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Champions League

Frank Lampard: ‘Chelsea have grown to love the Europa League’

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says the club have gradually grown to love the Europa League after the initial disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League. After winning Europe's showpiece tournament last season, Lampard and his team-mates were not initially pleased to find themselves in the less prestigious Europa League this campaign.

UCL Final Rant Box: Bayern Munich v. Chelsea

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It's nearly time. The goosebumps, yeah they've arrived.


Take it.

You may be wondering what's with today's photo selection? I know, I'm usually pulling out film-based artifacts (screencaps and the like) but today is an entirely different animal. This is the UEFA Champions League final for Christ's sake.

Gianfranco Zola: ‘Pain of 2008 Champions League Final will double Chelsea’s strength against Bayern Munich’

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Gianfranco Zola says the pain of Chelsea's Champions League Final defeat to Manchester United four years ago will help them as they take on Bayern Munich tomorrow night. When OTP caught up with the Stamford Bridge legend, we asked him whether Chelsea can defy the odds in Europe one last time and defeat Bayern in [.

Lahm admits silverware pressure

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Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm has conceded that the prospect of losing two finals within the span of a week will be unacceptable for his side after they conceded the Bundesliga crown to Borussia Dortmund a few weeks ago.

Next Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea at home is a spectacle that everyone in Munich is eagerly anticipating but tonight, Lahm and his teammates must face the in-form Dortmund in Berlin for the DFB Pokal.

Grazie e arrivederci Nesta, Pippo e Rino

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It was back on May 28th, 2003, at Manchester United's Old Trafford. A Milan side consisting of Alessandro Nesta, Paolo Maldini, Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo and Clarence Seedorf took to the field. It had been eight years since the club reached the final showpiece of the Champions League. For a club that had defined itself [.

Know Your Champions League Final Venue – Beautiful Photos Of The Allianz Arena In All Its Splendour

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By Chris Wright

The Allianz Arena, decked out in a stately 'Chelsea blue'

Set back and bite down on something folks, because there's a whole shedload of Allianz Arena comin' right at you! That's right, we're talking all 66,000 seats, all 106 VIP boxes, all 9,800 parking spaces (largest four-storey Esplanade car park in Europe baby!

Mourinho Planning to Stay Put

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Jose Mourinho insists his future lies at Real Madrid, despite media reports that have linked the Portuguese manager to a return to England.
The former Chelsea boss was rumoured to be mulling over a return to Chelsea or Manchester City, should the latter fail to win the Premier League, this season.

Mikel rips Barca forward over JT dismissal

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Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has voiced his frustration at the manner in which Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez convinced the referee's assistant to issue a red car to Blues captain John Terry at Camp Nou last night.

Terry was sent off in the 37th minute of Chelsea's 2-2 draw (a 3-2 win on aggregate) for kneeing Sanchez when both players were off the ball.

Tiote Not Leaving Tyneside

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Newcastle United star, Cheick Tiote, has refuted claims he is about to leave the club, and insists his future lies on Tyneside.

The Ivory Coast midfielder has been a revelation since his £3.5m switch from FC Twente, in the summer of 2010. He impressed enough to be offered a new six-and-a-half year deal, in February 2011.

Germany striker: Record spell nothing in CL

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On the day Steven Gerrard scored a hat-trick to demolish Everton, Mario Gomez went a step further and scored four times within a 23-minute period to lead Bayern's 7-0 rout of FC Basel at Allianz Arena.

Despite his stellar finishing last night, the dominant striker is in no mood to celebrate just yet, suggesting that the Bavarians have a lot more to accomplish over the next two months.

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U-20 Women’s World Cup: Germany And USA To Meet In Final After Superb Wins Over Japan, Nigeria

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Sunday's U-20 Women's World Cup Final clash has been set and after their splendid semi-final wins yesterday, Germany and USA perennial 'elites' in the women's game will meet in the final. To celebrate their 3-0 win over Japan in Tokyo last night, the German girls took off their socks and boots, went barefoot and did a lap of honour for the supportive Japanese fans.

Sweden vs Spain Today – UEFA U19 Women’s Championship on GolTV

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Via UEFA.com Spain's Ángel Vilda has predicted a "fiercely-contested" final against the "strongest side in Europe", though Sweden counterpart Calle Barrling insists that, for now, the teams share that title.

In contrasting fashion the finalists have reached Saturday's UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship showpiece.

Wimbledon

Emotional Murray Salutes the Wimbledon Crowd

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A very emotional Andy Murray thanks the Wimbledon crowd following his Final loss to the Legendary Roger Federer 3-1 in todays men's showpiece. Federer's win makes World nuber one again at the expense of Novak Djokovic and it was also his seventh Wimbledon title one which I for one can't see beaten.

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.

Euro 2012

Casillas wants more finals with Spain

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Spain captain Iker Casillas insists the team are united in their desire to reach as many finals as possible.

The reigning champions will face either Germany or Italy, who meet on Thursday, in the Euro 2012 showpiece on Sunday after squeezing past Portugal on penalties.

Spain's style of retaining possession at all costs has been labelled boring by some critics, but Casillas is just happy to be in the position to win a third successive major tournament.

Has Hodgson Found the Key to Euro 2012 Success?

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Roy Hodgson now dares to dream that England are genuine contenders to win Euro 2012, and who can blame him?

Now assured of a place in the last eight of the showpiece summer tournament in Poland and Ukraine, courtesy of a 1-0 win against co-hosts Ukraine, thanks to a header from the recalled Wayne Rooney, and the Three Lions have to be taken seriously.

Euro 2012: Holland sombre after Germany defeat but still hopeful

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This article titled "Euro 2012: Holland sombre after Germany defeat but still hopeful" was written by Amy Lawrence, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 14th June 2012 12.44 UTC

As usual in sport, it's the hope that kills you. On the morning of the showpiece that would bring together the might of Holland and Germany, the polls in Voetbal International declared plenty of confidence.

Official Euro 2012 Song: ‘Endless Summer’ By Oceana – The Masterpiece The Continent Is Crying Out For (Video)

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By Chris Wright

We've already seen Poland's OAP-laden official Euro 2012 anthem, but this here's the masterpiece that UEFA have chosen to both soundtrack and encapsulate their footballing showpiece 'Endless Summer' by something or someone called 'Oceana'.

In The Stands Euro 2012 Preview

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The In The Stands team preview Euro 2012 before going on to give our predictions and thoughts ahead of the opening match. So after months of waiting and preparation the summer's showpiece football event is set to kick-off and of course we at In The Stands will be bringing forthe the best previews, reactions and [.

Preview GRE-BEL: Greek Heraklion Test

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Greece continue their preparations for Euro 2012 with a friendly against Belgium in Heraklion, Crete. This match is very important for Greece to stay in shape ahead of this summer's showpiece. Belgium, on the contrary, failed to qualify and are looking ahead to the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. [read more]

Manchester United

One Day, One Result, 333 Million Tales of Woe – What’s Yours?

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The season has finally ended in nightmarish proportions for United fans. Suarez has lifted the FA's world renowned trophy that is the F.A.Cup in the showpiece finale. To watch John Terry unashamedly fondle, slaver and paw at a trophy he never actually won has been amazing and horrific in equal amounts.

Europe: Bilbao helpless as Atlético claim second title

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Only a few years ago could one look at the history books and see that a club as grand in tradition as Atlético de Madrid had only won one European title in their illustrious history. Now, following their second successful UEFA Europa League campaign in three years, the history books are beginning to show the Spanish club in a much more favourable light.

FA Cup Final Match Report: Chelsea 2 - 1 Liverpool

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Didier Drogba became the first man to score in four FA Cup finals as Chelsea overcame Liverpool 2-1 at Wembley in a match with another massive goal-line controversy.
The Blues appeared to be cruising when Drogba scored at the start of the second half following Ramires' early opener, but the arrival of Andy Carroll turned the game on its head.

Fox will continue to grow the game

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In September, I wrote how Fox Sports choice to show Barclay's Premier League games on tape delay was a brilliant idea. Two weekends ago, Fox took it the next level by showing Manchester United vs. Arsenal live as a lead into the NFL Conference Championship Games. Sure the rating where not great. According to ESPN, the match was seen by 1.

Liverpool

Gerrard calls for team effort

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The Liverpool Skipper has been the hero for the Reds on a number of occasions, especially in cup finals when he has single handedly inspired Liverpool to victory.

The England midfielder was instrumental in the Reds' last appearance in the FA Cup showpiece, scoring twice and setting up the other against West Ham at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, now widely regarded as 'the Gerrard final'.

Liverpool to play Roma at Fenway Park

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Liverpool FC will take part in a showpiece game against AS Roma at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, as part of the ballpark's 100th anniversary this summer.

The match against the Italian giants will take place on July 25 and will form part of Liverpool FC's North American pre-season tour presented by Standard Chartered Bank.

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Liverpool v Roma, July 25th Fenway Park, Boston

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Liverpool have announced that they will be travelling to North America in July for a 12-day tour that will include at least two matches.

Boston will serve as Liverpool FC's home base throughout the tour and the team will conduct its pre-season training sessions at Harvard University.

Stevanovic: Juju Was Responsible For Ghana’s Shameful AFCON Exit

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Very interesting revelations from Ghana coach Goran Stevanovic on the main reason why the Black Stars failed to win the AFCON are emerging. According to Stevanovic, the heavy use of 'juju' greatly affected the team during the tournament.

Ghana along with the Ivory Coast and Senegal was one of the favourites who were hotly tipped to win the AFCON, however, a shock quarter final defeat to Zambia ended their hopes of winning a fifth title and first since 1982.

FIFA Donates $250,000 To Egypt Violence Families

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A week after deadly clashes at the end of an Egyptian league match between Ahl-Masry and Al-Ahli turned tragic when Al-Ahli fans were attacked and killed by Masry supporters, football's world governing body FIFA has responded by donating over $250,000 to families of those affected by the violence.

The Rest

Del Bosque Praises Spain’s Fighting Spirit

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Vicente Del Bosque praised his side's fighting spirit and looked ahead to Sunday's final against either Germany or Italy, saying:

"The players have played so many matches and they have to show their best in one more."

Del Bosque added: "It was a very even match but maybe we were a little better in extra time.

Carragher Calls For Improvement

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Jamie Carragher has warned his Liverpool team-mates they will need to play for their FA Cup final places in the league fixtures against Norwich and Fulham.
The club have won the Carling Cup and beaten fierce rivals Everton to reach the Wembley showpiece against Chelsea.
But despite their heroics in cup competitions, Liverpool have one just once in the last six league games and have now slipped to eighth, two points behind their neighbours with four games left.