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Mitroglou out, Sokratis in for Greece

Greece will miss talismanic striker Costas Mitroglou in its key clash with Bosnia on Tuesday due to his injury in the game at Liechtenstein, but at least it will welcome back captain Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Mitroglou picked up a leg injury that is ruling him out of the game at Zenica, so coach Angelos Anastasiadis has called up Panionios striker Fiorin Durmishaj to replace him.

Turkey eyes Euro 2020 berth under new coach

Turkey starts its campaign to qualify for the 2020 European Football Championships on March 22 against Albania under a new coach.

FIFA investigates Serbian FA head, coach, Swiss players

Lichtsteiner joined teammates Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, of ethnic Albanian origin, who celebrated during Switzerland's game against Serbia on Friday by making a hand gesture meant to represent the double-headed eagle found on Albania's flag.

EU, Western Balkan leaders discuss integration, security

Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama (left) shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron as they and other heads of state get ready for a family photo at the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia Thursday. The summit focused on enlargement and integration in the bloc while leaders broke off for talks on the sidelines.

Serbian contestants through to Eurovision final/VIDEO

The second semi-final featured 18 countries, and Serbia's entry, "Nova Deca" ("New Children"), finished third.

Other countries that qualified last night include Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, and the Netherlands.

Bulgaria has Qualified for the Eurovision Finals (Video)

Bulgaria qualified for the final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The Equinox song Bones was among the 10 elected from the first semi-final of the competition, which this year is held in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The five artists forming Equinox include Zhana Bergendorf, Vladimir Mihailov, Georgi Simeonov-JJ, Johnny Manuel and Trey Campbell.

UEFA Bans Albania's Skenderbeu for Match-Fixing

UEFA's ethics and disciplinary body has banned Albania's top soccer team Skenderbeu for ten years and fined it a million euros after finding it guilty of running a large-scale betting scam following a two-year investigation.

Tensions Rise Ahead of Serbia-Kosovo Handball Match

Serbia and Kosovo women's handball teams are due to play against each other in Serbia on Friday, prompting a familiar mix of ethnic and political tensions.

A Serbian far-right movement, Zavetnici, called on the Serbian authorities to cancel the game, calling it an "unconstitutional game, which insults the dignity of the Serbian people".

Albania's Skanderbeu Faces UEFA Ban for Match Fixing

UEFA's Ethics and Disciplinary Inspectorate has recommended a 10-year ban from UEFA competitions and 1 million euros fine for Albania's top soccer team, KS Skenderbeu, over alleged match-fixing, Albanian media reported on Thursday.

Albania Re-elects Football Chief Amid Controversies

Armand Duka, the head of the Soccer Federation of Albania since 2002, easily won a fifth term on Wednesday, after winning 38 votes out of 66 in the Federation's Assembly.

Duka easily defeated Bashkim Fino, former Prime Minister and MP for the ruling Socialist Party, in a battle that raised concerns about political intervention in sport.

Bulgaria Learned its Rivals in the New Tournament - League of Nations

The Bulgarian national football team was selected into Group 3 of League C of the new UEFA tournament League of Nations. Rivals of the "tricolors" in the first edition of the competition will be the teams of Slovenia, Norway and Cyprus, decided the draw today in Nyon, Switzerland.

Serbs Promise Tight Security For Skanderbeu Match

Partizan has announced it will properly secure the November 2 Europa League match against Albania's Skanderbeu in Belgrade - and has asked its fans to refrain from hate speech, anger, and violence.

Albania Braces for Partizan Belgrade's 'Historic' Return

Albania's Elbasan Arena stadium on Thursday night will host a "historic" football match when Serbian team Partizan Belgrade play in the country for the first time in 30 years.

Both Partizan Belgrade and Skanderbeu Korca have qualified for the Europa League 2017-2018 championship.