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Bayern blitz City

Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng celebrates scoring against Manchester City during their Uefa Champions League Group E — AFP

Schalke hold Chelsea, easy victory for Barcelona

Tottenham face Belgrade in quest for Euro glory

Celtic face a tough trip to Salzburg on Thursday, the day of Scotland’s independence referendum, while Everton host Wolfsburg and Tottenham go to Partizan Belgrade as the epic quest for the Europa Lea

Nicolas Sarkozy poised to make comeback soon

It’s one of the worst kept secrets in French politics: Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, who leapt to power in 2007 before suffering a humbling defeat five years later, is poised to make his comeback this week.

French PM wins vote of confidence

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday won a vote of confidence in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided his Socialist Party.

Steven Gerrard rescues Liverpool

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring a penalty on Tuesday.— AP

Dortmund shock for Arsenal, holders Real Madrid post big win

German challenge for EPL giants

Chelsea striker Diego Costa (left) shares a light moment with team mates at a training session. (Photo:  AP)

English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City get their Champions League campaigns off the mark on Wednesday against German rivals Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich, with Paris Saint German star Zlatan

Jerome Champagne to challenge FIFA president Sepp Blatter

Long-time Fifa incumbent Sepp Blatter will have at least one rival for next year’s presidential election as former senior Fifa executive Jerome Champagne confirmed on Monday he would contest it.

Ronaldo vs Messi, Real Madrid vs others: Five facts on the Champions League

Ronaldo and Messi will be looking to become the all-time top scorer in the Champions League. Photo: AFP/ File

Five facts on the Champions League group stage which gets underway on Tuesday:

UEFA cash score up:

Bayern Munich host Manchester City, Chelsea face Schalke test in Champions League

The 2013 winners of Champions League, Bayern Munich face off against EPL winners Manchester City. Photo: AP/ File

English heavyweights Chelsea and Manchester City get their Champions League campaigns off the mark on Wednesday against German rivals Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich, with Paris Saint German star Zlatan

Jerome Champagne to challenge Blatter at FIFA presidential election

Jerome Champagne had worked closely with Blatter between 2002 and 2005 as deputy secretary-general. Photo: AP/ File

Long-time FIFA incumbent Sepp Blatter will have at least one rival for next year's presidential election as former senior FIFA executive Jerome Champagne confirmed on Monday he would contest it.

The kindest thing that can be said of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s indifferent performance in the series of byelections since the general election last May is that they are a pointer to the significant role played by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in ensuring the decisive Lok Sabha outcome.

Disasters not only disrupt society, they also distort its basic categories, creating inversions, disrupting normalcy and suspending time in a prolonged way. Return to normalcy then becomes even more difficult and unpredictable.