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Oct 13, 2012

Olympiakos hand Nocioni sour Euroleague return

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Chicago Bulls forward Andres Nocioni got a rude awakening on his return to the Euroleague after eight seasons in the NBA when holders Olympiakos Piraues beat his Spanish side Caja Laboral 85-81 in the opening round of matches.

Nocioni, who joined the Bulls in 2004 after winning the Olympic gold medal with Argentina in the Athens Games, was guilty of an astonishing miss with the clock ticking in the final minute of a tense contest.

Oct 12, 2012

Soccer-Belgium’s Wilmots outwits disappointed Mihajlovic

BELGRADE, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Marc Wilmots got the better of Serbia counterpart Sinisa Mihajlovic in a battle of two former internationals emphatically won by the former Belgium forward whose team romped to a 3-0 World Cup qualifying win on Friday.

Serbia’s first competitive defeat on home soil since 2001, when they were beaten 1-0 at home by Russia, came after Wilmots readjusted his formation following early domination by the hosts.

Oct 12, 2012

Soccer-Solid Belgium engineer 3-0 win against Serbia

BELGRADE, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Cool finishing by striker Christian Benteke, midfielder Kevin de Bruyne and late substitute Kevin Mirallas gave Belgium a valuable 3-0 win at Serbia in an entertaining Group A World Cup qualifier on Friday.

The result left the Belgians joint top of the group with seven points from three games along with Croatia, who came from behind to win 2-1 at fellow former Yugoslavs Macedonia.

Oct 11, 2012

Mihajlovic asks hostile Serbia fans to stay home

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia will be better off without home fans who intend to jeer their own team or Belgium’s national anthem during their World Cup qualifier on Friday, said the Balkan country’s coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

The Serbians top Europe’s Group A with four points from two games alongside Belgium and Croatia and Mihajlovic stressed frenetic but well-behaved support was essential for his youthful team in their bid to reach the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Oct 11, 2012

Soccer-Mihajlovic asks hostile Serbia fans to stay home

BELGRADE, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Serbia will be better off without home fans who intend to jeer their own team or Belgium’s national anthem during their World Cup qualifier on Friday, said the Balkan country’s coach Sinisa Mihajlovic.

The Serbians top Europe’s Group A with four points from two games alongside Belgium and Croatia and Mihajlovic stressed frenetic but well-behaved support was essential for his youthful team in their bid to reach the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

Oct 9, 2012

Expanded Euroleague strives to rival NBA

BELGRADE (Reuters) – More games and bigger arenas will enable Europe’s premier basketball competition to aim for NBA standards, Euroleague chief Jordi Bertomeu has vowed ahead of the new season starting on Thursday.

This month’s warm-up games between Euroleague teams and NBA outfits suggest the gulf between the top sides from Europe and North America has narrowed, with Fenerbahce Istanbul pulling off a shock 97-91 win over 17-times NBA champions Boston Celtics.

Oct 7, 2012

Soccer-Serbia call up uncapped duo for World Cup qualifiers

BELGRADE, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has included uncapped forwards Nenad Krsticic and Alen Stevanovic in his 25-man for squad for 2014 World Cup qualifiers at home to Belgium on Friday and away to Macedonia on Oct. 16.

Having said nothing less than two wins out of two will do for Serbia, who top of Group A on goal difference, Mihajlovic heaped praise on the Serie A duo and Partizan Belgrade striker Marko Scepovic who is yet to make an international impact.

Oct 5, 2012

Soccer-Kolarov calls on Belgrade fans to unite for Serbia

BELGRADE, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Serbia defender Aleksandar Kolarov has asked fans of Belgrade’s bitter rivals Partizan and Red Star to put aside their differences when the national team take centre stage in their World Cup qualifier against Belgium in the capital next Friday.

Serbia have often been jeered by their own fans in home games at Red Star’s Marakana stadium and Kolarov said the national team had been happy to move to the northern city of Novi Sad, where they thrashed Wales 6-1 last month to go top of Group A on goal difference.

Oct 3, 2012

Soccer-Red Star top Serbian league for first time in two years

BELGRADE, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Former European champions Red Star Belgrade went top of the Serbian first division for the first time since September 2010 after they came from behind to win 2-1 at Javor Ivanjica on Wednesday.

The result lifted Red Star, who won the European Cup in 1991, into pole position with 19 points from seven matches, one point more than city rivals Partizan, who are chasing a record sixth successive league title.

Oct 1, 2012
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United’s problems will not go away

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson rued what he called an unfortunate 3-2 defeat by Tottenham, United’s first to the North London side at Old Trafford since 1989, but the truth is that you can only ride your luck for so long.

Fortuitous wins against Southampton, Fulham, Galatasaray in their Champions League opener and especially at Liverpool, coupled with the opening day defeat at Everton, should have warned Ferguson that United’s relatively good start to the season belied their obvious weaknesses so effectively exposed by Spurs.

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