Leonid Fedun said he’s spent almost $1 billion to return Spartak Moscow to the glory it achieved in his youth, when it was Russia’s top soccer club. The billionaire plans to take the team public after building a new stadium.
Swansea manager Michael Laudrup signed a one-year contract extension after leading the Welsh soccer club to its first major trophy.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Chelsea became the first defending champion to not advance from the group stage of soccer’s Champions League as Juventus, Celtic and Galatasaray completed the field for the round of 16.
Porto beat Spartak Moscow 5-2 to become the first team to reach the semfinals of soccer’s Europa League.
Celtic defeated Helsingborgs 2-0 to reach the Champions League group stage, where it joins 11 other former winners of European soccer’s elite club competition.
Barcelona and Manchester United came from behind to maintain their perfect records in soccer’s Champions League, while Chelsea lost 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.
Chelsea beat Spartak Moscow 2-0 to maintain its perfect start to group play in European soccer’s Champions League.
Celtic upset Barcelona 2-1 in soccer’s Champions League, as Manchester United got three late goals to advance to the knockout stage.
Chelsea moved to the brink of elimination from soccer’s Champions League after a 3-0 loss at Juventus, while Barcelona and Bayern Munich were among four teams advancing to the last 16.