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Immobile brace ends Juventus run

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile scored a second-half brace as Lazio won 2-1 in Turin to inflict a first home defeat in two years on Serie A champions Juventus on Saturday.

Juventus’ top scorer Paulo Dybala missed a late penalty as Juventus lost at home for the first time since against Udinese in August 2015.

Immobile brace ends Juventus run

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Milan (AFP) – Ciro Immobile scored a second-half brace as Lazio won 2-1 in Turin to inflict a first home defeat in two years on Serie A champions Juventus on Saturday.

Juventus’ top scorer Paulo Dybala missed a late penalty as Juventus lost at home for the first time since against Udinese in August 2015.

Bruised Juventus, Napoli seek Serie A lift

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Milan (AFP) – Battered Italian heavyweights Juventus and Napoli turn their focus back to the home comforts of Serie A this weekend after opening-round flops in the Champions League.

Juventus fell 3-0 in Barcelona with Napoli suffering a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Roma’s goalless draw to Atletico Madrid left Serie A sides with just one point between them from the first round of games in the elite European competition.

Bruised Juventus, Napoli seek Serie A lift

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Milan (AFP) – Battered Italian heavyweights Juventus and Napoli turn their focus back to the home comforts of Serie A this weekend after opening-round flops in the Champions League.

Juventus fell 3-0 in Barcelona with Napoli suffering a 2-1 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. Roma’s goalless draw to Atletico Madrid left Serie A sides with just one point between them from the first round of games in the elite European competition.

Messi double inspires Barcelona to Juventus revenge

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Barcelona (AFP) – Barcelona defied an outgoing off-field crisis as another Lionel Messi-inspired display exacted revenge on Juventus to open their Champions League campaign with a resounding 3-0 win on Tuesday.

Messi was involved in all three goals as he beat Gianluigi Buffon for the first time in his career to open the floodgates just before half-time.

Italy play Russian roulette for World Cup ticket

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Milan (AFP) – Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.

Giampiero Ventura’s side were lambasted in the press Sunday for his tactics but also individual performances including midfielder Marco Verratti and veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Buffon saves VAR penalty as Juve overrun Cagliari

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Milan (AFP) – Goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain handed Juventus a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday, as the Italian champions defied a video assistant referee (VAR) penalty decision to open their Serie A campaign in commanding fashion.

Juventus, who sealed a record sixth consecutive Serie A title last season but lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid, take a familiar spot at the top of the fledgling table.

Buffon saves VAR penalty as Juve overrun Cagliari

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Milan (AFP) – Goals from Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain handed Juventus a 3-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday, as the Italian champions defied a video assistant referee (VAR) penalty decision to open their Serie A campaign in commanding fashion.

Juventus, who sealed a record sixth consecutive Serie A title last season but lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid, take a familiar spot at the top of the fledgling table.

‘Keeper Szczesny seals Juve move

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London (AFP) – Poland stopper Wojciech Szczesny has completed a move from Arsenal to Italian champions Juventus for an undisclosed fee, both clubs confirmed Wednesday.

Having passed a medical in Turin Szczesny put pen to paper on a four-year deal expected to be worth around £13.3 million ($17.

‘Keeper Szczesny seals Juve move

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London (AFP) – Poland stopper Wojciech Szczesny has completed a move from Arsenal to Italian champions Juventus for an undisclosed fee, both clubs confirmed Wednesday.

Having passed a medical in Turin Szczesny put pen to paper on a four-year deal expected to be worth around £13.3 million ($17.

Manchester City sign goalkeeper Ederson: Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s summer recruitment drive continued apace on Thursday as Manchester City signed the up-and-coming Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica, the Portuguese champions announced.

The 40-million-euro (£34.85m, $44.87m) deal makes the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper since Juventus paid Parma 52 million euros for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.

Manchester City sign goalkeeper Ederson: Benfica

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Lisbon (AFP) – Pep Guardiola’s summer recruitment drive continued apace on Thursday as Manchester City signed the up-and-coming Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes from Benfica, the Portuguese champions announced.

The 40-million-euro (£34.85m, $44.87m) deal makes the 23-year-old the most expensive goalkeeper since Juventus paid Parma 52 million euros for Gianluigi Buffon back in 2001.

Juventus keeper Gianluigi Buffon seeks to get gloves on elusive prize

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Cardiff beckons for Gianluigi Buffon and an elusive Champions League winners’ medal is not the only prestigious prize within the gangly reach of one of the great goalkeepers.

At 39, Buffon feared his chance to win club football’s biggest competition might have gone after featuring in losing Juve teams in the 2003 and 2015 finals.

Last-gasp Atalanta snatch point from wasteful Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler bundled a timely leveller past Gianluigi Buffon at the death to grab a deserved share of the spoils for Atalanta in a 2-2 draw with Juventus on Friday.

A great diving header from Dani Alves looked to have secured the three points for Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri’s treble-chasers fought their way back when Atalanta midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola’s own goal levelled Andrea Conti’s first-half opener for the hosts.

Last-gasp Atalanta snatch point from wasteful Juve

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Milan (AFP) – Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler bundled a timely leveller past Gianluigi Buffon at the death to grab a deserved share of the spoils for Atalanta in a 2-2 draw with Juventus on Friday.

A great diving header from Dani Alves looked to have secured the three points for Juventus after Massimiliano Allegri’s treble-chasers fought their way back when Atalanta midfielder Leonardo Spinazzola’s own goal levelled Andrea Conti’s first-half opener for the hosts.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

‘Unbeatable’ Juventus hailed as Euro dream takes shape

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Milan (AFP) – “Unbeatable” Juventus can finally hand goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon an elusive Champions League title after making five-time winners Barcelona “cry” in the quarter-finals.

Those were the headlines splashed across the front pages in Italy after rock-solid Juventus followed their impressive 3-0 first-leg win over the Spanish giants with a defensive masterclass that held Barca to a frustrating scoreless draw at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Barca to target Juve hot-shots Higuain, Dybala

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Barcelona must try to stop prolific Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala when the sides meet in a mouthwatering Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, admits defender Javier Mascherano.

Juventus meet Barcelona for the first time since the 2015 final, when an early Ivan Rakitic strike left Massimiliano Allegri’s men with a mountain to climb before they succumbed 3-1 in Berlin.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Flares can’t halt Italy as Immobile helps down Albania in qualifier

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Milan (AFP) – Lazio striker Ciro Immobile headed a superb second goal for Italy as the Azzurri maintained their 2018 World Cup qualifying bid with a controversial, interrupted 2-0 win over Albania on Friday.

Italy’s fourth win in five games leaves Gian Piero Ventura’s men second in Group G, on the same points as leaders Spain, who beat Israel 4-1.

Champions League rivals running scared of Leicester City

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid, comeback kings Barcelona and the mighty Bayern Munich are all in the hat for Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw, but Zinedine Zidane knows who he wants to avoid.

“No coach wants Leicester as a rival,” the Real boss admitted, a view echoed by Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon: “Leicester, because they’re a dangerous side, they’re full of enthusiasm and can hurt you.

Chat with dad Diego inspired Giovanni Simeone Juve double

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Milan (AFP) Genoa's Giovanni Simeone said a pre-match talk with his dad, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, spurred him on to a brace that laid the foundations for a shock 3-1 win over Serie A champions Juventus.

Simeone, starting in place of injured striker Leonardo Pavoletti, was on hand to get the hosts off the mark after just three minutes when Gianluigi Buffon spilled shots from Luca Rigoni and Lucas Ocampos.

Chat with dad Diego inspired Giovanni Simeone Juve double

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Milan (AFP) Genoa's Giovanni Simeone said a pre-match talk with his dad, Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, spurred him on to a brace that laid the foundations for a shock 3-1 win over Serie A champions Juventus.

Simeone, starting in place of injured striker Leonardo Pavoletti, was on hand to get the hosts off the mark after just three minutes when Gianluigi Buffon spilled shots from Luca Rigoni and Lucas Ocampos.

Higuain strikes but Lyon keep Juve waiting

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Gonzalo Higuain struck a first-half penalty but dominant Juventus failed to book their Champions League last 16 ticket after being stunned by Corentin Tolisso's late leveller in a 1-1 draw with Lyon on Wednesday.

The Italian champions looked to be heading for a 1-0 win after Higuain stepped up to beat Anthony Lopes from the spot before the quarter hour.

Serie A

Milan Goalkeeper Gigio Donnarumma, 18, Signs New Contract To Become Third Highest Paid Player In Italy

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After weeks of wrangling, Gigio Donnarumma has reportedly agreed a new five-year contract to stay put at AC Milan.

With a word in his ear from agent Mino Raiola, the 18-year-old goalkeeper turned his nose up at an improved contract offer from Milan last month, instead opting to tout his wares around Europe's elite in a bid to leverage more money out of the Rossoneri.

Bottle Job: Gianluigi Buffon Lends His Name To New Range Of Personalised Red Wine (Photo)

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Joining contemporaries Andres Iniesta and Andrea Pirlo, Gianluigi Buffon has lent his name to a new range of wine.

The snappy red is being knocked out by the good people at Fabio Cordella wines, who also produce a special line of grape juice with Wesley Sneijder's name on the bottle.

Photo: Gianluigi Buffon/Facebook

Buffon's signature wine isn't available to purchase quite yet, but the Juventus goalkeeper unveiled the project on Facebook today.

Juventus

Juventus Launch New Home Kit Complete With New Corporate-Friendly Club Crest (Photos)

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In the wake of a hobblingChampions League final defeat, Juventushave bucked themselves up with a bit of sartorial therapy.

Indeed, the Bianconeri have unveiled their dandy new strip for 2017/18, the very first to feature their new minimalist, market-friendly club crest.

Reports: Juventus Agree €16m Deal To Sign Arsenal’s Fourth-Choice Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny

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After spending the last two seasons on loan at Roma, it looks like Arsenal's cast-off 'keeper Wojciech Szczesny will be staying on in Italy for the foreseeable future.

Indeed, Sky Sports are reporting that Juventus have struck a €16million deal with the Gunnersto sign Szczesny on a permanent basis.

Real Madrid make Champions League history as Ronaldo and co too good for Juventus

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Real Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League in the modern era on Saturday night, beating Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff to complete a momentous double in 2016-17.

The Spanish side’s supreme second-half performance in the final assured victory, with a Cristiano Ronaldo brace and goals from Casemiro and Marcos Asensio confirming the Spaniards as the champions of Europe.

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.

Major Link Soccer: Can Juventus get Gianluigi Buffon that elusive Champions League Trophy?

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The Italian legend has a chance to add a missing trophy to his collection. Meanwhile, his compatriot Francesco Totti might be coming to NASL.

Seattle

Three young Sounders were invited to the US Soccer Boys National Team Futures Camp, which just concluded in Carlsbad, California. The camp is held for players born in the second half of their birth year who may have been missed for being a little underdeveloped during earlier camps.

Champions League: Dani Alves Scores Thumping Volley To See Off Monaco As Juventus Storm Into Final (Photos & Video)

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Juventus secured themselves a secondChampions League final berth in threeyears with 2-1 homevictory over Monaco in the Tuesday night's semi-final second leg.

Already leading 2-0 from the first leg, Juve were as well marshalled as you'd expect as they nullified and eventually quashed Monaco's ever-present threat.

Juventus 2-1 Monaco – 5 key talking points as Juve reach Champions League final

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With goals from Mario Mandzukic and Dani Alves, Juventus cruised into the Champions League final courtesy of a 4-1 aggregate win over Monaco. Two years since losing to Spanish opposition in the 2015...

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Champions League: Juventus Keep Barcelona At Bay With Defensive Masterclass At Camp Nou, Sail Into Semi-Finals (Photos & Video)

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After stuffing their opponents 3-0 in the first leg, Juventus put on a trademark defensive masterclass to keep Barcelona at bay for 90 minutes at the Camp Nou and book themselves a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Barca threw everything at Juve, especially in the first half, with the darting runs of Neymar (whose chosen hairstyle for the evening appeared to be a tribute to 'Joe vs.

Gerard Pique

Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

Upping The Ante: Eight Footballers Who Love To Play Poker

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Everybody needs a hobby, even lucky gitswho get paid handsomely to do their hobby for a living, i.e, professional footballers.

While many players are happy to limit it to tattoo sleeves and extensive video gaming, many leading lights have turned to the cut and thrust of professional pokerto keep their eye in.

The Rest

Real Madrid seals back-to-back Champions League titles behind second half surge

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Real Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back UEFA Champions League titles, and it was the team's biggest star that led the way in Saturday's UEFA Champions League Final.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal in each half on Saturday as Real Madrid toppled Juventus, 3-1, to win the UEFA Champions League.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/27/17

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MLS News

Armchair Analyst: Deluge of goals continues vs. MNUFC & more from Week 4
Thanks to the international date Week 4 was an abbreviated, limited week. There was still, however, enough happening for us to divine a few truths from 270 minutes of MLS action.

‘I’ll Headbutt Somebody On The Pitch Like Zidane’ – Gianluigi Buffon Plans To Retire In Style As And When The Time Comes

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Having already been on this Earth for 39 wholeyears, Gianluigi Buffon has reluctantly acknowledged that he might notactually be able to play on forever.

Indeed, Buffon is all set to makethe 1,000th appearanceof his career when Italy play Albania on Friday evening 220 for Parma, 612 for Juventus and 168 for the Azzurri.