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Aug 29, 2014

Soccer-Sevilla coach plays down Europa League favourites tag

MONACO, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Sevilla coach Unai Emery played down talk of them being favourites to retain the Europa League title this season after they were drawn to play Standard Liege, Feyenoord and HNK Rijeka in Friday’s group stage draw.

“Its great to be back in Europe again. We have a difficult group but an interesting one,” he told a news conference in Seville.

Aug 29, 2014

Platini rules out running for FIFA presidency

MONACO (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, saying he “could not convince himself” that opposing incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency was the right thing to do.

Instead, the former France international told a packed news conference in Monte Carlo that he would offer himself instead for re-election as UEFA president, a role he has held since 2007.

Aug 28, 2014

England organise prestige friendly versus world champions

MONACO (Reuters) – England’s great football rivalry with Germany will be rekindled over the next two years after the English FA announced on Thursday it had organised four high profile friendlies against Germany, Spain, Italy and France.

The matches would come as a counterpoint to a series of low-key Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Switzerland in the same timeframe.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-England organise prestige friendly versus world champions

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – England’s great soccer rivalry with Germany will be rekindled over the next two years after the English FA announced on Thursday it had organised four high profile friendlies against Germany, Spain, Italy and France.

The matches would come as a counterpoint to a series of low-key Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Switzerland in the same timeframe.

Aug 28, 2014

Holders Real face Liverpool in Champions League

MONACO (Reuters) – Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.

The eagerly-awaited event, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, had a distinct air of deja vu about it.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Holders Real face Liverpool in Champions League

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Champions League holders Real Madrid will face former European champions Liverpool, FC Basel and debutants Ludogorets of Bulgaria following the group stage draw on Thursday.

The eagerly-awaited event, held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, had a distinct air of deja vu about it.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Platini rules out running for FIFA presidency

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the most powerful job in football on Thursday, saying he “could not convince himself” that opposing incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency was the right thing to do.

Instead, the former France international told a packed news conference in Monte Carlo that he would offer himself instead for re-election as UEFA president, a role he has held since 2007.

Aug 28, 2014

Platini to press for more European World Cup places

MONACO (Reuters) – Michel Platini, who will almost certainly be re-elected as UEFA president next year after saying he had no plans to run for the FIFA presidency, said on Thursday he wants Europe to have 15 places at the World Cup again.

Platini, 59, used his traditional early season media conference to announce he intended to urge FIFA to increase Europe’s representation from 13 teams back to 15 for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Aug 28, 2014

Soccer-Platini to press for more European World Cup places

MONACO, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Michel Platini, who will almost certainly be re-elected as UEFA president next year after saying he had no plans to run for the FIFA presidency, said on Thursday he wants Europe to have 15 places at the World Cup again.

Platini, 59, used his traditional early season media conference to announce he intended to urge FIFA to increase Europe’s representation from 13 teams back to 15 for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Aug 28, 2014

Platini rules out standing against Blatter

MONACO (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini ruled himself out of the running for the FIFA presidency on Friday, the Frenchman opting not to oppose incumbent president Sepp Blatter as head of soccer’s global governing body.

Platini, due to hold a news conference at 10:00 AM BST, told the chairman and general secretaries of UEFA’s 54 member nations that he had decided not to stand against Blatter, who will be seeking a fifth term when the election is held next year.