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A busy day of dealings is underway as football clubs around Europe decide who to buy and which players to sell before the annual August transfer window closes. Here are some highlights of Friday's transfer action so far.

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SI.com: Georgina Turner: Tottenham once again leaves transfer dealings lateupdated: Fri Aug 31 2012 17:56:00

Tottenham Hotspur's transfer dealings are like clockwork -- an alarm clock, upon which you have thumped the snooze button a dozen times and which is now beeping only to tell you that you're late for work again. Another summer window deadline day, another cluster of cameras outside the gates at Spurs, poised to capture the last-second drama. Will this new "partnership" with Real Madrid, forged alongside the transfer of Luka Modric, mean the arrival under darkness of Kaka? Will a deal finally be struck with Porto for Joao Moutinho? Is there any money left for Shakhtar Donetsk's Willian? These are the questions reporters, shivering inside their raincoats, will field repeatedly before the midnight chimes bring it all to an end.

Group of champions pairs Manchester City and Real Madrid updated: Thu Aug 30 2012 16:27:00

Spanish champions Real Madrid were paired with their English counterparts Manchester City as the draw for the European Champions League was made Thursday in Monaco.

Iniesta pips Messi and Ronaldo to UEFA Best Player in Europe awardupdated: Thu Aug 30 2012 14:50:00

Andres Iniesta pipped Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo to win the UEFA Best Player in Europe Award Thursday.

Real Madrid suffer shock loss to trail Barcelona by five pointsupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 17:41:00

Real Madrid crashed to a shock 2-1 defeat to city neighbors Getafe in the second round of the Spanish La Liga season Sunday.

French football club spends bigupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 17:41:00

Paris Saint-Germain outspends rival football clubs during a close season. CNN's Don Riddell talks with the team manager.

Pitfalls of the premier football leaguesupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 13:23:00

CNN's Richard Quest talks to Simon Jordan, former owner of Crystal Palace FC about the pitfalls of the premier leagues.

Man City battle to share of spoils at improved Liverpoolupdated: Sun Aug 26 2012 13:23:00

Defending English Premier League champions Manchester City had to come from behind twice to snatch a 2-2 draw at improved Liverpool Sunday.

Van Persie gets United off the mark as Chelsea continue perfect startupdated: Sat Aug 25 2012 15:43:00

Manchester United claimed their first points of the season with an edgy win over Fulham, whilst Chelsea continued their strong start with victory over Newcastle.

Footballers' salaries surgeupdated: Sat Aug 25 2012 15:43:00

Premier League stars have gotten 1,508% salary increase since 1992, as CNN's Jim Boulden explains.

Can AC Milan rebuild this season?updated: Thu Aug 23 2012 21:57:00

CNN's Don Riddell reports on the challenges faced by former Italian champions AC Milan after the loss of key players.

Chelsea in for title fightupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 17:25:00

Don Riddell interviews Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo and talks accomplishments and what the future holds.

Juventus president: 'Proud' of ourselvesupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 13:40:00

CNN's Alex Thomas interviews Juventus president Andrea Agnelli at the Global Leadership Summit at London Business School.

Manchester United goes publicupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 05:37:00

CNN's Alison Kosik and Richard Quest talk to David Gill about Manchester United's public offering.

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Five Champions League play-off round matches to watchupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 15:27:00

While European league seasons are now getting under way, the continent's showpiece tournament, the Champions League, kicked off months ago: in fact, two days after Spain beat Italy in the Euro 2012 final. The big winners in the first qualifying round were Luxembourg's Dudelange (7-0 winners over Tre Penne) and Malta's Valletta (8-0 against Lusitans). Both have since been eliminated and this week sees some fascinating match-ups in the play-off round, with the winners reaching the holy grail -- and cash cow -- of the group stage. Here are five matches worth keeping an eye on:

Real Madrid held to 1-1 home draw by Valencia as Barca rout Real Sociedadupdated: Sun Aug 19 2012 20:38:00

Real Madrid made a stumbling start to their La Liga title defense, as they were held 1-1 by Valencia Sunday in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Liverpool lose, Arsenal draw as Premier League kicks offupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 16:26:00

Liverpool have suffered their worst opening day defeat since 1937, losing 3-0 to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. Arsenal, in their first game since Robin Van Persie's departure, could only manage a goalless draw at home to Sunderland.

Waking a sleeping football giantupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 16:26:00

They delivered World Series titles for the Red Sox, but can Fenway Sports Group repeat the trick at Liverpool FC?

Ex-Barcelona CEO Soriano joins Man Cityupdated: Fri Aug 17 2012 13:19:00

English Premier League champions, Manchester City have appointed Ferran Soriano as their new chief executive officer, the club announced Friday.

Manchester United agree fee for Arsenal striker Robin Van Persieupdated: Wed Aug 15 2012 15:55:00

Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie, the club announced on Wednesday night.

John Terry cleared of racial abuseupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 12:14:00

CNN's Matthew Chance has the latest on the footballer found not guilty of racial abuse against an opposing player.

FA charge Terry despite former England captain being cleared of racial abuseupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 14:15:00

Chelsea captain John Terry was charged by the English Football Association (FA) Friday over his verbal clash with Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League match last year.

Chelsea confirm signing of Brazil international Oscarupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 15:37:00

European Champions League winners Chelsea have announced the signing of Brazil international Oscar from Internacional.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Berbatov's journey to Man U may see him back with Spursupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 19:04:00

"I read the papers and I see they say £10 million is my price. I go and talk with Sir Alex, and he says to me £5 million. So who is telling the truth, what do you think?" asked Dimitar Berbatov of his million-plus Facebook fans earlier this week. "The truth is, I love this club, but I am not going to be useful to anyone if I am not playing." It is the latest in a string of posts on his timeline wondering what the future holds.

New Rangers must start in bottom tier of Scottish football, clubs decideupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 14:31:00

Glasgow Rangers, one of European football's most famous clubs, must play in the fourth flight of their domestic league next season, Scottish Football League (SFL) clubs decided Friday.

Man City's last gasp goal wins titleupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 14:40:00

CNN's Amanda Davis reports from Etihad stadium as Manchester City scores the winning goal for the Premiere League title.

Mancini signs new Manchester City dealupdated: Mon Jul 09 2012 14:40:00

Roberto Mancini has signed a new five-year contract with Manchester City after guiding the club to their first English title for 44 years.

Van Persie rejects new contract to signal Arsenal departureupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 15:45:00

Dutch international striker Robin van Persie has turned down a new contract at Arsenal, signaling his likely departure from the English Premier League side.

Manchester United aims to raise $100M in U.S. share offeringupdated: Wed Jul 04 2012 09:21:00

The storied British soccer team Manchester United said Tuesday that it plans to raise about $100 million in an initial public offering of its shares in the United States.

French striker Giroud agrees to join Arsenalupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 08:04:00

Montpellier's France international striker Olivier Giroud has agreed to join English Premier League club Arsenal.

Ronaldo: Winning title career high pointupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 08:04:00

Real Madrid's star player sits down for a 1 on 1 chat with CNN World Sport's Pedro Pinto.

Shevchenko seals opening win for Ukraineupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 17:46:00

Andrei Shevchenko enhanced his iconic standing as a Ukrainian national hero as he sparked scenes of national celebration with a match-winning double in Kiev.

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Euro 2012 Preview: Franceupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 10:23:00

Laurent Blanc takes France into Euro 2012 on a 20-game unbeaten run, which includes victories over Germany, England and Brazil. But the French national team coach is still downplaying his team's chances. France has not won a tournament finals match since the 2006 World Cup semifinal (it was winless at Euro 2008 and at the 2010 World Cup), and Blanc is quick to point out that France (ranked 16th) is currently listed nine spots lower than its first opponent, England (seventh), in the FIFA world rankings.

Manchester United agree Kagawa dealupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 08:50:00

Manchester United announced on Tuesday an agreement had been reached with German champions Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Shinji Kagawa.

Euro 2012: The squadsupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 11:18:00

Euro 2012 is nearly here and the 16 competing nations have announced the final 23-man squads they hope will propel them to glory in Poland and Ukraine.

Campbell on Dalglish sackingupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 07:55:00

Sol Campbell discusses Kenny Dalglish's sacking by Liverpool and John Terry's selection by England for Euro 2012.

Didier Drogba leaves Chelseaupdated: Tue May 29 2012 05:36:00

Didier Drogba talks to Chelsea TV about his decision not to renew his contract with the Champion's League winners

Hazard confirms he is joining Chelsea as Petr Cech signs new dealupdated: Tue May 29 2012 05:36:00

One of the hottest properties in European football, Eden Hazard, has ended months of speculation as to his future by announcing on Twitter he is to join Champions League winners Chelsea.

Guardiola signs off in style as Barca thrash Bilbao to win Copa del Reyupdated: Sat May 26 2012 11:56:00

Barcelona marked Pep Guardiola's final match in charge with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey Friday.

Villa to miss Spain's Euro defenseupdated: Wed May 23 2012 12:37:00

David Villa was top goalscorer at Euro 2008 as Spain secured a first major championship in 44 years, but the world champions' all-time leading marksman will not be part of next month's title defense in Poland and Ukraine.

Drogba confirms he is to leave Chelseaupdated: Wed May 23 2012 08:29:00

Didier Drogba has confirmed he is leaving Chelsea, a decision which means the striker's last kick of a ball for the English club will be the penalty that sealed a first European Champions League crown on Saturday.

Champions League round upupdated: Tue May 22 2012 04:37:00

CNN's Alex Thomas and Pedro Pinto reflect on the Champions League final, and Chelsea's historic win.

SI.com: Avi Creditor: MLS themes mirrored storylines from Champions League finalupdated: Sun May 20 2012 00:20:00

With Chelsea's victory over Bayern Munich still fresh, here are five UEFA Champions League-inspired thoughts and observations from another MLS Saturday:

SI.com: Jonathan Wilson: Chelsea's unlikely triumph a testament to Di Matteo's tacticsupdated: Sat May 19 2012 20:17:00

Sometimes football simply doesn't make sense. The cliché that a club's name is on a trophy can't have any truth, and yet it was hard during Chelsea's Champions League final victory not to feel it had some greater power behind it.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Three thoughts on Chelsea-Bayernupdated: Sat May 19 2012 18:16:00

Three thoughts after Chelsea won the Champions League title on Saturday over Bayern Munich in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 tie:

Road to the Champions League finalupdated: Sat May 19 2012 18:14:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto and Alex Thomas set the scene for the UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Chelsea win Champions League after penalty shoot out drama in Munichupdated: Sat May 19 2012 18:14:00

Didier Drogba scored the winner in a dramatic penalty shootout as Chelsea beat Bayern Munich Saturday to win the European Champions League for the first time.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Five thoughts on the Chelsea-Bayern Munich Champions League finalupdated: Fri May 18 2012 16:12:00

The world's most important annual club soccer game is set to kick off in Munich on Saturday. Here are five thoughts on the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea (FOX, 2:45 pm ET).

Platini: Bayern, Chelsea worthy of finalupdated: Fri May 18 2012 13:07:00

UEFA president Michel Platini talks to Pedro Pinto about the Champions League final, financial fair play and Euros.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Bayern Munich: A model franchiseupdated: Fri May 18 2012 11:50:00

The annual Super Bowl of world soccer is finally here. Saturday's UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea (2:45 p.m. ET, FOX) may lack the sexiness of recent European finals -- neither team finished at the top of its own domestic league, after all -- but I still think this should be a highly entertaining contest.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Ten pivotal moments in Bayern's historyupdated: Fri May 18 2012 11:49:00

A list of arguably the 10 most pivotal moments in the illustrious history of Bayern Munich.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Greatest Bayern Munich teams of all-timeupdated: Fri May 18 2012 11:45:00

The five best Bayern sides ever:

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Five storylines for Chelsea in the Champions League finalupdated: Fri May 18 2012 11:41:00

Heading into Saturday's Champions League final against Bayern Munich, here are five storylines to watch for Chelsea.

Manchester City wins EPLupdated: Thu May 17 2012 05:04:00

CNN's Amanda Davies interviews Dennis Tueart, former Manchester City player, following the team's historic win.

20 seasons: The English Premier League's greatest?updated: Thu May 17 2012 05:04:00

Since its inception in 1992, the English Premier League has grown into one of football's most compelling and commercially successful domestic competitions.

Kenny Dalglish sacked by Liverpoolupdated: Wed May 16 2012 18:05:00

Kenny Dalglish's name is synonymous with Liverpool, one of England's most successful football teams, but after a disappointing second spell in charge as manager he has been sacked by the club's American owners.

Campbell baffled as Hodgson omits Ferdinand from Euro 2012 squadupdated: Wed May 16 2012 17:21:00

Former England defender Sol Campbell has told CNN World Sport he is baffled by England coach Roy Hodgson's decision to omit Rio Ferdinand from the forthcoming Euro 2012 tournament.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Bayern Munich's all-time greatest XIupdated: Tue May 15 2012 10:12:00

In the inner sanctum of the Bayern Munich players' quarters, on a wall next to the communal dining areas, there's a giant black-white picture with photos and red letters. They spell out the clubs unofficial mantra Mia san Mia (We are who we are) and a number of its defining ideals. Full of confidence, loyal, technically brilliant, innovative, effective, focused, attacking, tactically flexible. In between those big words there are snap shots of 11 men who don't need any names or introduction, Bayern's all-star team:

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Superlatives, summer storylines and more Americans Abroadupdated: Tue May 15 2012 01:05:00

For the most part, another season is in the books for Americans playing abroad. Sure, some leagues around the world operate on a different schedule, and a couple will carry on throughout the summer, but with the UEFA Champions League final on tap this weekend and most major leagues involving Americans on break until next season, it's a good time to dole out a few superlatives from this season along with taking a look at the most pressing storylines involving Americans ahead of the summer transfer season:

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Man City's title, Chelsea's coaching among season-end EPL impressionsupdated: Mon May 14 2012 19:48:00

Following Man City's dramatic triumph, here are several thoughts from the end of the EPL season.

Manchester City win Premier League title in thrilling finaleupdated: Sun May 13 2012 13:42:00

Manchester City won their first league title in 44 years to deny rivals Manchester United a 20th league championship in a gripping conclusion to the English Premier League season.

Dortmund beat Bayern 5-2 to win German Cupupdated: Sat May 12 2012 16:58:00

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund swept aside Bayern Munich 5-2 in the German Cup final to win the domestic double for the first time in their history.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: Giuseppe Rossi's injury illustrates the very fragile nature of sportsupdated: Thu May 10 2012 13:49:00

I've been thinking lately about Giuseppe Rossi, and about the twists and turns that a sports career can take, even for the most promising athletes. If you're a U.S. soccer fan, you know plenty about Rossi, the Italian-American New Jersey native who chose to play for Italy over the U.S. and became a budding star for the Azzurri and Spain's Villarreal (where he scored 32 goals in all competitions in 2010-11).

How Juventus won the Italian titleupdated: Sun May 06 2012 23:25:00

Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri analyzes Juventus' Serie A title success with CNN's Patrick Snell.

SI.com: Peter Berlin: Five things we learned in the Premier Leagueupdated: Sun May 06 2012 14:17:00

Five things we learned in Barclays Premier League action Sunday and the FA Cup final:

Man City place one hand on EPL titleupdated: Sun May 06 2012 13:14:00

After their heroics last Monday against hated city rivals Manchester United, Manchester City went one step closer to securing their first league title in four decades after beating Newcastle United 2-0.

Guardiola to end Barcelona reignupdated: Sat May 05 2012 22:52:00

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola will stand down at the end of this season. CNN's Alex Thomas reports.

Messi scores four as emotional Guardiola bids Barca farewellupdated: Sat May 05 2012 22:52:00

Real Madrid may have ended Barcelona's Spanish title reign in midweek, but Lionel Messi is poised to dethrone Cristiano Ronaldo as La Liga's goal king after adding four more to his tally on Saturday.

FA Cup Final previewupdated: Sat May 05 2012 16:33:00

Who will win the FA Cup? Ian Rush and Marcel Desailly give us their predictions.

FA Cup success primes Chelsea for Champion League finalupdated: Sat May 05 2012 16:33:00

What started out as Chelsea's worst season since owner Roman Abramovich arrived in 2003 is now on the verge of becoming one of the English club's best.

Bundesliga points record for Dortmundupdated: Sat May 05 2012 13:48:00

Borussia Dortmund capped a second successive title-winning season by setting a new Bundesliga points record in the final round of matches on Saturday.

Big test for new England coachupdated: Sat May 05 2012 13:48:00

Sol Campbell and Keir Radnedge discuss the big challenges faced by new England manager Roy Hodgson.

Is Jose Mourinho leaving Real Madrid?updated: Thu May 03 2012 06:00:00

A Spanish newspaper claims Real Madrid's manager will leave the club in June and fans react.

Real clinch La Liga with win at Bilbao; Messi breaks goal recordupdated: Thu May 03 2012 06:00:00

Real Madrid sealed a record-extending 32nd La Liga title after Wednesday's 3-0 win at Athletic Bilbao maintained an unassailable seven-point lead over arch rivals and defending Spanish champions Barcelona with two matches to play.

Hodgson appointed England managerupdated: Thu May 03 2012 04:42:00

Roy Hodgson was appointed England manager on a four-year contract on Tuesday, ending months of speculation over who would lead the national team at Euro 2012.

Muamba makes emotional appearance at Bolton's match against Tottenhamupdated: Wed May 02 2012 17:31:00

Bolton's Fabrice Muamba made an emotional appearance at their Reebok Stadium before their game against Tottenham Wednesday, just 46 days after collapsing on the pitch against the same opposition.

Liverpool beaten at home by Fulham in Premier Leagueupdated: Wed May 02 2012 10:25:00

Martin Skrtel's early own goal gave Fulham a historic first win at Anfield on Tuesday and left Liverpool in danger of finishing outside the top eight in the English top flight for the first time since 1954.

Hodgson on brink of England jobupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 13:59:00

The race to become the next coach of the England national football team took a dramatic twist when the country's governing body announced it was in talks with West Bromwich Albion manager Roy Hodgson about the vacant position.

Van der Sar: Ferguson will lead United to derby successupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 09:03:00

The experience of Alex Ferguson could be the key to Monday's potentially title-deciding Manchester derby, according to one of the veteran manager's former stalwarts Edwin van der Sar.

Juventus close in on Serie A title with victory over Novaraupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 18:48:00

Juventus maintained a three-point lead at the top of Serie A with a convincing 4-0 win at Novara on Sunday to stay on course for a first league title in nine years.

Real Madrid edge closer to La Liga title with Sevilla win updated: Sun Apr 29 2012 18:35:00

A Karim Benzema brace helped Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Sevilla on Sunday to edge Jose Mourinho's side one step closer to a first La Liga title in four seasons.

Torres hits hat-trick as Chelsea crush QPR updated: Sun Apr 29 2012 18:34:00

A rejuvenated Fernando Torres scored a hat-trick on Sunday in the English Premier League as Chelsea thrashed Queens Park Rangers 6-1 at Stamford Bridge.

SI.com: Iain Macintosh: Manchester derby reaches crescendo as potential title-deciderupdated: Sun Apr 29 2012 15:52:00

For Manchester City fans, Monday's night's crucial clash with United isn't simply the final battle of a season-long war. It isn't even just about clawing their way back into the race for the Premier League title. Their pain runs far deeper than that. City have lived in the shadow of their rivals for too long and they are desperate to break out into the light. You have to go back to 1991 to find the last time they finished above their rivals, a feat that was spoiled somewhat when United beat Barcelona to lift the now defunct European Cup Winners' Cup.

Puyol backs Vilanova to 'continue the project'updated: Sat Apr 28 2012 18:00:00

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says Tito Vilanova is "the ideal man" to replace Pep Guardiola as Barcelona coach.

Suarez lifts Liverpool ahead of final meeting with Chelsea updated: Sat Apr 28 2012 15:36:00

A Luis Suarez hat-trick earned Liverpool a 3-0 win against Norwich City in the English Premier League on Saturday to give the Merseysiders a boost ahead of next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Dortmund close in on another Bundesliga recordupdated: Sat Apr 28 2012 13:26:00

Newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund extended their unbeaten league run to 27 matches on Saturday with a thumping 5-2 win against relegated Kaiserslautern.

SI.com: Ben Lyttleton: Szczesny comes into his own as Arsenal's No. 1updated: Fri Apr 27 2012 09:55:00

LONDON -- It¹s January 2008, and David Beckham, chasing appearance number 100 for England, has been given permission by the L.A. Galaxy to join the Arsenal squad for training. After a session with the first-team, he waits to join the reserves for some extra practice. As he approaches the squad, one player shouts out, "Hey, what¹s your name? Are you here on trial or what?" Beckham laughs and says, "I'm David and I'm just here for a kick-around." The player who asked the question was only 17, and his name was Wojciech Szczesny.

Handshake between Terry and Ferdinand canceled by Premier Leagueupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 18:15:00

The English Premier League has decided to dispense with the traditional pre-match handshakes before Sunday's clash between Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers due to the legal case involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand.

SI.com: Raphael Honigstein: Bayern overcomes Real Madrid but at a costupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 11:31:00

"The best don't always win," Fernando Torres said after Chelsea's dramatic 2-2 draw away to Barcelona. It's a soccer truism that becomes ever more pronounced at the highest of levels. It's why no one will begrudge Chelsea or Bayern their advancement to the May 19 final at the Allianz Arena, both second legs could have easily turned out very differently. It ultimately came down to missed penalties on Tuesday and Wednesday, a margin of error so small that it should stop us from making sweeping statements. The reasons for success were as complex and open to debate as those for failure.

Inter Milan renaissance continues updated: Thu Apr 26 2012 07:36:00

Dutch international Wesley Sneijder scored twice as Inter Milan continued their renaissance in Serie A by beating Udinese 3-1, keeping alive the Italian side's chances of European Champions League qualification.

SI.com: Iain Macintosh: Barcelona's failure to beat Chelsea: What does it all mean?updated: Wed Apr 25 2012 13:59:00

Barcelona's failure to beat misfiring, mismatched, misbegotten 10-man Chelsea was one of the most surprising and indeed troubling results in recent history. It calls into question everything we thought we knew about the sport. Pep Guardiola's free-flowing tiki-taka merchants are supposed to be the greatest team on the planet, if not the greatest team in history. So what went wrong?

SI.com: Avi Creditor: Altidore, Beasley lead way in good week for Americans abroadupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 00:18:00

Veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel played his first club game as a professional in 1995. At the time, Andrew Wooten was 6, and Greg Garza was 4. Fast forward to 2012, and all three Americans can look back on this past weekend as a landmark in their careers, no matter how far along each one is.

Laureus best team of the yearupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 16:52:00

Pedro Pinto catches up with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell after his squad won Best Team of the Year.

Barcelona have point to prove against Chelseaupdated: Mon Apr 23 2012 16:52:00

Smarting from their first back-to-back defeats in nearly three years, Barcelona are on the defensive for a change as they approach Tuesday's Champions League semifinal second leg against Chelsea.

Man City close gap after city rivals United heldupdated: Sun Apr 22 2012 17:09:00

Manchester United's lead over neighbors Manchester City in the English Premier League was cut to just three points after being held to a 4-4 draw by Everton Sunday.

Newcastle win opens up Champions League chase as London rivals falterupdated: Sat Apr 21 2012 17:52:00

The race for England's last two European Champions League places took another twist on Saturday as Newcastle's sixth successive victory left London's three leading clubs battling for qualification.

SI.com: Peter Berlin: Van Persie drought deepens in Chelsea drawupdated: Sat Apr 21 2012 16:22:00

Five things we learned in Premier League action Saturday:

Bundesliga crown stays in Dortmundupdated: Sat Apr 21 2012 15:20:00

Bayern Munich may be leading Germany's bid for success on European football's main stage, but Borussia Dortmund rule the roost domestically after winning the Bundesliga title for the second successive season on Saturday.

SI.com: Georgina Turner: Over the hill and back for Didier Drogbaupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 11:32:00

Didier Drogba will be out of contract at Chelsea in 10 weeks' time. Under Andre Villas-Boas, the plan was to leave it that way. Even now, with the future kept at arm's length, the club has offered only a one-year deal that Drogba has refused for being too short. Back in December, bookmakers had Russia as his most likely destination because, as The Mirror put it, "megabucks Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are spending money like it's going out of fashion... and specialize in buying over-the-hill players." It is not just the odds that need some revision after six days in which Drogba's continuing value has been boldly underscored.

SI.com: Duncan Castles: Davide Petrucci considers Old Trafford exitupdated: Thu Apr 19 2012 16:56:00

Manchester United faces the prospect of losing another jewel of its academy system to freedom-of-contract departure. Italy U-21 international Davide Petrucci is considering leaving Old Trafford at the end of this season to take up one of a number of lucrative offers to return to his home country.

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