Baku quiet as Europa League fans struggle with travel

Soccer 05/28/19, 07:32

As Arsenal and Chelsea fans scramble for flights and buses to get to the Europa League final, Baku's streets are quiet.On the main shopping street, only soccer-shaped plant pots indicate there's a game on at all. Of the foreign fans scattered around the city on Tuesday, many were from Russia ...

Azerbaijan’s Europa League final complex for teams, fans

Soccer 05/27/19, 07:41

Azerbaijan hoped the Europa League final would mark its emergence as an international football power — off the field, anyway. But it has instead found itself in a storm of bad PR.Arsenal and Chelsea meet Wednesday in a country that few of their fans have been able to reach, and ...

UEFA works on better Europa deals for Arsenal, Chelsea fans

Soccer 05/17/19, 06:58

UEFA says it's working "to help find cheaper solutions" for Arsenal and Chelsea fans going to the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.Fans of the English clubs have criticized their limited flight and hotel options for the May 29 game in Baku.Return tickets cost around 1,000 pounds ($1,275) on the few ...

Arsenal criticizes selection of Baku as Europa League host

Sports 05/16/19, 09:56

The choice of Azerbaijan capital Baku to host the Europa League final has caused "unacceptable" and "extreme" travel problems for Arsenal fans, the English club said on Thursday.Arsenal and Chelsea have been given just 6,000 tickets each by UEFA for the May 29 game, in a stadium with a capacity ...

UEFA picks Italian referee for Europa League final

Sports 05/13/19, 07:40

UEFA has picked Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi for the Europa League final between English rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.The 45-year-old Rocchi was previously picked by FIFA for the 2018 World Cup. He refereed three games in Russia, including the 3-3 between Spain and Portugal.The Italian match official team for the game ...

Bottas cruises to win in Baku as Mercedes dominates again

Sports 04/28/19, 08:48

Valtteri Bottas held off Lewis Hamilton before cruising to victory in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix on Sunday to continue Mercedes' dominance of the title race.That was the fourth straight one-two finish for Mercedes, the best start to a season by a two-car team in Formula One history.Bottas was challenged by ...

Rabbi leads US evangelicals in visit to Muslim Azerbaijan

Europe 03/07/19, 11:58

A group of evangelical pastors from the U.S. visited the predominantly Muslim Shiite nation of Azerbaijan to promote interfaith dialogue and highlight cooperation with Israel, with pastors saying Thursday the visit has already challenged their views about the potential for coexistence in America's polarized landscape. New York-based Rabbi Marc Schneier, who ...

UEFA cuts ticket costs for Europa League final in Azerbaijan

Soccer 02/28/19, 07:31

UEFA has cut ticket prices by one-third for the Europa League final in Azerbaijan.UEFA says the cheapest tickets will be 30 euros ($34) for the May 29 game in Baku — 15 euros ($17) less than category 4 prices at the past two finals, played in France and Sweden.The next ...

Russia, Japan, Azerbaijan battle to host 2025 World Expo

World 11/23/18, 08:40

Cities in Russia, Japan and Azerbaijan are about to find out which one of them gets to host the 2025 World Expo, an event expected to draw millions of visitors and showcase the local economy and culture.The 170 member states of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions are voting Friday ...

Azeri opposition leader faces charges after illegal rally

Europe 11/18/18, 07:42

The head of Azeri opposition party Popular Front faces legal action after authorities arrested him in Baku for attempting to lead an unsanctioned demonstration.Ali Karimli was detained Saturday while leading a procession through Baku's Alley of Martyrs, a national cemetery, to honor Azerbaijan's fallen on a holiday marking independence from ...

Arsenal, Milan stay perfect in Europa League

Soccer 10/04/18, 16:11

Teenage forward Emile Smith-Rowe scored his first senior goal as Arsenal made the most of its longest-ever trip for a European game by winning 3-0 at Qarabag in the Europa League on Thursday.Elsewhere, substitute Patrick Cutrone netted twice in nine minutes to lift seven-time European champion AC Milan to a ...

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