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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.

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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.

Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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If AC Milan is going to turn its surprising start to the Series A season into a full-blown title challenge, then the Rossoneri will need to beat Juventus to close the gap.

The Italian rivals square off in Milan, with Juventus currently holding a five-point lead atop Serie A. The match will feature the old guard and new guard, as Gianluigi Buffon and Gianluigi Donnarumma face off.

Champions League 2016/17: Updated Standings, Top scorers, Results & Talking Points

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Leicester City extended their winning streak in the Champions League to three matches as matchday three of Europe’s biggest competition served up its usual dose of drama and entertainment. There were eight games played on Tuesday night as groups E, F, G and H took shape at the halfway point of the group stage.

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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.

Ballon d’Or Shortlist Unveiled: All The Usual Suspects Plus Light Smattering Of Total Frauds

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It's that time of year again. The annual creep towards the Ballon d'Or gala officially begins today with the announcement of the 2016 long-short-list.

For reasons of their own, award administratorsFrance Football decided to leak the list in five-player increments over the course of the entire day, milking the whole thing for all it was worth.

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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.

Lyon defiant ahead of Juventus challenge

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Maxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon face Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors.

Lyon defiant ahead of Juventus challenge

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) Maxime Gonalons said sightseeing is off the menu when Lyon face Juventus in Turin looking to salvage their Champions League campaign on Wednesday.

Lyon went down 1-0 at home to 10-man Juve two weeks ago after Alexandre Lacazette had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon, with Juan Cuadrado scoring the winner for the visitors.

Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d’Or longlist

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Paris (AFP) Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or.

Both were on the 2016 longlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d’Or longlist

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Paris (AFP) Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or.

Both were on the 2016 longlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Ronaldo, Bale on Ballon d’Or shortlist

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Paris (AFP) Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo will have to take on Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale for the Ballon d'Or.

Both were on the 2016 shortlist announced Monday which also featured Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Juventus veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Dzeko still on top as Roma, Milan nudge Juventus

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Milan (AFP) Edin Dzeko took his Serie A scoring lead to eight goals in nine games as Roma outclassed Palermo 4-1 to reclaim second spot and move to within two points off leaders Juventus on Sunday.

Roma had dropped to third after AC Milan stunned champions Juventus 1-0 on Saturday when teenaged midfielder Manuel Locatelli beat Gianluigi Buffon with a second-half scorcher.

Kalinic hat-trick gets Fiorentina firing

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Milan (AFP) Nikola Kalinic struck a hat-trick and Federico Bernardeschi hit a brace as Fiorentina's stuttering Serie A season finally took flight with a classy 5-3 win at Cagliari on Sunday.

Elsewhere, 10-man Napoli added to the woes of basement side Crotone with a 2-1 win that reduced their gap on leaders Juventus to four points.

Kalinic hat-trick gets Fiorentina firing

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Milan (AFP) Nikola Kalinic struck a hat-trick and Federico Bernardeschi hit a brace as Fiorentina's stuttering Serie A season finally took flight with a classy 5-3 win at Cagliari on Sunday.

Elsewhere, 10-man Napoli added to the woes of basement side Crotone with a 2-1 win that reduced their gap on leaders Juventus to four points.

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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.

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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.

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

Brotherly Game Daily Links 3/27/17

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‘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.