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UEFA presidential favorite criticizes Champions League deal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — UEFA & its top clubs have enraged the rest of the continent with an unacceptable, secret deal to guarantee more Champions League spots for the elite, according to the favorite to lead European football from Wednesday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, UEFA presidential candidate Aleksander Ceferin expressed his frustration that the governing body caved into the demands of Spain, Germany, England, & Italy to allow them to seize 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places.

Ceferin viewed threats that leading clubs could break away to form a closed completion as a bluff, warning that a Super League for the elite & rich is ''out of the question,'' & would create a ''war with UEFA.''

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UEFA presidential favorite criticizes Champions League deal

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — UEFA & its top clubs have enraged the rest of the continent with an unacceptable, secret deal to guarantee more Champions League spots for the elite, according to the favorite to lead European football from Wednesday.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, UEFA presidential candidate Aleksander Ceferin expressed his frustration that the governing body caved into the demands of Spain, Germany, England, & Italy to allow them to seize 16 of the 32 Champions League group-stage places.

Ceferin viewed threats that leading clubs could break away to form a closed completion as a bluff, warning that a Super League for the elite & rich is ''out of the question,'' & would create a ''war with UEFA.''

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Top European clubs set to win in new Champions League deal

Top European clubs set to win in new Champions League deal

GENEVA (AP) — The richest clubs & biggest leagues in Europe are set to tighten their grip on the Champions League's future format & prize money this week.

A deal being prepared by UEFA should end threats by some elite clubs to break away & form a closed European Super League before 2021.

However, it could ensure that more guaranteed places in the 32-team group stage & bigger shares of billion-dollar prize money each season will go to teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona & Juventus from the four highest-ranked national leagues.

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UEFA looks to December decisions to shape Champions League

GENEVA (AP) — UEFA is set to decide in December on changing the Champions League as Europe's top clubs chase a new format & bigger share of the competition's billion-dollar annual income.

Closed-door meetings of European soccer leaders in Milan around Saturday's Champions League final, making slow progress shaping the competition for the three seasons from 2018, The Associated Press was told.

Talk of a breakaway Super League was fueled in January by some wealthy members of the European Club Association (ECA) who saw uncertainty over UEFA's leadership during the FIFA presidential election.

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Champions League final in Milan highlights Serie A's crisis

MILAN (AP) — AC Milan failed to qualify for Europe for a third straight season & club president Silvio Berlusconi is in negotiations to sell a majority stake in the club to a group of Chinese investors.

Inter Milan will miss out on the Champions League for a fifth straight season & is scrambling to avoid financial fair play penalties.

When Madrid's two clubs face each other in the Champions League final at Milan's San Siro stadium on Saturday, it won't merely highlight the recent domination of Spanish football. It will moreover serve as a reminder of how far the Milan clubs have fallen in recent years – & Serie A's problems in general.

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Champions League final to air on YouTube in Britain, Spain

Champions League final to air on YouTube in Britain, Spain

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA says the Champions League final will be shown live on YouTube for the first time when Real Madrid & Atletico Madrid play on May 28.

UEFA says viewers in Britain can watch the match for free on the video streaming website.

In Spain, broadcast rights holder BeIn Sports will make the game available to subscribers paying to watch its YouTube channel.

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Madrid beats Man City 1-0 to reach Champions League final

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid turned another Champions League final into a crosstown derby on Wednesday, beating Manchester City a day after Atletico Madrid had sealed its place in the decider for European soccer's biggest prize.

A convincing 1-0 victory over City at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium means that Real will face Atletico on May 28 in a rematch of the 2014 final that it won in extra time.

Real Madrid will be trying to win its 11th Champions League title in the all-Spanish showdown in Milan. Atletico, which eliminated five-time champion Bayern Munich on Tuesday, will be trying to avenge the 4-1 loss from two years ago as it bids for its first title.

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Madrid beats Man City 1-0 to reach Champions League final

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid turned another Champions League final into a crosstown derby on Wednesday, beating Manchester City a day after Atletico Madrid had sealed its place in the decider for European soccer's biggest prize.

A convincing 1-0 victory over City at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium means that Real will face Atletico on May 28 in a rematch of the 2014 final that it won in extra time.

Real Madrid will be trying to win its 11th Champions League title in the all-Spanish showdown in Milan. Atletico, which eliminated five-time champion Bayern Munich on Tuesday, will be trying to avenge the 4-1 loss from two years ago as it bids for its first title.

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Madrid beats Man City 1-0 to reach Champions League final

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid turned another Champions League final into a crosstown derby on Wednesday, beating Manchester City a day after Atletico Madrid had sealed its place in the decider for European soccer's biggest prize.

A convincing 1-0 victory over City at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium means that Real will face Atletico on May 28 in a rematch of the 2014 final that it won in extra time.

Real Madrid will be trying to win its 11th Champions League title in the all-Spanish showdown in Milan. Atletico, which eliminated five-time champion Bayern Munich on Tuesday, will be trying to avenge the 4-1 loss from two years ago as it bids for its first title.

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Real Madrid sets sight on another Champions League final

MADRID (AP) — Boosted by Cristiano Ronaldo's return & a nearly perfect home record, Real Madrid welcomes Manchester City on Wednesday with another Champions League final almost in its grasp.

Real Madrid will have Ronaldo back after he missed three straight games because of a leg injury, including the 0-0 first-leg draw in Manchester last week. The Portuguese forward leads the Champions League with 16 goals, one shy of the record he set in the 2013-14 season.

Ronaldo injure his right leg in a Spanish league game on April 20 & hasn't played since then. Madrid has not released any official information approximately the injury, prompting widespread rumors approximately its severity, yet he participated fully in training on Monday & Tuesday & looked fit to return to action.

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