European elite set for Champions League group stages

DrawAugust 29 - The draw for the group stages of the Champions League, conducted in Monaco today, threw up its usual mixture of mouth-watering ties and unknown quantities.

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UEFA calls Russian and Ukranian FA into HQ for mediation talks

Russia and Ukraine flagsBy Andrew Warshaw in Monaco
August 28 - UEFA has invited the heads of the Russian and Ukrainian federations to its Swiss headquarters next month in an attempt to resolve the ongoing crisis over Crimean clubs and secure some kind of breakthrough.

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Poland's Stomil Olsztyn invests €12m in new stadium build

Stomil Olsztyn fansBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
August 28 – Poland's Stomil Olsztyn has outlined plans to build a new 12,000 capacity stadium in a bid to lure new supporters, as it pushes its way up the country's league structure.

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Platini to run for UEFA re-election, not FIFA presidency

Michel Platini 7By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent, in Monaco
August 28 - The most open secret in football politics was confirmed today when UEFA president Michel Platini ended months of speculation by officially announcing he would not be standing against Sepp Blatter for the top job in world football.

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Ludogorets promise cash for stadium upgrade after dramatic CL qualification

DomuschievBy Alexander Krassimirov
August 28 - The owner of Ludogorets Razgrad, Kiril Domuschiev, has said he will do everything in his power to get permission to hold Ludogorets' Champions League home games at the National Stadium Vasil Levski in Sofia. The Bulgarians dramatically qualified for the group stages after a penalty shoot out last night with Steaua Bucharest.

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Russian court saves Romanov from trial in Lithuania

romanovAugust 28 – Vladimir Romanov, a shareholder in failed Lithuanian bank Ukio Bankas and former owner of Scottish club Hearts, has been granted safe haven in Russia.

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European chiefs gather expectantly as Platini holds court in Monaco

Michel Platini 7By Andrew Warshaw, chief correspondent
August 27 - Will he or won't he? After months of speculation amid an intriguing and inconclusive game of cat and mouse, UEFA boss Michel Platini is expected to reveal on Thursday whether he has decided to risk taking on Sepp Blatter next year for the top job in world football.

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Ludogorets face stadium crisis if they qualify for CL group stages

VasilLevskiStadiumBy Alexander Krassimirov
August 27 - Bulgarian champions Ludogorets could be forced to play its matches in the group phase of the Champions League outside Bulgaria if they beat Romania's Steaua in the playoffs. The second match against the Romanians is tonight in Sofia, with Steaua leading by a goal.

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UEFA Emergency Panel decision de-escalates Crimean club controversy

uefa flagBy Mark Baber
August 26 - On Friday, UEFA's Emergency Panel issued a statement saying that "any football matches played by Crimean clubs organised under the auspices of the Russian Football Union will not be recognised by UEFA." The decision has been welcomed as a wise one by Russian football authorities.

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