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Apr 28, 2014

Greece gunslinger Mitroglou ready to fire

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece will rely on Kostas Mitroglou to fire them into the knockout stage of the World Cup finals and after a slow start to his international career, and now at Fulham, the striker wants to show his true worth in Brazil.

Known as ‘Mitrogoal’ and ‘Pistolero’ (gunslinger) by Greek fans for his gun-toting goal celebrations as well as his strike rate, the forward left Olympiakos Piraeus for Fulham in January for 12 million pounds ($20 million).

Apr 28, 2014

Greece coach Santos eager to leave team on a high

ATHENS (Reuters) – The World Cup finals offer a very fitting stage for Portuguese Fernando Santos to end his four-year spell as Greece coach.

The poker-faced 59-year-old, who took over from Otto Rehhagel in 2010, has continued to steer the Greeks to major tournaments, leading them to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals and now to their second consecutive World Cup.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Greece coach Santos eager to leave team on a high

ATHENS, April 28 (Reuters) – The World Cup finals offer a very fitting stage for Portuguese Fernando Santos to end his four-year spell as Greece coach.

The poker-faced 59-year-old, who took over from Otto Rehhagel in 2010, has continued to steer the Greeks to major tournaments, leading them to the Euro 2012 quarter-finals and now to their second consecutive World Cup.

Apr 28, 2014

Soccer-World-Greece seek to chart new territory past group stage

ATHENS, April 28 (Reuters) – A second consecutive World Cup finals represents a huge success for Greece who want to go a step further than they did in South Africa in 2010 and advance past the group stage.

Greece recorded their first victory and scored their first goals at the World Cup four years ago after an embarrassing maiden World Cup appearance in 1994, when they lost all three group games and conceded 10 goals without reply.

Apr 26, 2014

Bayern crush Bremen 5-2 to send Real warning

BERLIN (Reuters) – Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro scored twice in an explosive second half to help Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich crush Werder Bremen 5-2 on Saturday and send a warning to their Champions League opponents Real Madrid.

The 34-year-old Peru international, usually second choice behind Mario Mandzukic, has recently been called on to help the Bavarians out of trouble.

Apr 26, 2014

Soccer-Bayern crush Bremen 5-2 to send Real warning

BERLIN, April 26 (Reuters) – Veteran striker Claudio Pizarro scored twice in an explosive second half to help Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich crush Werder Bremen 5-2 on Saturday and send a warning to their Champions League opponents Real Madrid.

The 34-year-old Peru international, usually second choice behind Mario Mandzukic, has recently been called on to help the Bavarians out of trouble.

Apr 24, 2014

Soccer-Schalke aiming to seal Champions League spot

April 24 (Reuters) – Schalke 04′s season could have a happy ending at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday when they hope to claim a Champions League spot after a rollercoaster campaign punctuated by injury problems.

Schalke, who had several players including Marco Hoeger and Jan Kirchhoff back in training this week, can seal an automatic Champions League berth if they win and fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen lose to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Apr 24, 2014

Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion’s share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday.

Bayern enjoyed 80 percent possession in the first half but it was the nine-times European champions who scored when Karim Benzema completed a quick break in the 14th minute for the winner.

Apr 24, 2014

Soccer-Confident Bayern promise home improvements against Real

April 24 (Reuters) – Holders Bayern Munich promised a sharp improvement when they host Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final after failing to convert the lion’s share of possession into goals in a 1-0 defeat in Spain on Wednesday.

Bayern enjoyed 80 percent possession in the first half but it was the nine-times European champions who scored when Karim Benzema completed a quick break in the 14th minute for the winner.

Apr 17, 2014

Hamburg sniper Calhanoglu out to rescue Dinosaur

By Karolos Grohmann

(Reuters) – Hamburg SV midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu returned to training this week and the northern side hope can play a key role in their relegation battle with Saturday’s match against VfL Wolfsburg the first of four fixtures that will decide their fate.

The 20-year-old Turkey international, who had been nursing a fever, has been the only real bright spot in Hamburg’s disappointing season to date, scoring 10 goals and setting up another three in a sensational debut Bundesliga season.

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