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Former Liverpool star announces shock retirement

Denmark captain and former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger on Thursday announced his retirement from football due to health problems suffered in recent seasons. Agger spent eight seasons at Liverpool before returning to Brondby to end his career there.

The player admitted he received offers from several clubs, including Fenerbahce but decided he didn't want to jeopardize his health further by continuing to play. In a press conference, the 31-year-old said the last few years have been extremely difficult for him.

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Former Bayer Leverkusen coach Sascha Lewandowski passes away

Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen's former coach Sascha Lewandowski passed away on Thursday.

The district attorney and police confirmed here on Thursday that the 44-year-old had been found dead in his apartment. Details about the cause of death are not yet known, a German Football Association statement said.

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Barcelona announce pre-season Calendar

FC Barcelona's 2016-17 pre-season will open on July 19, when the Spanish football champions will undergo physical and medical tests at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper here, ahead of the start of the training camp the following day.

The footballers participating in Copa America, Euro 2016 and the Olympic Games will join the team after they finish their international duty and holidays, Efe reported on Wednesday.

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Heartbreak for Atletico again as Real win 11th Champions League title

There was heartbreak for Atletico Madrid for the third time on the biggest stage of them all, going down 5-3 in a penalty shootout to local rivals Real Madrid, who courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's bullet penalty celebrated win the European Cup for a record 11th time.

Two years ago in Lisbon, Atletico led for the better part of the contest before a Sergio Ramos goal in the 93rd minute earned Real an opportunity to take the match into extra time, wherein they eventually romped to a 4-1 triumph.

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Sevilla beat Liverpool 3-1 to win third straight Europa League title

A brace from Sevilla's on-field captain Coke completed a fantastic second half turnaround from the Spanish side, who captured their third straight UEFA Europa League title courtesy of a 3-1 win against English giants Liverpool.

Liverpool had dominated the first half with the Reds' high-pressing game giving the Sevilla players virtually no time on the ball, and they had capped it off with a fine goal from Daniel Sturridge in the 35th minute, curled low into the far corner off the outside of his left peg to give Liverpool a deserved half-time lead.

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Liverpool crush Villarreal 3-0 to advance to Europa League Final

Liverpool continued their dream run in Europe, advancing to the Final of the UEFA Europa League, their second final of the season under New Manager Jurgen Klopp, with a convincing 3-0 thumping of Spanish side Villarreal at Anfield on Thursday night.

The Yellow Submarine had brought a 1-0 lead with them from the first leg in Spain, but were comprehensively outplayed by the Reds, who worked tirelessly all night, closed down the Villarreal players high up the pitch and forced them into making errors in what a typical Klopp-side performance by a team that has an increasingly menacing look about it.

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Bale's deflected cross sends Real Madrid into Champions League Final

It will be an all Madrid final for the second time in three years in the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid squeezing past English giants Manchester City 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu to join local rivals Atletico in the Final of Europe's showpiece event later this month in Milan.

The match was decided by a cruel deflection as Gareth Bale's attempted cross into the box took a nick off Fernando, who was doing his defensive duty to charge the ball down, and the ball flicked his foot and that took it over Joe Hart and into the back of the net via the inside of the post.

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