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Mar 21, 2013

Soccer-Croatia and Serbia coaches warn players to behave

ZAGREB, March 21 (Reuters) – Croatia coach Igor Stimac and Serbian counterpart Sinisa Mihajlovic have warned their players to refrain from dissent and tough tackling when the bitter Balkan rivals meet in a 2014 World Cup qualifier on Friday.

Having described Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir as an outstanding official, but one happy to brandish yellow and red cards for any kind of misdemeanour, Stimac said his players must keep cool heads and their studs down in the Group A clash in Zagreb.

Mar 20, 2013

Soccer-Love must win through, says Croatia’s Stimac

ZAGREB, March 20 (Reuters) – With the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil looming, local bragging rights between Croatia and Serbia will be at stake when the bitter Balkan rivals meet in a potentially explosive Group A qualifier on Friday.

Having long battled problems with hooliganism and racism, both nations want the match, billed as epic and historic by the media, to be trouble-free as much as they crave a win that would boost their pride and their chances of reaching next year’s tournament.

Mar 19, 2013

Soccer-Serb Djordjevic ready to fire in Zagreb cauldron

BELGRADE, March 19 (Reuters) – Serbia’s Filip Djordjevic has no stage fright ahead of the biggest match of his career when the Balkan nation visit their bitter regional rivals Croatia in a World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday, the 25-year-old striker told Reuters in an interview.

Djordjevic, who plays for French second division side Nantes, is expected to lead the attack in Serbia’s 4-2-3-1 formation in the cauldron of Dinamo Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium, where the home fans are likely to create a hostile atmosphere.

Mar 19, 2013

Soccer-Sa Pinto upbeat after taking over at Red Star

BELGRADE, March 19 (Reuters) – Ricardo Sa Pinto is confident he can turn around Red Star Belgrade’s fortunes after taking over from Aleksandar Jankovic at the 1991 European Cup winners, the former Portugal forward said on Tuesday.

Sa Pinto agreed a 15-month contract with Red Star, who parted company with Jankovic by mutual consent on Monday after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Radnicki Nis left them 11 points behind champions and league leaders Partizan Belgrade.

Mar 16, 2013

Serbia will enjoy Croatia challenge, says Mihajlovic

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia should not be deterred by a possible hostile reception in Zagreb when they meet more fancied Croatia in their World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday and will enjoy the occasion, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said on Saturday.

The match in Dinamo Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium will be played under tight security as the bitter Balkan rivals lock horns for the first time as independent nations after the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Mar 16, 2013

Soccer-Serbia will enjoy Croatia challenge, says Mihajlovic

BELGRADE, March 16 (Reuters) – Serbia should not be deterred by a possible hostile reception in Zagreb when they meet more fancied Croatia in their World Cup Group A qualifier on Friday and will enjoy the occasion, coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said on Saturday.

The match in Dinamo Zagreb’s Maksimir stadium will be played under tight security as the bitter Balkan rivals lock horns for the first time as independent nations after the violent break-up of the former Yugoslavia.

Mar 13, 2013

Soccer-Javor, Vojvodina on course to reach Serbian cup final

BELGRADE, March 13 (Reuters) – Vojvodina Novi Sad and Javor Ivanjica edged closer to the Serbian cup final after beating fellow first division rivals 1-0 at home in semi-final first leg matches on Wednesday.

Cameroonian striker Aboubakar Oumaru headed Vojvodina’s winner against OFK Belgrade in the 71st minute while Igor Stojakovic netted from close range shortly after halftime to put Javor in the driving seat against Jagodina.

Mar 6, 2013

Soccer-Partizan beat BSK to go eight points clear in Serbia

BELGRADE, March 6 (Reuters) – Serbian league leaders Partizan Belgrade stayed firmly on course to clinch a record sixth successive league title after a 4-0 win at struggling neighbours BSK Borca on Wednesday sent them eight points clear of bitter city foes Red Star.

Partizan, who had their game against BSK postponed last week because of a waterlogged pitch, took full advantage of crisis-hit Red Star’s slip-up on Sunday when they were held to a tepid 1-1 draw at Rad Belgrade.

Mar 6, 2013
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Cristiano Ronaldo graceful in controversial Real Madrid triumph over Manchester United

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Manchester United fans, players and manager Alex Ferguson will no doubt be fuming for a few more days about the controversial nature of their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid before the club’s attention turns to Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at Old Trafford.

But even the referee’s decision to send off Nani when a booking seemed sufficient could not overshadow the graceful manner in which Cristiano Ronaldo handled the occasion of knocking out his former club at a ground where he is apparently still adored.

Mar 5, 2013

Red Star players cannot pay basic bills, says coach

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Players at debt-ridden former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade are so deprived of their incomes they are unable to pay for food and rent, the club’s under-fire coach Aleksandar Jankovic has said.

Red Star, who won Europe’s flagship club competition in 1991, fell five points behind champions and Serbian league leaders Partizan Belgrade after a tepid 1-1 draw at 10-man city rivals Rad on Sunday, prompting a board meeting on Monday with Jankovic only just keeping his job.

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