Gianluca Vialli, Italy football great, dies aged 58 | CNN

CNN  —  Italy football great Gianluca Vialli has died aged 58 after what he described as his “journey” with an “unwelcome travel companion” – pancreatic cancer. Vialli announced in December that he was stepping away from his role with the Italian national federation for health reasons after consultation with his oncologists. Vialli had publicly struggled … Read more

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia: Napoli’s Georgian sensation billed ‘Kvaradona’ | CNN

CNN  —  “When they see Kvara, they see Maradona.” Napoli has always had an infatuation with talismanic attacking players. In recent years, there have been Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne. A few years prior were Marek Hamsik and Ezequiel Lavezzi. But none have been more famous – or loved by Napoli fans – than Diego … Read more

Barcelona suffer humiliating exit from the Champions League at the hands of Inter Milan and Bayern | CNN

CNN  —  Barcelona talked a lot about “economic levers” as the Catalan club looks to improve its finances, but it won’t be able to use the Champions League pulley anymore after exiting at the competition’s group stage for the second consecutive season. Even before a ball was kicked at the Camp Nou against Bayern Munich … Read more

Juventus crashes out of Champions League to compound season’s woeful start | CNN

CNN  —  Just when Juventus fans thought things could not get any worse – or perhaps even that their season had turned a corner after Friday’s 4-0 win over Empoli – on Tuesday, they did. Another Champions League defeat, this time a 4-3 loss away to Benfica, ensured Juventus’ exit from the competition at the … Read more

Bayern Munich to face Barcelona, Inter Milan after Champions League group stage draw | CNN

CNN  —  Bayern Munich will face Barcelona and Inter Milan in this season’s Champions League group stage after the draw took place on Thursday in Istanbul. It will see Barcelona’s new summer signing, Robert Lewandowski, face his old team, for whom he scored 344 goals in 375 appearances, second most for the club behind Gerd … Read more