ZAGREB, March 3 (Reuters) – Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic needs to get back playing regularly for Inter Milan not only to rekindle his flailing Serie A career but to keep his place in the national team’s starting line-up, the 19-year old has said.
Kovacic, who moved to Inter from Dinamo Zagreb in 2012, thrived in a deeper role in his first season in Italy under Andrea Stramaccioni but has struggled as an attacking midfielder this season, with Walter Mazzari in charge.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Euroleague holders Olympiakos Piraeus face an uphill battle to reach the knockout stages following a 78-74 defeat at Fenerbahce while Barcelona stretched their winning Top 16 streak to eight matches.
CSKA Moscow won a rip-roaring Russian classic against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 94-93 and former Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom made a cameo appearance for Spaniards Laboral Kutxa Vitoria who are bottom of Group E with a 1-7 record.
By Zoran and Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Serbia must adopt a new set of values to prove their soccer patriotism and the experiment of introducing promising home-based players is over, assistant coach Ilija Petkovic said on Monday.
Ljubinko Drulovic was named this month as caretaker head coach until a permanent successor to Sinisa Mihajlovic is appointed in June, with Petkovic as his number two.
BELGRADE, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Red Star Belgrade took over first place in Serbia with a 2-1 home win over Javor Ivanjica as the Balkan country’s 16-team top flight resumed on Saturday after a 10-week winter break.
Red Star, European Cup winners in 1991, have 35 points from 16 matches, one more than titel holders and bitter city foes Partizan who were held to a 0-0 draw at sixth-placed Novi Pazar.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former double Euroleague champions Barcelona made it six wins out of six in the second group stage as American guard Brad Oleson inspired a recovery to secure an 80-70 win over Emporio Armani Milan on Friday.
Six-time Euroleague winners CSKA Moscow ground out a 74-71 victory at Galatasaray in a fervent atmosphere created by the Turkish fans, with Serbia centre Nenad Krstic scoring a game-high 24 points for the Russian title holders.
NOVI SAD, Serbia (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic has earned his right to miss Serbia’s Davis Cup first round tie against a full-strength Switzerland, team coach Bogdan Obradovic said on Thursday.
With world number two Djokovic resting in Serbia’s skiing resort of Mount Kopaonik, the Swiss will be strong favorites to advance after former world number one Roger Federer joined Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka as a surprise late inclusion.
NOVI SAD, Serbia, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic has earned his right to miss Serbia’s Davis Cup first round tie against a full-strength Switzerland, team coach Bogdan Obradovic said on Thursday.
With world number two Djokovic resting in Serbia’s skiing resort of Mount Kopaonik, the Swiss will be strong favourites to advance after former world number one Roger Federer joined Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka as a surprise late inclusion.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Holders Olympiakos Piraeus and favourites Real Madrid moved to 11 straight Euroleague wins this season after impressive displays in the opening round of the Top 16, the second group stage of the 24-team competition.
Debutants Bayern Munich stunned Zalgiris Kaunas 84-66 away, CSKA Moscow ground out an 84-77 overtime victory at fellow Russians Lokomotiv Krasnodar and Maccabi Tel Aviv celebrated a 90-84 success at Galatasaray.
BELGRADE, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Serbian champions and league leaders Partizan Belgrade appointed Marko Nikolic as coach on Monday in succession to Vuk Rasovic.
Nikolic led rivals Vojvodina Novi Sad in the first half of the season but has been snapped up by Partizan after Rasovic lost his job in the wake of this month’s Serbian Cup quarter-final defeat by unfancied Spartak Subotica.
BELGRADE (Reuters) – Fenerbahce stretched their record in the Euroleague’s preliminary group stage to 7-1 with a 78-74 victory at six-times champions CSKA Moscow on Friday.
Elsewhere, Istanbul rivals Galatasaray sealed a Top 16 berth with a 78-70 home win over Unicaja Malaga.