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Feb 18, 2015

Soccer-We have only ourselves to blame, say Bayern after draw

Feb 18 (Reuters) – Dominant in the first half but scrappy and ineffective in the second, Bayern Munich blamed themselves for failing to score in their 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk for their Champions League Round of 16 first leg on Tuesday.

The Bavarians had the best scoring chances and allowed only one shot on goal from their opponents but did not make their dominance count, lacking the final pass in front of goal.

Feb 17, 2015

Real expect return to top form against Schalke

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid do not expect another goal bonanza at Schalke 04 in Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg after their big win last season, with midfielder Toni Kroos warning not to underestimate the Germans.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping his normally formidable attacking trident of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, known collectively in Spain as ‘BBC’, return to top form in time for the trip to Germany.

Feb 17, 2015

Soccer-Real expect return to top form against Schalke

Feb 17 (Reuters) – Holders Real Madrid do not expect another goal bonanza at Schalke 04 in Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 first leg after their big win last season, with midfielder Toni Kroos warning not to underestimate the Germans.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti will be hoping his normally formidable attacking trident of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, known collectively in Spain as ‘BBC’, return to top form in time for the trip to Germany.

Feb 16, 2015

Preview: Bayern hit form as Shakhtar await in Lviv

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Bayern Munich are confident they have returned to top form just in time for their Champions League round of 16 first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday after their biggest Bundesliga win in 31 years on Saturday.

The German champions’ dress rehearsal ahead of the trip to Ukraine was a resounding success as they demolished Hamburg SV 8-0 in a flawless performance that saw Dutchman Arjen Robben continue his impressive form by scoring two goals.

Feb 11, 2015

Olympics: Berlin 2024 Games plan is on thin financial ice – expert

BERLIN (Reuters) – Berlin’s potential 2024 Olympic bid could be the wrong financial decision with the city deep in debt and lacking the infrastructure to host such a global event, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) said on Wednesday.

Berlin, which staged the Games in 1936, and Hamburg are battling for the green light from the German sports authorities to launch a bid for the 2024 summer Olympics.

Feb 10, 2015

Dortmund’s Reus extends deal to 2019

BERLIN (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus signed a surprise two-year contract extension with the Bundesliga club until 2019 on Tuesday, ending persistent speculation about a move to Spain or England at the end of the season.

Reus, who had an injury-plagued 2014 when he also missed the World Cup which Germany won, looked to be on his way out after Bayern Munich revealed he had a buyout clause in his contract, angering Dortmund.

Feb 10, 2015

Soccer-Dortmund’s Reus extends deal to 2019

BERLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus signed a surprise two-year contract extension with the Bundesliga club until 2019 on Tuesday, ending persistent speculation about a move to Spain or England at the end of the season.

Reus, who had an injury-plagued 2014 when he also missed the World Cup which Germany won, looked to be on his way out after Bayern Munich revealed he had a buyout clause in his contract, angering Dortmund.

Feb 10, 2015

Bayern plan China tour as Bundesliga eyes Asian expansion

BERLIN (Reuters) – German champions Bayern Munich will tap into a growing demand for their brand in Asia with a tour of China in July as the Bundesliga looks to accelerate growth in the world’s most populated continent.

Bayern, who last year opened an office in the United States eyeing the American market, are Germany’s richest club with a turnover of more than half a billion euros in the previous season.

Feb 10, 2015

Soccer-Bayern plan China tour as Bundesliga eyes Asian expansion

BERLIN, Feb 10 (Reuters) – German champions Bayern Munich will tap into a growing demand for their brand in Asia with a tour of China in July as the Bundesliga looks to accelerate growth in the world’s most populated continent.

Bayern, who last year opened an office in the United States eyeing the American market, are Germany’s richest club with a turnover of more than half a billion euros in the previous season.

Feb 6, 2015

Games-European Games will convince sceptics, attract top athletes

Feb 6 (Reuters) – The inaugural European Games this year will convince sceptics of their rightful place on the sports calendar and the event will eventually attract top track and field athletes and swimmers missing this time, officials said on Friday.

The first such Games for Europe, which unlike other continents did not have a continental event like the Asian or Pan-American Games, will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan from June 12-28.

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