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Germans incensed by another harsh penalty

June 19, 2008

Loew in training

UEFA’s decision to banish mild-mannered coach Joachim Loew from the touchline for Thursday’s quarter-final against Portugal is being put down to anti-German feeling by a lot of people here, a suspicion fanned by the angry response from German FA bosses.

Whatever happened to good old fashioned goal difference?

June 16, 2008

Adrian Mutu gesturesFootball is a simple game so why do UEFA make the Euro 2008 groups so complicated?

Friday afternoon question: Does 6 + 5 equal nothing but trouble?

May 30, 2008

Blatter listens

FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s plans to limit the number of foreign players in a team, otherwise known as the “6+5″ rule, received overwhelming backing at FIFA’s congress in Sydney on Friday.

Biometric tickets and retina scans — the future of football?

May 21, 2008

Russian servicemenSonia Oxley blogged here last week on whether we might see a repeat of the violence which marred the UEFA Cup final last week at the Champions League final in Moscow.

The weird world of UEFA’s Fair Play League

May 12, 2008

Manchester City fans have always had a good line in terrace songs and their latest offering is “Hey Thaksin, Leave Our Sven Alone” to the tune of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall”.      

Time for UEFA to rethink Champions League finals

May 2, 2008

Luzhniki Stadium

With Manchester United and Chelsea fans scrambling frantically for match tickets, flights, hotel rooms and visas for the Champions League final in Moscow, should UEFA now rethink the way it awards its showpiece event?      

Whatever next? UEFA brings out football dictionary

April 22, 2008

When should he raise this?

Bizarre as it sounds, UEFA announced last week it was publishing a dictionary.

Teaming up with German reference book publishers Langenscheidt, European soccer’s governing body has produced a dictionary with around 2,000 “official” football terms, handily translated into English, French and German.

Euro 2008 crackdown could spark penalties and cards galore

April 18, 2008

Flying elbows, mass punch-ups, mouthy players, shirt-tuggers and divers will be the main focus for referees when Euro 2008 kicks off in June.