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Tuesday June 2 2020
Champions League Final Eight in Portugal?

UEFA and the ECA are reportedly talking about a Plan B for the Champions League, namely a Final Eight tournament in Portugal concluding on August 22.

The plan currently is to complete the tournament in its usual format by finishing the Round of 16 ties that are still midway through, then the other home and away fixtures.

That would run from approximately August 4 to 29.

According to Mundo Deportivo, there is a Plan B being discussed by UEFA’s Executive Committee and the European Club Association, whose President is Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli.

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Tuesday May 19 2020
Ronaldo is back

Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Continassa after 72 days absence from J Village, subject to medical tests before resuming training.

After Juventus beat Inter 2-0 on March 8, the Portuguese striker travelled to Madeira to learn that Serie A had been suspended and teammate Daniele Rugani had tested positive for coronavirus.

Ronaldo remained in Portugal for two months in the company of his family and has been isolated for the past two weeks, since his return to Turin.

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Thursday April 30 2020
Portugal to resume, Germany wait

While the Bundesliga delays its decision on when to restart, in Portugal they should be given the all-clear to play from late May.

The Portuguese Minister for the Economy announced this evening that the tournament ought to be back on track by the end of this month.

That is because open air training will be allowed from Monday May 4.

The Bundesliga was waiting for the all-clear, but today German authorities decided to postpone the decision until next week in order to avoid a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thursday April 30 2020
Mihajlovic takes Sporting CP to UEFA

Sinisa Mihajlovic has written to UEFA insisting that Sporting CP have not paid the €3m compensation for unfair dismissal, so should be frozen out of Europe.

The current Bologna coach was hired by one Sporting President in early June 2018, then fired less nine days later after a boardroom coup.

He won the case in the employment tribunal in November 2019 and the Portuguese club was ordered to pay Mihajlovic €3m in compensation.

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Friday April 24 2020
Leao donates 24,000 masks

Milan forward Rafael Leao has donated 24,000 face masks to a Portuguese hospital in its fight against coronavirus.

The supply was sent to Hospital Garcia de Orta, based in Leao’s hometown of Almada, Lisbon.

“To the footballer and also his father, Antonio Leao, Hospital Garcia de Orta is grateful for the offer,” the facility said in a statement.

The 20-year-old is currently back in Portugal, with Serie A still on pause as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tuesday April 14 2020
Rui Alves: 'Ronaldo seems super motivated'

Nacional Madeira President Rui Alves reveals Cristiano Ronaldo has been training at their pitch with ‘a great desire to resume play’ and predicts he will stay at Juventus ‘a few more years’.

At home in Madeira, the Portugal captain has used his contacts to help him continue training during the current quarantine and his first club’s patron has revealed the joy he felt seeing Ronaldo back at their pitch.

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Monday April 6 2020
Ronaldo's free kick woes continue

Cristiano Ronaldo’s last free kick effort against Inter was deflected off the wall, meaning he brought a tally of 39 attempts without scoring for Juventus into the forced break.

The Portuguese superstar has yet to score from a free kick for the Old Lady, a miserable run being dubbed a ‘curse’ in Italian media and the latest failed attempt came against the Nerazzurri in the last match before Serie A was suspended.

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Monday April 6 2020
Aerial duels: Alves best in Europe

Parma defender Bruno Alves has won more aerial duels than Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk and joked Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has ‘never beaten me in the air’.

The Portuguese defender has been a rock in the Gialloblu defence since he arrived from Rangers in July 2018 and has been named captain at the Ennio Tardini.

Now, the 38-year-old proves to be one of the protagonists in the top five European Leagues and top the list of aerial duels won, boasting a stat of 78,4 per cent, a number that can’t be bettered by anyone this campaign.

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Sunday April 5 2020
Trainer: 'Ronaldo recharging batteries'

Cristiano Ronaldo’s former trainer believes the forced rest caused by the coronavirus pandemic “will help him recharge his batteries” and be even stronger for Juventus.

The 35-year-old is back home in Madeira during the lockdown that has ground sport to a halt, a rare period of time off from a packed fixture list.

“This rest, especially at his age, will help him recharge his batteries, retain that hunger and desire to play,” talent scout and trainer Leonel Pontes told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Monday March 9 2020
Ronaldo on 1000th: 'I'm so proud'

Cristiano Ronaldo played his 1000th match in Juventus' 2-0 win over Inter at the Allianz Stadium. “I’m so proud, very important win.”

The 35-year-old didn’t score on the night but reached an incredible milestone by playing his 1000th match in his career stretching across spells at Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid and now the Bianconeri.

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