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Feb 28, 2014

Soccer-UEFA to name financial fair play offenders in April

NYON, Switzerland, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Seventy-six European clubs are under the microscope as UEFA prepares to bring in its financial fair play rules next season, European soccer’s governing body said on Friday, adding that offenders would be named in April.

UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino said 76 European clubs out of 237 originally assessed had been asked to submit additional information about their finances ahead of the new rules which come into full effect next season.

Feb 26, 2014

Germans fret over ‘boring’ Bundesliga

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – When Borussia Dortmund became the fifth different team to win the Bundesliga in eight seasons back in 2011, the league was widely proclaimed as the most open and competitive in Europe.

Three years on, many German fans are stifling the yawns as Bayern Munich run away with the title for the second year in a row with the other 17 teams floundering in their wake.

Feb 26, 2014

Soccer-Germans fret over ‘boring’ Bundesliga

Feb 26 (Reuters) – When Borussia Dortmund became the fifth different team to win the Bundesliga in eight seasons back in 2011, the league was widely proclaimed as the most open and competitive in Europe.

Three years on, many German fans are stifling the yawns as Bayern Munich run away with the title for the second year in a row with the other 17 teams floundering in their wake.

Feb 24, 2014

Napoli stung by player they loaned to Genoa

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Napoli’s decision to loan Emanuele Calaio to Genoa came back to haunt them on Monday when the 32-year-old scored with a late free kick in a 1-1 Serie A draw costing his owners two points in the race for a Champions League spot.

Third-placed Napoli had taken a first-half lead with Gonzalo Higuain’s 13th Serie A goal this season before Calaio curled a left-foot free kick over the wall and in off the post with six minutes left.

Feb 24, 2014

Soccer-Napoli stung by player they loaned to Genoa

Feb 23 (Reuters) – Napoli’s decision to loan Emanuele Calaio to Genoa came back to haunt them on Monday when the 32-year-old scored with a late free kick in a 1-1 Serie A draw costing his owners two points in the race for a Champions League spot.

Third-placed Napoli had taken a first-half lead with Gonzalo Higuain’s 13th Serie A goal this season before Calaio curled a left-foot free kick over the wall and in off the post with six minutes left.

Feb 20, 2014

Soriano’s 50-metre goal brightens up Europa League

BERNE (Reuters) – Jonathan Soriano scored an incredible goal from near the halfway line to complete a stunning 3-0 win for Salzburg away to once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.

Dani Osvaldo scored his first goal for Juventus to set the Italian champions on the way to a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor, however compatriots Lazio slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Ludogorets Razgrad in other first leg ties.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Soriano’s 50-metre goal brightens up Europa League

BERNE, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Jonathan Soriano scored an incredible goal from near the halfway line to complete a stunning 3-0 win for Salzburg away to once-mighty Ajax Amsterdam in the Europa League round of 32 on Thursday.

Dani Osvaldo scored his first goal for Juventus to set the Italian champions on the way to a 2-0 win over Trabzonspor, however compatriots Lazio slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Ludogorets Razgrad in other first leg ties.

Feb 20, 2014

Kaka showing flashes of the old magic

MILAN (Reuters) – He may not quite have the explosive acceleration of old, yet Kaka showed against Atletico Madrid that the old magic is still there and he could play a role for Brazil at the World Cup if selected.

The former World Player of the Year’s performance on Wednesday suggested that Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has not picked Kaka for a year, could give him a place in the squad, even if he is not a regular starter.

Feb 20, 2014

Soccer-Kaka showing flashes of the old magic

MILAN, Feb 20 (Reuters) – He may not quite have the explosive acceleration of old, yet Kaka showed against Atletico Madrid that the old magic is still there and he could play a role for Brazil at the World Cup if selected.

The former World Player of the Year’s performance on Wednesday suggested that Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who has not picked Kaka for a year, could give him a place in the squad, even if he is not a regular starter.

Feb 19, 2014

Milan pleased with performance but left ruing result

MILAN (Reuters) – AC Milan put a brave face on another disappointing result on Wednesday, agreeing they had produced one of their best performances of the season despite suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Serie A’s only representatives in the Champions League knockout stage hit the woodwork twice in the Round of 16 first-leg encounter before conceding a late goal to Diego Costa, leaving them on the brink of elimination.