Neymar rips UCL ref after booking for celebration

Neymar argues with referee after receiving a yellow card for doing his trademark celebration. Photo by JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has hit out at a referee after he received a yellow card for his celebration in the Champions League on Wednesday. Neymar scored late to complete PSG’s 3-1 comeback win at … Read more

When does the 2022-23 season start across Europe?

The 2022-23 European seasons are starting earlier than normal and finishing later due to the effect of the World Cup. – When does the transfer window open and close?– 2022-23 preseason schedules: Where the top clubs are headed The World Cup is usually held in June and July, but with the tournament taking place in … Read more

The biggest questions around Bayern Munich this summer

After an ultimate high came an ultimate hangover. In 1973-74, Bayern Munich not only won their third Bundesliga title in a row (and fourth in six years) but also expanded their dominance onto the continent for the first time. Less than 10 years removed from life in the second division, the burgeoning German giants took … Read more

What makes Real Madrid, Robert Lewandowski special: It’s all about shot quality

Lewandowski has mastered both shot quality and shot quantity, which is why he’s so sought-after in the transfer market. Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images Because I know you visited ESPN.com this morning to do some math, here is a list of numbers for you: 0.29, 0.29, 0.16, 0.16, 0.15, 0.13, 0.13, 0.12, 0.1, 0.09, 0.07, 0.06, 0.05, 0.05, … Read more

Destiny? Magic? A miracle? Real Madrid won UCL the hard way

5:52 AM ET Sid LoweSpain writer Fede Valverde kept going to the toilet — “more times today,” he said, “than in my whole life,” Dani Ceballos couldn’t sleep and even coach Carlo Ancelotti was nervous. Earlier that week, Ancelotti admitted that there’s a point in the buildup to games when the heart rate increases and … Read more

Champions League final fiasco: Fans not to blame for late arrival

What really happened at last week’s Champions League final? ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. Jump to: Man Utd scouts rave over … own player! | Bad behaviour behind City starlet’s exit | Tolisso keen on Premier League move | Diallo in demand Champions League final fiasco: Liverpool fans not to blame for late arrival … Read more

Liverpool demand apology for fake tickets claim

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has demanded an apology from the French sports minister after she said British fans with fake tickets and the club’s handling of their supporters were responsible for the trouble that marred Saturday’s Champions League final. The match at the Stade de France, which Real Madrid won 1-0, was delayed by more … Read more

Liverpool still an elite side but UCL final loss will test mental toughness

PARIS — The biggest test of Liverpool, the team manager Jurgen Klopp has taken to calling his “mentality monsters,” has yet to come. There is little doubt Klopp’s side are among the finest in the Premier League and the Champions League today but the quest to amass the trophy haul befitting that status goes on. … Read more

Marcelo to leave Madrid with record trophy haul

5:25 AM ET Alex Kirkland Rodrigo Faez Marcelo will leave Real Madrid this summer, he confirmed on Saturday, after winning a record-breaking 25th trophy at the club in their 1-0 Champions League final victory over Liverpool. The veteran defender was an unused substitute in Madrid’s win in Paris but lifted the trophy — his fifth … Read more

LIVE Champions League final: Liverpool, Real Madrid clash in Paris

Welcome to ESPN’s LIVE coverage of the 2021-22 Champions League final! Premier League giants Liverpool take on LaLiga champions Real Madrid in a repeat of the 2018 final. The match in Paris kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. BST due to delays getting fans into the stadium, though can follow all the … Read more