Soccer Break Tuesday – Champions League week special

April 5, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Enjoy. That we will. Cristiano Ronaldo is back for Real Madrid and Gareth Bale for Tottenham Hotspur as four teams prepare for their biggest games this season in the Champions League quarter-final first legs on Tuesday.

Spurs forward Rafael van der Vaart is returning to the Bernabeu and would clearly love to make an impact on his old side.

Also in action is Spaniard Raul, pictured, with Schalke 04 at holders Inter Milan. The Italians will be out for revenge following their UEFA Cup final loss in 1997.

Back to domestic football, and Wayne Rooney’s possible two-match ban for swearing on camera is all over the internet and the papers. Manchester United have until later on Tuesday to respond. Can you see the striker being let off?

Euro Football Zone takes a look at that infamous match for two reasons. One, how far Nani has come this season and two, are West Ham United too good to be relegated from the Premier League?

On a more cheerful note, read here for a look at the progress being made in Poland as they strive to be ready to host Euro 2012.

Finally, check out this video of a 16-year-old Scottish girl whose skills are wowing the football world.

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Picture: Schalke 04’s Raul heads the ball during a training session at the San Siro stadium in Milan April 4, 2011. Schalke 04 will face Inter Milan in their Champions League soccer match on Tuesday. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

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