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Celtic and Linfield face UEFA charges

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Lausanne (AFP) – UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic and Linfield over incidents at last week’s Champions League tie, European football’s governing body announced on Monday.

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths is charged by UEFA with “provoking spectators after the end of the match”, while Linfield are in the dock over objects thrown on the pitch and a “field invasion by supporters”.

Celtic and Linfield face UEFA charges

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Lausanne (AFP) – UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic and Linfield over incidents at last week’s Champions League tie, European football’s governing body announced on Monday.

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths is charged by UEFA with “provoking spectators after the end of the match”, while Linfield are in the dock over objects thrown on the pitch and a “field invasion by supporters”.

Porto fall foul of financial fair play rules

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Paris (AFP) – Porto will be limited to 22 players instead of 25 in their Champions League squad next season and fined around 700,000 euros ($784,000) after breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA said on Friday.

The ruling comes after operational costs rules were infringed and UEFA may increase the fine by up to a further 1.

UEFA to consider human rights records for Euro 2024 host

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Lausanne (AFP) – The host nation of Euro 2024 must meet certain criteria relating to the respect of human rights, UEFA said on Monday as they prepare to choose between the candidacies of Germany and Turkey.

The countries are the only two to have submitted declarations of interest in hosting the competition and UEFA will decide between the two in September 2018.

UEFA to consider human rights records for Euro 2024 host

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Lausanne (AFP) – The host nation of Euro 2024 must meet certain criteria relating to the respect of human rights, UEFA said on Monday as they prepare to choose between the candidacies of Germany and Turkey.

The countries are the only two to have submitted declarations of interest in hosting the competition and UEFA will decide between the two in September 2018.

Lyon, Besiktas handed suspended European bans

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Lyon and Besiktas were handed suspended European bans and fined 100,000 euros each on Wednesday after crowd violence scarred their Europa League quarter-final match in France, UEFA said.

The French and Turkish teams were excluded from taking part in the next continental club competition they qualify for but the governing body decided that the suspension will be deferred “for a probationary period of two years”.

Lyon, Besiktas handed suspended European bans

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Lyon and Besiktas were handed suspended European bans and fined 100,000 euros each on Wednesday after crowd violence scarred their Europa League quarter-final match in France, UEFA said.

The French and Turkish teams were excluded from taking part in the next continental club competition they qualify for but the governing body decided that the suspension will be deferred “for a probationary period of two years”.

Bayern file UEFA complaint over Madrid police ‘attack’

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of “violent attacks” on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.

The German club said police action on Tuesday during half time at the Santiago Bernabeu was “completely misplaced and excessive” and have requested an explanation from Spanish authorities.

Bayern file UEFA complaint over Madrid police ‘attack’

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of “violent attacks” on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.

The German club said police action on Tuesday during half time at the Santiago Bernabeu was “completely misplaced and excessive” and have requested an explanation from Spanish authorities.

Treated as if ‘beer can’ thrown at bus, rages Tuchel

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.

The German side were defeated 3-2 by the French club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, 24 hours after the scheduled game had been postponed.

Treated as if ‘beer can’ thrown at bus, rages Tuchel

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.

The German side were defeated 3-2 by the French club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, 24 hours after the scheduled game had been postponed.

Treated as if ‘beer can’ thrown at bus, rages Dortmund coach Tuchel

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.

The German side were defeated 3-2 by the French club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, 24 hours after the scheduled game had been postponed.

Treated as if ‘beer can’ thrown at bus, rages Dortmund coach Tuchel

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Dortmund (Germany) (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accused UEFA of treating the bomb attack on their team bus as if a “beer can” had been thrown and claimed they were informed by text message that they would have to play their Champions League game against Monaco.

The German side were defeated 3-2 by the French club in the first leg of the quarter-final on Wednesday, 24 hours after the scheduled game had been postponed.

UEFA boss says he will fight Champions League ‘blackmail’

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Helsinki (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed on Wednesday to fight any “blackmail” by Europe’s most powerful football clubs over the Champions League.

Ceferin took a tough line against Europe’s top leagues, angry at having been excluded, in their opinion, from talks on the future of the world’s biggest club tournament.

UEFA boss says he will fight Champions League ‘blackmail’

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Helsinki (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin vowed on Wednesday to fight any “blackmail” by Europe’s most powerful football clubs over the Champions League.

Ceferin took a tough line against Europe’s top leagues, angry at having been excluded, in their opinion, from talks on the future of the world’s biggest club tournament.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

Top European football clubs drop Super League proposal

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Athens (AFP) – Europe’s top clubs have dropped a proposal for a Super League made up of the continent’s strongest teams amid opposition by UEFA, their association said Tuesday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), said the teams had approved a Champions League reform format after talks in Athens with UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti.

Manchester City hit with UEFA fine, accept FA charge

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London (AFP) – Manchester City have been fined 18,000 euros by UEFA for three offences during their Champions League tie with Monaco at the Etihad Stadium last month, European football’s governing body said on Friday.

City were found guilty of three charges concerning a pitch invasion, the throwing of objects from the crowd and a delayed kick-off during the last-16 first leg match on February 21.

Arsenal, Bayern fined for troublesome fans

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal and Bayern Munich were on Friday fined by UEFA for their fans behaviour during this month’s Champions League last-16 clash at the Emirates Stadium.

European football’s governing body had opened disciplinary proceedings the day after the game which was held up by toilet paper thrown on the pitch and a fan who ran onto the playing surface.

Arsenal, Bayern fined for troublesome fans

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal and Bayern Munich were on Friday fined by UEFA for their fans behaviour during this month’s Champions League last-16 clash at the Emirates Stadium.

European football’s governing body had opened disciplinary proceedings the day after the game which was held up by toilet paper thrown on the pitch and a fan who ran onto the playing surface.

Spurs’ Dele Alli hit with three match UEFA ban for horror tackle

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London (AFP) – Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was banned for three European club matches by UEFA on Friday for his sending off against Gent last month.

Alli received a straight red card in the 2-2 draw at Wembley for his horror tackle on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere, which saw the Premier League club knocked out of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate loss.

UEFA competitions director rejects Super League

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Estoril (Portugal) (AFP) – UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti on Thursday rejected the idea of a European Super League made up of the continent’s top clubs, but said the format of the Champions League could evolve.

“If the Super League is a competition for an elite, closed, then it’s not our competition,” said Marchetti on the sidelines of a football congress organised at Estoril, near Lisbon.

Champions League

Graphic Scenes: UEFA Draw Botch Sees Hibernian Unexpectedly Qualify For Champions League (Photo)

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Unaware that winning the Scottish Championship earns you a spot in the Champions League these days, Hibernian were surprised to see themselves included in Friday's draw for the third qualifying round.

An error in UEFA's draw documentation saw Hibernian pitted against FC Salzburg, despite the Edinburgh-based club having failed to qualify for the European Cup since 1956.

Champions League: Besiktas Striker Cenk Tosun Pips Mario Mandzukic To Land ‘Goal Of The Tournament’ Award (Video)

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in: Mario Mandzukic's absolutely incredible overhead kick against Real Madrid has not been named as the best goal scored during the 2015/16 Champions League tournament.

That honour has instead gone to Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, whose similarly acrobatic effort against Benfica in the group stages took a whopping 41% of UEFA's online poll.

Soccer’s Super Bowl

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - The FIFA Club World Cup final isn't fooling anybody. The game that determines the best team in world soccer for a given season is the Champions League final. UEFA reigns supreme in world club soccer for a reason. They pay more and they do a better job of exploiting that commodity.

Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.

Going Continental

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I changed my mind and detoured over to the arena of UEFA tourney stats. I will get to the specialized attack categories on Monday, but for now let's run down everything related to the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Cup and Cup Winners Cup participants. I did count from qualifying rounds, but did not include the old Intertoto Cup.

Champions League: Jamie Vardy Finished Leicester’s Quarter-Final Against Atletico Madrid With 0% Pass Completion Rate (Photo)

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It's fair to say that Jamie Vardy had a tough time of it during Leicester City's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.

Tasked with blindly chasing down humped long ball after humped long balland with Atletico's bench desperately trying to get him booked for the entire duration, Vardy was almost entirely corralled out of the game by Stefan Savic and Diego Godin.

One MLS team left in the CONCACAF Champions League

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MLS added to a familiar story on Tuesday night. FC Dallas started the second-leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series against Pachuca 2-1 up and ended it knocked out of the tournament. Pachuca advanced 3-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate.

With USMNT player Omar Gonzalez getting the start for Pachuca, a Franco Jara goal put them up in the 38th minute.

Euro 2017

Schedule of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament on US TV and streaming

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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug.

Schedule of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament on US TV and streaming

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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug.

Major League Soccer

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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It's an international weekend in the soccer calendar. World Cup Qualifying takes center stage as UEFA and CONCACAF continue to pave their roads to Russia. Meanwhile, only three games are scheduled in MLS next to a full slate of NASL and USL matches.

MLS Ticker: Marsch begins UEFA course, Sir Alex praises MLS, and more

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Once again, New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has been linked with Europe, but this time it's just for a coaching course.

Marsch will miss the team's training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday this week as he begins a UEFA coaching course, the team announced. Though Marsch is expected back for this weekend's match against Real Salt Lake at Red Bull Arena, assistant coach Chris Armas will run the training sessions he is expected to miss.

JORGE SAMPAOLI

Friday Kickoff: Dortmund, UEFA, Griezmann and more

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Borussia Dortmund's search for a manager may have hit a roadblock while UEFA is making a push to host a World Cup.

Nice has stated that the club will not allow manager Lucien Favre to join Borussia Dortmund. (REPORT)

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the federationwill "fight" for a European nation to host the 2030 World Cup.

Thursday Kickoff: Tuchel, Argentina, Messi and more

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In the wake of the bus explosion that rocked the club, Borussia Dortmund's manager hit out at UEFA for what he saw as a "lousy" decision.

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel ripped UEFA for the quick turnaround following the attack on the club's bus that injured Marc Bartra. (REPORT)

Sevilla released a statement warning Argentina not to pursue hiring head coach Jorge Sampaoli, who has been linked with the job in recent weeks.

The Rest

U-20 WC Rewind: Venezuela tops Uruguay, England bests Italy

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The semifinals are in the book and the FIFA U-20 World Cup finals are set with a match between an up and coming CONMEBOL team and a UEFA regular.

Venezuela was taken into extra time for the second straight match after their quarterfinals win over the U.S. U-20s, but it took penalties to overcome South American rivals Uruguay.

Major Link Soccer: Philadelphia Union to host a town hall

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Union hope to connect with fans, UEFA is going ABBA, and Schelotto is tied to LAFC.

MLS

MLS, thanks largely to the Sounders, have been tied to harvesting Boca Juniors for players, but now LAFC is tied to taking something else - a manager. Guillermo Barros Schelotto appears to be in the running to take the helm for the expansion club.

Some Soccer News for Apr 13, 2017

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It's Day 103 of 2017.


Borussia Dortmund was not one bit happy about having to play a Champions League game 24 hours after being targeted by a terrorist bomb:
Dortmund played less than 24 hours after three explosions hit the team's bus.

Thomas Tuchel isn't happy with UEFA.

And now for something potentially different...

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I have not been able to find every list of nominees yet, but this may be a first - a double first, in fact. Both Christian Pulisic and Cameron Carter-Vickers have been nominated for the Golden Boy award, which is a prize handed to Europe's best top division player under the age of 21 as voted on by a panel of writers from notable outlets across the continent.

UEFA and the super clubs

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The soccer news starts with UEFA noticing how their soccer clubs spend their money. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is talking luxury tax, squad limits, and the transfer market, in an attempt to curb the payrolls of the super clubs. Fair enough in theory, but it's worth asking how the clubs are going to respond to UEFA attempting to impose limits.