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Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic

Manchester City Champions League 2014/15 fixtures: Bayern Munich up first for Manuel Pellegrini's side

Group E starts with trip to the German giants

£16m signing Mario Balotelli will be in action for Liverpool in the group stage
Arsene Wenger has admitted side got slightly 'lucky' in Champions League qualifier against Besiktas

Arsenal Champions League fixtures 2014/15: Gunners begin with tricky trip to Borussia Dortmund

Group D will be far from plain sailing for Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez celebrates after scoring his first goal for Arsenal in the Champions League qualifier against Besiktas
The Europa League trophy

Europa League 2014/15 draw: Everton, Tottenham and Celtic learn group stage fate

Everton given tough task in group stage

The giant banner displayed by Legia Warsaw supporters last night

Legia Warsaw supporters hit out at Uefa for booting them out of Champions League with striking banner

Polish side were ejected from the competition for fielding ineligible player

Demba Ba has said he came very close to joining Arsenal this summer

Demba Ba came within inches of dream move to Arsenal

The striker ended up at Turkish side Besiktas, who the Gunners dumped out of the Champions League this week

Champions League draw 2014/15: Manchester City aim to make it third time lucky as they are paired with Bayern Munich again

And Liverpool happy despite drawing European champions Real Madrid

Cosmin Moti celebrates his match-winning efforts on Wednesday night

PFL Ludogorets Razgrad vs Steaua Bucharest: Cosmin Moti’s late penalty heroics delight little Ludogorets

Defender stands in after goalkeeper is dismissed and saves two spot-kicks... after opening the scoring in the shootout

Robbie Brady scored twice for Hull in their Europa League tie

Hull City vs KSC Lokeren Europa League match report: Robbie Brady double falls short of giving Tigers the edge

Hull City 2 KSC Lokeren 1 (2-2 on aggregate: Lokeren win on away goals)

Harry Kane settles Spurs' nerves with their first goal against AEL Limassol

Tottenham Hotspur vs AEL Limassol Europa League match report: Harry Kane proves Spurs’ perfect citizen

Tottenham Hotspur 3 AEL Limassol 0 (Tottenham win 5-1 on aggregate)

Alan Kennedy lifts the European Cup after Liverpool defeated Real Madrid in 1981

Champions League draw: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City learn group stage fate

Chelsea escape with easiest group whilst Liverpool are paired with Real Madrid

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PREVIEWPressure builds on Van Gaal, Everton vs Chelsea and other talking points
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The giant banner displayed by Legia Warsaw supporters last night
Polish side were booted out of the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player against Celtic earlier this month
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Lip service: Mohamed Al Fayed (left) welcomes new Fulham owner Shahid Khan to Craven Cottage
The former Cottagers owner took exception after he was blamed for the club's current problems
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<b>England moment:</b> Sent off at the 2006 World Cup for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho. England go on to lose the quarter-final with Portugal on penalties.
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EXCLUSIVE COLUMNWatching Manchester City on Monday night, the scale of the club’s ambitions was clear for anyone to see. They do not just want to be champions of England; this is a squad built to win the Champions League, too
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Michel Platini has ruled out opposing Sepp Blatter for Fifa’s top job

Tom Peck: Frenchman will not stand against his rival in race to be the head of football's global body

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Lawsuit aims to see a limit introduced on the number of times young players are allowed to head the ball
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Italian awaits Liverpool debut
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...and hope Wembley will host Euro 2020 final as well
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James Hanson (left) celebrates the winner for Bradford City after three late goals in four minutes saw them come from behind to beat Championship side Leeds
DRAWArsenal face Southampton, West Brom vs Hull and Crystal Palace against Newcastle
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Manuel Almunia pictured during his time at Watford
The stopper has retired from football following the discovery
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England's Frank Lampard and Steven Gerard train together ahead of Saturday's clash with Kazakhstan
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Real Madrid have unveiled a new black third kit featuring a dragon
Real Madrid have unveiled their new black third kit... featuring dragons
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