Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt


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Zamorano took a break from watching the Copa América to talk about his days with Inter, Real Madrid and the national team

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Iván Zamorano smiles and lets out a little laugh. “The idea came about because the best in the world had arrived,” he says with a knowing glance. “I had to hand the No 9 over to him.”

Zamorano was at the top of his game when Ronaldo joined him at Inter in the summer of 1997. He had won the Copa del Rey and La Liga with Real Madrid, picking up the Pichichi prize for top scorer in his last season in Spain before moving to Inter, where he was well on his way to becoming a legend. But he was humble enough to know he had no choice. Zamorano says he “did not play with Continue reading “Iván Zamorano on Ronaldo, Chile at the Copa América and his 1+8 shirt”

Dani Alves to leave PSG but defender has not revealed future plans


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  • Brazilian has spent two years at the Ligue 1 club
  • 36-year-old does not say where he will play next season

Dani Alves has announced that he is leaving Paris Saint-Germain, although the 36-year-old did not reveal his future plans.

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Maurizio Sarri admits he will have to win over sceptical Juventus fans


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  • ‘I’ve never seen a club so determined to hire a coach,’ he says
  • Ex-Chelsea coach hints at unfair criticism from English press

Maurizio Sarri accepted on his unveiling as Juventus manager that he will have to win over some of his new club’s fans because of his association with their Serie A rivals Napoli.

“I arrive with scepticism, just as I did with all my other clubs,” said the Italian, who signed a three-year contract in Turin after leaving Chelsea this week. “I understand that, but I know only one way to change that and that is to win and convince while entertaining and getting results. For three years [at Napoli] I would wake up and think about how to defeat Juventus, because they were a winning team. I gave 110%, but we still couldn’t do it. I will now give everything for this club.”

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Mats Hummels to rejoin Borussia Dortmund from Bayern Munich for £34m


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• Defender will complete transfer subject to a medical
• Fee for Hummels understood to include add-onsMats Hummels is to rejoin Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund for a fee understood to be €38m (£33.8m) including add-ons, subject to a medical.

The 30-year-old central defender signed for Bayern in 2016, after eight years with Dortmund. He won the Bundesliga in each of his three seasons there but lost his places at times during the most recent campaign under Niko Kovac.

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Francesco Totti hits out at Roma hierarchy as he leaves club after 30 years


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  • Former captain says views not taken into consideration
  • Totti: ‘It’s a day that I hoped never would have come’

The former Roma captain Francesco Totti says he is leaving his position within the club’s management because his views are not taken into consideration.

While he was a technical director, Totti says he “never had the chance to express myself” in decisions about the hiring and firing of coaches and moves in the player transfer market.

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Chelsea confirm Maurizio Sarri’s exit and will ask for Frank Lampard talks


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• Sarri leaving to become Juventus head coach
• Chelsea want Lampard from Derby to replace himChelsea have confirmed that Maurizio Sarri has left the club after one season as head coach and joined Juventus. The club will now approach Derby for talks with Frank Lampard in the hope of appointing him.

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One that got away for Maradona and Napoli remains wrapped in suspicion | Tim Lewis


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Late-season collapse was accompanied by strange events off the field as Napoli sought a second successive title in 1987-88When Napoli beat Juventus 1-0 in November 1985, thanks to a Diego Maradona free-kick, five people fainted in the stadium and two had heart attacks. On the television news that night, a stern-faced presenter announced: “So quite literally by scoring this goal, Maradona made a big mess.” A year and a half later, Napoli were champions of Italy, their first scudetto in a long, underwhelming history. The party went on for two months. Hundreds of newborn boys were named Diego, the girls Diega.

These are details from the riveting, immersive new documentary Diego Maradona, made by Asif Kapadia, whose previous films have traced the extraordinary lives and premature demises of Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse. Much of Diego Maradona is preoccupied with the crazy tale of how the best Continue reading “One that got away for Maradona and Napoli remains wrapped in suspicion | Tim Lewis”

Eden Hazard fulfils his dream of a lifetime with Real Madrid move | Sid Lowe


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The boy from Belgium is now the man in Madrid after being presented to fans following €150m transfer from ChelseaThe Garden of Eden moved to the Bernabéu. Eden Hazard took a stroll around the grass at his new home, kicking gold and white footballs into a crowd that was bigger than those that came to see some La Liga matches last season, and then said that he had been waiting for this since he was a kid in La Louvière. Now, at last, the time had come and it was the “right time”, he said, having left Chelsea with the Europa League – even though he admitted this was a move that he had thought he might make 12 months ago.

Still, better late than never. And Hazard insisted it was not too late. “I’m 28 years old, I think I can go to 32, 33 years. It’s a Continue reading “Eden Hazard fulfils his dream of a lifetime with Real Madrid move | Sid Lowe”

Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing


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• Left-back moves to the Bernabéu for £42.7m
• Atlético expect Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona

Real Madrid have signed the Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, making the defender the third summer addition to their squad.

While across the city, the Atlético chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, believes Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer – and insisted he has known about the move since March.

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Real Madrid make Lyon’s Ferland Mendy their third summer signing


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• Left-back moves to the Bernabéu for £42.7m
• Atlético expect Antoine Griezmann to join Barcelona

Real Madrid have signed the Lyon left-back Ferland Mendy, making the defender the third summer addition to their squad.

While across the city, the Atlético chief executive, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, believes Antoine Griezmann will join Barcelona this summer – and insisted he has known about the move since March.

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La Liga fined over app that spied on illegal bar screenings of matches


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• €250,000 fine imposed by data watchdog

• ‘We profoundly disagree with this decision’

La Liga has been ordered to pay a €250,000 (£220,000) fine after Spain’s data protection watchdog said its official match-following app had been used to spy on bars that had been showing games illegally.

Last year, the online newspaper eldiario.es reported that the app allowed the league to remotely activate the microphone on a mobile phone to determine whether the device’s owner was in a bar that hadn’t paid to screen the match. According to the Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD), such use of the app – which has been downloaded by more than 4 million people – violated transparency principles.

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Luka Jovic ‘happiest man in the world’ to be joining Real Madrid – video


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The striker Luka Jovic was officially unveiled by Real Madrid on Wednesday in a ceremony at the Bernabéu following his move to Spain from Eintracht Frankfurt. The 21-year-old Serb said he is the ‘happiest man in the world’.

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It’s the Bandinis 2019! The complete review of Serie A’s 2018-19 season


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Ronaldo could not elevate the league’s standing in a season that mirrored recent ones, including ugly events off the pitch

Not even an alien invasion could change the narrative for Italian football. Cristiano Ronaldo was hailed as an extra-terrestrial when he touched down in Turin, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner arriving in a country where no player had got close to the award since Kaká claimed it in 2007. The Portuguese forward was supposed to carry Juventus to European glory. Instead, they won an eighth consecutive Serie A title, and nothing more.

Ronaldo, for the most part, delivered. He did not hit those otherworldly heights of his best years in Madrid, but 28 goals and 10 assists are hardly a pittance. His hat-trick bailed the Bianconeri out after a catastrophic first leg against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League last-16, and he struck in both legs of the quarter-final defeat Continue reading “It’s the Bandinis 2019! The complete review of Serie A’s 2018-19 season”

Juventus tell Manchester United they are interested in signing Paul Pogba


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Maurizio Sarri would welcome Italy return after ‘heavy year’ with Chelsea


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• Chelsea manager says ‘the call of home is strong’
• Juventus expected to buy out last year of Sarri’s contractMaurizio Sarri has admitted he would welcome a return to Italy after “a heavy year” at Chelsea as Juventus edge ever closer to luring him back to Serie A.

The Italian champions have met the former Napoli manager and his agent and are expected to buy out the remaining year on Sarri’s £5m-a-season contract to secure him as a successor to Massimiliano Allegri.

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Premier League and Bundesliga will block European super league, says Rauball


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• German Football League president says new solution needed
• ‘If you make a pyramid like the ECA, we would destroy the clubs’Combined opposition from the Premier League and Bundesliga will block the plans developed by the European Club Association for a new “super league” in 2024, the German Football League president has said.

Speaking as world football’s associations and confederations gathered for Wednesday’s Fifa congress in Paris, Reinhard Rauball, who is also the president of Borussia Dortmund and vice-president of the German Football Association, said that the ECA proposals could “destroy” national leagues. He did acknowledge, however, that some reform may be needed to the Champions League format when the current agreed football calendar concludes in 2024.

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Real Madrid sign Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt for initial €65m


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  • Serbian striker joins Madrid on six-year contract
  • Eintracht’s Fredi Bobic: ‘This is a good and important transfer’

After a season of struggle for Real Madrid, their summer rebuild has continued with the acquisition of Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt on a six-year deal.

The Serbian forward will cost an initial €65m before add-ons. “Real Madrid and Eintracht Frankfurt have agreed the transfer of Luka Jovic, subject to a medical,” the Spanish club confirmed on Tuesday. “The player will be tied to the club for the next six seasons, until 30 June 2025.”

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It’s the Adam and Erics 2019! The complete review of the Ligue 1 season


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Kylian Mbappé scored a hatful, Dimitri Payet scored a cracker and Nacer Chadli couldn’t score at all

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With Neymar and Edinson Cavani both struggling for fitness, PSG’s attack became (nearly) the sole property of Kylian Mbappé this season. Ángel Di María had his moments but Mbappé’s scoring totals are already the stuff of legend; no French player had scored more goals in Ligue 1 in 50 years. Given that he missed half a dozen matches through suspension and a handful more owing to injury, Mbappé could take aim at the league’s all-time record of 44 next season.

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‘It’s like I’m dreaming’: Liverpool players react to winning the Champions League – video


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Liverpool players celebrated after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final to win their sixth European Cup but were unified in their assertion that there are more trophies to come

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‘Now it’s time to stay calm,’ says Mauricio Pochettino after Spurs Champions League defeat – video


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Mauricio Pochettino says it’s time to stay calm and reflect after Tottenham lost 2-0 to Liverpool in the Champions League final. It is the first time that Spurs have made the final of the competition and Pochettino says they lost despite dominating the match in which Liverpool took their chances. 

Liverpool win  Champions League after Salah and Origi sink Tottenham

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