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Toe Poke Daily: Petr Cech's hockey heroics among retired soccer stars' new sporting careers

Former Premier League 'keeper Petr Cech reveals that making his ice hockey debut fulfilled a childhood dream.

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Petr Cech became surely the first goalkeeper to have saved a penalty in both the Champions League final and the National Ice Hockey League South 2 on Sunday.

The 37-year-old made his debut for Guildford...

Why Thibaut Courtois is struggling to win over Real Madrid fans

When the first half ended in Real Madrid's Champions League meeting with Club Brugge on Tuesday night, Thibaut Courtois made his way off the pitch, the whistling loud in his ears, and everyone else's, too. Real were losing 2-0, and the goalkeeper who had conceded twice headed down the tunnel, into the dressing room and straight to the toilet, where he was sick.

Dizzy, disoriented and unable to carry on, he was replaced by Alphonse Areola as Real battled back to draw 2-2. Courtois' dad drove him...

UEFA charges Liverpool after fan invades pitch, Ajax and Dortmund also charged

Steve Nicol says Jurgen Klopp can use Liverpool's lapse against Salzburg to wake up his side.

UEFA has charged Liverpool for a fan running on the field at the end of a 4-3 win against FC Salzburg on Wednesday, with the Austrian club being charged for fans throwing objects.

The European football governing body has also charged Ajax and Borussia Dortmund after their fans damaged stadiums they visited in the Champions League this week.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge charges of "acts of damage" against both clubs on Oct. 17.

Ajax faces a further charge of crowd disturbances at...

Real Madrid deny reports Thibaut Courtois suffered anxiety vs. Club Brugge

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop isn't convinced Thibaut Courtois is the answer for Real Madrid.
Craig Burley feels the UCL favourites all have one thing in common -- their lack of defensive structure.
ESPN FC's Ale Moreno feels Eden Hazard's honeymoon phase at Real Madrid is clearly over.
Craig Burley and Ale Moreno don't hold back their criticisms of Real Madrid's senior players of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric.
ESPN FC's Sid Lowe disagrees with Zinedine Zidane's assessment of Real Madrid's second-half performance in their 2-2 draw vs. Club Brugge.

Real Madrid have issued a statement denying claims Thibaut Courtois was substituted at half time of the Champions League group stage clash with Club Brugge due to anxiety.

With Madrid 2-0 down at home to the Belgian side, Zinedine Zidane replaced Courtois with Alphonse Areola at the break and Los Blancos recovered to draw 2-2. 

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Despite reports circulating after the match that the ex-Chelsea goalkeeper had been suffering...

Lewandowski, Suarez prove that age is just a number when it comes to their brilliance in Champions League

There are different paths to beating your opponent in a football match. You can outrun them, and you can outmuscle them. You can out-will them, and you can outwit them. All of the above are probably more satisfying to a coach whose job is to prepare, condition and motivate his players. After all, it shows he's done his job well.

From a neutral perspective, the most pleasing is when the margin between defeat and victory is down to technique (maybe with a smattering of smarts and a dollop of street)....