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  1. Liverpool back in Champions League after five years
  2. Arsenal defensive concerns ahead of Dortmund test
  3. Manchester City and Chelsea news conferences
  4. All the breaking sports news
  5. GET INVOLVED: Premier or Champions League - which is the best to watch? #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's us all done and dusted here on Sportsday. Thanks very much for your company and interaction today and we'll be back with you again tomorrow morning from 08:00 BST.

There's plenty of good stuff elsewhere on our website, of course, not least live text commentary on tonight's opening Champions League group stage matches, which gets under way shortly.

But before we go - and to celebrate our earlier vote which saw You'll Never Walk Alone named as your favourite matchday anthem - here's

a little music.

BBC Sport's 'Top Of The Kops'
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The best football songs - voted by you

Keller rues Howedes absence


Benedikt Howedes
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Schalke boss Jens Keller faces a defensive headache ahead of the Champions League Group G opener at Chelsea on Wednesday with World Cup-winning Germany defender and captain Benedikt Howedes ruled out.

Howedes did not travel to London due to a hip problem and Keller said: "Of course it's very difficult if you lose your captain.

"I don't know how long he'll be missing, but he is a very important player for us. He's very confident now, having won the World Cup."

Zidane won't rule out French job


Zinedine Zidane
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France great Zinedine Zidane, who helped Les Bleus win the 1998 World Cup on home soil, has hinted he could be interested in coaching the national team.

"I am ambitious. I am a coach now, and I tell myself 'why not be national coach?'" the Real Madrid youth coach told French newspaper La Provence.

Zidane was Carlo Ancelotti's assistant when Real won the Champions League last season.

Hutton says he 'kept his head down'


Alan Hutton has spoken about his new three-year deal at Aston Villa.

The right-back had previously been frozen out for two years and had not played under boss Paul Lambert until this season.

"I kept my head down, worked hard, came in every day and it has paid off," Hutton told the

club's website. "Now I just want to take this opportunity given me by the manager."

Hampden ideal for Euro 2020 - Ferguson


Hampden Park
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Sir Alex Ferguson believes Hampden's history and its record of staging several European finals stands it in good stead to be

chosen as one of the venues for the 2020 European Championships.

Scotland's national stadium hopes to be selected by Uefa on Friday as one of the 13 host city venues for Euro 2020.

"Everyone involved in the decision making of this only has to look back at the six finals," said Ferguson. "The clubs in these particular games will have fond memories of it."

bbc-coverageThe Champions League group stage returns


In case you hadn't noticed, the Champions League returns tonight with Liverpool and Arsenal both in action.

There's build-up and commentary on Arsenal's match at Borussia Dortmund (kick off 19:45 BST) over on

BBC Radio 5 live with Mark Pougatch from 19:00 BST, plus regular updates as Liverpool take on Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield.

We'll also be asking for you views on whether England's Champions League representatives have any chance of winning the competition this season.

You'll also find text updates on all tonight's Champions League action on the BBC Sport website.

O'Shea: No choice on salary cap increase

Rugby Union

Conor O'Shea
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Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea believes Premiership clubs have "little alternative" but to ratify a second salary cap increase in two years to keep pace with big-spending French counterparts.

League chiefs will vote through a £500,000 salary cap increase for next season in a board meeting on Wednesday.

The competition's board will also allow each squad to have a second marquee player for 2015/16 - to be recruited from overseas and not have played in the Premiership for at least 12 months.

"Wages are accelerating all the time in France and Japan, and we want to keep home-grown players at home for as long as possible," O'Shea said.

Slomka sacked by Hamburg


Six-time German champions Hamburg have

sacked coach Mirko Slomka after a poor start to the Bundesliga campaign.

The former European champions have one point from three games after narrowly avoiding relegation last season.

Slomka, 47, only took charge in February but Hamburg have acted ahead of Saturday's home match with reigning champions Bayern Munich.

Sport autobiographies - best quotes

In the week that has seen the serialisation of Rio Ferdinand's autobiography, BBC Sport has pulled together some of the

best quotes from the life stories of other leading sports stars.

Andre Agassi, BBC Sport
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United absence a warning - Guardiola


Pep Guardiola
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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola believes the absence of Manchester United from this season's Champions League serves as a warning to all elite clubs.

United are sitting out the competition for the first time since 1995 after finishing seventh in the Premier League last season.

"It is a good lesson for the big clubs if we think we are unbeatable, that we are so strong," Guardiola said ahead of his side's Champions League tie with Manchester City on Wednesday.

"Every year we need to make the good things or maybe next season you could be out. That is why football is magnificent. Every single week you have to be ready."

Reds youngsters too strong for Ludogorets


Liverpool's Under-19s provided an encouraging prologue to tonight's Champions League match at Anfield as they comfortably saw off their Ludogorets Razgrad counterparts 4-0.

The hosts marked their Uefa Youth League debut with a one-sided win at Langtree Park with Jerome Sinclair (2), Daniel Cleary and Alex O'Hanlon on target.

Liverpool's senior stars play Champions League group-stage debutants Ludogorets later today. The Group B clash kicks off at 19:45 BST.

Louw out of Rugby Championship

Rugby Union

Francois Louw
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South Africa flanker Francois Louw has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Louw will be sidelined for two months after seeing a specialist on Tuesday. South Africa have not yet called up a replacement for the loose forward.

South Africa also lost scrum-half Ruan Pienaar for up to six weeks to a right knee ligament injury.

Both were injured in the

14-10 loss to New Zealand in Wellington on Saturday.

Dragons in for Carney

Rugby League

Todd Carney
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Head coach Laurent Frayssinous has no reservations about the prospect of bringing Australian stand-off Todd Carney to Catalan Dragons, despite his sacking by NRL side Cronulla Sharks.

Carney, 28, was released from the southern hemisphere competition in June after he appeared to be photographed committing a lewd act.

Catalans are interested but face competition from Super League rivals.

"Todd knows what our expectations are," Frayssinous told

BBC Sport. "I know what I could expect of him because he wants to be recognised on the footy field and not off it."

The Cambiasso effect at Leicester


Esteban Cambiasso
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Striker David Nugent feels Leicester are already benefiting from having former Inter Milan player and Argentina international Esteban Cambiasso in the dressing room.

The Argentine came off the bench and inspired the Foxes to victory at Stoke at the weekend.

Nugent told the

club website: "He is a quality player. He can see the passes before he plays them.

"He is also an excellent talker. We are a young squad with not much experience of playing in the Premier League so Esteban coming in from Inter Milan, a Champions League winner, is a great coup."

Struggling Fulham not to be underestimated


Felix Magath
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Nottingham Forest winger Chris Burke has warned against underestimating floundering Fulham when the sides meet at the City Ground on Wednesday night.

"We have to show them respect. In the Championship anything can happen so we have to be at it," Burke said. "But with the crowd behind us, and if we approach the game in the right manner, I'm sure we can challenge for the three points."

Felix Magath's Fulham have lost five of their six games and are bottom of the division while Forest sit top after four wins and two draws.

Racial abuse investigation begins


The Scottish Football Association has contacted Aberdeen over claims that Celtic winger Aleksandar Tonev racially abused Dons full-back Shay Logan.

An Aberdeen statement reads: "The club confirms it has been contacted by the SFA regarding the alleged racist comment during the Premiership game with Celtic on Saturday. The club will co-operate fully with this investigation.

"As an employer we support unconditionally any employee who is the subject of any form of abuse and as such believe it is appropriate to allow the SFA the time necessary to carry out a full investigation."

Celtic say Bulgarian winger Tonev, 24, who was making his Celtic debut after arriving on a one-year loan deal from Aston Villa, denies the accusation.

Ribery to miss Man City game


Franck Ribery
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Bayern Munich will be without the experienced Franck Ribery when they meet Manchester City in their Champions League Group E opener tomorrow, and fellow winger Arjen Robben is also a doubt.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said: "Franck is not here, he is at home. He went to the doctor on Monday and today they told me he cannot play."

Get involved

We asked which you prefer to watch on TV and why - Premier or Champions League? Here are some of your replies so far and seems the Premier League is coming out on top...

Gary Timms: Can't be doing with all the hype around the Champions League. Its a self perpetuating club for greedy business types. Premier League every day.

Lewis Powell: Has to be Premier League, can be so unpredictable and entertaining. Watching Italian or French teams in Europe is so boring.

Antti Valtiala: To me it's the Premier League. League system is more fair and the winner is the best team

Rezaa Sait: Definitely the Premier League. 760 games of controversy, great goals and let's not forget about the Fantasy Premier League!

Keep them coming on Twitter using #myfootymusic or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Say cheese lads


Manchester United
Manchester United Twitter

Manchester United have

tweeted their official squad photo, which was taken at Old Trafford today. The big question is can you name them all?

Brough to miss Wigan clash

Rugby League

Danny Brough
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Huddersfield will be without captain Danny Brough for Thursday's qualifying Super League play-off at Wigan.

The reigning Man of Steel was forced to sit out the Giants' final match of the regular season against St Helens last Friday after taking a blow to his testicles in the previous game against Hull.

Brough, who was forced to spend a night in hospital, has made progress in his recovery but will not be risked against the defending champions.

"Broughy is a tough old bloke and it takes something pretty bad to sideline him or put him down but he has improved and we will put him back in when the time is right," said Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson.

Di Maria's got the number


Angel Di Maria
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Angel Di Maria has set his sights on following in the footsteps of some of the famous former owners of the Manchester United number seven shirt, including George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He told the

Manchester Evening News: "It is very nice to use this number. Many important players have worn this shirt and I am going to do all that is possible to not let down this shirt."

The 26-year-old scored and produced a man-of-the match performance on his home debut against QPR on Sunday.

City touch down in Germany


Edin Dzeko

Manchester City have arrived in Munich ahead of their Champions League clash against Bayern.

The German club

tweeted this photo of Blues striker Edin Dzeko stopping to sign autographs, with the caption: "Welcome to Munich".

Bayern are as unlikely to be as welcoming on the pitch tomorrow.

ITF to resist calls for Davis Cup change


The Davis Cup will remain an annual tournament despite complaints from some players that it adds to an already-crowded schedule..

Double Davis Cup champion Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic has called for it be a biennial event, while other top players have suggested replacing it altogether.

But president of the International Tennis Federation, Francesco Ricci Bitti, said: "We don't agree with this becoming a biennial event because the calendar of tennis is annual - if you take something away, it's very difficult the year after."

Bitti did concede some leading players were suffering from fatigue but said their absence was only highlighted when it was the Davis Cup, rather than regular season tournaments.

Januzaj's Man United hat-trick


Adnan Januzaj
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Adnan Januzaj hopes he's impressed manager Louis van Gaal after scoring a hat-trick for Manchester United Under-21s today.

The 19-year-old, who came off the bench against QPR on Sunday, said: "I played a lot of games last season and I'm trying to impress the manager once again and get games again this year as well.

"Even if it's reserves level, I always have to show myself and improve. I got a hat-trick but I think I worked hard defensively as well and these are the kind of things I have to do now and at first-team level."

Newcastle's problems deepen


As if things couldn't get any worse for Alan Pardew, he has been told two of his players are going to be on the sidelines for a while.


Newcastle Chronicle is reporting that England under-20 winger Rolando Aarons could be out until November after scans from his hamstring injury revealed it could take six weeks to heal.

And rookie striker Adam Campbell has also gone under the knife to cure a long-standing hernia niggle which first started troubling him during a loan stint at St Mirren last season.

Get involved

We asked which you prefer to watch on TV and why - Premier or Champions League? Here are some of your replies so far...

Martin McHugh: Always the Premier League. Anything that reeks of Uefa or Fifa is to be avoided. FA Cup the king of trophies.

Joseph Drane: For the trips Champions League; for the football the Premier League.

Vimal Karpoor: It's got be the Champions League obviously, because that brings every club together and we get to know the best.

Parthe: If only the Premier League had a theme song before each match to get you psyched. The winner has to be the CL.

Keep them coming on Twitter using #myfootymusic or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Nowell back after injury

Rugby Union

Jack Nowell
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England wing Jack Nowell has made a successful return to action after being sidelined since March.

Nowell scored two tries for Exeter in a 45-7 A League victory over London Welsh.

The 21-year-old, who made his England debut in last season's RBS 6 Nations campaign, had been out of action with shoulder and knee injuries.

Hutton pens new Villa deal


Alan Hutton
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Alan Hutton has signed a new three-year deal with Aston Villa, completing an amazing U-turn by the club.

The right-back had previously been frozen out for two years and had not played under boss Paul Lambert until this season.

The Scotland international was loaned out to Nottingham Forest, Real Mallorca and Bolton Wanderers and looked to have no future at Villa Park.

Enrique: Champions League is 'special'


Luis Enrique
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Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is relishing his Champions League managerial debut against Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia at the Nou Camp on Wednesday.

Enrique has started his Barcelona reign with three consecutive La Liga wins and is now looking to transfer that form to Europe.

"The first game is special because it is an attractive competition. I think the team is approaching the game in good shape and is in good form," he said. "We are just at the start of the season with many things to improve, but in general I think we are in a good moment."

Four-match ban for MacKinnon


Darian MacKinnon
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Hamilton Academical midfielder Darian MacKinnon will be

suspended for four matches after accepting a charge of violent conduct against Dundee United.

The 28-year-old was sent off for receiving two yellow cards during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Tannadice.

He received an automatic one-match ban, plus another for being sent off a second time in the same season. He has also accepted a two-game suspension for separately "striking an opponent with an arm or elbow".

Goalkeeper's legal threat after bottle sabotage


A Swiss goalkeeper has threatened legal action after fans of a rival lower-league team urinated in his water bottle and then taunted him when, unawares, he took a sip during a match at the weekend.

FC Muri goalkeeper Reto Felder said he had felt sick after tasting the warm contents of the bottle, which he had left near the goalpost during the third-tier 1. Liga game at FC Baden near Zurich.

Felder, 34, called the incident "simply intolerable" in quotes on the Aargauer Zeitung website, adding that he was waiting for an analysis of video evidence before deciding what further action to take.

Muri coach Beat Hubeli labelled the incident "bottom-drawer", adding: "I've played football and experienced a lot but that beats everything."

Cardiff interest in Halfpenny

Rugby Union

Cardiff Blues chief executive Richard Holland has confirmed his club will be interested in Leigh Halfpenny's future should he become available.

As we reported earlier (12:42 BST), Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has told a French newspaper that Halfpenny's contract may be terminated if it is found the Wales star had injuries when he agreed to sign for the club in January.

Holland said: "If the reports are true, we are keen to explore this.

"We will be speaking to his representatives to find out the state of play regarding his contract situation and we will take things from there."

Get involved


Time for you to get involved again please.

With the return of Champions League action tonight, we want to know which you prefer to watch on TV and why - Premier or Champions League?

Let us know on Twitter, using #myfootymusic or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Blind's praise for Van Gaal honesty


Daley Blind
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Daley Blind thinks Louis van Gaal's brutally honest ways will help him become a better player.

The Holland international, who moved to Manchester United from Ajax on deadline day, said: "He is not frightening - he is just honest. That can be frightening, but I like it.

"He knows what he wants and he knows his philosophy. I think he can make me a better player in terms of positioning, where to stand and tactics in games."

Kieswetter back after horrific injury


Craig Kieswetter
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England wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has vowed not to change his aggressive style of play, despite suffering a

horrific facial injury.

Kieswetter broke his nose and fractured his eye socket against Northants in July, but returned with a fluid 69 off 80 balls against Middlesex on Monday.

"I have always taken on the short ball and always will," he told BBC Somerset. "It is one of my strengths but sometimes it can be your downfall, as you saw at Northants."

Hingis in new dream team


Martina Hingis
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Former world number one Martina Hingis and rising star Belinda Bencic made their debut as a doubles team on Tuesday, winning their first match together at the Pan Pacific Open.

Four-time Grand Slam singles champion Hingis, 33, and 17-year-old Bencic, who reached the US Open quarter-finals two weeks ago, combined to oust Rika Fujiwara of Japan and Taiwan's Hsieh Shu-Ying 6-4 6-2 in the first round.

The all-Swiss pairing was announced as a wild card only last week after Hingis's usual partner, Flavia Pennetta of Italy, pulled out with a right-foot injury.

Question of Sport teaser

Earlier, the Question of Sport team asked: which five Englishmen have scored a hat-trick in the Champions League group stages?

The answers are: Andy Cole, Mike Newell, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney and Alan Shearer.

Halep books finals place


Simona Halep
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World number two Simona Halep has become the third player to book her place at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore next month.

The Romanian joins world number one and US Open champion Serena Williams and Russian Maria Sharapova in securing places at the $6.5m event for the top eight women over the season.

The 22-year-old has won the Qatar Open and her home Bucharest Open events this year to take her career tally to eight WTA titles. She also finished runner-up to Sharapova at the French Open.

"It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the WTA Finals," Halep said.

RFL drops Hardaker investigation

Rugby League

The Rugby Football League has confirmed

no action will be taken against Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker after an investigation into claims he had used homophobic language.

The RFL had been looking into an alleged incident involving the England international, 22, during a Super League defeat by St Helens last month.

Hardaker served a five-match ban for homophobic abuse earlier this season.

The Rhinos had accused the RFL of a "witch-hunt" over the investigation.

What is your favourite matchday music? The results

Gerry Marsden
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The results are in and, unlike a referendum on Scottish independence, this is one vote that was a long way from being too close to call.

Romping home in first place with a full third of the vote was You'll Never Walk Alone (33.4%), while 20.1% of you shunned our selection entirely and popped your tick in the 'other' category.

Runner-up among the named songs was We Are The Champions (9.2%), while Liquidator (7.9%) just pipped the theme from Z-Cars (7.7%) to the final podium place.

The full results can be seen on the right-hand side of this page.