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Quite Right: Mario Mandzukic Wins UEFA 2017 Goal Of The Season Award For Stupendous Overhead Kick Against Real Madrid In Champions League Final

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After Mario Mandzukic was controversially pipped to the 2017 Champions League Goal of the Season award, UEFA have bestowed their overall 2017 Goal of the Season trinket to the Juventus striker for his superb overhead effort against Real Madrid in the final.

Despite the ball not touching the ground in the build up and being scored against Real Madrid in the final and all, Mandzukic was beaten to the Champions League goal of the season award byBesiktas striker Cenk Tosun, whose similarly acrobatic effort against Benfica in the group stages took 41% of UEFA's online poll.

Ballsy Call: Real Madrid Boss Zinedine Zidane Includes Son, Enzo, In His Champions League Final Squad

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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has made the ballsy move of including his son, Enzo, in his squad for the Champions League Final.

Enzo has only ever made one senior appearance for Real, coming against Cultural Leonesa in the fourth round of the Copa del Rey last November. He played for 44 minutes.

Injury-ravaged season clouds Bale’s homecoming

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Madrid (AFP) – Playing in a Champions League final in his home city was beyond Gareth Bale’s dreams as a youngster, but Saturday’s Cardiff showpiece catches the Welshman at a career crossroads.

Real Madrid can make history by becoming the first team to retain the Champions League and complete a first La Liga and Champions League double in 59 years in the process.

FOX network to broadcast 2017 UEFA Champions League final on June 3

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FOX Sports will broadcast the final of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League live on the over-the-air FOX network on Saturday, June 3.

The match will feature two of the following teams: Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, AS Monaco and Juventus. The four teams are competing in the two-leg semi-finals to try to advance to the final, which will be played in Cardiff, Wales.

Atletico Madrid Fan Suing Mark Clattenburg For ‘Moral Damage’ Caused By Allowing Sergio Ramos’ Goal To Stand In Champions League Final

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One poor, jilted Atletico Madrid fan is attempting to bring legal action against UEFA due to the "moral damage" he was subjected to while watching his team lose to Real Madrid in last season's Champions League Final.

The supporter, Jose Antonio Campon, is suing UEFA after referee Mark Clattenburg failed to rule out Sergio Ramos' opening goal for offside in the San Siro.

Monrovia troubles

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The Champions League final is one of the most important matches of the year for every self-respecting football fan (and even for the ones who do not respect themselves, like myself). So it was with eagerness I speculated where to watch the match within my Monrovia-bubble. Now, you have to know that I am an idiot; I never take decisions, but linger forever in the analysis.

Champions League: Real Madrid vs Manchester City Is Cherry On Cake- Plus Wages, Balotelli, Mourinho

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Real Madrid vs Manchester City
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It's a little bit unfair to deem this one "The Cherry on the Cake" (especially if you don't like cherries, and to that, we have to say that's highly unfortunate). But a match like Madrid vs City is almost like the Champions League final in itself it's the Blockbuster impossible to ignore, the one Batman film you can't risk skipping for fear of societal exclusion and the best possible way to witness modern day football it all its glorifying intricacies.

Bayern Munich

Future is bright in Turin for reigning champions Juventus

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Juventus faced Barcelona in the Champions League final with what can definitively be called a veteran team. The Old Lady started Gianluigi Buffon, Patrice Evra, Andrea Barzagli, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez, all of whom are over 30 years of age.

With Pirlo and Tevez departing, the Bianconeri took the opportunity to make the squad much younger in an effort to once again reach the Champions League final and this time win it.

Bayern Munich Shade The 2013 Champions League Final

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With ninety seconds left to play at Wembley Stadium last night the moment came, and when it did it was reminiscent of a Bayern Munich hero of the past. Arjen Robben had already skipped into position between two defenders, and with a swivel of his hips he sent a scuffed shot across the Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller which trickled agonisingly over the line to win the 2013 UEFA Champions League for Bayern with a move that had a hint of the golden days of Gerd Muller about it.

UEFA Champions League

There could be no other champion

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FC Barcelona could be the only champion; they were the the best team; they were the team with the extraordinary strikers; they are the team with Messi; they are the only right champion. I only fee sorry for the great Gianlucca Buffon and Andrea Pirlo. Both deserved a title, but they are both great footballers who know that when you are up against the best, the best deserve it more.

The two great football events today

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Today is, arguably, one of the greatest football days of 2015 with two of the greatest football events of the year taking place, both equally immense: the 2015 Champions League Final and the Opening of the Women's World Cup in Canada. In Berlin, Juventus and Barcelona will face one another in a highly expected final.

Madrid-Madrid final

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It was bound to be an interesting final no matter what happened between Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, and indeed, it is now confirmed that the final in Lisbon on May 24th will be a local derby between David and Goliath, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Real Madrid are favourites for sure, but Atletico Madrid showed great quality when they brushed aside Chelsea 1-3 in Stamford Bridge.

Bayern Munich champions!

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Until Saturday's final Borussia Dortmund was the only undefeated team in the Champions League. Still, Bayern Munich was the slight favourite after taking the German title and played outstanding football in the matches against FC Barcelona and Juventus. But this did not show in the beginning of the final where Dortmund seemed liked the team with most desire to win, and only some outstanding saves

UEFA Champions League Final: Five Key Battles on Europe’s Biggest Stage

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Bayern Munich defender Daniel van Buyten battles with Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund (Wikimedia commons)

The first all-German Champions League final will kick off Saturday at Wembley Stadium in the most anticipated match of the season in world football as Bayern Munich face Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich: Projected lineup for Champions League Final

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Bayern Munich come into their third UEFA Champions League final in four years and have something to prove, that they can finally lift the European title once again. A win for Bayern will see them draw level with English club Liverpool as the third most crowned European champions with five each, behind seven time winners AC Milan and nine time champions Real Madrid.

Last time they won: Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich

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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are facing one another in what will be an exciting German invasion of Wembley! Both teams share a long national rivalry and play high quality attacking football so the final has all elements to become an epic clash. Furthermore, both teams have already won the Champions League before, and I vividly remember both finals where they won.

An expensive weekend expected for all those travelling to the Champions League final

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The Champions League final is arguably the biggest game in world football, and this Saturday will see the first ever all-German encounter between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund Fans to Take Over Wembley Stadium for UCL Final

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Borussia Dortmund Fans (Wikimedia Commons)

Borussia Dortmund are apparently looking to do their best replication of the Westfalenstadion at Wembley Stadium on May 25th, as the side are set to take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. The Telegraph recently released news of how many BVB fans actually applied for Champions League final tickets and the numbers are astonishing.

Borussia Dortmund Latest: Mario Gotze Back in Training

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May 25th is rapidly approaching, and so is Mario Gotze's rehabilitation process. A left hamstring injury in the second leg against Real Madrid forced the German international to exit the match not even 20 minutes in, and caused instant uproar whether or not he would be able to feature in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.

Speed and pace the key to Man Utd’s success this year as Galataseray go close

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There have been times at Old Trafford on European nights where a 7th minute goal of such quality as we saw tonight would have signalled the usual cavalry charge culminating in a sizeable win, but these are different times at Manchester United where despite the star studded line-ups that they have available to them, don't seem to to be able to re-create those special moments.

Speed and pace the key to Man Utd’s success this year as Galataseray go close

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Speed and pace the key to Man Utd's success this year as Galataseray go close

There have been times at Old Trafford on European nights where a 7th minute goal of such quality as we saw tonight would have signalled the usual cavalry charge culminating in a sizeable win, but these are different times at Manchester United where despite the star studded line-ups that they have available to them, don't seem to to be able to re-create those special moments.

Saturday Ticker: Barca land Song, Zenit eye Nani, and more

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The plundering of Arsenal's roster by Europe's top teams continued on Saturday as the Gunners agreed with FC Barcelona on a £15 million to transfer midfielder Alex Song.

Song joins Robin Van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri as top Arsenal stars to leave the Gunners in the past two summers, though the transfer fees acquired in those deals have left Arsenal with a sizeable amount of transfer revenue to work with for the second straight summer.

Mid-Day Ticker: Ronaldo talks PKs, van Marwijk resigns as Dutch coach & more

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Many have criticized Cristiano Ronaldo for waiting until the fifth shot -- an opportunity that never came -- to step up to the spot in Portugal's penalty kicks loss to Spain on Wednesday in the Euro 2012 semifinals.

It turns out it wasn't Ronaldo's idea after all.

Manchester United

My All-Time Top 10 Great Goalkeepers: #3 Peter Schmeichel

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My All-Time Top 10 Great Goalkeepers: #3 Peter Schmeichel

  • Nationality: Danish

  • Total appearances: 777

  • Caps: 129

  • World Cups: 1

  • Titles: 21

We're now into the Top 3 and Peter Schmeichel belongs at the head of any list of great goalkeepers.

Abuse of Mikel: Shameful

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Twitter is a wonderful creation for the most part. As a source of information on what you value, there is nothing better. It's also a great instrument for letting yourself be heard if that's what you want out of it. It can be used in a social manner too, however this social element can have a rather nasty side to it.


World Football Review: Top 10 Goals of 2012

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Papiss Cisse of Newcastle celebrates (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

With the hectic holiday season now behind us, we reflect back on a wonderful year of football in 2012. There were many spectacular events that the beautiful game brought its viewers from start to finish over the past year.

Roberto di Matteo – The man who dared

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Ducky's Note: Swaraj is a Chelsea fan (yes, that species we are beginning to see a bit more out here on BFZ) who has written a Champions League final preview for us before. Here he pays tribute to the man most of Chelsea is currently wishing was not sacked Roberto di Matteo.

Geoff Shreeves makes sure Rafa Benitez knows that Chelsea fans booed him

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With just a few days to prepare, Rafa Benitez led Chelsea to a dismal 0-0 draw against Man City in his first match with the club. Chelsea fans made their feelings for the new manager known from the start, booing him and singing their praise for the ousted Roberto Di Matteo while Stamford Bridge was spotted with "Rafa Out!

Didier to Return Home

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Didier Drogba could be in for a shock return to Chelsea after the striker revealed that he is seeking a loan move to prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts in January.

Drogba, whose last act in a Blues shirt was to score the winning penalty in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich back in May, is under contract at Shanghai Shenhua.

Chelsea, cream of Europe once again.

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Four months after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich in a thrilling encounter in the Champions League Final, the blues have received further European glory. Chelsea have been named as European Club of the year based on last season achievements which saw Roberto Di Mateo master mind domestic success in the form of the FA Cu as [.

Nani: Ronaldo Demanded To Take Last Pen

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The semi-final between Spain and Portugal ended in a draw meaning a penalty shoot-out decided who would be in the final.

The Portuguese side seemingly forgot their order, with Bruno Alves almost reaching the penalty spot before Nani caught up with him to take his place. Nani took an excellent penalty but Alves missed his and Spain won.


Ryan Bertrand - What Do We Think of His Role as a Midfielder?

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Something that we've been starting to see on a fairly frequent basis is the inclusion of Ryan Bertrand in midfield. Playing a fullback further up the field is by no means a new or revolutionary idea, but it does bring a changed dimension and approach to the game. I have always liked RDM's use of him in that role but I think question marks should maybe be raised over the regularity of his inclusion further up the field.


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Alot is being made of Chelsea's transfer dealings so far this summer and of course people have their own opinions. For me, it's really exciting and indicates a complete change of philosophy within the club.

I have posted on here before about how exciting it is and have also posted about the "second coming of Roman's revolution of Chelsea" and I stand by both posts.

The Rest

Remember when… we beat Barcelona at Old Trafford?

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I remember walking in to the ground full of nerves on the night we played Barcelona. We were so close to our first Champions League final since 1999 and it felt long overdue.

While the immediate stress came from having to beat Barcelona, it was also very prevalent in my thoughts that if we did manage to beat the Spaniards, we'd have to overcome Liverpool or Chelsea in the final to lift our third European Cup.

Cup Final Day - One of the greatest days of the year Part I - The little and big of it

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On September the 16th, it will be the first Final in the young history of the Philadelphia Union. Hopefully it will be the first of many. To get you in the mood we will present a two-part article discussing some Cup Final Day experiences.

The World Cup Final. MLS Cup. The Champions League Final.

2014 Champions League Final Pre- Match Facts: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

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Tomorrow's Champions League Final encounter between Spanish Neighbours Atl. Madrid and Real Madrid has all the hallmarks of a classic?

Atletico will still be on a high having claimed their first LA Liga title in 18 years just last week at the Nou Camp while Real will still be licking their wounds as they threw away any chance's of the LA Liga title for what many believe to be at the expense to win the "Decima" their 10th European Cup Crown.

Munich Philharmonic Orchestra creates Bayern Munich song for Champions League final

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With Bayern Munich heading to London as favourites to lift the Champions League trophy in Wembley, the club have had an official song given to them for the final. Fortunately, they didn't channel "Glory Glory Man United" or "We've Got The Whole World In Our Hands," and instead went all highbrow. Their song has been [.

Gomez punishes TFC yet again, eliminates Canadians from CCL

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Herculez Gomez has made a habit of burning Toronto FC for goals, and Wednesday night was no different as the U.S. national team striker delivered the winning strike against a TFC side that tried and failed to score a major upset in Mexico.

Toronto FC needed a big win against the Mexican champions to beat them out for a place in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals, but after wasting some quality early chances, TFC was left without a goal to show for their early work.

Don’t tell me that you think it’s green …

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I suppose it's axiomatic to say that Arsenal's is a much more green and pleasant land in the aftermath of a good victory. The scorched earth of transfer deadline day has (temporarily at least) given way to the first flower of spring. I still have my misgivings about the squad, but there seems little point in recycling them now.

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Ever since the Champions League final ended and even before Harry Redknapp left the club, the media seems to have been of the opinion that while Luka Modric would be leaving White Hart Lane this summer, Gareth Bale was set to stay on for another season at the very least.

In addition, the rumours linking Gareth with a move away have been very sparse and a ‘source' close to the player has now spoken in yesterday's Sunday papers.