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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?

Real Madrid

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 [.

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.

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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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.

Five great sides that dominated Europe

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid made history on Saturday by beating Juventus to become the first side to retain the Champions League for 27 years.

Victory also means Madrid have won three Champions Leagues in the past four years to solidify their status as Europe’s most successful club with 12 European Cups in total.

Five great sides that dominated Europe

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Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid made history on Saturday by beating Juventus to become the first side to retain the Champions League for 27 years.

Victory also means Madrid have won three Champions Leagues in the past four years to solidify their status as Europe’s most successful club with 12 European Cups in total.

Ronaldo comes full circle to cement legacy

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Back on the Cardiff turf where he won the first major silverware of his astonishing career, Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats with a decisive brace in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.

Champions League Final: Ronaldo Bags Brace As Real Madrid Power Past Juventus In Cardiff (Photos & Video)

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Real Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League/European Cup in 27 years, and the first in the Champions League era, after a thoroughly deserved 4-1 win against Juventus in Cardiff, with Cristiano Ronaldo once again the star of the show.

Juventus impressed in the first-half, with their trademark defensive solidity keeping Madrid at bay for long periods.

Retro Football: 25 Brilliant Archive Photos Of Iconic Champions League Final Moments Past

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As you're probably well aware, the Champions League final is due to kick-off in Cardiff in a few hours' time.

So, to wet your whistle for the 2017 edition, Pies thought we'd gee you up with a cavalcade of choice imagery from finals past.

Here they bloomin' well be, presentedin no particular order.

Dani Alves vows to keep his Champions League promise to Gianluigi Buffon

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Juventus full back Dani Alves has vowed to keep his Champions League promise to veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon ahead of the mega finale against Real Madrid on Saturday night.

Since his controversial exit from Barcelona last summer, Alves has been an integral part of Allegri’s side this season who are now on the verge of a historic treble.

Ramos ready for Real’s date with destiny

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid are ready for their appointment with history as the Spanish club aim to become the first team for 27 years to win consecutive Champions League titles.

Not since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 has a side conquered Europe two years in a row, but holders Real can equal that impressive feat if they defeat Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday.

Pick a super club

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It's the 2016-17 Champions League final on Saturday and it's Juventus as the underdog against Real Madrid. It's easy enough to question how the Serie A champions are anybody's underdog, but that's the situation against a team like Real Madrid. They spend to win, and they do it well.

Juventus is once again in an interesting situation.

Real Madrid vs. Juventus Champions League final predicted lineups, TV times and preview

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Since the turn of the year, the European football season always feels as though it’s building towards UEFA Champions League final. With Real Madrid and Juventus facing off in Saturday’s spectacle in Cardiff, the hype is warranted.

Because while finals involving teams from the same country can be special-Real have faced Atletico Madrid in two of the last three-there’s something wonderful about seeing two juggernauts from two different nations go head-to-head.

Real Madrid vs. Juventus Champions League final predicted lineups, TV times and preview

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Since the turn of the year, the European football season always feels as though it’s building towards UEFA Champions League final. With Real Madrid and Juventus facing off in Saturday’s spectacle in Cardiff, the hype is warranted.

Because while finals involving teams from the same country can be special-Real have faced Atletico Madrid in two of the last three-there’s something wonderful about seeing two juggernauts from two different nations go head-to-head.

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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.

US Soccer

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.

Soccer TV: USMNT vs Venezuela

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The USMNT returns to action on Saturday in an international friendly against Venezuela. Also on the weekend soccer TV schedule, the USMNT plays Venezuela in the U-20 World Cup in Korea. There's also the not at all small matter of Saturday's Champions League final.

USMNT vs Venezuela in an international friendly on Saturday at 10pm ET on FS1.

The Rest

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.

Juventus-Real alle 20 e 45. Poche ore alla Finalissima di Champions League

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Ci siamo. Alle 20 e 45, al "Millennium Stadium" di Cardiff, Juventus e Real Madrid si contederanno la Champions League 2017. Bianconeri a caccia del trofeo, che manca nella bacheca juventina da 21 anni, e di un pazzesco Triplete, dopo la vittoria di Scudetto e Coppa Italia, i blancos dell'ex Zidane, invece, dopo il trionfo [.

Around The Forest: Kaka makes ESPN’s World Fame 100 List

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Stand Together Week, Champions League, new UEFA rule and more!

Portland

Portland Timbers, Thorns, T2 set to kick off Stand Together Week Sunday | OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers, Thorns and T2 are set to kick off their sixth-annual Stand Together week Sunday. Stand Together Week is a "week-long community initiative to support dozens of nonprofit projects and volunteer opportunities across the city.