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Porto wins the Portugal Cup
Porto wins the Portugal Cup
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Porto has beaten Benfica 2:1 to take the Portugal Cup title in a match played in Coimbra. Porto celebrated the "double", as it also won the Portuguese title for the 2019/20 season.

Both Porto goals were scored by the central defender Chancel Mbemba, with Carlos Vinicius scoring for Benfica.

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Aubameyang scores twice and Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup
Aubameyang scores twice and Arsenal beat Chelsea to win the FA Cup
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Arsenal beat Chelsea 2:1 to win the FA Cup this Saturday at the Wembley stadium in London. The victory gave the Gunners,  besides the silverware, a spot for the group stage of the Europa League 2020/21.

Aubameyang was the name of the game, scoring two goals -- one in each half -- and helped the Gunners to win the FA Cup for the 14th time.

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PSG beats Lyon and takes the French League Cup
PSG beats Lyon and takes the French League Cup
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For the fourth time in six years, PSG celebrated a domestic treble after beating Lyon on penalties to win the French League cup title. The game was played at the Stade de France and watched by about 5,000 supporters.

After the first 10 penalties were scored, PSG keeper Keylor Navas saved from Bertrand Traore before Pablo Sarabia scored the winning kick.

It was the final French League Cup competition, with the decision made last September to cancel the tournament after this season.

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Switzerland launches criminal investigation against FIFA President Gianni Infantino
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Gianni Infantino Credit: Kremlin (Public Domain)

Swiss special prosecutor Stefan Keller opened a criminal case against FIFA president Gianni Infantino over meetings with former attorney general Michael Lauber. The prosecutors have found indications of criminal conduct related to the meetings between the two men.

Lauber offered his resignation after it was found that the prosecutor had tried to hide a meeting with the FIFA head while his office was investigating FIFA-related corruption.

Infantino released a statement insisting that meeting Lauber is "perfectly legitimate and it’s perfectly legal."

FIFA also said it would cooperate fully with the investigation.

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Real Madrid to have a quarantine exemption to face Manchester City on August 7
Etihad Stadium
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Despite the 14-day quarantine rule imposed on travellers from Spain to the UK, the Champions League match between Manchester City and Real Madrid will be played on August 7 at the Etihad Stadium.

The British Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden announced an exemption for sports teams and film crews that will allow the game to take place in Manchester as planned.

The quarantine regulation was imposed by the UK following a dramatic increase in the virus in Spain.

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Juventus beats Sampdoria to win their ninth consecutive Italian title
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Sampdoria
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Sampdoria Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Juventus 2:0 victory against Sampdoria guaranteed the ninth consecutive Serie A title for the Vecchia Signora. 2019-20 season title is the 36th for Juventus and the first for head coach Maurizio Sarri.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first goal of the match, with Bernardeschi scoring the second. Ronaldo also missed a penalty when the game was already 2:0 to Juventus.

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PSG beats Saint-Étienne and takes the French Cup
PSG beats Saint-Étienne and takes the French Cup
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PSG won its 13th French Cup after a 1:0 victory against Saint-Étienne Friday at Stade de France. The team from Paris won five out of the last six editions of the French Cup.

Neymar Jr. scored the only goal of the game, but Kylian Mbappe left the pitch in tears and later returned to the dugout on crutches after suffering a tackle during the first half.

PSG has now won Ligue 1 and the French Cup, but a possible quadruple is still on with the League Cup, to be played July 31, and Champions League, resuming on August 12.

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France Football announced the Ballon d'Or will not be awarded in 2020
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France Football have announced that the Ballon d'Or award will not be handed out in 2020. The decision comes due to the complications caused by the Covid-19 outbreak, which put halted or cancelled the major soccer tournaments.

"For the first time since 1956, the Ballon d’Or will take a break. There will be no edition in 2020, because it turns out, after thoughtful consideration, that all the conditions are not met. We believe that such a singular year cannot -and should not- be treated as an ordinary one." stated France Football in a blog post.

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Istanbul Basaksehir claimed their first Turkish Super Lig title
Istanbul Basaksehir claimed their first Turkish Super Lig title
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After a 1:0 win over Kayserispor, Istanbul Basaksehir celebrated their first Turkish Super Lig title and the first significant honour in the club's short history. The club was founded in 1990 as an amateur side but only got prominence after they were taken over in 2014 by a group of businessmen.

Galatasaray and Fenerbahce will not play European competitions during next season. Besiktas secured a Europa League place.

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Chelsea beats Manchester United to reach FA Cup final
Chelsea beats Manchester United to reach FA Cup final
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With a 3:1 victory against Manchester United Sunday, Chelsea qualified to face Arsenal on August 1, in an all-London FA Cup final.

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Arsenal reaches FA Cup final after victory over Manchester City
Arsenal reaches FA Cup final after victory over Manchester City
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Arsenal beat reigning FA Cup champions Manchester City at Wembley with two goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The victory guaranteed Arsenal a place in the FA Cup final to face Chelsea or Manchester United on August 1.

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Real Madrid wins LaLiga
Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane Credit: Real Madrid (Twitter Reproduction)

After a 2:0 victory against Villareal, Real Madrid confirmed its 34th Spanish title at an empty Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium.

Since LaLiga resumed, after the Covid-19 break, Real has won all 10 of its games to open up a seven-point lead over second-place Barcelona.

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FIFA extends five-substitutions option into 2021
FIFA extends five-substitutions option into 2021
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The IFAB Board of Directors has extended the option allowing up to five substitutions during matches to competitions scheduled to be completed by July 31, 2021, and to international tournaments scheduled in July/August 2021. The option was initially approved on May 8 as a direct response to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on soccer calendar and competitions.

FIFA stated, "The decision on whether to apply this temporary amendment remains at the discretion of each competition organizer."

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World Cup winner and former Ireland manager Jack Charlton died
Jack Charlton in 1970
Jack Charlton in 1970 Credit: Panini (Public Domain)

Jack Charlton, a 1966 World Cup winner with England and former Republic of Ireland's national team, has died aged 85. The former defender had been diagnosed with lymphoma in the last year and also had dementia.

Gary Lineker said on Twitter: "Saddened to hear that Jack Charlton has passed away. World Cup winner with England, manager of probably the best ever Ireland side and a wonderfully infectious personality to boot. RIP Jack,".

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Werder Bremen avoid relegation
Werder Bremen avoid relegation
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Werder Bremen avoided relegation and secured themselves a spot in the 2020/21 Bundesliga season after a 2:2 draw against Heidenheim. Bremen defeated Heidenheim on away goals after a 0:0 result in the first leg.

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Bayern Munich secure domestic double after German Cup title
Bayern Munich captain ManuelNeuer lifts the German Pokal trophy
Bayern Munich captain ManuelNeuer lifts the German Pokal trophy Credit: Twitter Reproduction

With Robert Lewandowksi scoring twice in the second half, Bayern Munich added the German Cup silverware to their Bundesliga title after a 4:2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. The game was played Saturday at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Munich now aims for a treble, with Hansi Flick's side focusing on the Champions League tournament, that will take place in Lisbon during August.

Bayern Munich now has 20 German Cup titles in their history.

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Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match in Brazil
Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match
Botafogo players 'take a knee' during a match Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

Players of Botafogo joined the Black Lives Matter movement and 'took a knee' during their first match after the Covid-19 pandemic paused all soccer competitions in Brazil.

Before the kick-off, Botafogo protested against the Federação de Futebol do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (FERJ), that resumed the Campeonato Carioca tournament meanwhile Brazil still deals with a growing number of Covid-19 cases.

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Australia and New Zealand to host FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
Australia playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023
Australia playing in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 Credit: Liondartois (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 will be held in Australia and New Zealand, with 32 teams. The decision was announced on Thursday after a vote taken by the FIFA Council during its meeting held via online conference.

The joint bid from Australia and New Zealand had 22 votes against 13 votes to the submission from Colombia.

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Liverpool wins the Premier League
Liverpool wins the English League after 30 years
Liverpool wins the English League after 30 years Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Liverpool won the first Premier League title in club history and ended a 30-year wait for English football supremacy after Manchester City lost 2-1 at Chelsea. With the adverse result, Manchester City's two-year reign is over as there are seven games to be played and Liverpool has a 23 points lead.

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UEFA Champions/Europa League closing stages set for August in Portugal, Germany and Basque Country
Champions League
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UEFA announced yesterday several details for the remaining Champions League and Europa League matches. The interrupted rounds of 16 are scheduled to restart on August 5 at unconfirmed locations.

Afterwards, Champions League matches from the quarter-finals up to the final will be played between August 12-23 in Lisbon, while Europa League matches are to be played between August 10-24 at four German cities (Cologne, Duisburg, Dusseldorf and Gelsenkirchen).

Finally, the Women's Champions League will wrap up in the Basque Country region of Spain between August 21-30.

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Napoli beat Juventus on penalty kicks to take the Coppa Italia trophy
Napoli players celebrates Coppa Italia
Napoli players celebrates Coppa Italia Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

It was expected to be a hard fought final between the two teams consistently at the top of Italian football in the last decade, and thus it happened: 4-2 was the final result on penalties after a goalless draw.

Napoli turned an initially disappointing season into its most successful one in six years by adding a new cup to their trophy room.

Napoli head-coach Gennaro Gattuso celebrated his first major trophy as a manager, meanwhile, for Juventus' Maurizio Sarri it was yet another missed opportunity to claim an Italian silverware.

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Spain: Fan sneaks into stadium as La Liga restarts
Camp Nou
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The first match for Barcelona after the Corona-19 break started with a gap in the security concept. Despite stricter regulations and ghost games, a fan managed to gain unauthorized access to the stadium and enter the field. Security forces only came in after a short time and led the "streaker" away.

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Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
Bayern beats Bremen and takes its eighth straight Bundesliga title
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Bayern Munich won the Bundesliga title for the eighth time in a row, after beating Werder Bremen with a single goal by Robert Lewandowski. The victory tonight gave Bayern a 10-point lead to Borussia Dortmund, who have three games left.

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Real Madrid's Marcelo takes a knee in support of Black Lives Matter movement
Marcelo support for the Black Lives Matter movement
Marcelo support for the Black Lives Matter movement Credit: Twitter Reproduction

In a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Marcelo took a knee and raised his right fist after scoring for Real Madrid in their 3-1 win against Eibar.

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Soccer returns in Italy with a Coppa Italia game: Juventus vs AC Milan
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo Credit: Lega Serie A

After being suspended on March 9 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, soccer in Italy is back with the second leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final between Juventus and AC Milan.

Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Juventus against an AC Milan without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a calf injury.

The game, in Turim, starts at 19:45 (UTC).

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli fined and suspended over Covid-19 post
Dele Alli
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The Football Association suspended for one match the Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli over an old Snapchat post about coronavirus that resurfaced recently.

The video posted by Alli showed him in an airport lounge wearing a face mask before focusing on a man of Asian appearance, and then finally zooming in on a bottle of antiseptic handwash.

The midfielder also received a £50,000 fine and ordered to undertake an education course.

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MLS is Back Tournament to kick off on July 8 in Orlando
San Jose Earthquakes vs Toronto FC (2020 Season, February 29)
San Jose Earthquakes vs Toronto FC (2020 Season, February 29) Credit: Soccer Blur

Major League Soccer announced its plans for returning to play in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the league set to resume on July 8 with the MLS is Back Tournament.

All 26 MLS teams will be part of the competition, to be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort, just outside Orlando, Florida.

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Lerverkusen takes first spot in German cup final, awaits Bayern or Frankfurt
Olympiastadion in Berlin before DFB Pokal 2019
Olympiastadion in Berlin before DFB Pokal 2019 Credit: Dietmar Rabich (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

A 3-0 win over the German football cup sensation, 1. FC Saarbrücken, has secured Bayer Leverkusen a spot on the final.

Saarbrücken left its mark on the competition for being the first fourth-tier team to reach the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal.

Bayern München and Eintracht Frankfurt face each this evening at 20:45 local time for the second spot.

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Spanish football kicks off this Thursday
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LaLiga Logo Credit: La Liga Nacional de Fútbol Profesional

La Liga is back with 110 games packed in 35 days, with fans looking up to the return from injury of Suarez and Hazard.

The first matchday following the break will also be featuring the much anticipated local derby of Sevilla FC vs Real Betis.

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Brescia to terminate Mario Balotelli's contract for missing training sessions
Mario Balotelli
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Brescia decided to unilaterally terminate Mario Balotelli’s contract after the striker has missed several training sessions with the club since the lockdown restrictions were eased in Italy.

Balotelli signed a three-year deal with his hometown club last summer after being released by Marseille and has scored five league goals in 19 appearances this season.