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Frank Lampard has expressed delight at returning to Chelsea as manager, as he signs a three-year deal with the Blues worth £4million-a-year and replaces Maurizio Sarri, who has since joined Juventus.

He said, “I am immensely proud to be returning to Chelsea as head coach.

“Everyone knows my love for this club and the history we have shared, however, my sole focus is on the job in hand and preparing for the season ahead.

“I am here to work hard, bring further success to the club and I cannot wait to get started,” Lampard told the club’s website.

The 41-year-old becomes the first Englishman to be appointed as a permanent Chelsea manager by owner Roman Abramovich.

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Mourinho sets new record as Roma beat Feyenoord in UEFA Conference League



Roma defeated Feyenoord 1-0 in the UEFA Conference League final on Wednesday night.

Nicolo Zaniolo netted the winner for the Serie A side in the first half of the encounter in Albania.

Zaniolo took the ball down brilliantly in the box with his chest from a cross, before clipping the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper to net the winner.

This becomes the first European Cup the Italian side have won in their history.

For Mourinho, he has completed a set of major European Cups, having won the Champions League (Porto, Inter Milan), Europa League (Manchester United, Porto) and UEFA Cup (Porto).

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Germany choose resort in northern Qatar as FIFA World Cup camp



Four-time champions Germany will be based in a new resort in northern Qatar for the Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 FIFA World Cup, the nation’s football association DFB said on Wednesday.

The DFB said Hansi Flick and his players will be staying in a separate area of the Zulal Wellness Resort in Al-Ruwais on the northern coast of the country, an hour’s drive from the capital of Doha.

The team will arrive on Nov. 17 and train at the nearby facilities of first-division club Al-Shamal, the DFB said.

Germany face Spain, Japan and the winners of a play-off between New Zealand and Costa Rica in the group stage.

“We have everything we need in Al-Ruwais —- we are only a short drive from Al Shamal’s training ground.

“The fantastic conditions there will allow us to focus and to train intensively, and there is a wonderfully-relaxed environment at the hotel.

“Those are the most important things for me as head coach,” Flick said.

DFB director Oliver Bierhoff said: “We want to create the best possible conditions for our team to have a successful tournament.

“This facility meets almost all of our requirements for a team hotel.

“It offers the team the opportunity to switch off from the hustle and bustle of playing at a World Cup.

“At this resort, we can concentrate on the task in hand, work in a focused manner and recuperate well. Team spirit plays a crucial role at a World Cup.

“We want to create a camaraderie that can help us go deep in the tournament.”

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Chelsea confirm Todd Boehly has bought club from Roman Abramovich for £4.25B



Chelsea have confirmed that terms have been agreed for Todd Boehly to complete his £4.25billion takeover of the club.

This is coming after Boehly’s consortium was named as the preferred bidder to take over at Stamford Bridge by the Raine Group, the American bank who are overseeing the sale. He partnered with fellow Dodgers owner Mark Walter, Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss as well as investment firm Clearlake Capital to purchase the club.

Boehly saw off competition from consortiums fronted by Stephen Pagliuca and Sir Martin Broughton and even a late £4.25bn bid from Britain’s richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

Chelsea confirmed on their official website in the early hours of Saturday morning that Boehly and his consortium can purchase the club, following the UK Government’s approval.

The statement read: ‘Chelsea Football Club can confirm that terms have been agreed for a new ownership group, led by Todd Boehly, Clearlake Capital, Mark Walter and Hansjoerg Wyss, to acquire the Club.

‘Of the total investment being made, £2.5bn will be applied to purchase the shares in the Club and such proceeds will be deposited into a frozen UK bank account with the intention to donate 100 per cent to charitable causes as confirmed by Roman Abramovich. UK Government approval will be required for the proceeds to be transferred from the frozen UK bank account.

‘In addition, the proposed new owners will commit £1.75bn in further investment for the benefit of the Club. This includes investments in Stamford Bridge, the Academy, the Women’s Team and Kingsmeadow and continued funding for the Chelsea Foundation.

‘The sale is expected to complete in late May subject to all necessary regulatory approvals. More details will be provided at that time.’

Russian billionaire, Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale just before the UK Government sanctioned him in March following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and his close relationship with Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

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UCL: God behind my goals against Man City – Real Madrid’s Rodrygo



Real Madrid hero Rodrygo says God’s face was upon him after his late brace fired them into the Champions League final.

An injury-time double from Rodrygo saw Real defeat Manchester City 3-1 and reach the final 6-5 on aggregate.

He said, “We were losing the match, we were dead and what happened, happened. With this shirt, we learn to always fight to the end. We were almost dead, but with my first goal we started to believe.

“I can’t explain it. I don’t have words for what happened today. God looked at me and said, “Today is your day.”

Real teammate Casemiro also said: “We had two years without the crowd. You have to enjoy them. The great virtue of this club is never giving in, fighting to the end. We have to congratulate everyone. Rodrygo made a spectacular entrance. The key phrase is ‘never give up’. We go to the end.”

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Liverpool reach Champions League final with win at Villarreal



Liverpool survived a first-half scare to reach the Champions League final with a 3-2 win at Villarreal.

The win secured a 5-2 aggregate victory after the night had threatened to turn sourfor Juergen Klopp’s side.

The visitors fell 2-0 down with an insipid first-half performance before fighting back with three goals in a 12-minute spell after the break to advance to their third European Cup final in five seasons.

The Premier League side had won 2-0 in England but looked in danger of coming unstuck on a rain-soaked pitch in Spain, as the hosts pegged them back with goals from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin.

Liverpool, however, came out transformed after halftime and goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane sealed the deal, with Villarreal ending the match with 10 men following a late red card for Etienne Capoue.

Klopp’s side will meet either Real Madrid or Manchester City, who contest the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, in the showpiece in Paris on May 28. City lead 4-3 from the first leg.

Roared on by their faithful fanbase who were packed into their modest stadium, Villarreal opened the scoring after three minutes with a close-range strike from Dia that was greeted by a chant of “Yes we can!” from the home supporters.

Villarreal had been lifeless in the first leg at Anfield, but looked a completely different team as they tore into Liverpool with the same aggressive game that had knocked out Juventus in the last 16 and beaten Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

Their relentless pressure forced Liverpool into mistakes they do not usually make, with the visitors’ passing accuracy of 66 percent the lowest they have managed in the first half of a game in all competitions this season.

Villarreal levelled the tie with a close-range header from Coquelin and looked on the verge of a miracle comeback.

Yet Klopp brought Diaz off the bench at the break and the in-form Colombian winger changed the dynamic of the game, finding space and taking advantage of a Villarreal side that seemed to have run out of gas.

As the Liverpool pressure mounted, it felt like only a matter of time until they scored and the goal eventually came following a brilliant combination between Fabinho and Mohamed Salah on the right side.

The Brazilian midfielder recovered a loose ball close to the Villarreal area, passed two defenders before playing a one-two with the Egyptian.

Salah teed him up with a pass between three defenders that left him alone to score with a low, angled shot that went between the legs of Villarreal keeper Geronimo Rulli, who endured a difficult game.

Liverpool smelled blood and went for the jugular, led by Diaz who ghosted into the middle of the box to head Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross easily past the goalkeeper in the 67th minute.

Seven minutes later Rulli tried to clear a long pass to Mane outside the area and completely missed the ball, leaving the Senegalese forward all alone to tap into the empty net.

Capoue, who had a enjoyed a great first half with two assists, was dismissed with five minutes remaining, receiving a second yellow card for a late challenge on Curtis Jones.

“The early goal didn’t help us, it helped them massively, so we had to dig deep, we had to be very mature and obviously second half, we played outstanding,” Liverpool centre back Virgil van Dijk told reporters.

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Bournemouth seal Premier League promotion with 1-0 win over Forest



Bournemouth earned promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 home win over Nottingham Forest in the second-tier Championship on Tuesday, sewing up second-place with one game to spare.

Bournemouth, together with Championship title winners Fulham, secured automatic promotion and will return to the Premier League after two years while Forest will go into the playoffs for the final spot.

Striker Kieffer Moore broke the deadlock in the 83rd minute, sidefooting powerfully home after Philip Billing found him with a clever free kick having shaped to shoot.

“We locked eyes and just saw the space. Thankfully Phil (Billing) played me the ball and the rest is history,” Moore told reporters.

Bournemouth got off to a good start, creating their first chance after a couple of minutes but Forest keeper Brice Samba denied midfielder Billing.

Forest striker Sam Surridge found space in the ninth minute after a brilliant long-range cross from defender Djed Spence but he smashed his finish against the crossbar.

Both sides created further chances in an attacking first half, which ended goalless.

After a slow start to the second period, Bournemouth got on top, but Forest held firm until Bournemouth defender Jordan Zemura won the decisive free kick on the edge of the box.

“I’ve not really slept this week. The first-half was emotional. Then we had a moment of magic from Kieffer (Moore) and we’re in the Premier League,” winger Ryan Christie told reporters.

Bournemouth will finish the season at home to eighth-placed Millwall on Saturday when Forest travel to 18th-placed Hull City.

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