Arsenal, the kings of the impressive wins in the European games that don’t matter as much, with resounding victories in the hopeless second legs and such, smashed FC Basel 4-1 on Tuesday to clinch Group A in the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League. Going into the sixth and final round of group play, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain both sat on 11 points. PSG, however, controlled the tiebreaker on head-to-head away goals, since the teams were tied on head-to-head points after two draws, as well as goal difference and goals scored.
Leipzig's rapid ascent through the ranks of German soccer is stoking heated debate on the roles of tradition, pride and commercialism in the nation's favorite sport. Founded in 2009, Leipzig leads the Bundesliga by three points from powerhouse Bayern Munich after a record 13-game unbeaten start including eight wins from its last eight games. Leipzig's team bus has been pelted with stones, had paint thrown at it by masked assailants, its players have been mocked and taunted, and a severed bull's head was thrown during a cup match against Saxony rival Dynamo Dresden earlier this season. Not even Mateschitz could have believed, however, that seven years later Leipzig would already be leading Germany's top flight.
BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Publisher Axel Springer (SPRGn.DE) plans to launch Germany's first daily sports newspaper next month, focusing on soccer as it seeks to offset a decline in sales at its established print business. "We believe that the time is ripe for a soccer paper," Matthias Bruegelmann, deputy editor in chief of Europe's top-selling daily paper Bild, said, adding that high TV viewing figures and big attendances in stadiums underline strong interest in the sport. Germany won the last World Cup and the country is home to Europe's second-richest soccer league after the English Premier League.