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Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-Perfect Juve, Roma primed for early Serie A showdown

MILAN, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Serie A favourites Juventus and AS Roma, both enjoying a 100 percent record after five league matches of the season, clash on Sunday in a match which, even at such an early stage, could be hugely significant in the title race.

The possible presence of veteran Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo on one side and his Roma counterpart Francesco Totti on the other could add even greater spice to the meeting of last season’s champions and runners-up (Sunday 1600 GMT).

Oct 2, 2014

FC Basel continue to offer hope for Europe’s forgotten leagues

BERNE (Reuters) – FC Basel’s shock Champions League win over Liverpool has once again shown that there is life outside Europe’s big five leagues, even if it requires a constant balancing act to remain competitive.

The Swiss champions invariably lose two or three top players every season but have become masters at finding affordable replacements, often in places that bigger clubs do not seem to look.

Oct 2, 2014

Soccer-FC Basel continue to offer hope for Europe’s forgotten leagues

BERNE, Oct 2 (Reuters) – FC Basel’s shock Champions League win over Liverpool has once again shown that there is life outside Europe’s big five leagues, even if it requires a constant balancing act to remain competitive.

The Swiss champions invariably lose two or three top players every season but have become masters at finding affordable replacements, often in places that bigger clubs do not seem to look.

Oct 1, 2014

Balotelli “working hard”, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

BASEL (Reuters) – Mario Balotelli was praised for a hard-working performance against FC Basel by Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers on Wednesday, even though the maverick Italian striker seemed to spend much of the game on the ground asking for free kicks.

“He went close with a free kick where he had a great shot. He knows his job is to create and score goals, and he’s working hard to get into the areas. That’s what we’re asking of him,” Rodgers told reporters after his side’s 1-0 Champions League defeat against the Swiss champions. “I think he worked hard. It’s obviously his job to create and score goals, and he’s working…

Oct 1, 2014

Soccer-Balotelli “working hard”, says Liverpool boss Rodgers

BASEL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Mario Balotelli was praised for a hard-working performance against FC Basel by Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers on Wednesday, even though the maverick Italian striker seemed to spend much of the game on the ground asking for free kicks.

“He went close with a free kick where he had a great shot. He knows his job is to create and score goals, and he’s working hard to get into the areas. That’s what we’re asking of him,” Rodgers told reporters after his side’s 1-0 Champions League defeat against the Swiss champions.

Oct 1, 2014

Basel stun sloppy Liverpool to claim another English scalp

BASEL (Reuters) – Swiss champions FC Basel claimed another English Premier League scalp when they took advantage of a sloppy and lethargic Liverpool to win 1-0 with a Marco Streller goal in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The raw talent of Basel youngsters Ahmed Hamoudi, Derlis Gonzalez and Breel Embolo, combined with the experience of the wily Streller and a fervent 36,000 crowd, was too much for Liverpool, who were toothless in attack and shoddy at the back.

Oct 1, 2014

Basel stun Liverpool to claim another English scalp

BASEL (Reuters) – Swiss champions FC Basel claimed another English Premier League scalp when they deservedly beat a sloppy Liverpool 1-0 with a Marco Streller goal in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Basel captain turned the ball in from close range after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a goal-bound header seven minutes into the second half as the Swiss pulled off another European upset. Basel, who bounced back from a 5-1 mauling by Real Madrid in their opening game, have previously beaten Chelsea and Manchester United in the Champions League in the last four seasons and knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the Europa League. Liverpool, who began Group B with a home win over Ludogorets Razgrad, gave Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik very little to do and Raheem Sterling fluffed their best chance in the 75th minute when Adam Lallana sent him clear but he hesitated too long and was dispossessed.

Oct 1, 2014

Soccer-Basel stun Liverpool to claim another English scalp

BASEL, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Swiss champions FC Basel claimed another English Premier League scalp when they deservedly beat a sloppy Liverpool 1-0 with a Marco Streller goal in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Basel captain turned the ball in from close range after goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a goal-bound header seven minutes into the second half as the Swiss pulled off another European upset.

Sep 30, 2014

Preview: Basel fans baffled by new coach Sousa’s switches

BERNE (Reuters) – Paulo Sousa was an enigma to FC Basel fans when he was appointed as coach at the end of last season and, four months later, they are still fathoming what to make of the Portuguese and his endless tactical switches.

Incredibly, Sousa was selected after his Maccabi Tel Aviv side were twice knocked out of European competition by Basel last season, losing in the Champions League qualifying rounds and then the Europa League round of 32.

Sep 30, 2014

Basel fans baffled by new coach Sousa’s switches

BERNE (Reuters) – Paulo Sousa was an enigma to FC Basel fans when he was appointed as coach at the end of last season and, four months later, they are still fathoming what to make of the Portuguese and his endless tactical switches.

Incredibly, Sousa was selected after his Maccabi Tel Aviv side were twice knocked out of European competition by Basel last season, losing in the Champions League qualifying rounds and then the Europa League round of 32.