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Nov 22, 2014

Soccer-FIFA credibility in freefall, says German league chief

BERLIN, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The head of Germany’s Football League (DFL) launched a scathing attack on FIFA on Saturday, saying coordinated action was needed from Europe to reform world soccer’s governing body.

FIFA is in the middle of a crisis and have been fending off allegations of corruption over the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively.

Nov 20, 2014

Bayern pay off stadium, to post 500 million euros turnover

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have paid off the cost of building the Allianz Arena and are set to top 500 million euros (400 million pounds) in turnover for 2013/14, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.

He told the Bundesliga champions’ magazine the 25-year loan on the stadium, which cost more than 340 million euros to construct, had been paid off 16 years ahead of time.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Bayern pay off stadium, to post 500 mln euros turnover

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich have paid off the cost of building the Allianz Arena and are set to top 500 million euros ($628.10 million) in turnover for 2013/14, club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Thursday.

He told the Bundesliga champions’ magazine the 25-year loan on the stadium, which cost more than 340 million euros to construct, had been paid off 16 years ahead of time.

Nov 20, 2014

Former champs Hamburg, Bremen battle for top flight survival

BERLIN (Reuters) – It was only five years ago that Hamburg SV and Werder Bremen were locked in battle in three competitions in Germany and Europe with scintillating football on display in a fierce northern rivalry.

Fast forward to 2014 and both teams are non-factors in the Bundesliga, instead battling just to avoid relegation and their clash in Hamburg on Sunday could have major implications for their top-flight survival.

Nov 20, 2014

Soccer-Former champs Hamburg, Bremen battle for top flight survival

BERLIN, Nov 20 (Reuters) – It was only five years ago that Hamburg SV and Werder Bremen were locked in battle in three competitions in Germany and Europe with scintillating football on display in a fierce northern rivalry.

Fast forward to 2014 and both teams are non-factors in the Bundesliga, instead battling just to avoid relegation and their clash in Hamburg on Sunday could have major implications for their top-flight survival.

Nov 19, 2014

Bayern sports director Sammer to stay on until 2018

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayern Munich sports director Matthias Sammer has extended his contract by three years to 2018 after being rewarded for a successful stint so far, the German champions said on Wednesday.

Sammer, a former Germany international and club coach, joined Bayern in 2012 from the German FA where he was sports director.

Nov 19, 2014

Soccer-Bayern sports director Sammer to stay on until 2018

BERLIN, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich sports director Matthias Sammer has extended his contract by three years to 2018 after being rewarded for a successful stint so far, the German champions said on Wednesday.

Sammer, a former Germany international and club coach, joined Bayern in 2012 from the German FA where he was sports director.

Nov 18, 2014

IOC opens door for joint Olympics organizers

LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday cracked open the door for more than one city or country to host the same Olympics as it looks for ways of cutting costs and making its prime product more appealing.

The IOC has long resisted attempts by countries and cities to co-host the world’s biggest multi-sports event, saying it would water down the experience for athletes and fans, but IOC president Thomas Bach said it now made sense.

Nov 18, 2014

Olympics-IOC opens door for joint Olympics organisers

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday cracked open the door for more than one city or country to host the same Olympics as it looks for ways of cutting costs and making its prime product more appealing.

The IOC has long resisted attempts by countries and cities to co-host the world’s biggest multi-sports event, saying it would water down the experience for athletes and fans, but IOC president Thomas Bach said it now made sense.

Nov 18, 2014

IOC changes Olympic bidding, Games sports pogramme

LAUSANNE Switzerland (Reuters) – Bidding for the Olympics is set to become cheaper, easier and more attractive for cities while sports will enter the Games quicker, the IOC said on Tuesday, presenting 40 recommendations for changes in the way the Games are run.

“We have to look into the future and try to address the challenges which may arise in the future and the challenges we have already now,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach told a small group of reporters.

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