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Jun 7, 2015

Soccer–Disappointed Juve still have bright future, says Morata

BERLIN, June 7 (Reuters) – Juventus’s disappointment after losing 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League final was plain to see but once the dust settles on one of the great European showpiece matches there will be lots of positives to reflect on.

The scorer of their only goal, Alvaro Morata, believes the Italian club can build on their double domestic success of this season and challenge for the Champions League title again soon.

Jun 7, 2015

Barca and Juve provide perfect antidote to FIFA stench

BERLIN (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 6, 2015

Analysis – Barca and Juve provide perfect antidote to FIFA stench

BERLIN (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 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.