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Linfield and Celtic clash expected to take place on 14 July

It looks increasingly likely that Linfield will play Celtic in Belfast on Friday 14 July if the Blues overcome La Fiorita of San Marino in the first Champions League qualifying round.

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A member of protocol changes the EU and British flags prior to the start of Brexit negotiations. Picture: AP/Virginia Mayo

Former Hearts-linked businessman launches anti-Brexit push

An Edinburgh businessman who was once linked with a takeover of Heats has launched a petition in a bid to change Brexit.

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Niederkorn wish to move the match to the Josy Barthel Stadium in Luxembourg. Picture: AFP/Getty

Rangers still waiting to learn Progres Niederkorn venue

Rangers are still waiting to make arrangements for their first-round Europa League match in Luxembourg after a dispute over Progres Niederkorn’s venue broke out, according to the Herald.

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Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll currently plays for Linfield. Picture: SNS

Five things Celtic fans should know about Linfield

Barring a first-round upset, Celtic will meet Linfield in the second qualifying round of the Champions League. Here’s everything you need to know about the Northern Irish champions...

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Linfield's home ground of Windsor Park. Picture: SNS

Linfield v Celtic will not take place on 12 July - reports

Should Linfield make their way past La Fiorita and set-up a second qualifying clash with Celtic, the match will not take place on 12 July, according to reports.

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Aberdeen lost to Maribor in last year's competition. Picture: SNS

Aberdeen to face FC Ordabasy or Široki Brijeg in Europa League

Aberdeen will face either Kazakhstan side FC Ordabasy or Bosnian outfit Siroki Brijeg in the second round of Europa League qualifying.

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Pedro Caixinha and his Rangers side will travel to Luxembourg. Picture: John Devlin

Rangers learn opponents for Europa League qualifying

Rangers will face either Cypriot club AEL Limassol or St Josephs of Gibraltar should they emerge victorious from their first qualifying round match against Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League.

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Tommy Wright and his side will travel to Lithuania. Picture: Michael Gillen

St Johnstone learn Europa League qualifying opponents

St Johnstone will square off against Swedish side IFK Norrkoping or FC Prishtina of Kosovo in the second qualifying round of the Europa League if they make it past first round opponents FK Trakai.

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Celtic are looking to get back to the Champions League group stages once again. Picture: John Devlin

Celtic to face Linfield or La Fiorita in Champions League

Celtic will face either Northern Irish champions Linfield or Sanmarinese side La Fiorita in the second qualifying round of the Champions League.

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Cristiano Ronaldo trains with the Portugal squad in Kazan, Russia, ahead of the Confederations Cup. Picture: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

‘Outraged’ Cristiano Ronaldo says he will quit Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the world’s greatest footballer, is reportedly “outraged” at what he feels is unfair treatment by Spanish tax authorities and is determined to quit the club and the country.

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Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola gestures after delivering a speech during a protest organised by the National Assembly for Catalonia, to support the call for referendum in Barcelona. Picture: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Pep Guardiola boss joins Catalan independence rally in Spain

The manager of an English football team joined thousands of protesters in Barcelona yesterday to call for independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia.

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has grown to love the Europa League. Picture: Simon Hofmann/Uefa via Getty Images

Why the much maligned Europa League matters once more

Jose Mourinho had just been repeatedly tossed into the air by members of his backroom staff when the jubilant Manchester United manager beckoned his son, Jose junior, onto the field. They danced in each other’s arms before falling to the ground, where they shared a long, warm embrace.

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The Europa League final may mark the last game as a Manchester United player for Wayne Rooney. Picture: Rui Vieira/AP

Europa final set to mark end of Wayne Rooney’s United career

Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant team-mates and with fireworks exploding around him.

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Mario Mandzukic scores Juventuss first goal against Monaco last night. Picture: Getty.

Dani Alves inspires Juventus to reach Champions League final

Dani Alves inspired Juventus to a 2-1 win over Monaco last night to send the Italian club to their second Champions League final in three years.

Juventus players celebrate  following their 2-0 victory in Monaco. Picture: Getty

Treble-seeking Juventus on brink of six Serie A titles in a row

Nobody seems capable of stopping Juventus, at home or abroad.

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Cristiano Ronaldo completes his hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated  Atletico 3-0. Picture: Getty.

Real Madrid 3 - 0 Atletico Madrid: Ronaldo destroys rivals

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid swept aside city rivals Atletico 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League 

Cristiano Ronaldo stands beside a bust presented during a ceremony to rename Madeira's airport in Funchal in his honour. Picture: Francisco Leong/AFP/Getty Images

Odd-looking bust of Cristiano Ronaldo steals homecoming show

Cristiano Ronaldo has an airport named after him, but it was his odd-looking statue that attracted attention in yesterday’s ceremony honouring the Portugal star in his hometown.

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Sergi Roberto is jumped upon by his Barcelona team mates after his dramatic sixth goal completed the astonishing comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.  Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Comeback kings Dunfermline challenge Barcelona to a friendly

Dunfermline Athletic have congratulated Barcelona on equalling their European comeback record and challenged the Catalans to a cheeky friendly.

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Celtic's 1967 European Cup triumph was a landmark moment for many Scots watching on terrestrial TV.  Picture: Central Press/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Why BT’s new Champions League deal is bad news

One day in May, fifty years ago, I was so ignorant about football that when the TV Times described Billy
McNeill as Celtic’s “skipper” I assumed he was some kind of trainer, leading the rest of the team in jumping in and out of spinning ropes, and that possibly the players did this formation-style like my mother and her friends at the Women’s League of Health and Beauty.

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French footballer Raymond Kopa has died at the age of 85 following a long illness. Picture: AFP/Getty

French football legend Raymond Kopa dies aged 85

Former Ballon d’Or winner Raymond Kopa, who won three consecutive European Cups with Real Madrid in the 1950s, has died at the age of 85.

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