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  • Manchester United fans give Mourinho cautious welcome

    Manchester United fans welcomed Jose Mourinho's appointment as the club's new manager on Friday but said the pressure was now on to deliver quick results for a team whose recent form has been lacklustre. "I think the new manager will bring a bit more flair into United," said Peter Davy, standing…

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  • Manchester United anoint 'supercoach' Mourinho

    Manchester United on Friday anointed Jose Mourinho as their third new manager in less than three years in their bid to reinstate the club as a title-winning force in England and Europe. After three days of talks, Mourinho agreed a three-year contract on a bumper salary reportedly worth more than…

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  • Torres ready to eclipse Chelsea title feat

    Fernando Torres is dreaming of eclipsing his Champions League triumph with Chelsea and making history for the second time in the competition by leading Atletico Madrid to victory over Real Madrid on Saturday. Torres won the elite European title with the London side in 2012 when they beat Bayern…

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  • Mourinho is United's biggest ever signing: former CEO Kenyon

    Jose Mourinho is the biggest signing Manchester United have ever made, former United and Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon said on Friday. Kenyon, who now works as an advisor for Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid, was the man who first brought Mourinho into soccer as Chelsea manager in…

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  • Atletico not thinking of cruel past in rerun of 2014 final

    With the pain still fresh in their minds, Atletico Madrid has an added motivation for Saturday's Champions League final rematch against Real Madrid. Atletico was on the verge of claiming Europe's premier club competition in 2014 when Madrid equalized in stoppage time and went on to win 4-1. ''The…

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  • Mourinho and Man Utd go in search of Midas touch

    In accepting the challenge of attempting to drag Manchester United out of the doldrums, Jose Mourinho will also seek to restore gloss to his own tainted reputation. The brash 53-year-old Portuguese is a serial winner, having notably won eight league titles and two Champions Leagues, but Chelsea's…

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  • Serial winner Mourinho hired to revive fading Man United

    Manchester United needed a serial winner to restore the team's status as a European powerhouse. Jose Mourinho craved an iconic stage like Old Trafford to remind the world of his rare talent as a coach. United announced the long-awaited hiring of Mourinho on a three-year deal, ushering in an…

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  • Mourinho takes a risk on the 'mystique' of Manchester

    Jose Mourinho talks bluntly, wins big and then everything seems to go wrong. Taking on what he called the "mystique" and "romance" of Manchester United adds to one of the most most stellar CVs in football. Mourinho has been ordered out or walked out in various ways when ambition or tensions have…

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  • Mourinho and Guardiola set for first faceoff in Beijing

    By Steve Tongue LONDON (Reuters) - The new managers of Manchester United and Manchester City will face an early confrontation when the teams meet in a friendly in Beijing on July 25. Jose Mourinho, officially confirmed as United boss on Friday, and old adversary Pep Guardiola, who is replacing…

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  • Jose Mourinho facing lengthy to-do list at Man United

    Jose Mourinho has a lengthy to-do list after taking over at Manchester United. The team has deficiencies in key areas - notably up front and in central midfield - and Mourinho must decide what the future holds for captain Wayne Rooney, a striker now seemingly more at home in midfield. Other…

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  • Cristiano Ronaldo's unusual role for Real Madrid in Champions League final

    As strange as it sounds, Cristiano Ronaldo could be the X-factor for Real Madrid against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final.

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  • Mourinho set to take control at United

    Jose Mourinho was expected to join Manchester United on Friday after drawn-out negotiations, marrying one of the world's richest clubs with one of the most successful -- and outspoken -- managers. Mourinho has been in talks with United since Louis van Gaal's sacking on Monday and British media…

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  • Champions League final in Milan highlights Serie A's crisis

    AC Milan failed to qualify for Europe for a third straight season and club president Silvio Berlusconi is in negotiations to sell a majority stake in the club to a group of Chinese investors. Inter Milan will miss out on the Champions League for a fifth straight season and is scrambling to avoid…

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  • Bale finally at home with Real Madrid stardom

    On the eve of his second Champions League final since joining Real Madrid, Welsh star Gareth Bale admitted he is more at home with the fame and demands at the world's richest club. Bale's time in the Spanish capital has been marked by severe highs and lows. A series of frustrating injuries…

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  • Eyes on 11th Champions League crown, insists Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo insists personal goals will be put to one side as Real Madrid seek to embellish their incredible European record with victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday. Ronaldo, a three-time world player of the year, has never scored a goal at the San Siro…

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  • Man Utd boss Mourinho boasts 'big clubs need big managers'

    Jose Mourinho boasted that giant clubs needed the best managers as he took over at Manchester United on Friday. Mourinho said he wanted to bury the past three years at Old Trafford, which saw David Moyes and then his own mentor Louis van Gaal struggle to emulate the title-studded success achieved…

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  • Champions League final forecast: The rising storm of Fernando Torres?

    The striker that everyone had written off has remarkably played his way into another Champions League final.

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  • Why the Champions League final is a much bigger deal than the Super Bowl

    Globally, the title game of club soccer's biggest tournament dwarfs the NFL's Super Sunday in multiple ways.

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  • In Jose Mourinho, Manchester United hired the wrong man for the job

    United needs a certain type of coach if it is ever going to be dominant again, but it's not Jose Mourinho.

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  • Lyon seal third women's Champions League title

    Lyon claimed their third women's Champions League title on Thursday with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Wolfsburg after the final finished 1-1 in Reggio Emilia. Norwegian Ada Hederberg gave the French side a 12th-minute lead, but OL failed to put the game to bed and Germany international…

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