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Dec 8, 2014

Soccer-Late drama in store after predictable group stage

BERNE, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Five knockout stage places are up for grabs in the Champions League this week, offering enough late drama to stop the final round of group matches from turning into a damp squib.

Eleven teams are already through from a group stage which has produced too many one-sided matches for comfort.

Dec 5, 2014

Revived Benfica still dreaming of Champions League glory

ZURICH (Reuters) – It is generally accepted in European football that winning the Champions League nowadays is beyond the means of any team from outside the so-called Big Five leagues.

Benfica would beg to differ, however, and last season’s Portuguese treble winners believe that, with a bit of luck and the right draw, they could have what it takes to have a crack at the title in the next few years.

Dec 5, 2014

Soccer-Revived Benfica still dreaming of Champions League glory

ZURICH, Dec 5 (Reuters) – It is generally accepted in European football that winning the Champions League nowadays is beyond the means of any team from outside the so-called Big Five leagues.

Benfica would beg to differ, however, and last season’s Portuguese treble winners believe that, with a bit of luck and the right draw, they could have what it takes to have a crack at the title in the next few years.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-UEFA tries to explain the League of Nations

NYON, Switzerland, Dec 4 (Reuters) – UEFA attempted to explain the apparently inexplicable on Thursday as it unveiled the format for the League of Nations, the latest addition to the already crowded international calendar.

The bafflingly complex event will be run before, after and in conjunction with the qualifying competition for Euro 2020, featuring all 54 European national teams who will be divided into four divisions with promotion and relegation between each.

Dec 4, 2014

We’re fed up with FIFA crisis, says UEFA’s Infantino

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – European football’s governing body UEFA are fed up with hearing about the continuing crisis at FIFA, secretary general Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Infantino said the situation at FIFA had been briefly discussed at an executive committee meeting on Thursday and there was a feeling that there should be a united European position.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-We’re fed up with FIFA crisis, says UEFA’s Infantino

NYON, Switzerland, Dec 4 (Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA are fed up with hearing about the continuing crisis at FIFA, secretary general Gianni Infantino said on Thursday.

Infantino said the situation at FIFA had been briefly discussed at an executive committee meeting on Thursday and there was a feeling that there should be a united European position.

Dec 4, 2014

UEFA bans Crimean clubs from Russian league

NYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – Crimean clubs have been suspended by UEFA from playing in Russian domestic competitions.

“The Russian Football Union (RFU) may not organise any football competition in Crimea, without the consent of UEFA and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU),” it said in a statement on Thursday, adding the ban would take effect on Jan. 1.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-UEFA bans Crimean clubs from Russian league

NYON, Switzerland, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Crimean clubs have been suspended by UEFA from playing in Russian domestic competitions.

“The Russian Football Union (RFU) may not organise any football competition in Crimea, without the consent of UEFA and the Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU),” it said in a statement on Thursday, adding the ban would take effect on Jan. 1.

Dec 4, 2014

More to RB Leipzig than just money, says Rangnick

ZURICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich are generally regarded as the German team which rival fans most love to hate as envy of their success is mixed with a reputation for luck, perceived aloofness and habit of poaching top players from their competitors.

Recently, however, Bayern have found themselves in danger of being upstaged as pantomime villains by a second division team from eastern Germany.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-More to RB Leipzig than just money, says Rangnick

ZURICH, Dec 4 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich are generally regarded as the German team which rival fans most love to hate as envy of their success is mixed with a reputation for luck, perceived aloofness and habit of poaching top players from their competitors.

Recently, however, Bayern have found themselves in danger of being upstaged as pantomime villains by a second division team from eastern Germany.