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Ronaldo Set To Face United After Only Receiving One-Game Ban

Ronaldo of Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to face his old club Manchester United in the Champions League next month after UEFA handed the Juventus forward a one-game ban on Thursday. The Portuguese superstar was sent off in Juve’s win away to Valencia last week and risked a potentially lengthy suspension, but instead, he will only sit out his team’s game at …

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VAR To Be Used In Next Season’s Champions League & At Euro 2020

Video Assistant Referees will be used in the Champions League from the 2019-20 season and will also be introduced at the 2020 European Championship, UEFA said on Thursday. European football’s governing body revealed a decision had been taken at a meeting of their executive committee to bring in the technology, which will be used from the playoff round preceding the …

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Barcelona & Real Madrid Lose On Same Day For First Time Since 2015

Real Madrid failed to capitalize on Barcelona’s defeat at Leganes as both clubs lost league matches on the same day for the first time since January 2015. Barca’s 2-1 loss to relegation fighters Leganes was the greater shock but Madrid’s beating was more emphatic, blown away 3-0 by Sevilla after a torrid 39 minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. For …

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Former Manchester United Star Tests Positive For Banned Substance

Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi is facing a doping ban after testing positive for the banned substance dorzolamide, media reports said Tuesday. Rossi, who has played 30 times for the Azzurri in a career blighted by knee injuries, tested positive following an Italian league match between his team at the time, Genoa, and Benevento on May 12. Dorzolamide is commonly found …

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Modric Ends Ronaldo-Messi Era To Be Crowned World’s Best

Luka Modric ended Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long domination of football’s individual awards by being crowned FIFA’s best player of the year on Monday. The Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder starred for both club and country as Madrid won a third straight Champions League, and he inspired Croatia to reach the World Cup final for the first time. He …

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Shock As Salah’s Merseyside Derby Strike Wins Puskas Award

Salah scoring against Everton

There was some surprise at the FIFA Best awards in London tonight as Liverpool’s Mo Salah won the much coveted FIFA Puskas award for his lovely, curling strike in last season’s Merseyside derby.  There is no doubt that it was a sublime individual piece of play and skill but when you consider some of the other goals which were also …

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UEFA Orders ‘Further Investigation’ Of PSG Over Financial Fairplay

Neymar and Mbappe of PSG

UEFA said Monday it had ordered accusations that PSG has broken its financial fair play rules to be referred to its financial unit “for further investigation”. European football’s governing body initially opened an investigation into the Qatari-owned club’s spending in September 2017 under pressure from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after the French club signed Brazilian midfielder Neymar for a …

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Cheat Sheet: A Roundup Of This Weekend’s European Action

Pundit Arena’s Cheat Sheet summarises the weekend action from Spain, Italy, Germany and France, including a thriller at Camp Nou. Spain  Gerard Piqué salvaged a point for 10-man Barcelona after clearing one shot off the line and making mistakes for each of Girona’s goals in an enthralling 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick as …

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Watch: Ronaldo Bounces Back From CL Red With Late Goal In Juve Win

Cristiano Ronaldo erased the frustration of his Champions League red card by scoring the opener and setting up Federico Bernardeschi for a second as Juventus maintained their perfect record in Serie A after five games with a 2-0 win at promoted Frosinone on Sunday. The Portuguese star had threatened several times at the Stadio Benito Stirpe but finally found a …

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