UEFA Champions League - Soccer Wiretap

UCL Semifinals: Real Madrid/Atleti, Juve/Monaco

Apr 21, 2017 10:25 AM

For the fourth straight year Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will meet in the Champions League as they have been paired in the semifinals.

The Madrid clubs have met in two of the past three Champions League Finals (2014, 2016) as well as the quarterfinals of 2015. Real Madrid has come out victorious in all three previous matchups with the final in 2014 being decided in extra time and the 2016 final decided in penalty kicks.

Juventus will play Monaco in the other semifinal.

Real Madrid will host Atletico on Tuesday, May 2nd with the return leg at the Calderon on Wednesday, May 10th.

Monaco hosts Juventus on Wednesday, May 3rd with the return leg in Turin on Tuesday, May 9th.

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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Juventus, Monaco, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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Thomas Muller: Bayern Had To Play '10 Against 14'

Apr 19, 2017 12:28 PM

Thomas Muller said he felt his side had played "10 against 14" in their Champions League defeat at Real Madrid on Tuesday.

 

Bayern were angered by several key decisions by referee Viktor Kassai, feeling that the sending off of Arturo Vidal was unjust and that two of Cristiano Ronaldo's three goals were offside.

Muller told reporters: "If you look at the way things went, it is extremely difficult when you are playing with 10 against 14.

"The [goal that made it] 2-2 was the worst situation -- the assistant referee had a great view. That killed us."

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Tags: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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Neymar Believes Barcelona Can Complete Another UCL Comeback

Apr 17, 2017 5:22 PM

Neymar is optimistic Barcelona can mount a comeback against Juventus as they did against Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16.

Barcelona enters the second leg trailing Juventus 3-0 on aggregate.

“We have to believe we can do it,” Neymar said in an interview with the Brazilian television channel Esporte Interativo. “The other day my father told me one thing which has stayed in my head, and I think it’s true. In front of us we have a different team, but Barcelona is the same. And we can do it.”

Neymar was excellent in Barcelona's comeback against PSG.

“We did it once and we can do it a second time. We have to give our absolute maximum. If everything goes well, there will be another comeback,” Neymar said. “I believe in the team and in our power. Everything is lost [already], so we have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

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Tags: Barcelona, UEFA Champions League

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Thomas Tuchel Criticizes UEFA For Treatment Following Attack

Apr 12, 2017 7:02 PM

Thomas Tuchel criticized UEFA for postponing Borussia Dortmund's match against Monaco by just one day following an attack on their team bus.

"We were never asked; we were informed by a text message that the UEFA made a decision in Switzerland. It felt lousy. And that sticks with us," Tuchel said at a news conference.

"Minutes after the attacks, the only question was whether the game could go through or not. We were treated as if a beer can was thrown at the bus. It gives you a feeling of impotence.

"It will stick with us that we have to function and that everything else plays no role. We are outside of the bus, Marc [Bartra] gets driven away in an ambulance, and we are informed about the decision. It does not feel good."

Tuchel then explained how Dortmund had taken the decision over who would play in the game.

"We left it open to every player if he wants to play," he added. "We realised this morning that training is a distraction. Every player, every human, and this attack was on us as humans, can be scared stiff by this. But all of them wanted to play.

"We would have wanted to have more time to digest all of this. We did not get this time. We have to live with the fact that the match was scheduled. It's about our dream, our big dream, and the squad did not have the feeling they could make the difference in the small situations.

"Later in the afternoon, we encouraged the players to go into the match."

Tuchel admitted that he couldn't even field a full squad.

"We weren't even able to fill up our squad; all of our youth players from the B-list were injured as well," he said. "It's not done by playing the match. The match itself was a distraction from coping with the events. We just had too little time.

"Every one of us has to cope with the incident by himself. The thoughts will continue to circle around the events. Time helps. But ask me prior to the match next week if we are ready. There's no recipe for this."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League

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Targeted Attack On Dortmund Bus Postpones UCL Match

Apr 11, 2017 2:59 PM

An explosion occurred near the team bus of Borussia Dortmund as they were leaving their hotel ahead of their Champions League match against Monaco. Police say it was a targeted attack.

Police confirmed there were three separate explosions near the coach, bursting the vehicle’s windscreen and injuring one player, identified as defender Marc Bartra.

The match will played on Wednesday.

Police and Borussia Dortmund officials assured supporters that they were not under threat at the stadium and that they should “stay calm” while leaving the stadium.

Philip Oltermann/The Guardian

Tags: Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, UEFA Champions League

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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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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Leicester City, Monaco, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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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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Tags: Atlético Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Leicester City, Monaco, Real Madrid, UEFA Champions League

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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.

John Ourand/Sports Business Journal

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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.

Jack Davies/Goal.com

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Round Of 16 For 16-17 Champions League Set
Dortmund, Atletico, Barcelona, Arsenal, Napoli, Monaco, Leicester City and Juventus have won their respective groups.

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Aleksander Ceferin Voted New President Of UEFA
Aleksander Ceferin won the support of smaller federations by complaining they were not properly consulted about the changes to the Champions League.

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Mauricio Pochettino Expects Spurs To Adapt To UCL Matches At Wembley
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.

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

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Top-4 Leagues Will Get Automatic Four Champions League Spots In 2018
The Premier League were in danger of losing one of its places to Serie A.

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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.

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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.

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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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