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England glee proves why Liverpool fans revelled in Champions League run

Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol doesn't mince his words when responding to Dejan Lovren's comments about being one of the world's top defenders.

Following much optimism and tremendous hoopla after years of not getting anywhere in the biggest tournament they can compete in, England finally succumbed to defeat in an Eastern European capital.

Liverpool fans know the feeling, but they couldn't bank on the nation telling them that they'd overachieved, that even reaching the Champions League final indicated a brighter future.

Generally, few "neutrals" could rein in their glee at the outcome. Any attempt to put the Reds' European campaign into...

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AC Milan celebrate Paolo Maldini on Champions League legend's 50th birthday

Paolo Maldini lifted the European Cup with AC Milan for a fifth time in 2007
Paolo Maldini has won the European Cup as many times as each of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

AC Milan paid tribute to Paolo Maldini on Tuesday as the club legend celebrated his 50th birthday.

Maldini's 24 years with the Milan first team mean he has spent almost half of his five decades on earth representing the Rossoneri, and many of his former teammates paid tribute to the ex-Italy captain's glorious career.

Milan tweeted a moving collage of portrait images from every season he was at the club, which basically just shows his change of hairstyles -- all perfectly in place -- while his face...

Chaos rules at Madrid post Zinedine with Ronaldo, Bale futures on hold

The FC panel respond to reports of Cristiano Ronaldo's unhappiness at Real Madrid and discuss why this story doesn't seem to go away.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains why Cristiano Ronaldo's repetitive threats to leave Real Madrid are losing value.
ESPN FC's Stevie Nicol feels Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid at exactly the right time after rumours suggest a rift with Florentino Perez.
Sid Lowe explains what Real Madrid will be looking for in their managerial search, and the FC crew ponder whether Arsene Wenger is a good fit.

Real Madrid are in a state of flux. The club continue their search for Zinedine Zidane's replacement, with a long list of issues which cannot be resolved until the new man is appointed.

Zidane's shock decision to step down just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League trophy appears to have taken everyone at the Bernabeu by surprise. There's speculation and uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale's future, as well as where the team will do the majority of their preseason...

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos called out on Twitter by Adebayo 'Beast' Akinfenwa

Liverpool supporter and professional footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa is still not over the Champions League final -- and he is lashing all of his frustration towards Real Madrid's pantomime villain Sergio Ramos.

Ramos has come under fire for being part of the tussle that saw Mohamed Salah forced to withdraw early with a shoulder injury before the Spain defender collided with Loris Karius, giving the Liverpool goalkeeper a concussion.

Akinfenwa, who plays as a striker for League One club Wycombe Wanderers,...

 By Chris Wright

Besiktas fined after cat interrupts Champions League clash with Bayern Munich

UEFA have hit Besiktas with a €34,000 fine (approx. $40,000) for the heinous crime of letting a cat interrupt their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Bayern Munich back in March.

Referee Michael Oliver had to halt play for a couple of minutes at the Vodafone Arena when the ginger feline came nonchalantly trotting out onto the pitch in the second half of the match.

UEFA subsequently charged Besiktas, finding them guilty of "insufficient organisation" as well as several other disciplinary...

Goalkeepers live with their errors for a long time, but Karius can rebound

The FC crew react to the news Liverpool's Loris Karius suffered a concussion after a collision with Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final.

LIVERPOOL, England -- Former Premier League goalkeeper Shaka Hislop can remember nearly all of his goalkeeping blunders in as much detail as the best moments of his 15-year playing career. Those mistakes would force Hislop to shut off from the outside world, with comforting words from those closest to him would offering no solace in the aftermath.

Following Loris Karius' error-filled performance in the Champions League final, in which the Reds goalkeeper was discovered to have suffered a concussion...