• Life is full of surprises for Michel Platini
    Michel Platini is finished in soccer. Banned by a FIFA ethics committee from soccer for taking $2 million from FIFA years after he was supposed to have done the work, the Frenchman saw his suspension reduced from first eight years to six and then six years to four by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday, but it did not matter. He is leaving the sport in which he worked as a player, coach and administrator for more than 40 years after losing yet another appeal.
  • Spain continues to lead the soccer world
    In the starting lineups for the Champions League semifinal deciders, Manchester City fielded one Englishman, Real Madrid four Spaniards, Bayern Munich four Germans and Atletico Madrid five Spaniards.
  • Zinedine Zidane, the making of a coach
    Friday's cover headline of the Paris sports daily L'Equipe says a couple of things. "Un coach est ne" ("A coach is born") shows how France is waging a losing battle trying to ban the English language. The cover headline also says just how much the French press wants Zinedine Zidane to succeed as coach at Real Madrid. Well, so do his players.
  • Uninspiring Real Madrid win makes Atletico favorite for Champions League final
    So the UEFA Champions League trophy is headed back to Madrid. Either Real Madrid will add to its record and win its 11th European title under first-year coach Zinedine Zidane, or Atletico Madrid will claim its first trophy and gain revenge for the heartbreak of two years in Lisbon when it was moments away from winning only to end up losing to Real Madrid, 4-1, in overtime.
  • Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid thrive amid chaos at Bayern Munich
    Atletico Madrid advanced to the Champions League final for the second time in three years. Escaping Germany with a nerve-jangling 2-1 loss, as Diego Simeone led his tight-knit band of pugnacious players past a heavy favorite, yet again, with Bayern Munich now joining Barcelona on the sidelines.
  • Last laugh of Leicester City story falls to Claudio Ranieri
    Leicester City's Cinderella story is now complete. It clinched its improbable English Premier League title on Monday night when Chelsea came back from two goals down to tie Tottenham, 2-2, and deprive Spurs of the three points it needed to stay in the title race. Who saw the Leicester City championship coming when it hired Italian Claudio Ranieri last summer?
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