Thursday 7 May 2015

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COMMENT: The Fiorentina boss has quickly carved out a reputation for himself as one of the continent's top young coaches and is now in with a chance of a Europa League crown

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COMMENT: The 31-year-old could not make it off the bench for Argentina at the World Cup but could end a 50-year wait for his country's goalkeepers in European competitions

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PROFILE: The 19-year-old Ukrainian has played a prominent role in his side's run to the Europa League semi-finals and is now ready to take on Napoli for a place in Warsaw

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Here's a look at the best and the worst as the defending I-League champions registered their first victory over the Kolkata giants in five matches...

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COMMENT: The Argentine attacker made the difference with two wonderful goals late in the game that have swung the tie very much in Barcelona's favour

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COMMENT: The Germans found no answer to the Argentine genius on a night when the absence of key players proved too great a hurdle

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Two goals from the imperious Lionel Messi and a stoppage-time nail in the coffin from a calm and composed Neymar put one Blaugrana foot in the Champions League final

Wednesday 6 May 2015

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With the Chelsea man absent from the Copa America squad through injury, an opportunity to impress on the left has presented itself

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DOSSIER: The Welshman was massively criticised for his display against Juventus, but critics ignore his recent injury setback, unfamiliar role and otherwise strong form this term

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COMMENT: The Barca boss was heavily criticised for making constant changes earlier in the season, but his policy has left the squad fresh and firing when it matters most

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COMMENT: The Catalan coached his boyhood club to the treble in 2009 but just reaching the final with Bayern this season would be more significant

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COMMENT: Pep returns on Wednesday to the club he graced as both player and coach - and the team he shaped into the finest footballing side in the modern era

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COMMENT: The former Madrid front man haunted his old side with an excellent display in attack as the Serie A champions won in Turin

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Goal took in the action in Turin, where the home side dug deep to protect their narrow advantage, frustrating los Blancos in the second half and securing a lead for the second leg

Tuesday 5 May 2015

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This extract from Andrea Pirlo's autobiography, 'I think therefore I play', looks at how the World Cup winner came close to signing for Juventus' Champions League opponents