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juventus beats porto 1-0 to reach champions league quarters


turin, italy — paulo dybala's penalty set juventus on its way to a 1-0 win over 10-man porto on tuesday and a place in the champions league quarterfinals.a day after he said it was his "dream" to score past veteran goalkeeper iker casillas, dybala converted from the spot in the 42nd minute after maxi pereira was sent off for handling the ball on the goal line.massimiliano allegri's side progressed from the round of 16 with a 3-0 victory on aggregate and maintained its impressive record at the juventus stadium."i have to congratulate the lads for passing the round, as it wasn't easy," allegri said. "we had a good first half, we controlled the ball well and didn't concede. then once we went ahead, once they went a man down, we only half played the second period and we need to improve on that






mls: chicago fire burn bright; new england revs, dc united get wins


milan (ap) gonzalo higuain is coming back into form at just the right time for juventus.higuain hadn’t scored for five matches before netting two against former club napoli midweek as juventus progressed to the italian cup final. and the forward netted another double to fire the bianconeri past chievo verona 2-0 in serie a on saturday.juventus moved nine points clear of second-placed roma, which visits bologna on sunday.massimiliano allegri will be hoping higuain can make it three out of three when juventus hosts barcelona in the first leg of the champions league quarterfinals on tuesday.“it will be a very difficult match in the champions league, we’re facing a really great team, but we have to remain calm and get to it in top condition,” higuain said. “as we respect them, they respect us,






juventus beats porto 1-0 to reach champions league quarters


turin, italy — paulo dybala's penalty set juventus on its way to a 1-0 win over 10-man porto on tuesday and a place in the champions league quarterfinals.dybala, who had said it was his "dream" to score past veteran goalkeeper iker casillas, converted from the spot in the 42nd minute after maxi pereira was sent off for handling the ball on the goal line.massimiliano allegri's side progressed 3-0 on aggregate and maintained its impressive record at the juventus stadium.it was casillas' 175th appearance in european competition, breaking the previous record held by former italy and ac milan defender paolo maldini.trailing 2-0 from the first leg, it was always going to be an uphill task for porto against the five-time defending serie a champion.especially as juventus hadn't lost in turin in th






soccer fan's scheme for best seat leads to emergency room visit


by marissa payne, (c) 2017, the washington postofficials in the small italian city of crotone figured things were going to get wild on wednesday when juventus, one of the country’s best and most popular soccer teams, e to town. so they made a plan.along with bumping up security around the coastal city’s sold-out, 16,000-seat stadium, officials  put extra guards around its hospital, according to reports, which happens to be situated across from the stadium and offers some of the best views of the action from its higher floors.ospedale san giovanni di dio officials wanted to avoid a situation that occurred during an earlier juventus visit, when several fans disguised themselves as visitors of patients to stake out a spot at one of the upper-floor windows, italian sports website calcionews24






buffon: a world-class career in numbers


nine hundred and ninety-nine not out! no, it’s not a cricket score, but the number of matches gianluigi buffon has played since becoming a professional footballer back in november 1995.juventus’ iconic keeper and captain is set to join the 1000 club tonight, as italy take on albania in a world cup qualifier in palermo.an extraordinary milestone for an extraordinary man. gigi’s career is simply littered with records that ought to be impossible.only last sunday, he overtook giampiero boniperti as the player to have racked up the most minutes for juventus in serie a – a grand total of 39,707. that equates to four straight weeks between the sticks without a break, and that’s not even taking into account his appearances in the domestic and european cup competitions down the years.






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jose mourinho leaps to paul pogba's defense in epic rant


manchester united manager jose mourinho has jumped to the defense of paul pogba in a scathing rebuke of the midfielder’s naysayers. the manager hit out at critics, particularly pundits, who the portuguese says are conveying a level of envy that has the manager “scared.”“it’s not paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money that some players — some very good players — did in the past. it is not his fault that some of the pundits, they are in real trouble with their lives and they need every coin to survive and paul is a multi-millionaire. it is not his fault.”pogba, who signed this past summer from juventus for a record £100 million fee and earns a reported £290,000-per week, hasn’t quite lived up to the lofty expectations set for him. he’s far been far from a bust, but the midfielder has s






captain khedira, a leader and role model


 listen •       "a leader, role model and good communicator"•       "i’ve found the right path" •       wearing the armband for the second timemidfielder sami khedira will lead reigning world champions germany onto the pitch as captain for their fifa world cup™ qualifying match against azerbaijan in baku on sunday. it will be the 29-year-old’s second appearance as skipper, having previously pulled on the armband against spain in november 2014. what others say"a leader, role model in terms of attitude and a good communicator with a winner’s mentality and professionalism – that’s sami khedira."germany coach joachim low"if we ever have a kickabout as mates, i would always pick sami as the first player on my team, if given the chance. he was an absolute revelation to me. i have to admit that i






ooh la la! cypriot renews platini memorabilia record bid


mosfiloti, cyprus — a cypriot fan of former soccer player and administrator michel platini renewed a bid sunday to be entered in the guinness book of world records for the biggest collection of platini memorabilia.philippos stavrou platini — yes, he legally adopted his sports hero's surname — said he has nearly doubled the number of items he owns from the frenchman's days as a player and as president of european soccer's governing body, uefa, to 41,630.stavrou platini said that losing the record to a brazilian collector four years ago made him more determined to be crowned the king of all things platini.the centerpiece of his collection is the official uefa suit plantini wore for years at official functions and gave to his cypriot admirer as a gift in 2010, a year after visiting the house






champions league: leicester face atletico madrid in quarter-final


leicester have not beaten atletico in their four previous meetingsleicester city have been drawn against spanish side atletico madrid in their maiden champions league quarter-final.the premier league champions progressed to the last eight by beating spanish title-chasers sevilla 3-2 on aggregate.leicester will play the first leg against last year's beaten finalists away from home on 11 or 12 april, with the return leg on 18 or 19 april.holders real madrid face bayern munich, while barcelona take on juventus and borussia dortmund play monaco.atletico are the only side left in the quarter-finals who leicester have previously played, but the foxes have not beaten the spaniards in their four previous meetings.diego simeone's side were beaten by neighbours real madrid on penalties in last seaso






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bundesliga: eintracht frankfurt at bayer leverkusen, 8:30 a.m. urday, fs2. bayer is still without javier "chicharito" hernandez, as the club's talisman is injured. it's part of the reason that leverkeusen is struggling this year. frankfurt was nearly relegated last season, but a major turnaround — and the league's second-best defense — has it in third place, nearing a champions league spot.premier league: tottenham at liverpool, 11:30 a.m. urday, ch. 11. a promising season for liverpool appears to be careening off the rails, as the reds have won just one of their past 10 games in all competitions. a victory over tottenham won't rescue what was supposed to be liverpool's chance to push for the title. but it would help soothe the angry fans at anfield.premier league: leicester city at swanse






buffon and casillas: honour and respect


nothing brings a smile to the face of supporters quite as effectively as a demonstration of respect and admiration from one of their favourite stars to another.simultaneously, no other competition in club football is capable of consistently igniting the same passion and thrill factor as the champions league.the excitement then when gianluigi buffon and iker casillas exchanged messages of support on twitter in the aftermath of the tournament’s last 16 draw in december which pitted juventus and porto against each other, was entirely justified. 






juventus and manchester city begin their champions league round of 16 campaigns


in a week that also features fa and efl cup intrigue, the uefa champions league resumes its round of 16 today and wednesday.here’s a quick look at each of the four matches:manchester city vs. monacothe experience of vincent kompany will be a big miss for pep guardiola’s side when it hosts monaco this afternoon (2:45 p.m. et, fs1). it will also be interesting to see if the manager opts for claudio bravo or willy caballero in goal.more important for city may be its ability to work the other keeper in this match. city’s offense has sputtered of late, most recently being kept off the score sheet by championship side huddersfield in a fa cup match saturday.monaco might not be splashing the cash as it was a few years ago, but they’re playing excellent soccer at the moment. leonardo jardim’s side






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70 years with giampiero boniperti


boniperti established himself the following season, scoring 27 times on the way to winning the serie a golden boot.three years later, he was lifting the first of five scudetto titles in 1950, lighting up the italian game throughout the decade as part of one of the deadliest striking trios the peninsular has ever seen, lining up alongside john charles and omar sivori.the novara-born winger cum centre forward would end his playing career in 1971 with 179 goals to his name, a club record that would stand for just under 40 years, claimed eventually by alessandro del piero.but that was just the beginning. taking the reins of the club as president in 1981, nine further italian championships and every single international honour going were added to the club’s trophy cabinet, with his famous mantr






paul scholes: england need an identity under gareth southgate


gareth southgate instructs his players during a training sessionengland v lithuania, world cup qualifyingdate: sunday, 26 march venue: wembley kick-off: 17:00 bst coverage: listen on bbc radio 5 live or follow live text commentary on the bbc sport website.england boss gareth southgate must establish an identity for the national side, says paul scholes.southgate effectively used a three-man defence in the 1-0 friendly loss in germany on wednesday.it is the same system used to good effect by premier league leaders chelsea and italian champions juventus."if he [southgate] feels that's the right way to go, i think it's a really good way of playing," former england player scholes told bbc's sportsweek."over the past few years we seem to copy whoever is doing well, whether it's spain or germany.






time for europe's elite to start taking leicester seriously


leicester, england — the obvious answer was barcelona or real madrid. bayern munich would have been understandable, too.but when gianluigi buffon was asked which team he would like to avoid in the draw for the champions league quarterfinals, the juventus goalkeeper went for competition's big outsider."leicester," the italy great said, "because it is a dangerous team, a team which will have enthusiasm, a team which has the weapons to cause trouble for teams who want to take the initiative."against leicester, buffon added, "there would also be everything to lose."indeed, the previously unheralded club from central england is making a habit of embarrassing europe's big teams.last season, the cream of english soccer couldn't live with leicester, which romped to the premier league title by 10 p






time for europe’s elite to start taking leicester seriously


leicester, england (ap) — the obvious answer was barcelona or real madrid. bayern munich would have been understandable, too.but when gianluigi buffon was asked which team he would like to avoid in the draw for the champions league quarterfinals, the juventus goalkeeper went for competition’s big outsider.“leicester,” the italy great said, “because it is a dangerous team, a team which will have enthusiasm, a team which has the weapons to cause trouble for teams who want to take the initiative.”against leicester, buffon added, “there would also be everything to lose.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.indeed, the previously unheralded club from central england is making a habit of embarrassing europe’s big teams.last season, the cream of english soccer couldn’t live w






liverpool linked with 'new michael laudrup'


he's been dubbed the new michael laudrup – now reported liverpool target mikkel duelund is eager to impress potential suitors by upsetting england. the 19-year-old danish midfielder will line up for his country's u21 side against the young lions tomorrow in his homeland.duelund's tally of 10 goals in 13 u19s games surpassed the denmark record of barcelona, real madrid and juventus great laudrup.liverpool were said to be tracking the fc midtjylland youngster last year, with claims they were the club duelund rejected overtures from in order to continue learning his trade at home.and of tomorrow's match, he said: “i'm only 19 and this u21 game against the english talents is a great test for me.“most of the opponents are a couple of years older than me and playing in leagues where i want to be






luis enrique got a lot wrong as barcelona stumble in la liga title hunt


well, that didn’t go according to plan for barcelona, at all. after real madrid were held to a draw in the madrid derby earlier saturday, it was expected barcelona would handle business against malaga and jump up to first place. that didn’t happen.real madrid left the door open, and rather than ease through it barcelona rammed their faces into the door jamb and bloodied their noses. the manner in which they lost to malaga 2-0 was alarming, too. this wasn’t a smash-and-grab job by the hosts, lucky to get one over on mighty barcelona. no, malaga were the better team overall on saturday, more than deserving of the result.the officials had a horrible match, it must be said, but they were indiscriminate when it came to their incompetence. barcelona had a late clear-cut penalty reduced to just a






leicester beats sevilla, reaches champions league quarters


leicester, england — first, the premier league title. now, the champions league quarterfinals.is there no end to leicester's soccer fairytale?the improbable rise of a previously unheralded club from central england touched new heights on tuesday when leicester beat sevilla 2-0 to reach the last eight of europe's elite club competition, courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate victory.two years ago to the day, leicester was in last place in the premier league after a dour 0-0 home draw with hull. on friday, its name will be in a pot alongside the cream of the continent — barcelona, real madrid, bayern munich, borussia dortmund, juventus and two others — in the champions league draw in nyon."we proved a lot of people wrong and pulled off the impossible again," said leicester captain wes morgan, one of th






gianluigi buffon plays 1,000th game of his career - european qualifiers - news


italy's fifa world cup qualifier against albania on friday was doubly special for goalkeeper gianluigi buffon: not only did he set a new european record by winning his 168th international cap, the azzurri's 2-0 group g victory was also the 1,000th competitive match of his career."as far as i am concerned, it will be a huge honour," he had said at the pre-match press conference. "the only thing i can say for sure is that i will not be playing another 1,000 games."so far, the 39-year-old has played 612 games for juventus in all competitions (winning seven scudettos, two coppa italia titles and five italian super cups), 220 with parma (winning the coppa italia, italian super cup and uefa cup) and now 168 with italy (winning the 2006 fifa world cup): 612 + 220 + 168 = 1,000. the only other ita






leicester city 2-0 sevilla (3-2 agg)


wes morgan's goal was his third this season and first in the champions leagueleicester city wrote another chapter in their remarkable story as they overturned a first-leg deficit to beat sevilla and reach the champions league quarter-finals on a night of raw passion at the king power stadium.the foxes looked in trouble after a 2-1 first-leg loss in spain that was the catalyst for the sacking of claudio ranieri - the manager who had guided them into this competition after winning the premier league nine months ago.now, with ranieri gone and craig shakespeare in charge, leicester have been transformed, and they were on their way to another spectacular triumph when captain wes morgan bundled them into a first-half lead.it put leicester in control of the tie, a supremacy they emphasised when m






leicester city 2-0 sevilla (3-2 agg)


wes morgan's goal was his third this season and first in the champions leagueleicester city wrote another chapter in their remarkable story as they overturned a first-leg deficit to beat sevilla and reach the champions league quarter-finals on a night of raw passion at the king power stadium.the foxes looked in trouble after a 2-1 first-leg loss in spain that was the catalyst for the sacking of claudio ranieri - the manager who had guided them into this competition after winning the premier league nine months ago.now, with ranieri gone and craig shakespeare in charge, leicester have been transformed, and they were on their way to another spectacular triumph when captain wes morgan bundled them into a first-half lead.it put leicester in control of the tie, a supremacy they emphasised when m






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a soccer fan couldn’t convince a hospital he was sick and it cost him a chance to watch the game.talk about getting red-carded during injury time.an overzealous soccer fan feigned an emergency illness in hopes of getting himself admitted to a hospital in crotone, italy, so he could get an upper-floor room so he could look down on the sold-out juventus-crotone match at the stadium next door.er workers quickly diagnosed the ruse and gave him the boot.headlines• at sportspickle.com: “seal team 6 rescues joe thomas from browns in daring midnight raid.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.• at thekicker.com: “ole miss vows to do better at cheating after disastrous 5-7 season.”t-ing offpatriots defensive coordinator matt patricia got off the plane after new england’s latest






buffon plays 1,000th professional match


 listen italy veteran gianluigi buffon achieved the milestone of featuring in his 1,000th professional game, as he helped his national team to a 2-0 win over albania in their pursuit of a spot at the 2018 fifa world cup russia™. the clean sheet was a fitting tribute to one of the game's all-time great goalkeepers, who also overtook spain's iker casillas's european international cap record by moving onto 168 appearances for gli azzurri. having made his debut back in 1995 for parma, for whom 220 of his total were accrued, the 38-year-old went on to make his opening bow for italy in a crucial france 1998 qualifying play-off against russia, helping them to a draw on the way to reaching the finals, while still aged 19. he was the youngest ever post-war goalkeeper for the side until current unde






italian man fakes illness to try to check into hospital to view a sold-out socce


crotone is a small town in the heel of the italian peninsula with a major claim to fame: its soccer team is a member of serie a, which it had never been before. that means, of course, that the glory clubs of italian soccer such as both teams from milan and the 30-time champions juventus will be making an appearance in town at some point during the season, which is quite the occasion.some people will do anything to watch the game if they can’t get a ticket at the sold out 16,000 seat stadium, which includes trying to find a view in any way possible. in crotone, a hospital has a great view of the stadium, so crafty fans might devise a plan to sneak in in order to get the possible view of the game. when the two teams met in a serie b clash a decade ago, this exact scenario played out, so town






gianluigi buffon set for 1,000th game of his career - european qualifiers - news


italy's fifa world cup qualifier against albania on friday will be doubly special for goalkeeper gianluigi buffon: not only is he in line to set a new european record, by winning his 168th cap, he is also gearing up for his 1,000th match.so far, the 39-year-old has played 612 games for juventus in all competitions (winning the scudetto seven times, the coppa italia twice and the italian super cup five times), 220 with parma (winning the coppa italia, the italian super cup and the uefa cup) and 167 with italy (winning the fifa world cup in 2006): 612 + 220 + 167 = 999. the only other italian to have reached four figures was ac milan hero paolo maldini.to celebrate buffon's 1,000th appearance at senior level, uefa.com remembers five of his most celebrated matches.parma 0-0 ac milanserie a, 1






monaco 3-1 manchester city - bbc sport


monaco were champions league runners-up in 2004manchester city are out of the champions league after monaco struck late to seal a thrilling away goals victory.the english side were 13 minutes away from reaching the quarter-finals after clawing themselves back into the contest, but slack marking allowed tiemoue bakayoko to head in and send city out.having won the competition twice in his time at barcelona, this is the first time in manager pep guardiola's career that he has gone out at this stage.monaco lost 5-3 in an extraordinary first leg in manchester but dominated the first half and opened the scoring through the excellent kylian mbappe's poked finish from close range.the ligue 1 side, who had scored 123 goals so far this season, deservedly doubled their advantage on the night, punishi






report: juan mata could miss remainder of season after undergoing surgery


madrid (ap) one of the men behind sevilla’s recent success is leaving the club.[ more: mourinho says treatment of schweinsteiger was wrong ]sports director ramon rodriguez verdejo, known as monchi, is ending his 17-year stint with sevilla. he is expected to join italian club as roma in the near future.monchi departs after revolutionizing the spanish club and helping it reach 16 finals and win nine titles in spain and europe. his scouting system helped rescue the team from the brink of financial collapse and turned him into one the most sought-after soccer directors in europe.monchi is believed to have helped sevilla earn more than 200 million euros ($215 million) in transfers with his method of finding cheap players with potential and re-selling them to bigger clubs.among the players disco






casillas and buffon in the uefa champions league: did you know? - uefa champions


1. iker casillas had a chastening start to life in the uefa champions league, conceding three goals on his competition debut, a draw at olympiacos in september 1999. indeed, after six outings he had picked the ball out of his net no fewer than 15 times. however, all's well that ends well – by the end of the season he was a uefa champions league winner, the youngest keeper to play in a final.2. gianluigi buffon was 19 when he made his competition bow for parma in 1997/98 (the only one of his 13 uefa champions league campaigns that have not come with juventus).casillas meets buffon in 2015©getty images3. some 29 players have made 100 or more uefa champions league appearances over the years but, slightly surprisingly given their longevity, there are only five goalkeepers among them: buffon (1






soccer insider: mls 3.0 brings growth, stability but club moves possible


we are living in the era of what many people refer to as “mls 2.0.” version 1.0 was the original 1996 version, when the teams in the new league were saddled with names and jerseys that appeared to have been stolen from a defunct roller hockey league. version 2.0 e into being in the early 2000s, when the league recovered from early struggles and started placing teams in soccer beds, teams that quickly began to eclipse those that were around in the league’s humble early years.we are headed now for version 3.0 — the mature, stable league that founders envisioned when they set up major league soccer. what that means for local fans, though, and for the teams that e in during the first two versions, is not necessarily good.counting the impending expansion teams in los angeles and miami, mls is a






bale, gameiro star for madrid sides as lewandowski strikes - uefa champions leag


round of 16 first legs: tuesday 21 february• bayer leverkusen v atlético madridaugsburg 1-3 leverkusen (kohr 60; bellarabi 23, hernández 40 65)karim bellarabi struck the bundesliga's 50,000th goal – and his first league effort since april – from a cross by kai havertz, who also provided the pass for javier hernández to score the clincher at the second attempt. the mexican striker's double on friday took his tally to five in three games and ten league goals for the season.sporting gijón 1-4 atlético (álvarez 49; carrasco 46, gameiro 80 81 85)kevin gameiro came off the bench just past the hour and scored the second fastest hat-trick in liga history to ensure atleti consolidated their top-four status after being pushed all the way by struggling sporting. it took gameiro four minutes and 45 se






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messi rescues barcelona, paris held at bay - uefa champions league - news


round of 16 first legs: tuesday 21 february• bayer leverkusen v atlético madridaugsburg 1-3 leverkusen (kohr 60; bellarabi 23, hernández 40 65)karim bellarabi struck the bundesliga's 50,000th goal – and his first league effort since april – from a cross by kai havertz, who also provided the pass for javier hernández to score the clincher at the second attempt. the mexican striker's double on friday took his tally to five in three games and ten league goals for the season.sporting gijón 1-4 atlético (álvarez 49; carrasco 46, gameiro 80 81 85)kevin gameiro came off the bench just past the hour and scored the second fastest hat-trick in liga history to ensure atleti consolidated their top-four status after being pushed all the way by struggling sporting. it took gameiro four minutes and 45 se






manchester united 3-0 saint-etienne - bbc sport


zlatan ibrahimovic has scored 23 goals so far for manchester united this seasonzlatan ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as manchester united opened up a commanding europa league last-32 lead against saint-etienne.ibrahimovic's deflected free-kick wrong-footed goalkeeper stephane ruffier and dribbled over the line for the opener, and he tapped home from close range after good work from marcus rashford, as well as adding a late penalty.saint-etienne caused united problems on the break in the first 45 minutes, particularly with romain hamouma's pace, while henri saivet and nolan roux both clipped efforts narrowly off target.ruffier's double save denied juan mata and anthony martial forced the visiting goalkeeper into sharp saves, while paul pogba headed against the crossbar from close range.the






manchester united 3-0 saint-etienne - bbc sport


zlatan ibrahimovic has scored 23 goals so far for manchester united this seasonzlatan ibrahimovic scored a hat-trick as manchester united opened up a commanding europa league last-32 lead against saint-etienne.ibrahimovic's deflected free-kick wrong-footed goalkeeper stephane ruffier and dribbled over the line for the opener, and he tapped home from close range after good work from marcus rashford, as well as adding a late penalty.saint-etienne caused united problems on the break in the first 45 minutes, particularly with romain hamouma's pace, while henri saivet and nolan roux both clipped efforts narrowly off target.ruffier's double save denied juan mata and anthony martial forced the visiting goalkeeper into sharp saves, while paul pogba headed against the crossbar from close range.the






psg playing its best soccer since qatari takeover in 2011


paris — paris saint-germain is dreaming big, just like its motto says.the french club, desperate to join europe's elite since qatari owners qsi took over six years ago, made an eye-catching breakthrough in the champions league on tuesday, routing barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of the last 16."this was the best performance i've been part of since coming to psg," said midfielder blaise matuidi, one of qsi's first signings after its takeover in june 2011.in the years since the new ownership came in, psg has pumped hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) into acquiring big-name coaches and big-name players, including thiago silva, edinson cavani, angel di maria and julian draxler.qsi also launched an advertising campaign with the motto "revons plus grand," french for "let's dream bigger."it ha






psg playing its best soccer since qatari takeover in 2011


paris (ap) — paris saint-germain is dreaming big, just like its motto says.the french club, desperate to join europe’s elite since qatari owners qsi took over six years ago, made an eye-catching breakthrough in the champions league on tuesday, routing barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of the last 16.“this was the best performance i’ve been part of since coming to psg,” said midfielder blaise matuidi, one of qsi’s first signings after its takeover in june 2011.in the years since the new ownership came in, psg has pumped hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) into acquiring big-name coaches and big-name players, including thiago silva, edinson cavani, angel di maria and julian draxler.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.qsi also launched an advertising campaign with the m