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Tuesday May 30 2017
Bale: 'Special to win in Cardiff'

Gareth Bale admits he is “working hard to be ready for Juventus-Real Madrid. It’d be special for me to win the Champions League in Cardiff.”

The Final is on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, so the Wales international is particularly eager to shake off injury concerns.

“I am in good shape and am working hard to be ready, so two sessions a day to reach Cardiff in the best possible condition,” Bale told Real Madrid TV.

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Tuesday May 30 2017
Zidane: ‘Two best teams in final’

Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane feels “this year the two best teams are in the final” as he prepares for the Juventus game.

The Champions League final takes place in Cardiff this Saturday, with Los Merengues trying to win the competition for the second time in a row.

“It’s a final, the 90 minutes will be different,” Zidane said in his Press conference today.

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Thursday May 11 2017
Morientes Juve-Madrid prediction

Fernando Morientes predicts Real Madrid will beat Juventus in the Champions League Final “with a non-existent Gareth Bale penalty.”

The sides will face off in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on June 3, their first Final meeting since an offside Predrag Mijatovic goal in 1998.

“I believe this time the result will also be 1-0 to Real Madrid,” former striker Morientes told Spanish newspaper As.

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Tuesday March 7 2017
Bale in doubt for Napoli?

Reports in Spain and Italy say Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is a slight doubt for tonight’s Napoli game.

The Welsh winger had been expected to start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, as Los Merengues seek to kill off the Champions League tie which they currently lead 3-1.

However, TVE in Spain reports that Bale didn’t finish last night’s training session at Stadio San Paolo, meaning he may start the match on the bench.

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Tuesday February 14 2017
Napoli a Real problem

Real Madrid’s form building up to Napoli has been far from convincing. Football Espana’s Livio Caferoglu assesses Los Blancos’ chances.

Football’s a funny old game. Roll back to before the winter break and Real Madrid didn’t only look invincible, but were invincible. Yet since setting a new Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten, the thought of Los Blancos giving up their Champions League crown at the last-16 stage to Napoli no longer seems such an impossibility.

Of course, it will still take a herculean effort from the Partenopei to have a shot at dethroning the holders, not to mention a little luck. But whereas they are firing on all cylinders at the moment, Madrid are not.

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Tuesday February 14 2017
Official: Bale out for Napoli

Gareth Bale has officially been left out of the Real Madrid squad for tomorrow’s Napoli game.

The Welshman has been out with an ankle injury since November, but had returned to training with the squad this week.

Coach Zinedine Zidane had said today that he may call Bale up for the match, but it appears he has decided that the forward isn’t fit enough.

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Tuesday February 14 2017
Zidane: ‘Bale could be called’

Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane confirms Gareth Bale could be called-up for Napoli but “we must proceed with caution”.

The Welsh international hasn’t played since November due to an ankle injury, but has returned to training with the rest of the squad.

“He’s back in the group, he’s trained twice and he’s fine,” Zidane confirmed in his pre-match Press conference. “He’s recovered, so we’ll see if he’ll be called-up. He spent three months out so we must proceed with caution.

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Tuesday June 21 2016
Florenzi fastest Azzurro

Alessandro Florenzi recorded Italy's fastest sprint in Euro 2016 so far, but he is very far off from record-holder Kingsley Coman of France.

UEFA have been recording the speed reached by the continent's footballers in their quickest dashes in the tournament.

It turns out that jack-of-all-trades Florenzi, who came on as a central midfielder against Belgium and started as a left winger against Sweden, was the fastest Azzurro so far.

He was clocked at 30.7km/h, which beats Antonio Candreva's 30.1km/h and Eder's 29.9km/h.

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Monday June 20 2016
Wales top Group B

Aaron Ramsey-inspired Wales thrashed Russia to advance as Group B winners.

Goals from Neil Taylor, Ramsey and Bale saw the Welsh run out 3-0 winners, enough to win the group as England were held by Slovakia.

Chris Coleman’s side knew that a win would see them into the Last 16, while the Russians were staring down the barrel of elimination.

Wales took the lead with just over 10 minutes played. James Chester intercepted the ball in midfield, allowing Joe Allen to play a perfect pass to Aaron Ramsey.

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Thursday June 16 2016
Sturridge breaks Welsh hearts

A late Daniel Sturridge winner saw England past dogged Wales in Lens.

Gareth Bale put Chris Coleman's side ahead with a long-range free-kick, before substitutes Jamie Vardy and Sturrige gave the Three Lions their first three points of the tournament.

This was the 102nd time the two sides had met, but the first ever to take place away from British soil.

Raheem Sterling should have opened the scoring after just seven minutes, but he somehow contrived to smash Adam Lallana’s cross over the bar with the goal gaping.

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