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Mar 11, 2014

Soccer-Champions Bayern ease past Arsenal despite penalty miss

MUNICH, March 11 (Reuters) – Arsenal ended Bayern Munich’s long winning streak when they held the Bavarians to a 1-1 draw in the Champions League on Tuesday but it was not enough to stop the holders reaching the quarter-finals 3-1 on aggregate.

Bastian Schweinsteiger put Bayern ahead in the 55th minute of the last-16 second leg but Lukas Podolski stunned the Allianz Arena when he fired into the roof of the net two minutes later.

Mar 9, 2014

Juve on course for hat-trick of Serie A titles

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – AS Roma’s lingering hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus were virtually extinguished after two stunning Pepe Reina saves kept them at bay and Jose Callejon’s late goal handed third-placed Napoli a 1-0 home win on Sunday.

Juventus, who earlier beat Fiorentina 1-0 with a spectacular strike by Kwadwo Asamoah, moved 14 points clear and are poised to land a third successive title in as many seasons under Antonio Conte.

Mar 9, 2014

Soccer-Juve on course for hat-trick of Serie A titles

March 9 (Reuters) – AS Roma’s lingering hopes of catching Serie A leaders Juventus were virtually extinguished after two stunning Pepe Reina saves kept them at bay and Jose Callejon’s late goal handed third-placed Napoli a 1-0 home win on Sunday.

Juventus, who earlier beat Fiorentina 1-0 with a spectacular strike by Kwadwo Asamoah, moved 14 points clear and are poised to land a third successive title in as many seasons under Antonio Conte.

Mar 7, 2014

Salzburg take the art of pressing to new level

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – Twenty-one points clear at the top of the league with 85 goals scored in 25 games and a goal difference of 63, Austrian Bundesliga leaders Salzburg are making strong claims to being the most dominant team in Europe.

Even the all-conquering domestic campaigns of Bayern Munich, 20 points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga, and Juventus, 11 points ahead of the pack in Italy’s Serie A, pale in comparison.

Mar 7, 2014

Soccer-Salzburg take the art of pressing to new level

March 7 (Reuters) – Twenty-one points clear at the top of the league with 85 goals scored in 25 games and a goal difference of 63, Austrian Bundesliga leaders Salzburg are making strong claims to being the most dominant team in Europe.

Even the all-conquering domestic campaigns of Bayern Munich, 20 points clear at the top of the German Bundesliga, and Juventus, 11 points ahead of the pack in Italy’s Serie A, pale in comparison.

Mar 3, 2014

Last chance for World Cup hopefuls, history for Kosovo

BERNE (Reuters) – Brazilian-born Diego Costa could finally make his Spain debut on Wednesday when the world and European champions host Italy in one of more than 60 friendly internationals being played worldwide.

All 32 World Cup finalists will be in action, with France meeting Netherlands in another heavyweight clash, and there will also be a milestone in little-known Mitrovica when Kosovo make their international debut in a match against Haiti.

Mar 3, 2014

Soccer-Last chance for World Cup hopefuls, history for Kosovo

BERNE, March 3 (Reuters) – Brazilian-born Diego Costa could finally make his Spain debut on Wednesday when the world and European champions host Italy in one of more than 60 friendly internationals being played worldwide.

All 32 World Cup finalists will be in action, with France meeting Netherlands in another heavyweight clash, and there will also be a milestone in little-known Mitrovica when Kosovo make their international debut in a match against Haiti.

Mar 1, 2014

Brazil has left FIFA with a huge challenge says Valcke

ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA has been left with a huge challenge following Brazilian delays in building stadiums for the 2014 World Cup, secretary general Jerome Valcke said Saturday.

“We are working in conditions where the cement is not even dry,” Valcke told reporters as Tuesday’s 100-days-to-kickoff milestone approaches.

Mar 1, 2014

IFAB reject UEFA request to change triple punishment

ZURICH (Reuters) – - A request from UEFA to change the so-called triple punishment rule has been rejected by soccer’s law-making body while a proposal to study the use of video technology also got short shrift.

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) said on Saturday that it was concerned that changing the controversial rule would re-open the door for goalkeepers to commit cynical fouls to prevent clear scoring opportunities.

Mar 1, 2014

Soccer-Brazil has left FIFA with a huge challenge says Valcke

ZURICH, March 1 (Reuters) – - FIFA has been left with a huge challenge following Brazilian delays in building stadiums for the 2014 World Cup, secretary general Jerome Valcke said Saturday.

“We are working in conditions where the cement is not even dry,” Valcke told reporters as Tuesday’s 100-days-to-kickoff milestone approaches.