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"Athletic Bilbao is more than a football club, it is a feeling - and as such its ways of operating often escape rational analysis. We see ourselves as unique in world football and that defines our identity.

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Predicting a Manchester United XI with Cristiano Ronaldo to fit among Falcao, Di Maria

Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has been linked with a stunning return to Manchester United, but where would he fit in? Clearly the Real Madrid superstar would not be coming back to warm the bench, but the various attacking talent means if he is in, somebody must lose out. United already have a tough job to accommodate Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney, Angel di Maria, Robin van Persie, Adnan Januzaj and Radamel Falcao.

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Tue Sep 16, 2014

Newkerala.com

Scholes believes English clubs have chance to win CL post Real selling major players

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is of the opinion that Real Madrid has left themselves vulnerable to defend their Champions League title by selling midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria and opened the door to an English winner. Carlo Ancelotti's side are aiming to be the first team for 25 years to retain the European Cup, but Scholes does not think their transfer activity this summer has made them any stronger.

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Daily Mail

Real Madrid 5-1 Basle: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale on the...

Real Madrid moved straight to the top of Group B with a win over woeful Basle and Cristiano Ronaldo moved to within three goals of Raul's all-time Champions League scoring record. This was not Real Madrid rediscovering the swagger that saw them brush aside Bayern Munich in last season's semi-final and beat Atletico Madrid 4-1 in the final but they still had far too much for last season's Swiss Champions.

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Liverpool back as Champions League kicks off

Liverpool's return to Champions League action for the first time in five years and Real Madrid's shaky start to the season dominate the start of the new battle for the elite European title on Tuesday. Liverpool take on surprise Bulgarian team Ludogorets Razgrad, while defending champions Real clash with Switzerland's Basel in the key matches of the first day.

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Five Champions League stars in the making

The Champions League is back -- but do you know who the rising stars of this year's competition are likely to be? CNN asked one of Europe's leading scouting experts, Tor-Kristian Karlsen, to give us his top five young players to watch out for in this season's competition. "Barcelona's attacking midfielder Halilovic, who made his full international debut Croatia at the age of 16, is currently playing for the Catalan club's B side but is expected to make his way into the first team this season.

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Football365

Top Ten

In a top ten that is in absolutely no way connected to Diego Costa's formidable start at Chelsea, we look at strikers who began brightly but rapidly faded out... Of course we want to see Messi and Ronaldo, but we're a little more intrigued by the likes of Xabi Alonso and Shinji Kagawa. We have ten reasons to be Euro excited... After breaking through the painfully slow international break, David Bowers has ten reasons to tingle at the return of the Premier League... 10) Collins John Chris Coleman paid 600,000 to bring 18-year-old Dutch striker Collins John to his ambitious Fulham side in January 2004.

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Alonso a hit after only two matches with Bayern Munich

Berlin, Sep 16 Xabi Alonso's Bayern Munich career has barely begun, but Julius Caesar's veni, vidi, vici applies equally well to the Spaniard's arrival in Germany, as he has become the Bavarians' on-field leader after only two games. Alonso did not have much time to adapt to his new team.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

Mirror.co.uk

Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United return would REALLY confirm the Red Devils are back

The Portuguese, who cost Real Madrid a then world record 80m in 2009, has made no secret of his continued affection for Old Trafford After all the stunning signings made to herald the Louis Van Gaal era, the return of one man would confirm Manchester United really are back. Even during the Dutchman's emphatic first win on Sunday, the Stretford End sang about the superstar they would most like to see at Old Trafford: "Get on the plane, bring him back from Spain, Viva Ronaldo."

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Champions League: Everything you need to know

Ahead of Tuesday's opening group games in Europe's biggest club competition, we take you through everything you need to know. Can Real Madrid retain its title? Will Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi break the goalscoring record? Can Jose Mourinho win with a third different club? All will be revealed on June 6 in Berlin, but here's the guide to who, what, where and when -- it's the Champions League and it's back.

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Basel game good time for Real Madrid revival

GUARDING THE NET: Goalkeeper Iker Casillas throws the ball during Real Madrid practice ahead of their Champions League group stage opener against Basel. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Tuesday's Champions League Group B opener at home to Basel will be a good chance for the holders to put a poor start to their domestic campaign behind them.

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Football365

Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

Of course we want to see Messi and Ronaldo, but we're a little more intrigued by the likes of Xabi Alonso and Shinji Kagawa. We have ten reasons to be Euro excited... After breaking through the painfully slow international break, David Bowers has ten reasons to tingle at the return of the Premier League... After a long old summer there are plenty of gloomy fans around at the close of the transfer window.

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Cristiano Ronaldo Discussed by Former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has claimed that Cristiano Ronaldo is "fed up" at the club, fuelling rumours that the Portuguese superstar could be on his way out of the Spanish capital. Calderon, who was the club president for two-and-a-half years between 2006 and 2009, has insisted that the Madrid No.

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25 Bold Predictions for the 2014/15 Champions League Season

The group stages of the Champions League return to our lives on Tuesday, with plenty of surprises in store in the 2014/15 edition. There are bound to be heroes and villains who will be established over the next eight months in the run-up to the Berlin final, but what about the things that we can predict will happen? After failing to defend their crown last season, a refocused Bayern Munich will emerge better and stronger in the new campaign, and they will win the trophy in the German capital to keep alive the football feel-good factor in the country less than a year after the national side won the World Cup.

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Madrid, Liverpool eager for Champions League start

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, celebrates his goal with teammate James Rodriguez during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

BleacherReport

Pivotal Factors That Will Decide Champions League Group B

The Champions League group stages get underway this week, as 32 teams begin on the long road towards next May's final in Berlin. The usual suspects will have strong ambitions of following in Real Madrid's footsteps and becoming champions of Europe, but there are bound to be a number of surprises and upsets along the way.

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New Liverpool star reveals what Xabi Alonso told him before joining

New Liverpool star Alberto Moreno has revealed what Xabi Alonso told him before moving to the Reds midway through August. The 22-year-old left-back was heavily linked with a move to Anfield throughout the summer and after more than six weeks of negotiations, signed with the Merseysiders after Sevilla's Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.

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Ronaldo eyeing return to PL after falling out of love with Real

Portugal national team captain Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly determined to leave La Liga side Real Madrid at the end of the season and is looking forward to return to Manchester United or Manchester City. Ronaldo has recently publicly aired his frustrations at Real selling influential players like Angel Di Maria to United and Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

Business News

Report: United facing huge competition for Strootman in January

According to a report in Italy, Real Madrid have joined the race to sign alleged Manchester United target Kevin Strootman . The Netherlands international has been widely tipped to be Louis van Gaal's top midfield target, with some reports claiming a January transfer is not beyond the realms of possibility.

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Guardiola hopeful over Badstuber injury

The defender has only just returned after a near two-year absence but his coach has calmed fears he could be set for another lengthy lay-off The centre-back was substituted late in the first half during the champions' 2-0 victory at the Allianz Arena, raising concerns that he had suffered another serious knee problem. Badstuber had been sidelined since 2012 with a knee injury before making his long-awaited return in July, but Bayern revealed that the 25-year-old suffered a hamstring problem on Saturday and coach Guardiola is hopeful that his latest injury is not serious.

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