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Champions League trophyReal Madrid opened the defence of their Champions League title with a 5-1 mauling of Basel in Group B at the Santiago Bernabeu. Nearly four months on from securing La Decima in Lisbon, the record winners showed glimpses of their brilliant best and, after an own-goal from Marek Suchy got the ball rolling, Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodrguez all found the target in seven first-half minutes. Derlis Gonzalez grabbed one back for Basle but Karim Benzema completed the scoring with ten minutes remaining.

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lvg-newLouis van Gaal hailed a “new start” for Manchester United and said they are only going to get better.

United, inspired by record £59.7million singing Angel Di Maria, blitzed visitors Queens Park Rangers to secure their first win under new manager Van Gaal.

Van Gaal said he wanted to put the fear factor back into Old Trafford and his United side did just that to kick-start their season.

Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata all scored as Van Gaal set his sights on winning the title and making United the highest-scoring team in the Premier League.

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Champions League Returns This Week

bale-trophyThe best club tournament in the world returns this week, as Real Madrid will begin defence of their Champions League trophy on Tuesday.

The competition kicks off with an array of enticing fixtures, including Arsenal‘s trip to Borussia Dortmund, the first of three showdowns between the Premier League and Bundesliga, as Manchester City also play Bayern Munich and Chelsea meet Schalke.

The fixtures
Group A

Olympiacos-Atletico Madrid
Juventus-Malmo

Group B
Liverpool-Ludogorets
Real Madrid-Basel

Group C
Monaco-Bayer Leverkusen
Benfica- Zenit St Petersburg

Group D
Galatasaray-Anderlecht
Borussia Dortmund-Arsenal

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Trouble In Madrid

Ancelotti-real-madridReal Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti came to the defence of his underperforming squad as they prepare to begin their defence of the Champions League against Basel on Tuesday.

Real have had a horrible start to the season, losing the Supercopa de España to city rivals Atletico, and then only winning one of their first three games in La Liga. Ancelotti’s side lready trail Barcelona by six points in the league, having lost at Real Sociedad and at home to Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Still Ancelotti believes he has the talent at his disposal to become the first side to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.

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Manchester United Galacticos Run Wild

di-maria-mufcIt took a few matches longer than expected but the Louis Ban Gaal era kicked off in style on Sunday as Manchester United thumped Queens Park Rangers 4-0 to hand Louis van Gaal his first win as manager. Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata all got on the scoresheet as United ripped QPR apart in the opening 45 minutes.

United fans arrived at Old Trafford ready to welcome new signings Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao but while all three impressed, it was the contribution of Di Maria that excited the United fans the most.

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one_aaron_ramseyFinally we get back to Premier League action this weekend, and Arsenal and Wales star Aaron Ramsey is an doubt for Saturday’s blockbuster match between Arsenal and Manchester City after picking up an ankle injury on international duty.

Ramsey appeared to twist his ankle late in the game against Andorra, which Wales won 2-1 and was substituted before the final whistle.

Wales boss Chris Coleman said after the game that he was hopeful the problem was not long-term.

“He got a kick and there was a twist in his ankle,” the coach explained. “It was coming to the end of the game, and it was pointless taking a risk with him.

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Man United Announce Record Revenue Of £433.2m

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Any doubt as to how Manchester United could afford their summer spending spree with Financial Fair Play ended today when the club announced record revenues of £433.2m and profits of £23.8m for last season.

The engine behind United’s license to print money is its commercial side of the club, as sponsorship revenue increased by 49% and commercial revenue soared nearly a quarter to £189.3m. Commercial revenues account for almost half of United’s total turnover, which is why getting United back in the Champions League this season will be Louis Van Gaal top priority.

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falcao-mufcWhile Manchester United embarked on the second most expensive summer spending spree in football history, financial fair play (FFP) forced other top clubs to sell accruing to the Soccerex Transfer Review by Prime Time Sport.

United spent €196 million on Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.

Only Real Madrid in 2009, when they spent €265 million for Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka, has spent more than United in a summer transfer window.

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Roy_Hodgson_is_ConfusedIt’s only the first match of Euro 2016 qualifying but England took a high step towards France with a 2-0 win over Switzerland in Basel. New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck scored both goals, his first international goals in more than a year to lead the three lions to victory.

The 23-year-old showed why Arsenal paid £16m for his signature as he turned home a Raheem Sterling cross on a lightning counter-attack that also involved captain Wayne Rooney. And the former Manchester United man rounded off the win in injury time with a well-taken finish.

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Revs Win Again

charlie-daviesNew England Revolution extended their Major League Soccer winning streak to four matches with a 2-1 victory over Chicago Fire on Sunday. Sanna Nyassi put the Fire ahead after 28 minutes but Diego Fagundez levelled things four minutes before the break, heading in a Lee Nguyen cross,

Then Charlie Davies turned the game on its head on the hour just two minutes after coming on when he scored late in the second half off of a Jermaine Jones through ball from midfield.

The Revs (12-12-3, 39 pts.) sit in third place in the Eastern Conference, three points back of second-place Sporting KC, while Chicago (5-7-14, 29 pts.) sits in ninth place.

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