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Turner Sports and Champions League FAQ: Big changes for US soccer fans

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Turner Sports has revealed more details regarding their coverage plans for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for sports fans in the United States.

And as we predicted in May, there are big changes.

In order to try to parse through all of the questions, I’ve written the following FAQ to help.

Turner Sports and Champions League FAQ: Big changes for US soccer fans

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Turner Sports has revealed more details regarding their coverage plans for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for sports fans in the United States.

And as we predicted in May, there are big changes.

In order to try to parse through all of the questions, I’ve written the following FAQ to help.

Univision Deportes poised to attract Champions League viewers turned off by Turner’s paywall

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In light of the announcement by Turner Sports where 80% of Champions League and Europa League games won’t be available on television beginning with the 2018/19 season, Univision Deportes is poised to attract English-language soccer fans who will watch games in Spanish to avoid having to pay the subscription fee to access Turner’s paid streaming service.

It’s going to cost more to watch soccer after Turner’s Champions League deal

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Turner Sports’ announcement on Thursday regarding how it’ll distribute the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League for the next seasons will have one major impact - it’s going to cost soccer fans more to watch the Beautiful Game than ever before.

In 2018, Turner Sports will launch a new online sports platform where about 80% of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League games will be aired during the 2018-2019 competitions.

Turner to make 80% of Champions League available only via streaming paid-subscription service

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On the heels of NBC’s Premier League Pass and ESPN announcing its own paid streaming service, Turner Sports will launch a new, online paid-subscription service beginning in the summer of 2018 to broadcast the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League rights that it owns.

The net result to soccer fans is that more than 80% of the UEFA Champions League games will only be available via a paid subscription model

Turner’s rights deal for the Champions League and Europa League begins in August, 2018 and runs through 2021.

English Premier League

The demise of the freebie TV soccer leagues

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Friday's soccer news starts with something basic. Depending on your cable system, some soccer leagues are freer than others. If your package includes most of the major sports channels, it's a reasonable assumption that so do a lot of other peoples. That may or may not be true. Some people are paying extra for things like FS1, much less beIN Sport, GolTV, or Univision Deportes.

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

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Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three nominees for the 2016/17 UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award.

The winner will be announced at the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 24 August.

The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, representing each of UEFA's member associations.

Report: Celtic want to complete winger signing before Champions League clash

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Scottish Champions Celtic are keen to sign Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts this summer on yet another loan spell.

The 20-year-old winger enjoyed a wonderful 18-month loan spell at Parkhead, where he won four titles with the Hoops.

He scored 11 goals, and further set up another 19 last season to help Brendan Rodgers’ side to an undefeated domestic treble.

Nothing short of a Premier League title challenge acceptable for Manchester United

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The 2017-18 Premier League season is less than a week away from starting, with Manchester United fans rightly looking towards the new campaign with a feeling of optimism.

Jose Mourinho's men did what was required of them last term, winning two cup competitions and booking a place in the Champions League in the process.

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Zidane leads nominees for FIFA coach prize

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Paris (AFP) – Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heads the list of 12 nominees for the FIFA men’s coach of the year award announced on Thursday.

Other candidates include Antonio Conte, who led Chelsea to the English title, Manchester United’s Europa League-winning coach Jose Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri of Juventus.

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.

Manchester United can benefit from Madrid lesson, says Mourinho

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insisted that Manchester United had emerged from their trip to Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup reinforced despite the scoreline flattering them in a 2-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

The Portuguese manager had expected his side to struggle against the reigning European champions and they could have conceded more than just the goals scored by Casemiro and Isco, one in each half.

Manchester United can benefit from Madrid lesson, says Mourinho

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho insisted that Manchester United had emerged from their trip to Skopje for the UEFA Super Cup reinforced despite the scoreline flattering them in a 2-1 defeat to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

The Portuguese manager had expected his side to struggle against the reigning European champions and they could have conceded more than just the goals scored by Casemiro and Isco, one in each half.

Manchester United trust in Mourinho’s second-season recipe

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London (AFP) – After qualified success in his maiden campaign as Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho will hope to dust off his tried and tested second-season formula in 2017-18.

Mourinho led United to victory in the League Cup and Europa League last season, the latter yielding a place in the Champions League, but their football was drab and they finished a distant sixth in the league.

Mourinho casts Manchester United as Super Cup underdogs against mighty Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho is relishing the chance for his Manchester United side to test themselves against the cream of Europe again as they face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday.

United endured an underwhelming first season under the Portuguese manager as they finished sixth in the Premier League, but winning the Europa League allowed them to end on a high and secured their return to the Champions League.

Mourinho casts Manchester United as Super Cup underdogs against mighty Real Madrid

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Skopje (AFP) – Jose Mourinho is relishing the chance for his Manchester United side to test themselves against the cream of Europe again as they face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on Tuesday.

United endured an underwhelming first season under the Portuguese manager as they finished sixth in the Premier League, but winning the Europa League allowed them to end on a high and secured their return to the Champions League.

Wenger calls for united front as Arsenal make Shield statement

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger pleaded with Arsenal fans to stay united after his side made a statement of intent with their Community Shield victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

After spending much of last season under fire from supporters frustrated by Arsenal’s travails, Gunners boss Wenger hopes the new campaign is far less turbulent affair.

Wenger calls for united front as Arsenal make Shield statement

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger pleaded with Arsenal fans to stay united after his side made a statement of intent with their Community Shield victory over Chelsea on Sunday.

After spending much of last season under fire from supporters frustrated by Arsenal’s travails, Gunners boss Wenger hopes the new campaign is far less turbulent affair.

Liverpool

Visualized: Liverpool 2-1 Hoffenheim

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Champions League: Alexander-Arnold Scores Excellent Freekick As Liverpool Take Narrow Lead In Play-Off Against Hoffenheim (Photo & Video)

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Liverpool will take a 2-1 aggregate lead into the second leg of their Champions League group stage play-off against Hoffenheim at Anfield next week, thanks largely to a flash of inspiration from teenage right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The 18-year-old, making his debut in European competition, wrapped his foot around a beautiful low freekick to put Jurgen Klopp's side ahead against the run of play in the 35th minute.

Video: Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s ‘little hero’ Trent Alexander-Arnold

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp branded youngster Trent Alexander Arnold "our little hero" after his goalscoring exploits against...

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Video and Photos: Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold scores a spectacular free-kick vs Hoffenheim

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Liverpool starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold announced himself onto the European stage in style this evening with an excellent free-kick against...

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Confirmed Team News: Hoffenheim vs Liverpool lineups

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Here is the confirmed team news for this evening's Champions League qualification playoff first leg between Hoffenheim and Liverpool....

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Hoffenheim scout identifies Liverpool’s key player

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Roberto Firmino has been picked out as Liverpool's key player by a Hoffenheim scout. Lutz Pfannenstiel, the former Wimbledon and Nottingham...

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Where to find Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool, you’ve come to the right place.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League seasons begins this week with playoff action Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

Where to find Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Hoffenheim vs. Liverpool, you’ve come to the right place.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League seasons begins this week with playoff action Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 2:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes.

Video: Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson speak ahead of Hoffenheim vs Liverpool

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson faced reporters in Germany this evening for a pre-match press conference ahead of the...

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Hoffenheim vs Liverpool betting tips

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Liverpool are in Germany for their Champions League qualification playoff first leg against Bundesliga side Hoffenheim on Tuesday evening. Ahead of...

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Video and Photos: Liverpool training in Hoffenheim

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Champions League Qualifier | Hoffenheim v Liverpool

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❓: Champions League first play-off round, first leg

Photos and Video: Liverpool players fly to Germany to face Hoffenheim

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Schedule of UEFA Champions League playoff games on US TV and streaming

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This week’s UEFA Champions League playoff games are on US television and streaming, which include Hoffenheim versus Liverpool, Celtic against Astana, Napoli versus Nice and several other important matches.

The first legs will be played on August 15 and 16, and the second legs will be played on August 22 and 23.

Liverpool name squad for Champions League tie vs Hoffenheim

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Liverpool have named their squad for the forthcoming Champions League qualification playoff against German side Hoffenheim. The Reds have submitted...

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Celtic

Where to find Celtic vs. Astana on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Celtic vs. Astana, you’ve come to the right place.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League season continues today with playoff action on FS2 and FOX Deportes. Ian Joy hosts UEFA Champions League studio coverage throughout the month of August alongside Wynalda, Brad Friedel and Warren Barton.

Where to find Celtic vs. Astana on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Celtic vs. Astana, you’ve come to the right place.

FOX Sports’ coverage of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League season continues today with playoff action on FS2 and FOX Deportes. Ian Joy hosts UEFA Champions League studio coverage throughout the month of August alongside Wynalda, Brad Friedel and Warren Barton.

UEFA Europa League

Catching Up

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Its been quite a while since my last post and quite a bit has happened since then so I'll go through a recap of the major stories below.

CSKA Eliminate AEK from Champions League

So our much anticipated return to the Champions League, albeit in the qualifying rounds, was a disappointment. Everyone expected CSKA to be a tough team to come up against and truth be told they were the stronger team.

Napoli-Nizza, sorteggio sfortunato per gli azzurri. Milan, ci sono i macedoni dello Shkëndija

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Il pericolo maggiore era il Nizza di Balotelli e l'urna di Nyon ha "regalato" proprio i francesi come avversari del Napoli sulla strada che porta alla Fase a Gironi della Champions League. Andata al San Paolo il 16 Agosto, ritorno il 22 in terra francese. Avversario ostico, dunque, per i partenopei di Sarri, comunque favoriti [.

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Champions League: Young Boys Defender Kasim Nuhu Scores Utterly Delightful 91st-Minute Own-Goal To Hand CSKA Victory (Video)

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With the scoreline goalless and the 91st minute steadily wicking away, it looked for all the world like the first leg of Young Boys' Champions League play-off against CSKA Moscow was dead set to finish 0-0.

Unfortunately for the Swiss side, defender Kasim Adams Nuhu chose that exact moment to unleash hell (under minimal pressure) on the edge of his own 18-yard box.

Monday Kickoff: Cristiano Ronaldo faces ban, Coutinho left out of Liverpool squad and more

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One of the game's top stars faces a massive ban while a Barcelona target has been left out of his current team's Champions League squad.

Cristiano Ronaldo is facing, at minimum, a four-game ban for pushing the referee after being sent off with his second yellow card in Sunday's Super Cup win.