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Aug 7, 2015

Soccer-Man United face Bruges, Valencia and Monaco clash

NYON, Switzerland, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Manchester United were given a troublesome tie against Club Bruges in the draw for the Champions League playoff round on Friday, although it could have been worse as they avoided Lazio, CSKA Moscow or Monaco.

Lazio will meet Bayer Leverkusen as they attempt to return to the group stage for the first time since 2007-08 while another high profile tie pitted Spain’s Valencia against Monaco, who were quarter-finalists last year.

Aug 5, 2015

Partizan, CSKA through on night of dramatic comebacks

BERNE (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade, Astana, Malmo and CSKA Moscow all pulled off impressive comebacks to reach the playoff round of the Champions League qualifiers on Wednesday.

Skenderbeu also qualified, putting themselves within two matches of becoming the first Albanian side to reach the group stage, after beating Milsami in another of the third round, second leg ties.

Aug 5, 2015

Soccer-Partizan, CSKA through on night of dramatic comebacks

BERNE, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade, Astana, Malmo and CSKA Moscow all pulled off impressive comebacks to reach the playoff round of the Champions League qualifiers on Wednesday.

Skenderbeu also qualified, putting themselves within two matches of becoming the first Albanian side to reach the group stage, after beating Milsami in another of the third round, second leg ties.

Aug 4, 2015

Rapid Vienna knock out Ajax with dramatic win

ZURICH (Reuters) – Four-times European champions Ajax Amsterdam were knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round on Tuesday after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to unsung Rapid Vienna.

Ajax, with a 2-2 draw in the bag from the first leg in Vienna, trailed 2-0 at halftime, then hit back to equalise only for Rapid to score again almost immediately to complete a 5-4 aggregate win.

Aug 4, 2015

Soccer-Rapid Vienna knock out Ajax with dramatic win

ZURICH, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Four-times European champions Ajax Amsterdam were knocked out of the Champions League in the third qualifying round on Tuesday after a dramatic 3-2 defeat at home to unsung Rapid Vienna.

Ajax, with a 2-2 draw in the bag from the first leg in Vienna, trailed 2-0 at halftime, then hit back to equalise only for Rapid to score again almost immediately to complete a 5-4 aggregate win.

Jul 29, 2015

Ajax squander two-goal lead against 10-man Rapid Vienna

BERNE (Reuters) – Ajax Amsterdam, returning to the stadium where they last won the Champions League 20 years ago, squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against 10-man Rapid Vienna on Wednesday.

The Austrians fought back despite having Stefan Schwab sent off for a shocking two-footed lunge at Jairo Riedewald in the 59th minute of the third qualifying round first-leg tie.

Jul 29, 2015

Soccer-Ajax squander two-goal lead against 10-man Rapid Vienna

BERNE, July 29 (Reuters) – Ajax Amsterdam, returning to the stadium where they last won the Champions League 20 years ago, squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 against 10-man Rapid Vienna on Wednesday.

The Austrians fought back despite having Stefan Schwab sent off for a shocking two-footed lunge at Jairo Riedewald in the 59th minute of the third qualifying round first-leg tie.

Jul 29, 2015

Platini announces FIFA presidency bid

BERNE (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of FIFA in place of outgoing Sepp Blatter.

The former French international, who has been UEFA president since 2007 and a FIFA executive committee member since 2002, said he wanted to “to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves.”

Jul 29, 2015

Platini, romantic or pragmatist?

BERNE (Reuters) – One of the most exquisitely gifted soccer players of his generation, FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini likes to portray himself as an old-fashioned romantic with a mission to maintain the game’s purity.

“There are times in life when you have to take your destiny into your own hands,” he said on Wednesday, announcing his bid to replace Sepp Blatter at the helm of the beleaguered world soccer body.

Jul 29, 2015

Soccer-Platini announces FIFA presidency bid

BERNE, July 29 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ended weeks of uncertainty on Wednesday when he announced that he would stand for the presidency of FIFA in place of outgoing Sepp Blatter.

The former French international, who has been UEFA president since 2007 and a FIFA executive committee member since 2002, said he wanted to “to give FIFA back the dignity and the position it deserves.”