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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.

Mar 5, 2013

Soccer-Red Star players cannot pay basic bills, says coach

BELGRADE, March 5 (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.

Mar 3, 2013

Red Star’s title hopes fade after Rad draw

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade dented their hopes of winning their first Serbian league title since 2007 when they were held to a 1-1 draw at 10-man city rivals Rad on Sunday.

The result left Red Star, who won Europe’s premier club competition in 1991, five points behind champions and league leaders Partizan who beat Donji Srem 2-0 on Saturday and have a game in hand.

Mar 3, 2013

Soccer-Red Star’s title hopes fade after Rad draw

BELGRADE, March 3 (Reuters) – Former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade dented their hopes of winning their first Serbian league title since 2007 when they were held to a 1-1 draw at 10-man city rivals Rad on Sunday.

The result left Red Star, who won Europe’s premier club competition in 1991, five points behind champions and league leaders Partizan who beat Donji Srem 2-0 on Saturday and have a game in hand.

Mar 2, 2013

Real and Barca closer to Euroleague playoffs

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona moved closer to the knockout stage of Europe’s premier club basketball competition with dramatic wins, while six-times Euroleague winners CSKA Moscow also registered an important victory.

Croatia’s American-born playmaker Dontaye Draper hit his only field goal of the game on the buzzer to give Real Madrid a 76-73 home win over Germany’s Bamberg while Barca ground out a 71-69 success against Khimki Moscow to also improve to 8-1.

Feb 27, 2013

Soccer-Dinamo surge clear in Croatia, Serbia’s Red Star close gap

BELGRADE, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb took a big step towards an eighth successive league title with a 2-1 win at rivals Hajduk Split on Wednesday while Red Star Belgrade closed in on front-runners Partizan in Serbia.

There was joy for talents in both former Yugoslav countries as Dinamo’s teenage defender Tin Jedvaj shone throughout the absorbing contest and Red Star’s 19-year old midfielder Vukan Savicevic scored his first goal for the 1991 European Cup winners.

Feb 25, 2013

Soccer-Serbia’s Mihajlovic defuses tension ahead of Croatia clash

BELGRADE, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The bitter memories of Balkan conflicts that tore the former Yugoslavia apart should take a back seat to football when Serbia visit Croatia in next month’s World Cup qualifier in Zagreb, Serbia coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said on Monday.

The 44-year-old former international, who won the European Cup with Red Star Belgrade in 1991 shortly before Yugoslavia’s violent break-up, also warned those Serbian players about the pressures of facing Croatia.

Feb 23, 2013

Farma shows NBA class in Efes win

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar showed the benefits of his extensive NBA experience by giving Anadolu Efes Istanbul a thrilling 63-60 Euroleague win over the competition’s six-time winners CSKA Moscow on Friday.

The result kept Efes joint top of their eight-team pool in the second group stage with a 7-1 record alongside Real Madrid, after the winners of eight titles in Europe’s premier club competition ground out a 77-72 home victory against Alba Berlin.

Jan 18, 2013

Cash-strapped Khimki light up Euroleague

BELGRADE (Reuters) – The princes and paupers of Europe’s premier club basketball competition celebrated wins in the latest round of matches with Khimki Moscow stealing the show from more illustrious and wealthier city rivals CSKA on Friday.

Both teams moved a step closer to the playoffs after Khimki ended a week-long strike over unpaid wages with an 88-67 home whitewash of quadruple Euroleague winners Maccabi Tel Aviv while CSKA enjoyed an 87-73 away rout of Lithuanians Zalgiris Kaunas.

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      "I've been a sports reporter since 1996, having started in the news business as a Serbian-English translator in 1990. I am based in my hometown Belgrade, Serbia and my current job involves covering various top-level sports events at home and abroad."
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