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  • Victorious Real Madrid get heroes welcome in Spanish capital

    Thousands of Real Madrid fans chanted and waved supporter scarves under a rain of confetti on Sunday in the Spanish capital as the team returned home after an historic 11th European Cup win. "How can I not love you!," shouted the ecstatic crowd at the Plaza de Cibeles -- a traditional meeting…

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  • 11th European crown caps rollercoaster Real season

    A season that promised so little when Zinedine Zidane took charge of a beleaguered Real Madrid less than five months ago ended beyond even the richest club in the world's wildest dreams with an 11th European Cup win in Milan. Cristiano Ronaldo struck the winning penalty in a shootout to cap a…

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  • Real fans celebrate 11th European crown in divided Madrid

    Real Madrid fans descended into the streets of the Spanish capital in the early hours of Sunday morning to celebrate a historic 11th European Cup win after beating local rivals Atletico Madrid on penalties. "The 11th is here," fans chanted with many expected to wait for their heroes to return from…

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  • Bale alright on the night as Ronaldo fails to shine

    Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines with the winning kick in a penalty shootout in the Champions League final, more than compensating for what was a quiet game by his standards. Ronaldo's decisive spot kick in the shootout gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties over city rival Atletico…

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  • Ramos hails team-maker Zidane

    Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos paid tribute to coach Zinedine Zidane's inspirational qualities after the Spanish giants were crowned kings of Europe for the 11th time. Real claimed their second Champions League trophy in three years thanks to a 5-3 penalty shoot-out victory over Atletico Madrid…

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  • Ronaldo strikes shoot-out winner as Real crowned kings of Europe

    Cristiano Ronaldo added the finishing touches as Real Madrid were crowned kings of Europe for an 11th time with a 5-3 penalties victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final. Two years after reviving Real's bid for a 10th title, captain Sergio Ramos struck the opener after just 15…

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  • The biggest winner of Real Madrid's Champions League final triumph

    Rookie manager Zinedine Zidane successfully silenced his critics by leading Real Madrid to its 11th European crown.

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  • Player, assistant, head coach: Zidane wins every which way

    Already one of the greatest players in the history of football, it turns out Zinedine Zidane makes the right moves on the touchline, too. Less than five months after taking over a squad in disarray under Rafa Benitez, Zidane has brought Real Madrid back to its accustomed place atop European…

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  • Zidane lavishes praise on 'team player' Ronaldo

    By Brian Homewood MILAN (Reuters) - Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane lavished praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after the three-times world player of the year appeared to struggle through the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on Saturday. Ronaldo was subdued for long spells but fired home…

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  • Simeone says future uncertain after painful final loss

    By Richard Martin MILAN (Reuters) - A downbeat Diego Simeone did not confirm whether he wanted to continue as Atletico Madrid coach on Saturday after suffering a second agonizing Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in three years. Simeone, who has won every major trophy with Atletico in…

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  • Ramos is Real hero again after turbulent year

    By Richard Martin MILAN (Reuters) - Just as he did two years ago, Sergio Ramos left his footprint all over Real Madrid’s Champions League final triumph over Atletico Madrid following a turbulent 12 months. Ramos scored a controversial opening goal in the San Siro on Saturday and nonchalantly…

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  • Ronaldo helps Real hand Atletico another final defeat

    By Brian Homewood MILAN (Reuters) - Real Madrid handed Atletico Madrid another cruel Champions League final defeat when Cristiano Ronaldo's spot kick saw them beat their neighbors on penalties to win Europe's top club trophy for a record 11th time on Saturday. Real's former playmaker Zinedine…

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  • Zidane hails Real deal as Simeone ponders future

    Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid as the "club of my life" after a dramatic Champions League penalty shoot-out victory over Atletico Madrid that left Diego Simeone pondering his future. Former France and Real Madrid forward Zidane scored the winning goal when Real they beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1…

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  • Real Madrid wins Champions League in penalty shootout

    Cristiano Ronaldo did it again for Real Madrid, stepping forward to score a penalty and inflict another devastating loss in a Champions League final on rival Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo's decisive spot kick in the shootout gave Real Madrid a 5-3 victory on penalties, following a 1-1 draw after extra…

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  • The Latest: Real Madrid targets more trophies

    As celebrations go on into the night, Real Madrid fans are already looking ahead to the chance to win more trophies next season. As Champions League winner, Madrid will play in the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA's Club World Cup. The European season-opener will take Madrid to Trondheim, Norway on Aug. 9…

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  • Simeone devastated at Champions League heartbreak

    Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone lamented that losing a second Champions League final in three years was a "failure", after seeing his side fall short against Real Madrid in a penalty shoot-out in Milan on Saturday. The 46-year-old Argentine also appeared to hint at a possible exit from the…

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  • In Iraq town, Real fans gather in 'challenge to IS'

    Wearing a pink Ronaldo tee-shirt, Ali Qais stares nervously at one of the Al-Furat cafe's TV screens to watch his beloved Real Madrid in the Iraqi town of Balad. Facing a poster of Real coach Zinedine Zidane, the sofa he is sitting on has two bullet holes in its back. "Until recently, I'm sure…

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  • Penalties are a lottery, says match-winner Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo said penalties are just a game of chance after scoring the winning spot-kick to give Real Madrid an 11th Champions League crown on Saturday. "The penalties are always a lottery, you never know what's going to happen, but we showed that our team had more experience and we showed…

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  • Zidane seventh into player and coach Champions League heaven

    French football legend Zinedine Zidane became just the seventh man to win the Champions League as a player and a coach after Real Madrid beat Atletico Madrid on penalties on Saturday. Zidane masterminded a huge turnaround in Real's fortunes just five months into his first senior managerial role as…

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  • Real Madrid beats Atletico in penalty shootout to win Champions League title

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning penalty as Real Madrid captured its 11th European crown on Saturday in Milan.

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