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Millennium Stadium to host Champions League final

Uefa has confirmed that Cardiff will host European football's biggest game. Credit: PA

The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff will host the Champions League final in 2017, Uefa has confirmed.

The executive committee of European football's governing body convened in Prague for a meeting which touched upon on a variety of subjects, including the appointment of club competition final venues in two years' time.

Cardiff has long been reported to be among the frontrunners for the 2017 Champions League final and the Millennium Stadium was confirmed as host by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino on Tuesday.


Reading snap up free agent Stephen Quinn

Republic of Ireland midfielder Stephen Quinn has agreed a move to Reading.

Quinn is on his way to Reading. Credit: PA

The 29-year-old, a free agent after leaving relegated Hull at the end of last season, will sign a three-year contract with the option of a fourth.

Royals boss Steve Clarke told the club's website:

"Stephen is an unassuming player but has always caught my eye and, when I knew he was available, I targeted him quite early in the summer.

"His performances are always of a good standard and he is a talented, industrious, aggressive midfielder who can be influential in games.

Quinn joined Hull from Sheffield United in 2012 and made 97 appearances - including the FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal last year - and scored five goals.

Stoke City vow to highlight issue of child malnutrition

Stoke will highlights the major issue during the Barclays Asia Trophy. Credit: PA

Stoke are to highlight the issue of child malnutrition when they take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy next month.

The Potters will wear the Asian Football Federation's One Goal logo on their shirts during the tournament in Singapore to raise awareness of the fact that an estimated 200 million or more children in Asia are affected by poor nutrition.

Stoke open their campaign against Premier League rivals Everton on July 15 with Arsenal and a Singapore Select XI the other teams involved.


Arsenal legend backs Cech to thwart Chelsea title bid

Seaman has backed Cech to make Arsenal title winners again. Credit: PA

The signing of Petr Cech could be key in Arsenal winning their first Premier League title in 12 years, according to former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman.

The Czech keeper ended a trophy-laden 11-year association with Chelsea on Monday after finally completing a long-anticipated move to their London neighbours.

''Chelsea's loss could, and likely will, be Arsenal's gain. In my opinion this signing could genuinely be the difference between who will come first and who will come second next season,'' Seaman told BreatheSport.

Czech ended his trophy-laden 11-year association with Chelsea on Monday after finally completing a long-anticipated move to their London neighbours.

The 33-year-old found himself behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge last season and seized the chance of first-team football at another Premier League title challenger.

England women watch Gazza movie ahead of semi-final

England's women have been preparing for their World Cup semi-final by watching the Paul Gascoigne movie.

Goalkeeper Chamberlain loved watching the new Paul Gascoigne movie. Credit: PA

The film, released earlier this month, charts the life and career of one of England's most maverick players.

Arguably Gascoigne's most famous moment in an England shirt involved a World Cup semi-final, when he was brought to tears as England went out of Italia 90 at the hands of West Germany.

And Mark Sampson's women have been drawing inspiration from the film, with goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain tweeting on Tuesday morning: "Loved watching Gascoigne with the girls tonight. Such pride & honour to play for @england. How it should be!"

Forty-eight-year-old Gascoigne made 57 appearances for England, scoring 10 goals.

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