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Feb 26, 2014

Humiliated, clueless United come back to face the music

LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester United returned to England on Wednesday to be greeted by the type of headlines not associated with the club since they were relegated from the old First Division almost 40 years ago.

Their woeful display in a 2-0 defeat by Olympiakos Piraeus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie has left them on the brink of elimination from the only competition they can still win this season.

Feb 26, 2014

Soccer-Humiliated, clueless United come back to face the music

LONDON, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Manchester United returned to England on Wednesday to be greeted by the type of headlines not associated with the club since they were relegated from the old First Division almost 40 years ago.

Their woeful display in a 2-0 defeat by Olympiakos Piraeus in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie has left them on the brink of elimination from the only competition they can still win this season.

Feb 23, 2014

Gibraltar coach targets playoffs for UEFA’s new boys

NICE, France (Reuters) – Gibraltar coach Allen Bula has targeted the playoffs as a realistic goal for his side who were included in the draw for the European Championship finals for the first time on Sunday.

UEFA’s 54th and smallest member association with a population of about 30,000 were bracketed with three-times champions Germany, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Georgia in Group D of the qualifying campaign. Bula said the draw marked the end of a long campaign for the tiny British territory on the southern tip of Spain.

Feb 23, 2014

Soccer-Gibraltar coach targets playoffs for UEFA’s new boys

NICE, France, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Gibraltar coach Allen Bula has targeted the playoffs as a realistic goal for his side who were included in the draw for the European Championship finals for the first time on Sunday.

UEFA’s 54th and smallest member association with a population of about 30,000 were bracketed with three-times champions Germany, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Georgia in Group D of the qualifying campaign. Bula said the draw marked the end of a long campaign for the tiny British territory on the southern tip of Spain.

Feb 23, 2014

Spain face Ukraine and Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualifying

NICE, France (Reuters) – Spain will start their campaign for a third successive European Championship in qualifying Group C along with Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg following the draw on Sunday.

Italy, runners-up to Spain in 2012, will meet Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Malta in Group H.

Feb 22, 2014

‘Stupid’ rule cost Arsenal, not referee, says Platini

NICE, France (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has repeated his call for the “triple punishment” of red card, penalty and suspension to be dropped following two controversial dismissals in the Champions League this week.

The triple punishment follows when the referee dismisses a player for an offence in the penalty area which he judges has denied an attacker an obvious goalscoring chance.

Feb 22, 2014

Week of football will boost national teams, says Platini

NICE, France (Reuters) – UEFA’s new “week of football” to be used in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign is being introduced to boost international football because it has been overshadowed by the club game, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Saturday.

“It was a political decision,” he told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s draw for the qualifiers.

Feb 22, 2014

‘Stupid’ rule cost Arsenal, not referee, says Platini

NICE, France (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has repeated his call for the “triple punishment” of red card, penalty and suspension to be dropped following two controversial dismissals in the Champions League this week.

The triple punishment follows when the referee dismisses a player for an offence in the penalty area which he judges has denied an attacker an obvious goalscoring chance.

Feb 22, 2014

Soccer–’Stupid’ rule cost Arsenal, not referee, says Platini

NICE, France, Feb 22 (Reuters) – UEFA president Michel Platini has repeated his call for the “triple punishment” of red card, penalty and suspension to be dropped following two controversial dismissals in the Champions League this week.

The triple punishment follows when the referee dismisses a player for an offence in the penalty area which he judges has denied an attacker an obvious goalscoring chance.

Feb 22, 2014

Soccer–Week of football will boost national teams, says Platini

NICE, France, Feb 22 (Reuters) – UEFA’s new “week of football” to be used in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign is being introduced to boost international football because it has been overshadowed by the club game, UEFA president Michel Platini said on Saturday.

“It was a political decision,” he told a news conference ahead of Sunday’s draw for the qualifiers.