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Newcastle complete Jacob Murphy capture

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Newcastle United have wrapped up the signing of England under-21 international winger Jacob Murphy from Championship side Norwich City for a reported fee of £12 million (13.6 million euros, $15.6 million), the club confirmed Wednesday.

The Magpies had a bid for the 22-year-old accepted by Norwich on Monday, and Murphy has now completed his switch to the club he supported as a boy.

Newcastle complete Jacob Murphy capture

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Newcastle (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Newcastle United have wrapped up the signing of England under-21 international winger Jacob Murphy from Championship side Norwich City for a reported fee of £12 million (13.6 million euros, $15.6 million), the club confirmed Wednesday.

The Magpies had a bid for the 22-year-old accepted by Norwich on Monday, and Murphy has now completed his switch to the club he supported as a boy.

France honours terror victims as Macron, May attend England friendly

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Paris (AFP) – An emotional tribute was paid to the victims of the recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom prior to England’s friendly match with France in Paris on Tuesday evening.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the match at the Stade de France, to the north of the capital, as the hosts offered their solidarity to their visitors.

France honours terror victims as Macron, May attend England friendly

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Paris (AFP) – An emotional tribute was paid to the victims of the recent terror attacks in the United Kingdom prior to England’s friendly match with France in Paris on Tuesday evening.

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May attended the match at the Stade de France, to the north of the capital, as the hosts offered their solidarity to their visitors.

Conte had 3-4-3 in mind from start – ex-Chelsea coach

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The seeds of Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph were sown at the end of their dismal 2015-16 campaign, former assistant coach Steve Holland has revealed.

Incoming manager Antonio Conte’s mid-game switch to a 3-4-3 system during Chelsea’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal last September was widely identified as the pivotal moment in their season.

Conte had 3-4-3 in mind from start – ex-Chelsea coach

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – The seeds of Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph were sown at the end of their dismal 2015-16 campaign, former assistant coach Steve Holland has revealed.

Incoming manager Antonio Conte’s mid-game switch to a 3-4-3 system during Chelsea’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal last September was widely identified as the pivotal moment in their season.

Spurs hotshot Kane reveals Ballon d’Or dream

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – He has established himself as the most lethal finisher in the Premier League and now Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has set his sights on winning the Ballon d’Or.

Kane, 23, has won the Premier League Golden Boot for the past two seasons and is the first Spurs player since Jimmy Greaves to have scored 20+ top-flight goals in three successive campaigns.

Spurs hotshot Kane reveals Ballon d’Or dream

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – He has established himself as the most lethal finisher in the Premier League and now Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane has set his sights on winning the Ballon d’Or.

Kane, 23, has won the Premier League Golden Boot for the past two seasons and is the first Spurs player since Jimmy Greaves to have scored 20+ top-flight goals in three successive campaigns.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling says he has played through pain

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Centre-back Chris Smalling believes he has proved he is willing to play through the pain for Manchester United, despite manager Jose Mourinho’s claims to the contrary.

Mourinho has accused Smalling of not putting his body on the line, suggesting he would only play when he felt “100 percent” and claiming “brave” players played “at any cost”.

Manchester United’s Chris Smalling says he has played through pain

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Centre-back Chris Smalling believes he has proved he is willing to play through the pain for Manchester United, despite manager Jose Mourinho’s claims to the contrary.

Mourinho has accused Smalling of not putting his body on the line, suggesting he would only play when he felt “100 percent” and claiming “brave” players played “at any cost”.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford stakes claim to central role

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United and England prodigy Marcus Rashford has reiterated that he sees his long-term playing future at centre-forward.

Rashford, 19, was mainly used in wide positions by United manager Jose Mourinho this season, before an injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic saw him moved to a central role, where he thrived.

Spurs striker Harry Kane ready for England captaincy

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane says he is ready to succeed Wayne Rooney as England’s long-term captain.

England manager Gareth Southgate has eased Manchester United forward Rooney, 31, out of the picture and says he will decide who captains his side on a match-by-match basis.

Spurs striker Harry Kane ready for England captaincy

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane says he is ready to succeed Wayne Rooney as England’s long-term captain.

England manager Gareth Southgate has eased Manchester United forward Rooney, 31, out of the picture and says he will decide who captains his side on a match-by-match basis.

Rashford determined to show Manchester unity

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford says his recent hospital visit to see victims of the Manchester terror attack was motivated by a desire to show the city remains united.

Manchester native Rashford, 19, and his United team-mate Jesse Lingard, 24, went to Manchester Children’s Hospital on Monday and spent time with children hurt in the May 22 attack, which left 22 dead and 119 injured.

Rashford determined to show Manchester unity

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford says his recent hospital visit to see victims of the Manchester terror attack was motivated by a desire to show the city remains united.

Manchester native Rashford, 19, and his United team-mate Jesse Lingard, 24, went to Manchester Children’s Hospital on Monday and spent time with children hurt in the May 22 attack, which left 22 dead and 119 injured.

England football’s Butland relishes taste of Marine life

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Goalkeeper Jack Butland says a surprise trip to a military boot camp with the England squad had been “one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had”.

England manager Gareth Southgate surprised his players when they reported for international duty last Friday by whisking them away for a weekend at the Royal Marines’ Commando Training Centre in Devon, southwest England.

England football’s Butland relishes taste of Marine life

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Goalkeeper Jack Butland says a surprise trip to a military boot camp with the England squad had been “one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had”.

England manager Gareth Southgate surprised his players when they reported for international duty last Friday by whisking them away for a weekend at the Royal Marines’ Commando Training Centre in Devon, southwest England.

Zidane back among the immortals

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Feted as one of the finest talents of his generation, Zinedine Zidane has made the transition to management so smoothly that he has already eclipsed some of the game’s most hallowed names just 17 months into his spell as Real Madrid boss.

When Zidane’s majestic strike flashed into the net to give Madrid victory in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen, the French star must have believed he would never surpass that golden moment in Europe’s top tier tournament.

Buffon hails Madrid class after final heartbreak

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon conceded Real Madrid’s superior ability had made the difference after his side crashed to a 4-1 defeat in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Madrid overwhelmed Juventus at the Principality Stadium to become the first team to retain the European Cup since AC Milan in 1990.

Zidane joy as Madrid reign supreme

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid’s unquenchable thirst for success after his side crushed Juventus 4-1 on Saturday to win the Champions League for the third time in four years.

Thanks to Madrid’s majestic demolition of the Italian champions at the Principality Stadium, Zidane is the first manager to win successive European Cups since AC Milan’s Arrigo Sacchi in 1989 and 1990.

‘Spectacular’ Ronaldo revels in Madrid’s dream finale

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo soaked up the acclaim after his brace fired Real Madrid to a 4-1 Champions League final demolition of Juventus and capped his “spectacular” end to the season.

Ronaldo led Madrid to their first La Liga and Champions League double since 1958 by scoring 16 goals in his last 10 games of a memorable campaign even by his sky-high standards.

Tops and flops in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Following Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus to win a third Champions League crown in four years, AFP Sport looks at who were the Tops and Flops on the night in Cardiff.

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– Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Portuguese maestro bagged a brace to leapfrog Lionel Messi as top scorer in this season’s Champions League - to earn that accolade for the fifth season in a row.

Tops and flops in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Following Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Juventus to win a third Champions League crown in four years, AFP Sport looks at who were the Tops and Flops on the night in Cardiff.

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– Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The Portuguese maestro bagged a brace to leapfrog Lionel Messi as top scorer in this season’s Champions League - to earn that accolade for the fifth season in a row.

Ronaldo comes full circle to cement legacy

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Back on the Cardiff turf where he won the first major silverware of his astonishing career, Cristiano Ronaldo cemented his legacy as one of the game’s all-time greats with a decisive brace in Real Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.

Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.

Two-goal Ronaldo keeps Madrid kings of Europe

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff on Saturday to become the first team to retain the European Cup in the Champions League era.

The Portugal superstar’s opener was cancelled out by an astonishing Mario Mandzukic strike, but goals from Casemiro, Ronaldo and Marco Asensio secured Madrid’s third Champions League triumph in four years and 12th in total.

Ramos ready for Real’s date with destiny

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid are ready for their appointment with history as the Spanish club aim to become the first team for 27 years to win consecutive Champions League titles.

Not since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990 has a side conquered Europe two years in a row, but holders Real can equal that impressive feat if they defeat Juventus in Cardiff on Saturday.

Buffon eyes Champions League final ‘fairytale’ with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Serie A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Buffon eyes Champions League final ‘fairytale’ with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Serie A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Buffon eyes final ‘fairytale’ football match with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Series A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Buffon eyes final ‘fairytale’ football match with Juventus

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Veteran Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid will have “special” personal significance as he approaches the end of his storied career.

A world champion with Italy in 2006 and eight-time Series A winner with Juventus, Buffon finished on the losing side in his two previous Champions League finals in 2003 and 2015.

Five key duels in Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Real Madrid face Juventus in Saturday’s Champions League final in Cardiff aiming to become the first side ever to retain the trophy in its current format.

However, the Italian champions have already shown their might in dumping out Real’s bitter rivals Barcelona on route to the final.

PSG look to dethrone Lyon in women’s Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Two days before Real Madrid and Juventus clash in the Champions League final, the women’s showpiece will be played in Cardiff on Thursday with holders Lyon taking on French rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

The match, to be played at the Cardiff City Stadium, across the Welsh capital from the Principality Stadium where the men will lock horns, will feature a host of leading female players led by US superstar Alex Morgan.

PSG look to dethrone Lyon in women’s Champions League final

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Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Two days before Real Madrid and Juventus clash in the Champions League final, the women’s showpiece will be played in Cardiff on Thursday with holders Lyon taking on French rivals Paris Saint-Germain.

The match, to be played at the Cardiff City Stadium, across the Welsh capital from the Principality Stadium where the men will lock horns, will feature a host of leading female players led by US superstar Alex Morgan.

Liverpool’s Clyne out of England squad

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has withdrawn from the England squad due to injury, national team manager Gareth Southgate revealed on Tuesday.

“We’ll be without Nathaniel Clyne,” Southgate told reporters at the St George’s Park national football centre in Burton-on-Trent, central England.

Liverpool’s Clyne out of England squad

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Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has withdrawn from the England squad due to injury, national team manager Gareth Southgate revealed on Tuesday.

“We’ll be without Nathaniel Clyne,” Southgate told reporters at the St George’s Park national football centre in Burton-on-Trent, central England.

Armed police greet fans at UK sporting events after attack

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London (AFP) – Football supporters arriving at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea were greeted by the sight of armed police days after a terror attack in Manchester.

Robust security measures were in place at major sporting events across the United Kingdom following Monday’s suicide bomb attack after a pop concert killed 22 people and wounded dozens.

Armed police greet fans at UK sporting events after attack

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London (AFP) – Football supporters arriving at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea were greeted by the sight of armed police days after a terror attack in Manchester.

Robust security measures were in place at major sporting events across the United Kingdom following Monday’s suicide bomb attack after a pop concert killed 22 people and wounded dozens.

Monaco’s Silva to join Man City

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva is to join Manchester City from French champions Monaco on July 1, the English Premier League club announced Friday.

Silva’s arrival is the first high-profile signing by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

Luiz happy the risk of coming ‘home’ to Chelsea paid off

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Cobham (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea defender David Luiz admits he took a risk leaving Paris St Germain to come ‘home’ but as he prepares for the FA Cup final, having already won the Premier League, it’s a gamble which he believes has reaped dividends.

The 30-year-old Brazilian was a firm favourite in Paris, an established and respected part of a successful team which won back-to-back domestic ‘trebles’ during his two-year stay in the French capital.