UEFA Champions League - Soccer Wiretap

UCL Quarters: Madrid-Bayern, Barca-Juve, BVB-Monaco, Atleti-Leicester

Mar 17, 2017 10:34 AM

Real Madrid have drawn Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals of the 16-17 Champions League. The tie will feature Zinedine Zidane against his mentor Carlo Ancelotti.

Barcelona drew Juventus, which is a rematch of the 2015 final.

Leicester City drew Atletico Madrid after eliminating Sevilla.

Borussia Dortmund will face Monaco, which will showcase a contrast in stadiums.

The ties will be played on April 11th and 12th with the return legs on April 18th and 19th.

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Monaco, Atleti Round Out Champions League Quaterfinalists

Mar 15, 2017 8:31 PM

Monaco and Atletico Madrid secured the final two spots in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Monaco defeated Manchester City 3-1 (6-6 on aggregate with more away goals), while Atletico Madrid's 4-2 lead over Bayer Leverkusen held in Wednesday's 0-0 match.

Joining Monaco and Atleti in the quarterfinals are Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Leicester City, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

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Barcelona Pulls Off Improbable Comeback Against PSG

Mar 8, 2017 11:28 PM

Barcelona achieved an improbable comeback from 4-0 down after their first leg in the Champions League Round of 16 at Paris Saint-Germain.

Luis Suarez scored in the third minute and then an own goal in the 41st minute and a Lionel Messi penalty in the 50th minute gave Barcelona life. But an Edinson Cavani goal in the 62nd minute gave PSG an all-important road goal, which meant Barcelona would have to score three goals.

It looked like PSG was going to escape the spirited Barcelona comeback but Neymar converted a free kick in the 88th minute and then converted a penalty just two minutes later.

Neymar found Sergi Roberto for Barcelona sixth goal of the match to push them into the quarterfinals for yet another season with a 6-5 win on aggregate.

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Turner Buys Champions League TV Rights For $60M Per Year

Feb 27, 2017 10:17 AM

Turner Sports have purchased the English-language media rights in the United States to the UEFA Champions League beginning in the fall of 2018.

The Champions League is currently on FS1 though some matches are also picked up by ESPN.

Turner committed more than $60 million per year as part of a three-year deal.

Univision agreed to pay around $35 million per year for Spanish-language rights.

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Atleti's New Stadium Could Host 2019 Champions League Final

Feb 3, 2017 6:24 PM

Atletico Madrid's new stadium could host the 2019 Champions League Final.

The stadium will debut for the 17-18 season with Atleti leaving the Vicente Calderon for Wanda Petropolitano. 

Madrid faces competition from Baku's Olympic Stadium to welcome the Champions League decider, and the venue in Azerbaijan's capital is also in the running for the Europa League final.

The UEFA Executive Committee will select the successful host associations in September 2017.

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Round Of 16 For 16-17 Champions League Set

Dec 7, 2016 4:36 PM

The 16 teams to qualify out of the group stage of the 16-17 Champions League has been set following the sixth week of matches.

Clubs cannot play teams from their own country during the round of 16.

Group A
Arsenal
Paris Saint-Germain

Group B
Napoli
Benfica

Group C
Barcelona
Manchester City

Group D
Atletico Madrid
Bayern Munich

Group E
Monaco
Bayer Leverkusen

Group F
Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid

Group G
Leicester City
Porto

Group H
Juventus
Sevilla

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Aleksander Ceferin Voted New President Of UEFA

Sep 14, 2016 10:44 AM

Aleksander Ceferin has been elected the new president of UEFA.

Ceferin, the head of the Slovenian Football Association since 2011 who came from nowhere to win the support of 42 of the 55 UEFA voting members, won the support of smaller federations by complaining they were not properly consulted about the changes to the Champions League in which Italy, England, Spain and Germany are guaranteed four slots. The deal was agreed upon to keep the bigger clubs from creating their own breakaway competition.

“We were not informed properly, I still think so,” he said after overcoming Michael van Praag, his more experienced Dutch FA rival. “About everything else, we will have to sit down and see what is the agreement and what we can do in future about it.”

Senior Uefa sources said it was highly unlikely that the deal would be unpicked and the FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, said Gill had been careful to walk a difficult tightrope.

“It will be one of Aleksander Ceferin’s first big decisions,” Glenn said. “It hasn’t happened yet so technically it can [be unpicked]. David sought to strike a middle ground between defending English club’s interests and trying to prevent a potential worst-case scenario of big clubs leaving. He was trying to strike the middle ground. He is a bright guy and understands all the trade-offs.”

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Mauricio Pochettino Expects Spurs To Adapt To UCL Matches At Wembley

Sep 13, 2016 10:46 AM

Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed suggestions Tottenham could struggle with the transition to Wembley when they host Monaco in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Spurs will play their European fixtures at the 90,000-capacity national stadium while their new ground - to succeed White Hart Lane, presently reduced to 32,000 - is being developed.

“We trust in us,” said Pochettino. “We believe in the way we play and it’s a good chance to play on a big pitch. We need to adapt our game.

“We feel good at White Hart Lane because it’s our home and we need to feel good at Wembley. With two pitches [at the training ground] we designed the same dimensions as Wembley. We change between the pitches to keep the grass at a good level. We use different pitches on different days during the week. You have more space to play, it’s more difficult for the opponent to press you when [there are] more metres to run, but the same for both.”

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City Omit Yaya Toure From Champions League Roster

Sep 2, 2016 11:08 AM

Yaya Toure has been left out of Pep Guardiola's roster for the Champions League.

Toure has featured just once this season for City, which was a meaningless second leg of the Champions League knockout round.

Leroy Sané and Ilkay Gündogan, two midfielders bought this summer but who have yet to play because of injury, are included in the Champions League squad.

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Top-4 Leagues Will Get Automatic Four Champions League Spots In 2018

Aug 26, 2016 3:26 PM

UEFA has confirmed that Europe's top four leagues will have four guaranteed places in the Champions League group stage from the 2018-19 season.

The top four leagues in the UEFA coefficient ranking -- currently La Liga, the Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A -- will see four teams enter the group stage without having to go through a qualification round.

La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League are guaranteed three group spots, with a fourth possible through the qualifying round, while Serie A has two guaranteed spots and a third possible via qualification.

The Premier League were in danger of losing one of its places to Serie A.

The top flights in Russia, Portugal and France are currently all vying to be Europe's fifth-ranked division but are some distance behind the current top four.

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Barcelona-City, Bayern-Atleti Headline UCL Group Stage Draw
Pep Guardiola's first assignment with City in the Champions League will include playing Barcelona.

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Champions League Pots Set Ahead Of Thursday's Draw
Pot 1 contains the seeded teams, featuring holders Real Madrid and the champions of the top seven leagues: Barcelona, Leicester City, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, PSG and CSKA Moscow.

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Champions League To Give Four Automatic Bids To Top Leagues
Based on the current UEFA country coefficient ranking, the four countries who would benefit directly from the measures are Spain, Germany, England and Italy.

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Real Madrid Wins 2016 Champions League Final
Sergio Ramos scored the opening goal for Real Madrid in the first half while Yannick Carrasco equalized for Atleti in the 79th minute.

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EPL To Resist Attempts To Play Some UCL Matches On Weekends
Another idea would be base a side's record over three seasons as a factor for qualification, which makes it less likely usual clubs would miss out.

Owen Gibson/The Guardian

Real Madrid Beats City, Will Again Play Atleti In Final
Real Madrid was far from convincing in killing off the match and were fortunate Manchester City played with no real sense of urgency until the final minutes.

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Diego Simeone: Life Not About Revenge But About New Opportunities
Diego Simeone compared this team to the one that won La Liga in 2014 and also reached the final of the Champions League.

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Real Madrid-City, Bayern-Atleti To Meet In Champions League Semis
Real Madrid will play Manchester City in the semifinals of the Champions League, while Atletico Madrid drew Bayern Munich.

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Atleti, Bayern, Real Madrid, City In Champions League Semifinals
Atleti defeated Barcelona 3-2 in the quarterfinals to end their title defense.

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Leicester City Clinches Spot In Champions League
The Foxes last played in Europe in the 2000-01 UEFA Cup.

Dale Johnson/ESPN

Champions League Considering Revamped Group Stage
UEFA is considering a major change to the Champions League that could cut the group stage to 16 clubs.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Barcelona Draws Atletico To Headline UCL Quarters
Atleti defeated Barcelona 2-1 on aggregate in their 2014 Champions League tie, but Barcelona has defeated Atleti in their last six matches

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Luis Enrique: Only Club I Wouldn't Want To Play Is Barcelona
Barcelona are defending their Champions League trophy in Luis Enrique's second season with the club.

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Barcelona, Bayern Round Out Quarterfinalists Of Champions League
The quarterfinalists of the 2016 Champions League are now set following the advancements on Wednesday by Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

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Top EPL Clubs Unhappy With Current Champions League Format
A European Super League could be formed to ensure big-name clubs avoid the risk of failing to qualify for the Champions League.

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Barcelona Shut Out Of UEFA's Champions League XI For Group Stage
Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have the most representatives with two apiece.

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Barcelona/Arsenal, Juve/Bayern Headline UCL Last-16 Draw
Arsenal narrowly advanced to the round of 16 of the Champions League but they have been drawn against Barcelona.

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16 Clubs In Knockout Stage Of Champions League Set
The round of 16 in the 15-16 Champions League has been set, with Arsenal and Chelsea sealing qualification on the final day of the group stage.

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Brendan Rodgers: FA Must Do More To Help English Clubs In Europe
The prospect of the Premier League losing its fourth Champions League qualifying place has increased after its representatives' dismal start to this season's competition.

Andy Hunter/The Guardian

Champions League Group Stage Pairings
UEFA conducted its draw on Thursday for the group stage of the 15-16 Champions League season.

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