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There’s going to be a Leo Messi amusement park in China – Football Article

Like Disney World and LegoLand, but with more tattoos Leo Messi will become the first footballer with his own amusement park when the Messi Experience Project opens in Nanjing, China. But instead of keeping it to himself like Cartman in that one episode of South Park, he will generously let other people enjoy it, too. The press release explains: The MEP project, which is based around an original concept, features the most cutting-edge technology enabling visitors to immerse themselves in all…

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The inevitabilities that led to Real Madrid winning the Champions League (again) – Football Article

Sometimes life is intensely predictable. This was one of those times. (Real Madrid/Twitter) For the first time ever, the Champions League has been won by the same team two seasons in a row and, of course, it was Real Madrid that did it. What looked to be an evenly matched final at the start turned into a merciless drubbing as Real beat Juventus 4–1, topping Barcelona’s 3–1 win over Juve in the 2015 final in the process. Now, Real Madrid have…

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Michael Carrick gets his name misspelled, nutmegged by his son at his own testimonial – Football Article

When a tribute turns into a roast (Alex Porter/Twitter) After 11 years with Manchester United, Michael Carrick was given a testimonial on Sunday that reunited him with many of his teammates from the 2008 Champions League winning side. Just because he was the man of the day doesn’t mean Carrick was treated all that special, though. First off, his last name was spelled “Carrtick” on the teamsheet, even though it was spelled correctly at the top of the page and for…

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If it continued… (Juventus v Real Madrid) – Howler Magazine – Medium – Football Article

What would’ve happened if the Champions League final didn’t stop when it did (Real Madrid/Twitter) Real Madrid became the first club to win 12 European Cups and win the Champions League in consecutive seasons, and they did it in convincing fashion, beating Juventus 4–1. The Italian side got off to a solid start and even produced a spectacular equalizer from Mario Mandzukic after Cristiano Ronaldo scored the first of his two goals. But shortly after the hour mark, Real Madrid scored…

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Antoine Griezmann plainly avoids congratulating Champions League winner Raphael Varane with rest of… – Football Article

Club rivalries hilariously bleed into national team activities It’s often asserted that when national teams convene, club rivalries are put aside. Antoine Griezmann isn’t having that, though. When Raphael Varane joined France’s training camp late after winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, his teammates and coaches warmly greeted him, offering their congratulations on his accomplishment. As this was happening, Griezmann—who recently reaffirmed his commitment to Atletico Madrid, Real’s local rival and the club they eliminated in the Champions League…

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Player washes his mouth out with beer thrown on the pitch during Bulgarian playoff final – Football Article

Why bother with water when there’s beer right there? In the playoff final to decide which club would go on to the Europa League next season, tensions were high as Levski Sofia hosted Vereya. So high that fans threw cans of beer onto the pitch during the first half. Not one to let beer go to waste, Vereya defender Ivan Bandalovski picked up one of the cans and poured its contents into his mouth, then spit it out. Later, with Levski…

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Jurgen Klopp’s secret messages to Virgil van Dijk – Football Article

The texts that prompted an investigation into Liverpool’s conduct Liverpool have been forced to apologize and end their pursuit of top transfer target Virgil van Dijk after Southampton filed a complaint accusing them of tapping up their captain. According to the Telegraph, Van Dijk was flown to Blackpool for a meeting with Klopp, who later sent “regular messages” to the player. The following is a transcript of some of those messages. Klopp (2:47 am): Virgil…u up?Klopp (3:35 am): U up…

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Christian Pulisic proves he’s just not very good in 2–0 win over Trinidad and Tobago – Football Article

The 18-year-old “wunderkid” continues to hurt the U.S. national team After saving face for the U.S. with a second-half equalizer in a friendly against Venezuela last week, Christian Pulisic again did all the scoring in a 2–0 World Cup qualifier win over Trinidad and Tobago. Though his performances have drawn even more sycophantic praise for the 18 year old, a closer look reveals how underserving he is of the lofty praise being heaped upon him. Here are just a few of…

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Francesco Totti had a weird idea for his final match with Roma – Football Article

It’s a good thing they weren’t awarded a penalty with him on the pitch (AS Roma) A lot of thought and planning went into Francesco Totti’s final match with Roma, but according to teammate Juan Jesus, the captain kept changing his mind on the decision in the days leading up to his farewell. He even formulated an insane strategy if he had the chance to take a penalty in the match. From ESPN FC: “He was nervous all week,” Jesus told…

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Christian Pulisic shaves his head, scores stunning goal against Mexico – Football Article

The 18-year-old phenom earns a rare point at the Azteca for the U.S. Christian Pulisic had either scored or set up Clint Dempsey for each of the U.S.’s last eight goals going into their World Cup qualifier at Mexico and just five and a half minutes into the match, he scored his best one yet, chipping the keeper from distance to put the U.S. up 1–0. Pulisic apparently shaved his head before the match and mistakenly put on Michael Bradley’s kit,…

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