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Feb 23, 2015

Soccer-Pirlo sees chance for Juve to make the step up

Feb 23 (Reuters) – Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo hopes this could be the season they finally re-establish themselves on the European stage as he dreams of winning the Champions League again before he retires.

Juve’s maestro has been helping steer them towards a fourth successive Italian title, yet the gulf between a fading Serie A and the Champions League is so great that they are not seen as a major threat to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

Feb 22, 2015

Parma fans protest, captain slams federation

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – About 1,000 Parma supporters protested in front of the team’s stadium on Sunday where the Serie A match with Udinese was postponed because the cash-strapped club could not afford to pay stewards or police.

Meanwhile, team captain Alessandro Lucarelli slammed the Italian federation (FIGC) and the Serie A league for allowing the chaos to continue unchecked at the former UEFA Cup winners, where the players have not been paid all season.

Feb 22, 2015

Soccer-Parma fans protest, captain slams federation

Feb 22 (Reuters) – About 1,000 Parma supporters protested in front of the team’s stadium on Sunday where the Serie A match with Udinese was postponed because the cash-strapped club could not afford to pay stewards or police.

Meanwhile, team captain Alessandro Lucarelli slammed the Italian federation (FIGC) and the Serie A league for allowing the chaos to continue unchecked at the former UEFA Cup winners, where the players have not been paid all season.

Feb 19, 2015

Basel praise ‘courageous’ refereeing, Porto baffled

ZURICH (Reuters) – FC Basel praised the referee’s courage while Porto said they were emotionally affected after match officials took so long to disallow a goal by the Portuguese side that the players were ready to kick off again in their Champions League match.

The stadium announcer had already confirmed the goal and Porto had finished celebrating and were back on the halfway line ready for the re-start before Mark Clattenburg, after a long consultation with his linesman, ruled it out.

Feb 19, 2015

Soccer-Basel praise ‘courageous’ refereeing, Porto baffled

ZURICH, Feb 19 (Reuters) – FC Basel praised the referee’s courage while Porto said they were emotionally affected after match officials took so long to disallow a goal by the Portuguese side that the players were ready to kick off again in their Champions League match.

The stadium announcer had already confirmed the goal and Porto had finished celebrating and were back on the halfway line ready for the re-start before Mark Clattenburg, after a long consultation with his linesman, ruled it out.

Feb 18, 2015

Porto hold Basel amid controversy over disallowed goal

BERNE (Reuters) – Porto hit back with a late Danilo penalty to hold FC Basel 1-1 in their Champions League last 16 first leg tie on Wednesday which featured a goal controversially disallowed after a long delay and consultation.

Derlis Gonzalez gave the Swiss champions an 11th minute lead but Danilo replied in the 79th minute, calmly scoring following a handball by veteran Argentine defender Walter Samuel.

Feb 17, 2015

Soccer-Stepping-stone clubs Basel and Porto clash

ZURICH, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Basel’s Champions League tie against Porto on Wednesday pits two clubs who have mastered the art of nurturing the talent of little-known footballers and selling them on to Europe’s top teams.

Unable to compete with the financial power of the biggest clubs, both have instead been happy to accept a role as stepping-stones for players hoping to make their way to one of the leading five leagues.

Feb 16, 2015

Preview: Sense of deja vu as Champions League resumes

BERNE (Reuters) – The Champions League will have an air of familiarity about it when it resumes this week with 11 of the clubs who reached the last 16 stage a year ago involved again.

To add to the sense of deja vu, three of the ties will be repeats from last season’s knockout stages with holders Real Madrid facing Schalke, Manchester City playing Barcelona and Paris St Germain taking on Chelsea.

Feb 16, 2015

Soccer-Sense of deja vu as Champions League resumes

BERNE, Feb 16 (Reuters) – The Champions League will have an air of familiarity about it when it resumes this week with 11 of the clubs who reached the last 16 stage a year ago involved again.

To add to the sense of deja vu, three of the ties will be repeats from last season’s knockout stages with holders Real Madrid facing Schalke, Manchester City playing Barcelona and Paris St Germain taking on Chelsea.

Feb 10, 2015

Interview: FIFA reformers to keep plugging away – ‘New FIFA Now’ head

ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) – The pressure group campaigning for reform of FIFA has uncovered a reluctance within football to publicly back the organisation even though many support its motives, one of its founding members has told Reuters.

Jaimie Fuller, an Australian businessman who previously led the “Change Cycling Now” lobby group following a series of doping scandals, said there was a reticence to speak out against world soccer’s ruling body.