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Champions League: Juventus Into Quarter-Finals

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Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty ensured Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons, seeing off a Porto side who again played more than half the game with ten men.

Two-nil up from their trip to Portugal three weeks ago, Juventus initially looked set to seize the initiative once again, with Dybala twice trying his luck in the opening ten minutes.

Casillas: "Blues have an enormous squad that is capable of beating any European rival".

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Despite our poor season, poor results and players out of form, Iker Casillas has urged caution as Porto head to London by stating that Chelsea are capable of beating anyone!

He hasn't seen our performances for the most part this season has he? Did he not watch the Bournemouth game?

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Dybala fires Juve past depleted Porto

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Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala helped fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 1-0 win sent the Serie A champions through 3-0 on aggregate.

Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo had hailed Juve’s 20-game unbeaten home run in Europe as he played down the Portuguese side’s chances of overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat at the Estadio do Dragao.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Pjaca, Alves strikes lift Juve past depleted Porto

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Porto (Portugal) (AFP) – Croatian starlet Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves came off the bench to strike late as Juventus overcame 10-man Porto 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 first leg on Wednesday.

Porto hosted Juventus, the beaten 2015 finalists, looking for their first win in four meetings between the sides - and confident in their chances after a recent six-game winning run.

Age-defying Casillas, Buffon renew rivalry

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Rome (AFP) – Goalkeeping icons Iker Casillas and Gianluigi Buffon will renew a rivalry going back almost two decades when Porto host Juventus in Wednesday’s Champions League last 16.

Age is just another number for Spaniard Casillas, 35, and 39-year-old Italian nemesis Buffon.

Between them they have 334 caps, 275 Champions League matches, 12 league titles, two World Cups, two European championships, three Champions Leagues, a UEFA Cup and a combined age of 74.

Buffon reaches landmark as Germany hold Italy

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Milan (AFP) Gianluigi Buffon earned a European record-equalling 167th cap as Italy played out a goalless friendly draw with their Euro 2016 quarter-final tormentors Germany in Milan on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Buffon, who made his Italy debut in 1997, is now level with retired Spain legend and fellow goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Buffon reaches landmark as Germany hold Italy

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Milan (AFP) Gianluigi Buffon earned a European record-equalling 167th cap as Italy played out a goalless friendly draw with their Euro 2016 quarter-final tormentors Germany in Milan on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old Buffon, who made his Italy debut in 1997, is now level with retired Spain legend and fellow goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Espanyol add Diego Lopez to ambitious project

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Madrid (AFP) Former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez became Espanyol's 10th signing of the transfer window after the Barcelona-based club reached a loan agreement with AC Milan on Wednesday.

Earlier, the Catalans sealed a season-long loan deal for Mexican international defender Diego Reyes from Porto.

Del Bosque hails champions as De Gea replaces Casillas

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque hailed his defending champions, including benched captain Iker Casillas, after a Euro 2016 masterclass that left the Czech Republic on the wrong end of a 1-0 Group D defeat Monday.

Spain, crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012, are looking to become the first team to win the competition three times in succession.

Del Bosque hails champions as De Gea replaces Casillas

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque hailed his defending champions, including benched captain Iker Casillas, after a Euro 2016 masterclass that left the Czech Republic on the wrong end of a 1-0 Group D defeat Monday.

Spain, crowned European champions in 2008 and 2012, are looking to become the first team to win the competition three times in succession.

Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique headed a late winner as defending champions Spain overcame a resolute and determined Czech Republic 1-0 in their Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

Spain's build-up to the tournament was rocked last week when reports claimed goalkeeper De Gea had been involved in a sex scandal.

Pique header hands Spain winning Euro 2016 start

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Barcelona defender Gerard Pique headed a late winner as defending champions Spain overcame a resolute and determined Czech Republic 1-0 in their Group D opener in Toulouse on Monday.

Spain's build-up to the tournament was rocked last week when reports claimed goalkeeper De Gea had been involved in a sex scandal.

David de Gea beats Casillas for Spain place in Euro 2016 opener

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, embroiled in sex scandal allegations, will start for Spain in their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday.

De Gea was in contention with legendary fellow shot-stopper Iker Casillas to start for the defending champions in Toulouse in their Group D match.

David de Gea beats Casillas for Spain place in Euro 2016 opener

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, embroiled in sex scandal allegations, will start for Spain in their Euro 2016 opener against the Czech Republic on Monday.

De Gea was in contention with legendary fellow shot-stopper Iker Casillas to start for the defending champions in Toulouse in their Group D match.

Sex-scandal probe adds to Spain’s goalkeeper agony

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Paris (AFP) Accusations linking Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to a sex scandal have thrown Spain's preparations into turmoil on the eve their Euro 2016 opener.

De Gea is vying with 167-cap veteran and captain Iker Casillas, a hero of Spain's three consecutive major championship triumphs between 2008 and 2012, for a starting place against the Czech Republic in Toulouse on Monday.

Sex-scandal probe adds to Spain’s goalkeeper agony

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Paris (AFP) Accusations linking Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to a sex scandal have thrown Spain's preparations into turmoil on the eve their Euro 2016 opener.

De Gea is vying with 167-cap veteran and captain Iker Casillas, a hero of Spain's three consecutive major championship triumphs between 2008 and 2012, for a starting place against the Czech Republic in Toulouse on Monday.

Koke, Morata add new blood as Spain chase Euros treble

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes Spain have the perfect blend of youth and experience to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship in France.

La Roja's run of three consecutive major tournament triumphs came to an end in spectacular fashion as they crashed out of the World Cup after just two games in Brazil two years ago.

Koke, Morata add new blood as Spain chase Euros treble

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke believes Spain have the perfect blend of youth and experience to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship in France.

La Roja's run of three consecutive major tournament triumphs came to an end in spectacular fashion as they crashed out of the World Cup after just two games in Brazil two years ago.

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Jose Mourinho v Bastian Schweinsteiger and three other famous Mourinho fallouts

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Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

Opinion: Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share a ruthless approach to man-management

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For all the fuss over differences between their footballing ideologies, style of play, tactical implementations and self-illustration, Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola share an inimitable facet of ruthless man-management.

Its the pair’s unyielding nature – also inherited by the game’s other serial winners including Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger – to withstand reluctance when it comes to banishing a particular set to players they do not wish to work with.

Champions League Final History: Results, Winners, Records, Goalscorers & Venues

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The Champions League is UEFA’s biggest competition and arguably the most important club competition in the world. The competition as it is today is a rebranding of the old European Cup, with the 2015/16 Champions League the 24th season in the new format, and the 61st in the history of the tournament.

Ramos: I considered leaving Real Madrid for United

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There were strong rumours linking Sergio Ramos with a move to Manchester United last summer. In the end, he signed an extension with Real Madrid, who were forced in to meeting his demands after backlash from the fans following sale of club legend Iker Casillas.

Ramos has revealed today that he considered joining United.

Spanish Legend – Benitez Was Worried About Me

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34 year-old Iker Casillas began his career in Real Madrid's youth system and made his first appearance for the first team back in 1999 as an 18 year-old and since then he played 725 times for the Real Madrid first team and he so far has made 166 appearances for the Spain National side. Last [...]

FAIL: Porto ‘Keeper Iker Casillas Drops Massive Clanger After Sweeper-Keeper Cock-Up Against Braga (Video)

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Let's all blame Manuel Neuer for this! On Sunday night against Sporting Braga, former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas made a right mess of the 'sweeper-keeper' role, going walkabout for no apparent reason and duly conceding an embarrassing late goal which handed Braga a 3-1 win,

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With the ball lofted forwards to midfielder Alan, Casillas decided to race 40 yards up the pitch to challenge the Braga man, despite Porto having enough bodies to stem the attack.

Five Months Of Amateur Mistakes At The Bernabéu

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The unbelievable situation where Real Madrid where thrown out of the Copa del Rey last week for fielding an ineligible players against Cadiz is just another, and possibly the one with the most consequences over the next few weeks, in a long list of mistakes by the Spanish giants dating back to July.

Iker Casillas sheds insight on problems with Jose Mourinho that could be blighting Chelsea

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Iker Casillas Retires From Spain Duty With The Help Of A Patriotic Quote Lifted From Rambo II

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Having lost his first-pick status and seen Spain go a-tumblin' out of Euro 2016in the first knockout round against Italy on Monday, Iker Casillas has decided that the time is now right for him to duck out of international duty all together.

Indeed, the 35-year-old 'keeper, who has won all there is to win over the course of his 167 caps, seemed to confirm as much with a Tweet posted the following day in which he thanked fans for their support over the years before signing off with a patriotic snippet lifted from the end of Rambo: First Blood Part II.

Spain start treble bid at Euro 2016 under sex-scandal cloud

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Paris (AFP) Defending champions Spain kick off their Euro 2016 against the Czech Republic on Monday, bidding for a third straight European crown, under a sex scandal cloud.

Accusations against Manchester United shot-stopper David De Gea have thrown Spain's preparations into turmoil as they prepare to face the Czechs in Toulouse in Group D.

Major League Soccer

Iker Casillas hoping to remain at Porto despite MLS links

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He has been linked with a potential move to the States for weeks now, but Iker Casillas shot down a reported move away from FC Porto on Thursday.

The Spanish goalkeeper, who has made 31 league appearances for Porto during the 2015-16 campaign, said he is happy with the Portuguese club and is looking forward to the next season.

Around The Forest: It's Gameday for Everyone Else.

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Noteworthy links from Stumptown and the rest of the web on 4/23/16.

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Buried in a way too long media round table, Don Garber says he expects half of all MLS teams to own NWSL Clubs [Sports Illustrated]

FC Cincinnati puffs chest about attendance numbers, MLS acts like it isn't impressed.

MLS Ticker: Plata, Orlando City, Red Bulls and more

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One of the league's most prolific players to date this season has been ruled out of action ahead of Week 8 in MLS.

Real Salt Lake playmaker Joao Plata has been ruled out at least seven days, according to head coach Jeff Cassar. Plata, who has scored four goals and provided four assists so far this season, suffered a quadriceps strain in training this week.

MLS Ticker: Casillas, Whitecaps-Sounders, Fire and more

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While the first Cascadia clash of the new year was anything but friendly on Wednesday, a new report making the rounds has New York City FC linked to a high-profile Spanish goalkeeper.

NYCFC is reportedly interested in signing FC Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas as soon as possible. The 34-year-old Spanish netminder's current contract with the Portuguese side runs until 2017.

Philadelphia Union

Off to Florida, McDermott’s plans, Fernando loaned to Ligue 2 side, new Union kit unveil on Thursday, more

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Union begins Florida phase of training. New CBO Tim McDermott speaks to the press. Nantes loans Aristeguieta to Red Star FC. New Union first kit to be unveiled on Thursday. More.

PPL Park now Talen Energy Stadium, Academy’s Dos Santos and McGann get US U-17 callup, more

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PPL Park is now officially Talen Energy Stadium. Union Academy goalkeeper and defender called up by US U-17 team. More news.

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Italy boycott Ballon d’Or over Buffon absence

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Italy coach Antonio Conte and captain Gianluigi Buffon did not participate in the Ballon d'Or vote at the request of their federation in protest at Buffon's absence from the list of candidates, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper did not make the preliminary list released in October with five goalkeepers chosen ahead of him Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Claudio Bravo and David Ospina.

Italy boycott Ballon d’Or over Buffon absence

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Italy coach Antonio Conte and captain Gianluigi Buffon did not participate in the Ballon d'Or vote at the request of their federation in protest at Buffon's absence from the list of candidates, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

The veteran Juventus goalkeeper did not make the preliminary list released in October with five goalkeepers chosen ahead of him Manuel Neuer, Iker Casillas, Thibaut Courtois, Claudio Bravo and David Ospina.

The Rest

Barnetta and Nogueira available for Saturday, Fan Advisory Board, USWNT file wage discrimination action

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Notes from Jim Curtin's weekly press conference. Union to launch Fan Advisory Board. USWNT file wage discrimination action against US Soccer with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. More.

‘The Source Quoted Died Two Years Ago’ – Porto Debunk Tabloid Story About Iker Casillas Being Bad-Mouthed By Their Club President In Spectacular Fashion

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Porto have come roaring to the defence of Iker Casillas and spectacularly debunked reports about theunder-fire goalkeeper that were circulating in the Spanish tabloid press earlier in the week.

El Confidencial claimed in midweekthat Casillas is miserable at Porto as well as runningquotes from club president Pinto da Costa suggesting that the feeling is very much mutual.