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Bayern Munich

Mario Mandzukic’s Champions League winner’s medal broke off

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As soon as Bayern Munich lifted the Champions League trophy after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1, striker Mario Mandzukic, who scored his side's first goal of the night, lost his winner's medal. After going up the steps at Wembley collect their medals and trophy, Mandzukic couldn't help but jubilantly bounce around.

On the road from Chelsea to Germany with the Champions League trophy

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THE Champions League trophy is, barring a miraculous semi-finals comeback by Barcelona or Real Madrid, heading to Germany. The Cup's destination will be settled at Wembley in Das Teutonico, or whatever the match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich is called.

We got invited along by HTC to watch the Big Cup makes its way from holders Chelsea's Stamford Bridge home to Banqueting House in Whitehall, where it will used to serve punch or a novelty table centrepiece.

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.

Attacking football’s back….at least for the moment

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It seems that attacking football's the in thing again and in fact, it's so popular at the moment that even the Italians are joining in on the fun. It's actually becoming hard to stereotype footballing nations these days because of all the changes in playing style. Germany is no longer robotic and it seems England and Italy have reversed roles.

Bayern Munich Sign Mario Mandzukic

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Mario Mandzukic, on the back of an excellent performance for Croatia in the Euro 2012 Championships, has been signed by Bayern Munich from VfL Wolfsburg for an undisclosed fee.

Mandzukic managed to score twice in Croatia's opening game against the Republic of Ireland, and then managed to find the goal once again against Italy.

Injured Frank Lampard Out Of Euro 2012, Jordan Henderson Can’t Believe His Luck

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By Alan Duffy

As great Irish poet Ronan Keating said, life is indeed a rollercoaster, with Chelsea veteran Frankie Lamps the latest poor sod to experience life's ups and downs. Coming only weeks after the midfielder lifted the Champions League trophy with Chelsea, he has now been forced out of England's Euro 2012 squad courtesy of a thigh injury suffered in training.

Thursday Kickoff: Blazer investigated, Chelsea releases two players and more

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The turmoil in CONCACAF has spread and Chuck Blazer may be in trouble.

The USA representative on the FIFA Executive Committee has been accused of overseeing financial irregularities and is also considering a lawsuit against FIFA over unpaid TV commissions. CONCACAF is still under heavy scrutiny following the scandal that saw former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner resign in disgrace over bribery allegations.

Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry again dons full kit for trophy presentation

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Despite starting one of the internet's most enduring memes when he changed into full Chelsea kit for last season's Champions League trophy celebration, John Terry did exactly the same for last night's Europa League final. At the start of the evening, JT looked more suitably dressed to gatecrash a snooker trophy presentation.

Nicolas Anelka Keen On Liverpool Return

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Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is eyeing a return to the Premier League after struggling to settle in China, with his preferred choice of transfer being Liverpool, according to The Sun.
The 33-year-old moved to Shanghai Shenhua in January 2012, where he was briefly named player-manager following the sacking of Jean Tigana.

Liverpool Target Ex-Chelsea Striker In Loan Swoop

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Liverpool is being linked with a shock loan move for ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.
The 34-year-old Ivory Coast international left Stamford Bridge for China in the summer, joining Shanghai Shenhua on a free transfer after lifting the Champions League trophy under Roberto Di Matteo.
However, The Sunday People claims Drogba could make a quick return to the Premier League, joining Liverpool on loan when the Chinese season comes to an end next week.

Win Chelsea FC – Champions of Europe 2012 DVD

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To celebrate the release of the Chelsea FC Champions of Europe 2012 DVD we are offering three readers the chance to win a copy.

In May 2012, Chelsea FC lifted the coveted Champions League trophy after an unforgettable campaign. Chelsea fans will always remember their route to victory the comeback against Napoli, the tense win against Benfica, defeating the mighty Barcelona at Stamford Bridge, the heroics in the Nou Camp and the famous night in Munich where they secured the greatest prize in European club football.

VIDEO - MLS All-Stars Defeat Chelsea, 3-2

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Playing Chelsea makes Major League Soccer look good.

In 2006 the English Premier League side came across the pond it was with the league trophy in hand. They left with a 1-0 loss to the All-Stars in Chicago. This time they waltzed in with the Champions League trophy and left with another loss; this time 3-2 losers.

Chelsea’s Ashley Cole arrives on Twitter, slaps down Arsenal fans with immediate effect

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Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole followed in the footsteps of Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and co yesterday by joining the Twitter ranks and it is fair to say he received a fairly frosty reception from Arsenal fans, who still feel somewhat tetchy about the defender's acrimonious departure from the north London club.

Didier Drogba Heads East, Signs Two-And-A-Half Year Deal With Shanghai Shenhua

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By Alan Duffy

A youthful Drogba leaves Graeme Le Saux for dead in August 2004

Following in the footsteps of former Chelsea team-mate Nicolas Anelka, Blues' legend Didier Drogba has gone east in search of a new footballing challenge (and a pretty decent payday).

Chelsea staff suspended for snapping off Champions League trophy handle

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Traditionally, football trophies are dropped and damaged by talented football professionals, who can expect nothing more than a clip around the ear and a viral video for their cumbersome calamity. Unfortunately, that judicial system clearly doesn't extend to more modest club employees after the Daily Mail reported that three members of Chelsea's staff have been [.

Win Chelsea’s End of Season Review DVD 2011/2012

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We have teamed up with Spirit Entertainment and Strike Media to offer you the chance to win one of 3 copies of Chelsea FC Double Champions! Season Review 2011/2012 (out now).

For Chelsea FC, 2011/12 was an incredible season that will live forever in the hearts and minds of players and fans alike as the club completed an historic double.

Chelsea ramblings: Hazard, Financial Fair Play and Champions League goodness

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Nicks' note: Our moving-towards-resident Chelsea writer Sahil is back with a criminally late post (the post is because of Sahil, it is criminally late because of me) about Chelsea; what they're doing, who they're buying, why they're so blue, and pictures of as many permutations of players lifting the Champions League trophy as he can muster.

Didier Drogba Heading To China

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By all accounts Didier Drogba has told his Chelsea teammates that he is leaving to go to China.

Drogba is expected to link up with former team-mate Nicolas Anelka at Shanghai in China in a £200,000-a-week deal.

Drogba said:

"Even though it's been three years since I said that I wanted to leave, I find it hard to admit that it's over with this club — especially since I did not want this end.

Blues hero talks up CL final ‘homework’

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has revealed that his penalty shoot-out heroics against Bayern Munich in Saturday's Champions League final triumph are directly attributable to homework rather than guesswork.

Even before the shoot-out, Cech was brilliant in denying former Blues teammate Arjen Robben five minutes into extra time, thus thwarting Bayern's hopes of taking a 2-1 lead in the contest.

CL winner reveals Spurs sympathy

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard acknowledges that lifting the Champions League trophy at Tottenham's expense was a little bittersweet due to the efforts of his uncle Harry Redknapp but knows that it was only the top priority for the Blues to seize their moment of glory.

Lampard and his teammates finished sixth in the Barclays Premier League this season, with the Spurs taking the fourth spot.

Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho’s expert analysis of the Champions League group draw

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Hello. I am Jose Mourinho, the only one ever to do anything and this is my analysis of UEFA's spectacle of cheating that they call the Champions League draw. Let's begin.

Group A

Porto
Dynamo Kiev
PSG
Dinamo Zagreb

Jose says: Dynamo and Dinamo in the same group?

Kaka To Manchester United?

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The Daily Mail is reporting that Real Madrid have offered United Kaka on a season-long loan as they  prepare for the arrival of Luka Modric. Mourinho wants to get rid of Kaka, but he is finding the number of clubs that can afford his wages are pretty small. So he is considering sending him on loan with the idea of trying to sell Kaka next summer.

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Sporting KC strive for more silverware

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On Wednesday night, Sporting KC defeated the Seattle Sounders in a penalty shootout to win the US Open Cup. The championship was the first piece of silverware for the organization since last winning the USOC in 2004.

With the USOC behind them, the club now aspires to add an MLS Cup Championship and CONCACAF Champions League trophy to their collection.

Chelsea suspend staff for breaking the Champions League trophy

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Since John Terry single-handedly won the Champions League trophy in May, Chelsea have been extremely careful to safeguard and protect the most prized piece of silverware in European football. And by that, I mean they have passed it around like currency and left it lying around for their staff to damage it.

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Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis meet Chelsea, make jokes

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Before leaving Seattle for the next stop on their U.S. preseason tour (New York), several Chelsea players met with Zach Galifianakis and noted Chelsea fan Will Ferrell at their hotel for a photo op with the Champions League trophy and FA Cup.

After Chelsea masseuse Billy McCulloch froze up upon meeting Ferrell and said he didn't know what his favorite film was after being urged on by Frank Lampard, Ferrell attempted to autograph the Champions League trophy.

Lampard, Hazard headline Chelsea squad for USA tour, MLS All-Star Game

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UEFA Champions League title holders Chelsea will be hitting the United States soon, and they'll be bringing their full-strength squad for American fans to see in person.

Chelsea announced the traveling roster for upcoming friendlies against the Seattle Sounders (July 18th in Seattle), Paris St.

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.

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Andre Santos wants Arsenal to aim for the top!

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The Brazilian left-back Andre Santos believes that Arsenal should kick on this season and certainly aim for the Premiership title and the Champions League trophy, and nothing less! "Arsenal is definitely a great club, one of the best in the world," Santos told theelastico.com. "We have got to think about winning titles: English champions, European [.

Guardiola leads Barcelona to gold standard of football

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Pep Guardiola led not only a dominant era of football for Barcelona, but also a revolution of the 'total football' that was preached by his mentor, Johan Cruyff.

As he steps away from his post at Barcelona at the ripe age of 41, Rob Hughes of the New York Times writes of how Guardiola had transformed Barca into the gold standard in world football.

Premiership clubs

QPR Report Monday

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- RIP: Alan McDonald: The Tributes Continue





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- Forty-Two Years Ago (plus a couple of days): The Great, Great, PHIL PARKES Signs for QPR

- 13 Years Ago: QPR Statement re Reports of Temporary GroundSharing With Fulham



- Eight Year Flashback: Bill Power (BP) Replaces Nick Blackburn as Chairman of QPR


- DannyMurphy Rejects QPR and Joins Blackburn


- Anton Ferdinand supposedly Set for Charity Game on Sunday (in Ghana)
- Sean Wright Phillips Charity Ride: Los Angeles to Las Vegas - Put back to July 1

- Ongoing QPR Transfer Rumour Thread

- 4 Year Flashback: QPR Chasing Ched Evans and Samuel Di Carmine

- Five Year Flashback: Gianni Paladini Talking about Selling QPR

- 28 Years Ago This Week: AlanMullery Appointed Manager of QPR.

QPR Report Monday

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- RIP: Alan McDonald: The Tributes Continue





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- Forty-Two Years Ago (plus a couple of days): The Great, Great, PHIL PARKES Signs for QPR

- 13 Years Ago: QPR Statement re Reports of Temporary GroundSharing With Fulham



- Eight Year Flashback: Bill Power (BP) Replaces Nick Blackburn as Chairman of QPR


- DannyMurphy Rejects QPR and Joins Blackburn


- Anton Ferdinand supposedly Set for Charity Game on Sunday (in Ghana)
- Sean Wright Phillips Charity Ride: Los Angeles to Las Vegas - Put back to July 1

- Ongoing QPR Transfer Rumour Thread

- 4 Year Flashback: QPR Chasing Ched Evans and Samuel Di Carmine

- Five Year Flashback: Gianni Paladini Talking about Selling QPR

- 28 Years Ago This Week: AlanMullery Appointed Manager of QPR.

QPR Report Tuesday Snippets and Flashbacks...Chelsea Damage Champions League Trophy!

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- Chelsea Staffers Damage The Champions League Trophy!





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Monster

The source of Manuel Neuer’s Power – Revealed!

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By now we can all recognize that Manuel Neuer, that strapping ideal of aryan idealism, is awesome. He may have let the Champions league trophy slip through his fingers last month, but not for lack of scoring a PK and saving a couple in the shootout.

Today, while ensuring his goal was mostly unpenetrated, he came out to collect the ball around the 25 yard mark and swing play to the opposite flank.

Franck Ribery’s ‘monster glitter’ watch is all of those things and more

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Losing the Champions League final at home to Chelsea on penalties was surely a difficult experience for Franck Ribery, but as he turns his attention from club to country, he now has a ridiculous watch.

Ribery wore the large custom watch that Bild calls a "monster glitter clock" during a press conference as France prepares for Euro 12 and it proved to be an attention grabber.

Videos

Maradona’s Al Wasl Politely Request Own Keeper Be Suspended For Entire Season Without Pay After Idiotic Headbutt (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The directors of Diego Maradona's UAE-based side Al Wasl have politely requested that their first-choice 'keeper Majed Nasser be suspended for a year without pay after being sent-off for laying an idiotic Zidane-style headbutt on Esmail Abdullatif just ten minutes into the Gulf Clubs Champions League Final against Al Muharraq.

Maradona’s Al Wasl Politely Request Own Keeper Be Suspended For Entire Season Without Pay After Idiotic Headbutt (Video)

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By Chris Wright

The directors of Diego Maradona's UAE-based side Al Wasl have politely requested that their first-choice 'keeper Majed Nasser be suspended for a year without pay after being sent-off for laying an idiotic Zidane-style headbutt on Esmail Abdullatif just ten minutes into the Gulf Clubs Champions League Final against Al Muharraq.

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.

The Rest

Mikel’s Mad Thinking

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Chelsea's midfielder, John Obi Mikel, must be in cloud cuckoo land after claiming that the Blues will regain the Premier League title and defend their Champions League trophy this season.
Speaking ahead of the campaign, which got off to a solid start with a 2-0 away win against Wigan, the 25-year-old Nigeria international is in an overly optimistic mood.

It's the news we have been waiting for!

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After I posted this last week, it seems that Chelsea are about to confirm that Roberto Di Matteo has been given the managers job full time this week!.

Reports in the British Press state that he will be offered a one year deal with the option of a second year and for me that's fantastic.

CONCACAF announces CL draw

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CONCACAF has revealed the 24 teams that will be taking part in next season's Champions League. The draw was held yesterday at the CONCACAF headquarters, located in New York.

Of the 24 clubs named to participate in the tournament, five will be representatives of MLS. LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake, and the Houston Dynamo will all enter the competition looking to become the first MLS club to bring home the Champions League trophy.