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Mar 21, 2014

Soccer-FIFA says impasse resolved over Corinthians stadium

ZURICH, March 21 (Reuters) – A financial impasse that has threatened to cause more delays at Sao Paulo’s World Cup stadium has been resolved, FIFA said on Friday.

Soccer’s governing body also denied media reports that 800 flights could be re-routed or cancelled during the month-long tournament in Brazil due to airspace restrictions near airports in the host cities.

Mar 15, 2014

Soccer-Relentless Bayern go 50 league games unbeaten

March 15 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich completed their 50th Bundesliga match without defeat when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 on Saturday to extend their lead to an almost embarrassing 23 points.

The imperious Bavarians, who have won their last 17 league games, need two more wins to wrap up the title and could even clinch it next week, with eight matches to spare, if they beat Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 both fail to win.

Mar 13, 2014

Guardiola gets his first taste of FC Hollywood

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich have often been labelled as FC Hollywood and coach Pep Guardiola, still a relative newcomer in his first season at the club, may have started to discover why this week.

While club president Uli Hoeness went on trial for tax evasion this week and faces a possible jail sentence of up to ten years, sports director Matthias Sammer contrived to upset most of the other clubs in the Bundesliga by suggesting they should train harder.

Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-Guardiola gets his first taste of FC Hollywood

March 13 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have often been labelled as FC Hollywood and coach Pep Guardiola, still a relative newcomer in his first season at the club, may have started to discover why this week.

While club president Uli Hoeness went on trial for tax evasion this week and faces a possible jail sentence of up to ten years, sports director Matthias Sammer contrived to upset most of the other clubs in the Bundesliga by suggesting they should train harder.

Mar 12, 2014

Mellow Mihajlovic leads Sampdoria revival

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Sinisa Mihajlovic has always credited Sampdoria with saving his playing career. Twenty years later, the former Yugoslavia international has returned as coach and repaid the debt by steering the Serie A club clear of relegation.

In only four months since taking over, the 44-year-old, known in his playing days as one of the game’s greatest free kick exponents, has led Sampdoria from second to bottom to a comfortable 12th.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-Mellow Mihajlovic leads Sampdoria revival

March 12 (Reuters) – Sinisa Mihajlovic has always credited Sampdoria with saving his playing career. Twenty years later, the former Yugoslavia international has returned as coach and repaid the debt by steering the Serie A club clear of relegation.

In only four months since taking over, the 44-year-old, known in his playing days as one of the game’s greatest free kick exponents, has led Sampdoria from second to bottom to a comfortable 12th

Mar 12, 2014

Bayern far from untouchable in Champions League

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have been almost untouchable in the Bundesliga but their edgy performance against Arsenal suggested that the lack of competition at domestic level could hinder their European ambitions.

Bayern again found the Champions League a different proposition as they struggled to break down a surprisingly cautious Arsenal in the first half of Tuesday’s game and showed vulnerabilities in defence when the visitors came at them in the final half hour.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-Bayern far from untouchable in Champions League

MUNICH, March 12 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have been almost untouchable in the Bundesliga but their edgy performance against Arsenal suggested that the lack of competition at domestic level could hinder their European ambitions.

Bayern again found the Champions League a different proposition as they struggled to break down a surprisingly cautious Arsenal in the first half of Tuesday’s game and showed vulnerabilities in defence when the visitors came at them in the final half hour.

Mar 11, 2014

Bayern’s Robben a ‘good diver’, says Wenger

MUNICH (Reuters) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger described Bayern Munich’s Arjen Robben as a “fantastic player and very good diver” after the winger won another controversial penalty against his side in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Robben was at the heart of the incident that Wenger said turned the last 16 tie when the Dutchman won a penalty which resulted in Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny being sent off in the first leg in London.

Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Holders Bayern progress despite shaky second half

MUNICH, March 11 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich, a shadow of the team that have been so imperious in the Bundesliga this season, survived a shaky second half and missed a late penalty against Arsenal on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

The holders looked less than all-conquering in a 1-1 second-leg draw against Arsenal who were left with too much to do after losing 2-0 at home in the opening match of the last-16 encounter.