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Oct 8, 2014

Soccer-Mismatches take gloss off UEFA’s first ‘week of football’

BERNE, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Europe is preparing for UEFA’s first full-blown “week of football” as the marathon Euro 2016 qualifying competition gets into full swing – although it promises to be a distinctly underwhelming experience.

UEFA has heralded the new setup as “great news for football fans” but there is risk that the six solid days of international football could end up making it like background music in a shopping centre, always being played somewhere but with nobody really paying much attention.

Oct 7, 2014

Italian FA chief barred from UEFA over ‘banana’ comment

BERNE (Reuters) – Italian federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from the next UEFA Congress and from holding any position with European soccer’s governing body for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August.

UEFA said its disciplinary and ethics panel had also ordered the 71-year-old to organise racism awareness event in Italy.

Oct 7, 2014

Soccer-Italian FA chief barred from UEFA over ‘banana’ comment

BERNE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Italian federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from the next UEFA Congress and from holding any position with European soccer’s governing body for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in August.

UEFA said its disciplinary and ethics panel had also ordered the 71-year-old to organise racism awareness event in Italy.

Oct 3, 2014

Champagne fights for the “uncertainty of the result”

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne fears that soccer’s unpredictability, central to its pulling power, is under threat as the game’s top players are concentrated at a few rich clubs based in a handful of prosperous countries.

Although FIFA has been dominated by corruption scandals and controversy over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Champagne said that unequal distribution of resources was the “central issue” facing soccer’s governing body today.

Oct 3, 2014

Soccer-Champagne fights for the ‘uncertainty of the result’

ZURICH, Oct 3 (Reuters) – FIFA presidential candidate Jerome Champagne fears that soccer’s unpredictability, central to its pulling power, is under threat as the game’s top players are concentrated at a few rich clubs based in a handful of prosperous countries.

Although FIFA has been dominated by corruption scandals and controversy over the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Champagne said that unequal distribution of resources was the “central issue” facing soccer’s governing body today.

Oct 2, 2014

Perfect Juve, Roma primed for early Serie A showdown

MILAN (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

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…