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Should Arsenal be punished for struggling to handle Cologne encounter?

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Arsenal's match against Cologne in the Europa League opening group game was marred by trouble and disruption last week, and UEFA have now tasked somebody with investigating the issues. The encounter was delayed by an hour following the unexpected arrival of 20,000 Cologne fans to London and mass number of fans who travelled to the [.

Europa League Group Stage Draw: Arsenal And Everton Get Tough, But Not Insurmountable Draws In Monaco…

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Henrik Larsson and Eric Abidal have done UEFA's bidding in Monaco and the draw for the 2017/18 Europa League group stage has been completed.

Fans of tired old smutty puns will no doubt by glad to learn that Arsenal will need to master BATE if they want to finish first in Group H, which also contains Cologne and Red Star Belgrade.

Does Neymar transfer show Arsenal CANNOT compete with Kroenke in charge?

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In some ways I think we have to respect the way that Arsenal Football Club is being run and has been run in recent years. When the UEFA rules about Financial Fair Play came in it actually looked for a while as though the Gunners were about to be proved right and helped back to [...]

FIFA

UEFA goes ahead with the Nations League

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By J Hutcherson (Sep 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - UEFA is pushing ahead with the Nations League, officially announcing the competition. It's a concept to make friendlies count... or something. It's tough to judge what UEFA really wants from their new competition, except maybe a good enough reason to keep scheduling international games during the club season.

Financial Fair Play Be Damned: PSG Welcome Kylian Mbappe On Board In Yet Another Exorbitant Cash-Spluff

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Monaco have been plundered once again as PSG have announced that their convoluted deal to sign Kylian Mbappe has now officially gone through.

The transfer basically boils down to a long-term contract, beginning with a bullshit one-season loan, presumably to allow the young lad to gain a vital bit of experience.

AFP

UEFA call on European leaders to help regulate transfer market

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Geneva (AFP) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has called for greater support from Europe’s political leaders to help introduce measures to regulate the transfer market on the continent.

“I have heard some very prominent politicians, such as the German Chancellor Angela Merkel just a few days ago, condemning financial developments in football and calling for greater sporting balance,” Ceferin said in a speech to open the UEFA Congress in Geneva on Wednesday.

Celtic charged by UEFA over pitch invasion

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London (AFP) – European football’s governing body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic following a pitch invasion during their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

A supporter raced onto the Parkhead pitch late in the first half on Tuesday with the hosts 3-0 down and darted towards 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Celtic charged by UEFA over pitch invasion

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London (AFP) – European football’s governing body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic following a pitch invasion during their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

A supporter raced onto the Parkhead pitch late in the first half on Tuesday with the hosts 3-0 down and darted towards 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe.

Merkel urges tougher rules to end sky-high transfers

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Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday urged football governing bodies UEFA and FIFA to tighten rules governing transfers and stamp out spiralling record spending on players.

“I view the financial developments in professional football as critically as many people,” she told Mittelbayerische Zeitung daily.

Merkel urges tougher rules to end sky-high transfers

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Berlin (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday urged football governing bodies UEFA and FIFA to tighten rules governing transfers and stamp out spiralling record spending on players.

“I view the financial developments in professional football as critically as many people,” she told Mittelbayerische Zeitung daily.

UEFA probes PSG after Neymar, Mbappe deals

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA opened a “formal investigation” into Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after the French club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar.

European football’s governing body said it would look at whether PSG had violated its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

“The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity,” UEFA said in a statement.

UEFA probes PSG after Neymar, Mbappe deals

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA opened a “formal investigation” into Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after the French club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar.

European football’s governing body said it would look at whether PSG had violated its Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

“The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity,” UEFA said in a statement.

UEFA probes PSG over Neymar deal

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA opened a “formal investigation” into Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after the French club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar.

European football’s governing body said it would look at whether PSG had violated its Financial Fair Play rules.

“The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity,” UEFA said in a statement.

UEFA probes PSG over Neymar deal

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Paris (AFP) – UEFA opened a “formal investigation” into Paris Saint-Germain on Friday after the French club broke the world transfer record to sign Neymar.

European football’s governing body said it would look at whether PSG had violated its Financial Fair Play rules.

“The investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with the break-even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activity,” UEFA said in a statement.

Manchester United’s Jones baffled by ‘insults’ ban

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London (AFP) – Manchester United defender Phil Jones has expressed bemusement over the two-game suspension given to him by UEFA for insulting a doping official after last season’s Europa League final.

Jones was also fined 5,000 euros ($6,020) for “insulting and abusive language towards the doping control officer” and a “lack of cooperation and respect” following United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm in May.

Manchester United’s Jones baffled by ‘insults’ ban

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London (AFP) – Manchester United defender Phil Jones has expressed bemusement over the two-game suspension given to him by UEFA for insulting a doping official after last season’s Europa League final.

Jones was also fined 5,000 euros ($6,020) for “insulting and abusive language towards the doping control officer” and a “lack of cooperation and respect” following United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm in May.

Ronaldo named UEFA player of season for 2016-2017

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Monaco (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.

It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award which was presented on the sidelines of the Champions League group stage draw.

Ronaldo named UEFA player of season for 2016-2017

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Monaco (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo was named UEFA Player of the Season for 2016-2017 on Thursday after a campaign which saw the Portuguese superstar help Real Madrid to the La Liga and Champions League double.

It was the third time that Ronaldo had won the award which was presented on the sidelines of the Champions League group stage draw.

Buffon joins Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

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Paris (AFP) – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Buffon was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.

Buffon joins Messi, Ronaldo on UEFA Player of the Year shortlist

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Paris (AFP) – Veteran Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has been named as one of three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, European football’s governing body announced on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old Buffon was a key member of the Juventus side that reached last season’s Champions League final, but he missed out on a first winner’s medal as the Italians were beaten 4-1 by Ronaldo’s Real Madrid in Cardiff.

Financial Fair Play, Neymar deal explained

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Paris (AFP) – Spain’s La Liga refused to accept a 220-million-euro ($260m) payment from Neymar for his move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on Thursday, with league president Javier Tebas claiming the transfer would make it impossible for PSG to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Financial Fair Play, Neymar deal explained

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Paris (AFP) – Spain’s La Liga refused to accept a 220-million-euro ($260m) payment from Neymar for his move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona on Thursday, with league president Javier Tebas claiming the transfer would make it impossible for PSG to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

Spanish Liga to file PSG complaint over Neymar

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Barcelona forward at more than 200 million euros, enough to trigger the 25-year-old’s transfer release clause.

Spanish Liga to file PSG complaint over Neymar

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Madrid (AFP) – Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas said he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Brazilian superstar Neymar.

PSG are rumoured to be weighing up a bid for the Barcelona forward at more than 200 million euros, enough to trigger the 25-year-old’s transfer release clause.

Villar resigns from FIFA and UEFA roles

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Lausanne (AFP) – Deposed Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of both FIFA and UEFA, the two governing bodies announced on Thursday.

The 67-year-old’s near three-decade tenure as head of the Spanish federation ended this week when he was suspended following his arrest on July 18.

Spanish football chief Villar resigns from FIFA and UEFA roles

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Lausanne (AFP) – Deposed Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of both FIFA and UEFA, the two governing bodies announced on Thursday.

The 67-year-old’s near three-decade tenure as head of the Spanish federation ended this week when he was suspended following his arrest on July 18.

Spanish football chief Villar resigns from FIFA and UEFA roles

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Lausanne (AFP) – Deposed Spanish football boss Angel Maria Villar, in custody on corruption charges, has resigned as vice-president of both FIFA and UEFA, the two governing bodies announced on Thursday.

The 67-year-old’s near three-decade tenure as head of the Spanish federation ended this week when he was suspended following his arrest on July 18.

Celtic and Linfield face UEFA charges

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Lausanne (AFP) – UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic and Linfield over incidents at last week’s Champions League tie, European football’s governing body announced on Monday.

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths is charged by UEFA with “provoking spectators after the end of the match”, while Linfield are in the dock over objects thrown on the pitch and a “field invasion by supporters”.

Celtic and Linfield face UEFA charges

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Lausanne (AFP) – UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic and Linfield over incidents at last week’s Champions League tie, European football’s governing body announced on Monday.

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths is charged by UEFA with “provoking spectators after the end of the match”, while Linfield are in the dock over objects thrown on the pitch and a “field invasion by supporters”.

Champions League

Champions League: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Included In Man Utd’s Official Group Stage Squad As Chelsea Scuttle Diego Costa

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It's like he never went away

Manchester United have included Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their 2017/18 Champions League group stage squad just weeks after it was announced that the monolithic Swede would be rejoining the club.

Ibrahimovic is still in the process of recovering from the cruciate knee injury that prematurely ended his 2016/17 campaign, but the paperwork has already been completed on a short-term contract that will see the 35-year-old return to United for the remainder of the current season as and when he makes it back to full fitness.

Quite Right: Mario Mandzukic Wins UEFA 2017 Goal Of The Season Award For Stupendous Overhead Kick Against Real Madrid In Champions League Final

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After Mario Mandzukic was controversially pipped to the 2017 Champions League Goal of the Season award, UEFA have bestowed their overall 2017 Goal of the Season trinket to the Juventus striker for his superb overhead effort against Real Madrid in the final.

Despite the ball not touching the ground in the build up and being scored against Real Madrid in the final and all, Mandzukic was beaten to the Champions League goal of the season award byBesiktas striker Cenk Tosun, whose similarly acrobatic effort against Benfica in the group stages took 41% of UEFA's online poll.

Champions League Group Stage Draw: Tottenham Buggered From The Off, Chelsea Get Atletico, Man Utd Pooled With Benfica…

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The deed is done. The draw for the Champions League 2017/18 group stage has been conducted and, latterly, completed.

There'll be five English representatives mixing it in the groups for the first time in the tournament's history, with Chelsea, Man City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool all in there Arsenal, of course, being conspicuous by their absence.

AEK Set To Face CSKA

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The day many of us have been awaiting patiently (more likely rather impatiently) has finally arrived. In less than 24 hours from the publishing of this post, AEK will have finally played a Champions League game, the first in essentially a decade.

Our opponent for this 3rd qualifying round match is the Moscow based club CSKA.

Graphic Scenes: UEFA Draw Botch Sees Hibernian Unexpectedly Qualify For Champions League (Photo)

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Unaware that winning the Scottish Championship earns you a spot in the Champions League these days, Hibernian were surprised to see themselves included in Friday's draw for the third qualifying round.

An error in UEFA's draw documentation saw Hibernian pitted against FC Salzburg, despite the Edinburgh-based club having failed to qualify for the European Cup since 1956.

World Cup qualifying

David Villa makes Spain cameo, leaves camp with training injury

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David Villa came on near the end of Spain's 3-0 thumping of Italy in Madrid to roaring applause from the Spanish faithful, but will not feature in their upcoming match in Vaduz against Liechtenstein.

The once World Cup champion came on for Isco in the 89th minute of Saturday's match. He didn't do much aside from make a couple passes, but the fans were happy to see their nation's all time leading goal scorer make brief cameo anyway.

Soccer TV: Spain vs Italy

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A big game at the top of their group in UEFA World Cup qualifying. Spain hosts Italy with NYCFC player David Villa back in Spain's squad for the first time since the 2014 World Cup. Also on the schedule, MLS plays through the international window with Saturday's Dallas vs Red Bulls game available nationally.

Manchester United

‘He Told Me I Was A F**ker’ – UEFA Doping Official Reveals Precise Nature Of Phil Jones’ Angry Europa League Final Rant

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Phil Jones is currently serving a three-match European ban afterbeing found guilty of abusing language toward UEFA officials in the aftermath of the Europa League final.

Jones was an unused substitute in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in Stockholm but was still selected to undergo a random drug test after the final whistle.

Man Utd: Phil Jones Given Two-Match Ban For Using ‘Abusive Language’ In Front Of UEFA Drug Test Officials

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"So I says to him, 'F**k off, you white-coat, p*ss-bottling UEFA tw*tshaft! There's no f**king way I'm widdling in that f**king cup so you can f**k yourself right off!'"

Phil Jones will be banned for the first of Manchester United's Champions League group games after being found guilty of abusing UEFA officials in the aftermath of the Europa League final.

The Rest

Spanish Liga to file a complaint against PSG over Neymar

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News of Paris Saint-Germain being interested in Barcelona’s Neymar is no secret. The 25-year-old has been linked with a move to PSG all summer and the French side has been ready to pay his £198.7m release clause and give him a contract in the region of £55m-a-year.

In recent developments, Spain’s football league chief Javier Tebas has said that he will file a complaint with UEFA for financial fair play breaches against Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of Neymar.

Schedule of UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 tournament on US TV and streaming

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ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium. All 31 matches of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 will air live on the ESPN networks, with the group stage, quarterfinals and semifinals streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app, with the final airing from Enschede on ESPNU on Sunday, Aug.