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Aug 19, 2013

Milan in at the deep end with Eindhoven visit

BERNE (Reuters) – AC Milan’s first competitive match of the season could also be one of their most important when they visit PSV Eindhoven for the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday.

The seven-times European champions have missed out on the group stage only once in the last 11 seasons and failure to qualify this term could quickly turn the heat back on coach Massimiliano Allegri, who clung on to his job during the summer.

Aug 19, 2013

Soccer-Milan in at the deep end with Eindhoven visit

BERNE, Aug 19 (Reuters) – AC Milan’s first competitive match of the season could also be one of their most important when they visit PSV Eindhoven for the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday.

The seven-times European champions have missed out on the group stage only once in the last 11 seasons and failure to qualify this term could quickly turn the heat back on coach Massimiliano Allegri, who clung on to his job during the summer.

Aug 16, 2013

UCI candidates McQuaid, Cookson in another angry clash

ZURICH (Reuters) – The bitter battle for the presidency of cycling’s governing body took another twist on Friday as the two candidates, incumbent Pat McQuaid and challenger Brian Cookson, were involved in another angry exchange.

McQuaid, bidding for a third mandate as president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), angrily hit out at suggestions that he had broken the rules governing the nomination of candidates, describing the claim as “outrageous.”

Aug 15, 2013

Brazil’s suspect temperament exposed in Swiss defeat

BASEL (Reuters) – Brazil’s shock defeat by Switzerland exposed the same temperamental weaknesses that led to their downfall at the 2010 World Cup and could undermine their bid to win a sixth title on home soil next year.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari brushed aside Wednesday’s 1-0 loss, putting it down to a lack of preparation time at the start of the season, but the match’s apparent lack of importance made Brazil’s petulant behaviour all the more noticeable.

Aug 15, 2013

Soccer-Brazil’s suspect temperament exposed in Swiss defeat

BASEL, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Brazil’s shock defeat by Switzerland exposed the same temperamental weaknesses that led to their downfall at the 2010 World Cup and could undermine their bid to win a sixth title on home soil next year.

Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari brushed aside Wednesday’s 1-0 loss, putting it down to a lack of preparation time at the start of the season, but the match’s apparent lack of importance made Brazil’s petulant behaviour all the more noticeable.

Aug 14, 2013

Alves own goal hands tetchy Brazil Swiss loss

BASEL (Reuters) – Brazil fullback Dani Alves scored an embarrassing own goal to send them tumbling to a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland in a friendly on Wednesday, ending their run of six straight wins.

Alves put through his own net at the start of the second half to give the feisty Swiss just reward for taking the match to the irritable 2014 World Cup hosts.

Aug 14, 2013

Soccer-Alves own goal hands tetchy Brazil Swiss loss

BASEL, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Brazil fullback Dani Alves scored an embarrassing own goal to send them tumbling to a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland in a friendly on Wednesday, ending their run of six straight wins.

Alves put through his own net at the start of the second half to give the feisty Swiss just reward for taking the match to the irritable 2014 World Cup hosts.

Aug 14, 2013

Dani Alves own goal sends tetchy Brazil to Swiss defeat

BASEL (Reuters) – Dani Alves scored an embarrassing own goal to send an irritable Brazilian team tumbling to a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland in a friendly on Wednesday, ending their run of six consecutive wins.

Alves put through his own net at the start of the second half to give the feisty Swiss just reward for taking the match to the Confederations Cup champions.

Aug 14, 2013

Soccer-Dani Alves own goal sends tetchy Brazil to Swiss defeat

BASEL, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Dani Alves scored an embarrassing own goal to send an irritable Brazilian team tumbling to a 1-0 defeat against Switzerland in a friendly on Wednesday, ending their run of six consecutive wins.

Alves put through his own net at the start of the second half to give the feisty Swiss just reward for taking the match to the Confederations Cup champions.

Aug 14, 2013

Legia ordered to close stand over racist behaviour

BERNE (Reuters) – Polish champions Legia Warsaw have been ordered to close one of the stands at their stadium for their next home European tie following “racist behaviour” by supporters at a previous game, UEFA said on Wednesday.

UEFA, who also fined the club 30,000 euros (£25,796.47), said that under new rules introduced in July, a partial stadium closer was now the minimum sanction for any incidents involving racist behaviour.