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Jan 21, 2014

Soccer-Governments must do more to fight fixing, say FIFA

ZURICH, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Footballers who take part in match-manipulation risk losing their careers if caught but those who induce the players and set up the fix do so at almost no risk to themselves, according to FIFA’s head of security Ralf Mutschke.

In the last few years, dozens of players have been banned, many for life, for trying to manipulate matches, often driven to do so in desperation after months of not being paid at all by cash-strapped clubs.

Jan 16, 2014

Soccer: Back to dogfight for Sassuolo after Milan win

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – After causing the downfall of AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri with an astonishing 4-3 win, struggling Sassuolo return to the harsh reality of the fight against relegation when they host Torino on Sunday (1400 GMT).

Despite last weekend’s victory the Serie A debutants are still precariously placed in 17th position with 17 points, one point and one place above Bologna in the drop zone.

Jan 16, 2014

Back to dogfight for Sassuolo after Milan win

By Brian Homewood

(Reuters) – After causing the downfall of AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri with an astonishing 4-3 win, struggling Sassuolo return to the harsh reality of the fight against relegation when they host Torino on Sunday (1400 GMT).

Despite last weekend’s victory the Serie A debutants are still precariously placed in 17th position with 17 points, one point and one place above Bologna in the drop zone.

Jan 15, 2014

Webb included as FIFA name World Cup referees

BERNE (Reuters) – World Cup final referee Howard Webb is among the 25 named by FIFA on Wednesday for this year’s tournament in Brazil.

The list included nine referees from Europe, five from South America, four from Asia, three each from Africa and CONCACAF and one from Oceania. Each referee was selected as a part of a team including two linesmen.

Jan 15, 2014

Soccer-Webb included as FIFA name World Cup referees

BERNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – World Cup final referee Howard Webb is among the 25 named by FIFA on Wednesday for this year’s tournament in Brazil.

The list included nine referees from Europe, five from South America, four from Asia, three each from Africa and CONCACAF and one from Oceania. Each referee was selected as a part of a team including two linesmen.

Jan 13, 2014

Soccer-Emotional Ronaldo ends Messi run

ZURICH, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo was overcome with emotion after being voted the world’s best player for 2013 on Monday, ending his great rival Lionel Messi’s dominance of the award.

Although he failed to win any major titles with Real Madrid last season, Ronaldo was rewarded for his immense goal-scoring prowess as he swept aside Messi, winner for the last four years, and Frenchman Franck Ribery.

Jan 13, 2014

Ronaldo wins World Player of the Year for second time

ZURICH (Reuters) – A tearful Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row.

The Portugal and Real Madrid forward was so overcome with emotion he could barely complete his acceptance speech.

Jan 13, 2014

Cristiano Ronaldo wins World Player of the Year for second time

ZURICH (Reuters) – Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row.

Argentine Messi, hampered by uncharacteristic injury problems at Barcelona late in the year, and Frenchman Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich were the other candidates for the prize, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Jan 13, 2014

Soccer-Ronaldo wins World Player of the Year for second time

ZURICH, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Portugal and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best footballer for the second time on Monday, preventing his great rival Lionel Messi from winning the award for a fifth year in a row.

Argentine Messi, hampered by uncharacteristic injury problems at Barcelona late in the year, and Frenchman Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich were the other candidates for the prize, officially known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

Jan 13, 2014

Ronaldo says he has cleared the air with Blatter

ZURICH (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo has patched up his rift with Sepp Blatter following the FIFA president’s hairdresser jibe and apparent imitation of the Portuguese international.

“The matter is in the past,” the Real Madrid forward told a news conference ahead of Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards ceremony. “We had a telephone conversation to clear up everything that had to be cleared up.”