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Karim Benzema and Vinicius awarded with Best Goal and Best Young Player awards



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The UEFA ceremony on Thursday in Istanbul saw Europe’s footballing body announce the groups for the upcoming 2022/23 Champions League campaign.

For the defending champions Real Madrid, they have been drawn in Group F, alongside RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic.

Apart from the draws, UEFA also presented Karim Benzema with the Player of the Year award while Carlo Ancelotti was handed the prestigious Coach of the Year title, capping off an excellent evening for Los Blancos.

However, that was not the end of the story as several other Real Madrid players were handed major accolades, including Vinicius Junior.

The young forward was given the Young Player of the Season title after starring in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph last season, scoring four goals and providing seven assists.

Other than that, UEFA also announced its Team of the Season, featuring no less than five Real Madrid players, which confirms earlier reports about the same.

The XI features goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, along with Benzema and Vinicius. Luka Modric is the other player to feature, along with new signing Antonio Rudiger, who had been the lynchpin for the Chelsea defence despite the Blues’ early elimination from the UCL last season.

Overall, it was a glorious evening for Real Madrid and its fans, who will be hoping the club continue its dominance not only in Spanish football but also on the continental scene in the new season.


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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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