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May 30, 2014

Soccer-Drmic gives Swiss late win over defiant Jamaica

LUCERNE, Switzerland, May 30 (Reuters) – Switzerland substitute Josip Drmic atoned for an astonishing miss by scoring a late goal to give the World Cup qualifiers a 1-0 victory over battling Jamaica in a friendly on Friday.

Drmic missed an open goal from two metres but made amends in the 84th minute when he ran on to Blerim Dzemaili’s pass, cut inside his marker and fired past goalkeeper Andre Blake.

May 30, 2014

Match-fixing ‘major problem’ in Greece, says survey

BERNE (Reuters) – Match-fixing is a “major problem” in Greece where 12.8 percent of players interviewed in a recent survey said they had been approached and asked to manipulate a game in the last year.

The survey, conducted by Birbeck, University of London on behalf of the world players’ union FIFPro, said it was also a major problem in Italy, although the number of cases that have been exposed may have been a sign of willingness to tackle the problem.

May 30, 2014

Match-fixing in soccer a “major problem” in Greece, says survey

BERNE (Reuters) – Match-fixing is a “major problem” in Greece where 12.8 percent of players interviewed in a recent survey said they had been approached and asked to manipulate a game in the last year.

The survey, conducted by Birbeck, University of London on behalf of the world players’ union FIFPro, said it was also a major problem in Italy, although the number of cases that have been exposed may have been a sign of willingness to tackle the problem.

May 30, 2014

Soccer-Match-fixing “major problem” in Greece, says survey

BERNE, May 30 (Reuters) – Match-fixing is a “major problem” in Greece where 12.8 percent of players interviewed in a recent survey said they had been approached and asked to manipulate a game in the last year.

The survey, conducted by Birbeck, University of London on behalf of the world players’ union FIFPro, said it was also a major problem in Italy, although the number of cases that have been exposed may have been a sign of willingness to tackle the problem.

May 27, 2014

Match-fixing not a major problem, says Europol

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – Match-fixing is not a major problem in European soccer despite recent high-profile cases, Europol said on Tuesday. The anti-crime agency has signed a co-operation agreement with the sport’s European governing body UEFA to deal with the issue Of fixing.

“I still don’t think it’s a major problem in European football, not from what I see,” Rob Wainwright, director of the European anti-crime agency, told reporters at UEFA headquarters.

May 27, 2014

Soccer-Match-fixing not a major problem, says Europol

NYON, Switzerland, May 27 (Reuters) – Match-fixing is not a major problem in European soccer despite recent high-profile cases, Europol said on Tuesday.

The anti-crime agency has signed a co-operation agreement with the sport’s European governing body UEFA to deal with the issue Of fixing.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Basel win fifth successive Swiss league title

BERNE, May 15 (Reuters) – Basel continued their dominance of Swiss football by winning their fifth successive league title with a 3-1 win away to Aarau on Thursday.

An 8,000 crowd packed into Aarau’s tiny ground and the game ended in chaos when Basel fans staged a pitch invasion after the final whistle.

May 15, 2014

Serie A’s coaching rumour mill cranks into action

TURIN Italy (Reuters) – Serie A’s coaching rumour mill is cranking into action already with speculation rife of possible moves even before the current season is over. With everything, apart from one Europa League place, already settled before Sunday’s final round of matches, attention has been focused on which coaches will be leaving once the final ball has been kicked.

Hapless AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf is seen as almost certain to lose his job, despite having been given a contract until 2016 when he was appointed in January. Club president Silvio Berlusconi had been chasing Seedorf, who spent 10 years of his playing career at Milan, for several months before finally appointing him and there seems no logical reason as to why the Dutchman has fallen out of favour so quickly. Results have improved markedly under Seedorf, with 10 wins in 18 league games compared to five in the previous 19 under his predecessor Maximilian Allegri.

May 15, 2014

Soccer-Serie A’s coaching rumour mill cranks into action

TURIN, Italy, May 15 (Reuters) – Serie A’s coaching rumour mill is cranking into action already with speculation rife of possible moves even before the current season is over.

With everything, apart from one Europa League place, already settled before Sunday’s final round of matches, attention has been focused on which coaches will be leaving once the final ball has been kicked.

May 15, 2014

Emotion, drama and mystique never far away from Benfica

TURIN Italy (Reuters) – Few European clubs serve up the same heady mix of emotion, drama and mystique as Benfica who have been left licking their wounds again after another heroic European failure. Wednesday’s penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final was just another dip on the emotional roller-coaster which Benfica fans have become used to over the years.

Last season ended in tears after Benfica lost the Portuguese league on the last day of the season to Porto, lost the Cup final to a controversial goal against Vitoria Guimaraes and were beaten by a stoppage time goal in the Europa League final against Chelsea. This season, Benfica have bounced back, delighting fans with their attacking football as they wrested the Portuguese league title from Porto, added the League Cup and reached the Portuguese Cup final, where they face Rio Ave on Sunday.