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Celtic bounced from Champions League by AEK Athens; Benfica reach playoffs

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:56:00 PDT

go to site AEK Athens and PAOK Thessaloniki gave Greek football fans plenty to cheer about as both clubs reached the Champions League playoff round and joined three former winners of Europe's elite club competition on Tuesday. AEK beat 1967 champions Celtic 2-1 in a fervent atmosphere in Athens for a 3-2 aggregate win over the Scottish side while PAOK held out for a 0-0 draw at Spartak Moscow after edging the Russian outfit 3-2 in the first leg. Benfica, champions in 1961 and 1962, earned a 2-1 overall win...

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos tells Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp to 'stick to his own business'

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:41:00 PDT

buy Dilantin online from canada Craig Burley defends Sergio Ramos' latest response to Jurgen Klopp's comments about the defender's actions in the Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp was pleased with how new signing Naby Keita complemented Liverpool's midfield in his debut against West Ham. Niko Kovac, Julen Lopetegui and many more have changed jobs this summer. FC's Paul Mariner delves into how each will fare at their new clubs. Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has suggested that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should "stick to his own business" because he keeps bringing up the challenge on Mohamed Salah during last season's Champions League final. Ramos, 32, also suggested that Klopp continues to use the Salah injury as a reason for Liverpool's 3-1 loss to deflect attention from the German's infamous losing record in finals. Liverpool's top scorer Salah was forced off injured in the first half of the game in Kiev following...

Cristiano Ronaldo nominated for UEFA Goal of the Season for overhead kick vs. Juventus

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 05:21:00 PDT

Stewart Robson reveals his projected Juventus XI as Cristiano Ronaldo gets set to make his Serie A debut against Chievo. Juventus' Wojciech Szczesny was pleased to see Ronaldo open his account for the club and feels they are capable of doing something special this season. In his first appearance in a Juventus shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring during the club's annual intra-squad friendly in Villar Perosa. Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in a Portugal-heavy list of nominees for the 2017-18 UEFA Goal of the Season for his overhead kick for former club Real Madrid against current side Juventus. It meant Gareth Bale's similar effort in the Champions League final victory over Liverpool for Los Blancos was not among the nominees as the 11 on the list are each from one of UEFA's 11 different competition's from the previous season. Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen was among the nominees as his...

Juventus' Champions League ambition greater for Cristiano Ronaldo arrival - Massimiliano Allegri

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:56:00 PDT

price of depo provera at planned parenthood Juventus' Wojciech Szczesny was pleased to see Ronaldo open his account for the club and feels they are capable of doing something special this season. In his first appearance in a Juventus shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring during the club's annual intra-squad friendly in Villar Perosa. Kostas Manolas looks ahead to Roma's ICC finale against Real Madrid and discusses Alisson's departure and the impact of Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival on Serie A. Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side's desire to win the Champions League is greater than ever after they signed Cristiano Ronaldo this summer. Ronaldo made his first appearance in a Bianconeri shirt in a 5-0 win over Juve's second team in a traditional preseason warm-up game in Villar Perosa on Sunday. His arrival has enthused Juve's fans, with thousands descending on the small village near Turin to catch a glimpse of CR7. That enthusiasm is not lost on Allegri either, who says now...

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah up for Champions League award

Thu, 9 Aug 2018 06:55:00 PDT

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on Man City's Champions League chances, Milan's top-four hopes and Herc's questionable wardrobe selection. After a summer of big signings, including Arturo Vidal and Malcom, the FC crew assess whether Barcelona are early Champions League favourites. The guys respond to your tweets about Barcelona's title credentials, Scotland's international outlook, Bayern Munich and the FC crew's best dancer. The FC guys delve into the minds of the odds-makers to figure out why Juventus aren't bigger favourites to win the UCL after their summer spending. Liverpool's Mohamed Salah will compete with Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo for UEFA's award for best Champions League forward, while his new teammate Alisson is up for the top goalkeeper award. Salah scored 10 goals in the 2017-18 competition to help Liverpool into the final, where they were beaten by Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo, who won last year's award, was one of several members of that Madrid squad to lift the trophy for a third consecutive year. The Portugal forward,...

Celtic may face Malmo or Vidi for Champions League group-stage place

Mon, 6 Aug 2018 05:44:00 PDT

Celtic will welcome AEK Athens to Celtic Park on Wednesday in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. Celtic could face Malmo or Vidi for a place in the group stage of the Champions League following the playoff draw on Monday. They must first beat AEK Athens over two legs of the third qualifying round starting on Wednesday in order to advance. The first leg of the playoffs will be held on Aug. 21-22 with the return legs on Aug. 28-29. Six places are up for grabs in the group stage. PSV Eindhoven will meet Qarabag or BATE Borisov and either Benfica or Fenerbahce will play PAOK or Spartak Moscow. Liverpool...

Bayern Munich playing against states, not clubs, in Champions League - president

Fri, 3 Aug 2018 03:33:00 PDT

Robert Lewandowski to Real Madrid or PSG was all the talk this summer, but the FC crew dig into the reasons keeping him at Bayern. The FC team share their thoughts on how where Arturo Vidal would fit into Ernesto Valverde's side should he make the move from Bayern to the Camp Nou. Robert Lewandowski, Arturo Vidal and others make up today's Transfer Rater, but who's most likely to make a move before the summer window closes? Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness criticised the financial structures of clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City that receive significant support from international governments. Speaking at an event for Bavaria's conservative governing party, the Christian Social Union, Hoeness said that Bayern's independent financing model will be more sustainable in the long run than that of other large clubs in Europe. "We are not playing against other clubs, but rather against states," Hoeness...

FC Basel hire former Austria boss Marcel Koller after UCL exit

Thu, 2 Aug 2018 08:11:00 PDT

Swiss club FC Basel appointed former Austria boss Marcel Koller as their new coach on Thursday, a day after their humiliating exit from the Champions League. Basel, under interim coach Alexander Frei, were thumped 3-0 at home by PAOK on Wednesday in the second leg of their second round qualifier and lost 5-1 on aggregate. Koller, who stepped aside as Austria coach last year after six years in charge during which he led them to Euro 2016, has previously won the Swiss title with St Gallen and Grasshoppers....

Roma get Champions League draw boost after Basel crash out

Wed, 1 Aug 2018 02:25:00 PDT

Roma got a boost for the Champions League group-stage draw when Basel crashed out in the second qualifying round on Wednesday. Basel had been penciled into Pot 2 based on their UEFA coefficient, but the Swiss club still had to come through three qualifying rounds to reach the group stage, only to fall at the first hurdle, 5-1 on aggregate to Greek side PAOK. Roma, as the top-ranked team in Pot 3, will now move up to Pot 2, giving them a chance at a more favourable draw in the group stage. The result...

When is the 2019 UEFA Champions League final?

Wed, 1 Aug 2018 07:00:00 PDT

2018 UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid celebrate their 3-1 victory against Liverpool in the final. Holders Real Madrid are chasing a fourth straight title and can do so in their home city. When is the UEFA Champions League final? Saturday, June 1, 2019 Where is the final? Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain MORE: Champions League Home

When are the UEFA Champions League awards for 2017-18?

Wed, 1 Aug 2018 07:00:00 PDT

European football's governing body is set to hand out its awards for last season in the Champions League. When and where is the ceremony? Aug. 30, in Monaco. What awards will be won? Best goalkeeper Best defender Best midfielder Best forward Who has been nominated? Goalkeepers: Alisson Becker (Brazil - Roma, now at Liverpool); Gianluigi Buffon (Italy - Juventus, now at Paris Saint-Germain); Keylor Navas (Costa Rica - Real Madrid) Defenders: Marcelo (Brazil - Real Madrid CF); Sergio Ramos...

When are the Champions League group stage draw and match dates?

Wed, 1 Aug 2018 07:00:00 PDT

Holders Real Madrid will be joined by 31 other teams in the hat for the UEFA Champions League group stage draw. When is the draw? It takes place on Aug. 30 in Monaco. When will the games be played? Matchday 1: Sep. 18-19 Matchday 2: Oct. 2-3 Matchday 3: Oct. 23-24 Matchday 4: Nov. 6-7 Matchday 5: Nov. 27-28 Matchday 6: Dec. 11-12 What time will the games kick off? Two games will begin at 12:55 p.m. ET / 4:55 p.m. ET, with the remainder following at 3 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. GMT. When is the draw for...

Romanian champions Cluj sack coach after six weeks in charge

Fri, 27 Jul 2018 06:04:00 PDT

Romanian champions CFR Cluj announced on Friday they had terminated coach Eduard Iordanescu's contract after only six weeks in the wake of a disappointing Champions League qualifying result. The club have appointed Portuguese coach Antonio Conceicao for his third spell in charge of Cluj as Iordanescu's replacement. Iordanescu, 40, had replaced Dan Petrescu, who led Cluj to a fourth Romanian title in May. Iordanescu's time in charge, however, was brought to an abrupt end after he was widely criticised...

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