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Real Madrid

Zidane, Simeone stick to Champions League script

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Milan (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Atletico counterpart Diego Simeone kept to the script with no real surprises in their respective line-ups for the Champions League final at Milan's San Siro on Saturday.

French striker Karim Benzema will spearhead the hosts' attack flanked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Welshman Gareth Bale, in front of a three-man midfield composed of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos.

Zidane, Simeone stick to Champions League script

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Milan (AFP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Atletico counterpart Diego Simeone kept to the script with no real surprises in their respective line-ups for the Champions League final at Milan's San Siro on Saturday.

French striker Karim Benzema will spearhead the hosts' attack flanked by Cristiano Ronaldo and Welshman Gareth Bale, in front of a three-man midfield composed of Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos.

Youthful France capable of beating anyone – Varane

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane is confident Les Bleus have the right mixture of youth and experience to lead them to victory on home soil at Euro 2016.

Varane, 23, is one of a number of talented younger players including Juventus' Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid rival Antoine Griezmann who will carry French hopes of replicating their success of winning the Euros and World Cup at home in 1984 and 1998 respectively.

Youthful France capable of beating anyone – Varane

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid and France defender Raphael Varane is confident Les Bleus have the right mixture of youth and experience to lead them to victory on home soil at Euro 2016.

Varane, 23, is one of a number of talented younger players including Juventus' Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid rival Antoine Griezmann who will carry French hopes of replicating their success of winning the Euros and World Cup at home in 1984 and 1998 respectively.

REPORTS: Chelsea looking to strengthen in FOUR key areas!

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Reports suggest that once Jose Mourinho has signed the extension to his current contract, he will be looking to sign a Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and a Striker this summer and there are four names being touted as possible targets.

Atletico Madrid wide-man Antoine Griezmann, Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and Getafe keeper Vicente Guaita are on their radar but with the FFP restrictions in place it would mean that at least three Chelsea players would need to make way.

Atletico Madrid

Griezmann one of the world’s top three – Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed star forward Antoine Griezmann as "one of the best three players in the world" as Atletico prepare to face local rivals Real Madrid in next Saturday's Champions League final.

Griezmann has enjoyed his best ever goal-scoring season with 32 goals in all competitions.

Griezmann one of the world’s top three – Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed star forward Antoine Griezmann as "one of the best three players in the world" as Atletico prepare to face local rivals Real Madrid in next Saturday's Champions League final.

Griezmann has enjoyed his best ever goal-scoring season with 32 goals in all competitions.

Griezmann one of the world’s top three – Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed star forward Antoine Griezmann as "one of the best three players in the world" as Atletico prepare to face local rivals Real Madrid in next Saturday's Champions League final.

Griezmann has enjoyed his best ever goal-scoring season with 32 goals in all competitions.

Griezmann one of the world’s top three – Simeone

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Madrid (AFP) Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone hailed star forward Antoine Griezmann as "one of the best three players in the world" as Atletico prepare to face local rivals Real Madrid in next Saturday's Champions League final.

Griezmann has enjoyed his best ever goal-scoring season with 32 goals in all competitions.

Chelsea's €100m target confirms holding talks over mega deal

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Long term Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann has revealed that he wants to stay with his present club Atletico Madrid and talks are underway over a new deal.

The 25-year-old French winger scored his 22nd goal on Saturday as Atletico beat Celta Vigo 2-0 to finish third in the table, three points behind La Liga champions Barcelona.

Antoine Griezmann unfazed by criticism of Atletico Madrid’s ‘ugly’ style

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Atletico Madrid forwardAntoine Griezmann doesn't care about the criticism heaped on his side by disgruntled opponents.

Most recently, Arturo Vidal labeled Atletico's style as "ugly football" after Bayern Munich were sent crashing out of the Champions League by the Spanish club.

Despite dominating the return fixture at the Allianz Arena where the German side had 72.

Antoine Griezmann unfazed by criticism of Atletico Madrid’s ‘ugly’ style

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Atletico Madrid forwardAntoine Griezmann doesn't care about the criticism heaped on his side by disgruntled opponents.

Most recently, Arturo Vidal labeled Atletico's style as "ugly football" after Bayern Munich were sent crashing out of the Champions League by the Spanish club.

Despite dominating the return fixture at the Allianz Arena where the German side had 72.

Champions League: Diego Simeone Gets Slap Happy As Atletico Madrid Down Bayern Munich (Video)

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Poor old Pep Guardiola, who, on Tuesday night, saw his final chance of leading Bayern Munich to Champions League glory snuffed out by awell-drilled Atletico Madrid side. Victorious boss Diego Simeone, on the other hand, was once again at his theatrical best, even giving one of his own staff a meaty slap towards the end.

Gareth Bale hits Real Madrid winner; Griezmann puts Atletico top

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Gareth Bale's thunderous header 10 minutes from time inspired an under-strength Real Madrid to a hard-fought 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday.

However, Real remain a point behind Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga after Antoine Griezmann scored a minute after coming on as a substitute to hand them an equally nervy 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

Gareth Bale hits Real Madrid winner; Griezmann puts Atletico top

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Gareth Bale's thunderous header 10 minutes from time inspired an under-strength Real Madrid to a hard-fought 1-0 win at Real Sociedad on Saturday.

However, Real remain a point behind Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga after Antoine Griezmann scored a minute after coming on as a substitute to hand them an equally nervy 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

Atletico Madrid discussion: What does the future hold for Diego Simeone?

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Recently our manJake Meador had the chance to speak with English-language Atletico Madrid blogger Robbie Dunne of Into the Calderon. The conversation began with a focus on Simeone and player...

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Antoine Griezmann squashes transfer speculation, commits future to Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann has been one of the standout players in Europe this season scoring 19 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid.

His outstanding performances have once again led to the former Real Sociedadforward being linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon next season just two years after his arrival in the Spanish capital.

Antoine Griezmann squashes transfer speculation, commits future to Atletico Madrid

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Antoine Griezmann has been one of the standout players in Europe this season scoring 19 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid.

His outstanding performances have once again led to the former Real Sociedadforward being linked with a move away from the Vicente Calderon next season just two years after his arrival in the Spanish capital.

Simeone hints at possible Griezmann transfer amid Premier League interest

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Simeone hints at possible Griezmann transfer amid Premier League interest - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone hasn't completely ruled out the departure of star forward Antoine Griezmann, but has revealed talks are ongoing between the player and the club.

Antoine Griezmann should be considered among the world’s best players

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Playing up front for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side cannot be easy. After all, in a team which is so focused on forging a cohesive shape, clearing danger quickly and frustrating opponents, attacking incision often seems as though it's a secondary concern. But over the years the Madrid side have had special attacking players who have added the gloss to this style of soccer.

Antoine Griezmann should be considered among the world’s best players

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Playing up front for Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid side cannot be easy. After all, in a team which is so focused on forging a cohesive shape, clearing danger quickly and frustrating opponents, attacking incision often seems as though it's a secondary concern. But over the years the Madrid side have had special attacking players who have added the gloss to this style of soccer.

Mesut Ozil, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Suarez… Names of the Champions League, matchday 5

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It may have been only the penultimate group stage matches, but this week's Champions League action had a knock-out feel about it as many sides went into week five needing a win to confirm their...

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Cristiano Ronaldo, Paul Pogba, Florenzi… Names of the Champions League, Matchday 1

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Brazilian star: Chelsea’s €80m target has a ‘lot of quality’

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Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis has praised his club team mate Antoine Griezmann and analyses his importance to the side.

The France international has enjoyed a phenomenal debut season at the Calderon last season, where he scored 25 goals for the Rojibalcos in all competitions.

Jackson Martinez makes his mark as Atletico stroll to victory over Sevilla

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Jackson Martinez came off the bench to score his first Atletico Madrid goal in a 3-0 Primera Division win over Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Spain international Koke prodded in the opener 10 minutes before the interval and Martinez's introduction as a 78th-minute substitute to replace Fernando Torres paid dividends to the tune of two further goals.

Three players Chelsea must sign before Transfer Deadline Day

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It's incredible how quickly and how drastically things can change in football. After being the talk of the town for all the right reasons just a few months ago, Chelsea are now in complete and utter disarray.

Chelsea need to pay €80m to sign 24-year-old star

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La Liga club Atletico Madrid have inserted a massive buy-out clause into the new contract of star forward Antoine Griezmann. The 24-year-old French international impressed heavily in his first season at the club, where he scored 25 goals in all competition.

After Falcao, Chelsea turn attention to £43m French forward

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Chelsea agreed a loan deal for Colombian striker Radamel Falcao yesterday. The Barclays Premier League Champions have agreed to pay Monaco a £5m loan fee for the former Manchester United striker, who according to The Times, has accepted a pay cut of more than 25 per cent on his previous wages of £265k-a-week to move to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boosted in pursuit of £43m French midfielder

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Chelsea have been boosted in their pursuit of Atletico Madrid midfielder Antoine Griezmann as reports from the London Evening Standard claim that the player is more than willing to make the switch to the newly crowned Premier League Champions.

Atletico Madrid set to offer bumper deals to Chelsea targets; will the Blues pay £100m?

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Atletico Madrid are looking to fight off the interest of Chelsea in two of their best players Antoine Griezmann and Koke, by offering the duo lucrative deals at the club, the Telegraph has reported.

Should Chelsea pay £43m for Atletico Madrid star?

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Should Chelsea pay £43m for Atletico Madrid star? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

They've comfortably won the Premier League this season, but Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have been quick to look forward and start preparations for their title defence next year. It has been reported by credible sources such as The Guardian that the Blues are looking to bring Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Chelsea consider summer move for £43m French forward

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Chelsea are considering a summer move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, according to reports.

The 24-year-old, who effectively replaced Diego Costa at the Vicente Calderon, has enjoyed a terrific campaign for the Rojiblancos.

France

France defeat Dutch on night of Cruyff emotion

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France claimed an exciting 3-2 friendly win over the Netherlands on a night of emotion in Amsterdam on Friday, the day after Dutch legend Johan Cruyff died at the age of 68.

The match at the Amsterdam ArenA was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of the 31 people killed and 300 injured in the Brussels attacks on Tuesday.

France defeat Dutch on night of Cruyff emotion

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France claimed an exciting 3-2 friendly win over the Netherlands on a night of emotion in Amsterdam on Friday, the day after Dutch legend Johan Cruyff died at the age of 68.

The match at the Amsterdam ArenA was preceded by a minute's silence in memory of the 31 people killed and 300 injured in the Brussels attacks on Tuesday.

Chelsea

Wednesday Kickoff: Liverpool-Stoke City; Ramires; El Shaarawy and more

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One half of this year's Capital One Cup final was established in thrilling fashion on Tuesday, whileseveral players were on the move as the January window starts to creep towards its close.

Liverpool defeated Stoke City 0-1 (6-5 on penalty kicks) at Anfield in Tuesday's second leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal.

3 strikers Chelsea could sign in January after Diego Costa slump

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3 strikers Chelsea could sign in January after Diego Costa slump - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea seemed to have found a long-term solution to their striker conundrum when they signed Diego Costa in the summer of 2014. The Spaniard came off the back of a prolific season with Atletico Madrid and hit it off in the Premier League rightaway, scoring 21 goals in all competitions in his first season.

Jose Mourinho denies any interest in £43.5m rated attacker!

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Jose Mourinho has denied any interest in signing Antoine Griezmann and has hopefully put an end to ALL rumours about the 24-year-old signing for Chelsea this summer.

It's a story that appeared a fair few weeks ago and seemed to have gathered momentum recently. It was being reported that Chelsea were more than happy to meet the £43.

Three areas Chelsea must improve upon next season

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Three areas Chelsea must improve upon next season - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

His side may have cantered to the Premier League title this season, but Jose Mourinho is experienced enough to know that Chelsea will need to improve even further to have a chance of retaining their crown next season.

The Rest

Paris, West Chester United wins USOC qualifier, report says Linc a Copa Centenario venue, more

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Explosions outside France-Germany friendly signal start of Paris attacks. West Chester United advances to final round of US Open Cup qualifiers. Report says The Linc will be a Copa Centenario host. More.

2015 European Player Rankings: Best 25 Strikers

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2015 European Player Rankings: Best 25 Strikers - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

This is the secondin a series of European player rankings that will cover each position on the pitch. Each player is assigned to a position based on their natural propensity and where they were deployed this past season, with more weight given to the latter.