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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.

Oct 18, 2014

Soccer-Nepal FA chiefs ask FIFA to investigate own president

Oct 18 (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.

Oct 15, 2014

Wasteful Germany bemoan mental lapse for more lost points

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Germany only had themselves to blame for a late mental lapse that led to Ireland’s stoppage-time equaliser on Tuesday with coach Joachim Loew frustrated by a “naive” end to a match they had dominated.

Loew had no doubt imagined a completely different outcome to Germany’s two Euro 2016 qualifiers this past week for a side still basking in the glory of lifting the World Cup in Brazil just three months ago.

Oct 15, 2014

Soccer-Wasteful Germany bemoan mental lapse for more lost points

Oct 15 (Reuters) – Germany only had themselves to blame for a late mental lapse that led to Ireland’s stoppage-time equaliser on Tuesday with coach Joachim Loew frustrated by a “naive” end to a match they had dominated.

Loew had no doubt imagined a completely different outcome to Germany’s two Euro 2016 qualifiers this past week for a side still basking in the glory of lifting the World Cup in Brazil just three months ago.

Oct 12, 2014

Scoring drought an old problem for new-look Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) – World champions Germany will be desperate to bounce back with home win over Ireland next week to recover from a shock 2-0 defeat to Poland in their Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday but in order to achieve that, they need to start scoring goals.

The Germans wasted a plethora of golden opportunities in Warsaw before slumping to their first ever loss to Poland, a stunning defeat that sent them tumbling down to third spot in qualifying Group D.

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