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Champions League roundup: Ajax hopes in balance after Apoel scare

Mazraoui sent off during edgy 0-0 draw in NicosiaSlavia Prague and Club Brugge on course for group stageAjax face a fight to qualify for the Champions League group stage after they clung on for a tense 0-0 draw in searing heat away to Apoel Nicosia in …

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Nicholas Ioannou: ‘I’d love to play in front of a full house at Old Trafford’

Apoel Nicosia defender, whose side face Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday, dreams of returning to Manchester United where he was reserve-team captainNicholas Ioannou’s name gives away his nationality but the moment he opens his mouth, allowing hi…

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Porto dumped out, Ajax edge through on night of Champions League drama

Porto beaten by Russia’s Krasnodar on away goalsDusan Tadic penalties help Ajax squeeze past PAOKPorto were dumped out of the Champions League by Russian side Krasnodar on a dramatic night of qualifiers, with Ajax coming from behind to edge out PAOK Sa…

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Celtic crash out of Champions League as Romanians Cluj silence Parkhead

Neil Lennon bemoaned a “wasted” first half and some self-destructive defending after his Celtic side crashed out of the Champions League.Celtic were heading out on away goals before George Tucudean netted with the last kick of the ball to seal a 4-3 wi…

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Celtic crash out of Champions League as Romanians Cluj silence Parkhead

Neil Lennon bemoaned a “wasted” first half and some self-destructive defending after his Celtic side crashed out of the Champions League.Celtic were heading out on away goals before George Tucudean netted with the last kick of the ball to seal a 4-3 wi…

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Champions League and Carabao Cup updates: football clockwatch – live!

Celtic v Cluj, Salford City v Leeds and moreLive scores – follow all the goals as they go inEmail Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.50pm BST Rotherham have raced into a 2-0 lead at Shrewsbury, with only three minutes played. Kyle Vassell with the second …

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Xabi Alonso: ‘When I finished playing, I could not leave football behind’

As he prepares for his managerial debut, Alonso looks back on special times at Real Sociedad, Liverpool and Real MadridBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkI knew about Liverpool, but I didn’t know that much. I didn’t know about the magi…

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Xabi Alonso: ‘When I finished playing, I could not leave football behind’

As he prepares for his managerial debut, Alonso looks back on special times at Real Sociedad, Liverpool and Real MadridBy The Coaches’ Voice for the Guardian Sport NetworkI knew about Liverpool, but I didn’t know that much. I didn’t know about the magi…

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Neil Lennon wary of Romanians’ threat in Champions League qualifier

• Champions make free-scoring start to season• Cluj manager claims referees favour CelticCeltic’s manager, Neil Lennon, feels there are plenty of areas his team can exploit in theTuesday’s Champions League second leg against Cluj after they drew 1-1 in…

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PSG would cope without Neymar but would French football suffer?

Neymar’s popularity in Paris has plummeted but his presence still attracts attention, TV viewers and money for Ligue 1 clubsBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsNeymar’s absence from PSG’s first game of the season against Nîmes on S…

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Neil Lennon hopes to reinvest Kieran Tierney cash in Celtic squad

• Left-back Tierney set for Scottish record £25m switch to Arsenal• Celtic draw with Cluj in Romania in Champions League qualifierNeil Lennon hopes he will be given Kieran Tierney’s record £25m transfer fee to reinvest in his Celtic squad.The Hoops bos…

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Ajax start the Champions League in the third qualifying round. Is that fair? | Simon Burnton

Uefa’s calculation of coefficients penalises good teams in weak leagues and takes into account matches played six years agoAjax were one of the most entertaining and successful sides of the Champions League last season, beating Real Madrid and Juventus…

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Celtic to face Romanian side Cluj after seeing off Nomme Kalju

• Nomme Kalju 0-2 Celtic (Celtic win 7-0 on agg)• Romanian side Cluj next up in Champions LeagueNeil Lennon saluted another professional performance after Celtic completed their Tallin job and moved a step closer to the group stages of the Champions Le…

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Gareth Bale’s highs and lows at Real Madrid – video report

After six years in the Spanish capital Gareth Bale’s days at Real Madrid look to be over, with Zinedine Zidane saying the Welsh winger can leave the club. Here is a look at the highs and lows from his time at the club where he won four Champions League…

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Neil Lennon tips Leigh Griffiths to make major Celtic impact after personal issues

• Griffiths makes competitive return in 2-1 win over Sarajevo• Celtic next face Estonia’s Nomme Kalju in Champions LeagueNeil Lennon senses Leigh Griffiths will make a major contribution for Celtic after the striker completed his comeback against Saraj…

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Manchester City are favourites to win the Champions League. But should they be? | Paul Wilson

City are serial winners with a great manager and squad but their short price is unusual when they have never reached the finalThe second week of Wimbledon is probably far too early to be thinking about football and what may happen at the business end o…

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Celtic battle back to beat Sarajevo in Champions League qualifier

• Sarajevo 1-3 Celtic• Oremus 29 | Johnston 35, Édouard 51, Sinclair 85Celtic came from behind to beat Sarajevo in the first leg of their Champions League first qualifying round tie after the Scottish champions were stunned when Mirko Oremus opened the…

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From the war to Vincent Tan: the history that shaped FK Sarajevo

Club face Celtic in a Champions League qualifier on Tuesday aiming to, for one night, put smiles back on their fans’ facesFor the majority of Celtic fans travelling to the Champions League qualifier in Sarajevo on Tuesday, this will be just another fun…

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Lars Ricken: ‘We love to see Dortmund coaches develop – even at other clubs’

Lars Ricken made his Borussia Dortmund debut 25 years ago and never left. He is now shaping the club’s academyBy Alex Clapham for Caño FootballAs an evening filled with whimsical stories about Jürgen Klopp’s antics draws to a close, I try to pay the bi…

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Celtic’s Champions League campaign to kick off against Sarajevo

• Scottish champions at home in first leg; Linfield draw Rosenborg• Dundalk v Riga; the New Saints face preliminary round winnersCeltic will open their Champions League qualifying campaign against Bosnian side Sarajevo.Neil Lennon’s side will play a si…