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Jose Mourinho had described Roma as "a giant club" lacking a trophy room to match the team's social dimension and passionate fan base.Well, the Giallorossi claimed their first European title in more than six decades on Wednesday night to crown Mourinho's first season coaching in the Italian capital.
Barcelona manager Xavi hailed the talent of Central Coast Mariners youngster Garang Kuol following his stirring cameo against the Catalan giants.Kuol was part of the A-Leagues All Stars coached by Dwight Yorke that went down in a spirited 3-2 defeat at Sydney's Accor Stadium on Wednesday.
Barcelona survived a mighty scare as they were forced to come from behind to claim a 3-2 friendly victory against the A-League All Stars.In front of 70,174 fans - mostly of a Barcelona persuasion - the Dwight Yorke-coached All Stars claimed an unlikely 2-1 lead in the second half before being pegged back twice in the final 20 minutes on Wednesday.
Liverpool coach Juergen Klopp will not be thinking about his side's 2018 final defeat to Real Madrid when he comes up against the record 13-times winners again in Saturday's Champions League showpiece.Liverpool lost 3-1 to Madrid in Kiev in 2018 with German goalkeeper Loris Karius suffering a nightmare game.
Chelsea super striker Sam Kerr has won the Women's Super League Player of the Year award to cap off a memorable season.The Matildas captain was the firm favourite to take out the gong after being named the UK Football Writers' top player last month.
Benched for Melbourne City's breakthrough A-League Men grand final win, Ben Garuccio wants to play a key role in ensuring Western United emulate that feat.Garuccio won the premiership-championship double last season as Scott Jamieson's deputy then moved across town in search of more game time.
Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp has been named League Managers' Association Manager of the Year and also collected the Premier League award at a gala dinner in London on Tuesday evening.The Reds won both the Carabao Cup and FA Cup after beating Chelsea on penalties at Wembley on each occasion - but saw Manchester City finish a point ahead of them to claim the Premier League title on a dramatic final day of the campaign.
Roman Abramovich's 19 years as Chelsea owner is close to ending after the British government approved the sale of the Premier League club to a consortium fronted by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly.The UK Government has announced it has reached a position where it can issue a licence that permits the sale of Chelsea.
Dwight Yorke begins his managerial career on Wednesday night with arguably the biggest task in world football, defeating FC Barcelona.Yorke has been named coach of the A-League All Stars side that will come out of hibernation for the first time since 2014 at Sydney's Accor Stadium.
Real Madrid assistant coach Davide Ancelotti says Mohamed Salah's desire for Champions League final revenge is understandable, but he has warned Liverpool the Spanish giants "never give up".The clubs meet in Paris on Saturday in a repeat of the 2018 final, which Real won 3-1 in Kiev after Salah was forced off in the first half with a dislocated shoulder.
A star-studded FC Barcelona side have landed in Sydney and while they are here for a fly-in, fly-out game against the A-League All Stars, manager Xavi says he isn't using the game as an end-of-season holiday.Barca play a team coached by Dwight Yorke on Wednesday night at Accor Stadium, where the attendance is expected to break the record for a crowd in Sydney after the pandemic.
Attacking midfielder Reno Piscopo will be wearing new colours next A-League Men season after leaving Wellington.The 23-year-old, who was part of Graham Arnold's Olyroos squad at the Tokyo Games, has decided to join an undisclosed ALM rival having played the last three years with the Phoenix.
A-League Men games record holder Nikolai Topor-Stanley's bid to play in a fifth grand final has fallen at the last hurdle, with the Western United defender unable to overcome a foot injury in time to face Melbourne City.Topor-Stanley, 37, has played in a losing team in four grand finals, three at Western Sydney and one at Newcastle.
Socceroos goalkeeper Maty Ryan is confident taking the hard road to Qatar won't derail Australia's bid to reach a fifth straight World Cup finals.The Socceroos are just weeks away from learning if they'll be at this year's World Cup in November with the last spots for the 32-nation tournament to be decided via playoffs next month.
Matildas defender Ellie Carpenter faces a race against time to be fit and firing for Australia's Women's World Cup tilt on home soil after scans confirmed she ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament in the UEFA Women's Champions League final.Carpenter suffered the injury 13 minutes into Lyon's 3-1 victory over Barcelona in Turin and was taken off on a stretcher before later celebrating on crutches with her leg in a brace.
Former Asian player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman has been recalled to the United Arab Emirates national team for the first time in two-and-a-half years as the country prepares for their World Cup playoff against Australia next month.Abdulrahman, who was named the continent's best player in 2016, was included in coach Rodolfo Arruabarrena's 30-man squad for the game against the Socceroos on June 7 in Doha after a return to form for club side Shabab Al Ahli.
Long-serving executive Adam Santo has been named as Sydney FC's new chief executive officer, replacing Danny Townsend at the helm of the A-League club.Santo has been with the Sky Blues for nine years in various positions including the chief financial officer and chief operating officer.
For the first time in their storied history, FC Barcelona will play in Australia on Wednesday night as part of a fly-in fly-out tour down under.The Catalan giants land in Sydney on a charter flight in the early hours of Tuesday morning before a game against the revived A-League All Stars at Sydney's Accor Stadium.
Jason Cummings says he's still not had any contact from Socceroos coach Graham Arnold ahead of crunch World Cup qualifiers for Australia next month.Cummings, who joined the Central Coast Mariners midway through the A-League Men season, has regularly stated his ambition to represent Australia.
Jurgen Klopp has said he is proud but disappointed after seeing his Liverpool side miss out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.A rollercoaster afternoon saw the Reds' fans buoyed by City's struggles against Aston Villa while they willed their side to find a way to defeat Wolves after conceding an early goal.
Manchester City have apologised to Robin Olsen and vowed to indefinitely ban the fan who attacked Aston Villa's goalkeeper during a pitch invasion at the Etihad.Villa boss Steven Gerrard, when asked if everyone got off the pitch OK, said: "The answer is no.
Olivier Giroud has scored twice as Milan ended an 11-year wait to win the Serie A title with a 3-0 win at Sassuolo.Milan only needed a point at the Mapei Stadium on the final day of the season to dethrone city rivals Inter and they made it mission accomplished in style.
Burnley have been relegated from the Premier League after a late fightback was not enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle and their former boss Eddie Howe.The Clarets had looked down and out after Callum Wilson punished an inexplicable Nathan Collins handball from the penalty spot.
Manchester City have staged a sensational comeback from 2-0 down to retain the Premier League title with a dramatic 3-2 win over Aston Villa.Needing to win to be assured of holding off Liverpool, City were in danger of blowing it as Matty Cash and former Reds star Philippe Coutinho struck at the Etihad Stadium.
Adelaide United hope they can find a way to prolong brilliant winger Craig Goodwin's stay in his home town when they attempt to kick on in the A-League Men next season.The Reds' season came to a close with a 2-1 loss to Melbourne City in Sunday's semi-final second leg.