Naivety cost inexperienced Nagelsmann and Hoffenheim at Anfield

“I’m not in awe of this club. We know it’s a big name with a lot of history. But I’m looking forward to it. We’ve shown in the first leg that we coped well with them. We can deal with fast attackers.” The words of Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann during his pre-match press conference, ahead of his side’s second leg tie with Liverpool at Anfield. The 30-year-old was similarly outspoken in the aftermath of their 2-1 defeat in the first leg. “We had the ball in many important spaces. He…

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Juventus vs Real Madrid – Champions League Final Preview

The Champions League final of 2017 is a massively exciting prospect, as Real Madrid look to retain their crown in the face of a fierce challenge from Juventus, who are hoping to rule Europe for the first time since 1996. Since it was renamed and restructured in 1992, no team has managed to retain the trophy, so a considerable achievement awaits for Real Madrid, who with victory here will also stretch their already sizeable advantage as the most successful team in the history of this competition. It would be their…

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How are Premier League clubs looking ahead of Champions League knockouts?

The Champions League is moving into the knockout phase of the competition. There are plenty of mouthwatering fixtures coming up in the Round of 16. After Tottenham were eliminated in the group stages, the onus is on Arsenal, Manchester City and Leicester to represent English football. Leicester have had an unforgettable few years in the Premier League. After scraping out of the relegation zone in 2015, they went on to famously win the Premier League the following season. Whilst their 2016/17 Premier League campaign has been somewhat of a disappointment,…

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Leverkusen star Hakan Calhanoglu banned for 4 months by FIFA

Turkish international Hakan Calhanoglu has been banned from playing professional football for four months by FIFA. BREAKING! @hakanc10 has been suspended by FIFA for four months and will miss the rest of the 2016/17 #Bundesliga season. More to follow. pic.twitter.com/Gzz6WLK5tq — Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) February 2, 2017 The Court of Arbitration for Sport has supported FIFA’s verdict of imposing the ban on Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder. Calhanoglu (22) will now miss the rest of the season and must pay Trabzonspor a fine of 100,000 Euros (£85,900). Turkish club Trabzonspor had claimed that…

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Transfer Roundup January 26- Chelsea chasing Celtic goalie, Xavi signs extension and more

With just five days left in the Winter Transfer Window 2017, let us take a look at the biggest transfer happenings across the footballing fraternity: CELTIC REJECT CHELSEA’S BID FOR GOALKEEPER GORDON Celtic have rejected a bid from Chelsea for goalkeeper Craig Gordon as per Sky Sports. Chelsea are looking to offload second choice keeper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth and are keen to sign a replacement before his departure. Espanyol’s Diego Lopez and Fernando Muslera of Galatasaray are also being monitored by the London club. XAVI HERNANDEZ SIGN AN EXTENSION WITH AL-SADD…

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Manchester United move ahead of Barca and Madrid to top the Deloitte’s Football Money League

Manchester United might be sitting on a lowly 6th position in the English Premier League but find themselves sitting pretty at the top of the Deloitte’s Money Football League (2015-2016) for the first time since 2003-2004. The Deloitte Football Money League measures clubs’ earnings from matchday revenue, broadcast rights and commercial sources, and ranks them on that basis. Champions League holders Real Madrid were top of this table for last 11 years but slipped to the third position behind United and arch-rivals Barcelona despite crossing the €600-million barrier for the first time.…

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Champions League group stages produce familiar names… and Leicester

Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, PSG, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Man. City and, umm, Leicester City all hope to be at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on 3 June. That’s where Europe’s premier football event, the Champions League final, will be played and 12 teams are already safely through the group stage after five games to next February’s knockout round. Read on to see who could be joining them and which players have lit up the tournament so far. Group A Undefeated Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal top Group A with 11 points, but…

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Arsenal to miss key players for UCL clash

Arsenal squad have travelled to Bulgaria without a number of key first-team players for the Tuesday night’s Champions League clash against Ludogorets. In his press conference on Monday, manager Arsene Wenger confirmed that the likes of Santi Cazorla, Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Theo Walcott haven’t travelled with the rest of the squad. He said: “Who did not travel is Monreal, Cazorla and Bellerin, Walcott – both are more or less injuries. Some of them being very close, like Walcott, Bellerin had a little incident in the last minute of…

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Legia face expulsion from Champions League

Polish club Legia Warsaw have expressed fears of expulsion from Champions League this season. Legia’s public and media relations director Seweryn Dmowski expressed concerns about the future of the club in the competition after club supporters clashed with Madrid police ahead of Legia’s 5-1 defeat to Real Madrid in Champions League on Tuesday night. 12 people, including three Spanish policemen, suffered injuries in the clashes while 13 Polish fans were arrested. “There have been unofficial suggestions before the Real Madrid game that any offence could result in excluding us from…

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Has Pep Guardiola made a huge blunder already? [Tweets]

Has Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola made a huge blunder in letting goalkeeper Joe Hart leave on a loan move to Serie A club Torino? That’s the question on every football fan’s mind following Claudio Bravo’s disastrous performance in the City’s 4-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona tonight. Guardiola signed Bravo from Barcelona in summer to replace Hart in his starting eleven, but the Chilean has been far from convincing during his time in England. After spending two years with the Catalans, Bravo made a return to Nou Camp as…

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Kolo Toure hailed on Twitter for his interview following his stinker in Champions League

It appears that age is slowly catching up with Celtic centre-back Kolo Toure. The 35-year-old, who has played for the likes of Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool in his long and illustrious career, was at fault for both goals in the Hoops’ 2-0 Champions League defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach tonight. However, despite his poor performance in the game, the Ivorian won the hearts of everyone by giving an alarmingly honest interview following the game. The Ivorian admitted that he made mistakes in the game like a 16-year-old in the game…

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Champions League witnessed superb goalkeeping performances on Tuesday night [Video]

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Goalkeepers were in top form during Tuesday night’s Champions League fixtures. We witnessed some top-notch performances from the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Hugo Lloris and Kasper Schmeichel for their respective teams on the night. Buffon produced an MOTM performance as ten-man Juventus managed to beat Lyon 1-0 away from home. The Italian produced a couple of world class saves, which included a save on Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty. BUFFON IS BACK! Fantastic save on Lacazette's penalty. pic.twitter.com/VrxDJoAbIz — Stereo Serie A Radio (@StereoSerieA) October 18, 2016 Tottenham skipper Hugo Lloris was…

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Chelsea linked with former Real Madrid star, Brazilian midfielder interests AC Milan

Chelsea have been linked with a move for Paris Saint-German winger Angel Di Maria. According to Goal.com (via Dan Balon), Blues manager Antonio Conte is a big fan of the player and wants to bring him to Stamford Bridge. The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player is reportedly unhappy at PSG following former Sevilla boss Unai Emery’s arrival at the club in summer. The Argentina international joined the French champions in a £44 million deal last summer following a disappointing one-year spell at United. He scored 15 goals in…

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New look to EPL Champions League representatives

English representation in Champions League has a different feel to it this year. The usual suspects such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are missing from the tournament, while the likes of Tottenham and Leicester City are rubbing shoulders with the European elites. However, Manchester City and Arsenal have retained a certain level of familiarity in the club football’s biggest prize. It’s been four years since an English club last won the tournament, and this season, City represents Premier League’s biggest hope in the tournament. The last year’s semi-finalists now…

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Barcelona repeat DNA rhetoric in pursuit of another Arsenal star

Arsenal fans are quite familiar with the phrase ‘Barca DNA’. Various players and officials of the Catalan club repeatedly used this phrase to justify the club’s relentless pursuit of their former player Cesc Fabregas when he was with the Gunners. Barcelona finally got their man much to the anger of Arsenal fans, and since then ‘Braca DNA’ has stuck with the fans of the North London club as a form of sarcastic jibe they usually aim at the La Liga giants. Now, the history is sort of repeating itself, and…

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Arsenal linked with Real Madrid star, deal for centre-back looks doubtful

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Real Madrid star James Rodriguez in Spanish media. Madrid-based paper AS has claimed this week that Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina is trying to convince the 25-year-old to join the Gunners. Both players not only play for Colombia national team, but Rodriguez is married to Ospina’s sister Daniela Ospina. Rodriguez reportedly has a £69m release clause in his contract with Madrid. Chelsea have also been linked with the Colombia international as of late. However, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane this week insisted that Rodriguez won’t be leaving his…

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Chelsea close to signing keeper, also interested in Juventus star

Chelsea are closing on a deal for Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Eduardo. Dinamo manager Zlatko Kranjcar confirmed that news that the 33-year-old is set to sign for the West London club in the coming days. When asked whether the upcoming Champions League game against Red Bull Salzburg will be the Portuguese keeper’s last for the Croatian club, Kranjcar said: “Yes, I think so. “Eduardo has been given an amazing opportunity to leave for a big club like Chelsea. “When he arrived, we gained security in our team, and in my time in…

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Premier League clubs won’t have to worry about the Champions League coefficient anymore

UEFA is considering a change in the current format of the premier club competition Champions League, reports ESPN FC. In the current format, only top three European leagues have three guaranteed spots in the group stage and one spot in the final qualifying round. The Premier League currently occupies the third spot in the coefficient ranking and is involved in a battle with Serie A, who are placed fourth, for the elusive third spot. La Liga and Bundesliga occupy the first two spots in the ranking. However, with the new format the…

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Fans can’t believe rumours about Bastian Schweinsteiger’s next destination

Bastian Schweinsteiger has attracted a lot of attention in media recently because of his current situation at Manchester United. The German international, who joined United last summer, has been totally sidelined by Jose Mourinho following his arrival. The Portuguese manager has clearly stated that the 32-year-old doesn’t feature in his future plans. It is widely expected that the 2012 World Cup winner will join a new club this summer, with a number of destinations being touted. The latest rumours have thrown the name of Celtic into the mix and football fans…

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Who are Manchester City’s Champions League opponents?

Manchester City have been drawn to play Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League play-off round, as they aim to qualify for the group stages of Europe’s elite club competition for a sixth successive season. The first game of the two legged tie is due to take place in Bucharest at the Stadionul Steaua, which is Romania’s national stadium. Pep seeks Champions League success with City Whilst City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League last season under Manuel Pellegrini, before they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Real Madrid, their…

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Brendan Rodgers is a butt of many jokes on Twitter

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers couldn’t have imagined a worse start to his time with the Scottish giants. The Celts suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier with Gibraltar minnows Lincoln Red Imps last night. The game, which was Rodgers’ first professional game in charge of the Celts, was considered to be a piece of cake for the Scottish club. However, it turned out to be one of the most embarrassing results in the career of Rodgers. Twitter had quite a field day at the…

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Newcastle land goalkeeper from Champions League sensation

Newcastle United are on the verge of signing goalkeeper Matz Sels from Belgian side KAA Gent, according a report by Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. The 24-year-old is reportedly set to undergo his medical tests at the club before signing a five-year contract with the Magpies. The transfer fee Newcastle will be paying is currently unknown, but it is said Gent rate their goalkeeper at £5 million. The Belgian side surprised the football world with a stellar run in the Champions League last season. They were able to qualify for the…

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Arsenal fans sense conspiracy behind their Champions League draws

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Arsenal fans are used to bemoan their luck when it comes to Champions League draws. The North London club have faced either Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the round of last-16 in four out of last six editions of the continental competition. Their tendency to draw either of the two European giants has played a major role in their failure to advance beyond the stage of last-16 since the 2009-10 edition of the tournament. Arsenal fans have often speculated about a possibility of a fixed draw, but their claims were often…

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid – Champions League Final Preview

For the second time in three years, the Champions League final will be contested from the two footballing giants of Madrid as Real go searching for their 11th European crown while Atletico will be going all out for their first. Back in 2014 Atletico came agonisingly close to breaking their duck as they led going into stoppage time, but a Sergio Ramos header denied them and during the extra 30 minutes energy sapped and allowed Real to run away with it, emerging as winners by the somewhat flattering scoreline of…

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Twitter showed mixed reactions about Vincent Kompany’s new injury

It was pretty sad to watch, as Vincent Kompany had to be substituted after just eight minutes of action during Manchester City’s Champions League semi-final encounter with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu. Not surprisingly, Twitter reacted quickly and showed mixed reactions about the Belgian’s new injury. How long can Manchester City keep faith with Vincent Kompany’s legs? It’s getting silly now. — Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) 4 mei 2016 Kompany is injured. In other news, water is wet, Manchester is Red, and grass is green #RealvCity #RMAMCI — UNITED (@442weets)…

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