Super League announcement opens unprecedented conflict in European football

A planned breakaway Super League announced by twelve of European football’s most powerful clubs and backed by US investment bank JPMorgan was roundly condemned by fans and federations across the continent on Monday, with UEFA meeting to hold crisis talks over the threat posed to its flagship competitions. Source link

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PSG show their mettle with biggest Champions League scalp

Paris Saint-Germain’s relationship with the Champions League over the last decade has been fraught with disappointment and littered with spectacular defeats, but an aggregate victory against holders Bayern Munich is the most significant of the Qatar era as they aim to finally get their hands on the trophy. Source link

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Champions League knockout stages begin under Covid cloud and with wind of change blowing

This week the glamour of a tie between Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain heralds the dawn of the Champions League knockout phase, but the world’s most lucrative and compelling club competition returns still overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis as well as by looming changes to the tournament itself. Source link

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Breakaway European Super League ‘would not be recognised’ by FIFA

FIFA has gone on the offensive amid ongoing speculation about a European Super League, insisting that any breakaway by leading clubs “would not be recognised by either FIFA or the respective confederation” while players would risk being banned from the World Cup and other major tournaments if involved. Source link

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Neymar defends walkout in racism row as PSG and Basaksehir complete suspended match

Paris Saint-Germain and Istanbul Basaksehir played their Champions League match to a conclusion on Wednesday, 24 hours after it had been suspended, with Neymar scoring a hat-trick before saying both teams had felt compelled to make a stand against racism in what was an unprecedented protest over an alleged comment by an official. Source link

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Anthony Martial, the down-to-earth kid who became a Man Utd star

Anthony Martial became the world’s most expensive teenager when he joined Manchester United from Monaco in 2015, but as the forward returns to his native France for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain, the residents of his hometown speak not of an international star but of a young man who has never let fame […]

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