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Dec 12, 2011

Soccer-Red Star coach Prosinecki wields the axe

BELGRADE, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Red Star Belgrade coach Robert
Prosinecki has put 11 players on the transfer list after the
1991 European Cup winners endured a poor first half of the
season.

Red Star headed into the December-March winter break 10
points behind Serbian champions and league leaders Partizan
Belgrade. They also suffered a 20th successive early exit from
European competition.

Dec 10, 2011

Soccer-Emphatic win gives Partizan 10-point lead at winter break

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – By Zoran Milosavljevic

BELGRADE, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Serbian champions Partizan
Belgrade went 10 points clear at the top with a 3-0 win at
bottom team Metalac Gornji Milanovac on Saturday in the last
round of matches before the winter break.

Partizan, chasing a record fifth successive league title,
have 42 points from 15 games after Eduardo Pacheco, Stefan
Babovic and Zvonimir Vukic made light work of their visit to
Metalac.

Nov 29, 2011

Soccer-Red Star director Adzic resigns after derby defeat

BELGRADE, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Red Star Belgrade managing director
Ivan Adzic stepped down on Tuesday after coming under fire from
the club’s fans following a 2-0 home defeat by champions and
bitter city rivals Partizan.

Saturday’s defeat, which was also marred by serious crowd
trouble and a touchline brawl between rival players and staff,
left 1991 European Cup winners Red Star seven points behind
first division leaders Partizan.

Nov 26, 2011

Soccer-Partizan win Belgrade derby marred by crowd trouble

BELGRADE, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Serbian champions Partizan
Belgrade won an ill-tempered derby 2-0 at Red Star on Saturday
to charge seven points clear of their city rivals at the top of
the league.

Midfielder Zvonimir Vukic and striker Marko Scepovic scored
second-half goals for the leaders to stretch their unbeaten
league record against Red Star to nine games.

Nov 24, 2011

Tennis-Serbian Foreign Minister named tennis association chief

BELGRADE, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Foreign Minister Vuk
Jeremic was elected Serbia’s Tennis Association (TSS) president
on Thursday in what he described as a bid to boost the country’s
image and create a conveyor belt of talent.

Jeremic, who broke into the tennis spotlight in April when
he granted diplomatic passports to Serbia’s top players
including world number one Novak Djokovic, took over from
long-serving TSS president Slobodan Zivojinovic.

Nov 16, 2011

Soccer-Hiddink blames Turkey’s failure on poor club system

ZAGREB, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The lack of support and
opportunities for young players at clubs lies at the heart of
Turkey’s inconsistency on the big stage and their failure to
reach Euro 2012, coach Guus Hiddink said.

Tuesday’s 0-0 draw in Croatia which completed Turkey’s 3-0
aggregate defeat in their playoff was in all likelihood
Hiddink’s last game in charge and he criticised an “inefficient
system” depriving young players of a chance to develop.

Nov 15, 2011

Soccer-Goalless draw sends Croatia into Euro finals

ZAGREB, Nov 15 (Reuters) – A 0-0 home draw on a bitterly
cold night on Tuesday handed Croatia a 3-0 aggregate win over
Turkey in their playoff and a place in the Euro 2012 finals.

The success completed Croatia’s revenge over Turkey for a
painful defeat in their Euro 2008 quarter-final, when the Turks
won on penalties after equalising and making the score 1-1 with
the last kick of extra time.

Nov 14, 2011

Soccer-Under-fire Hiddink has no plans to retire

ZAGREB, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Turkey manager Guus Hiddink is
planning to stay in the coaching business even though Tuesday’s
return leg of their Euro 2012 playoff against Croatia is likely
to be the 65-year-old’s last match in charge.

The Dutchman was blasted by Turkish media and by some of his
players after last week’s 3-0 first-leg home defeat by Croatia
left the Euro 2008 semi-finalists staring at elimination.

Nov 11, 2011

Euroleague perfect replacement for NBA, says Pekovic

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Playing in Europe’s top club competition is the ideal way to stay in shape while the NBA lockout continues in North America, Partizan Belgrade center Nikola Pekovic said.

Pekovic is among two dozen or so players from the NBA who joined European teams on a temporary basis due to the labor dispute between NBA owners and a players’ union across the Atlantic.

Nov 4, 2011

Farmar shows NBA class as Maccabi beat Real Madrid

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar demonstrated just how much depth an influx of NBA players has added to the Euroleague when he steered Maccabi Tel Aviv to an 88-82 win over Real Madrid Thursday.

The clash of the titans in Europe’s premier club competition produced an electrifying game in which Farmar, who won the 2009 and 2010 NBA titles with the Lakers, shone with 27 points after making 10 of his 12 shots from the field.

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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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