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Real Madrid face Bayern and Liverpool tackle Roma in Champions League semis

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.

Real, who needed a dramatic late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo to scrape past Juventus in the quarter-finals, will travel to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg on April 25.

Bayern face Real Madrid and Liverpool play Roma in Champions League semis

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will go to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match, after Friday’s draw.

Bayern v Real Madrid and Liverpool v Roma in Champions League semis

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semi-finals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will go to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match, after Friday’s draw.

Arsenal face Atletico Madrid in Europa League semi-final

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Europa League in a mouth-watering clash of two big clubs that have taken a backseat in their domestic leagues in recent years.

French club Marseille will play FC Salzburg, the club backed by soft drinks giant Red Bull, in the other semi-final.

London clashes with Moscow as Arsenal draw CSKA in Europa League

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after the clubs were drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.

London clashes with Moscow as Arsenal draw CSKA in Europa League

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after the clubs were drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.

Liverpool draw City, Real and Juve in Champions League final rematch

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City will face Liverpool in a mouthwatering all-English Champions League quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday, while Sevilla’s reward for defeating Manchester United in the last 16 is a quarter-final against five-time European champions Bayern Munich.

Liverpool draw City, Real and Juve in Champions League final rematch

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City will face Liverpool in a mouthwatering all-English Champions League quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.

Lionel Messi’s Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday, while Sevilla’s reward for defeating Manchester United in the last 16 is a quarter-final against five-time European champions Bayern Munich.

Arsenal draw CSKA Moscow in Europa League

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – London club Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after being drawn together in a Europa League quarter-final in Nyon on Friday at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.

Liverpool draw City, Real and Juve in Champions League rematch

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City will face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.

Surprise qualifiers Sevilla take on Bayern Munich while Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday.

Liverpool draw City, Real and Juve in Champions League rematch

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City will face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League quarter-final while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year’s final.

Surprise qualifiers Sevilla take on Bayern Munich while Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday.

Arsenal paired with AC Milan in Europa League last 16

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal, the last surviving British club, on Friday drew seven-time European champion AC Milan in the last 16 of the Europa League.

Arsenal struggled to overcome Swedish minnows Ostersunds in the last round, being booed off by their fans at the Emirates after losing 2-1 on Thursday but going through 4-2 win on aggregate.

Switzerland’s Schmid named New Zealand football coach

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Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand Football (NZF) named Switzerland’s Fritz Schmid as the national team coach Friday, saying his brief was to get the All Whites to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

His appointment follows the departure of Briton Anthony Hudson in November after New Zealand lost an intercontinental playoff with Peru for a berth at this year’s tournament in Russia.

Switzerland’s Schmid named New Zealand football coach

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Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand Football (NZF) named Switzerland’s Fritz Schmid as the national team coach Friday, saying his brief was to get the All Whites to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

His appointment follows the departure of Briton Anthony Hudson in November after New Zealand lost an intercontinental playoff with Peru for a berth at this year’s tournament in Russia.

Gundogan shines as Manchester City run riot at Basel

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Ilkay Gundogan dazzled with two goals in Manchester City’s 4-0 romp at FC Basel on Tuesday to leave the Premier League leaders on the verge of the Champions League quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola’s side effectively settled the last 16 tie after just 23 minutes by racing into a 3-0 lead at Basel’s Sankt Jakob Park.

Time is now for City in Europe – Kompany

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insisted on Monday that the “time is now” for his team to make a serious mark in Europe, but brushed off talk of winning a quadruple this season.

Runaway Premier League leaders City face Basel at St. Jakob-Park on Tuesday in their last 16, first-leg, Champions League tie with the return game on March 7 in Manchester.

Time is now for City in Europe – Kompany

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insisted on Monday that the “time is now” for his team to make a serious mark in Europe, but brushed off talk of winning a quadruple this season.

Runaway Premier League leaders City face Basel at St. Jakob-Park on Tuesday in their last 16, first-leg, Champions League tie with the return game on March 7 in Manchester.

Basel boss Wicky plots next Manchester shock

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Basel coach Raphael Wicky is planning another upset against Manchester City in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg, after shocking Manchester United in this season’s group stage.

Jose Mourinho’s United suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Basel’s Sankt Jakob Park in November but still finished as Group A winners with the Swiss side second.

Basel boss Wicky plots next Manchester shock

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Basel coach Raphael Wicky is planning another upset against Manchester City in Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first leg, after shocking Manchester United in this season’s group stage.

Jose Mourinho’s United suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at Basel’s Sankt Jakob Park in November but still finished as Group A winners with the Swiss side second.

Arsenal’s Europa League hopes to be tested by Swedish minnows

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal’s hopes of Europa League glory will be tested in the last 32 by Swedish minnows Ostersunds, ironically coached by the only English manager left in European competition and founded in the same month Arsene Wenger took over the Gunners.

In the draw made Monday, the Gunners were pitched against the central Swedish club coached by Graham Potter, who played for Southampton in the Premier League as part of a long career that saw him win one under-21 England cap and make 307 Football League appearances.

Arsenal’s Europa League hopes to be tested by Swedish minnows

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Arsenal’s hopes of Europa League glory will be tested in the last 32 by Swedish minnows Ostersunds, ironically coached by the only English manager left in European competition and founded in the same month Arsene Wenger took over the Gunners.

In the draw made Monday, the Gunners were pitched against the central Swedish club coached by Graham Potter, who played for Southampton in the Premier League as part of a long career that saw him win one under-21 England cap and make 307 Football League appearances.

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.

Manchester United rocked by Basel late show

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester United were forced to wait to book a place in the Champions League last 16 as Michael Lang’s last-gasp strike gave Basel a shock 1-0 win St Jakob-Park on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho’s side were moments away from securing top spot in Group A when Lang pounced on sloppy defending to steal the points for second-placed Basel a minute before the end.

Manchester United rocked by Basel late show

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Manchester United were forced to wait to book a place in the Champions League last 16 as Michael Lang’s last-gasp strike gave Basel a shock 1-0 win St Jakob-Park on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho’s side were moments away from securing top spot in Group A when Lang pounced on sloppy defending to steal the points for second-placed Basel a minute before the end.

O’Neill bemoans penalty call after World Cup heartbreak

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Paris (AFP) – Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill bemoaned the controversial first-leg penalty that saw his side’s World Cup dream end with a 1-0 aggregate defeat by Switzerland in their play-off on Sunday.

Ricardo Rodriguez’s spot-kick in Belfast on Thursday proved the difference between the two sides, as the Swiss held off some late pressure from the unfancied Northern Irish in the second leg at Basel in difficult conditions after heavy rain.

Switzerland edge out Northern Ireland to qualify for World Cup

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) – Switzerland held off Northern Ireland to seal a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 0-0 second-leg draw on Sunday that secured a 1-0 aggregate play-off victory.

Vladimir Petkovic’s side wasted numerous first-half chances as the Northern Irish stayed in the tie, but Ricardo Rodriguez’s controversial first-leg penalty in Belfast proved enough for the Swiss to reach their fourth consecutive World Cup.

Switzerland on top after narrow win over Northern Ireland

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Belfast (AFP) – Switzerland took a giant step towards qualifying for Russia 2018 on Thursday but needed a controversial penalty to earn a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.

Vladimir Petkovic’s team dominated the match at Windsor Park in Belfast but squandered a succession of chances as Michael O’Neill’s team held them at bay.

Switzerland on top after narrow win over Northern Ireland

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Belfast (AFP) – Switzerland took a giant step towards qualifying for Russia 2018 on Thursday but needed a controversial penalty to earn a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.

Vladimir Petkovic’s team dominated the match at Windsor Park in Belfast but squandered a succession of chances as Michael O’Neill’s team held them at bay.

PSG boss Khelaifi says has ‘nothing to hide’ in World Cup probe

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Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted Wednesday that he had “nothing to hide” after a marathon grilling by Swiss prosecutors investigating claims of World Cup corruption.

Khelaifi, a Qatari with close ties to the Gulf state’s royal family, is under investigation for allegedly bribing disgraced former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in exchange for World Cup media rights.

PSG boss Khelaifi says has ‘nothing to hide’ in World Cup probe

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Bern (Switzerland) (AFP) – Paris Saint-Germain president and beIN Media chief Nasser al-Khelaifi insisted Wednesday that he had “nothing to hide” after a marathon grilling by Swiss prosecutors investigating claims of World Cup corruption.

Khelaifi, a Qatari with close ties to the Gulf state’s royal family, is under investigation for allegedly bribing disgraced former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in exchange for World Cup media rights.

2018 World Cup

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White Wash: Puma Unveil Entirely Unimaginative Batch Of Identical Away Kits For Italy, Uruguay, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Etc (Photos)

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Puma have released a job lot of new kits that the requisite nations will be wearing during the upcoming international break and (for some of them at least) on until the 2018 World Cup.

The batch contains 10 new away strips for the likes of Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon, as well as the Russia-bound teams like Serbia, Switzerland, Senegal and Uruguay.

Northern Ireland

World Cup Play-Off: Stalemate In Basel As Northern Ireland Miss Out On Final Berth (Video)

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Northern Ireland's quest for a place in next summer's World Cup finally ended on Sunday night, with Michael O'Neill's side losing out 1-0 on aggregate to Switzerland after a goalless draw in a rain-soaked Basel.

The Swiss came into the game one goal up, courtesy of that controversial Ricardo Rodriguez penalty in Belfast.

Xhaka expects Switzerland to finish off Northern Ireland in World Cup Qualifier

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Northern Ireland did extremely well to finish second in their tough Qualifying Group, finishing above the Czech Republic and Norway to end up second only to the unbeaten Germans, but they were then given another difficult task in the Play-Offs against Granit Xhaka's Switzerland side. But the plucky Irish gave as good as they got [.

Where to find Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland World Cup playoff 1st leg on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Northern Ireland vs. Switzerland in their World Cup qualification playoff, you’ve come to the right place.

Northern Ireland and Switzerland are both two games away from qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but only one of the teams will advance.

World Cup qualifiers: Preview of final games to determine who will be in World Cup

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In a week’s time, the field for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be set. All that’s left to settle are four playoff ties in Europe, two pitting teams from across continental divides, and three groups in Africa.

Drama is guaranteed. The tournament, as we approach the new year, lies just around the corner.

The Rest

Switzerland, Croatia become latest teams to earn World Cup berths

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Two more teams locked up their spot in the World Cup on Sunday as the field nears completion.

Switzerland and Greece booked their World Cup spots as part of UEFA's qualifying playoff. Now, just four spots remain with those tickets set to be booked within the coming days.

The Swiss locked up their World Cup spot with a goalless draw against Northern Ireland, following up a 1-0 win in the first leg of their qualifying playoff.

Switzerland 2018 World Cup PUMA Home Kit

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Switzerland will debut their 2018 PUMA home kit when they meet Northern Ireland in the second leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifying playoff series in Basel on Sunday. It will be available atWorld Soccer Shop,UK Soccer Shop,Lovell Soccer,Pro:Direct Soccer, Subside SportsandKitbagalong with the soon to be released Swiss 2018 away shirt.

Jose Mourinho has competition from Juventus and Real Madrid in his pursuit for Swiss striker

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According to The Sun, Manchester United are considering a bid for FC Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin. The Swiss u21 international, who is on loan from RB Salzburg, has impressed in the Champions League this season and finds the likes of Real Madrid battling United for his signature as a result.

Oberlin has scored and created four goals from as many games in the prestigious European competition, netting seven in all competitions so far.