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Euro 2020 still just a dream for pride of Kosovo

6:10am GMT

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland Kosovo's remarkable rise in international football is often attributed to the passion of players representing a newly-independent country but coach Bernard Challandes says it has been as much about good football as pride.

WRAPUP 2-Soccer-Eriksen scores first Inter goal, Ajax lose, United held

20 Feb 2020

ZURICH, Feb 20 Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen scored his first goal for the club since last month's move from Tottenham Hotspur to set up a 2-0 win at Ludogorets Razgrad in their Europa League last 32, first leg on Thursday.

Atalanta tear up script again with Valencia drubbing

20 Feb 2020

Atalanta president Antonio Percassi believes it is never too early to start supporting the club, so he sends a replica shirt to every baby born in the hospitals of their home city Bergamo.

Kosovo coach unhappy with Euro playoffs format

20 Feb 2020

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes is unhappy with the format of next month's Euro 2020 playoff ties, saying it creates complex logistical problems for his team and makes it almost impossible for their fanatical fans to attend the decisive match.

Football to provide safety-net for unpaid players

11 Feb 2020

ZURICH A fund has been set up to help footballers who are left without wages when their clubs fall into financial difficulties or go out of business, global soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday.

Soccer: Players have too much to lose if they speak out says Kompany

29 Jan 2020

BRUSSELS Professional footballers have too much to lose if they speak their minds on issues affecting the game, such as being ostracised or 'forgotten' if they say the wrong things, according to former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.

Kompany believes diversity needs to start at the top

29 Jan 2020

BRUSSELS Belgian defender Vincent Kompany believes that racism in soccer can be truly tackled only when there is diversity in the boardroom, which he said was not the case at the moment.

No easy solution for fitting in AFCON, say players' reps

22 Jan 2020

GENEVA Players' representatives are worried that moving next year's Africa Cup of Nations to January will create difficulties for the continent's footballers, but say there is no easy solution as to how to fit the competition into the calendar.

South Pacific nations losing out in club-versus-country battle

22 Jan 2020

GENEVA Rugby players from the South Pacific islands are being caught up in a tug-of-war because their European clubs place "undue pressure" on them not to play international matches, the chief executive of the global players' union said on Wednesday.

FIFPro will back players who defy Olympic ban on political protests

22 Jan 2020

GENEVA Global football union FIFPro says it will support any soccer player who defies a International Olympic Committee (IOC) ban on political protests and statements during events at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this year.

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