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May 26

Top ten goals of the UEFA Europa League season

Leon Bailey tops the list while Kalifa Coulibaly features twice in the UEFA Technical Observers’ top ten goals of the UEFA Europa League season. Watch then all now!

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May 26

Where and when: UEFA Champions Festival in Cardiff

The all-star Ultimate Champions Match and the launch of UEFA’s Together #WePlayStrong drive to bring women and girls into football are among the highlights of the UEFA Champions Festival in Cardiff Bay.

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May 26

Champions League final roof closed

The FAW said creating a “safe, secure and memorable event” was the reason behind the decision.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-40059676

May 26

Zidane: ‘No words can do Cristiano Ronaldo justice’

Zinédine Zidane talks to UEFA.com about Cristiano Ronaldo’s “unbelievable stats”, his passion for coaching and his admiration for Juventus pair Massimiliano Allegri and Gianluigi Buffon.

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May 25

Walkers Crisps Lineker campaign backfires

Crisp company’s Twitter competition quickly turns into a parade of killers’ photos.

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May 25

Why do Roma fans love Francesco Totti?

As Francesco Totti announces that Sunday will be his final game for Roma, UEFA.com takes another look at what makes the 40-year-old forward the Giallorossi’s ‘King of Rome’.

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May 25

Why do Roma fans love Francesco Totti?

As Francesco Totti announces that Sunday will see his final game for Roma, UEFA.com takes another look at what makes the 40-year-old forward the Giallorossi’s ‘King of Rome’.

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May 25

40 years on: Liverpool win their first European Cup

Liverpool won the first of their five European Cups on 25 May 1977, Terry McDermott, Tommy Smith and Phil Neal on target against Mönchengladbach in Rome. UEFA.com asks what happened next.

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May 25

Safety app ahead of Champions League

The app is to keep people in Cardiff safe in the event of a “major incident”.

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May 25

José Mourinho delivers Manchester United glory but pragmatism has limits | Jonathan Wilson

Victory over Ajax showed again Mourinho’s knack for thwarting gifted opponents but fans of a club of United’s means are entitled to pine for more poetry

As Manchester United’s players celebrated with the Europa League trophy, José Mourinho brandished a red flag. He walked in front of his squad and tried to plant it into the pitch. The pole, though, was too flimsy and bent, leaving Mourinho to prop the flag awkwardly against a hoarding reading “Stockholm Final 2017”. As a metaphor for his first season at United it could hardy have been bettered: grand gestures thwarted but the job eventually, just about, done.

It was a night replete with symbolism. Deep into injury-time at the Friends Arena on Wednesday night, the Ajax winger Amin Younes picked up the ball on the left. He glanced up and had just made as though to jink inside when he was clattered by the horizontal form of Wayne Rooney making an effective if clunking challenge that put the ball out for a throw-in. That it could be his last ever touch in a United shirt felt hugely appropriate; he has throughout most of his career had a pleasing commitment to the necessary but unglamorous work.

Related: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba sets up Europa League final win over Ajax

Related: Lack of a Plan B for Ajax costs them dear when chasing Europa League final | Michael Cox

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May 25

Lisbon Lions remembered: Celtic’s historic victory, 50 years on – in pictures

On 25 May 1967 Celtic’s 2-1 win over Internazionale at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon meant they became the first British side, and still the only Scottish team, to win the European Cup. We cast our eyes back 50 years to look at the celebrations of a legendary victory

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May 25

Lack of a Plan B for Ajax costs them dear when chasing Europa League final | Michael Cox

Peter Bosz’s Ajax had been drilled so relentlessly in a specific style they were helpless when they needed to get back into the game against Manchester United

It is rare to see a final contested between teams using such utterly different approaches, and equally rare for the game to pan out so predictably. Ajax had plenty of the ball, Manchester United counterattacked and proved more ruthless in the penalty area.

The stylistic contrast was remarkable. Ajax are a possession-based side rejuvenated under their attack-minded coach, Peter Bosz, a man who greatly admired Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side, and in transferring that template on to his young charges, was also creating something of a throwback to Ajax’s Total Football days. If Bosz was playing the role of 2010 Guardiola, José Mourinho was playing the role of, well, 2010 Mourinho. The man who repeatedly tried to frustrate that Barcelona side with resilient deep defending and sporadic counterattacking did largely the same here.

Related: Manchester United win Europa League as Paul Pogba sets up emotional victory

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/may/25/lack-of-plan-b-costs-ajax-dear-europa-league-final

May 25

Pogba and Mourinho pleased with Manchester United’s season after Europa League win – video

Paul Pogba says that Manchester United’s season can be regarded as a successful one after the club beat Ajax 2-0 on Wednesday to win the Europa League and secure qualification for next term’s Champions League. It is a view shared both by his manager José Mourinho and team-mate Juan Mata too. In addition to the Europa League, United also won the League Cup and Community Shield over the course of the campaign

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May 25

Where the Europa League final was won and lost

Manchester United executed José Mourinho’s game plan to pefection, Ander Herrera the embodiment of their display – UEFA.com ponders where the final was won and lost.

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May 24

Man Utd dedicate win to attack victims

Manchester United dedicate their Europa League win to the victims of Monday’s attack in the city, as players make heartfelt tributes.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40038320

May 24

Man Utd win brings happiness – Beckham

Manchester United’s Europa League triumph brings “a little happiness at a difficult time”, says former England captain David Beckham.

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/40036251

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