Report: Alvaro Morata to return to Real Madrid

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Marotta confirms Morata return Two years after leaving the Santiago Bernabéu, Juventus’ Alvaro Morata is set to make his return to Spain. Juventus’ general manager, Giuseppe Marotta, has confirmed that Los Blancos are set to utilise the 23-year-old’s buy-back clause, believed to be around €23 million. Juventus signed the Spaniard in 2014 for around €20 million. However, […] READ MORE



Report: Manchester United Appoint Jose Mourinho as Manager

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Manchester United have reportedly appointed Jose Mourinho as manager, words that many never thought would come to fruition. Speculation has been persisting throughout the entirety of the campaign this year, as the Red Devils have missed out on qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for the second time in three years. And despite winning the FA Cup […] READ MORE


Atlético Madrid's Tactical Brilliance

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‘The other’ Madrid-based team have reached yet another Champions League final in four years. Whilst the usual financial giants continue to lurk around the top of every single league and international competition, Diego Simeone has busted down the door at the top of this elite club and intend to stay there. With an iconic style […] READ MORE


Year One: The 1955-56 European Cup story

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As Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid prepare to draw the curtains on another exciting season of the UEFA Champions League next Saturday, it’s perhaps fitting to have a look back at Los Blancos’ first triumph six decades ago. The European Cup, as it was known for its first 37 years, began 60 seasons ago with 16 […] READ MORE


Zinedine Zidane Knows Winning is Basic

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Zinedine Zidane was one of the most aesthetically pleasing footballers ever, so much so that a movie (or more accurately “an art-house” film), Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, was made about his performance in a single Spanish league match in 2005, with some 17 cameras capturing his every feint, step-over and dribble. And yet in […] READ MORE


Barca Knockout Gives Ronaldo a Chance to Escape Their Shadow

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Ladislao Kubala may be the least famous truly great footballer who ever lived.  His extraordinary career took him from his native Hungary (where he was born in 1927) to Italy (where he narrowly escaped being on board the plane that crashed into the Superga hills in 1949, killing his Torino team-mates) and ultimately to Barcelona, […] READ MORE


Stage set for Nou Camp Cruyff Celebration

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One of the many reasons why sport is so enduringly popular is that it often provides the most incredible sense of occasion and timing. Some of the best stories written in sporting history would be laughed out of Hollywood if proposed by a scriptwriter, yet it is these moments which live long in memory, adorn […] READ MORE


Champions League Quarter-Final Draw

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Manchester City will play Paris Saint-German in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League. City, who are the only British side left in this season’s competition, will have a tough challenge to overcome the French side who have already knocked out Chelsea in the last 16. Between the two sides’ progressions to the last eight, […] READ MORE