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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.

Dec 4, 2014

Unrealistic boycott could splinter sport, experts say

ZURICH (Reuters) – A European-led boycott of FIFA or the World Cup is unrealistic in the foreseeable future and, even if a breakaway were to eventually take place, experts say it could leave soccer’s administration hopelessly splintered.

FIFA has been plagued by a wave of scandals and controversy, ranging from allegations of corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process to a row over $25,000 watches gifted to executive committee members at the World Cup in Brazil.

Dec 4, 2014

Soccer-Unrealistic boycott could splinter sport, experts say

ZURICH, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A European-led boycott of FIFA or the World Cup is unrealistic in the foreseeable future and, even if a breakaway were to eventually take place, experts say it could leave soccer’s administration hopelessly splintered.

FIFA has been plagued by a wave of scandals and controversy, ranging from allegations of corruption in the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding process to a row over $25,000 watches gifted to executive committee members at the World Cup in Brazil.

Nov 26, 2014

Ronaldo strike sinks gallant Basel

BASEL (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 71st Champions League goal, putting him three behind Lionel Messi’s record, to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win at FC Basel on Wednesday as they maintained their 100 percent record in Group B.

The Portuguese scored from close range after Karim Benzema got to the byline and pulled the ball back as he equalled former Real Madrid forward Raul’s Champions League tally.