• English coach gets Central Coast Mariners’ name wrong in interview
  • Sixty-nine-year-old will not visit Australia – ‘it’s a long way’

Harry Redknapp got off to a shaky start in his latest position as Central Coast Mariners’ “football consultant” with the experienced English coach getting the name of his new club wrong in a radio interview and indicating he would not be visiting Australia in his new role.

The Mariners revealed at the club’s end-of-season awards night last week that the 69-year-old would be taking on a part-time role, with chief executive Mike Charlesworth saying he expected Redknapp to visit Central Coast on “at least two occasions during the season and hopefully more during the off season”.

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  • First time two Australian clubs have gone so far in competition
  • Victory beat Gamba Osaka 2-1 to qualify
  • Sydney through despite 1-0 defeat to Guangzhou Evergrande

Australia will send two clubs to the knock-out phase of the Asian Champions League for the first time after Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC’s breakthrough triumphs on Tuesday night.

Both sides reached the last 16 for the first time in their history; Victory on their fifth Asian campaign and Sydney on their third. 

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• Atlético manager revels in Champions League final place
• Bayern coach says he’s ‘given life’ for the club

Pep Guardiola said that he had given his life to Bayern Munich over the past three years and he refused to accept that the inability to deliver the Champions League meant that he had failed in his mission at the German club.

For the third season in succession, Guardiola lost at the semi-final stage of Europe’s elite competition – on this occasion, to Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid. Bayern won 2-1 on the night but it was not enough to avoid an away goals exit and Simeone paid tribute to them as the best team he had ever faced.

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Leicester City manager saw title-winning moment ‘in my armchair at first but then on the ceiling’ and says the celebrations at Jamie Vardy’s house were ‘the real picture of the team’

Claudio Ranieri pulled up a chair at the training ground and cast his mind back to that special moment at Stamford Bridge less than 24 hours earlier, when Eden Hazard swept the ball into the top corner to break Tottenham Hotspur hearts and complete the Leicester City fairytale. “I was watching at home,” Ranieri said, smiling. “In my armchair at first but then on the ceiling!”

Leicester, 5,000-1 outsiders at the start of the season, were on their way to being crowned champions and Ranieri, whose appointment as Nigel Pearson’s replacement last summer drew such a negative reaction, had his hands on the first top-flight title of his career at the age of 64 – and in the most extraordinary circumstances.

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Diego Simeone has won everything at Atlético Madrid during four-and-a-half thrilling years apart from the biggest trophy of them all. The club’s charismatic manager was minutes from taking the Champions League in 2014 only to lose out in extra-time to Real Madrid. The agony of that night and Sergio Ramos’s 93rd minute equaliser for Real has stayed with him. Now, redemption beckons and, possibly, a measure of revenge.

Related: Bayern Munich v Atlético Madrid: Champions League semi-final – as it happened

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