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Uli Hesse

Uli Hesse is the author of nine football books, the most recent of which (Building the Yellow Wall) will be published by Orion in August. He has written more than 400 columns for ESPN and worked for numerous magazines in Germany and abroad. He is now an editor at 11Freunde, Germany’s biggest football monthly.


Real Madrid are the champions of Champions League

It felt like one of those old flicks they show on Saturday afternoons in which the gang successfully gets together for one final, big heist. Except, even without Mbappe, you suspect this won't be their last -- not when there's a guy like Ancelotti, one of the few men who can pull off the cardigan-cigar-shades combination and lead a team in transition to a league and cup double. Not with young guns - Vinicius, Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo - already with the "big one" under their belt. Not with Courtois, in the prime of his career, staking a claim as the world's No. 1 between the posts and getting a few things off his chest. ("We showed again who is the King of Europe.")

14 for Real Madrid