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Apr 26, 2014

Nineteen countries still bidding for Euro 2020, 13 drop out

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Thirteen of the 32 countries which originally expressed interest in hosting matches at Euro 2020 have dropped out while 19 have confirmed they are still in the race, UEFA said on Saturday.

England and Germany were the only two countries to put forward bids to stage the semi-finals and final of the tournament which will be staged around the whole continent, European soccer’s governing body added in a statement.

Apr 26, 2014

Soccer-Nineteen countries still bidding for Euro 2020, 13 drop out

April 26 (Reuters) – Thirteen of the 32 countries which originally expressed interest in hosting matches at Euro 2020 have dropped out while 19 have confirmed they are still in the race, UEFA said on Saturday.

England and Germany were the only two countries to put forward bids to stage the semi-finals and final of the tournament which will be staged around the whole continent, European soccer’s governing body added in a statement.

Apr 23, 2014

Europe split by financial iron curtain, says Champagne

BERNE (Reuters) – European football is more divided today than it was during the Cold War because of the unequal distribution of wealth among its clubs, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said.

“During the Cold War, football was able to unite a deeply divided Europe and nothing prevented clubs from playing together from either side of the Iron Curtain,” said Champagne in the third part of his manifesto.

Apr 23, 2014

Soccer-Europe split by financial iron curtain, says Champagne

BERNE, April 23 (Reuters) – European football is more divided today than it was during the Cold War because of the unequal distribution of wealth among its clubs, FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne said.

“During the Cold War, football was able to unite a deeply divided Europe and nothing prevented clubs from playing together from either side of the Iron Curtain,” said Champagne in the third part of his manifesto.

Apr 21, 2014

Fan violence mars Swiss Cup final again

BERNE (Reuters) – The Swiss Cup final was marred by violence for the second year running on Monday when fans let off fireworks, urinated in the streets and smashed windows in the centre of Berne before the game, witnesses said.

Despite all the trouble and heavy police presence, the match itself, in which FC Zurich scored twice in extra-time to beat nine-man FC Basel 2-0, was played in a half-empty Stade de Suisse.

Apr 21, 2014

Soccer-Fan violence mars Swiss Cup final again

BERNE, April 21 (Reuters) – The Swiss Cup final was marred by violence for the second year running on Monday when fans let off fireworks, urinated in the streets and smashed windows in the centre of Berne before the game, witnesses said.

Despite all the trouble and heavy police presence, the match itself, in which FC Zurich scored twice in extra-time to beat nine-man FC Basel 2-0, was played in a half-empty Stade de Suisse.

Apr 17, 2014

Coaches’ survival rate lowest in Greece says UEFA

BERNE (Reuters) – Top-flight coaches in Greece keep their jobs for a mere four months on average, according to UEFA’s club licensing report, while the average across the continent is 17 months.

Of the big five European leagues, France and England offer the most stable environments for coaches at 24 months, followed by Germany (22), Italy (19) and Spain (11).

Apr 17, 2014

Soccer-Coaches’ survival rate lowest in Greece says UEFA

BERNE, April 17 (Reuters) – Top-flight coaches in Greece keep their jobs for a mere four months on average, according to UEFA’s club licensing report, while the average across the continent is 17 months.

Of the big five European leagues, France and England offer the most stable environments for coaches at 24 months, followed by Germany (22), Italy (19) and Spain (11).

Apr 16, 2014

AFC boss told to spend less energy on politics

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been told by the continent’s FIFA vice-president to spend less time on politics and more on developing the sport.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, elected as Asia’s FIFA vice-president in 2011, made the comments as he criticised a campaign for his position on the executive committee to be automatically handed to the AFC president, starting from next year.

Apr 16, 2014

Soccer-AFC boss told to spend less energy on politics

April 16 (Reuters) – Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has been told by the continent’s FIFA vice-president to spend less time on politics and more on developing the sport.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, elected as Asia’s FIFA vice-president in 2011, made the comments as he criticised a campaign for his position on the executive committee to be automatically handed to the AFC president, starting from next year.