Allegri: Juventus Can Build On Great Season

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Massimiliano Allegri hopes that his side Juventus can build on their successful champions league run, establish themselves as a top team in europe despite losing 3-1 to Barcelona.

The Turin club put up a brave fight against Barca, but have to settle for the Scudetto and Coppa Italia this term, with Allegri looking forward to more.

He told Sky Italia: “We were naive on the Barca goals but we fought until the end. It was a fantastic season and I cannot say anything negative about my team.

“We risked a lot and had several chances. But when you play against great players, you sometimes think you’re in control and when you think you have it, the opponents score.

“Maybe we can do some things better but we played the game until the end. Now we want to establish ourselves among the best eight European teams.

“The first objective is, as always, to win Serie A and the Coppa Italia. The Champions League remains a dream.”

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Neymar: Juventus Proved They Are A Top Team

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Barcelona forward Neymar has praised the Bianconeri and named them a great team.

Barcelona beat Juventus 3-1 in Berlin, with Neymar sending the last kick into the net, and joining Suarez and Rakitic on the scoresheet.

Despite the scoreline, Neymar praised the Turin club.

“Juventus are a great team with great players,” he told Sky Sport. “We played our game, though, and in the end we came out winners.

“I’d like to thank first of all the team and the coach. This triumph is also dedicated to all of our families.”

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For Rakitic, Winning The UCL Was Easy

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Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic has insisted that winning the UCL trophy in Berlin, against Juventus was easy.

Thanks to the Croatia international, Barcelona got in the lead early, when fabulous play from his teammates saw him fire home on the 4′ mark.

Though Juventus equalized, Barca got back in front via Suarez and Neymar sealed the victory.

Rakitic told Sky: “We have worked so hard all year. We were the better team but congratulations to Juventus.”

Asked whether he thought the Bianconeri were getting on top following the equaliser, he added: “It’s normal, it’s a final, Juve were also playing in this game. But for the whole game we were the better team and we were in control. It was just a question of when we would score again. It was easy, it was clever, it was a good game.”

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Bartomeu Confirms Barcelona’s Pogba Interest

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Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed that Barcelona are interested in Pogba.

Barcelona are currently banned from signing players until the transfer window in January next year.

Despite the ban though, Barcelona hasn’t stopped moving forward with recruitment plans for 2016, and Pogba is at the top of their shopping list.

Bartomeu told Telefoot: “It is true that Pogba is a leading target of ours and obviously we are interested, but I can’t say anything more. We are forbidden to recruit players until January, so I can’t talk about it.”

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Messi Enjoys Breakfast With UCL Trophy

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Barcelona were crowned champions of Europe yesterday in Berlin when they beat Juventus 3-1 in Berlin.

Lionel Messi celebrated winning the champions league by having breakfast with the trophy by his side.

Despite the celebrations, Messi was up early to have a breakfast of Croissants and Coffee, with a very special table guest.

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Messi shared the above picture on his Instagram.

Credit: instagram.com/leomessi

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Barcelona Are The Champions Of Europe

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Barcelona came through a tough match against Juventus to be crowned UEFA champions league winners for the 5th time in their history following a 3-1 win over the Old Lady of Torin as they completd their treble in style.

Barcelona got the ball rolling early in the game as Rakitic was on the end of a brilliant team move in the 4th minute to give Barcelona the lead. Barcelona contained Juventus throughout the first half and even looked more likely to extend their lead. In the second half, Juventus came upp with some brilliant play in the 55th minute and after Tevez’s shot was parried by Ter Stegen, Morata pounced and equyalized for the Italians. Barcelona were however back in front in the 68th minute as Buffon could only push Messi’s shot into the path of Suarez who made no mistake from 4 yards. In the 76th minute, Xavi came on for Iniesta to make his final appearance as a Barcelona player before Neymar rounded off the victory in the 95th minute after Juventus had committed almost everyone forward, finishing between the legs of Buffon.

Barcelona would look back at the season with a sense of accomplishment and confidence of better things to come in the future.

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UCL Final: Barcelona Are Champions

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The Catalans completed their treble tonight, mirroring their 2009 achievement as they won the UCL final match against Juventus in Berlin.

Rakitic, the Croatian that took over Fabregas’ spot, latched onto a Iniesta pass and made no mistake in netting on the 4 minute mark.

The second half was more eventful as Juventus pulled one back via former Los Blancos man, Alvaro Morata.

Suarez did not cease in tensioning the Juve defence and it paid off when he latched on to a rebound and fired home to put Barcelona in the lead again.

Neymar got a goal disallowed, but made up for that in injury time, as he fired home the last shot.

Barcelona are champions of Europe. Rakitic and Suarez and Neymar led them to a 3-1 win over the champions of Italy.

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Berlusconi Set To Sell Milan

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After months of negotiations, AC Milan president, Silvio Berlusconi is set to sell 48 percent stake in AC Milan to Thai business man Bee Taechaubol.

In the set agreement, Berlusconi is to remain president of the Milan club while the Italians holding company still controls 52 percent of the club. Fininvest, Berlusconi’s holding company announced the upcoming deal via their managing director and the deal is believed to be worth about 500 million euros. According to the company’s managing director, the deal is going to help with the commercialization of AC Milan especially in Asian countries.

Berlusconi has promised that AC Milan would not lose its Italian identity as a result of the deal but the club would be happy to receive the cash injection which would go a long way in helping the club build in order to return to the summit of European football.

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Klopp Wants To Manage Manchester United

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Jurgen Klopp has taken a break from management despite being linked to a move to Liverpool but according to an associate of the often animated manager, he would jump at an opportunity to manage Manchester United.

Krautzun, who worked with Klopp at Mainz told goal.com that the German would be very interested in managing Manchester United and that it would be hard for the former Dortmund manager to say no to the “red devils”. ‘He once told me, that one day, when it does not fit with Dortmund anymore, Manchester United would be his club,’ he told Goal.com ‘But at this moment the job is taken. Klopp would fit perfectly to an English club that is well lead and well organised.” Klopp is currently on a sabbatical and would return at a date of his choosing.

Van Gaal is currently holding sway at Old Trafford and is in the middle of a transformation project just one year into his three year contract. Van Gaal has however stated that this would be his last managerial job.

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Sucking Up: Hernandez Praises Benitez

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It is clear that Manchester United don’t want Javier Hernandez anymore. The Mexican’s actions today showed just how much he wants to stay at Real Madrid as he praised newly hired manager, Rafa Benitez, the man with the ability to make his Real Madrid move permanent.

Hernandez struggled to get his Real Madrid season going but towards the end, became a good enough for Real Madrid and scored some important goals. Ancelotti made no moves to make Chicharito’s move to Real Madrid permanent and with the arrival of Benitez, the Manchester United man’s future is still in the balance. Hernandez admitted this to reporters before going on to praise Benitez, calling him a good manager. “Ancelotti was my coach but now Benitez is there. He doesn’t have to speak to me because I was on loan from Man United. He told Reuters “But I am very calm because, thankfully, the last two months at Madrid were very good and showed a lot of things. That gave me a lot of confidence for my future. I think that Rafa knows me. He is a really good coach and I think he will do a great job at Madrid.” Hernandez had earlier stated that he loved playing for Real Madrid, a club he describes as the best in the world

Hernandez would love to carry on at Real Madrid but it seems unlikely that the “little pea” would be returning to Old Trafford whether Madrid choose to buy him or not.

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Low Believes Juventus Can Stop MSN

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Germany coach Joachim Low believes that Juventus are well equipped to neutralize Barcelona’s trident attack of Luis Suarez, Neymar and Lionel Messi.

Barcelona and Juventus are on the verge of securing notable trebles in the UCL final holding in Berlin later today, as both teams have already secured domestic doubles.

Despite the fact that Barcelona are favorites, Low expects the match to be tight.

“Everyone believes that Barcelona is favourite but it will be very difficult. Juve know how to react to players like Messi, Neymar and Suarez,” Low told Uefa in Berlin.

“Barcelona are in good shape, with no injuries. I think in the end they will prevail narrowly. They are full of world-class players.”

The 2014 World Cup-winning coach went on to add that he is looking forward to an intriguing tactical clash in which both teams will take a very different approach.

“It will be a bit of a struggle of systems,” he said.

“An Italian team with a good defensive organisation against a Spanish team with great offensive quality. Although Juve are a team that don’t only defend – they can attack, too.”

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Bale: I’ll Be At Real Madrid Next Season

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Former Tottenham forward Gareth Bale has maintained that he will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu come next season.

The 25-year-old made a world record transfer to Real Madrid in 2013, worth €100 million. In his first season at Madrid, he won the champions league but has been heavily criticized this season for a series of below par displays.

Despite this though, the Welshman is confident that he will remain at Madrid come next season.

When asked by The Sun if he will be at Real next season, the Welshman replied: “Of course, yes. I’m a Real Madrid player and I’ll carry on as normal. I am enjoying it and hopefully I can continue to.

“I feel settled. I’m looking forward now to playing and winning more trophies. My goal is to keep improving, performing and to win as many titles as I can.”

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Zidane Hopes Morata Does Something Special Against Barcelona

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The man in charge of Real Madrid castilla side, Zinedine Zidane hopes that former Madrid star, Alvaro Morata stars for Juventus in the UCL final.

Morata, left the Los Blancos for Juventus at the start of the season and has helped them to the final in Berlin as he scored in both semifinal legs against his former team.

Zidane is hoping the spanish international will repeat his heroics against the Catalans.

“Alvaro Morata has had a fantastic year. I hope that he does something splendid in the final. They kicked us out of the competition… and now I hope that he can win a Champions League final with Juventus,” Zidane told Marca.

“I’m glad to see Juventus in a final after all the time they have had to suffer without being in one. I played with them for five years and the important thing is that they’re back,” he said.

“I love players such as [Andrea] Pirlo, [Paul] Pogba, [Carlos] Tevez… A final is where you see the truly great players shine.”

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Evra Intends To Shake Hands With Suarez

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Juventus defender, Patrice Evra has said he will shake hands with Barcelona’s forward, Luis Suarez when Juve face Barca in the UCL final, later today.

When both players were in England, Suarez in Liverpool and Evra in United, Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing the Frenchman and received a ban.

Upon Suarez’s return, the Uruguayan snubbed Evra in the pre-match handshakes. Despite the animosity, Evra has said he will shake hands with Suarez.

“I will shake his hand – I am a professional,” the Frenchman told Sky Sports.

“Like I’ve said many times, I’m proud of my colour and it doesn’t matter. I’m playing against Barcelona, I’m not playing just against Luis Suarez.

“Every player in the team, they will feel me, because I will play a really important game.”

Evra also revealed his surprise at the workload expected of players in Italy, insisting he has never felt better.

“It was a shock at the beginning because, to be fair, I did not expect the way Juventus Football Club were working,” the 34-year-old added. “They work really hard.

“I think the training sessions are more difficult than the game. In pre-season I remember the manager [Massimiliano] Allegri always asking me ‘Pat, are you OK’ – I was always saying ‘for the moment I’m still alive’. And it was true, because it was difficult. I’d never worked so hard in my life.

“It’s a great experience because, even for my age now, I feel like I’m more powerful than when I was younger. I qualify myself like a bottle of wine – the more I get older, the more it tastes sweet!”

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Reports: Van Gaal Wants Schweinsteiger

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Manchester United are still looking to bolster their midfield and Van Gaal is looking not just to add quality but experience to their side as Van Gaal is reportedly keen on signing Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Schweinsteiger has suffered with injury challenges this season and his Bayern Munich future has been in doubt and with youngsters like Rode quickly climbing up the ladder at the Allianz Arena, Schweinsteiger could be on his way out. Van Gaal who has worked with Schweinsteiger before, during the Dutchman’s time at Bayern is looking to bring the former Germany international to Manchester and add him to a midfield that has probably seen too much of Rooney this season, something Van Gaal wants to correct. Van Gaal knows that Scheiwsteiger would not be in his long term plans but if he stays fit, he could be very helpful in the short term.

Bastian Schwiensteiger and Bayern Munich have made no comments about the midfielder’s future but according to reports from Munich, Schweinsteiger’s future hangs in the balance.

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Hamilton Crashes In Canada

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Lewis Hamilton was setting the in Canada at the practice run before the formula 1 world champion crashed in his second run during the rain.

Sebastian Vettel took the opportunity to finish with the fastest time and if he repeats that, could start in pole position on Sunday. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Nico Roseberg finished with the fourth fastest time while Hamilton who was well on course to finish with the fastest time went into a tail spin before crashing into the side. Hamilton suffered no serious injuries but no other driver attempted a lap in the rain as it grew heavier.

Hamilton would be looking for a better run on Sunday when the drivers take to the track for the Canadian Grand Prix

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Manchester United Ready To Make Kane Bid

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Manchester United are still looking to bolster their attacking options and the Old Trafford side have made Harry Kane their primary attacking target as the Tottenham breakout star is viewed by Van Gaal as the best attacking option in England.

Manchester United are reportedly willing to use cash, Nani, Chicharito and even Januzaj if need be to bring Tottenham to the negotiation table. Manchester United are reportedly willing to put up 50 million pounds for the Spurs academy graduate. Kane could become the most expensive British player but Tottenham insist he is not for sale. Van Gaal who views Nani and Chicharito as surolus to requirements is also willing to loan out Januzaj out, an option that Tottenham considered in January. Van Persie is also reported to be unsettled at Manchester United as the player revealed that he was in a perculiar situation at Old Trafford. Manchester United would really be desperate to bring in a forward after shedding the 290,000 pounds a week financial weight that was Radamel Falcao.

Even though Tottenham insist thatKane is not for sale at whatever price, we’ve heard the same stories before about Modric and Bale and both players ended up moving so, Manchester United fans would keep their fingers crossed.

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Messi: Friendship The Key To MSN Success

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Messi has credited the friendship Luis Suarez and Neymar enjoy off the pitch for their success on it.

The Barcelona trio; Messi, Suarez and Neymar scored 120 goals between them in a La Liga calendar and broke the record of 118 goals set by Ronaldo, Higuain and Benzema for Madrid in 2011-12 season.

Messi has now chalked the success MSN are enjoying to the friendship they share off the pitch, a friendship that started when Suarez joined from Liverpool.

“We three get along really well, not only on the field but also off it too,” the Argentina international told the Times of India. “I think that if you get along well off the pitch, it makes things easier on the pitch.

“There is an understanding between us which makes it look so easy, but there is a lot of hard work behind it.

“Last year, I had an inconsistent season. I was out for a long time due to injuries and I missed a lot of matches.

“When I returned to the field I never felt right. 2014 was a year I tried to forget quickly and recovered my best form thanks to the joy, hard work and effort that I have always had. Thankfully, now I feel very good.”

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Cleverley Could Join Everton For Free

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Tom Cleverley spent the whole of this season on loan at Aston Villa and is unwilling to return to Manchester United who are also unwilling to keep him and he might be moving to Everton who are keen to have him.

Cleverley was widely regarded as the next Paul Scholes but injuries, a serious deep in form and his subsequent inability to hit the performance levels widely expected of him made him to fall by the way side at Old Trafford. Manchester United shipped him out on loan at the start of the season and he stated then that he had played his last game for Manchester United as he could not forgive the way the fans treated him. One year later, all that has not changed as his gross inconsistency at Aston Villa did nothing to endear him to the Manchester United fans and with Aston Villa unwilling to make a commitment, Everton are preparing to swoop in and land the midfielder for free as his Manchester United contract expires in the summer.

Everton are also considering deals for a few other midfielders and a few other premier league clubs including newly promoted Watford are believed to be interested in Cleverley

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USA Produce Stunning Comeback To Beat Netherlands 4-3

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Guus Hiddink would still be questioning how his side threw away a two goal lead and allowed the United States of America to beat them in an international friendly in Amsterdam yesterday.

The Netherlands started the game on the front foot and in the 27th minute were put ahead by Klaas Jan Huntelaar who rose to meet Memphis Depay’s cross to make it 1-0 bit 5 minutes later, USA were back on level terms as Zardes knocked in a cross from deep by Johnson to make it 1-1. The Netherlands came flying out of the blocks in the second half and Guzan was on hand to keep Van Persie’s header out one minute after the restart. In the 49th minute however, Huntelaar’s header found the back of the net again and this time, Van Der Weil was the supplier and in the 53rd minute, Depay made it 3-1 as he deflected Huntelaar’s shot into the net. Netherlands continued to dominate the match until the 70th minute as Brooks rounded off a superb attacking move to give the Americans hope. Some poor defending by the Dutch following a corner allowed Williams to equalize in the 89th minute. Luke De Jong could have won the game but his shot hit the post in the 90th minute and the Netherlands paid dearly as Wood tapped the ball into the net after Jordan Morris squared the ball into him in the box.

The Netherlands would be hoping for better performances when they resume their Euro qualifiers this month.

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Battle For The Treble: Juve’s Road To Berlin

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For the first time ever, Juventus is about to seal a treble. It will be a dream come true for Allegri’s men, who have worked hard this season. They’ve stamped their dominance on the Serie A. This term, they won the Scudetto and Coppa Italia.

The Bianconeri had a rough start to the UCL in the group stage, but made it through by ten points behind Atletico. The italian team are surprise finalists and the knockout stage showed what they were made of.

Dortmund tasted italian steel when they faced Juve and were dispatched 5-1 on aggregate. Monaco was a tough one in the quarterfinals, but Vidal’s penalty in the first leg was enough, as they went through 1-0 on aggregate. Current UCL holders encountered the Old Lady in the semis and Ronaldo could not save them, as Tevez and former Madrid player, Morata sent them packing on a 3-2 aggregate.

Now Juventus are missing the backbone of their defence, Chiellini and will face Barcelona with a possibly shaky defence.

GROUP STAGE
Juventus 2-0 Malmö
Atlético 1-0 Juventus
Olympiacos 1-0 Juventus
Juventus 3-2 Olympiacos
Malmö 0-2 Juventus
Juventus 0-0 Atlético

ROUND OF 16
Juventus 2-1 Dortmund
Dortmund 0-3 Juventus
Aggregate: 1-5

QUARTER-FINALS
Juventus 1-0 Monaco
Monaco 0-0 Juventus
Aggregate: 0-1

SEMIFINALS
Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid
Real Madrid 1-1 Juventus
Aggregate: 2-3

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Battle For The Treble: Barcelona’s Road To Berlin

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One more trophy remains for Barcelona to seal their treble and mirror their 2009 achievement. The only thing standing between the Catalans and this memorable feat is Serie A champions, Juventus.

Now, this is Barcelona’s journey throughout the competition and how they fared on the road to Berlin.

Barcelona topped group F with 15 points and the only team that rained on their parade, was PSG, who they lost 3-2 to in France on matchday two.

The knockout stage was like cakewalk to the Blaugrana, who dispatched Man. City and beat them home and away despite Hart’s spectacular display. The Catalans recorded a 3-1 win on aggregate.

Barcelona encountered PSG in the quarter-finals, a team that made them sweat in the group stage, but with the help of Suarez, they took out the Ligue 1 champions 5-1 on aggregate.

The semifinals was not meant to be an easy task for Barcelona where they encountered Bayern. Messi’s brilliance shone brighter at Camp Nou, as the Argentine helped Enrique’s men to a 3-0 win at home. At Germany, Bayern’s comeback was put to bed by Neymar’s brace. Barcelona proceeded 5-3 on aggregate.

Injuries have helped Barcelona throughout the knockout stage and that might help them lift the UCL, with Chiellini out of the squad to face Barca due to injury.

GROUP STAGE
Barcelona 1-0 APOEL
Paris 3-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-1 Ajax
Ajax 0-2 Barcelona
APOEL 0-4 Barcelona
Barcelona 3-1 Paris

ROUND OF 16
Man. City 1-2 Barcelona
Barcelona 1-0 Man. City
Aggregate: 3-1

QUARTER-FINALS
Paris 1-3 Barcelona
Barcelona 2-0 Paris
Aggregate: 5-1

SEMIFINALS
Barcelona 3-0 Bayern
Bayern 3-2 Barcelona
Aggregate: 3-5

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Former Rugby Player, Collins And Wife Die In Car Crash

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Jerry Collins, a rugby player who used to play for the Black Cats was killed in a car crash in France earlier today.

Collins who used to represent New Zealand made his name from around 2001 when he made his debut for the Black Cats. Collins, his wife and his daughter were all together in a car when the crash occurred. Both Collins and his wife died following complications resulting from injuries they sustained in the crash while their daughter is currently in critical condition in the hospital.

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Collins who lived in France where he played retired from international rugby in 2008.

 

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Elche Relegated From La Liga Despite Finishing 13th

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Elche had a good season on the pitch as they finished 13th in the la liga but they had a terrible season off the pitch and it has cost them dearly. Elche’s failure to comply with Spanish sporting laws by paying taxes has seen them relegated from the Primera division for next season.

Eibar, who finished 18th and were relegated on the last day of the season would now replace Elche in the la liga next season while Elche have also been fined 180,000 euros for the infractions committed by the Alicante side.

Eibar would count themselves very lucky as they worked hard to remain in the La liga this season. While Elche have appealed the decision to relegate them stating that they would settle all their outstanding debt by the end of July.

 

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Beckenbauer Says The Serie A Is Still Weak, Despite Juve Success

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Franz Beckenbauer is maintaining that the Serie A is still a weak league and Juventus’ success is not a reflection of its strength.

The Bianconeri are on the precipice of sealing their first ever treble, having already won the Coppa Italia and Scudetto when they face Barcelona in the UCL final.

However, Beckenbauer who once played and coached Bayern Munich has insisted that the progress of the Turin side is not a reflection of Italian football.

“I wouldn’t go as far as to say this is a renaissance for Serie A. Italian football has been weakening for some time,” the 69-year-old told Bild. “That fact cannot be hidden behind the success of Juve, who are the only top international team in Italy.

“Spain is clearly the best European league, and Sevilla also won the Europa League. I’d say the Bundesliga is in second place, closely followed by the Premier League. Italy and France are about even in fourth.”

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