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Champions League Draw: Real Madrid, Tottenham and Dortmund in Same Group

The two-time defending champion Real Madrid was matched against Dortmund, Tottenham and APOEL of Cyprus in Thursday’s draw for the group stage of this season’s UEFA Champions League, while its archrival, Barcelona, drew an early chance to avenge a humbling exit at the hands of Juventus in last season’s quarterfinals. ...

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On Soccer: For a Price, a Chance to Go Beyond a Premier League Curtain

On Soccer By RORY SMITH MANCHESTER, England — Occasionally, as the players of Manchester City and Everton strode through the tunnel on their way back to their changing rooms, one would glance out of the corner of his eye at the walls of glass flanking them. For a second, he ...

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Barcelona Salutes Terror Victims in Win Over Real Betis

Wearing shirts honoring victims of the recent attacks in Spain, Barcelona opened its Spanish league season with a comfortable 2-0 win over Real Betis on Sunday. Players had the word “Barcelona” instead of their names on the back of their shirts, and a minute’s silence was held before the game ...

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On Soccer: On Bundesliga Benches, Young Coaches Rewrite the Old Rules

By RORY SMITH LEVERKUSEN, Germany — In most leagues, in most countries, Heiko Herrlich might have been considered too much of a risk for a club like Bayer Leverkusen. He might have been deemed too young to run a big team, for a start — 45 when Rudi Völler, the ...

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Turner Will Create New Streaming Service for UEFA Champions League in U.S.

Turner Broadcasting was a surprise winner earlier this year in the bidding for rights to the UEFA Champions League, Europe’s top club soccer competition. But what the company plans do with the rights may be even more surprising: Launch a stand-alone sports streaming service next year that will broadcast the ...

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On Soccer: Driven by a Defeat, Juventus Star Paulo Dybala Plots His Next Move

On Soccer By RORY SMITH LONDON — Paulo Dybala remembers standing on the field in Cardiff, Wales, late at night two months ago, watching Real Madrid celebrate winning the Champions League. It was a scene he had pictured many times in the weeks preceding the game — and the months ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo Banned Five Games for Shoving Referee

The Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was suspended for five matches on Monday by the Spanish soccer federation for shoving a referee who ejected him from a Spanish Super Cup match against Barcelona on Sunday. The ban means Ronaldo will miss a second match against Barcelona on Wednesday, as well ...

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