in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie on Wednesday which featured a goal controversially disallowed after a long delay and consultation.

Derlis Gonzalez gave the Swiss champions an 11th minute lead but Danilo replied in the 79th minute, calmly scoring following a handball by veteran Argentine defender Walter Samuel.

Feb 17, 2015

Soccer-Stepping-stone clubs Basel and Porto clash

ZURICH, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Basel’s Champions League tie against Porto on Wednesday pits two clubs who have mastered the art of nurturing the talent of little-known footballers and selling them on to Europe’s top teams.

Unable to compete with the financial power of the biggest clubs, both have instead been happy to accept a role as stepping-stones for players hoping to make their way to one of the leading five leagues.