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Real Madrid has won its 12th UEFA Champions League, adding a trophy to its La Liga crown.

Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Juventus added domestic honors in their countries, while Manchester United claimed the UEFA Europa League crown.

Yes, club soccer’s season is well and truly complete, which has us thinking about an XI from across the top leagues of Europe.

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It’s not just Real’s starting lineup, but it isn’t too far off…

Goalkeeper: Here’s one that could have readers scratching their heads, as arguments can be made for a pair of goalkeepers whose teams didn’t win much of anything. AC Milan teenage wonder Gianluigi Donnarumma was the top goalkeeper according to WhoScored, and finished eighth on Squawka’s list.

He won’t make our XI, but those stats are worth mentioning. We also stop ourselves from tabbing PL stars Thibaut Courtois, Petr Cech, and David De Gea, as well as Gianluigi Buffon, Keylor Navas, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

That’s because Spurs’ Hugo Lloris had the best mix of performance scores, stats, and — frankly — being needed in tough spots. The French backstop gets a spot in our team despite failing to win significant hardware.

Defenders: With respect to Gerard Pique, and Mats Hummels, the three who make our list are magnificent with the ball at their feet and also coming at them.

David Luiz of Chelsea and Filipe Luis of Atleti both just miss out as well, with David Alaba of Bayern also stung by omissions.

Leonardo Bonucci played the most Serie A minutes of any Juventus defender, and was as important to the club’s possession as he was to its defense. Marcelo is one of the big three keys to Real’s success along with Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo, and — flops aside — Ramos has a knack for being around all the big plays in a game and season.

Midfielders: Real rarely loses at all, and it loses even less with Casemiro in the lineup. We’ll pair him up with Chelsea’s whiz N'Golo Kante, who’s been the key piece of consecutive Premier League winners.

Their motors will allow Eden Hazard to essentially be a fourth forward, while Thiago Alcantara finally gets some just desserts as one of the most complete midfielders in the world.

Forwards: With respect to Edinson Cavani and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it didn’t get much easier than this group.


Lloris (Spurs)

 Marcelo (Real Madrid) — Ramos (Real Madrid) — Bonucci (Juve)

 Casemiro (Real Madrid) — Kante (Chelsea)

Alcantara (Bayern) — Hazard (Chelsea)

Ronaldo (Real Madrid) — Lewandowski (Bayern)– Messi (Barca)

Adidas reveals away kits for Mexico, Argentina, 7 other World Cup squads

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Fans of El Tri, La Albiceleste, Die Mannschaft and more can now get their hands on another set of 2018 World Cup jerseys.

Adidas unveiled the latest designs for the away kits of nine World Cup squads, including Mexico, Argentina and the defending champions Germany, with some of the team’s star players modeling the kits. Carlos Vela, Lionel Messi and Toni Kroos are all pictured in Adidas’ photo shoots with the new kits, and the uniforms are inspired by the kits worn at previous World Cups.

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Sweden, Colombia, Japan, Belgium and the host nation Russia are also included.

“For adidas, the World Cup has always been the stage to showcase some of our most iconic products, innovations and designs,” Juergen Rank, Senior Design Director said in a statement. “Many of these classic designs remain hugely popular with fans, and we want to continue to celebrate them while introducing new innovations, combining authenticity with progression.

“The new official World Cup away kits feature both the latest product technologies to ensure peak performance on the pitch and easily identifiable classic looks, making them perfectly suited to both the stadium and the street.”

Check out the latest kit release from Adidas below.

Ronaldo: “I always believe I am the best”

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You’ve got to appreciate the over-sized ego of Cristiano Ronaldo, even if it is deserved.

The 33-year-old Real Madrid striker was bestowed the 2017 Player of the Year award from the Portugal FA, earning 65 percent of the vote. But more than winning yet another trophy to add to his burgeoning case was what he told the media after accepting the award.

“We have to defend what is ours because there is always a Portuguese in the fight (for the top awards),” Ronaldo said, via AS. “I always believe and say that I am the best, whatever they say, and then I show it in the field. We are in the fight year after year.”

Ronaldo did score 42 goals last year for Real Madrid and has scored 18 goals in 2018 alone already for Los Blancos as the club look to go back-to-back-to-back in the UEFA Champions League.

Miazga: “We’re all ready to make an impression” with USMNT

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Last October, for reasons unknown, Matt Miazga didn’t make the U.S. Men’s National Team squad for its final two World Cup qualifiers.

Five months later, he’s risen to the top of the centerback depth chart.

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The hulking centerback spoke on Tuesday as the USMNT started off its training camp in Cary, N.C., noting that the youth-laden squad wanted to make an impression to stay in the picture moving forward. With four years until the next World Cup and still more than a year until competitive matches, there is still plenty of shuffling and expanding of the player pool to do before then.

Have a listen to Miazga and enjoy the sights and sounds of the USMNT training camp ahead of its friendly match against Paraguay.


Banker Gaetano Micciche elected Serie A president

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MILAN (AP) Bank boss Gaetano Micciche has been elected president of Serie A.

Micciche, the president of Banca IMI, was chosen unanimously on Monday by the Italian league’s 20 clubs.

He succeeds Maurizio Beretta, who left the position nearly a year ago.

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The league has been under emergency leadership, first by former Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio then by Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago.

Malago recommended Micciche for the position.

The federation remains under emergency leadership following Tavecchio’s resignation in the wake of Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.