Spanish giants Real Madrid became the first side to win the Champions League three times in a row with victory over Liverpool in last month’s final in Kiev.
Gareth Bale’s wonder goal will go down in history as one of, if not the best, Champions League goal of all-time. His overhead kick, the first of the two goals the substitute scored, was good enough to win any one of the 13 European Cup finals in which Madrid have now won.
The final in Kiev will be just as well-remembered for a couple of goalkeeping clangers, which gave Jurgen Klopp’s men an almost impossible task of needing to score four in order to defeat Zinedine Zidane’s men.
Either side of Bale’s bicycle kick Madrid were gifted goals by Red’s keeper Loris Karius. The German stopper hastily bowled the ball across his goal into the path of Karim Benzema, who stuck out a leg and the ball trickled into the empty net for Madrid’s opener. Bale came back to haunt Karius in the later stages as the midfielder stuck a speculative shot from distance, which the goalkeeper let slip through his fingers.
The 3-1 win saw Madrid claim their Champions League title for a record-breaking third straight year. In doing so, Zinedine Zidane became the first manager to win the trophy three times on the bounce and Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to win the competition five times.
Octo Finissimo Automatic A Third World Record for Bulgari
Bulgari is once again the spotlight, proudly presenting its third successive world record.
The Octo Finissimo Automatic is the slimmest ultra-thin self-winding watch on the market to date.
After introducing its Tourbillon in 2014 and the Minute Repeater in 2016, the Maison unveils its new creation featuring a total thickness of just 5.15mm, while its self-winding movement is just 2.23mm thick for a 40mm diameter.
The iconic Octo is once again pushing the boundaries of watchmaking feasibility.
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After bringing Fabinho into the fold last week, Liverpool are nearing a deal for the Frenchman, who is reportedly valued at €60million by Lyon.
With the French national team set to fly out to Russia on Saturday, Liverpool and Lyon are eager to get the deal wrapped up before the start of the World Cup.
England had a promising performance in their final dress rehearsal before the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Thursday night. Marcus Rashford delivered a beautiful first goal before Danny Welbeck came off the bench to head in the second. Read more on the Three Lions’ victory here.
Elsewhere, new Manchester United addition Fred suffered an ankle injury in Brazil’s training session. The 25-year-old tried to carry on after the knock before receiving treatment on the sidelines.
Mithali Raj became the first Indian cricketer to score 2,000 runs in T20 internationals, beating Virat Kohli to the milestone. The star of India’s women’s team achieved the feat in a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka on Thursday, producing 23 runs on 33 balls.
Meanwhile, phenom Rashid Khan helped Afghanistan hold on for a one-run victory against Bangladesh to complete a 3-0 series whitewash. The 19-year-old was given the ball in the final over and kept Bangladesh from scoring the nine runs required for the win.
The Washington Capitals hoisted the Stanley Cup after taking down the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 in Game 5 to win the championship series 4-1. Alex Ovechkin took home playoff MVP honours and added an ever-elusive title to his impressive resume.
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Pires, 44, spent six years with the Gunners before leaving for Villarreal in 2006 and has maintained a close connection with the club.
The Frenchman, a World Cup winner in 1998, trains regularly with the first-team squad and feels he could help Emery launch a new era at the Emirates Stadium following Arsene Wenger’s departure.
“If I join Unai Emery’s staff, I think it should be good for me, and I hope it should be good for Unai Emery,” Pires told ESPN FC at Arsenal’s new Puma kit launch in London.
“I could be like a bridge between him and the players. Because I know the players. For two years I have trained with the guys. So all of them, they respect me.
“And I respect the players, I was an ex-player. So the relationship between the players and me is good. That’s why I think I can help Unai Emery.”
Pires never had an official coaching role under Wenger, but hopes to keep training regularly with the Gunners and to speak with Emery.
“I don’t know what will happen in a couple of months, but if I can train with the guys I will, because for me it’s very important,” Pires added.
“With Arsene Wenger it was easy to keep fit and to still train with the first team. So now, I need to talk with the new manager.”
Retired skipper Per Mertesacker spent last season preparing to take up his new role as Arsenal’s academy director this summer and another former Gunner, Swede Freddie Ljungberg, will also become part of the academy coaching set-up.