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The Decline of Serie A?

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As of February 25th, 2015, Juventus is 9 points on top of the Serie A table. Unless they crash out unexpectedly, they are on course to win a consecutive 4th title. It has been a recurring theme that Juventus wins the league by a staggering amount – in the last season, they won the league by 17 points and in the 2012/13 season, they won the league by 9 points.

The UEFA Champions League – Must See TV

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Inspired by the pair of UEFA Champions league matches that I watched yesterday afternoon (for anyone following, Barcelona beatMan City 2-1, and Juventus beat Dortmund 2-1), I decided to do a little more research into what is my opinion, one of the best annual sporting tournaments in the world.

The UEFA Champions League is an annual tournament in which top-flight clubs from various European leagues square off to be crowned Champion of European Football.

Steffi Jones – eine UEFA – Botschafterin

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(http://www.zeit.de/sport/2010-09/interview-jones-frauenwm-beckenbauer)

„Die Europäische Fußball-Union UEFA hat fünf Botschafterinnen für den Frauenfußball ernannt." Steffi Jones, die deutsche Nationalfußballspielerin war und Direktorin für den Frauenfußball ist, ist eine der UEFA-Botschafterinnen.

Soccer and National Identity in Belgium

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(imagecourtesy of the BBC)

This past summer during the World Cup viewers learned a lot about the political troubles of Brazil and how the World Cup helped unite the nation to some extent during the games. A conflict we do not hear much about in America is that of Belgium: specifically the French and Dutch speaking sections of the country.

Rock and roll…. The unflinching rise of the Gibraltar national team

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Rock and roll.... The unflinching rise of the Gibraltar national team is a post from: Just Football

September 7, 2014 saw the Gibraltar national team play their first competitive fixture in their 91-year existence, a Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland, after more than a decade of battling to be officially accepted by UEFA.

FIFA

World Cup 2022 in Qatar edges closer to November and December

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World Cup 2022 in Qatar has taken a step closer to being held in late November and late December after a FIFA task force recommended shifting the global event from summertime to winter.

The task force's recommendations will be taken to FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich on March 19 and 20 for a final decision as to dates of the tournament.

World Cup 2022 in Qatar edges closer to November and December

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World Cup 2022 in Qatar has taken a step closer to being held in late November and late December after a FIFA task force recommended shifting the global event from summertime to winter.

The task force's recommendations will be taken to FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich on March 19 and 20 for a final decision as to dates of the tournament.

Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

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The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday's surprising appearance on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend's shocking first half performance in Southampton's loss at St Mary's to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho's calls for replay seemed perfectly timed.

Instant replays not the solution after poor weekend of Premier League officiating

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The case for some sort of instant replay in the Premier League was made by Jose Mourinho on Sunday's surprising appearance on Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday program. Following Kevin Friend's shocking first half performance in Southampton's loss at St Mary's to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, Mourinho's calls for replay seemed perfectly timed.

Union bits, CBA talk, Solo expected back with USWNT, more

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Vitoria and Catic on video and Reddit. RSL owner says league will "dig their heels in" over free agency. Solo expected to be reinstated with USWNT on Saturday. More news.

Unsavory racist incidents plaguing European soccer demand strict response

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European soccer has a distasteful history of racism from inappropriate comments by high-profile officials, to public displays by fans, to on-field altercations between players. Perhaps more glaring than the incidents themselves is how they no longer seem shocking. A front page featuring prejudiced quotes and incidents of discriminatory behavior seem an inevitability every season.

Unsavory racist incidents plaguing European soccer demand strict response

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European soccer has a distasteful history of racism from inappropriate comments by high-profile officials, to public displays by fans, to on-field altercations between players. Perhaps more glaring than the incidents themselves is how they no longer seem shocking. A front page featuring prejudiced quotes and incidents of discriminatory behavior seem an inevitability every season.

Williams acknowledges pressure, league news ahead of Cup final, US-Netherlands friendly, more

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Entering final contract year, Sheanon Williams acknowledges pressure. MLS news ahead of Sunday's championship final. US to face Netherlands in June. More.

6 Potential Consequences of UEFA Pulling Out of FIFA

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You know things are bad in the FIFA house when even the normally vocal Sepp Blatter is keeping a ‘dignified' silence.

In retrospect, it was probably too much to expect FIFA to get its act together and publish a full and thorough review of Michael Garcia's report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids.

Moving the World Cup to Winter

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FIFA involved UEFA, FIFPro, and other stakeholders in a discussion over moving the 2022 World Cup to winter, but what does this mean? Read More

English Premier League

Liverpool cheated by Uefa with over-zealous punishment of Lazar Markovic

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Liverpool cheated by Uefa with over-zealous punishment of Lazar Markovic - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Liverpool Football Club has been left stunned by today's announcement that Lazar Markovic will face a four-game ban for his finger nail flick on Basel's Behrang Safari during their Champions League group match earlier in the season.

Blanc: Financial Fair Play Really Impacting Paris Saint-Germain

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Some very interesting comments from Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc that the French champions are unlikely to make any signings in this transfer window due to UEFA's financial fair play sanctions.

PSG, along with Premier League winners Manchester City, were punished when UEFA issued its first wave of FFP punishments last summer.

How the Citizens Stole Lampard

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Well, not exactly; more like "borrowing" an old but still functional squirt gun that your little brother picked up for free from a garage sale, and using that to annoy its previous owner in every way possible for an entire year. Here's my quick pre-apology to all Manchester City fans, and to Frank Lampard for bringing up events involved around him so often in this blog.

Di Maria only Premier League player in UEFA’s team of the year

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Angel di Maria is the only Premier League player to feature in UEFA's Team of the Year for 2014. His Man of the Match performance for Real Madrid in the Champions League final might have helped.

Bayern Munich dominate UEFA team of the year 2014

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Bayern Munich dominate UEFA team of the year 2014 - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

UEFA have announced the team of the year 2014 today, an eleven that was dominated by German giants, Bayern Munich.

UEFA XI Manuel Neuer; Phillip Lahm, Sergio Ramos, Diego Godin, David Alaba; Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben, Angel Di Maria; Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi.

Tottenham Charged by UEFA Over Pitch Invaders

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Tottenham have been charged by UEFA for the pitch invasions that caused their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade to be temporarily suspended.

Spurs' progress to the knockout stages was overshadowed on Thursday night by the teams being led off in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip onto the White Hart Lane pitch.

Tottenham Charged by UEFA Over Pitch Invaders

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Tottenham have been charged by UEFA for the pitch invasions that caused their Europa League tie with Partizan Belgrade to be temporarily suspended.

Spurs' progress to the knockout stages was overshadowed on Thursday night by the teams being led off in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip onto the White Hart Lane pitch.

La Liga

Fernando Torres loan move to Atletico Madrid is the top January transfer deal, says UEFA poll

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UEFA.com asked more than 50 million fans on social media to name who they thought had been the best signing of the January transfer window.

Fans of Facebook and Twitter were invited to make their suggestions using #WinterTransferTop5.

The winner, as voted on by the fans, was Fernando Torres and his return to Atletico Madrid.

Fernando Torres loan move to Atletico Madrid is the top January transfer deal, says UEFA poll

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UEFA.com asked more than 50 million fans on social media to name who they thought had been the best signing of the January transfer window.

Fans of Facebook and Twitter were invited to make their suggestions using #WinterTransferTop5.

The winner, as voted on by the fans, was Fernando Torres and his return to Atletico Madrid.

UEFA Team of the Year Revealed; La Liga and Bundesliga Stars Monopolize Honors

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UEFA has revealed its 2014 Team of the Year as voted on by UEFA.com users.

More than 8.6 million votes were tallied and the starting eleven was selected from a 40-man shortlist. The nominees were based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions.

The team is as follows:

Goalkeeper -Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Defender Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)

Defender Phillipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Defender David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Austria)

Defender Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Uruguay)

Midfielder Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands)

Midfielder Angel di Maria (Real Madrid/Manchester United/Argentina)

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

Forward Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Sweden)

As you can see, an attacking 4-3-3 formation was chosen by the voters (37%).

UEFA Team of the Year Revealed; La Liga and Bundesliga Stars Monopolize Honors

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UEFA has revealed its 2014 Team of the Year as voted on by UEFA.com users.

More than 8.6 million votes were tallied and the starting eleven was selected from a 40-man shortlist. The nominees were based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions.

The team is as follows:

Goalkeeper -Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Defender Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid/Spain)

Defender Phillipp Lahm (Bayern Munich/Germany)

Defender David Alaba (Bayern Munich/Austria)

Defender Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Uruguay)

Midfielder Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/Netherlands)

Midfielder Angel di Maria (Real Madrid/Manchester United/Argentina)

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

Forward Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain/Sweden)

As you can see, an attacking 4-3-3 formation was chosen by the voters (37%).

Morocco out of Africa, no Barça for Pep & Blatter's loose tongue

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*Morocco's national team has been banned from January's 2015 African Nations Cup after their confederation withdrew last month from hosting the tournament in the light of the Ebola epidemic.

The African Confederation have punished one of the continent's top sides for pulling out at such a late date, leaving the cup in chaos.

Arsenal

Inter Milan Do Not Include Lukas Podolski In Europa League Squad

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Lukas Podolski has not been named in Inter Milan's squad for the knockout stages of the Europa League as manager Roberto Mancini preferred Xherdan Shaqiri to the Germany international.

According to UEFA's Europa League regulations:

"one player from the above quota of three who has been fielded in a UEFA club competition group stage match for another club in the current season may exceptionally be registered, provided that the player has not been fielded a) in the same competition for another club; or b) for another club that is currently in the same competition.

Proof Arsenal were ROBBED against Anderlecht!!

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There is more proof today, if Arsenal fans needed it, that the Gunners and probably every other English Premier League club get a raw deal from the Uefa referees in the Champions League. It happens too often and has been going on for too long for it to be a coincidence any more. A Metro [...]

European nations

UEFA Double Down On Promotion/Relegation: Pros and Cons of the Nations League

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Plans were rolled out this week for the UEFA Nations League — a new international league structure featuring promotion and relegation for European nations, and while it may sound like a political conglomerate, it's going to be a very real part of the soccer calendar come 2018.

Here's a look at the basic format the tournament will take, courtesy of Toby Moses of The Guardian:

• There will be four divisions, each containing 12-14 teams based on Uefa's coefficients.

UEFA Double Down On Promotion/Relegation: Pros and Cons of the Nations League

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Plans were rolled out this week for the UEFA Nations League — a new international league structure featuring promotion and relegation for European nations, and while it may sound like a political conglomerate, it's going to be a very real part of the soccer calendar come 2018.

Here's a look at the basic format the tournament will take, courtesy of Toby Moses of The Guardian:

• There will be four divisions, each containing 12-14 teams based on Uefa's coefficients.

Real Madrid

Real Madrid launch attack on UEFA over Man Utd legend Cristiano Ronaldo

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Real Madrid have launched an attack on UEFA president Michel Platini after he claimed the Ballon d'Or winner should come from the German World...

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UEFA Team Of The Year Shortlist Revealed; Bayern Munich Lead With 9 Nominations

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UEFA has revealed the40-man shortlist for its Team of the Year with German champions Bayern Munich leading the way with nine nominations. The nominees were determined based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions. Thebest elevenwill be determined by fans via an online poll.

UEFA Team Of The Year Shortlist Revealed; Bayern Munich Lead With 9 Nominations

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UEFA has revealed the40-man shortlist for its Team of the Year with German champions Bayern Munich leading the way with nine nominations. The nominees were determined based on their overall performances in European club football and international competitions. Thebest elevenwill be determined by fans via an online poll.

UEFA BEST IDEAL XI TEAM 2014 CANDIDATES LIST

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UEFA BEST IDEAL XI TEAM 2014 CANDIDATES LIST

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Basel vs Real Madrid: Preview, Stats and Major Talking points

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Basel vs Real Madrid: Preview, Stats and Major Talking points - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Champions League: Basel vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid need to avoid defeat on Wednesday against Basle to guarantee a top spot in their group, and with their current red-hot form, it's hard to imagine anything else other than a win from Ancelotti's men.

The Rest

Reseña de blog: Fútbol de Primera

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Las ligas europeas son vistas por todo el mundo, y los medios Europeos que escriben de fútbol saben que tienen una audiencia internacional. Un medio Europeo como esos es el blog "Fútbol de Primera," un blog de España que se especializa en la Liga BBVA. Este blog habla mucho de los equipos de la Liga Española y también de los jugadores Españoles en otras ligas, como la Liga Premier.

UEFA nombra a nuevas embajadoras de futbol femenino

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No cabe duda que UEFA es la confederación con la estructura más sólida de futbol femenino. Sus programas, ligas y campañas suelen ser hechas con un gran respaldo de varias federaciones, que juntas, han logrado, desde hace muchos años, crezca el balompié femenil en el viejo continente.

El número de niñas y jóvenes que han mostrado interés en el futbol en Europa ha crecido enormemente, por lo que la búsqueda de figuras que sirvan de ejemplo, motivación e inspiración para esas futuras jugadoras, se vuelve básico.

THE UEFA IDEAL TEAM 2014

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