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Real Madrid v Liverpool: Champions League final 2018 – live!

Champions League final updates from the 7.45pm BST kick-offA dentist agent, Messi the dog … meet the teams for KievAnd you can email your thoughts to rob.smyth@theguardian.com 5.19pm BST A bit more pre-match reading Here’s Sid Lowe on pantomime villain…

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Wolfsburg Women v Lyon Féminin: Women’s Champions League final — live!

Live updates from the final in Kiev (KO, 5pm BST)Lucy Bronze targets Champions League glory with LyonEmail or tweet Simon your thoughts 4.05pm BST The team sheets are in, and look like this:So starten unsere Wölfinnen ins #UWCLfinal gegen @OL! #WOBOLY…

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‘It can’t be true’: Parma return to Serie A after three straight promotions

Parma were declared bankrupt and relegated to Serie D in 2015. Now the club is ‘back where we belong’By Yousef Teclab for The Gentleman UltraIt took the court just 10 minutes to declare Parma FC bankrupt in March 2015. The quick decision ended months o…

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It’s the Adam and Erics 2018! The complete review of the Ligue 1 season

Luiz Gustavo, Neymar, Nabil Fékir and a suspended referee are among the big winners in our end-of-season awards By Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsIn many respects, the 2017-18 Ligue 1 campaign represented a return to business as …

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Ever wondered why La Liga’s top goalscorer wins ‘the Pichichi’?

Pichichi was more than a great goalscorer who died before his time. He was a law student, an Athletic Bilbao legend, an Olympian, a referee and a man who ‘lived life on the edge’By Dan Parry for These Football TimesIn most leagues the name of the troph…

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Has one league ever dominated European football like La Liga? | The Knowledge

Plus: the team that hit the woodwork seven times in a game; and did Real Madrid really sack a manager after winning the European Cup? Mail us here or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU“Atlético Madrid’s win against Marseille in the Europa League final means eight …

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Marseille suffer second Champions League heartbreak in four days

Marseille had to beat Atlético Madrid in the Europa League final or finish third in Ligue 1 to qualify for the Champions League. They did neither but should still be proud of their seasonBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMarseill…

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Lazio’s late implosion against Inter could haunt the club for years to come | Paolo Bandini

Inter-bound Stefan De Vrij was at the centre of a wild collapse as Lazio surrendered a Champions League place to InterStefan De Vrij folded himself up small and hid his face underneath a training top, but he could not stop the cameras from honing in on…

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Fernando Torres takes his leave as Atlético Madrid’s historic memory | Sid Lowe

This time it really was the end for The Kid, taking his final bow with Atlético on an emotional evening at the WandaDefeat hit hard and so did the coach, apportioning blame and pointing the finger; they had let everyone down, he said. It was 2001, Spai…

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Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri hints at exit amid Chelsea link

Sarri has been linked with the Chelsea jobNapoli finished second in Serie A with 91 pointsMaurizio Sarri has dropped a strong hint that his time at Napoli is drawing to a close amid reports suggesting he will leave the Serie A club.The 59-year-old coac…

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Fernando Torres marks Atlético Madrid farewell with two goals against Eibar

• Striker captains Atléti in final game for the club• Torres departs after 128 goals in 404 matches over two spellsFernando Torres brought the curtain down on his Atlético Madrid career with two goals but it was not to be a victorious farewell as Eibar…

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John Bostock: ‘You see life differently when you’re that close to death’

The former Crystal Palace prodigy, now playing in Turkey, tells how surviving a horrific crash gave him a broader perspective on his life and careerFootballers enjoy privileges that few can aspire to but for John Bostock the simple pleasure of being al…

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John Bostock: ‘You see life differently when you’re that close to death’

The former Crystal Palace prodigy, now playing in Turkey, tells how surviving a horrific crash gave him a broader perspective on his life and careerFootballers enjoy privileges that few can aspire to but for John Bostock the simple pleasure of being al…

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Milan’s Suso: ‘I feel like I am only at 70% of what I can achieve’

The forward talks about the shock of arriving in England as a 16-year-old, having Gennaro Gattuso as his manager and playing for Liverpool again one dayWhen Suso arrived in Italy to sign for Milan, in January 2015, there were no fans or journalists at …

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Eintracht Frankfurt deny Bayern Munich the double in DFB-Pokal final

• Game was Eintracht manager’s last before taking over at Bayern• Real Madrid finish third in La Liga after draw with VillarealNiko Kovac left Eintracht Frankfurt the perfect parting gift with victory against his future employers Bayern Munich in the D…

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Parma return to Serie A after late drama seals third successive promotion

• Win at Spezia seals top-flight spot three years after bankruptcy• Captain Alessandro Lucarelli: ‘It can’t be real, it’s impossible’Parma will return to the Serie A next season just three years after bankruptcy, after a 2-0 win at Spezia on Friday – a…

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Bojan Krkic: ‘I had anxiety attacks but no one wants to talk about that. Football’s not interested’

The forward, who scored 900 goals for Barcelona’s youth teams and was labelled the ‘New Messi’, opens up on how the huge expectations affected him“I have a problem,” Bojan Krkic says, edging forward on the sofa. “I love football, it’s my life.” Outside…

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Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus after 17 years – video

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is to leave Juventus after a highly successful 17-year relationship with the club. After his last match this Saturday he will evaluate the ‘proposals and inspiring challenges’ he has received and will next week decid…

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Arsenal were close to signing Ronaldo and tried to sign Messi, says Wenger

• Arsène Wenger reflects on how he tried to sign both in 2003• ‘Ronaldo was very close. Messi didn’t work because of agents’Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could have played together at Arsenal had things worked out differently.Arsène Wenger, who to…

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Gianluigi Buffon to leave Juventus but is considering ‘interesting proposals’

Keeper to end 17-year stay after ‘wonderful adventure’Buffon set to defer retirement after Juve departureItaly’s talismanic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon will play his last match for Juventus after 17 years at the club when they host Verona in Serie A on…