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Champions League 2023-24 group stage: Man Utd to face Bayern Munich, Real Madrid take on Napoli (Draw in full)

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The Red Devils will come up against Harry Kane after being paired with the Bundesliga champions while Arsenal were handed a relatively kind draw

Manchester United were handed a daunting draw on their return to the Champions League and will have to face Bayern Munich in Group A as well as Copenhagen and Galatasaray. Arsenal, who are back in Europe’s top competition for the first time in seven years, were given a relatively comfortable draw, facing Europa League winners Sevilla, PSV Eindhoven and Lens in Group B.

Christian Pulisic’s AC Milan were placed in what is surely the ‘Group of Death’ and will have their work cut out getting out of a Group F containing Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle United.

Holders Manchester City were handed a straightforward draw. They will meet Red Star Belgrade, RB Leipzig and Young Boys in Group G. Real Madrid, who have won the competition a record 14 times, were placed in Group C alongside Serie A champions Napoli, Braga and Champions League debutants Union Berlin.

Barcelona, who exited the competition in the group stage in the last two seasons, should fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stage after being placed in Group H with Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk and Royal Antwerp

๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—™๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ:

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—”:

Bayern, Man Utd, Copenhagen, Galatasaray

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—•:

Sevilla, Arsenal, PSV, RC Lens

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—–:

Napoli, Real Madrid, Braga, Union Berlin

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐——:

Benfica, Inter Milan, RB Salzburg, Real Sociedad

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—˜:

Feyenoord, Atlรฉtico Madrid, Lazio, Celtic

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—™:

PSG, Dortmund, AC Milan, Newcastle

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—š:

Man City, RB Leipzig, Crvena Zvezda, Young Boys

๐—š๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฃ ๐—›:

Barcelona, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Antwerp

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Football is coming home! UK & Republic of Ireland set to host Euro 2028 as Turkey withdraw bid

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The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland look set to host Euro 2028 after the Turkish FA withdrew its bid to host the tournament.

The Turkish FA has officially withdrawn its bid to host Euro 2028 in order to focus on its plan to co-host the tournament with Italy in 2032. UEFA has now approved the joint proposal, which was first announced in July.

Turkey’s withdrawal from the 2028 bidding process means that the UK and Republic of Ireland’s bid will now run unopposed. Wembley Stadium hosted the semi-finals and final of the delayed 2020 European Championship, but the UK has not hosted an entire major tournament since 1996.

Both bids will require official approval at a meeting of UEFA’s executive committee on Tuesday. An official statement from UEFA read: “The presentations at that meeting will be an important part of the process which will take due consideration of the content of the bid submissions before reaching a decision.”

If approved, then Euro 2028 will be hosted in the UK and Ireland. Among the ten proposed stadiums are Wembley Stadium, Hampden Park and the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as well as the currently unbuilt Bramley Moore Dock stadium in Liverpool and Casement Park in Belfast

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Messi makes decision on when he will leave Inter Miami

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Lionel Messi has reportedly decided where he will end his playing career, but it won’t be in Miami or Barcelona.

Messi’s Inter Miami contract is set to expire in 2025, at which point – according to El Nacional – he will look to return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in his native Argentina. There is an option for the World Cup winner to extend his deal with Miami for an extra year, but the report states that he wants to retire in his homeland.

Messi left Barcelona in 2021 after more than two decades at the club, having joined the Spanish giants from Newell’s as a 13-year-old. He snubbed a return to Camp Nou when he left Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, and it now looks like a fairy tale return to Barca is never going to happen.

Messi scored 10 goals in his first seven games for David Beckham’s Miami franchise, but he has spent the past month injured. He will play a farewell match at Barcelona at some point, even if he does not return to play for the club

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Real Madrid flop Eden Hazard ready to return to football this month

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Former Chelsea and Real Madrid star Eden Hazard is all set to play football again but this time in a charity match in France.

The former Belgian international is currently without a club after he mutually terminated his Real Madrid contract at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Amid speculation regarding his future, Hazard is all set to step on a football pitch in October and will be playing for Varietes Club de France in a charity match.

He is set to team up with France legends Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps and will also be accompanied by his former Lille team-mates Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy, according to Lโ€™ร‰quipe.

The match will be played for a noble cause at the Stade de Lโ€™Epopee in Calais in front of 12,000.

The 32-year-old star had offers from his former club Lille and from Ligue 1 giants Marseille in the summer but the player reportedly rejected them. He was also linked with a move back to the Blues but in reality, there were no talks between the two parties.

While Hazard is back on the football field, his future in professional football still remains doubtful as he has yet to make a call on whether to quit playing or continue his career.

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