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AFP

Nasri risks ban over vitamin booster

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri faces a possible suspension after losing an appeal for UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for a vitamin booster.

Nasri, who plays for Antalyaspor in Turkey, took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after UEFA refused his request for a TUE following a multi-vitamin intravenous booster he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.

Nasri risks ban over vitamin booster

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Lausanne (AFP) – Former Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri faces a possible suspension after losing an appeal for UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for a vitamin booster.

Nasri, who plays for Antalyaspor in Turkey, took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after UEFA refused his request for a TUE following a multi-vitamin intravenous booster he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.

Football: FA to pressure UEFA to act on Brewster racism claims

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London (AFP) – The Football Association lent its full support to Rhian Brewster, the leading scorer in England’s Under-17 World Cup victory earlier this year, over his claims of suffering racial abuse and said it would push for “appropriate response from the relevant authorities”.

The 17-year-old - who is yet to make his debut for Liverpool’s first team - claimed Thursday UEFA “don’t really care” about racism.

UEFA ‘don’t care’ about racism, says England Under-17 World Cup star

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London (AFP) – Rhian Brewster, the leading scorer in England’s Under-17 World Cup victory earlier this year, claimed Thursday that UEFA “don’t really care” about racism.

The 17-year-old, who is yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team, says he has witnessed racial abuse - either aimed at him or a teammate - seven times this year.

UEFA ‘don’t care’ about racism, says England Under-17 World Cup star

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London (AFP) – Rhian Brewster, the leading scorer in England’s Under-17 World Cup victory earlier this year, claimed Thursday that UEFA “don’t really care” about racism.

The 17-year-old, who is yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team, says he has witnessed racial abuse - either aimed at him or a teammate - seven times this year.

AC Milan faces UEFA financial fair-play penalties

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Lausanne (AFP) – AC Milan face penalties from UEFA after European football’s governing body said on Friday it had failed to strike a deal with the Italian club over its spending.

Seven-time European champions Milan have run up losses of 255 million euros ($300 million) in the last three seasons, way above the 30 million euros permitted by the rules that are designed to stop clubs from over-spending.

UEFA and UN to stage ‘Match for Solidarity’ in April

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.

Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”.

UEFA and UN to stage ‘Match for Solidarity’ in April

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA and the United Nations will team up to stage a charity match in Geneva on April 21 next year, European football’s governing body said on Tuesday.

Two star-studded teams, managed by Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps and captained by Luis Figo and Ronaldinho, will take to the field at the Stade de Geneve in a match whose proceeds UEFA says will help “finance international humanitarian and development projects”.

Mutko to continue in World Cup role – UEFA official

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko’s lifetime Olympic ban will not affect his World Cup involvement, Russia’s UEFA executive committee member Alexei Sorokin told AFP on Thursday.

Mutko is head of the Russia 2018 organising committee but his involvement in the World Cup was thrown into doubt on Tuesday when he was banned from the Olympic Games for life by the IOC due to his implication in a state-sponsored doping scandal.

Mutko to continue in World Cup role – UEFA official

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko’s lifetime Olympic ban will not affect his World Cup involvement, Russia’s UEFA executive committee member Alexei Sorokin told AFP on Thursday.

Mutko is head of the Russia 2018 organising committee but his involvement in the World Cup was thrown into doubt on Tuesday when he was banned from the Olympic Games for life by the IOC due to his implication in a state-sponsored doping scandal.

UEFA to reject Milan’s voluntary settlement – reports

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Rome (AFP) – European football governing body UEFA is set to refuse AC Milan’s application for a voluntary agreement regarding Financial Fair Play rules, Italian press said on Thursday.

With a loss of some 255 million euros ($300m) over the last three seasons, fallen Italian giants Milan are some way from complying with UEFA’s limit of 30 million euros in losses over that same period.

UEFA to reject Milan’s voluntary settlement – reports

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Rome (AFP) – European football governing body UEFA is set to refuse AC Milan’s application for a voluntary agreement regarding Financial Fair Play rules, Italian press said on Thursday.

With a loss of some 255 million euros ($300m) over the last three seasons, fallen Italian giants Milan are some way from complying with UEFA’s limit of 30 million euros in losses over that same period.

Brussels loses Euro 2020 matches to Wembley

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Wembley Stadium in London will host four Euro 2020 matches originally set to be staged in Brussels, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.

The European football governing body’s executive committee decided “unanimously” to strip Brussels of its four matches due to the inability of Belgian organisers to guarantee the new stadium to the north of the capital where they would have been held could be built in time.

Brussels loses Euro 2020 matches to Wembley

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Wembley Stadium in London will host four Euro 2020 matches originally set to be staged in Brussels, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday.

The European football governing body’s executive committee decided “unanimously” to strip Brussels of its four matches due to the inability of Belgian organisers to guarantee the new stadium to the north of the capital where they would have been held could be built in time.

UEFA president joins players in salary pledge charity

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin joined several players in pledging one percent of his salary to Juan Mata’s Common Goal project on Wednesday.

Spain and Manchester United midfielder Mata launched the programme in August alongside streetfootballworld, a group of 120 charities from 80 countries, with the donated wages helping to fund the football charities.

UEFA president joins players in salary pledge charity

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin joined several players in pledging one percent of his salary to Juan Mata’s Common Goal project on Wednesday.

Spain and Manchester United midfielder Mata launched the programme in August alongside streetfootballworld, a group of 120 charities from 80 countries, with the donated wages helping to fund the football charities.

Football: Karate kick Evra suspended by Marseille, charged by UEFA

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Marseille (AFP) – Patrice Evra was handed an initial one-match ban by UEFA and suspended by his club Marseille on Friday after the veteran defender aimed a karate kick at the head of one of his team’s own supporters.

The former Manchester United star was red-carded for the assault during the pre-match warm-up at Thursday’s Europa League clash at Guimaraes in Portugal.

Marseille’s Evra charged by UEFA for kicking fan

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Marseille (AFP) – Marseille’s Patrice Evra was handed an initial one-match ban by UEFA Friday prior to a disciplinary hearing following his sending-off for launching a karate-style kick at a fan’s head before a Europa League match against Vitoria Guimaraes.

Marseille announced they had opened an inquiry after the 36-year-old full-back was handed a red-card on Thursday following the heated altercation with a group of the French club’s fans on the touchline before kick-off in Portugal.

Four Euro 2020 spots up for grabs in Nations League

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Paris (AFP) – Four Euro 2020 places will be on offer during UEFA’s new Nations League tournament, which starts next year, after European football’s governing body announced the schedule on Wednesday.

The four-division format means that one of Europe’s 16 lowest-ranked teams is guaranteed to qualify for the Euros.

UEFA call on European leaders to help regulate transfer market

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Geneva (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called for greater support from Europe’s political leaders to help introduce measures to regulate the transfer market on the continent.

“I have heard some very prominent politicians, such as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel just a few days ago, condemning financial developments in football and calling for greater sporting balance,” Ceferin said in a speech to open the UEFA Congress in Geneva on Wednesday.

Celtic charged by UEFA over pitch invasion

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London (AFP) – European football’s governing body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic following a pitch invasion during their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

A supporter raced onto the Parkhead pitch late in the first half on Tuesday with the hosts 3-0 down and darted towards 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Celtic charged by UEFA over pitch invasion

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London (AFP) – European football’s governing body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic following a pitch invasion during their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

A supporter raced onto the Parkhead pitch late in the first half on Tuesday with the hosts 3-0 down and darted towards 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Merkel urges tougher rules to end sky-high transfers

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Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday urged football governing bodies UEFA and FIFA to tighten rules governing transfers and stamp out spiralling record spending on players.

“I view the financial developments in professional football as critically as many people,” she told Mittelbayerische Zeitung daily.

Arsenal

How did Chambers do on his Arsenal 2017 League debut?

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Calum Chambers hasn't played for Arsenal for a long long time, but since the summer UEFA Under-21 Euros where he relegated Rob Holding to the England bench, it looks like he has now supplanted Holding in the pecking order at Arsenal. The 22 year-old went on loan to Middlesbrough last season and was very highly [.

Europa League: Jack Wilshere Scores First Goal For Two And A Half Years As Gunners Cruise To Victory Over BATE Borisov (Video)

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A mix-and-match Arsenal side strolled to a 6-0 victory over BATE Borisov at the Emirates on Thursday night, with Jack Wilshere bagging his first club goal since May 2015.

As expected, the attendance for the game was rather less than the 54,000 tickets apparently sold by Arsenal.

Should Arsenal be punished for struggling to handle Cologne encounter?

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Arsenal's match against Cologne in the Europa League opening group game was marred by trouble and disruption last week, and UEFA have now tasked somebody with investigating the issues. The encounter was delayed by an hour following the unexpected arrival of 20,000 Cologne fans to London and mass number of fans who travelled to the [.

Champions League

Champions League Last 16 Draw: Premier League Quintet Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Liverpool And Tottenham All Faced With Stern Tests

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Thanks to the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid finishing second in their respective groups, the draw for the last 16 of the Champions League has pumped out several plush ties.

With Xabi Alonso at the helm in Nyon, theballs of fate were plucked from the washing-up bowl of doom in the most handsome way imaginable, with the resulting bracket seeing all five English clubs saddled with potentially tricky opponents.

Real Madrid: UEFA Pinch Dani Carvajal For Picking Up ‘Deliberate Booking’ In Penultimate Champions League Group Match

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UEFA have collared Dani Carvajal after the full-back was adjudged to have gotten himself deliberately booked during the latter stages of Real Madrid's penultimate Champions League group stage tie against Apoel Nicosia.

Carvajal was shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the 90th minute of the 6-0 victory in Cyprus, a result that saw, A) Real secure themselves a place in the next round and, 2) Carvajal ruled out of the final group game against Dortmund rather than a subsequent knockout game.

Tell Me About: UEFA’s Nations League

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UEFA announced the makeup of their four leagues that will compete in the new Nations League. Europe is dropping most of their friendly dates in favor of a promotions and relegation format that features a playoff for the title. The new Nations League begins on September 6, 2018.

Why Now?

Club vs country in Europe is an ongoing negotiation.

UEFA Europa League

AEK in the Round of 32!

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After finishing the group stages undefeated, AEK are in the Europa League Round of 32! Its worth remembering too that this was our first time playing in the group stages of a European Cup since before we fell to the 3rd division.

Management and the team both deserve credit for what they accomplished since even though we might not have won as many games as we would have liked, it was a solid performance in the group stages that even brought us close to beating Milan twice.

UEFA: Patrice Evra Banned For Seven Months And Given €10,000 Fine For Kicking Marseille Fan Dans La Tête

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UEFA have ordained that Patrice Evra will be banned from taking part in their matches for seven months as punishment for kicking a Marseille fan in the head a week or so ago.

Evra became embroiled in a pitchside confrontation with the supporter before Marseille'sEuropa League game against Vitoria Guimaeres on 1st November a skirmish that concluded swiftly when the veteran full-back lashed out with a high boot.

Euro 2020

Euro 2020: Wembley To Stage Seven Games (Including The Final) As UEFA Reveal Host City Pairings

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UEFA have confirmed that Wembley will host no less than seven games at the next European Championships in 2020, which will see the tournament staged by multiple countries right across Europe.

Wembley was already scheduled to host one semi-final and the final but will now also be used for three additional group games and a last-16 tie after UEFA gave up on Brussels having their prospective new stadium ready in time.

Sit Tight, Pies Are Going To Try And Explain The UEFA Nations League Format To You…

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Honestly, Pies had completely forgotten about the imminent implementation of the UEFA Nations League, which is basically UEFA's attempt to address the dwindling appetite for the surfeit of meaningless friendlies that currently clog up the international calendar.

Initially announced several months ago, UEFA have confirmed that the inaugural Nations League will take place in 2018, with the official seedings revealed today and the draw scheduled for January (because you can never have too many draw ceremonies).

FIFA

Moving past friendlies in UEFA and CONCACAF

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By J Hutcherson (Nov 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - Peru finally gave the World Cup playoffs what it needed, a game worth watching. With all due respect to Australia's win over Honduras much earlier in the day on Wednesday, that game quickly became an obvious conclusion.

The Nations League concept spreads

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We start the soccer news with Reuters' Simon Evans reporting that CONCACAF is planning for their version of a Nations League potentially starting in the September international window. The Nations League is a UEFA concept, put in place to replace friendlies with games that count. It's a multiple league structure for national teams with promotion and relegation and playoffs for a champion.

UEFA goes ahead with the Nations League

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By J Hutcherson (Sep 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - UEFA is pushing ahead with the Nations League, officially announcing the competition. It's a concept to make friendlies count... or something. It's tough to judge what UEFA really wants from their new competition, except maybe a good enough reason to keep scheduling international games during the club season.

World Cup qualifying

Italy draw Sweden, miss first World Cup since 1958

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The 2018 World Cup will be missing another global giant.

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after a scoreless draw against Sweden at the San Siro in Milan concluded a 1-0 aggregate loss in the UEFA qualification playoffs.

The Azzurri had their chances to draw level in this match.

Prolific: Robert Lewandowski Becomes Poland’s All-Time Top Goalscorer With Hat-Trick Against Armenia (Photos & Video)

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Bang in form, Robert Lewandowski enjoyed a productive night of national service as Poland eviscerated Armenia to the tune of 6-1 in Yerevan.

The Bayern Munich striker helped himself to a hat-trick to leave Poland needing to take just one point against Denmark in their final qualifier to book a berth at Russia 2018.

The Rest

The soccer player as coach

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 18, 2017) US Soccer Players –The phenomenon of the player/coach in soccer may not be something currently in vogue, but some of the world's best players have held that dual role. Legendary players such as Gordon Strachan, Kenny Dalglish, Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Gianluca Vialli, and Graeme Souness have all done so.

Liverpool Fans Still Cherish Rafa Benitez – Amazing Video

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Here's a video put out by Sky Sports which shows just how Liverpool fans appreciate what Rafa did for them when he was at Anfield from 2004 through 2010. And of course, [...]