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Jun 6, 2015

Soccer-Barca and Juve provide perfect antidote to FIFA stench

BERLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Barcelona triumphed over fellow European giants Juventus in a superb Champions League final on Saturday that was the perfect antidote to the stench coming out of Zurich in the wake of the FIFA corruption scandal.

Barca’s dazzling attacking play and Juve’s resilience, which kept them in the game until Neymar wrapped up a 3-1 win in stoppage time, recalled the free-scoring early years of the competition in the 1950s and 1960s and provided a wonderful finale to the 60th season of UEFA’s flagship club competition.

Jun 5, 2015

Blatter should quit FIFA now, says old foe Johansson

BERLIN (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter should leave FIFA immediately because he must have known about the $10 million payment sent to the disgraced Jack Warner from a FIFA account, Blatter’s old foe and former UEFA chief Lennart Johansson said on Friday.

“I think that he (Blatter) must go immediately,” the Swede told reporters on the eve of the Champions League final.

Jun 5, 2015

Soccer-Blatter should quit FIFA now, says old foe Johansson

BERLIN, June 5 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter should leave FIFA immediately because he must have known about the $10 million payment sent to the disgraced Jack Warner from a FIFA account, Blatter’s old foe and former UEFA chief Lennart Johansson said on Friday.

“I think that he (Blatter) must go immediately,” the Swede told reporters on the eve of the Champions League final.

Jun 5, 2015

Champions League final takes spotlight in Berlin – not FIFA

BERLIN (Reuters) – The trials and tribulations of Sepp Blatter and the stench surrounding FIFA receded into the background as Barcelona and Juventus fans arrived in sweltering Berlin on Friday for Saturday’s Champions League final.

Hundreds congregated around the Olympic Stadium, the venue for the 1936 Olympics and the 2006 World Cup final as the temperature soared to 28C ((83f) with the forecast for Saturday even higher.

Jun 4, 2015

Blatter may want business as usual, others say ‘go now’

BERLIN (Reuters) – To Sepp Blatter, it would seem to be almost business as usual as he sits at his presidential desk at the headquarters of embattled world soccer governing body FIFA.

Certainly, there are no obvious signs that the Swiss, who rocked the world of sport this week by announcing he is relinquishing his grip on global soccer, is ready to walk just yet.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Blatter may want business as usual, others say “go now”

BERLIN, June 4 (Reuters) – To Sepp Blatter, it would seem to be almost business as usual as he sits at his presidential desk at the headquarters of embattled world soccer governing body FIFA.

Certainly, there are no obvious signs that the Swiss, who rocked the world of sport this week by announcing he is relinquishing his grip on global soccer, is ready to walk just yet.

Jun 4, 2015

Champions League final facts and figures

BERLIN (Reuters) – Facts and figures relating to the Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday:

– This will be the 60th final of the competition since it started as the European Champions Cup in the 1955-56 season and the first final in the competition’s history to be staged in Berlin.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-Champions League final facts and figures

BERLIN, June 4 (Reuters) – Facts and figures relating to the Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday:

– This will be the 60th final of the competition since it started as the European Champions Cup in the 1955-56 season and the first final in the competition’s history to be staged in Berlin.

Jun 4, 2015

England daring to dream of World Cup success in Canada

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson believes his squad are good enough to win a maiden Women’s World Cup next month after the way they blitzed their way into the finals winning all 10 qualifiers with a 52-1 goal tally.

Clearly he and his squad know that having to beat the likes of world champions Japan, Germany or the United States if they reach the closing stages will be an entirely different matter from seeing off Montenegro 10-0 and 9-0 in the qualifiers, but England will be no pushovers in Canada.

Jun 4, 2015

Soccer-England daring to dream of World Cup success in Canada

LONDON, June 4 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson believes his squad are good enough to win a maiden Women’s World Cup next month after the way they blitzed their way into the finals winning all 10 qualifiers with a 52-1 goal tally.

Clearly he and his squad know that having to beat the likes of world champions Japan, Germany or the United States if they reach the closing stages will be an entirely different matter from seeing off Montenegro 10-0 and 9-0 in the qualifiers, but England will be no pushovers in Canada.