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Apr 3, 2012
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APOEL Nicosia and Jovanovic could prompt further Cinderella stories

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The Champions League is heading for another spectacular climax after the quarter-final clashes produced expected winners in holders Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich, who must be relishing the prospect of taking centre stage in the final in their own stadium on May 19.

But rather than the usual suspects who predictably reach the latter stages of the money-spinning competition every season, it was the highly unheralded outfit of APOEL Nicosia that lit up the scene this time.

Mar 30, 2012

CSKA, Olympiakos reach final four

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Top contenders CSKA Moscow and Olympiakos Piraues reached the Euroleague Final Four on Friday after winning their best-of-five quarter-final playoff series.

Six-time winners CSKA ground out a dramatic 73-71 victory at Gescrap Bilbao to beat the Spanish side 3-1 and 1997 champions Olympiakos overcame Montepaschi Siena 76-69 at home to complete a 3-1 win over the Italian team.

Mar 27, 2012

Barcelona reach Final Four as Maccabi edge closer

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Barcelona became the first team to reach this season’s Euroleague Final Four when Tuesday’s 67-56 win at Unics Kazan put them 3-0 up against the Russian side in their best-of-five playoff series.

Last year’s runners-up Maccabi Tel Aviv took a 2-1 lead against holders Panathinaikos Athens after grinding out a 65-62 home win over the Greek side in front of a fervent crowd in the Nokia Arena.

Mar 25, 2012

Soccer-Grant dedicates Partizan win to grieving Ivanov

BELGRADE, March 25 (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade coach Avram
Grant hailed the team’s Bulgaria defender Ivan Ivanov who
decided to play in the 2-0 win at Hajduk Kula on Sunday after
his mother died less than 24 hours earlier.

“It is a huge loss for him, he was told he could miss the
game but he opted to play and showed how brave and committed to
the team he is,” former Chelsea manager Grant told reporters.

Mar 21, 2012

Signings give Red Star 2-0 derby win over Partizan

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Goals in either half by youngsters Luka Milunovic and Filip Kasalica gave Red Star Belgrade a 2-0 win over city rivals Partizan in an entertaining first leg of their Serbian cup semi-final on Wednesday.

The defeat is likely to pile more pressure on Partizan coach Avram Grant after the former Chelsea manager had come under fire from the fans and media following two league draws against modest opposition.

Mar 21, 2012

Soccer-Signings give Red Star 2-0 derby win over Partizan

BELGRADE, March 21 (Reuters) – Goals in either half by
youngsters Luka Milunovic and Filip Kasalica gave Red Star
Belgrade a 2-0 win over city rivals Partizan in an entertaining
first leg of their Serbian cup semi-final on Wednesday.

The defeat is likely to pile more pressure on Partizan coach
Avram Grant after the former Chelsea manager had come under fire
from the fans and media following two league draws against
modest opposition.

Mar 19, 2012

Soccer-Coaches appeal for calm before Belgrade derby

BELGRADE, March 19 (Reuters) – Partizan coach Avram Grant
and his Red Star counterpart Robert Prosinecki have asked fans
to refrain from violence when Belgrade’s bitter foes meet in the
first leg of their Serbian cup semi-final on Wednesday.

The fixture has a history of crowd trouble, especially in
the last two decades when several fans have been killed and
hundreds seriously injured in clashes between rival supporters.

Mar 16, 2012

Soccer-Serbian first division trio punished for crowd trouble

BELGRADE, March 16 (Reuters) – Serbian champions Partizan
Belgrade, their city rivals Rad and first division debutants
Novi Pazar have been punished for crowd trouble after a week
littered with fresh soccer violence in the country.

The Serbian Football Association (FSS) on Friday ordered
Partizan and Rad to play their next home games behind closed
doors after their fans rioted in last Saturday’s league matches.

Mar 16, 2012

Soccer-Croatia chief fears for Premier League players

BELGRADE, March 16 (Reuters) – Croatia fear for the fitness
of their English Premier League players during the season’s
hectic climax and hope it will not affect their European
Championship campaign this time.

Croatia made a great start to Euro 2008 but went out in the
last eight to Turkey having sorely missed ex-Arsenal striker
Eduardo after the striker suffered an horrific shin and ankle
fracture in a Premier League match against Birmingham City.

Mar 14, 2012

Soccer-Relief for Grant as Partizan stay six points clear

BELGRADE, March 14 (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade eased
the pressure off their new coach Avram Grant after handing the
Israeli his first win since he took charge of the Serbian
champions with a 2-1 victory over city rivals OFK on Wednesday.

The former Chelsea manager came under fire after two draws
against unfancied rivals which cut Partizan’s lead at the top to
six points as neighbours Red Star, looking for their first
league title since 2007, had closed in with a pair of wins.

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