UEFA

  • UEFA sets 2018 World Cup qualifying format, eyes 14th entry 5 days ago

    Vienna: Europe's World Cup qualifying process is being based on 13 available places for the 2018 tournament, even though UEFA thinks it deserves a 14th. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino said Monday that Europe will retain the same format of nine qualifying groups. The nine group winners will advance to play...
  • Michel Platini secures third term as UEFA president 5 days ago

    Vienna: Michel Platini will be elected to a third term as UEFA president on Tuesday unopposed as he is the only candidate for the top post in the European football governing body. The 59-year-old, who led France to the European Championship in 1984, was first elected as UEFA president in 2007...
  • Change at top of FIFA is 'important' for football, says Michel Platini March 16, 2015

    Nyon: UEFA President Michel Platini says change at FIFA is "important for football." Platini, a FIFA vice president, says it needs "new ideas, a new program" as longtime leader Sepp Blatter seeks a fifth term on May 29. UEFA supports all three Blatter opponents: Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Luis Figo...
  • Financial fair play question mark over Roberto Mancini's transfer plans March 10, 2015

    Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini would like to sign Yaya Toure but has admitted that UEFA's financial fair play rules have left a question mark over his plans for next season. Mancini said he had given the squad a new mentality since taking over in November for his second stint at...
  • David Beckham welcomes Luis Figo's FIFA presidential bid February 17, 2015

    London: David Beckham has welcomed former Real Madrid teammate Luis Figo's bid to unseat Sepp Blatter, saying FIFA needs candidates "passionate about the game." Figo is the only former player standing in May's election, which also features FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and Dutch football association chairman Michael van...
  • Manchester City bullish after cutting financial losses December 4, 2014

    Manchester City cut their financial losses en route to the Premier League title last season, leaving the English champions to believe they will not fall foul of UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations again. City's annual report published on Wednesday revealed a loss of 23 million pounds ($36.1 million) in 2013-14, substantially...
  • Financial Fair Play is a contradiction, says Jose Mourinho December 2, 2014

    UEFA's Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are "a contradiction" and only serve to protect big clubs with a long history of success, according to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Mourinho's club spent heavily in the close season to sign Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa but, after losing a number of players, had...
  • UEFA punishes Galatasaray, Borussia Dortmund for crowd disorder November 20, 2014

    Nyon: UEFA has punished Galatasaray and Borussia Dortmund for crowd disorder and sanctioned BATE Borisov for racism by its fans at Champions League matches. UEFA says its disciplinary panel fined Galatasaray 70,000 euros ($87,700) for disturbances which stopped play twice during a 4-1 loss at Dortmund this month. The Turkish club's...
  • Champions League: Sporting Lisbon want rematch with Schalke over penalty winner October 24, 2014

    Berlin: Portugal's Sporting Lisbon have lodged a protest with European soccer's governing body UEFA and demanded a rematch with Schalke 04 after a last-gasp penalty gave the Germans a 4-3 win in their Champions League game on Tuesday. "The green-whites (of Sporting) have demanded the match to be played again or...
  • Champions League: Atletico Madrid rout Malmo 5-0 October 23, 2014

    Madrid: Atletico Madrid overcame a sluggish start to score five second-half goals in a 5-0 rout of Malmo and move top of Group A in the Champions League on Wednesday. Atletico lacked accuracy in its first-half corners, something that visibly exasperated coach Diego Simeone after a chance went wide in the...
  • UEFA fines four clubs for crowd misbehavior October 21, 2014

    Galatasaray, FC Basel, Feyenoord and Standard Liege have been fined by UEFA for crowd misbehavior during games in the Champions League and the Europa League. Turkish team Galatasaray were fined 50,000 euros ($80,000) after their fans set off or threw fireworks and missiles during a Champions League match at Arsenal on...
  • Sepp Blatter is not serving football anymore, says Platini October 17, 2014

    UEFA president Michel Platini hit out at FIFA chief Sepp Blatter on Friday, saying the Swiss has stopped serving the cause of football. "Sepp is not the president of FIFA anymore. He is FIFA," Frenchman Platini, whose book "Let's Talk About Football" was released this week, told sports daily L'Equipe. "Platini, Pele,...
  • UEFA urged to amend financial fair play policy October 15, 2014

    Paris: French football club Paris Saint-Germain and English Premier League's Manchester City have urged the European football governing body, UEFA, to make changes to its Financial Fair Play policy (FFP) rules. The French Ligue 1 side and English Premiership champions, who were each fined 60 million euros by UEFA this summer...
  • UEFA to restrict top-seed status to title winners October 9, 2014

    UEFA is set to introduce changes to the Champions League so only the winners of the highest-ranked leagues and the title holder will be among the top-seeded teams. UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino confirmed in London that the group-stage change from next season only has to be "ratified" in December on...
  • UEFA bans FIGC president for 6 months for racism October 8, 2014

    UEFA banned Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio for six months on Tuesday following a racist comment during his election campaign. Tavecchio, a long-standing executive in Italian football, was elected president in August despite causing a stir over a reference to bananas when discussing the presence of foreign players in Italy. "Mr....
  • UEFA punishes Serbian club Partizan for racist banner October 6, 2014

    Switzerland: UEFA has ordered Serbian club Partizan to close a section of their stadium at a Europa League match after "racist behavior" by fans at a previous match. Partizan fans displayed an anti-Semitic banner that mimicked the logo of British TV sitcom "Only Fools and Horses" during a 0-0 draw against...
  • Champions League: Bayern edge City; big wins for Roma, Porto September 18, 2014

    Bayern Munich scored a 90thminute goal to beat Manchester City 10 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 10. Bayern defender Jerome Boateng's powerful shot appeared to deflect off teammate Mario Goetze, rising up and beyond the dive of his former City teammate Joe...
  • Real Madrid minor blips or serious signs? September 16, 2014

    "Too many cooks spoil the broth" an age old proverb which might sound veridical to Madridistas at the moment. Real Madrid finished last season as the Champions of Europe, clinching the "La Decima" after a wait of over ten seasons. For the current generation of Madrid fans, it is...
  • European coaches ponder changes to away goals rule September 5, 2014

    Europe's top club coaches have been contemplating whether the away goals rule should remain in force in the Champions League and Europa League. The rule was introduced nearly 50 years ago when playing away in Europe was a novelty, but critics say it has now become counterproductive, unnecessary and unfair. "There was...
  • UEFA ponders Champions League seeding changes September 4, 2014

    Geneva: UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe, is considering how to change the seedings for the Champions League clubs, with one option guaranteeing topseeding to winners of highranked leagues. Currently, UEFA ranks clubs over five years of competition results, leaving national champions Manchester City, Juventus and Paris SaintGermain among...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player in Europe award August 28, 2014

    Monaco: Cristiano Ronaldo has won UEFA's award as the best player in Europe last season after scoring a record 17 goals in the Champions League. The Real Madrid and Portgual forward beat Bayern Munich pair Manuel Neuer of Germany and the Netherlands' Arjen Robben. The voting was by journalists from UEFA's 54...
  • Celtic slammed after second Champions League exit August 27, 2014

    Former Celtic players accused the club of refusing to invest sufficiently in the squad after the Scottish champions wasted a Champions League reprieve by crashing out of the competition in the playoff round. Having been beaten 61 on aggregate by Legia Warsaw in the previous qualifying round, Celtic were reinstated in...
  • Neuer, Ronaldo, Robben on UEFA award shortlist August 14, 2014

    Nyon, Switzerland: World Cupwinning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Champions Leaguewinning forward Cristiano Ronaldo are in a threeplayer contest to win UEFA's best player in Europe award. Arjen Robben, who helped the Netherlands and Bayern Munich reach both major competition semifinals, completes the shortlist announced on Thursday. UEFA says they topped a poll...
  • Real Madrid lift Super Cup thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo double August 13, 2014

    Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as a rampant Real Madrid side, featuring the most expensive strike force ever assembled, powered to a 20 win over Sevilla in an allSpanish UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. It was a thoroughly deserved victory before a 33,500 crowd at the Cardiff City Stadium in the traditional...
  • Vanishing spray approved for UEFA competitions August 8, 2014

    Nyon: Vanishing spray will be used by referees in UEFA competitions this season after its successful introduction at the World Cup in Brazil. UEFA says the spray will debut on Tuesday when Champions League winner Real Madrid play Europa League winner Sevilla for the Super Cup title in Cardiff, Wales. UEFA President...
  • UEFA bans Red Star Belgrade from Champions League June 6, 2014

    Nyon: UEFA has barred Serbian title winner Red Star Belgrade from next season's Champions League for not paying their debts. The 1991 European Cup winner was judged "in breach of a number of provisions of the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations," UEFA said in a statement. Clubs must show...
  • Real and Atletico face UEFA charges over European final May 28, 2014

    Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are facing disciplinary action over their behaviour during the Champions League final in Lisbon, UEFA said on Tuesday. Atletico coach Diego Simeone faces a hearing after he ran on to the pitch and was sent off by the referee near the end of extra time, the...
  • UEFA, Europol team up to fight matchfixing May 27, 2014

    Nyon: UEFA has signed a working agreement with Europol, which says it is involved in nine investigations of organized crime syndicates linked to matchfixing. Europol director Rob Wainwright says it is supporting police services across Europe in the cases. No details of the investigations were given at a signing ceremony with...