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Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Juve upbeat despite record sixth European Cup final loss

BERLIN, June 7 (Reuters) – Juventus may have become the only club to lose six European Cup finals but they took heart from pushing Barcelona to the limit in Saturday’s riveting final and restoring the honour of Italian football, coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

“More than anything else we come out of this final with greater self-esteem, greater confidence and greater awareness of what we can do,” a remarkably upbeat Allegri said after Juve lost 3-1 in their first Champions league final since 2003.

Jun 6, 2015

Blatter should leave now – Germany’s soccer boss

BERLIN (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter should step aside quickly so that world soccer’s governing body can move forward with urgently needed reforms, the head of Germany’s football association (DFB) said on Saturday.

In an interview with Reuters, DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said it was also essential for FIFA to rigorously clear up the bribery allegations and for a new FIFA leadership to implement sweeping reforms to restore lost credibility.

Jun 6, 2015

Blatter should leave now – Germany’s football boss

BERLIN (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter should step aside quickly so that world football’s governing body can move forward with urgently needed reforms, the head of Germany’s football association (DFB) said on Saturday.

In an interview with Reuters, DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said it was also essential for FIFA to rigorously clear up the bribery allegations and for a new FIFA leadership to implement sweeping reforms to restore lost credibility.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Blatter should leave now – Germany’s soccer boss

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter should step aside quickly so that world soccer’s governing body can move forward with urgently needed reforms, the head of Germany’s football association (DFB) said on Saturday.

In an interview with Reuters, DFB President Wolfgang Niersbach said it was also essential for FIFA to rigorously clear up the bribery allegations and for a new FIFA leadership to implement sweeping reforms to restore lost credibility.

Jun 6, 2015

Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final

BERLIN (Reuters) – The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people’s minds.

The hordes in high spirits from Spain and Italy blanketed the German capital on Saturday, many easily identifiable in their team colours. They were nevertheless united in their hopes that the FIFA scandal would go away – at least for the day.

Jun 6, 2015

Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final

BERLIN (Reuters) – The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people’s minds.

The hordes in high spirits from Spain and Italy blanketed the German capital on Saturday, many easily identifiable in their team colours. They were nevertheless united in their hopes that the FIFA scandal would go away – at least for the day.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Forget FIFA scandal, fans say before Champions League final

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – The thousands of Barcelona and Juventus fans streaming into Berlin’s Olympic Stadium for the Champions League final later on Saturday were confident the showpiece would knock the FIFA scandal off the front pages and out of people’s minds.

The hordes in high spirits from Spain and Italy blanketed the German capital on Saturday, many easily identifiable in their team colours. They were nevertheless united in their hopes that the FIFA scandal would go away – at least for the day.

Jun 3, 2015

Germans cheer Blatter exit, warn against wasting reform chances

BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel, who celebrated Germany’s fourth World Cup win with the players in Brazil last year, welcomed the departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter as an opportunity to boost standards within soccer’s world governing body.

Her sport minister Thomas de Maiziere went further, saying Blatter’s resignation under pressure will be worthless if FIFA fails to enact meaningful reforms and put an end to the cronyism that has tarnished the game.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Germans cheer Blatter exit, warn against wasting reform chances

BERLIN, June 3 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel, who celebrated Germany’s fourth World Cup win with the players in Brazil last year, welcomed the departure of FIFA President Sepp Blatter as an opportunity to boost standards within soccer’s world governing body.

Her sport minister Thomas de Maiziere went further, saying Blatter’s resignation under pressure will be worthless if FIFA fails to enact meaningful reforms and put an end to the cronyism that has tarnished the game.

Jun 1, 2015

Survivors Hamburg keep Bundesliga record with “crazy” win

BERLIN (Reuters) – Hamburg SV clung on to their time-honoured place in the Bundesliga once again after beating second-tier Karlsruhe 2-1 — and 3-2 on aggregate — after moments of extraordinary late drama in the second leg of their playoff on Monday.

The three-times German champions, the only club never to have been relegated since the Bundesliga’s creation in 1963, were 1-0 down and on their way out with 90 minutes played at Karlsruhe until Chilean international Marcelo Diaz curled home a last-minute freekick to take the tie to extra time.

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      "Erik Kirschbaum is based in Berlin. He has been covering politics, economics, entertainment and sport in Germany since 1989 from Frankfurt, Bonn and Berlin. He also has worked for Reuters in Vienna. Previously, he also worked for newspapers in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Nevada. He has also written two books."
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