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Feb 17, 2014

Soccer-South American coaches add spice to Champions League

BERNE, Feb 17 (Reuters) – After years of trying, South American coaches are finally gaining a foothold in European football and their growing influence will be heavily felt as the Champions League round of 16 gets under.

Three of the eight teams in action this week are coached by South Americans, AC Milan’s Clarence Seedorf was born and ended his playing career on the continent and Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola said he was inspired by what he learned during a visit to Argentina.

Feb 14, 2014

Fulham look to Magath’s eccentric methods for salvation

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – The nickname Quaelix, a combination of the German verb for torture and the name Felix, tells Fulham’s players all they need to know about the type of training sessions they can expect under their new manager.

Anecdotes abound about how former West Germany forward Felix Magath, named as English Premier League bottom club Fulham’s third coach of the season on Friday, forces players to run up mountains or wear led-weighted jackets in training.

Feb 14, 2014

Soccer-Fulham look to Magath’s eccentric methods for salvation

Feb 14 (Reuters) – The nickname Quaelix, a combination of the German verb for torture and the name Felix, tells Fulham’s players all they need to know about the type of training sessions they can expect under their new manager.

Anecdotes abound about how former West Germany forward Felix Magath, named as English Premier League bottom club Fulham’s third coach of the season on Friday, forces players to run up mountains or wear led-weighted jackets in training.

Feb 11, 2014

Offenders urged to help as sport delves into doping past

GENEVA (Reuters) – An independent commission began delving into cycling’s murky past on Tuesday, offering reduced sanctions for doping offenders who come forward with information.

“The lesson we can learn from the last few years is the truth will come out eventually,” International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson told reporters.

Feb 7, 2014

Blatter gives huge hint he’ll run for office again

BERNE (Reuters) – - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given the strongest hint yet that he is ready to stand for a fifth term, telling Swiss public radio he would not say no if member associations asked him to stand.

“I’m in good health and I don’t see why I should now think about stopping the work, about the consolidation of FIFA,” Blatter, told French-language station RTS in an interview on Friday.

Feb 7, 2014

Soccer-Blatter gives huge hint he’ll run for office again

BERNE, Feb 7 (Reuters) – - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given the strongest hint yet that he is ready to stand for a fifth term, telling Swiss public radio he would not say no if member associations asked him to stand.

“I’m in good health and I don’t see why I should now think about stopping the work, about the consolidation of FIFA,” Blatter, told French-language station RTS in an interview on Friday.

Feb 3, 2014

Rule-makers to discuss sin bins, video replays

BERNE (Reuters) – Soccer’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), is to hold preliminary discussions at its next meeting on the use of sin bins and video replays to help referees, FIFA said on Monday.

FIFA emphasised that both proposals were included for discussion only and could be submitted for further examinations to IFAB’s two new advisory panels.

Feb 3, 2014

Soccer-Rule-makers to discuss sin bins, video replays

BERNE, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Soccer’s rule-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), is to hold preliminary discussions at its next meeting on the use of sin bins and video replays to help referees, FIFA said on Monday.

FIFA emphasised that both proposals were included for discussion only and could be submitted for further examinations to IFAB’s two new advisory panels.

Jan 30, 2014

Qatar gets 14 days to send labour report to FIFA

ZURICH (Reuters) – Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for labourers in the 2022 World Cup host nation.

“FIFA expects to receive information on the specific steps that Qatar has taken since president Sepp Blatter’s last trip to Doha in November 2013 to improve the welfare and living conditions of migrant workers,” world soccer’s ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.

Jan 30, 2014

Soccer-Qatar gets 14 days to send labour report to FIFA

ZURICH, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Qatar has been given two weeks to provide a report to FIFA on how it has improved working conditions for labourers in the 2022 World Cup host nation.

“FIFA expects to receive information on the specific steps that Qatar has taken since president Sepp Blatter’s last trip to Doha in November 2013 to improve the welfare and living conditions of migrant workers,” world soccer’s ruling body said in a statement on Thursday.