Roberto Mancini claimed it was ‘a miracle’ that Galatasaray reached the knockout stages and said it would be difficult to win tonight

Roberto Mancini exits Galatasaray: Former Manchester City manager leaves post

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Mascherano's 100m euros release clause remains in his new deal

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque raises the World Cup in 2010

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Real Madrid ended a 12-year wait for their 10th European Cup this season but the man who won their ninth and would, according to many, have won 'la decima' way before this year was Vincente del Bosque. Without Del Bosque it took Real six coaches and four seasons to win anything other than a single Spanish Supercopa. Real spent seven years unable to get beyond the last 16 of the Champions League. Here is an edited extract from Graham Hunter's 'Spain: The Inside Story of La Roja's Historic Treble' on the parting of the ways:

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Legends including Fernando Morientes and Pavel Nedved lace up their boots once again while Zinedine Zidane stars for both sides

Angel di Maria was linked with a move to Spurs last summer

Angel di Maria says being linked with transfer to Tottenham 'hurt'

The Real Madrid forward was linked with a switch to White Hart Lane last summer

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Joseph Minala: Italian FA confirms Lazio player is 17, not 42

An African website had reported that the midfielder lied about his age

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Sergio Ramos delighted the hordes of Real Madrid fans that had gathered to celebrate their Champions League success by declaring Los Blancos “rule the capital”. It was 6am on Sunday at Cibeles, the club’s usual gathering point to celebrate cup triumphs, and it came less than a mile away from the square where Atletico Madrid had celebrated their first La Liga win in 18 years just a week before.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone (centre) clashes with Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane

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As the man in black finally downed tools and walked away from the most remarkable season in Atletico Madrid’s history on Saturday night, he did so still with a spring in his step and his head held high.

Real Madrid's coach Paul Clement looks on

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Gerard Deulofeu impressed at Everton last season

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Barca midfielder, who was on loan at Everton, is in the squad to face Bolivia

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