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Oct 22, 2014

Kosovo granted provisional Olympic recognition by IOC

BERLIN (Reuters) – Kosovo is on track to take part in its first ever Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after the region in the Balkans was granted provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

It could now achieve full membership as early as the IOC session in December, the IOC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Oct 22, 2014

Olympics-Kosovo granted provisional Olympic recognition by IOC

BERLIN, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Kosovo is on track to take part in its first ever Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after the region in the Balkans was granted provisional recognition by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

It could now achieve full membership as early as the IOC session in December, the IOC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Oct 22, 2014

Bayern get Papal seal of approval after Roma demolition

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – A meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday could not have been timed better for Bayern Munich as the German champions capped a two-day stay in Rome in style at the Vatican following Tuesday’s 7-1 demolition of Roma in the Champions League.

The Bavarians have now firmly established themselves as one of the frontrunners for Europe’s top club competition this season, after scoring five goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to their European record away win which left them top of Group E with maximum points from three games.

Oct 22, 2014

Soccer-Bayern get Papal seal of approval after Roma demolition

Oct 22 (Reuters) – A meeting with Pope Francis on Wednesday could not have been timed better for Bayern Munich as the German champions capped a two-day stay in Rome in style at the Vatican following Tuesday’s 7-1 demolition of Roma in the Champions League.

The Bavarians have now firmly established themselves as one of the frontrunners for Europe’s top club competition this season, after scoring five goals in the first 35 minutes on their way to their European record away win which left them top of Group E with maximum points from three games.

Oct 20, 2014

Preview – Schalke need Di Matteo’s touch against Sporting

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Schalke 04 are hoping their freshly-found discipline under new coach Robert Di Matteo, coupled with his Champions League pedigree will help them beat Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday for their first win in the competition this season.

Italian Di Matteo, who replaced Jens Keller, enjoyed a successful debut on the Schalke bench with a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin on Saturday in what also was only their second clean sheet of the league so far.

Oct 20, 2014

Schalke need Di Matteo’s touch against Sporting

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Schalke 04 are hoping their freshly-found discipline under new coach Robert Di Matteo, coupled with his Champions League pedigree will help them beat Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday for their first win in the competition this season.

Italian Di Matteo, who replaced Jens Keller, enjoyed a successful debut on the Schalke bench with a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin on Saturday in what also was only their second clean sheet of the league so far.

Oct 20, 2014

Soccer-Schalke need Di Matteo’s touch against Sporting

Oct 20 (Reuters) – Schalke 04 are hoping their freshly-found discipline under new coach Robert Di Matteo, coupled with his Champions League pedigree will help them beat Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday for their first win in the competition this season.

Italian Di Matteo, who replaced Jens Keller, enjoyed a successful debut on the Schalke bench with a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin on Saturday in what also was only their second clean sheet of the league so far.

Oct 18, 2014

Bayern demolish Werder 6-0 as Dortmund lose again

BERLIN (Reuters) – Champions Bayern Munich crushed Werder Bremen 6-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to protect their four-point lead at the top as last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund continued their poor run with a 2-1 loss at Cologne.

Fellow Champions League participants Bayer Leverkusen spectacularly imploded, giving up a 3-0 halftime lead to draw 3-3 against troubled VfB Stuttgart.

Oct 18, 2014

Soccer-Bayern demolish Werder 6-0 as Dortmund lose again

BERLIN, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Champions Bayern Munich crushed Werder Bremen 6-0 in the Bundesliga on Saturday to protect their four-point lead at the top as last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund continued their poor run with a 2-1 loss at Cologne.

Fellow Champions League participants Bayer Leverkusen spectacularly imploded, giving up a 3-0 halftime lead to draw 3-3 against troubled VfB Stuttgart.

Oct 18, 2014

Exclusive: Nepal FA chiefs ask FIFA to investigate own president

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Senior officials at Nepal’s football association (ANFA) have asked FIFA’s ethics chief Michael Garcia to launch an investigation into their own president Ganesh Thapa.

The request, via an emailed letter seen by Reuters, comes after the country’s public accounts committee ordered an investigation of Thapa, an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice president, over what it said was alleged embezzlement of funds.

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