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Real Madrid And Barcelona Dominate UEFA’s 2016 Team Of The Year

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 03: Lionel Messi (C) of Barcelona competes for the ball against Luka Modric (L) and Mateo Kovacic (R) of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on December 3, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

UEFA have officially announced the results of their Team of the Year poll for 2016. Fans were asked to vote for their best elevens from the twelve months just gone, the overall result of which UEFA have now made public. As expected, Champions League winners Real Madrid have the most players included in the lineup, with four of Zinedine Zidane’s …

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UEFA Set To Change Champions League Kick-Off Times [Report]

PARIS - MARCH 10: The New Champions League Trophy is seen on display during the UEFA Champions League Trophy Handover & Draw at The Hotel de Ville on March 10, 2006 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

UEFA are set to implement a massive change in Champions League scheduling from the 2018/19 season, according to a report in Marca on Friday. Games commencing at 7.45 (UK and Ireland time) have become a staple of the competition, but the Spanish publication are reporting that European football’s governing body are to stagger the matches on each match night in …

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Our ‘Best Eleven’ From UEFA’s 40-Man Team Of The Year Shortlist

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Lionel Messi of Barcelona (R) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Luis Suarez of Barcelona (L) during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and FC Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

UEFA has announced its 40-man shortlist for 2016’s Team of the Year. As well as the usual suspects from giants Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, this year sees a strong Premier League contingent with Laurent Koscielny, Joe Allen, Kevin De Bruyne, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Dimitri Payet Riyad Mahrez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sánchez all seeing their …

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Opinion: Why International Football Is Not Actually In As Much Trouble As Fans Think

Always the man to address the hot button topics, Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher wrote an interesting piece in his Daily Mail column this week about the state of international football. The basic tenor of the article was that the World Cup qualifying rounds no longer have any value and, after two weeks of dross, now the “real” football can re-commence. Of course, …

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Opinion: Expanding The World Cup Further Would Be A Disaster

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 18, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has proposed expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. According to the BBC, Mr Infantino has suggested that 16 of these countries would be eliminated after a preliminary knockout round. This would ruin the World Cup. 32 teams at a World Cup finals is more than enough. As far as the beautiful game is concerned, the …

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Opinion: Europa League Safety Net Must Be Removed

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Sevilla players celebrate with the Europa League trophy at the award ceremoy after the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

If ever there was a football competition that needed an overhaul, surely it’s the Europa League. Europe’s secondary club football tournament, formerly the UEFA Cup and also an amalgamation of the old Cup Winners’ Cup, is now in its eight season under its current moniker. Between the qualifying rounds, groups stages, knockout stages, quarter-finals, semi-finals and eventually a final at …

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Opinion: Barcelona, Celtic And The Ominous Rise Of Football Capitalism

BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 13: Lionel Messi of Barcelona celebreates scoring his third and his sides fifth goal with team mates during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at Camp Nou on September 13, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

“There was no battling whatsoever. The scoreline talks for itself at the end of the day. It was pretty much men against boys.” Celtic’s Scott Brown talking during the week. Well, he had a point. I mean Barcelona 7-0 Celtic was men against boys. It’s admirable that Scott would admit that. Except for the fact he wasn’t talking about Barcelona against Celtic. …

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Arsenal Cannot Appeal Olivier Giroud’s Red Card Against Paris Saint-Germain

Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League

Olivier Giroud faces a ban after being sent off last night. Olivier Giroud was rightly angered last night, after being sent off following a controversial incident with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti. Already carrying a yellow card, Giroud challenged the Italian midfielder for possession, after which Verratti dramatically fell to the floor. The PSG player quickly began protesting in the direction of the referee, before Marquinhos …

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Wenger Dramatically Snubs Mourinho At UEFA HQ Reigniting Bitter Rivalry

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reignited his long-standing rivalry with Jose Mourinho at a high-profile managers conference in at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. As reported by Marca, Mourinho was the very last manager to arrive as Sir Alex Ferguson prepared to deliver his welcome speech to the waiting masses in a group which included France legend and current Real …

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Criminal Investigation Launched Into Franz Beckenbauer And His Involvement In ’06 World Cup

Franz Beckenbauer receives the FIFA Presential award 2012 trophy by Joseph Blatter

In what could be yet another development that tarnishes the reputation of FIFA and football generally, German legend Franz Beckenbauer is the subject of a Swiss criminal investigation that centres around the manner with which Germany secured hosting rights for the 2006 World Cup. The BBC have reported that, ‘As members of that cup’s organising committee, they are suspected of …

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Opinion: Champions League Restructuring – UEFA Bends To Will Of Big Four

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JULY 19: A UEFA Champions League draw ball is being prepared backstage prior to the UEFA Champions League Q3 qualifying round draw rehearsal on July 19, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

UEFA have taken the rather baffling decision of amending the qualification process for the Champions League from next season.  The top four leagues (currently Spain, Germany, England and Italy in that order) will qualify four teams automatically through to the group stages taking half of all the positions available without the risk of entering a play off. Many people will shrug their shoulders …

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Champions League Group Stage Draw: Dream Group For Leicester, While Pep Returns To Barça

NYON, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 24: The draw ball await during the UEFA Champions League Q2 qualifying round draw at the UEFA headquarters on June 24, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

The draw for the Champions League group stage took place in Monaco this evening, and has thrown up a number of very interesting match-ups. Premier League champions Leicester City were guaranteed a top seed entry, meaning they would avoid the heavy hitters but could still have potentially faced the likes of Atlético Madrid or Borussia Dortmund. As it turned out, …

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UEFA Announces Ten-Man ‘Best Player In Europe’ Shortlist

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 06: Gareth Bale of Wales and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal embrace after the UEFA EURO 2016 semi final match between Portugal and Wales at Stade des Lumieres on July 6, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez are among the nominees for the UEFA Best Player in Europe award. The three La Liga-based superstars are among the ten-man shortlist announced by the organisation this morning, but there is no place on the list for Brazilian international Neymar. Following (but not limited to) their Euro 2016 heroics, Portugal’s Pepe and Antoine Griezmann …

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Why Stones’ Reported £53m Move Shows Everything Wrong With The Transfer Market

BARNSLEY, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: John Stones of Everton applauds the fans after the Capital One Cup second round match between Barnsley and Everton at Oakwell Stadium on August 26, 2015 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

With many news agencies reporting that Manchester City are planning to sign John Stones from Everton for whopping £53 million, fans of the Premier League have been given a clear indication of just how ridiculous money in football – and particularly England – has become. A record £5.1 billion will be paid for Premier League TV rights in the new cycle, meaning clubs will earn …

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