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Added May 30th, 2016 by Jack

Real Madrid crowned champions of Europe for record 11th time

Real Madrid extended their record European Cup haul by winning the Champions League Final 5-3 in a penalty shootout over cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid at the Stadio San Siro in Milan, Italy on Saturday, May 28th. It was the second time in the past three seasons Real has beaten their fellow Spanish La Liga side in the Final after playing to a 90-minute draw. Real downed Atletico 4-1 in extra time two years ago in Lisbon, Portugal and have now been crowned champions of Europe 11 times. Real reached this year’s Final after beating English Premier League club Manchester City 1-0 on aggregate while Atletico drew 2-2 with German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, but went through on the controversial away-goals rule.

 
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Added May 30th, 2016 by Ian

Hull City back in English Premier League after just a year in second tier

Second-tier English Championship League side Hull City has earned promotion back to the Premier League after just one season by downing Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at London’s Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 28th. Hull now joins Burnley FC and Middlesbrough as the three teams that will play in the top flight of English football next season. Burnley won the Championship League to earn automatic promotion while Middlesbrough joined them as runners up. Once again, the Wednesday vs Hull match was billed as the richest ever in the sport since the winner will earn millions of pounds next campaign due to the Premier League’s new record-high 5.14 billion-pound broadcasting deal for each of the division’s 20 clubs. It’s believed Hull’s earnings next season will be a minimum of 110 million pounds.

 
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Added May 16th, 2016 by Ian

Brazilian soccer legend Rivaldo tells fans not to bother coming to Olympics

Legendary Brazilian soccer star Rivaldo has warned potential visitors to his homeland not to bother showing up for the 2016 Olympic Games this August due to the current state of the country. The 44-year-old ex player of the Brazilian national team, Barcelona, and AC Milan, recently shared his opinion on an Instagram post. The former World Cup and 1999 Ballon d’Or winner, believes the nation, including the host city of Rio de Janeiro, is currently corrupt and unsafe due to its crime rate and the Zika virus.

Rivaldo wrote, “Things are getting uglier here every day. I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio to stay in their country of origin. Your life will be in danger here. This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil.”

 
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Added May 16th, 2016 by Ian

Disgraced Michel Platini pleases soccer fans by resigning from UEFA

Thousands of European soccer fans were undoubtedly celebrating recently when Michel Platini said he will be resigning as the president of UEFA. However, there was really no need to step down from the post since he was already booted out of it after receiving a six-year ban from the sport last year. Platini appealed the suspension to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and he lucked out as the ban was shortened to four years by the panel. The 60-year-old former French international then announced he was officially resigning from Europe’s governing body of soccer.

Platini was originally banned for eight years last year along with former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter of Switzerland. The pair was found guilty of breaching the organization’s ethics over a disloyal payment of two million Swiss francs from Blatter to Platini. However, the eight year bans were also reduced for some reason by a FIFA appeals committee to six years. Platini hoped to get lucky once again, but the three-man panel of the CAS stated it didn’t believe the controversial payment between the two men was legitimate.

 
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