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Football: English grassroots funding cut by £1.6m

The Football Association is to lose £1.6 million ($2.7 million, 1.9 million euros) from its public funding for grassroots football, the body responsible for financing sport in England announced on Thursday. Sport England said that the cut to the FA's £30 million funding budget was due to a drop in the number of people taking part in the sport, which has fallen by 100,000 since April last year to 1.84 million. "I want these decisions to send a clear message to those national governing bodies who need to change," said Sport England chief executive Jennie Price.

Football: UEFA launches Nations League

European countries on Thursday voted to launch a Nations League tournament in 2018 to run parallel to the World Cup and European Championship. The 54 UEFA countries will be divided into divisions with promotion and relegation and offer an extra chance to qualify for the European Championship. UEFA's Congress in Astana voted unanimously to start the league. "This is a big step for national teams in Europe and we hope that fans will support the new format," said Wolfgang Niersbach, chairman of the UEFA competition committee.

Football: UEFA demands 'heavy sanctions' for match-fixing

European football's governing body UEFA on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution calling for "heavy sanctions" for those involved in match-fixing. UEFA's 54 member associations, meeting in Astana adopted an 11-point resolution aiming to impose standard punishments across Europe. UEFA has called for all countries to make 'sports fraud' a crime and for wider powers to impose life bans on players, referees and officials implicated in match-fixing.

Football: Pep's delight as Bayern claim record title

Pep Guardiola secured the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday, then promptly praised the work of his Bayern Munich predecessor Jupp Heynckes, whose record the Spaniard broke. Bayern claimed their 24th German league title with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin as Guardiola's European champions claimed the domestic league title with seven games to spare. The Bavarian giants broke their own record for the earliest confirmed league title win, set last April under Heynckes en route to the treble of European, league and cup titles, by one match.

Football: Pep's delight as Bayern claim record title

Pep Guardiola secured the Bundesliga title in record time on Tuesday, then promptly praised the work of his Bayern Munich predecessor Jupp Heynckes, whose record the Spaniard broke. Bayern claimed their 24th German league title with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin as Guardiola's European champions claimed the domestic league title with seven games to spare. The Bavarian giants broke their own record for the earliest confirmed league title win, set last April under Heynckes en route to the treble of European, league and cup titles, by one match.

Football: Bayern claim record German league title win

Record-breaking Bayern Munich claimed their 24th German league title on Tuesday with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin as Pep Guardiola's side secured the title with seven games remaining. In his debut season, Guardiola has now won three titles in nine months after last August's UEFA Super Cup triumph and December's Club World Cup success. "I am just happy we have finally managed it," said Guardiola as his side opened up an unassailable 25-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

Football: 'Exceptional' Guardiola betters Bayern's record in debut season

Pep Guardiola won his first Bundesliga title on Tuesday as record-breaking Bayern Munich were confirmed German champions with seven games to spare, bettering predecessor Jupp Heynckes' record of six. Having won 14 out of 19 titles in four years with Barcelona, Guardiola collects his third title in his nine months since taking charge of Bayern. But he pins the success firmly on his players. "A coach is always only good because he's at a big club with great players," said Guardiola before the Hertha Berlin win.

Football: Bayern claim record German league title win

Record-breaking Bayern Munich claimed their 24th German league title on Tuesday with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin as Pep Guardiola's side secured the title with seven games remaining. In his debut season, Guardiola has now won three titles in nine months after last August's UEFA Super Cup triumph and December's Club World Cup success. Bayern's 19th consecutive Bundesliga win secured their 24th title and the victory at Berlin's Olympic Stadium was never in doubt after they raced into a 2-0 lead with just 15 minutes gone.

Football: A-League's Engelaar betters Rooney wonder strike

Not to be outdone by Wayne Rooney's dazzling long-range goal at the weekend, Dutch international Orlando Engelaar scored with a wonder strike from even further away for A-League side Melbourne Heart. Engelaar's audacious effort, his fourth of the season for his club, was similar to Saturday's breathtaking effort by Rooney, which came in a 2-0 win for Manchester United against West Ham in the Premier League. But whereas the England international hit his shot from inside the West Ham half, Engelaar tried his luck from just inside his own half on Sunday.

Football: Rubin deny Dynamo chance to go second

Dynamo Moscow were denied the chance to go second in the table after being held to a goalless draw at home by Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League on Sunday. Dynamo, who won the Soviet league 11 times but are still seeking their first Russian title, are on 40 points, the same as city rivals Spartak, seven points behind the leaders Lokomotiv. Three-time former champions Zenit St Petersburg, who take on Samara on Monday in their first match under new manager Andre Villas-Boas, sit second on 41 points.
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