Champions League play-off draw made

Champions League play-off draw made

Porto will face Roma and Manchester City must overcome former winners Steaua București after the UEFA Champions League play-off draw was made. Play-off draw League route Steaua București (ROU) v Manchester City (ENG) – 16 & 24 August Porto (POR) v Roma (ITA) – 17 & 23 August Ajax (NED) v Rostov (RUS) – 16 & 24 August Young Boys (SUI) v Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) – 16 & 24 August Villarreal (ESP) v Monaco (FRA) –…

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Vladimir Putin mocks ‘thousands of England fans beaten up by 200 Russians’ at Euro 2016

Vladimir Putin mocks ‘thousands of England fans beaten up by 200 Russians’ at Euro 2016

President’s quip reportedly met with ‘laughter and applause’ Olivia Blair Vladimir Putin has apparently poked fun at England football fans, as he questioned how 200 Russian supporters were able to beat up “several thousand” followers of Roy Hodgson’s side at the Euro 2016 tournament in France. Violent clashes erupted between English and Russian fans around the time of their match in Marseille on Saturday. Tear gas was used by French police on fans in the city ahead of the match, before Russian fans…

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Euro 2016 in France could be extremist target, US warns

Euro 2016 in France could be extremist target, US warns

From the section Europe Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionFrance is currently under a state of emergency following Islamist militant attacks The US has warned that the Euro 2016 football championship being held in France next month could be a target of militant attacks. “The large number of tourists visiting Europe in the summer months will present greater targets for terrorists,” the State Department said. The event is being hosted from 10 June to 10 July at various venues….

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Seville win Europa League

Seville win Europa League

By Phil McNulty Chief football writer in Basel Sevilla become the first team to win a major European competition three years in a row since Bayern Munich won the European Cup three times between 1974 and 1976 Liverpool suffered a dramatic second-half collapse as Sevilla claimed the Europa League for the third season in succession with a superb comeback. Jurgen Klopp’s side looked on course to secure the prize of Champions League football – on…

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Greece given 10 days to reverse Cup cancellation or face FIFA suspension

Greece given 10 days to reverse Cup cancellation or face FIFA suspension

ATHENS | BY GRAHAM WOOD The FIFA logo is seen at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland March 18, 2016. REUTERS/RUBEN SPRICH/FILES FIFA handed Greece’s government a 10-day deadline on Tuesday to reverse its decision to cancel the Greek Cup or face an international suspension from football’s world governing body. FIFA sent a two-page letter to Deputy Minister for Sport Stavros Kontonis and the HellenicFootball Federation (EPO) demanding that Kontonis change his ruling. The global…

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Capital One Cup: Manuel Pellegrini’s selection policies pay off

Capital One Cup: Manuel Pellegrini’s selection policies pay off

By Phil McNulty Chief football writer Manuel Pellegrini has now won the League Cup twice during his time at Manchester City Manuel Pellegrini may be leaving Manchester City in three months – but he will be leaving as a winner before Pep Guardiola takes his place at the Etihad. The normally impassive Pellegrini was, by his understated standards, positively buoyant after the Capital One Cup win at Wembley, secured on penalties against Liverpool after the…

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Call for England to have its own national anthem

Call for England to have its own national anthem

  Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage captionGod Save the Queen, sung here by Welsh star Katherine Jenkins prior to an NFL International Series match at Wembley, is currently used by England at some sporting events MPs are to debate and vote on whether England should adopt an official national anthem. The UK anthem, God Save the Queen, is currently used during some sporting events but Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins believes England should have its own. He intends…

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Pavel Srnicek: Former Newcastle keeper dies aged 47

Pavel Srnicek: Former Newcastle keeper dies aged 47

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek has died at the age of 47, nine days after suffering cardiac arrest in his native Czech Republic. A big favourite with fans during his first spell at St James’ Park between 1991 and 1998, Srnicek collapsed while jogging on 20 December. He was taken to a hospital in Ostrava and placed in an induced coma. Srnicek, who also played for Sheffield Wednesday, Portsmouth and West Ham, made 49…

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