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Why Does Chelsea Only Have 17 Senior Players?

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You might have thought the Premier League champions, with the added responsibility of Champions League football next season, would be busy adding to their squad for next season.

However, all is not so well at Chelsea, with their first-team squad looking threadbare with less than a month to go until the campaign begins.

Liverpool FC 2016/2017 Season Review

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Yes I know, this post is ridiculously late on the blog but better late than never ay? Below I provide you with a quick rundown of each month of the 2016/2017 season.

Was 4th place good enough? Why do I think Klopp can often be as stubborn as hell? Why did 2017 contain one of the worst matches I have ever watched as a Liverpool fan?

Juventus’ Dani Alves alerts Premier League giants by revealing desire to play in England

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Juventus full back Dani Alves has put Premier League giants on alert after revealing that he is hopeful of playing in England before he ends his playing career.

The Brazilian full back has had a very impressive start to his career at Juventus since his controversial departure from Barcelona last summer.

Former Chelsea striker trolls Liverpool legend over lack of Premier League title

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I know I missed that chance. I think I missed a bit on my face here too?

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Celtic hope for trouble free Linfield visit

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic will hope the focus is solely on football when the Scottish champions host Linfield in the return leg of their Champions League second round qualifier on Wednesday.

The Hoops have one foot in the next round following a 2-0 victory over the Northern Ireland title holders at Windsor Park thanks to first-half goals from Scott Sinclair and Australian international Tom Rogic.

Celtic hope for trouble free Linfield visit

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Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic will hope the focus is solely on football when the Scottish champions host Linfield in the return leg of their Champions League second round qualifier on Wednesday.

The Hoops have one foot in the next round following a 2-0 victory over the Northern Ireland title holders at Windsor Park thanks to first-half goals from Scott Sinclair and Australian international Tom Rogic.

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”.

Bonucci bids Juventus farewell after AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci took out a page in a local newspaper on Saturday to thank Juventus fans for their support after agreeing a shock move to rivals AC Milan.

Bonucci, 30, is joining Milan on a five-year deal after seven seasons in Turin, where he won six successive Serie A titles with Juventus and played in two Champions League finals.

Bonucci bids Juventus farewell after AC Milan move

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Rome (AFP) – Italy international defender Leonardo Bonucci took out a page in a local newspaper on Saturday to thank Juventus fans for their support after agreeing a shock move to rivals AC Milan.

Bonucci, 30, is joining Milan on a five-year deal after seven seasons in Turin, where he won six successive Serie A titles with Juventus and played in two Champions League finals.

Alves targets history after PSG switch

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Paris (AFP) – Brazil international Dani Alves admitted the prospect of “making history” by winning the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain factored into his decision to join the French heavyweights.

Alves was unveiled as the club’s second signing of the close season on Wednesday after joining PSG in a two-year deal on a free transfer following his exit from Juventus last month.

Palace boss De Boer proud to be part of Premier League

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London (AFP) – New Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer believes his disappointing spell as Inter Milan coach has prepared him ideally for the ultra competitive Premier League.

The 47-year-old Dutch footballing great - who was capped 112 times and won the 1995 Champions League with the outstanding Ajax side under Louis van Gaal - told ‘The Times’ he is proud to be crossing swords with the likes of Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, both of whom he knew when he played for Barcelona.

French federation president tips Zidane for future France job

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Paris (AFP) – The president of the French Football Federation has said he expects Zinedine Zidane to eventually manage France.

“That is a logical continuation. It is likely that one day he will be interested,” Noel Le Graet told RMC radio on Wednesday when asked about the prospect of Zidane coaching Les Bleus in the future.

Buffon reaffirms 2018 as final season playing football

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Milan (AFP) – Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reaffirmed he is “99.9 %” sure of retiring at the end of next season - unless he finally ends his quest to win the Champions League.

“Yes, I’m 99.9 % sure that’s how it will go,” said Buffon when asked by Sky Sport if he would keep to an earlier promise to hang up his gloves at the end of the 2017-2018 campaign.

Porto fall foul of financial fair play rules

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Paris (AFP) – Porto will be limited to 22 players instead of 25 in their Champions League squad next season and fined around 700,000 euros ($784,000) after breaking financial fair play rules, UEFA said on Friday.

The ruling comes after operational costs rules were infringed and UEFA may increase the fine by up to a further 1.

Spalletti takes reins at embattled Inter Milan: official

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan on Friday announced the appointment of former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti on a two-year deal as they target a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

“F.C. Internazionale is delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team,” said a statement by the Serie A giants.

Spalletti takes reins at embattled Inter Milan: official

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Milan (AFP) – Inter Milan on Friday announced the appointment of former Roma coach Luciano Spalletti on a two-year deal as they target a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

“F.C. Internazionale is delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti has been appointed as head coach of the first team,” said a statement by the Serie A giants.

Shakespeare pens permanent Leicester deal

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare has signed a three-year contract as manager of Leicester City, the former Premier League champions announced on Thursday.

Shakespeare, 53, was promoted from his role as assistant coach on an interim basis following the shock dismissal of Claudio Ranieri in February.

Shakespeare pens permanent Leicester deal

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare has signed a three-year contract as manager of Leicester City, the former Premier League champions announced on Thursday.

Shakespeare, 53, was promoted from his role as assistant coach on an interim basis following the shock dismissal of Claudio Ranieri in February.

Pioli takes over at Fiorentina

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Milan (AFP) – Former Inter Milan and Lazio coach Stefano Pioli has agreed terms to take over at Fiorentina on a two-year deal, the Serie A club announced Tuesday.

Pioli was sacked three games before the end of a rollercoaster Serie A campaign with Inter that saw a quality-packed Nerazzurri side go from Champions League qualification contenders to missing out on European football altogether.

Adoring Madrid fans demand Ballon d’Or for hero Ronaldo

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Madrid (AFP) – Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans called for Cristiano Ronaldo to win a fifth Ballon d’Or on Sunday as the Spanish giants paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time.

Ronaldo scored twice in Real’s 4-1 thrashing of Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday as Madrid became the first side to retain the Champions League.

Returning Real Madrid received as living ‘legends’

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Madrid (AFP) – Thousands of delirious Real Madrid fans poured onto the streets of the Spanish capital to catch a glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates on Sunday as they paraded the Champions League trophy for a record 12th time.

Ronaldo sported a newly cropped haircut and he and captain Sergio Ramos led the traditional festivities for a major Real celebration as the players greeted local government dignitaries before parading the famous trophy in an open top bus around the Cibeles fountain in the city centre.

Zidane back among the immortals

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Feted as one of the finest talents of his generation, Zinedine Zidane has made the transition to management so smoothly that he has already eclipsed some of the game’s most hallowed names just 17 months into his spell as Real Madrid boss.

When Zidane’s majestic strike flashed into the net to give Madrid victory in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen, the French star must have believed he would never surpass that golden moment in Europe’s top tier tournament.

Buffon hails Madrid class after final heartbreak

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon conceded Real Madrid’s superior ability had made the difference after his side crashed to a 4-1 defeat in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid overwhelmed Juventus at the Principality Stadium to become the first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.

Zidane joy as Madrid reign supreme

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid’s unquenchable thirst for success after his side crushed Juventus 4-1 on Saturday to win the Champions League for the third time in four years.

Thanks to Madrid’s majestic demolition of the Italian champions at the Principality Stadium, Zidane is the first manager to win successive European Cups since AC Milan’s Arrigo Sacchi in 1989 and 1990.

‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finale

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo soaked up the acclaim after his brace fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 Champions League final demolition of Juventus and capped his “spectacular” end to the season.

Ronaldo led Madrid to their first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958 by scoring 16 goals in his last 10 games of a memorable campaign even by his sky-high standards.

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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.

Soccer’s Super Bowl

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By J Hutcherson (Jun 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - The FIFA Club World Cup final isn't fooling anybody. The game that determines the best team in world soccer for a given season is the Champions League final. UEFA reigns supreme in world club soccer for a reason. They pay more and they do a better job of exploiting that commodity.

Real Madrid

Bale, Modric, Kroos in; Ronaldo out of Real Madrid roster for MLS All-Star Game

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not be involved in this summer's MLS All-Star Game, but several of Real Madrid's heavy-hitters will be making the trip.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos headline the Spanish giant's roster for their trip to the U.S. Real is set to play matches in the International Champions Cup before taking on the MLS All-Stars on August 2 in Chicago.

Champions League: Besiktas Striker Cenk Tosun Pips Mario Mandzukic To Land ‘Goal Of The Tournament’ Award (Video)

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in: Mario Mandzukic's absolutely incredible overhead kick against Real Madrid has not been named as the best goal scored during the 2015/16 Champions League tournament.

That honour has instead gone to Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, whose similarly acrobatic effort against Benfica in the group stages took a whopping 41% of UEFA's online poll.

Real Madrid Is Top Seed For 2017/18 Champions League

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Twenty two sides are already confirmed for next season's Champions League with holders Real Madrid being the top seed.

The other seven teams seeded in Pot 1 are the champions of the top seven UEFA national associations. But since Real Madrid won both the Champions League and the Spanish Liga, the La Liga spot is taken by the champions of the eighth-ranked association, which is Shakhtar Donetsk.

Real Madrid-Juventus Champions League final totalled 3 million viewers on FOX and FOX Deportes

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More than 3 million viewers watched the 2017 UEFA Champions League final on FOX and FOX Deportes combined, according to Showbuzz Daily.

The Real Madrid-Juventus final was shown live on both the English-language FOX network and Spanish-language FOX Deportes channel. The FOX network broadcast averaged 1,762,000 viewers, while the FOX Deportes broadcast had 1,241,000 people tuning in to watch the 4-1 victory for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid-Juventus Champions League final totalled 3 million viewers on FOX and FOX Deportes

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More than 3 million viewers watched the 2017 UEFA Champions League final on FOX and FOX Deportes combined, according to Showbuzz Daily.

The Real Madrid-Juventus final was shown live on both the English-language FOX network and Spanish-language FOX Deportes channel. The FOX network broadcast averaged 1,762,000 viewers, while the FOX Deportes broadcast had 1,241,000 people tuning in to watch the 4-1 victory for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid’s Champions League ‘Duodecima Homecoming’ Party At The Bernabeu Was Utterly Bonkers (Photos & Video)

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After becoming the first club to retain theChampions League trophy in the post-'92 era, Real Madrid went ahead and laid it on thick with their celebrations.

Indeed, the club staged a 'Duodecima homecoming' for fans at the Bernabeu on Sunday night, with upwards of 80,000 people flocking to the stadium to herald their returning victors.

Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo Celebrates Wildly After Being Offered Chocolate Winner’s Medal By Mayor Of Madrid (Video)

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Shortly after beating Juventus in the Champions League final, the Duodecima-winning Real Madrid squad spruced themselves up and trundled down to the town hall for a special reception with the Mayor of Madrid.

In textbook form, Mayor Manuela Carmena opened proceedings with a joke, by offering the Real players chocolate winner's medals.

Il Real strapazza la Juve. Ronaldo regala ai blancos la 12^ Champions

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Un Real galattico, una Juventus durata un tempo e "scoppiata" nella ripresa. La Champions 2017 va a Ronaldo e compagni, recordman nell'era moderna con due successi di fila (nel passato era accaduto solamente a Sacchi con il Milan, ndr), dodici in totale, mentre i bianconeri vedono svanire il sogno, ancora una volta, all'ultimo atto della [.

Zinedine Zidane’s managerial record: Is he the best manager in the world?

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Back-to-back Champions League winners medals has never been done before in the modern era (27 years), but Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid pulled it off in some style with a 4-1 win over Juventus...

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News Update

Toronto wins Canada

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with Toronto FC celebrating a trophy. Toronto beat Montreal 2-1 in the second-leg of the Canadian Championship final series. That means Toronto takes Canada's spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.

With the series tied 1-1 after the first-leg, Toronto needed a comeback at home to take the title.

Real Madrid adds another Champions League trophy

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Real Madrid did as expected in the Champions League final, though nobody could've predicted the one goal they allowed. Trailing 1-0, Juventus's Mario Mandzukic scored one of the best goals in the history of the final in the 27th minute. It was video game stuff, but that was it. Real Madrid took over, taking the title 4-1 to close out the 2016-17 European season.

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Transfers So Far

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With the team having recently arrived in Poland for pre-season training, there have already been moves taken with the hopes of strengthening the squad for our return to the Champions League.

In my opinion the biggest move we've made so far was the re-singing of Jimenez. There was some uncertainty about a month or so ago regarding whether we'd hold onto Jimenez for at least another season but the team has cleared that up after a new deal was agreed.