Sign up for the free World Soccer Talk daily email newsletter for TV schedules, news and more »

SUN, 8:30AM ET
NEW0
SUN1
SUN, 11AM ET
LIV2
ARS2
SUN, NOON ET
BEN
GIL
SUN, 3PM ET
ATH
ATL
SUN, 3PM ET
INT
LAZ
SUN, 3PM ET
BOR
LYO

Author Archives: Lonnie Smetana

3 Things We Have Learned About The Champions League After Matchday 2

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana
xavi

Schone Shines  Ajax are going to be hard pressed to outpace either FC Barcelona or Paris St Germain. However, they look comfortable for the Europa League spot at the moment. If they do drop into that competition, I fancy them … Continue reading

Best Premier League Starting XI From Relegated Teams Fulham, Norwich and Cardiff

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana
NR

Some would say this is a thankless task — picking a starting XI and a bench from the three relegated sides. I examined the three relegated sides to see what could be salvaged and turned into a functional, if not … Continue reading

Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano: Book Review

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana
soccer-in-sun-and-shadow

Author of Soccer In Sun and Shadow, Uruguayan journalist Eduardo Galeano is best known in North America as the author of Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. That novel made headlines (and vaulted to … Continue reading

Guardiola Steps Down As Barcelona Boss

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After 4 seasons, 13 trophies and hours upon days of exquisite football, Pep Guardiola has decided that a change is best for both himself and Barcelona. Coming directly on the heels of being eliminated from the Champions League by Chelsea … Continue reading

FC Barcelona Are The 2010-11 Champions

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Congratulations to FC Barcelona for capturing their 2nd Champions League in 3 seasons. Three incisive goals from Messi, Villa and Pedro saw Barca cruise to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United. More analysis to follow.

Champions League Final Live Blog

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Join us over at our sister site, EPL Talk, and share in the discussion and banter with soccer fans around the world. We’re expecting a big crowd online for the biggest game of the season. And we hope you can … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Final: Hyperbole or Historic ?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Which kind of final are we going to get this season? For every 1999 or 2002 final that people still talk about there seems to be an equal number of forgettable finals (think 2003) that produce more hyperbole than high-calibre … Continue reading

What Would You Pay to See the Champions League Final ?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I have no idea how much I would spend for a quality ticket to see this year’s Champions League Final. It’s a moot point as I wouldn’t be able to travel to London for the match but it’s a fun … Continue reading

2010-11 Europa League Final: Porto Claim A Quadruple

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

FC Porto wrote another chapter in their majestic season by becoming Europa League champions. Porto beat Sporting Braga 1-0 in the Europa League final at the AVIVA Stadium (referred to as the “Dublin Arena” for this final). Porto had previously … Continue reading

Mourinho Receives 5-Match Ban

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body rendered its verdicts on the proceedings relating to the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Real Madrid and Barcelona on April 27th. Real Madrid coach José Mourinho, who was dismissed from the bench in … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Semi-Finals: Lionel Tidies Up A Messi Game

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The third installment of this season’s ‘El Clasico’ match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona could have been renamed ‘El Fiasco’. Depending on your outlook, it may have been surprising to see Jose Mourinho’s Madrid squad setup with such bullying tactics. … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Quarter-finals: All to play for at Old Trafford

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The first legs of the quarter-finals saw 3 of 4 matches end with large advantages being established. The fixture that all the attention will be focused on this week will be the second leg match between Manchester United FC and … Continue reading

Milan – Tottenham Match Marred By Thuggery

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I was looking forward to an exciting Champions League tie between perennials AC Milan and newcomers Tottenham Hotspur. The match did deliver excitement but was marred by the mindless actions of both Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso and Mathieu Flamini. UEFA … Continue reading

Messi Wins Fifa Ballon d’Or Award

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi captured the inaugural Fifa Ballon d’Or award. This is the first time this award has been presented as the Ballon d’Or (former European Footballer of the Year award) and the FIFA World Player of … Continue reading

Champions League Round of 16: Arsenal v Barcelona

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

WOW ! Some great match-ups including a repeat of last season’s final with Inter Milan facing Bayern Munich. The match-up that will likely garner more press is the Arsenal v Barcelona. The two clubs play similar styles though Barcelona is … Continue reading

FC København Make History

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Congratulations to FC København for becoming the first Danish club through to the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League era. This goes down as one of their biggest successes in European club competition since they reached the quarter finals … Continue reading

Champions League Group D Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Group D has an easy-to-predict first place but the rest of the group is wide open. FC Barcelona are a class above the teams they have been drawn in to Group C with, so complacency is going to be their … Continue reading

Champions League Group C Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’m running behind schedule on the previews but I will be done before Matchday 2 kicks off ! Group C contains annual challengers Manchester United, a Valencia team facing life post-David Villa, a Rangers side facing transition and newcomers Bursaspor … Continue reading