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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.

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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 [.

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

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Real Madrid vs Manchester City
Matchday One | 20:45

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.

MARADONA:"Hats off to this group of veteran warriors"

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Diego Maradona backed Chelsea to win the Champions League when it seemed everyone else didn't and credit to him. He may not be everyone's cup of tea as a person but as a footballer and for his ability (apart from THAT goal) he has most people's respect and rightly so.

Maradona has spoke of Chelsea's Champions League success last week and has been quick to give credit where credit is due.

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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.

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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.

Real Salt Lakes Latest Journey

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By Dario Camacho - MIAMI, FL (Jun 20, 2012) US Soccer Players -- In 2011, Real Salt Lake was one goal away from becoming one of the best teams Major League Soccer had ever seen. A tremendous run towards the CONCACAF Champions League final against Monterrey of the Mexican league propelled RSL to near mythical status.

Fernando Torres


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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.

2011-12, in review: Best match (poll)

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The season hath ended. About a month ago.

Apologies for the lack of activity around this space, but both Devin and I have been in the midst of a recharge following a season in which the sanity of Chelsea supporters far and wide was tested with regularity. It really was an astonishing year for the club.

Spain v Ireland – Match Preview – Euro 2012 – 14 June 2012

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The Republic of Ireland are major underdogs as they face Spain in round 2 of the group stage. The match will take place at the Arena Gdansk in Gdansk, Poland with kickoff scheduled for 20:45 local time.

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque

"I am worried about every aspect of our opponents.

Spain’s secret weapon: Fernando Torres, goalkeeper

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As this year's Champions League final showed yet again, goalkeepers can be the difference between winning and losing in a tournament like Euro 12. And by reading far too much into pictures taken during Spain's Wednesday training session, we can see that they are so desperate to retain the European championship that they are cultivating a secret weapon: Fernando Torres as goalkeeper.

The Rest

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nike marks Wayne Rooney’s return with creepy ad

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Wayne Rooney was forced to sit out England's first two Euro 2012 group stage matches due to a suspension for deliberately kicking Montenegro's Miodrag Dzudovic in his side's final qualifying match back in October. But with England now in position to advance to the quarterfinals with one group match against Ukraine left to play, Rooney is eligible to return to the squad and Nike has decided to capitalize on that anticipation.

Is Financial Fair Play the pot of gold at the end of Arsenal’s rainbow?

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When Ivan Gazidis met fans from a variety of supporters' groups at the Emirates Stadium last week, his message regarding UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations was unequivocal. It will happen and the clubs are all in favour of it, not least because the alternative – football's bubble bursting if it continues to expand in the current form – does not bear thinking about.

Ten Years Of AFC Wimbledon: Part 4 – Nature Is Bent On New Beginning And Death Has Not A Chance Of Winning

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"It only took nine years" was the song booming from the AFC Wimbledon end of The City of Manchester Stadium at the end of the Blue Square Bet Premier play-off final against Luton Town in May of last year. There was a certain irony to the fact that two clubs from the south-east of England had to travel over two hundred miles to play a match that would ordinarily have been played at Wembley.

An Alternative to Shootouts: A Better Way to Resolve Draws in Knockout Competitions

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Last week FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced that he would like to see an alternative to penalty shootouts, calling them a "tragedy". He asked Franz Beckenbauer (who is head of a task force to recommend rule changes for the 2014 World Cup) to brainstorm a better way to settle matches that end in draws.