Champions League 2018-19: The greatest tournament ever?

Liverpool won the Champions League – although the final was one of the most disappointing games in the knockout stages

Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to bring to an end a sensational Champions League season.

With dramatic comebacks, an all-English final, a wonderful Ajax team and some unlikely heroes, it is a season which will live long in the memory.

BBC Sport looks at some of the season’s highlights, including some brilliant pictures from earlier rounds.

So many comebacks

Marcus Rashford beat Gianluigi Buffon – who has never won the Champions League – from the spot for the first of three famous English comebacks

There had been so many great comebacks in the previous couple of Champions League seasons that it would be easy to become numb to the very concept.

But this season’s knockout games raised the bar, with Ajax, Manchester United and Juventus improbably turning around first-leg deficits, and then Liverpool and Spurs famously fighting back to reach the final.

First of all in the last 16, Ajax overturned a 2-1 first-leg defeat at home to champions Real Madrid to win 4-1 at the Bernabeu and 5-3 on aggregate.

It was a result that sent shockwaves through Europe, ending Real’s 1,011-day reign as European champions and costing Santiago Solari his job.

The following day, Manchester United caused another shock. They lost 2-0 to Paris St-Germain in the first leg at Old Trafford and looked destined for a European exit.

At that stage, statisticians Gracenote calculated United had a 5% chance of progressing – which was better than Ajax’s 4% a day earlier.

They led 2-1 going into injury-time but were still heading out until a conversional handball decision – awarded in injury-time after a pitchside video review by the referee – gave Marcus Rashford the chance to score from the spot.

The next week it was the turn of Juventus to pull off an unlikely result, after they lost 2-0 to Atletico Madrid – who host this year’s final – in their first leg in Spain.

Further progress in the competition looked a long shot in the return tie against Diego Simeone’s legendary defence, but Cristiano Ronaldo did what he does best, scoring a hat-trick that included an 86th-minute penalty, to knock Atleti out.

But then came the semis, and two nights of football that will live with many fans forever.

Liverpool were given a 4% chance of going through after losing 3-0 at the Nou Camp.

But Divock Origi (more on him later) and Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice each to send the Reds through on another famous Anfield night.

That was, remarkably, not even the most dramatic English comeback of the week.

Only 24 hours later, Tottenham did in 35 minutes what Liverpool had 90 to do, as Lucas Moura scored a second-half hat-trick, including a 96th-minute winner, in Amsterdam to knock out Ajax on away goals.

In fact, half of the 14 knockout ties this season have been won by a team given less than a one in three chance of progress after the first leg by Gracenote.

Ajax capture Europe’s hearts, Spurs come back from the brink again and again

Although their run ended in heartbreaking style at the semi-final stage, Ajax were arguably the team of the tournament.

The Dutch side reached the last four for the first time since 1997 with a squad mostly full of extraordinary young talents, alongside Dusan Tadic and Daley Blind, relatively unheralded recruits from the Premier League who cost a combined £24m.

After ending Real’s European reign in the last 16, they did the same to Ronaldo’s run of Champions League success when they knocked out his Juventus team in the quarter-finals.

Even more remarkable was the fact they had to come through three rounds of qualifiers to even make the group stages, with a Champions League campaign that ran from July 2018 to May 2019.

The sad thing for Ajax fans – and football romantics – is that this team will not get another crack at the Champions League next season.

Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has agreed to join Barcelona for £65m, with 19-year-old captain Matthijs de Ligt and Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech among the others expected to go.

Spurs’ run to the final is one that not too many people expected. The club have only won one trophy this millennium – the 2008 League Cup – and have not signed a player since January 2018.

They were on the verge of elimination five times this season, but somehow kept progressing.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 12 minutes away from going out in the fourth group game, until Harry Kane’s late double against PSV kept them in the race.

Then they were 10 minutes away from elimination in the next game until Christian Eriksen’s late winner against Inter Milan.

They left it even later in the final group game, with Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser against Barcelona taking them into the last 16.

And yet it was the knockout stages that took them even closer to the brink. An injury-time Raheem Sterling goal for Manchester City appeared to knock them out in the quarter-finals, before a video assistant referee review ruled that Sergio Aguero was offside and the goal was ruled out, with Spurs going through on away goals.

And they experienced even more drama in their semi-final as Moura saw them past Ajax.

Impressively, they managed both those victories without star striker Kane.

The Champions League’s unlikely heroes

Admittedly, the two Champions League top scorers are global icons Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski. But some of the real legends of this season’s competition have caught everyone by surprise.

Show us a person who thought in advance that Tadic, Moura or Origi would be among the most influential players in the tournament and we will show you a liar.

Dusan Tadic helped Ajax to the Dutch domestic double and scored 38 goals in all competitions

Tadic joined Ajax last June from Southampton for £10m, a big fee by Dutch football standards but peanuts for Europe’s elite.

The Serbia forward, now 30, was a good player in his four seasons for the Saints, but no more than that, managing 24 goals in 162 games. He had passed that goalscoring figure for Ajax by February.

Tadic, who scored seven goals in 2017-18 for Southampton, scored nine in the Champions League alone for Ajax, including three in the qualifying rounds. Some of his displays, most notably at the Bernabeu, were breathtaking.

He is the Champions League’s joint third top scorer this season – with six goals as well as four assists.

One goal and two assists came in a genuinely remarkable performance in the 4-1 demolition of Real Madrid. It was a display that earned him a rare 10/10 rating from French newspaper L’Equipe.

Even more unlikely was the importance of Liverpool’s Origi. The Reds were happy to sell or loan the Belgium striker last summer but he ended up staying at Anfield.

Origi had only managed 492 minutes all season for Liverpool – although that included two dramatic Premier League winning goals against Everton and Newcastle – before their Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona.

With Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino out, Jurgen Klopp was short of choices in the forward line so started Origi, who had never previously scored a goal in the Champions League.

But the wildcard netted twice in the 4-0 second-leg win, including the winner from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s quick corner.

He even came on in Saturday’s final to score the goal to clinch Liverpool’s sixth European Cup. Three shots, three goals reads his Champions League record this season.

Divock Origi has scored three Champions League goals in his career – all in Liverpool’s final two games

Tottenham have not signed a player since 31 January 2018. But their most recent signing has proved to be an excellent one, Moura joining from perennial Champions League failures Paris St-Germain.

In and out of the Spurs team last season and for portions of this campaign, Moura answered the call when Spurs needed someone to fill the centre-forward role left vacant by the injured Kane.

The Brazil forward, whose late goal against Barcelona in the group stages took them into the last 16, produced an even more remarkable intervention with that hat-trick against Ajax.

He was unfortunate to be left out of the final line-up following Kane’s return – although he did come on and have a scoring chance in Madrid.

Another unheralded player to shine in this season’s Champions League was Porto’s 28-year-old Mali striker Moussa Marega.

He had never scored a European goal in his career before netting in six consecutive Champions League games this season.

That tally left him as the joint third top scorer, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Aguero and Tadic.

More late goals than ever before

If it feels as if there have been more late Champions League goals than usual this season, that is because there have been.

Some 70 goals – including Origi’s in the final – have been scored in the final 10 minutes of games, more than any other season since the current format of the Champions League was brought in for 2003-04.

That is 11 more than last season’s tournament.

This season ranks joint second for last-gasp goals, with 27 scored in the 90th minute or injury time, excluding extra time. The record is the 29 scored in 2011-12.

With 366 goals, this has been the fourth top-scoring Champions League season since 2003-04. The highest scoring two seasons have been the past two – 401 in 2017-18 and 380 the previous season.

Iconic images

There have been so many memorable moments – and pictures – to emerge from this season’s Champions League. Here are a selection of them…

Several Ajax players simultaneously collapsed with heartbreak after Spurs’ late winner
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner – while Barcelona’s defence were slowly organising themselves – found an unmarked Divock Origi to score Liverpool’s winner
PSG winger Angel di Maria pretended to drink a beer thrown at him on a frosty return to Old Trafford
The injured Neymar called Manchester United’s VAR-awarded penalty winner “a disgrace” in a social media rant after the game. He was banned for three matches as a result
Mauricio Pochettino went through a range of emotions after Spurs’ win over Ajax, slumping on the pitch in tears at one point. Here’s one of him looking more ecstatic
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City’s staff celebrated what they thought was Raheem Sterling’s last-gasp winner against Tottenham…
… but glee turned to woe when it was ruled out by VAR
No need for VAR here as Thomas Muller was shown a straight red for this foul on Nicolas Tagliafico in the group stages

And because this is a Champions League piece, it would not feel right to leave without photos of these two…

Lionel Messi scored a brilliant free-kick against Liverpool, one of his 12 Champions League goals in 10 games
Cristiano Ronaldo is not a European champion for the first time since 2015 – but he did still score a hat-trick to knock out Atletico Madrid

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Did ‘silencer’ make a difference in Virginia Beach carnage?

The shooter who killed 12 people in a government office building in Virginia Beach used a firearm equipped with a ‘silencer’ that muffles the sound of gunfire.

It’s the nightmare scenario that gun-control advocates have warned about amid efforts in recent years to ease restrictions on the devices, which they say can help shooters escape detection and inflict more carnage.

But gun-rights advocates and most law enforcement experts say DeWayne Craddock’s use of a suppressor likely had no bearing on his ability to kill so many people in so little time Friday.

Virginia is among 42 states that allow residents to purchase and possess suppressors, though some cities and towns – including Virginia Beach – prohibit them.

Known colloquially as a silencer, a suppressor was attached to the .45-caliber handgun that police say the shooter used to kill a dozen people on three floors of the building where he worked before police closed in and, after a protracted gunbattle, fatally shot him.

‘Sounded like a nail gun’

That could at least partially explain why survivors of the attack said they were caught off guard and initially puzzled by what was happening. One described hearing something that sounded like a nail gun.

“This is the concern we were talking about when Republicans were trying to deregulate silencers as ‘ear protection,’” said David Chipman, a retired agent with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and now the senior policy adviser with Giffords, a gun-control lobbying group.

“Especially on a handgun, a suppressor will distort the sound in such a way that it would not immediately be recognisable as gunfire to people who sort of know what that sound is.”

Others say the shooter’s use of a silencer was less of a factor in enabling him to carry out the rampage than was his familiarity with the building and even possibly his military background, both of which may have given him a tactical advantage.

“A suppressor does not alter the lethality of the weapon at all. All it does is just limit the noise it makes,” said Gregory Shaffer, a retired FBI agent who was a member of the bureau’s elite Hostage Response Team.

“It doesn’t increase the rate of fire. It doesn’t do anything other than make it more comfortable to shoot because it’s not so loud.”

It’s not immediately clear how long Friday’s attack lasted, or how much time passed before the first police officers arrived. The police department is in the same complex as the building where the shooting took place.

It also wasn’t yet known how Craddock got the suppressor he used on his handgun, though authorities have said he legally purchased multiple firearms recently.

Gaining in popularity

Authorities have three days to conduct a background check when someone is buying a firearm. But suppressors are regulated by the National Firearms Act, which also governs the sale of machine guns, and the extensive background check can take upward of eight months or more before the sale can go through.

Despite the barriers, suppressors have gained in popularity. In 2008, when West Valley City, Utah-based SilencerCo was formed, about 18,000 of the devices were being sold each year.

Silencers are on display at the Sig Sauer booth

Silencers on display at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas in 2016 [File: John Locher/AP]

The company, which controls an estimated 70 percent of the market, sells roughly that many each month.

Nicknamed “cans,” the devices were invented in the early 1900s by MIT-educated Hiram Percy Maxim, who also invented a muffler for gasoline engines. They were brought under NFA regulations after Depression-era game wardens expressed concern that hunters would use them to poach.

A suppressor does not eliminate the sound a gun makes but generally diminishes it by 20 to 35 decibels, leaving most guns still louder than your average ambulance siren.

“Clearly this was an individual who did understand and have experience with firearms and had given potentially some forethought into the advantage that using a suppressor would offer him, particularly the suppressor coupled with the caliber of weapon he was using,” said Thor Eells, executive director of the National Tactical Officers Association and a retired law enforcement officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department, where he oversaw a SWAT division.

Some have questioned how secure the building was where police say the shooter and all but one of his victims worked.

A government facility, the building is open to the public, but security passes are required to enter inner offices, conference rooms and other work areas, officials said.

As a current employee, the shooter would have had such a pass and would have known the floor plan, areas that were “easy to control,” where the best places to hide were and how to move quickly from one area to another, Eells said.

While responding police might have had some familiarity with the building, it’s very possible the shooter knew it a lot better after working there for years.

His protracted gunfight with law enforcement officers would indicate that he “was in a place that was difficult for officers to access or engage,” Eells said.

“Whether that was happenstance or intentional, it’s too early to tell.”

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Andy Ruiz knocks out Anthony Joshua to shake up heavyweight division

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June 02, 2019 16:12:02

Andy Ruiz Jr — who took on a heavyweight title fight with just five weeks’ notice — sensationally stopped British champion Anthony Joshua in the seventh round in New York on Saturday to record one of boxing’s biggest ever shocks.

Key points:

  • Anthony Joshua was defeated for the first time in 23 professional fights
  • Andy Ruiz Jr has claimed Joshua’s WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF belts
  • Ruiz improves his record to 33 wins, 1 defeat, recording his 22nd knock out

Heading into the fight a 30-1 underdog with some bookmakers, Ruiz, 29, becomes the first fighter of Mexican descent to win a heavyweight title.

Not since Buster Douglas beat Mike Tyson in 1990 to claim the undisputed heavyweight title in Tokyo has a result shocked the boxing world so seismically — and few predicted that Ruiz would do the same here against undefeated champion Joshua.

Joshua had started brightly, knocking down the portly figure of Ruiz — who weighed in 9kg heavier than Joshua at 121kg — in the third round.

However, the challenger responded with two knockdowns of his own later in the same round to stun the capacity crowd of 20,201 at Madison Square Garden.

Joshua — boasting a significant height and reach advantage — got back on top in the fifth, but Ruiz regrouped and began to work the champions’ body again in the sixth, sapping Joshua’s energy before landing his decisive blow in the seventh.

Joshua was knocked down a further two times in the seventh round — the second after a flurry of punches — before the referee waved the fight off to hand Ruiz a win by technical knockout.

“This is what I have been dreaming about and I cannot believe I made my dreams come true,” Ruiz said after the fight.

“[The third round knockdown] was my first time getting dropped on the floor but it made me want it even more and I just thank God.

“I have got that Mexican blood in me and that just proved it.”

“I could sense Joshua was hurt but I didn’t want to throw everything at it, I just wanted to work the body and stick to the game plan. Right now, I just want to celebrate and I made history for Mexico. It means everything.”

Joshua, previously undefeated in 22 professional fights, was defending his IBF, WBA and WBO titles, but had been criticised for not chasing a fight with WBC champion Deontay Wilder or lineal world champion Tyson Fury.

‘This is the risk we take’

The former champion was magnanimous in defeat.

“Boxing is a tough sport, but I train hard and I got beaten by a good fighter,” Joshua told Sky Sports.

“It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.

“I’m a fighter by heart, boxer by trade, it has got people talking and there’s more life in the heavyweight division. When your legs are all over the gaff, you are trying to stabilise.

“Congratulations to the first Mexican heavyweight champion.

“This is the risk we take, every fighter deserves respect so congratulations to him. I respect every fighter, this is all part of the legacy, it’s how strong I came back.

“He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”

Promotor Eddie Hearn told the BBC that Joshua “got sloppy” and that the result was one of heavyweight boxing’s great shocks.

“I didn’t think it could happen but Anthony Joshua got sloppy. I thought Andy Ruiz Jr was done after he went down in the third but AJ got caught.

“I thought he would recover but tonight belongs to Andy Ruiz and it goes down as one of those big upsets in heavyweight history. I know how much it will hurt AJ and it will devastate him but Andy Ruiz Jr is a lovely guy and he is the heavyweight champion of the world.

“AJ must win that rematch in the UK because there is nothing after that.”

Hearn said that he would be pushing for a rematch in London at the end of the year.

British heavyweight rival Fury tweeted his support for Joshua, saying he hoped the British champion recovered well, despite their public spats in the past.

Wilder — who successfully defended his WBC title with a devastating first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale earlier this month — appeared to take much joy in his rival’s misery.

Ruiz was called in as an opponent for Joshua’s Madison Square Garden debut at late notice after scheduled opponent Jarrell Miller returned an “adverse finding” in a pre-fight drug test.

The defeat seriously damages Joshua’s credentials and offers a huge boost to rivals Wilder and Fury who earlier this week confirmed that they would undertake a rematch after their dramatic draw last December.

Joshua, meanwhile, will be forced to attempt to rescue his career against Ruiz instead.





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Live: St Kilda takes on Port Adelaide in China

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June 02, 2019 13:56:07

St Kilda hosts Port Adelaide in Shanghai as the AFL’s foray into China continues. Later, Essendon hosts Carlton, West Coast takes on the Bulldogs.

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Joshua sensationally beaten by Ruiz Jr

Joshua suffered his first defeat as a professional in his first fight in the United States

Andy Ruiz Jr produced one of the biggest shocks in the history of heavyweight boxing to rip Anthony Joshua’s IBF, WBO and WBA world heavyweight titles from him and tear up the division’s proposed plot lines.

In a truly remarkable fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Ruiz floored Joshua four times en route to a seventh-round stoppage which stunned this famous arena and handed the Briton his first defeat.

Joshua was a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers and will now join the likes of Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson as dominant champions to suffer losses which brought the sport to a standstill.

“I got beaten by a good fighter,” said Joshua on Sky Sports. “It will be interesting to see how far he goes, but this is all part of the journey.

“He’s a champion for now, I shall return.”

This was no fluke, no punch from the ages, it was the breakdown of a fighter who looked shattered from an early stage.

After flooring Ruiz with a left hook in the third round, Joshua hit the canvas when a right crashed against his temple. By the time a sensational three minutes was up he had been down again thanks to a flurry when cornered.

It created an electric buzz amongst the 19,000 or so in the arena. Just what was happening? Were they going to see the unthiknable?

Ruiz was not even supposed to be here. He took the bout at six weeks’ notice and tickets were being collected by fans 24 hours before the bout which still had the name of Jarrell Miller – Joshua’s original opponent – printed on them.

By the seventh round, when Joshua touched down under a flurry of shots again, the game looked up. Seconds later he was down on all fours again and spat his gum shield out, perhaps to buy time.

He simply did not have it. The bout was waved off and all that was planned for the glamour division was ripped up thanks to a man who had been dubbed unglamorous because of his rounded physique.

Ruiz, from appearance to pedigree, was an underdog in every sense of the word. When Britons wake up on Sunday morning, they will read of a truly iconic upset.

Not the Joshua Britain knows

Ruiz Jr had won 32 of his 33 fights before this bout

Ruiz, American born but with Mexican parents, becomes Mexico’s first heavyweight world champion, just as he said he would.

When Joshua sat down with the media on Wednesday, virtually every question directed at him was about his future, not this bout.

He said he was “seeing the bigger picture” and maybe therein lies the problem.

After six fairly tentative minutes from both men he scored his knockdown from a crisp left hook as the pair boxed up close. Normal order appeared set to play out.

Moments later when he himself hit the deck, we were taken back to his titanic struggle with Wladimir Klitschko. The night was on a cliff edge, simply do not blink.

And from that first knock down, he never appeared comfortable. Whether it be stamina, a lack of focus or a lack of preparation for his late stand-in, this was not the Joshua the travelling 8,000 strong army of British fans had grown to know.

In the sixth round there were warning signs. After a smart left hook and right hand combination from Ruiz early on, he went on to take pot shots at Joshua’s head, with the champion seemingly too fatigued to even muster a guard while his legs appeared confused below him.

And then came the finish, mainly built from punch volume as Ruiz overwhelmed his vulnerable opponent with two knock downs in quick succession. The crowd seemed frozen. Surely not? Yes, it was over.

There will be questions because Joshua is his own biggest analyst. For now, there is only disbelief.

Rematch before the year is over

Joshua was down on two cards and up on one when the stoppage came but he will get his chance to rectify things in a rematch in London, possibly in December, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

For now, all talk of facing Tyson Fury or WBC champion Deontay Wilder can stop.

Ruiz, who now has 33 wins and one loss can temporarily bask in the glory of his glorious night. He joins James ‘Buster’ Douglas – who humbled Tyson in 1990 – and Hasim Rahman who beat Lewis in 2001 as men to land colossal upsets.

Lewis of course responded by winning a rematch. Ruiz though showed plenty here to suggest Joshua will have to find plenty to do the same.

Ruiz was calm and calculated in staying away from Joshua’s obvious power early on. When he stepped forward he did so with conviction and threw plenty, ensuring he got shots off to justify the risk of making himself vulnerable.

When he did take shots after being floored, he took them and ploughed on gamely.

This bout changed his and his five children’s lives financially. The rematch will do so even more.

“This is what I have been dreaming about and I cannot believe I made my dreams come true,” he said.

“That was my first time getting dropped on the floor but it made me want it even more.”

From starting boxing aged six, to being taunted and doubted because of his weight, he has now come up trumps to deliver the ultimate ‘I told you so’ moment.

He rightly said “the sky is the limit now”, while Joshua will look back on a US bow which was wrecked.

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Callum Smith stops Hassan N’Dam to defend WBA title

By Luke Reddy

BBC Sport at Madison Square Garden

Smith was making the first defence of the title he won last September

Callum Smith floored Hassan N’Dam three times in three rounds as he delivered a clinical display to defend his WBA super-middleweight world title.

Liverpool’s Smith, 29, looked so poised against the French-Cameroonian, landing a left hook to score a first-round knockdown at Madison Square Garden.

Another left hook in round two, and a right in the third finished the fight.

N’Dam made it to his feet in the third but the bout was waved off as Smith made it 26 wins from 26.

“It was all about the performance this week and I wanted people to sit up and take notice,” Smith told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I knew if I stayed patient I would land and the fight played out as I thought it would.

“I’m pleased to be back and I want some big fights now. I’m huge for the weight and it’s getting tougher but I can still do it and I believe I can clean up.”

This was a destructive picking apart of a fighter who held a minor version of the WBA World middleweight title in 2017 and who showed his toughness when he beat respected Briton Martin Murray last time out.

Smith is often said to benefit from being physically big at super-middleweight but his growing skill set shone through when he took the title from George Groves in September and it did again here in his first defence.

In New York, he has appeared every inch the world champion. He oozed calm, was business-like at media events, and on the weighing scales on Friday, held a confidence that seems to have blossomed since landing his title.

Under the Madison Square Garden lights, he found clever counter punches and when he backed his opponent up before the finish in the third, showed craft in working head and body, while also showing the know-how to pull out of attacks when chances disappeared.

He appears to be developing into a truly dominant force and calls to face the world’s bets paid fighter – Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez – will likely intensify.

Whether the WBA, WBC and IBF middleweight champion will want to move up from 160lbs to 168lbs to face Smith in this form is another question.

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Labor leader Anthony Albanese announces frontbench

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June 02, 2019 13:19:36

Former Labor leader Bill Shorten has been given the portfolios of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Government Services in Labor’s new-look shadow ministry.

Key points:

  • Jim Chalmers is the new Shadow Treasurer
  • Richard Marles has replaced Tanya Plibersek as deputy leader of the Labor Party
  • Kristina Keneally has been named Home Affairs spokeswoman

Mr Shorten’s replacement, Anthony Albanese, unveiled the frontbench shadow positions this afternoon.

Mr Albanese created a new portfolio to mirror the Government’s Home Affairs department, which was given to new deputy leader in the Senate Kristina Keneally.

The former New South Wales premier has been elevated to Labor’s frontbench and has also been given the Immigration and Citizenship portfolio.

Western Sydney MP Ed Husic stepped aside to allow Senator Keneally to join the party’s senior ranks.

Victorian MP Richard Marles is the party’s new deputy leader and has been given responsibility for the Defence portfolio.

Mr Marles replaced Tanya Plibersek as deputy leader, who keeps her Education and Training portfolio, but loses the portfolio for Women.

The change comes after Ms Plibersek last month ruled out running for Labor leader, saying “now is not my time”.

Queensland MP Jim Chalmers picked up the role of Shadow Treasurer, replacing Chris Bowen who pulled out of the running for the Labor leadership just a day after announcing his candidacy.

Mr Bowen has been given the Health portfolio.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Penny Wong maintains her Foreign Affairs portfolio.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced his new ministry last week, as the Coalition entered into its third straight term of government.

Labor’s shadow cabinet:

  • Anthony Albanese MP – Opposition Leader
  • Richard Marles MP – Deputy Opposition Leader, Defence
  • Senator Penny Wong – Opposition Leader in the Senate, Foreign Affairs
  • Senator Kristina Keneally, Deputy Opposition Leader in the Senate, Home Affairs, Immigration and Citizenship
  • Tony Burke MP – Industrial Relations, Arts
  • Bill Shorten MP – NDIS, Government Services
  • Tanya Plibersek MP – Education and Training
  • Jim Chalmers MP – Treasurer
  • Mark Butler MP – Climate Change and Energy
  • Chris Bowen MP – Health
  • Catherine King MP – Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
  • Joel Fitzgibbon MP – Agriculture and Resources
  • Don Farrell MP – Special Minister of State, Sport, Tourism
  • Mark Dreyfus MP – Attorney-General, Constitutional Reform
  • Michelle Rowland MP – Communications
  • Senator Katy Gallagher – Finance, Public Service
  • Linda Burney MP – Families and Social Services, Indigenous Australians
  • Julie Collins MP – Ageing and Seniors, Women
  • Brendan O’Connor MP – Employment and Industry, Science, Small and Family business
  • Jason Clare MP – Regional Services, Territories and Local Government, Housing and Homeless
  • Amanda Rishworth MP – Early Childhood Education, Youth
  • Terri Butler MP – Environment and Water
  • Madeleine King MP – Trade








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