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Jun 10, 2015

Baku ready for European Games amid human rights concerns

BAKU (Reuters) – The European Games, the first major multi-sports event of the continent, are set to kick off in Azerbaijan’s Baku on Friday as gleaming new sports venues await 6,000 athletes, lured by qualification spots for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Azeri capital has pulled out all the stops as it looks to establish itself as a viable option for international sports events with a string of impressive venues, including a brand new Olympic stadium that will see just two days of competition.

Jun 10, 2015

Games-Baku ready for European Games amid human rights concerns

BAKU, June 10 (Reuters) – The European Games, the first major multi-sports event of the continent, are set to kick off in Azerbaijan’s Baku on Friday as gleaming new sports venues await 6,000 athletes, lured by qualification spots for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Azeri capital has pulled out all the stops as it looks to establish itself as a viable option for international sports events with a string of impressive venues, including a brand new Olympic stadium that will see just two days of competition.

Jun 7, 2015

Barca cap great season with fifth European Cup win

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona were crowned kings of Europe for the fifth time after beating Juventus 3-1 in a pulsating Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, capping their magnificent season with a title treble.

The Spaniards lived up to their tag as favourites and added the European Cup to their La Liga and King’s Cup triumphs as coach Luis Enrique celebrated his first season in memorable fashion.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Barca cap great season with fifth European Cup win

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Barcelona were crowned kings of Europe for the fifth time after beating Juventus 3-1 in a pulsating Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, capping their magnificent season with a title treble.

The Spaniards lived up to their tag as favourites and added the European Cup to their La Liga and King’s Cup triumphs as coach Luis Enrique celebrated his first season in memorable fashion.

Jun 6, 2015

Classy Barcelona claim fifth European crown with Juve win

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona were crowned kings of Europe for the fifth time after beating Juventus 3-1 in a superb Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, capping their magnificent season with a treble of titles.

Goals from Ivan Rakitic in the fourth minute, Luis Suarez in the 68th and Brazilian Neymar at the end of stoppage time sealed the Catalans’ second treble, following their feat in 2009, after they also won the La Liga title and Spanish King’s Cup.

Jun 6, 2015

Barcelona beats Juventus in classic to claim fifth European soccer crown

BERLIN (Reuters) – Barcelona were crowned kings of Europe for the fifth time after beating Juventus 3-1 in a superb Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, capping their magnificent season with a treble of titles.

Goals from Ivan Rakitic in the fourth minute, Luis Suarez in the 68th and Brazilian Neymar at the end of stoppage time sealed the Catalans’ second treble, following their feat in 2009, after they also won the La Liga title and Spanish King’s Cup.

Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Barca beat Juve 3-1 in classic for fifth European crown

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Barcelona were crowned kings of Europe for the fifth time after beating Juventus 3-1 in a superb Champions League final at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, capping their magnificent season with a treble of titles.

Goals from Ivan Rakitic in the fourth minute, Luis Suarez in the 68th and Brazilian Neymar at the end of stoppage time sealed the Catalans’ second treble, following their feat in 2009, after they also won the La Liga title and Spanish King’s Cup.

Jun 5, 2015

Champions League final has exceeded Juve’s expectations

BERLIN (Reuters) – Juventus did not expect to reach the Champions League final and despite being underdogs on Saturday against Barcelona the Italian champions are hopeful of causing an upset, captain Gianluigi Buffon and coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

One match away from winning their first ever treble after their domestic league and Cup double, Juventus face their biggest challenge this season when they take on the in-form Spaniards, who are chasing their second trio of titles after 2009.

Jun 5, 2015

Heysel memory 30 years on is motivation for Juve

BERLIN (Reuters) – Remembering the dozens of mainly Italian victims who died 30 years ago at the European Cup final is a strong motivation for Juventus as they prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Some 39 people, most of them Juventus fans, were killed at the dilapidated Heysel stadium in Brussels when Liverpool supporters charged at them before kickoff, causing a wall to collapse and many people to fall and suffocate.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Heysel memory 30 years on is motivation for Juve

BERLIN, June 5 (Reuters) – Remembering the dozens of mainly Italian victims who died 30 years ago at the European Cup final is a strong motivation for Juventus as they prepare to face Barcelona in the Champions League final on Saturday.

Some 39 people, most of them Juventus fans, were killed at the dilapidated Heysel stadium in Brussels when Liverpool supporters charged at them before kickoff, causing a wall to collapse and many people to fall and suffocate.

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