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Toni Kroos retires as Germany are eliminated from UEFA Euro 2024 by Spain

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Curtains have fallen on the illustrious career of Real Madrid and Germany legend Toni Kroos following his national team’s elimination from the UEFA Euro 2024.

Kroos announced in May that he would be retiring from football after the Euros and already played his last game for Real Madrid, winning the UEFA Champions League by defeating Borussia Dortmund.

The midfield maestro hoped for a similar ending on the international stage with Germany as well, but it was not to be.

Having come back from retirement for the Euros on his home soil, Kroos excelled in the first four matches for Germany, helping them reach the quarter-final stages.

However, tonight at the MHPArena in Stuttgart, the Real Madrid legend failed to impose himself against Spain as Germany suffered a 2-1 defeat (after extra time) and bowed out of the competition.

As such, it turned out to be the final game that Kroos would play for the German national team.

The tackle he committed on Pedri injuring him in the first period will likely be the most-remembered contribution of Kroos’ last game.

One of the greatest midfielders of the modern era, the 34-year-old brings the curtains down on what has been a special career.

A World Cup winner with Germany, Kroos was unable to add the European Championships to his trophy cabinet.

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Real Madrid occupy second place in UEFA coefficient rankings, behind Manchester City

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With the 2024/25 season only a month away, UEFA have released the latest coefficient rankings for clubs and Real Madrid occupy the second position in the standings, behind Manchester City.

The new season removes the oldest of the five seasons that count towards the rankings from the overall tally and instead adds the one yet to be played, which is currently at zero because none of the big teams have played yet.

And, as like last year, Real Madrid continue to be in the second position behind Manchester City despite having won the UEFA Champions League in the campaign gone by.

With the elimination of points from the 2019/20 season, the ranking is altered to give value to the latest campaigns, but even so, Real Madrid are still unable to overtake City.

Source: UEFA

Pep Guardiola’s side have 123,000 points to Real Madrid’s 119,000 while Bayern Munich sit third with 108,000 points. Liverpool take up the fourth position.

Real Madrid have won two Champions League titles to Manchester City’s one in the last five years.

But Guardiola’s side have managed to reach at least the semi-finals, as well as two finals, in all the editions that count towards the current ranking. That has allowed them to rack up a considerable number of points and still lead the standings.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s arch-rivals, Barcelona have dropped to the 18th position in the standings while Atletico Madrid are just a place above them in the 17th spot.

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