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May 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
CSKA Moscow overcame an early deficit and a partisan Portuguese crowd with three second-half goals to defeat Sporting Lisbon, 3-1, and win soccer's UEFA Cup on Wednesday in Lisbon. The result made CSKA the first Russian club to win a European title and Sporting one of only three teams to lose a European final at their own ground, joining Juventus and AS Roma. Daniel Carvalho, who set up all three goals, was named man of the match.
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August 30, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES
In the end, it always comes down to money. But before we go down that route, take a glimpse back to Friday night and a game played in a locale where the dollars are piled higher than in most places on the planet -- the Stade Louis II in the casino-fueled principality of Monaco. Up in the stands, Michel Platini, the French president of UEFA, was hobnobbing with royalty, in this case Monaco's Prince Albert II, who had wandered down from his palace just to the north of the stadium.
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May 20, 2004 | Grahame L. Jones, From Staff and Wire Reports
Spanish champion Valencia added another trophy to its list of season honors Wednesday when it defeated Olympique Marseille of France, 2-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 42,000 at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, to win the UEFA Cup.
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April 16, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Five things happening around the world: 1_The hottest player in Europe right now might not be Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, despite his 38 goals this season, but rather Bayern Munich forward Luca Toni. The Italian striker's most recent feat was to score an incredible four goals in 27 minutes in two competitions three days apart to bring his season tally to 31 goals. On Thursday, Toni, who was acquired by Bayern Munich from Fiorentina in Italy 10 months ago for a bargain $17.4 million, scored two goals in the last five minutes of overtime to help the German club tie Getafe of Spain, 3-3, and thus advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Cup. On Sunday, the 2006 World Cup winner, scored twice in the first 22 minutes of Bayern Munich's 5-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund, a victory that lifted the club 10 points clear of its nearest Bundesliga challenger.
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October 4, 2002 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of the leading clubs competing in the UEFA Cup survived completion of the first round Thursday, but two big-name teams, Chelsea of England and Rangers of Scotland, crashed out in spectacular fashion. Chelsea fell at the first hurdle for the third season in a row when it was beaten, 4-2, by unheralded Viking Stavanger of Norway, thereby losing the two-game series, 5-4, on aggregate. Erik Neyland scored twice for the Norwegian team at home, including the decisive goal in the 87th minute.
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May 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
Sparked by a new coach and by two goals by forward Ali Daei, Iran beat UEFA Cup champion Internazionale of Milan, 4-1, Saturday in a soccer exhibition game in Como, Italy. In its first game since Jalal Talebi replaced Tomislav Ivic as coach on Wednesday, Iran fell behind when Uruguayan forward Alvaro Recoba scored in the 41st minute.
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May 25, 2003 | GRAHAME L. JONES
For neutral observers of Wednesday's UEFA Cup final between FC Porto and Celtic in Seville, Spain, there was one moment of madness that should have swayed everyone in favor of the Portuguese champion. It came when thuggish Celtic defender Alan Thompson slammed into Ricardo Carvalho near the sideline, using a body block worthy of some NHL goons. Thompson should have been red-carded but escaped without punishment from out-of-his-depth Slovakian referee Lubos Michel.
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May 17, 1986
Two weeks to the day before the start of the World Cup, two of the tournament's stronger teams--former world champion England and host Mexico--will play today at 3 p.m. at the Coliseum in the first game of an international soccer doubleheader. In the second match at 5:30, a third World Cup team, South Korea, will play Peru. The games are expected to attract a crowd of between 50,000 and 60,000, according to promoter Hugo Bandi.
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May 19, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
CSKA Moscow overcame an early deficit and a partisan Portuguese crowd with three second-half goals to defeat Sporting Lisbon, 3-1, and win soccer's UEFA Cup on Wednesday in Lisbon. The result made CSKA the first Russian club to win a European title and Sporting one of only three teams to lose a European final at their own ground, joining Juventus and AS Roma. Daniel Carvalho, who set up all three goals, was named man of the match.
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May 20, 2004 | Grahame L. Jones, From Staff and Wire Reports
Spanish champion Valencia added another trophy to its list of season honors Wednesday when it defeated Olympique Marseille of France, 2-0, in front of a sellout crowd of 42,000 at the Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden, to win the UEFA Cup.
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March 23, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Ronaldo is expected to play today in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Monaco, Real Madrid said Monday on its website. The Brazil international resumed training with the rest of his teammates after recovering from a torn muscle in his left leg, which he injured earlier this month during a Spanish league match. Ronaldo "completed the training session, he touched the ball and said he felt fine," the club said.
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July 11, 2003 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
While FIFA is considering a plan that would reduce the number of teams in domestic leagues as a way to preserve players' health, the head of European soccer thinks the sports' world governing body should first take a look in the mirror.
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May 25, 2003 | GRAHAME L. JONES
For neutral observers of Wednesday's UEFA Cup final between FC Porto and Celtic in Seville, Spain, there was one moment of madness that should have swayed everyone in favor of the Portuguese champion. It came when thuggish Celtic defender Alan Thompson slammed into Ricardo Carvalho near the sideline, using a body block worthy of some NHL goons. Thompson should have been red-carded but escaped without punishment from out-of-his-depth Slovakian referee Lubos Michel.
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October 4, 2002 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most of the leading clubs competing in the UEFA Cup survived completion of the first round Thursday, but two big-name teams, Chelsea of England and Rangers of Scotland, crashed out in spectacular fashion. Chelsea fell at the first hurdle for the third season in a row when it was beaten, 4-2, by unheralded Viking Stavanger of Norway, thereby losing the two-game series, 5-4, on aggregate. Erik Neyland scored twice for the Norwegian team at home, including the decisive goal in the 87th minute.
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April 16, 2008 | Grahame L. Jones, Times Staff Writer
Five things happening around the world: 1_The hottest player in Europe right now might not be Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo, despite his 38 goals this season, but rather Bayern Munich forward Luca Toni. The Italian striker's most recent feat was to score an incredible four goals in 27 minutes in two competitions three days apart to bring his season tally to 31 goals. On Thursday, Toni, who was acquired by Bayern Munich from Fiorentina in Italy 10 months ago for a bargain $17.4 million, scored two goals in the last five minutes of overtime to help the German club tie Getafe of Spain, 3-3, and thus advance to the semifinals of the UEFA Cup. On Sunday, the 2006 World Cup winner, scored twice in the first 22 minutes of Bayern Munich's 5-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund, a victory that lifted the club 10 points clear of its nearest Bundesliga challenger.
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July 11, 2003 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
While FIFA is considering a plan that would reduce the number of teams in domestic leagues as a way to preserve players' health, the head of European soccer thinks the sports' world governing body should first take a look in the mirror.
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July 12, 2002 | GRAHAME L. JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
European soccer leaders took action on a variety of fronts Thursday in an effort to streamline the sport on the club and national team levels. To begin with, the executive committee of the Union of European Football Assns. (UEFA) announced in Nyon, Switzerland, that UEFA will withdraw from the FIFA Confederations Cup after the next two tournaments, in 2003 and 2005. "We will not participate [after that], but it would be wrong to step out now," said Lennart Johansson, UEFA's Swedish president.
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May 24, 1998 | From Associated Press
Sparked by a new coach and by two goals by forward Ali Daei, Iran beat UEFA Cup champion Internazionale of Milan, 4-1, Saturday in a soccer exhibition game in Como, Italy. In its first game since Jalal Talebi replaced Tomislav Ivic as coach on Wednesday, Iran fell behind when Uruguayan forward Alvaro Recoba scored in the 41st minute.
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