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May 2, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Midfield dynamo Modric should lead Croatia’s charge

May 2 (Reuters) – Croatian hopes of success at Euro 2012
will depend largely on the form of their most influential, and
creative, player midfielder Luka Modric.

The Tottenham Hotspur playmaker, who pulls all the strings
in Croatia’s attacking play, needs to regain his best form after
a sluggish couple of months for his club, if they are to emerge
successfully from a group that includes holders Spain, Italy and
Ireland.

May 2, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Croatians face uphill battle to reach last eight

May 2 (Reuters) – Croatia may have been just seconds away
from the last four at Euro 2008, but their chances of emulating
that success this summer in Poland and Ukraine look remote.

The Croatians face tough Euro 2012 group stage opposition in
holders and world chamnpions Spain, Italy and a newly resolute
Ireland.

May 1, 2012
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Has Alex Ferguson lost his edge?

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said in the run-up to his team’s 1-0 defeat by Manchester City that playing for a draw in the derby with so much at stake would be inviting trouble and he did exactly that with a cagey and defensive 4-5-1 formation lacking any sort of guile, creativity and bite.

If it was a last-gasp attempt by the wily and trophy-laden 70-year old Scot to outfox his Italian counterpart Roberto Mancini, it backfired spectacularly as United were second best throughout the contest and were lucky not to have lost by a bigger margin.

Still refusing to accept that his team are in the driving seat to win the title after overhauling an eight-point deficit to go top on goal difference with two games left, Mancini appears to have unnerved Ferguson with his pre-game rhetoric just as he emphatically won their tactical battle on the pitch.

Apr 29, 2012

Soccer-Grant celebrates as Partizan win league title

BELGRADE, April 29 (Reuters) – Partizan Belgrade secured
their 24th league title and fifth in a row with Sunday’s 4-0 win
at Borac Cacak, finally giving coach Avram Grant success after
the Israeli suffered a series of setbacks in England.

The result gave Partizan an unassailable 12-point lead over
traditional city rivals Red Star, who they meet at home on
Saturday in a derby which is likely to draw a full house despite
amounting to a dead rubber.

Apr 29, 2012
via Left field

City v United is fitting climax to Premier League title race

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Three weeks ago it seemed the Manchester derby would be little more than a dead rubber after City’s 1-0 defeat at Arsenal left champions United eight points clear at the top, in a commanding position to clinch their 20th league title and their fifth in the last six seasons.

But a rollercoaster Premier League title race produced yet another twist after United’s 1-0 loss at lowly Wigan, followed by a rip-roaring 4-4 home draw with Everton in which they threw away a two-goal lead late in the game, let City back into the title race after they had squandered a seven-point lead over United with their own dip in form.

Apr 26, 2012

Interview: Chelsea finally have Champions League luck: Grant

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant believes Lady Luck, who turned her back on the club four years ago, has finally smiled on the lion-hearted Londoners after they stormed into the Champions League final with an astonishing win over Barcelona.

Chelsea, seeking their first Champions League title, progressed on Tuesday and will meet four-time winners Bayern Munich in the German club’s own stadium on May 19 after the Bavarians knocked out Real Madrid on penalties on Wednesday.

Apr 26, 2012

Chelsea finally have Champions League luck – Grant

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant believes Lady Luck, who turned her back on the club four years ago, has finally smiled on the lion-hearted Londoners after they stormed into the Champions League final with an astonishing win over Barcelona.

Chelsea, seeking their first Champions League title, progressed on Tuesday and will meet four-time winners Bayern Munich in the German club’s own stadium on May 19 after the Bavarians knocked out Real Madrid on penalties on Wednesday.

Apr 26, 2012

Soccer-Chelsea finally have Champions League luck – Grant

BELGRADE, April 26 (Reuters) – Former Chelsea manager Avram
Grant believes Lady Luck, who turned her back on the club four
years ago, has finally smiled on the lion-hearted Londoners
after they stormed into the Champions League final with an
astonishing win over Barcelona.

Chelsea, seeking their first Champions League title,
progressed on Tuesday and will meet four-time winners Bayern
Munich in the German club’s own stadium on May 19 after the
Bavarians knocked out Real Madrid on penalties on Wednesday.

Apr 19, 2012
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There may not be a Superclasico in Munich after all

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A mouth-watering clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona in this season’s Champions League final in Munich appeared to be on the cards when the two Spanish giants were kept apart in the draw, but the prospect of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi watching the showpiece on television instead of taking centre stage on May 19 now looks just as likely.

While Barcelona missed a hatful of chances in their 1-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a pulsating first leg of their semi, Real were maybe fortunate to escape with only a 2-1 defeat at Bayern after they were undone by a stoppage-time winner from Mario Gomez.

Apr 12, 2012

Soccer-Mihajlovic set to take over as Serbia coach – FA chief

BELGRADE, April 12 (Reuters) – Former Yugoslavia midfielder
Sinisa Mihajlovic will in all likelihood be named Serbia coach
by the end of April, the country’s Football Association (FSS)
president Tomislav Karadzic said on Thursday.

Serbia have been managed by caretaker coach Radovan Curcic
since they failed to qualify for Euro 2012 after a poor campaign
which led to the departure of Vladimir Petrovic.

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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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