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Sanchez rejected Barca before joining Spurs

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New Tottenham Hotspur signing Davinson Sanchez rejected an offer from FC Barcelona before agreeing terms with Spurs, according to reports in Spain.

Tottenham will pay a club record fee believed to be in the region of £40 million to sign the 21-year-old centre-back from Ajax, and it is understood that Barcelona were in the hunt for Sanchez until the very last minute.

Footy On The Telly – August 18-25

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This week, The Union are ...(sigh)... well.... "Trusting The Process." Also, College Soccer, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Sudamerica, and lots of league fixtures

Turner Sports announces big changes for UEFA Champions League and Europa League: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In this special bonus episode, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• The breaking news about Turner Sports’ plans for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League,

• How the industry is moving to a different model for consumers wanting to watch soccer fans,

• Why the news mirrors NBC’s recent announcement about the Premier League,

• And much more.

Turner Sports announces big changes for UEFA Champions League and Europa League: World Soccer Talk Podcast

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World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In this special bonus episode, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• The breaking news about Turner Sports’ plans for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League,

• How the industry is moving to a different model for consumers wanting to watch soccer fans,

• Why the news mirrors NBC’s recent announcement about the Premier League,

• And much more.

Stoke City boast more Champions League winners than any Premier League club

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Stoke City are closing in on Paris Saint-Germain winger Jese Rodriguez who is set to join Mark Hughes’s side on a season long loan deal.

The Spaniard was scheduled for a medical on Monday and an announcement to confirm his signing is imminent. The 24-year-old had to endure a torrid time in Paris since his move from Real Madrid in 2016.

Transfer window to shut before the Premier League starts next year

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The English Premier League clubs are discussing the possibility of closing the summer transfer window before the league campaign begins in the 2017/18 season, according to Sky Sports.

Representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs are expected to attend the shareholders’ meeting scheduled in September this year to discuss this proposition and Sky are under the impression that ‘majority’ of clubs are in favour of ending the summer transfer madness before a ball has been kicked in the league.

Schedule of UEFA Champions League playoff games on US TV and streaming

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This week’s UEFA Champions League playoff games are on US television and streaming, which include Hoffenheim versus Liverpool, Celtic against Astana, Napoli versus Nice and several other important matches.

The first legs will be played on August 15 and 16, and the second legs will be played on August 22 and 23.

Second Time Has To Be A Charm For Mourinho

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Manchester United is finally returning to the UEFA Champions League and all eyes will be on Jose Mourinho this fall. The manager also known as “The Special One” traditionally performs best in his second year, and he’ll have to if he hopes to keep his job. If he doesn’t end up competing for silverware, he likely won’t get a third opportunity.

Champions League 2017/18 Play-offs: Liverpool's tough outing, Celtic handed easy draw

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The Champions League 2017/18 playoff draw takes place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon today and the likes of Celtic and Liverpool wait to find out who they face in the final qualification hurdle. The play-offs will decide the last ten places in the group stage.

The draw for the play-off fixtures begin at 11 am BST and here at Sportslens, we bring you the fixtures and the list of participants taking part in the draw.

Champions League 2017/18: Date, Time, Teams and Procedure of the play-off draw

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Dutch giants Ajax crashed out of the Champions League qualifiers after drawing 2-2 at home to Nice last night.

The first leg ended 1-1 in France and the Ligue 1 outfit have made it through to the Champions League play-off on away goals. Vincent Marcel scored the late equaliser for Nice, ten minutes from time.

Manchester United seal agreement with top quality midfielder, Jose Mourinho delighted

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has agreed to a one-year extension with the club.

The English midfielder will now stay at Old Trafford until June 2018, the Premier League giants have confirmed on their official website.

Carrick has been a fantastic servant for Manchester United over the last decade and his extension will be a major boost for Mourinho.

NBC Sports finalizes TV schedule for final day of Premier League season

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NBC Sports has finalized the TV schedule for the final day of the 2016/17 Premier League season, which will feature 10 games shown live across NBC’s network of TV channels.

The major game that will be featured on the flagship NBC network is Arsenal against Everton, which will be a decisive game as the Gunners try to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Celtic

UEFA Champions League Preview: Liverpool travels to Hoffenheim, Napoli hosts Nice, and more

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The playoff round in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League begins on Tuesday with five matches taking place across Europe.

Liverpool's trip to Hoffenheim headlines the draw, as the Reds look to advance to the group stage of the competition. Jurgen Klopp's men are coming off a 3-3 opening weekend draw at Watford last Saturday in the English Premier League.

UEFA Champions League Preview: Liverpool travele to Hoffenheim, Napoli hoste Nice, and more

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The playoff round in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League begins on Tuesday with five matches taking place across Europe.

Liverpool's trip to Hoffenheim headlines the draw, as the Reds look to advance to the group stage of the competition. Jurgen Klopp's men are coming off a 3-3 opening weekend draw at Watford last Saturday in the English Premier League.

Champions League Playoff Round Draw 2017-2018- Liverpool vs Hoffenheim & Napoli vs Nice

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Jurgen Klopp will return to Germany for the playoff rounds of the Champions League after his Liverpool side were drawn against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Another interesting clash is Napoli vs Nice, with the Partenopei taking on the French side that eliminated Europa League finalists Ajax in the previous round.

Soccer on TV

Footy On The Telly August 11 – 18

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This week, The Union are up against it - again. Also, the Supercopa de Espana, Supercoppa Italiana, DFB Pokal, Copa MX, UEFA Champions League and lots of fixtures.

Footy On The Telly July 28 – August 4

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This week, The Union must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NWSL, and "El Classico").

Footy On The Telly

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This week, Footy never sleeps. The Union must win (twice), and USMNT must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NASL, NWSL, and South American League play (if you have the channels).

Footy On The Telly July 7 – 14

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This week, while MLS and the Union get a break, it's CONCACAF Gold Cup Time! Copa Sudamericana, UEFA Women's European Championship, NASL, NWSL and some Friendlies

This Weekend's Soccer on TV

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The major Europeanleagues may be finished but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of soccer on TV this weekend.

Taking center stage is the Champions League final between Juventusand Real Madrid Saturday. Real Madrid will be gunning for their second straight title against a stout Juventus team.

Real Madrid

Zinédine Zidane Talks UEFA Super Cup

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Real Madrid manager Zinédine Zidane is looking to build on last season's success with a win in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United on Tuesday.

How important is it to start the season well in the UEFA Super Cup?

Zidane: It's crucial. We know how important the first competitive fixture is.

James joins Bayern

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Never mind the hype about the Premier League: James Rodriguez has agreed to join Bayern Munich, it was announced this morning.

The move is only a two-year loan but includes and option to buy the 25 year-old for £35 million at the end of it.

The 2014 World Cup golden boot winner sorely needed a change of scenery after being exiled to the bench for most of the season at Real Madrid, but his final destination is a real shock after so much linking of him to England.

Ronaldo stays atop Forbes list of richest athletes

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New York (AFP) – Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo remained atop Forbes magazine’s list of 100 highest-paid athletes, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James moving up to second on a list heavy on NBA players.

The 32-year-old Portugal forward is estimated to have earned a total of $93 million between his football salary of $58 million and $35 million in endorsement income.

UEFA IDEAL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TEAM 2016-2017

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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.

Real Madrid 2017 UEFA Champions Winners adidas Range

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adidas has released the official Real Madrid 2017 UEFA Champions League Winners shirts. Both are now available at Kitbag. The Real UCL winners t-shirt is in the classic white of Los Blancos with blue screen printing. The graphics on the tee include a stylish number twelve that represents the number of European club championships that [.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | REAL MADRID WINS THEIR 12TH EUROPEAN CUP

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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.

Champions League Final on the AA sofa.

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August 2016, and I was sitting next to an Italian chum in a restaurant in Northern Italy. Chum, born Italian and Juventus, has for the past fifteen years lived in North London and become Arsenal as well. The company was good and the conversation flowed merrily.

I ask him about Juve's recent €90M acquisition of Higuain, and he responds quickly and very matter of factly "the loss in the final of 2015 to Barca hurt them badly.

REAL MADRID - JUVENTUS | POSSIBLE STARTING 11 TEAMS | CHAMPIONS FINAL

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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.

UCL Final Preview: Juventus, Real Madrid square off for European glory

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Two European giants will square off in Cardiff on Saturday, both looking to hoist the UEFA Champions League winners' trophy.

Defending champion Real Madrid issearching for its12th Champions League title and their third out of the past four seasons.Serie A champ Juventus is looking for their third crown, and their first since 1996.

4-3-3 v Juventus: Zidane without this key Real Madrid star for crunch clash; Key Stats, Team News & Predicted Lineups

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Juventus vs Real Madrid Prediction, Betting Tips, Preview & Live Stream Info ahead of next week’s Champions League final.

Juventus vs Real Madrid
UEFA Champions League 2016/17
3rd June, 19:45 pm BST
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Live Stream: Watch Juventus vs Real Madrid live on BT Sport 2

Juventus Team News & Preview

Juventus and Real Madrid face each other in the Champions League final next week and the Italian giants will be looking to go all the way this time.

UEFA Europa League

Next Season’s Europa League Group Stage Is Taking Shape

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Next season's UEFA Europa League group stage is beginning to take shape, with Arsenal, Lazio, Lyon and Villarreal among 13 of the eventual 16 automatic qualifiers now known.

Europa League Automatic Qualifiers

  • Spain: Villarreal, Real Sociedad
  • Germany: Köln, Hertha Berlin
  • England: Arsenal
  • Italy: Lazio, Atalanta
  • Portugal: Guimarães
  • France: Lyon
  • Russia: Lokomotiv Moskva
  • Ukraine: Zorya Luhansk
  • Belgium: Zulte Waregem
  • Holland: Vitesse
  • Turkey: Konyaspor
  • Switzerland: Lugano

These teams would, as it stands, are assured of a UEFA Europa League group place next season.

Europa League Final preview: Ajax hope to channel spirit of ’95 against Manchester United

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On Wednesday evening in Stockholm, Manchester United and Ajax will contest the Europa League, each hoping for a victory that would add some shine to a below par season (and provide a back door route...

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Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/5/17

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Union preview, MLS transfers news, UEFA Champions League draw and Neymar!

Philadelphia Union News

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas
The Union look to beat Dallas for the first time in club history.

From Bosnian war to Philadelphia peace, the lifelong journey through soccer of the Union's Haris Medunjanin
During his pro career, the Union midfielder has lived in seven countries and played in dozens more.

Neymar has to leave Barcelona to win the Ballon d'Or and become the world's best player

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Neymar is now 25 years old and is reaching his prime. If he wants to be the best, joining PSG is the ONLY option.

Neymar has already achieved a lot for a player of his age. He has won many major trophies at club level as well as captaining and scoring over 50 goals for Brazil.

10 players who should've been on the USMNT preliminary Gold Cup roster

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Even with 40 players to choose from, the U.S. Men's National Team's preliminary Gold Cup roster was bound to have some exclusions. The pool is too deep and there are too many situations and scenarios to consider ahead of this summer's tournament.

Many of the exclusions are straight-forward.