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Swiss Lower Leagues: Pully Football Defender Scores Inexplicably Brilliant Bicycle Kick Own-Goal (Video)

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Just when you thought you'd seen it all, some beautifully graceful clod down in the Swiss lower leagues goes and redefines the very essence of the spectacular own-goal.

The auto-but we're referencing came in a recent Vaudoise Cup tie between Swiss sixth-tier sides Pully Football and FC Renens.

Xherdan Shaqiri Scores Several Stonking Volleys During Switzerland Training Session (Video)

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Having not featured for Stoke since January, Xherdan Shaqiri was keen to remind folks of his existence and as such posted a couple of highlights mustered during yesterday's Switzerland training session.

With a qualifier against Latvia to limber up for, Shaqiri pulled a fewstunners out of the bag, lashing home threestonking acrobatic volleys over the course of the afternoon.

Just Eight Months On, FIFA Charge Republic Of Ireland Over Commemorative ‘1916 Easter Rising’ Shirt

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FIFA have metered out their usual brand of swift, forthright justice by charging the Republic of Ireland for using their kitto commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising earlier in the year.

Ireland took to the field against Switzerland back in March with a special logo embroidered onto the breasts of their shirts to pay tribute to the 485 people that lost their lives in the rebellion against British rule.

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Atletico have edge in Champions League semis – Buffon

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Real Madrid are defending champions and Monaco the most “feisty” but Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says that Atletico Madrid are the “trickiest”.

Buffon shut out Lionel Messi and Barcelona over two legs in the quarter-finals but his Juventus side must beat one of the above in the last four to keep alive his dreams of a first Champions League title.

Atletico have edge in Champions League semis – Buffon

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Real Madrid are defending champions and Monaco the most “feisty” but Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says that Atletico Madrid are the “trickiest”.

Buffon shut out Lionel Messi and Barcelona over two legs in the quarter-finals but his Juventus side must beat one of the above in the last four to keep alive his dreams of a first Champions League title.

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”.

Stage set for ‘classic’ as Real draw Bayern

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich and a reunion with “master” Carlo Ancelotti after Zinedine Zidane got his wish and avoided Leicester City in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw.

Leicester will play Atletico Madrid - “a massive challenge,” said Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare - and the Italian and Spanish champions clash with Juventus drawing the miracle men of Barcelona.

Real draw Bayern in Champions League quarter-final blockbuster

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face their former coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals as Juventus were drawn on Friday against comeback kings Barcelona.

English champions Leicester play their first quarter-finals in the top-tier European competition against Atletico Madrid as France’s Monaco clash with Borussia Dortmund over two legs in April.

Real draw Bayern in Champions League quarter-final blockbuster

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face their former coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals as Juventus were drawn on Friday against comeback kings Barcelona.

English champions Leicester play their first quarter-finals in the top-tier European competition against Atletico Madrid as France’s Monaco clash with Borussia Dortmund over two legs in April.

Real draw Bayern; Juve faces Barca in Champions League quarters

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face their former coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals as Juventus were drawn on Friday against comeback kings Barcelona.

English champions Leicester play their first quarter-finals in the top-tier European competition against Atletico Madrid as France’s Monaco clash with Borussia Dortmund over two legs in April.

Real draw Bayern; Juve faces Barca in Champions League quarters

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face their former coach Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals as Juventus were drawn on Friday against comeback kings Barcelona.

English champions Leicester play their first quarter-finals in the top-tier European competition against Atletico Madrid as France’s Monaco clash with Borussia Dortmund over two legs in April.

Champions League rivals running scared of Leicester City

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid, comeback kings Barcelona and the mighty Bayern Munich are all in the hat for Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw, but Zinedine Zidane knows who he wants to avoid.

“No coach wants Leicester as a rival,” the Real boss admitted, a view echoed by Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon: “Leicester, because they’re a dangerous side, they’re full of enthusiasm and can hurt you.

United draw delights Rostov in Europa League last-16

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face faraway Russian outfit Rostov, who unlike Jose Mourinho were delighted with the Europa League last-16 tie.

Mourinho’s side beat French club Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the last 32 and the English club will now travel to Russia on Thursday, March 9 with the second leg in Manchester a week later on March 16.

United draw delights Rostov in Europa League last-16

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face faraway Russian outfit Rostov, who unlike Jose Mourinho were delighted with the Europa League last-16 tie.

Mourinho’s side beat French club Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the last 32 and the English club will now travel to Russia on Thursday, March 9 with the second leg in Manchester a week later on March 16.

Man Utd draw delights Rostov in Europa League last-16

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face faraway Russian outfit Rostov, who unlike Jose Mourinho were delighted with the Europa League last-16 tie.

Mourinho’s side beat French club Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the last 32 and the English club will now travel to Russia on Thursday, March 9 with the second leg in Manchester a week later on March 16.

Man Utd draw delights Rostov in Europa League last-16

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face faraway Russian outfit Rostov, who unlike Jose Mourinho were delighted with the Europa League last-16 tie.

Mourinho’s side beat French club Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the last 32 and the English club will now travel to Russia on Thursday, March 9 with the second leg in Manchester a week later on March 16.

Man Utd draw Rostov in Europa League last-16

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face modest Russian side Rostov in the last-16 of the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho’s side beat French club Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the last 32. The English club will travel to Russia on Thursday, March 9 with the second leg a week later on March 16.

Man Utd draw Rostov in Europa League last-16

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Favourites Manchester United were drawn on Friday to face modest Russian side Rostov in the last-16 of the Europa League.

Jose Mourinho’s side beat French club Saint-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate in the last 32. The English club will travel to Russia on Thursday, March 9 with the second leg a week later on March 16.

UEFA seeks to limit leaders’ terms

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – UEFA’s executive on Thursday voted in favour of limiting leaders to three four-year terms and guaranteeing two seats for Europe’s increasingly powerful clubs.

The moves were part of reforms that new leader Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to introduce since taking over from the scandal-tainted Michel Platini in September.

UEFA seeks to limit leaders’ terms

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – UEFA’s executive on Thursday voted in favour of limiting leaders to three four-year terms and guaranteeing two seats for Europe’s increasingly powerful clubs.

The moves were part of reforms that new leader Aleksander Ceferin has vowed to introduce since taking over from the scandal-tainted Michel Platini in September.

English clubs top Euro 2016 compensation list

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) Liverpool led English clubs in taking the lion's share of the 150 million euros ($162 million) compensation handed out by UEFA for freeing players for Euro 2016.

Yet while 60 English clubs shared 38.2 million euros ($41.3 million), Icelandic clubs whose country humiliated England at the tournament got just 118,712 euros.

Perez hat-trick propels Gunners to first place

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Basel (Switzerland) (AFP) Lucas Perez made the most of a rare start by scoring a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-1 rout of Basel that sent Arsenal through to the Champions League last 16 as group winners.

The Spaniard missed over a month with an ankle injury following his move from Deportivo la Coruna in August but played a leading role in Switzerland as Arsene Wenger's men stole first place from Paris Saint-Germain in Group A.

House searches in Switzerland over 2006 World Cup

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Geneva (AFP) Swiss prosecutors said Wednesday that houses had been searched last week as part of a broadening investigation into corruption allegations over the awarding of the 2006 World Cup to Germany.

The investigation targetting members of the 2006 World Cup organising committee, including German football legend Franz Beckenbauer, has been expanded to include Urs Linsi, the former General Secretary of world football's governing body FIFA, the office of Switzerland's Attorney General said in a statement.

Fit-again Ronaldo back in Portugal squad

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Lisbon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo was named in the Portugal squad Thursday after recovering from a knee injury that wrecked his Euro 2016 final and is expected to start in the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

The European champions need the Real Madrid forward to start firing immediately after they suffered a 2-0 away defeat to Switzerland earlier this month to sit bottom of Group B after one game.

Fit-again Ronaldo back in Portugal squad

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Lisbon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo was named in the Portugal squad Thursday after recovering from a knee injury that wrecked his Euro 2016 final and is expected to start in the World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and the Faroe Islands.

The European champions need the Real Madrid forward to start firing immediately after they suffered a 2-0 away defeat to Switzerland earlier this month to sit bottom of Group B after one game.

Switzerland to host inter-migrant football contest

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Lausanne (AFP) Around 120 asylum seekers and refugees in Switzerland will next week compete in a football tournament organised with the backing of UEFA, organisers said Wednesday.

This first "inter-migrant" contest is being organised by Hospice Generale, a Geneva-based charity established in 1535, together with local authorities in the town of Nyon, where UEFA, the governing body of European football, is headquartered.

Switzerland to host inter-migrant football contest

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Lausanne (AFP) Around 120 asylum seekers and refugees in Switzerland will next week compete in a football tournament organised with the backing of UEFA, organisers said Wednesday.

This first "inter-migrant" contest is being organised by Hospice Generale, a Geneva-based charity established in 1535, together with local authorities in the town of Nyon, where UEFA, the governing body of European football, is headquartered.

Jill Ellis

Merritt Mathias called up to U.S. National Team for October friendlies

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Jill Ellis brought in 11 uncapped players for two matches against Switzerland.

Following the team's early exit from the 2016 Olympics Games, U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis is making good on her promise of testing out new talent — bringing in 11 uncapped players for the next two matches against Switzerland on Oct.

Ellis unveils young USWNT roster for Switzerland friendlies

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U.S. Women's National Team coach Jill Ellis has shaken things up ahead of a new World Cup cycle.

Ellis has called up 24 players to the latest squad to face Switzerland on Oct. 19 and Oct. 23. Several members on the team participated at the 2016 Olympics, but nearly half of the roster is uncapped.

EURO 2016

Euro 2016: Arsenal Midfielder costs Switzerland in penalty shootout defeat

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Poland are the first team to book their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with a penalty shootout win over Switzerland in Saint-Étienne this afternoon.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes before Arsenal’s new signing Granit Xhaka missed the only penalty in the shootout.

Arsenal midfielder misses penalty as Poland beat Switzerland

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Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka missed from the spot as Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 on penalties in the round of 16 knockout tie at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne.

Poland made a bright start to the game and should have got an early opening goal, after Milik missed from 18 yards out, although he had an open net to score.

Euro 2016: Xherdan Shaqiri Lights Up Last 16 Opener With Amazing Acrobatic Goal Against Poland (Video)

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Just as the first Euro 2016 last-16 game was beginning tobubble under, Xherdan Shaqiri scored an absolutely terrific goal to notch an equaliser against Poland.

After a long, long period of nothing much,the ball suddenly sat up on the edge of the area and, without pausing for though, Shaqiri walloped it into the bottom corner with a magnificent piece of acrobatic ingenuity.

Must-See Goal: Xherdan Shaqiri

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Euro 2016 Saturday: Arsenal's €25m target vs Polish gladiator, key battles

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Switzerland take on Poland in the Round of 16 knockout tie at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne on Saturday. The Swiss were far from convincing in their group stage games but did enough to qualify to the next round, remaining unbeaten throughout.

Poland have a good record against the Swiss, having lost just once in their last 10 meetings.

Switzerland vs Poland: Arsenal star to start, Possible starting XI, Live Stream, Betting Odds

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Euro 2016 Championships

Date: 25th June, 2016

Time: 14:00 pm BST

Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne

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Switzerland take on Poland in the round of 16 knockout clash at Euro 2016 at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

Granit Xhaka, N’Golo Kante stand out among top five players in Euro 2016 Group A

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With the action done and dusted inEuro 2016Group A two teams are safely through to the last 16 – group winners France and second place Switzerland – while Albania's 1-0 win over Romania means...

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Four things we learned: Basel 1-4 Arsenal

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Arsenal travelled to Switzerland on Tuesday night in a Champions League game that saw the Gunners...

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USWNT dominates Switzerland again in friendly

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For the second time in less than a week, the U.S. Women's National Team cruised past Switzerland, and for the second time in less than a week, a new face scored seconds into her debut.

Kealia Ohai scored just 48 seconds into her debut, helping the USWNT rout Switzerland, 5-0, in the second of two friendly matches.

USA 4, Switzerland 0: Five things we learned

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Lots of lessons to learn, even in a 4-0 win for the USWNT.

The United States women's national team blitzed Switzerland in the second half of a friendly on Wednesday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

After a tight first half where the USA struggled to gain control, it started the second half quickly and never looked back.