An emotional Jose Mourinho hailed his 'historic' achievement of becoming only the second manager to win five major European titles after Roma clinched the Europa Conference League on Wednesday night. Mourinho, who had previously won the Champions League, Europa League and the UEFA Cup, emulated the record of Giovanni Trapattoni by completing a unique European trophy haul as Roma beat Feyenoord 1-0 in Tirana to ensure he could add the inaugural Europa Conference League to his collection. 'There are so many things going through my head. So many things at the same time,' he said, fighting back tears on Sky Sport Italia.
Nicolo Zaniolo's smart finish delivers Europa Conference League glory for Roma as 1-0 win over Feyenoord sees Jose Mourinho land his fifth European trophy... and the club's first since 1961
ROMA 1-0 FEYENOORD - DANIEL MATTHEWS: Jose Mourinho seems to be bored of hearing about the Special One these days. But how better to describe a manager who reigns supreme in the inaugural ‘Cup of Jokes’? That was how Roma’s players viewed the Europa Conference League a year ago. By Wednesday night, however, not one of their supporters in Tirana were treating this as a tin-pot, even third-rate competition. Not when European glory had eluded them since the 1961 Fairs Cup. That barren spell is over after Nicolo Zaniolo’s goal downed Feyenoord. It means Mourinho is the first manager to win all three of UEFA’s European competitions. His record in major continental finals remains perfect, too. Played five, won five.
Chris Smalling revels in 'how much Europa Conference League triumph means to Roma fans' after man-of-the-match display - while overjoyed Tammy Abraham insists they 'deserved win' over Feyenoord
Ex-Manchester United centre back Smalling was the man-of-the-match as he secured a clean-sheet for the Italians, while Abraham - though largely stifled in Tirana against Feyenoord - was the club's top scorer in the competition. Yet with Roma winning their first UEFA European competition, the English pair were delighted post-match yet Smalling admitted Jose Mourinho's side had to fight to claim the trophy.
Emma Raducanu is 'overwhelmed' by the pressure of being a Grand Slam winner, says tennis legend John McEnroe after her French Open exit... who slams the 'unbelievable' decision to change her coach after winning the US Open
Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe has claimed the pressure of being a major winner looks to have 'overwhelmed' British number one Emma Raducanu. The 19-year-old Briton was defeated in the second round of the French Open by world number 49 Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 28, of Belarus on Wednesday. This marks Raducanu's second consecutive second round exit from a Grand Slam as she struggles to replicate the heroics that won her a stunning victory at the US Open in 2021.
Gareth Bale has been crocked, mocked for playing too much golf and labelled a 'parasite' by the Madrid press... yet his epic Real saga could end with more Champions League final heroics as Ancelotti considers letting him loose against Liverpool
Roll up, roll up... welcome to the last night of the Gareth Bale show. One of football's most curious episodes, featuring the Welsh wizard and the world's most prestigious football club, will draw to an end with this Saturday's Champions League final. It could easily be the case that Bale's Real Madrid swansong is a whole load of nothing. Carlo Ancelotti could simply leave him out of his matchday squad and Bale won't even travel to Paris. Yet, as Ancelotti ponders his team selection this week, there will be a big part of him tempted to pick Bale given the moments of magic he has produced on this stage in the past. They include the extra time goal in 2014 that put Real ahead for the first time in their final with city rivals Atletico and the astonishing overhead kick he produced against Liverpool in the 2018 showpiece. They were the good times for Bale at the Bernabeu. More recently it's been all injuries and insults, with the fans questioning his loyalty, quite a lot of golf and the Spanish media branding him a 'parasite'.
PETE JENSON: Karim Benzema was derided by Jose Mourinho as a 'pussycat' in his early days at Real Madrid, but the master marksman can make history in Paris if he helps Los Blancos roar to glory in Paris
PETE JENSON: He could win his fifth Champions League with Real Madrid on Saturday and if he does, a first Ballon d'Or will surely follow. But Karim Benzema could easily have ended up at Manchester United in 2009 instead of Spain. Back when Real Madrid rarely lost out on a transfer target, they battled with Sir Alex Ferguson for a 21-year-old who France Football magazine had dubbed 'Zinaldo' because he had Zinedine Zidane's technique and was as prolific as Brazil striker Ronaldo. Zidane helped Madrid get their man, advising president Florentino Perez to visit him in the Bron neighbourhood of Lyon where he had grown up.
Fabinho was a shy teen when he played just 14 minutes for Real Madrid during a 2013 loan spell (and met Jose in his PYJAMAS!)... now one of Europe's top midfielders, he's out to haunt his old club
It is widely accepted that Fabinho is one of the most dominant holding midfielders in world football after becoming a crucial player in Jurgen Klopp's all-conquering Liverpool side - but many may be unfamiliar with just how he got to where he is now. Ahead of this Saturday's Champions League final, it may be surprisingly to learn that Fabinho has actually played for Liverpool's opponents in the Paris showpiece, Real Madrid, during a brief stint there during the 2012-13 campaign. After arriving at Real Madrid to play for the Castilla side, Fabinho recalled being awaken by a 'special' visitor in the middle of night - while still be dressed in pyjamas.
'Brendon McCullum is such a great man-manager... I'm very jealous of the Test players!': White-ball skipper Eoin Morgan on England's new coach, his own future and potential successors
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY PAUL NEWMAN: Eoin Morgan, fit and relaxed at the start of what could be his final summer in charge of the England white-ball teams he revolutionised, has no doubts about the impact his great friend will make on English cricket. 'It's unbelievably exciting,' says Morgan of the appointment of Brendon McCullum as England Test coach. 'In many ways I'm jealous of the Test players because, having played both with him and under him, I know what a great man-manager Baz is. 'The best head coaches have this ability to lighten things up and reiterate what direction you're going in, what your purpose is.
From an encounter with Miss World in Iceland to the game's ultimate prize being stolen from a pub, via staying in a hotel full of cockroaches... a look back at the spellbinding story of Aston Villa's European Cup win 40 years ago - SPECIAL REPORT
TOM COLLOMOSSE: Aston Villa's victory over Bayern Munich in the European Cup final in Rotterdam on this day, 1982 is immortalised on a banner in the North Stand at Villa Park. 'Shaw, Williams prepared to adventure down the left, there's a good ball played in for Tony Morley… Oh, it must be!... And it is! Peter Withe!' - Brian Moore's commentary provided the soundtrack to the moment that would define these players' lives but there was a richness and depth to this 40-year-old story that went far beyond those unforgettable words.
James Tarkowski could spark a tug of war with Everton and Fulham, West Ham are eyeing Emmanuel Dennis and Man United may target Max Aarons... players relegated from the Premier League who could get poached by the big boys this summer
With the demotion of Burnley, Watford and Norwich formalised on the Premier League's final day on Sunday, attention will quickly turn to reshaping their squads ahead of next season. Despite the financial boost of parachute payments for the relegated trio, it is likely to be a busy summer of ins and outs, with the new second-tier sides likely hoping to cut several high earners from the wage bill and raise funds for a promotion push. Clarets defender James Tarkowski (centre), Hornets forward Emmanuel Dennis (left) and Norwich star Max Aarons (right) are among the biggest names linked with moves to other Premier League sides in this summer's transfer window. Tarkowski could spark a transfer tug of war between Everton and Fulham, Dennis is interesting West Ham and Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand urged the Red Devils to sign Aarons - and they may not be the only stars on the move. So, Sportsmail looks at the stars who could get poached by the big boys this summer.
Title winner Joao Cancelo could not look happier aboard private jet, Ben Chilwell performs some keepy-ups on the beach and Bukayo Saka takes in a Boston Celtics game! Premier League stars indulge in post-season holidays after Sunday's finale
Many were keen to quickly jet off to start their relaxation time on holiday and Joao Cancelo (left) could not look happier aboard a private jet to homeland Portugal on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka (right) was in the US to watch Boston Celtics take on Miami Heat in the NBA on Tuesday evening. Elsewhere, Ben Chilwell (inset) posted a video of himself doing some keepy-ups on a beach, as the Chelsea left back enjoyed the beautiful surroundings.
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Keep away from Mykonos! Erik ten Hag 'orders a full report on every one of his Manchester United players - including where they are all going on HOLIDAY - so he can assess their character and readiness for early pre-season under his strict regime'
Erik ten Hag has requested a comprehensive profile of his Manchester United squad before meeting them personally, including where the players jet off to for their summer break. The Dutchman built a growing reputation in Ajax for a meticulous style of management and did not need a second invitation to stamp down his authority at Old Trafford. Beyond propelling the Red Devils further up the Premier League table next season, the 52-year-old coach is expected to instill a winning culture at the football club, following a decade of relative turmoil since the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
Liverpool players wear sensors on their BRAIN as Jurgen Klopp looks to use cutting-edge technology from German neuroscientist to give his side mental edge ahead of Champions League showdown with Real Madrid
The Reds face Real Madrid at the Stade de France, Paris on Saturday night hoping to complete a trophy treble of the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Champions League. And as reported by the Sun, Jurgen Klopp's players have been using brain sensors in the hope the cutting-edge technology from a German neuroscientist could give them an edge in the European showpiece. Klopp is aiming to outmanoeuvre their Real counterparts with the forward-thinking technology, the brainchild of Dr Niklas Hausler and his business partner Patrick Hantschke. Liverpool engaged the company neuro11 - of which Hausler and Hantschke are co-founders - to help players get 'in the zone' when they play. Pictures of the Reds in training show full backs Trent Alexander-Arnold (second right) and Kostas Tsimikas (left) sporting the gear.
The All-American takeover! Todd Boehly is the latest to jet across the pond and buy a Premier League club as he joins Stan Kroenke, FSG and much-maligned Glazers by snapping up Chelsea... so, how have top flight clubs fared under US ownership?
Todd Boehly has become the latest American tycoon in Premier League football after finally completing his Chelsea takeover on Wednesday. Almost three months since Roman Abramovich put the Blues on the market after being sanctioned by the UK Government, a consortium led by Boehly has been approved by Ministers and the Premier League as his replacement after weeks of complications. The LA Dodgers chief is set to join a number of his compatriots in England's top flight, and Sportsmail has taken a look at the full list of US Premier League owners following his £4.25bn takeover.
'When I start cracking your glass jaws, you won't like it': Moment Anthony Joshua stormed into Loughborough University flat and told students to 'watch their mouths' after they heckled him over Tyson Fury fight
The two-time heavyweight world champion, who trains at the university, took exception after being jeered by the drunken group as he walked by their building. The students had accused Joshua, 32, of purposely avoiding a fight with current champion Tyson Fury amid other 'profanity and abusive language', The Sun reports. Joshua, 6ft 6ins, then turned and headed towards the flat and was granted access to the halls when he pressed the external buzzer. After gaining entry to the flat, the boxer confronted the uncomfortable students.
Emma Raducanu's maiden French Open campaign is over as she is dumped out in the second round by Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich... with British No 1 falling away after promising start against world No 47
MIKE DICKSON IN PARIS: The 19 year-old (left and right) from Kent was beaten 3-6 6-1 6-1 to Aliaksandra Sasnovich (inset) of Belarus, the world number 47, after several sharp switches of momentum. The most significant turning point of the match came at 1-1 in the deciding set when Raducanu had five break points to get ahead. On the first of them she missed a forehand down the line when well placed to execute the shot. Sasnovich played the next four with admirable aplomb, closing off the chance of a decisive momentum swing. Thereafter she was in the ascendancy, with Raducanu somewhat deflated.
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Ronaldo and Bowen are the only players from outside the top four while only two defenders make the cut... but is it Kevin De Bruyne or Mohamed Salah who top our season-long POWER RANKINGS?
Another Premier League season has come and gone and with that it is also time to wave goodbye to our Power Rankings for another season. After 38 matchdays of twists and turns, Manchester City pipped Liverpool to the Premier League title, while London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham made the other two Champions League places. Arsenal and Man United will play in the Europa League next season while West Ham will compete in the Europa Conference League. At the other end of the table, Burnley, Watford and Norwich were all relegated.
Are the drinks on you, Kylian?! PSG and France star Mbappe celebrates becoming the world's best-paid footballer with a day in Cannes with team-mate Achraf Hakimi, days after signing his £650,000-per-week deal
Kylian Mbappe (left) enjoyed some time off on the French Riviera days after committing his future to Paris Saint-Germain. Speculation had been mounting about the star striker's contract situation in recent weeks amid strong links to LaLiga giants Real Madrid with his original deal in France expiring this summer. Fresh from putting an end to his contract saga by agreeing a staggering £650,000-per-week, three-year deal, Mbappe relaxed in Cannes on Wednesday alongside PSG team-mate Achraf Hakimi (right).
PREMIER LEAGUE REPORT CARDS: Title rivals City and Liverpool top the class, United AREN'T the only established side deserving a 'D' and Spurs and Newcastle turn it around in Part 2 of our ratings
A dramatic Premier League season reached its conclusion on Sunday with Manchester City just pipping Liverpool to the title, Tottenham snatching fourth spot and Burnley consigned to relegation as Leeds survived. Now that the dust has settled, Sportsmail assesses all 20 teams on their performances this season and what needs to be improved ahead of the next campaign. Part Two of our end-of-term report card runs from Liverpool through to Wolves.
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'When are we going to do something? It's pathetic!': Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr - whose dad was shot dead by terrorists - angrily demands US senate enact background checks after 19 primary school children were killed in Texas
The Golden State Warriors head coach blamed all 50 state senators for 'holding Americans hostage,' referring to a statistic claiming that 90 percent of Americans want tighter restrictions on gun control. 'We had Asian churchgoers killed in southern California. Now we have children murdered at school. When are we going to do something? I'm tired. I'm so tired of getting up here and offering condolences to the devastated families that are out there. I'm so tired of the -- I'm sorry. I'm tired of the moments of silence. Enough,' Kerr added ahead of his team's Game 4 encounter against the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Western Conference Finals.
TEAM-BY-TEAM GUIDE TO THE QATAR WORLD CUP: Which nations are the favourites to win, who are the star players and managers to watch out for and how did each team qualify?
The domestic season has come to an end and by the time the 2022/23 campaign begins the 2022 World Cup will be right around the corner. The first-ever winter edition of the tournament gets underway on November 21, interrupting the domestic campaign to do so, with the final taking place under a month later on December 18. The group stage draw has come and gone, with eight sets of four teams set to compete in Qatar in the final time we'll see a 32-team format at the World Cup, with a 48-team format set to be introduced in 2026.