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 By Simon Kuper

Frenkie De Jong is joining Barcelona but it's nothing he can't handle

With Barcelona's coup for Frenkie de Jong complete, check out what the budding Dutch star brings to the Camp Nou.

Frenkie de Jong receives a back-pass standing still in the Ajax half. Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior and Luka Modric charge at him, but the Dutch playmaker, who seems to have all the time in the world, turns full circle and then accelerates away, leaving Modric chasing helplessly behind him. Vinicius, who has missed him by meters, falls over. The scene is a thing of beauty, like Charlie Chaplin escaping a posse of cops. Ajax won 4-1 in the Bernabeu on March 5.

There are supposedly no secrets...

Firmino returns to Liverpool training ahead of UCL final

ESPN FC's Craig Burley explains why Liverpool shouldn't be considered failures after they came up short in the title race.

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino returned to full training on Tuesday as he stepped up his recovery ahead of next week's Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur.

Firmino took part in Jurgen Klopp's first session of the squad's Marbella training camp after missing three matches with a muscle strain.

The 27-year-old Brazil international's last appearance for Liverpool was from the bench against Barcelona on May 1 when they lost 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal.

He...

Judge in Man City's UEFA case could have conflict of interest

The FC guys mention Manchester United's '99 treble winners and Arsenal's '98 side when questioning if Man City are the best team of the Premier League era.
Steve Nicol feels Pep Guardiola's Man City squad is perfect next season, but needs to continue to man-manage Gabriel Jesus' minutes to keep him happy.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley can't hold in his excitement after watching Manchester City's dominant FA Cup victory over Watford.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes joins the party in Manchester to get the fans' thoughts on City's treble-winning season and Vincent Kompany's departure.

One of the judges on the five-man panel tasked with determining whether Manchester City should be banned from the Champions League over a potential breach of financial fair play rules might have to recuse himself from deliberations.

According to an entry on the website of the law firm of Charles Flint, QC, the barrister is a director of the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).

The DFSA regulates financial services in the Dubai International Financial Centre, a special economic zone set up...

Lyon Women thrash Barca to win sixth UCL title

Ballon d'Or winner Ada Hegerberg struck a first-half hat trick as Lyon thumped Barcelona 4-1 to win the Women's Champions League for the fourth successive season.

Hegerberg's treble came in just 16 minutes after Dzsenifer Marozsan had opened the scoring, as the French champions won the competition for the sixth time in their history. Asisat Oshoala scored a late consolation for Barca.

Champions League success brings up the treble for Lyon, who had already sealed a domestic double heading into Saturday's...

UEFA boss: No Champions change without consent

Alejandro Moreno sounds off on Ernesto Valverde for his part in Barcelona's UCL failures, after club president Josep Bartomeu gave the manager his vote of confidence.
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner reveals his top goals of the 2018-19 Premier League season as the rest of the FC crew call his ranking into question.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said on Friday that no changes will be made to the Champions League format without consulting with Europe's national association members.

European football's governing body UEFA is working with the European Club Association (ECA), whose members include all of the continent's biggest clubs, to redesign European competition after the current international calendar ends in 2024.

The initial proposal discusses a near-closed Champions League format, which has faced a...