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May 21, 2015

Soccer-German relegation battle goes down to the wire

BERLIN, May 21 (Reuters) – A third of the Bundesliga’s 18 clubs will be sweating it out until the last final whistle of the season on Saturday, hoping they will be one of the lucky sides to survive one of the most closely contested relegation battles in recent history.

The sextet comprises former European champions Hamburg SV, the only club to have never been relegated in the league’s 52-year history, former champions VfB Stuttgart, as well as Freiburg, Hanover 96, Paderborn and Hertha Berlin.

May 20, 2015

Truth ‘too shocking’ for IOC but pressure must stop: Vizer

BERLIN (Reuters) – SportAccord president Marius Vizer has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to end pressure on federations to withdraw their membership of his organization after he criticized the Olympic body last month.

Vizer, who heads the international judo federation and the umbrella body SportAccord, which has about 100 sports federations as members, had accused the IOC of being dated, blocking new events and lacking transparency among other things.

May 20, 2015

Olympics-Truth “too shocking” for IOC but pressure must stop-Vizer

BERLIN, May 20 (Reuters) – SportAccord president Marius Vizer has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to end pressure on federations to withdraw their membership of his organisation after he criticised the Olympic body last month.

Vizer, who heads the international judo federation and the umbrella body SportAccord, which has about 100 sports federations as members, had accused the IOC of being dated, blocking new events and lacking transparency among other things.

May 16, 2015

Soccer-’The brain’ Favre masterminds Gladbach revival

BERLIN, May 16 (Reuters) – When Lucien Favre took over Borussia Moenchengladbach in 2011 his only mission was to keep the struggling club in the Bundesliga with a playoff win after the five-time German champions had flirted for years with obscurity and relegation.

But on Saturday he completed a fairytale turnaround when Gladbach qualified for the Champions League group stage for the first time.

May 14, 2015

Stuttgart, Hamburg primed for survival showdown

MUNICH (Reuters) – Former Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart and Hamburg SV will make what could be their last roll of the dice to remain in the top division when they face each other in the penultimate match of the season on Saturday.

Former European champions Hamburg have gathered some momentum under new coach Bruno Labbadia with two wins and a draw in his four matches in charge, moving up from last place and into 14th on 32 points.

May 14, 2015

Soccer-Stuttgart, Hamburg primed for survival showdown

MUNICH, May 14 (Reuters) – Former Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart and Hamburg SV will make what could be their last roll of the dice to remain in the top division when they face each other in the penultimate match of the season on Saturday.

Former European champions Hamburg have gathered some momentum under new coach Bruno Labbadia with two wins and a draw in his four matches in charge, moving up from last place and into 14th on 32 points.

May 14, 2015

No Dortmund overhaul despite disappointing season – CEO

MUNICH, May 14 (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund have no plans to overhaul their squad despite an underwhelming league campaign and the impending departure of coach Juergen Klopp along with several key players, CEO Hans Joachim Watzke told Reuters in an interview.

Klopp will leave at the end of the season after seven years in charge and the 2011 and 2012 German champions will also see Ilkay Guendogan depart along with the retiring Sebastian Kehl.

May 13, 2015

Bayern, Guardiola at crossroads after Champions League exit

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola have reached a crossroads after Tuesday’s Champions League exit to Barcelona, with the team in need of renewal and the Spanish coach under growing pressure to deliver European silverware.

Guardiola’s arrival two years ago was supposed to herald another great European era for the Bavarians after their 2013 treble. They had reached the Champions League final in 2010, 2012 and 2013 before signing him.

May 13, 2015

Soccer-Bayern, Guardiola at crossroads after Champions League exit

MUNICH, May 13 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola have reached a crossroads after Tuesday’s Champions League exit to Barcelona, with the team in need of renewal and the Spanish coach under growing pressure to deliver European silverware.

Guardiola’s arrival two years ago was supposed to herald another great European era for the Bavarians after their 2013 treble. They had reached the Champions League final in 2010, 2012 and 2013 before signing him.

May 12, 2015

Messi is the best player of all time – Bayern’s Guardiola

MUNICH (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday after the Spanish side eliminated the Bavarians 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month’s Champions League final.

“He is the best player of all time,” Guardiola said. “I compare him with Pele. I am so happy to see this football.”

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