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Can Bayern stop Real's march to a Champions League three-peat?

Following statements released by the presidents of Juve and Napoli, the FC crew discuss whether referees give Real Madrid preferential treatment.
Jupp Heynckes speaks of his admiration for Zinedine Zidane ahead of Bayern Munich's Champions League semifinal clash with Real Madrid.
ESPN's Alison Bender previews the Champions League semi-final matches where Liverpool take on AS Roma and Real Madrid face Bayern Munich.

The last team to "three-peat" as champions of Europe, doing so 42 years ago, take on the team that is fancied to complete their own this season. It's an added layer of spice to the clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal.

Not that you really need it in situations like this. European football's seascape brings together plankton and minnows, squid and sharks, but these two are bona fide whales. One or the other has been in six of the past eight Champions League...

Never-say-die Napoli stun Juve; Iniesta inspires; Mourinho, Conte rewarded

The ESPN FC guys discuss the rejuvenated title race in Serie A and debate the quality of the match between Juventus and Napoli.

The last title race in a major European league is alive and well and owes a huge debt of gratitude to a 6-foot-5 Franco-Senegalese tower of power (who also has plenty of timing, grit and brains) named Kalidou Koulibaly.

On Sunday night, during stoppage time at the end of Juventus vs. Napoli, the center-back rose into the Turin sky to power a header past Gigi Buffon, breaking a scoreless deadlock and giving his team a huge victory that cuts Juventus' lead at the top of the table to a single point.

Napoli...

Arsene Wenger and the story of why he really decided to leave Arsenal

Journey back in time to soak in Arsene Wenger's finest moments at Arsenal during his nearly 22-year career with the club.

Officially, he wasn't pushed. He jumped. But it's the sort of leap you take into thin air when a group of board members with machetes have chased you to the top of the building and there's no way out. At some point the haze will clear, the retrospectives will end, the tributes will fade and we'll be left with one incontrovertible fact.

Arsene Wenger was asked to leave.

Many would argue that it should have happened sooner. Maybe they are correct, but that's an argument for another time....

Juventus, Gigi Buffon and Real Madrid must close officiating can of worms

Gianluigi Buffon didn't hold back when asked about the penalty decision at the end of the match that gave Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to squash Juventus' comeback.

How about we all take a step back and keep the hell away from that Pandora's Box?

That means you, Marca, who saw fit to devote Tuesday's front page to the following concept: the accusations of pro-Real Madrid refereeing bias might hurt Zinedine Zidane's team against Bayern Munich.

And you, Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who accused UEFA head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina (who happens to be Italian) of being so obsessed with appearing transparent and unbiased that he ends up penalizing...

Pep Guardiola vindicated for doing things differently with Man City

The FC crew delve into Man City's evolution during Pep Guardiola's second season in charge and debate whether winning the Premier League put his critics to bed.

"Another Way of Winning" is one of several biographies written about Pep Guardiola and, over the weekend, it became a realized prophecy in the Premier League, as the Catalan manager claimed his first title.

And Manchester City didn't just win. They won big and, in some ways, bigger than any other team in the history of English football.

With five games remaining, they are on pace to set a new top-flight mark for points (95 is the record; they have 87) and wins (30; 28). Plus, they're on track to...

Roma rewarded for dreaming big as Di Francesco masterminds Barca downfall

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti explains why Roma's comeback is one of their greatest moments in Europe, while the FC crew delve into where things went wrong for Barcelona.

And to think that some Roma fans wanted them to tank...

On Monday, the talk in some quarters -- particularly among the local radio stations that provide the soundtrack to any taxi ride in the Eternal City -- was that Roma boss Eusebio Di Francesco should play the long game.

The club were obviously not going to come back from a 4-1 deficit against Barcelona in their Champions League second leg, so why not conserve their energy for Sunday's Serie A derby against Lazio?

It made sense, didn't it? Beating...