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Germany draw underlines Socceroos rise

Posted by on 26/03/2015
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Germany draw underlines Socceroos rise

Germany draw underlines Socceroos rise

KAISERSLAUTERN: Australia’s James Troisi said the Socceroos’ 2-2 draw with Germany showed just how far the Asian champions have come in 12 months. Only a Lukas Podolski equalizer nine minutes from time in Kaiserslautern spared the world champions’ blushes on Wednesday night in Germany. Australia had taken a 2-1 lead thanks to Troisi’s first-half header […]

Platini re-elected as UEFA president

Posted by on 25/03/2015
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Platini re-elected as UEFA president

Platini re-elected as UEFA president

VIENNA: Michel Platini was re-elected unopposed for a third term as UEFA president at the annual Congress on Tuesday, proudly proclaiming European soccer’s governing body to be “the best”. Sepp Blatter sat through the day-long proceedings as a guest and had to endure some stinging criticism from his challengers for the FIFA presidency who were […]

UEFA needs more help to fight violence, racism: Platini

Posted by on 24/03/2015
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UEFA needs more help to fight violence, racism: Platini

UEFA needs more help to fight violence, racism: Platini

VIENNA: UEFA has been left to fend for itself in the battle against racism, violence and matchfixing and needs more help from government authorities, its president Michel Platini said yesterday. The Frenchman said that a rise in nationalism and extremism in Europe was being reflected in stadiums and that, after several recent incidents of fan […]

Prosecutors seek prison term in Neymar affair

Posted by on 23/03/2015
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Prosecutors seek prison term in Neymar affair

Prosecutors seek prison term in Neymar affair

MADRID: Spanish prosecutors are requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair, judicial sources said yesterday. The Madrid court is also calling for a fine of 22.2 million euros ($24.1 million) against the club over […]

Blatter faces harshest critics at UEFA Congress

Posted by on 23/03/2015
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Blatter faces harshest critics at UEFA Congress

Blatter faces harshest critics at UEFA Congress

VIENNA: FIFA president Sepp Blatter will come face to face with some of his harshest critics yesterday, most of whom will be voting to remove him from office when the Swiss stands for re-election in May. The 79-year-old is to address the 54-member nations of UEFA at their annual Congress knowing most of the delegates […]

French stress test for Brazil

Posted by on 23/03/2015
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French stress test for Brazil

French stress test for Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO: Nine months on from their World Cup drubbing by Germany, Dunga’s new look Brazil team remains a work in progress but a Thursday test at the Stade de France may give an indication of how far they have moved on. If understandably Dunga has made the next World Cup in Russia his […]

Suarez stunner hands Barca victory over Madrid

Posted by on 23/03/2015
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Ibrahimovic treble lifts PSG to the top

Posted by on 21/03/2015
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Ibrahimovic treble lifts PSG to the top

Ibrahimovic treble lifts PSG to the top

PARIS: Zlatan Ibrahimovic put his recent disciplinary problems behind him by bagging a hattrick to give Paris Saint-Germain a 3-1 victory over Lorient on Friday night. The big Swede was banned for one Champions League match on Thursday for his sending off against Chelsea last week, while he also faces a possible domestic ban for […]

Errant red card helps City close in on Chelsea

Posted by on 21/03/2015
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Errant red card helps City close in on Chelsea

Errant red card helps City close in on Chelsea

League by an irresistible Barcelona on Wednesday but the game was more memorable for a case of mistaken identity that meant West Brom played all but one and a half minutes of the match with 10 men. The game was as good as decided after 65 seconds, when Bony was brought down on the edge […]

Heat stays on Qatar despite winter WCup

Posted by on 19/03/2015
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Heat stays on Qatar despite winter WCup

Heat stays on Qatar despite winter WCup

DOHA: FIFA’s decision to hold the 2022 World Cup in winter takes some heat off Qatar but the Gulf state still faces major challenges in the next seven years. The treatment of migrant workers and just the question of whether the giant project can be delivered are worries for football leaders. Football’s governing body meets […]

Barca ease past City despite Hart heroics

Posted by on 19/03/2015
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Barca ease past City despite Hart heroics

Barca ease past City despite Hart heroics

BARCELONA: An incredible performance from Joe Hart wasn’t enough to prevent Barcelona cruising into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the eighth consecutive season with a 1-0 win over Manchester City yesterday to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory. Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal of the night after half an hour as he lofted […]

Mueller: Bayern are best team in last eight

Posted by on 18/03/2015
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Mueller: Bayern are best team in last eight

Mueller: Bayern are best team in last eight

BERLIN: Bayern Munich will be the team to beat when the draw for the Champions League’s quarter-finals is made tomorrow, according to their German international Thomas Mueller. Pep Guardiola’s Bayern threw down a marker for their European rivals when they hammered Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 in Munich last week in the last 16, second leg clash, […]

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