Sports, skiing, snowboard: Feuz, world no. 2, knee injury won’t end season

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss ski and snowboard season was off to a bumpy start, with snowboarders surprising everyone by failing to qualify for World Cup competitions last week and world number two skier Beat Feuz suffering a serious knee injury. The news this week is slightly better, with Feuz’s doctors now saying he has […]

Football: Spain seizes historic victory in Euro 2012 final

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Spain’s national football team celebrated a historic victory Sunday 1 July at the Euro 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine, after defeating Italy 4-0. Spain became the first team ever to win back the European Cup with a World Cup gain in between. The crushing 4-0 score represents the largest margin in a European […]

Sports, skiing: Didier Cuche to retire after this season

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss ski star Didier Cuche, who was named Swiss Person of the Year earlier this week by thousands of television viewers, announced Thursday afternoon that he will retire from the sport at the end of this season. The 37-year-old’s decision came as no surprise. But Cuche is not just one of the […]

Hitzfeld signs on to coach Swiss until 2014

Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Ottmar Hitzfeld, German coach who took Switzerland’s football team to the World Cup in 2010, will stay on until the summer of 2014, the Swiss Football Federation announced Thursday 10 March. Hitzfeld is widely considered one of Germany’s most successful football coaches; he joined the Swiss team in 2008 for a […]

Messi awarded football’s Ballon d’Or

International sports, football (video) Zurich, Switzerland (GenevalUnch) – Lionel Messi was awarded Fifa’s  (international football federation) highest honour, the Ballon d’Or. The Argentinian told reporters afterwards that he felt his Barcelona teammates Xavi and Andres Iniesta deserved it as well. Messi received 22.65 percent of the vote, while Iniesta had 17.36 and Xavi 16.48 percent. […]

Berlusconi says happy with Russian plan to scrap football visas

Italian prime minister says he helped Russia win World Cup bid Sochi, Russia and Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Russian news agency Ria Novosti reports Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as saying that he is  happy with Russia’s decision to not demand visas for European Union visitors to the 2018 World Cup football championship. Berlusconi told […]

World Cup in Russia! in 2018 and Qatar! for 2022

International sports, World Cup football Zurich, Switzerland (Genevalunch)- Russia is to host the 2018 World Cup despite the fact that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin did not attend the final days of lobbying and decision-making. The 22 executives of Fifa, the world football federation, announced the successful candidate countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup following […]

Three more Fifa officials embroiled in scandal (update)

Update 30 Novembr  Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Lausanne-based IOC (International Olympic Committee) is reportedly asking the BBC to share with it proof that Issa Hayatou accepted bribes in the 1980s and 1990s. Hayatou is president of the Cameroon Football Association and a member of his country’s Olympic national committee. The bribe was mentioned on the […]

Football federation donates $100,000 to Togo player

US former President Clinton to plead US case in Zurich Zurich, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Togo goalkeeper Kodjovi Obilale, who played for French side Pontivy, before he was injured in an armed attack in January 2010, is to received $100,000 from Fifa, the international football federation. The 25-year-old football player was gravely injured when his team’s […]

Predictive octopus Paul passes at 2-1/2

Paul, the octopus who correctly predicted the outcome of all seven German World Cup matches this summer, as well as theeventual winner of the final game, Spain, has died. Officials at the Sea Life aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany announced 27 October he had died of natural causes earlier this week. He will be replaced by […]