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Greats Of The Game - Diego Milito, Striker

Diego Milito, Forward, Milito began his club career in Argentina with Racing Club in 1999, and later moved to Italian side Genoa in 2003. In 2005, he was acquired by Spanish club Real Zaragoza, where he remained for three seasons, before returning to Genoa in 2008. His prolific goalscoring exploits during his second spell with Genoa earned him a move to defending Serie A champions Inter, where he was pivotal in the club’s 2009–10 treble-winning season scoring 32 goals in all competitions including two goals in the 2010 UEFA Champions League Final. He returned to Racing Club in 2014, where he retired in 2016. At international level, Milito has earned 25 caps for Argentina, scoring 4 goals, and represented his country in two Copa América tournaments, winning a runners-up medal in 2007, and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

He has been nicknamed El Príncipe (“The Prince” in Spanish) because of his physical resemblance with former Uruguayan footballer Enzo Francescoli, who had the same nickname.

Milito has averaged just over a goal every two appearances over the course of his professional career. Arguably one of the most underrated strikers of his generation?  

The Master vs The Learner

By Dominic Vieira, writing from Portugal

Bayern Munich vs Inter Milan, Champions League Final, Santiago Bernabéu, 19:45 GMT

Are you ready for the greatest match on the European calendar? After an intense 2009/10 Champions League season, filled with surprises and suspense, we’ve arrived at the last match, the grand final. This year Bayern Munich takes on Inter Milan in the 2010 Champions League final in Madrid. Germany vs Italy. Free Flowing Football vs Tactical Football. Louis Van Gaal vs José Mourinho. The Master vs The Learner. In less than eight hours, millions of fans across the world will be turning in to watch a truly beautiful match played at its highest level. Plus, it’s the first time the final is played on a Saturday night, no need to worry about school or work.

In 1997, at FC Barcelona, a young and talented José Mourinho worked under Louis Van Gaal. At the time Mourinho was certainly not ‘a special one’, whereas the Dutch manager was a true champion and proven manager, he had won every trophy there was to be won with Ajax. The pair spent three years together and enjoyed success, winning back to back La Liga titles in 98 and 99. Mourinho, flourished under the Dutch Master and established himself through the ’apprenticeship’.

Thirteen years later, they both clash in their second Champions League final. The pair have relished brilliant seasons winning both the cup and league, victory tonight will certainly write their name down in history as they will complete the famous treble. Tonight one of them will become the third manager to lift the trophy with two different clubs, will Mourinho outclass his former mentor or will Van Gaal teach him another lesson?

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UEFA’S KEY MILESTONES FOR WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

1971 – Official UEFA recognition of women’s football
1982 – First women’s match under UEFA’s banner
1984 – First European women’s national team competition final
1997 – Inaugural European Women’s Under-18 Championship (until 2001)
2001 – First European Women’s Under-19 Championship kicks off
2001 – Start of the first UEFA women’s club competition: the UEFA Women’s Cup
2008 – First European Women’s Under-17 Championship final
2010 – First UEFA Women’s Champions League final
2011 – Karen Espelund (Norway): First female UEFA Executive Committee member (by invitation)
2012 – Start of the UEFA Women’s Football Development Programme
2014 – UEFA’s Women in Football Leadership Programme gets underway
2016 – Florence Hardouin (France): First elected female UEFA Executive Committee member