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Wenger seeks solace in quest for seventh FA Cup

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London (AFP) – Bruised but unbowed, Arsene Wenger hopes to end the most painful season of his long tenure as Arsenal manager with a record-breaking FA Cup final victory over Double-chasing Chelsea.

Though he has been barracked by his own fans and failed to secure Champions League qualification for the first time in 20 years, Wenger can make history by becoming the first manager to win seven FA Cups.

Manchester United’s Rooney close to decision on future

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Stockholm (AFP) – England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney says he is just weeks away from revealing where he will be playing next season.

The 31-year-old’s future at the club, where he has spent the past 13 years, and his country, is the subject of intense debate which intensified on Thursday when he was left out of the national squad.

Manchester United’s Rooney close to decision on future

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Stockholm (AFP) – England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney says he is just weeks away from revealing where he will be playing next season.

The 31-year-old’s future at the club, where he has spent the past 13 years, and his country, is the subject of intense debate which intensified on Thursday when he was left out of the national squad.

Jose Mourinho restores Manchester United’s winning feeling

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Stockholm (AFP) – Judgement was reserved until the final game of his maiden campaign, but in guiding his club to Europa League glory Jose Mourinho has restored the winning feeling at Manchester United.

There was little sparkling football at Old Trafford this season and despite a 25-game unbeaten run, Mourinho could do no better than a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Koscielny’s FA Cup final ban upheld

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny will miss this weekend’s FA Cup final against Chelsea, it was confirmed Tuesday, after his appeal against a three-match ban was dismissed by the Football Association.

The 31-year-old French central defender was sent off against Everton on Sunday for a reckless first-half challenge on Enner Valencia.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Guardiola warns City ‘decades behind’ Europe’s football elite

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Watford (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola insisted that Manchester City are “decades” behind Europe’s largest clubs despite the 5-0 win away to injury-hit Watford that clinched Champions League qualification.

The City manager was delighted with the result on the final day of the Premier League season for one of the richest clubs in world football, but former Barcelona and Bayern Munich head coach Guardiola said that wealth did not count as much as experience and status.

Arsenal hurt by ‘horrendous’ atmosphere: Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said an “absolutely horrendous” atmosphere had been partly responsible for his club’s failure to secure a Champions League place for the first time in 20 years.

Speaking after a 3-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season, Wenger accepted that uncertainty over his future as manager, which has divided fans, had polluted the air at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal hurt by ‘horrendous’ atmosphere: Wenger

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said an “absolutely horrendous” atmosphere had been partly responsible for his club’s failure to secure a Champions League place for the first time in 20 years.

Speaking after a 3-1 victory over Everton on the final day of the Premier League season, Wenger accepted that uncertainty over his future as manager, which has divided fans, had polluted the air at the Emirates Stadium.

Zidane gets sacrifice from Galacticos to make Madrid champions

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane’s transformation of Real Madrid from crisis club to champions has been rooted not in the glamour of relying purely on ‘Galactico’ talent, but fostering a team spirit and never say die attitude.

Madrid sealed a first La Liga title in five years on Sunday - and 33rd in total - with a 2-0 victory at Malaga to bring a halt to Barcelona’s domination of domestic matters having won six of the previous eight titles.

Zidane gets sacrifice from Galacticos to make Madrid champions

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Madrid (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane’s transformation of Real Madrid from crisis club to champions has been rooted not in the glamour of relying purely on ‘Galactico’ talent, but fostering a team spirit and never say die attitude.

Madrid sealed a first La Liga title in five years on Sunday - and 33rd in total - with a 2-0 victory at Malaga to bring a halt to Barcelona’s domination of domestic matters having won six of the previous eight titles.

Wolfsburg go from beating Real to brink of relegation

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Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg have one final chance to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga after the 2009 champions went from stunning Real Madrid to the brink of Germany’s second division inside 13 months.

In April 2016, Wolfsburg produced a superb display to shock Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real 2-0 in their home leg of last season’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Wolfsburg go from beating Real to brink of relegation

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Berlin (AFP) – Wolfsburg have one final chance to avoid relegation from the Bundesliga after the 2009 champions went from stunning Real Madrid to the brink of Germany’s second division inside 13 months.

In April 2016, Wolfsburg produced a superb display to shock Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real 2-0 in their home leg of last season’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Mourinho names Man Utd’s youngest ever Premier League line-up

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho selected Manchester United’s youngest ever Premier League starting line-up as he rested his senior stars for Sunday’s domestic season finale against Crystal Palace.

With United due to face Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, Mourinho made no attempt to conceal his desire to keep his key players fresh for the Stockholm showpiece.

Wenger looks for salvation as top four race reaches climax

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger will be praying for an unexpected slip from Liverpool or Manchester City as Arsenal try to salvage their traumatic Premier League campaign by snatching a Champions League berth in Sunday’s season finale.

Rocked by Arsenal’s failure to live up to his expectations and battered by mounting criticism from furious fans, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign - and the lowest moment of all is likely to come at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Wenger looks for salvation as top four race reaches climax

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger will be praying for an unexpected slip from Liverpool or Manchester City as Arsenal try to salvage their traumatic Premier League campaign by snatching a Champions League berth in Sunday’s season finale.

Rocked by Arsenal’s failure to live up to his expectations and battered by mounting criticism from furious fans, Wenger has been under fire like never before in his 21-year reign - and the lowest moment of all is likely to come at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.

Wenger’s Arsenal enter last-chance saloon

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes the thorny issue of his future will not prove a distraction when his side attempt to squeeze into the Champions League against Everton on Sunday.

Wenger’s future remains unresolved and he said on Friday he expects a decision to be announced after a board meeting that will take place in the days following the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 27.

Wenger ‘sad’ for Adams ‘paper bag’ jibe

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London (AFP) – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he felt “sad” that his former captain Tony Adams claimed the Frenchman “couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag”.

Wenger has come under fire from many quarters as his team struggle to make the Champions League next season with even a win over Everton on Sunday not certain to guarantee a spot in Europe’s elite tournament.

‘Don’t kill me’ for playing kids, begs Mourinho

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Southampton (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho says the Premier League’s unwillingness to help Manchester United prepare for their Europa League final will force him to pick youth players against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

United finish their league campaign against Palace at Old Trafford before facing Ajax in the Europa League final in Stockholm next Wednesday, a game they must win to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

US star Morgan in doubt for women’s Champions League

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Lyon (AFP) – American star Alex Morgan faces a race against time to recover for the women’s Champions League final on June 1 after suffering a thigh injury for Lyon at the weekend.

The forward hurt herself in Saturday’s 3-0 league victory over Paris Saint-Germain, the same team Lyon will face in a fortnight for the European title in Cardiff.

Pope reminds Cup final stars of duties to young

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Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Tuesday received a group of footballers from Juventus and Lazio on the eve of their Italian Cup final clash.

The 80-year-old pontiff, a keen player himself in his youth and a fan of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, told the players they had a “great responsibility towards youth.

Pope reminds Cup final stars of duties to young

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Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Tuesday received a group of footballers from Juventus and Lazio on the eve of their Italian Cup final clash.

The 80-year-old pontiff, a keen player himself in his youth and a fan of Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, told the players they had a “great responsibility towards youth.

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans to ignore boycott call

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to turn out in force for Tuesday’s game against Sunderland rather than take part in a boycott designed to hasten his removal as manager of the London giants.

The veteran French boss has still to announce if he will be staying at the Emirates Stadium when his current contract expires after the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal fans to ignore boycott call

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to turn out in force for Tuesday’s game against Sunderland rather than take part in a boycott designed to hasten his removal as manager of the London giants.

The veteran French boss has still to announce if he will be staying at the Emirates Stadium when his current contract expires after the end of the season.

Manchester United’s Mourinho says Europa League final is make-or-break

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accepts the club’s season will be judged a failure if they do not beat Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24.

Mourinho says he has worked “harder than ever” during his maiden United campaign, which has already featured a League Cup triumph and victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield

But with United needing to beat Ajax to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, he knows he will not be spared by the media if his side succumb to defeat at Stockholm’s Friends Arena.

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Mourinho games the Europa League

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Not too long ago, there was a push to add some kind of meaning to the Europa League. On the surface, it was easy to dismiss the tournament as close to irrelevant. Winning meant lifting a trophy, sure, but few confused that with an overwhelmingly successful season. The Europa League was what it was, Europe's second-tier competition.

Europa League Final preview: Ajax hope to channel spirit of ’95 against Manchester United

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On Wednesday evening in Stockholm, Manchester United and Ajax will contest the Europa League, each hoping for a victory that would add some shine to a below par season (and provide a back door route...

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Arsenal’s problem

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Monday's soccer news starts with Arsenal not getting the ending they wanted to the 2016-17 Premier League season. Needing a win and help on the final match day, they handled their business with a 3-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium. Unfortunately for their last ditch effort to qualify for the Champions League, so did Liverpool.

Highway To UEL: Arsenal Narrowly Miss Out On Champions League Qualification Despite Ending Season With Victory

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Does that pun even work? Perhaps if you say it fast enough? Oh well, what's done is done.

Arsenal may well have signed off for the season with a 10-man victory over Everton, but alas it didn't prevent Arsene Wenger's side fromfalling narrowly short of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Man United Reach Europa League Final

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accepts the club's season will be judged a failure if they do not beat Ajax in the Europa League final on May 24.

Mourinho says he has worked "harder than ever" during his maiden United campaign, which has already featured a League Cup triumph and victory over Leicester City in the Community Shield.

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Why Arsenal need a Top, Top striker

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With Arsenal failing to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in Arsene Wenger's tenure at the club, there are understandably a lot of question marks in regards to the futures of some key players at the club. But one key player who looks likely to stay despite a lack of Champions League [.

Arsene Wenger issues warning to Chelsea over next year’s title race

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Chelsea secured the title on Friday night with two games to spare, their second in three years....

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Reds Back In Europe

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Oh Gini Wijnaldum, how much do I love you? I was on the edge of a football breakdown at 45 minutes so thank god he stepped up with that cracking goal in the 46th!
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That first half was agonising on Sunday and while you kind of expect that Liverpool these days need time to build themselves up into a game, time is something we didn't really have this weekend.

All We Have To Do Is Beat Boro

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Granted, being a Liverpool fan isn't the toughest of tasks, we've had our fair share of glory over the years but even when that glory has arrived, it's never been an easy process has it?!
If the Reds had beaten Southampton earlier this month or managed to beat Bournemouth in April or if they didn't lose to Hull at home in February!

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Univision shares details about UEFA Champions League and Europa League coverage

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With so much news and attention focused on what Turner Sports will do with their coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League when they take the rights away from FOX Sports in August 2018, there hasn’t been as much focus on how much of a big deal the Spanish-language rights to the same competitions will be for Univision Deportes.

Univision shares details about UEFA Champions League and Europa League coverage

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With so much news and attention focused on what Turner Sports will do with their coverage of the UEFA Champions League and Europa League when they take the rights away from FOX Sports in August 2018, there hasn’t been as much focus on how much of a big deal the Spanish-language rights to the same competitions will be for Univision Deportes.

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for May 1-7, 2017

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Real Madrid’s 2-0 defeat against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League Semi Finals drew 779,000 viewers on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes, falling short of the 858,000 that tuned in for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s matchup in the previous round and falling in as the second most-watched Champions League match on FOX Sports’ networks this season.

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Title for Chivas

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Monday's soccer news starts with Chivas winning the 2017 Liga MX Clausura title. Chivas beat Tigres 2-1 on the night and 4-3 on aggregate. Alan Pulido started the scoring for Chivas in he 17th minute with Juan Vasquez doubling the lead in the 70th. Ismael Sosa pulled a goal back for Tigres in the 88th.

Celtic in the 1967 European Cup

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By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 15, 2017) US Soccer Players – Europe has seen many great clubs over the decades. Spanish giants Real Madrid dominated the tournament, now known as the UEFA Champions League, since the 1950s. The club has won the trophy more times than any other team.