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May 13, 2014

Soccer-Gilardino misses out as Italy ethics row brews

TURIN, May 13 (Reuters) – Strikers Alberto Gilardino and Luca Toni missed out, while the injury-plagued Giuseppe Rossi and controversial forward Antonio Cassano were included in Italy’s 30-man provisional World Cup squad named on Tuesday.

Coach Cesare Prandelli also selected Giorgio Chiellini, a move which is likely to stir up more controversy as the announcement came one day after the key defender was banned for three club matches for elbowing an opponent.

May 13, 2014

Benfica season the result of ‘five years of hard work’

TURIN (Reuters) – Benfica’s extraordinary season is the result of five years’ hard work, coach Jorge Jesus said on Tuesday on the eve of the Europa League final against Sevilla.

Jesus, previously something of a journeyman who worked his way around less glamorous Portuguese clubs, has helped rebuild Benfica since taking over in 2009.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-Benfica season the result of ‘five years of hard work’

TURIN, May 13 (Reuters) – Benfica’s extraordinary season is the result of five years’ hard work, coach Jorge Jesus said on Tuesday on the eve of the Europa League final against Sevilla.

Jesus, previously something of a journeyman who worked his way around less glamorous Portuguese clubs, has helped rebuild Benfica since taking over in 2009.

May 13, 2014

No hurry for Financial Fair Play decisions, says UEFA

TURIN (Reuters) – UEFA says there is no hurry to announce punishments for clubs, including Paris St Germain and Manchester City, that have breached new rules designed to make soccer more financially stable.

Nine clubs, which UEFA has not named but that sources close to the process have said include City and PSG, are facing punishment for failing to comply with rules forcing teams to limit their financial losses.

May 13, 2014

Soccer-No hurry for Financial Fair Play decisions, says UEFA

TURIN, May 13 (Reuters) – UEFA says there is no hurry to announce punishments for clubs, including Paris St Germain and Manchester City, that have breached new rules designed to make soccer more financially stable.

Nine clubs, which UEFA has not named but that sources close to the process have said include City and PSG, are facing punishment for failing to comply with rules forcing teams to limit their financial losses.

May 12, 2014

Prandelli plays down Chiellini World Cup risk

TURIN (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has played down suggestions that key defender Giorgio Chiellini could have broken the national team’s strict code of ethics after the Juventus defender was banned for elbowing an opponent in a club game.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal banned Chiellini for three games on Monday, saying in a statement that he had been guilty of elbowing AS Roma’s Miralem Pjanic in an off-the-ball incident during Juve’s 1-0 win on Sunday.

May 12, 2014

Soccer-Prandelli plays down Chiellini World Cup risk

TURIN (Reuters) – Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has played down suggestions that key defender Giorgio Chiellini could have broken the national team’s strict code of ethics after the Juventus defender was banned for elbowing an opponent in a club game.

Serie A’s disciplinary tribunal banned Chiellini for three games on Monday, saying in a statement that he had been guilty of elbowing AS Roma’s Miralem Pjanic in an off-the-ball incident during Juve’s 1-0 win on Sunday.

May 12, 2014

Benfica try to rid themselves of ‘Guttmann’s curse’

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Sevilla will be Benfica’s opponents on the field in Wednesday’s Europa League final yet many of the Portuguese team’s fans believe that other forces will be at work as they attempt to win their first European trophy for 52 years.

After winning the old European Cup in 1961 and 1962, Benfica have gone on to play in seven more European finals and lost them all, a run of failures which many blame on the so-called “curse of Bela Guttmann”.

May 12, 2014

Soccer-Benfica try to rid themselves of ‘Guttmann’s curse’

May 12 (Reuters) – Sevilla will be Benfica’s opponents on the field in Wednesday’s Europa League final yet many of the Portuguese team’s fans believe that other forces will be at work as they attempt to win their first European trophy for 52 years.

After winning the old European Cup in 1961 and 1962, Benfica have gone on to play in seven more European finals and lost them all, a run of failures which many blame on the so-called “curse of Bela Guttmann”.

May 10, 2014

Soccer-Hamburg get relegation lifeline despite loss

May 10 (Reuters) – Hamburg SV, the Bundesliga’s only ever-present club, escaped direct relegation by the skin of their teeth on Saturday after a 3-2 defeat at Mainz 05 sent them into a two-leg playoff against a second division team.

Nuremberg and Eintracht Braunschweig, who started the final day of the league season below Hamburg but could have moved above them with wins, were relegated after losing 4-1 at Schalke 04 and 3-1 at Hoffenheim respectively.