UEFA Champions League

UEFA to reveal details of RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg concessions

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 04:50:00 PDT

RB Leipzig can play in the Champions League after changes at Salzburg. UEFA will reveal more details of the concessions made by RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg to comply with rules that ban clubs owned by the same entity from playing in the same competition. Having initially been told they would not both be able to play in the Champions League next season, the clubs met officials from UEFA's club financial control body (CFCB) last week to explain a series of changes made to Salzburg's ownership. The finer points of these changes have not yet been made public, but...

RB Leipzig cleared for Champions League by UEFA after ownership issue

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:06:00 PDT

RB Leipzig has been cleared to play in the Champions League. UEFA will allow Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig to play in the Champions League next season. Leipzig's status had been in jeopardy because FC Salzburg won the Austrian Bundesliga and both clubs have ownership links to energy drink company Red Bull. UEFA's integrity rules prevent multiple teams from the same ownership from playing in the Champions League, but the governing body's adjudicatory arm (CFCB) was satisfied that the clubs had fulfilled the requirements needed to allow entry for...

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal could've won 2006 Champions League with VAR

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:36:00 PDT

Alexis Nunes and Steve Nicol examine the latest transfer rumours including Bayern Munich's interest in Alexis Sanchez. Arsene Wenger has welcomed the introduction of video assistant referees (VAR) at this summer's Confederations Cup and feels had they been introduced earlier then Arsenal might have won the Champions League under him. VAR is currently being trialled by FIFA at the Confederations Cup in Russia and has been a key talking point, with a number of refereeing decisions having been overturned at the tournament. Wenger says the use of VAR is a good thing for football and, had it been around for the 2006...

Celtic to face Linfield or La Fiorita in second qualifying round of UCL

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:57:00 PDT

Brendan Rodgers led Celtic to the domestic treble last season. Scottish champions Celtic will play Northern Ireland's Linfield or La Fiorita of San Marino when they enter the Champions League. Brendan Rodgers' side, who reached the group stage last season, will begin their competitive season when the second qualifying round tie takes place over two legs on July 11 or 12 and 18 or 19. Their opponents will become clear in the first week of July after Linfield and La Florita have played each other in the first qualifying round. With Celtic drawn away for the first...

Juventus fan dies after stampede at Champions League final fan zone

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 03:48:00 PDT

Thousands of people gathered at Piazza San Carlo to watch the Champions League final. Juventus expressed their condolences on Thursday after a fan died following injuries suffered during a stampede at a fan zone for the Champions League final on June 3. Just 10 minutes from the end of the game, which Juventus lost 4-1 to Real Madrid, a series of bangs led to fears of an attack in Turin's historic Piazza San Carlo. People pushed to leave the area as quickly as possible and the stampede left more than 1,500 injured. Juventus confirmed that one fan, Erika Pioletti, has since...

Juve's Allegri: 'Six straight Scudettos cannot be cancelled by Cardiff'

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:25:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti doubts Max Allegri will want to leave Juventus for PSG after his Champions League final defeat. Shaka Hislop feels Massimiliano Allegri has come full circle at Juventus following his recent new three-year deal. Alexis Nunes and Shaka Hislop sift through the latest rumours including a potential move for Riyad Mahrez to Juventus. The FC guys react to the comments from Marco Verratti's agent expressing the midfielder's desire for a move to Juventus. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has admitted he considered quitting after losing the Champions League final, but he is now more motivated than ever to face what he expects to be his most challenging years yet. Allegri has led Juve to three straight Serie A and Coppa Italia doubles, but defeat in two Champions League finals over the past three years left him wondering whether he had taken the club as far as he could. After a meeting with his Bianconeri bosses, he was convinced not to walk...

Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid reunion a compelling introduction to 2017-18

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 11:44:00 PDT

Shaka Hislop breaks down the latest surrounding Alvaro Morata's potential move to Man United. The first official match of the new season sounds like the dream encounter for organizers UEFA. Real Madrid will face Jose Mourinho's Manchester United -- the first time that the Portuguese manager meets his former team on a football pitch since he left Madrid in 2013 -- in the UEFA Supercup. At times, it feels like football has an extremely inventive writer putting together its scripts. In this case, the fact that Mourinho and the Real Madrid players he threw under the bus during his tenure, such...

Low crowd mars Barcelona 1992 European Cup-winners' reunion

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 04:47:00 PDT

Barcelona's 1992 European Cup winning side played an exhibition match at the Nou Camp to mark 25 years since their first triumph. Barcelona reunited their 1992 Dream Team on Saturday to remember the club's first-ever European Cup win 25 years on, but one former director felt the celebration was marred by poor attendance. Ronald Koeman's extra-time goal saw Barca beat Sampdoria 1-0 at Wembley a quarter of a century ago to clinch a trophy many feel paved the way to the success that has followed since. However, only 28,000 fans watched at Camp Nou as a Barca side including Koeman, Pep Guardiola and Hristo Stoichkov were held...

WATCH: Best of FC in Cardiff

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:02:15 PDT

Relive the best moments of the ESPN FC crew's trip to Cardiff for the 2017 UEFA Champions League final.

Porto are only club punished for breaking Financial Fair Play rules

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:49:00 PDT

Porto will have limited Champions League squads for the next two years. Porto have accepted a settlement agreement that includes a €700,000 fine and a restriction on the number of players in their Champions League squad from next season after failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. UEFA said on Friday that Porto were the only club who failed to comply with the requirement to break even on their spending and trading. As a result, Porto -- who reached the round of 16 of last season's Champions League before losing to eventual runners-up Juventus...

By appreciating the wisdom of sitting, Ronaldo has been standing even taller

Fri, 9 Jun 2017 11:44:00 PDT

The guys at Exploding Heads recap all the major storylines from Real Madrid's historic Champions League triumph. The FC crew react to Cristiano Ronaldo's comments saying his critics have to 'put their guitar back in its case.' During his first eight seasons with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 364 goals, a jaw-dropping average of 52 per year. In fact, only in his debut season did he fail to achieve the 50-goal mark, as injuries kept him off the pitch for nine La Liga matches and for the full Copa del Rey. In those eight seasons, Ronaldo played an average of 50 matches, another impressive mark when sustained for such a long period. His famous determination to play -- and score -- in every possible match knew no limits,...

Carragher, Garcia, Gudjohnsen enjoy Liverpool-Chelsea 'ghost goal' banter

Wed, 7 Jun 2017 01:50:00 PDT

After all turning out in Michael Carrick's testimonial over the weekend, Jamie Carragher, Luis Garcia and Eidur Gudjohnsen all took the team bus home together from Old Trafford. As ever when a group of professional footballers gather in the same place, the postmatch banter was rife. Gudjohnsen interrupted a conversation between Carragher and Garcia, joking that the ex-Liverpool pair had been discussing the latter's "ghost goal" that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League in 2005. 12 years...

Calling Zidane's Real Madrid anything less than a dynasty is a mistake

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 06:57:00 PDT

Sergio Ramos and the rest of the triumphant Madrid squad showed off their new silverware to Madridistas via bus parade. The FC crew discuss where Real Madrid's recent run of Champions League titles puts them in terms of all-time clubs. Consistent with their attitude towards Real Madrid for most of the season, the 12th Champions League trophy has received lukewarm reviews from a sizeable section of the media. Some explain Zinedine Zidane's team success in terms of cash, while others use their strong will to win as their biggest -- almost only -- talent. In most cases, football writers sound surprised that the side that broke the curse of the consecutive Champions League titles does not look -- according to them -- like a...

UEFA, top European leagues renew agreement to avoid schedule clashes

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:10:00 PDT

Olsson confirmed that top leagues will work with UEFA to prevent scheduling issues. Europe's top leagues will renew a working agreement with UEFA that avoids clashes between domestic and Champions League games. European Professional Football Leagues chairman Lars-Christer Olsson said on Tuesday that the cooperation deal is being finalised, and UEFA should ratify it in September. The leagues group will get "proper recognition" and seats in UEFA's decision-making bodies including voting rights in the executive committee, Olsson said after a meeting of the 32-member leagues' group. The...

Luka Modric: Zinedine Zidane squad rotation plan boosted Real Madrid

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 02:05:00 PDT

Luka Modric is proud of how Real Madrid settled down in the second half and completely took control of the UCL final. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has said coach Zinedine Zidane's rotation policy has helped put the team "on a dominant path." Modric, who said he had been sceptical about the approach at first, said Zidane had managed to keep all his players happy as Madrid won both La Liga and the Champions League. The Croatia international said in quotes translated by AS: "He has done great things since he arrived. He made sure we were a team, that we all contributed. "Honestly, I was a bit sceptical...

James Rodriguez's long Real Madrid farewell culminated in Cardiff

Mon, 5 Jun 2017 05:04:00 PDT

Gab Marcotti says that James Rodriguez's enormous contract will be a complication for other clubs vying for him. When James Rodriguez left the Bernabeu pitch in the 61st minute of Real Madrid's 4-1 victory over Sevilla on May 14, the Colombia midfielder poignantly turned to all four corners of the stadium and applauded. His gesture met with reciprocation from the stands in tacit acknowledgement that it would be the last time. Rafa Benitez lasted less than half a season as coach at Real Madrid chiefly because he was an acolyte to the dying remnants of the Galactico era. In part, James was tainted by association....

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