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Champions League best XI: Haland, Di Maria and Ter Stegen lead the way

The Champions League group stage is back, but who were the stars this week? Here's the best XI from the first games.

UCL TOTW matchday one
The Champions League's best performers from this week.

Goalkeeper: Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Barcelona were well under par in their 0-0 draw against Borussia Dortmund so it was fortunate they had a goalkeeper in such fine form. Ter Stegen brilliantly saved Marco Reus' second-half penalty, recovering smartly to gather the ball before anyone could gobble up the rebound, and also saved twice more from his countryman at close quarters....

LIVE: Champions League group stage draw

The draw for the Champions League group stages will take place on Thursday, Aug. 29 in Monaco and is expected to begin at noon ET / 4 p.m. GMT.

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GROUP A: PSG, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray
GROUP B: Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Olympiakos, Red Star Belgrade
GROUP C: Man City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb, Atalanta
GROUP D: Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Moscow
GROUP E: Liverpool, Napoli, FC...



Rocco Commisso Q&A: Fiorentina's new owner on why he's investing in Serie A and his fight with US Soccer

Rocco Commisso believes in the resurgence of Serie A and as the new owner of Fiorentina, he's ready to dive in.

Rocco Commisso was 12 years old when he emigrated from his native Calabria, located in the toe of the Italian boot, to New York City. His quickly became an immigrant success story: academic excellence in Catholic high school, a full academic scholarship to Columbia University and then a blazing career in finance and telecommunications that saw him become a billionaire several times over.

He has long been passionate about soccer -- he was an all-American in college and Columbia's stadium is named...

Toe Poke Daily: 7 ways football has changed in 10 years since Ronaldo left Man United for Real Madrid

Gab Marcotti dissects the rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi fans and finds it "odd" how supporters of one generally dislike the other.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno and Shaka Hislop explain how Portugal won the tactical battle in the Nations League final over the Netherlands.

The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.

Jump to: Salah lands more silverware out at sea

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the day that Manchester United accepted an £80 million offer from Real Madrid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo.

He was unveiled at the Bernabeu a month later, and since then Ronaldo has scored 478 goals (in 481 games), becoming Real Madrid's all-time...

Toe Poke Daily: FIFA 20 trailer unveils new Volta street football mode

FIFA Volta takes football back to the streets... and to the rooftops.

The Toe Poke Daily is here every day to bring you all the weirdest stories, quirkiest viral content and top trolling that the internet has to offer, all in one place.

Jump to: Van Dijk snubbed from UEFA's best XIPickford on penalty: 'I had never taken one in a real game'

An exciting new game mode is coming to the FIFA franchise, with EA Sports confirming that "Volta" will be included as part of FIFA 20.

Featuring lots of new flicks, tricks and skills, Volta essentially allows players to...

Will the big clubs get the Champions League revamp they crave?

Andrea Agnelli, president of the ECA and chairman of Juventus, is hoping to get his way over time regarding big reforms and guarantees for big clubs in European competitions.

SAINT JULIAN, MALTA -- The European Clubs Association (ECA) met in Malta over two days to discuss what is bound to be one of the most impactful topics of the next few years: reform of European competitions. It's going to be a long process, involving the ECA, the leagues, the federations and, of course, UEFA who ultimately get to decide.

Here's a Q&A to assess where we are.

Q: Wait ... reform? It's that souped up crazy pro/rel Champions' League proposal that you wrote about and didn't like,...