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May 9, 2014

Valcke promises hands-off approach to future World Cups

ZURICH (Reuters) – Tired of finding himself being cast as “the bad guy”, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will adopt a more hands-off approach to the organization of future World Cups.

Valcke played a large part in the success of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, overseeing the preparations and cajoling local organizers into action when they threatened to fall behind schedule.

May 9, 2014

Fans face the biggest challenge in Brazil – Valcke

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Brazil’s huge distances, shaky infrastructure, security problems and varying climate have turned the World Cup into a logistical nightmare for teams, officials and the media.

But the secretary general of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, Jerome Valcke, admitted nobody will face as many difficulties as the hundreds of thousands of visiting fans who face high prices for limited transport and hotel options.

May 9, 2014

Soccer-Valcke promises hand-off approach to future World Cups

ZURICH, May 9 (Reuters) – Tired of finding himself being cast as “the bad guy”, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke will adopt a more hands-off approach to the organisation of future World Cups.

Valcke played a large part in the success of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, overseeing the preparations and cajoling local organisers into action when they threatened to fall behind schedule.

May 9, 2014

Soccer-Fans face the biggest challenge in Brazil – Valcke

May 9 (Reuters) – Brazil’s huge distances, shaky infrastructure, security problems and varying climate have turned the World Cup into a logistical nightmare for teams, officials and the media.

But the secretary general of world soccer’s governing body FIFA, Jerome Valcke, admitted nobody will face as many difficulties as the hundreds of thousands of visiting fans who face high prices for limited transport and hotel options.

Apr 29, 2014

Dazzling Real thrash woeful Bayern to reach final

MUNICH (Reuters) – Real Madrid tore Bayern Munich apart with three goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes to reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 win on a dreadful night for the holders at a stunned Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Two headers from Sergio Ramos, a breathtaking breakaway goal by Cristiano Ronaldo and a late free kick by the Portuguese forward in a one-sided semi-final, second leg handed Bayern their heaviest home defeat in European competition.

Apr 29, 2014

I won’t change philosophy, says beaten Guardiola

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola still believes in possession-based football and cannot alter his feelings about the way the game should be played, he said after the Champions League holders were hammered by Real Madrid on Tuesday. The former Barcelona boss was forced to defend his philosophy, already under fire in Germany, after his side were outclassed in their semi-final, second leg, losing 4-0 on the night and 5-0 on aggregate. “I know it’s a tough night for us, for me and for the players,” he told reporters, adding that Bayern lost because they had too little possession, not too much.

“The reason we did so badly in the first half is that we did not have possession. We didn’t play with the ball. “Against Arsenal and against Manchester United (earlier in the competition) and in the first leg in Madrid, we played with the ball and we controlled the game. “We did not do it in the first half and when you don’t have control against a great, great team like this, you don’t have a chance.” “The argument about my ideas is not valid,” he added. “I can’t change what I feel and what I feel is that we must play with the ball and attack as much as possible.”

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-I won’t change philosophy, says beaten Guardiola

MUNICH, April 29 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola still believes in possession-based football and cannot alter his feelings about the way the game should be played, he said after the Champions League holders were hammered by Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The former Barcelona boss was forced to defend his philosophy, already under fire in Germany, after his side were outclassed in their semi-final, second leg, losing 4-0 on the night and 5-0 on aggregate.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-Dazzling Real thrash woeful Bayern to reach final

MUNICH, April 19 (Reuters) – Real Madrid tore Bayern Munich apart with three goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes to reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 win on a dreadful night for the holders at a stunned Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Two headers from Sergio Ramos, a breathtaking breakaway goal by Cristiano Ronaldo and a late free kick by the Portuguese forward in a one-sided semi-final, second leg handed Bayern their heaviest home defeat in European competition.

Apr 29, 2014

Real thrash Bayern to reach Champions League final

MUNICH (Reuters) – Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich’s ragged defence with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years on Tuesday.

Two Sergio Ramos headers put Real 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes of the semi-final second leg and Cristiano Ronaldo added a third from a superb break before halftime.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-Real thrash Bayern to reach Champions League final

MUNICH, April 29 (Reuters) – Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich’s ragged defence with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years on Tuesday.

Two Sergio Ramos headers put Real 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes of the semi-final second leg and Cristiano Ronaldo added a third from a superb break before halftime.