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Oct 23, 2014

Olympics-IOC hopes 40-point plan will overhaul Games bids

BERLIN, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The IOC has drawn up 40 recommendations aimed at making the Games more attractive to bidders, sports and fans and will put them to a vote in December, president Thomas Bach said on Thursday.

As part of its Olympic Agenda 2020, the 40 points, which will be sent to all International Olympic Committee (IOC) members for the end-of-year session in Monaco, include some aimed at making bidding for the Games cheaper and more adaptable to the needs of the cities rather than IOC pre-requisites.

Oct 23, 2014

IOC has no concerns over Kosovo recognition

BERLIN (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee’s provisional recognition of Kosovo will not have political consequences despite Serbia lodging an official protest, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday.

The IOC on Wednesday surprisingly announced its recognition of the Balkan region with full membership set to follow in December.

Oct 23, 2014

Olympics: IOC has no concerns over Kosovo recognition

BERLIN (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee’s provisional recognition of Kosovo will not have political consequences despite Serbia lodging an official protest, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Thursday.

The IOC on Wednesday surprisingly announced its recognition of the Balkan region with full membership set to follow in December.

Oct 23, 2014

Blast from the past as Bayern face resurgent Gladbach

BERLIN (Reuters) – When Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich travel to fellow title contenders Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday, it will be a remake of those classic 1970s encounters when both teams battled it out for domestic supremacy.

From 1969 to 1977 the two shared the league titles between then for nine consecutive seasons, creating one of the best rivalries in the history of German football, with such big names as Franz Beckenbauer, Berti Vogts, Guenter Netzer and Gerd Mueller gracing the pitch.

Oct 23, 2014

Dortmund far from perfect despite flawless run says coach

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – With three wins in three Champions League games and a better goal difference than any other team in the competition, Borussia Dortmund are enjoying a perfect start in Europe despite their domestic slump.

The Germans crushed hosts Galatasaray 4-0 in Istanbul on Wednesday to take complete control of Group D with a maximum nine points and their best-ever start in the competition with nine goals scored and none conceded so far.

Oct 23, 2014

Soccer-Dortmund far from perfect despite flawless run says coach

Oct 23 (Reuters) – With three wins in three Champions League games and a better goal difference than any other team in the competition, Borussia Dortmund are enjoying a perfect start in Europe despite their domestic slump.

The Germans crushed hosts Galatasaray 4-0 in Istanbul on Wednesday to take complete control of Group D with a maximum nine points and their best-ever start in the competition with nine goals scored and none conceded so far.

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.

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