Preview of UEFA Champions League playoff matches and TV times
Preview of UEFA Champions League playoff matches and TV times

This Tuesday and Wednesday, clubs from around Europe will be competing in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League play-off matches as they hope to take a giant step into the Group Stage of the tournament that kicks off next month. The 10 winners of these playoff round ties, […]

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

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 to do well. The star man for them through the […]

Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano: Book Review
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano: Book Review

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 #2 on the Amazon sales list) when Venezuelan President Hugo […]

Guardiola Steps Down As Barcelona Boss
Guardiola Steps Down As Barcelona Boss

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 and from the Spanish title race by arch-rival Real Madrid, […]

FC Barcelona Are The 2010-11 Champions
FC Barcelona Are The 2010-11 Champions

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
Champions League Final Live Blog

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 join us. The live blog will be available at epltalk.com […]

2010-11 Champions League Final: Hyperbole or Historic ?
2010-11 Champions League Final: Hyperbole or Historic ?

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 football. This season’s final has been branded a ‘dream match’ […]

What Would You Pay to See the Champions League Final ?
What Would You Pay to See the Champions League Final ?

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 topic to discuss. The cheapest ticket for this Saturday’s showdown […]

2010-11 Europa League Final: Porto Claim A Quadruple
2010-11 Europa League Final: Porto Claim A Quadruple

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 claimed domestic league honours, their 25th league title, as well […]

Mourinho Receives 5-Match Ban
Mourinho Receives 5-Match Ban

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 the first leg and made an inappropriate statement during the […]

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

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. Both coaches had strong words for one another in the […]

Milan – Tottenham Match Marred By Thuggery
Milan – Tottenham Match Marred By Thuggery

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 is already investigating the incidents involving Gattuso and Tottenham coach […]

Messi Wins Fifa Ballon d’Or Award
Messi Wins Fifa Ballon d’Or Award

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 the Year award have been merged. Messi beat out fellow […]

Champions League Round of 16: Arsenal v Barcelona
Champions League Round of 16: Arsenal v Barcelona

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 still the better side for my money. It’s not impossible […]

FC København Make History
FC København Make History

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 of the UEFA Cup (1991/92) prior to their merger. Ah […]

Champions League Group D Preview
Champions League Group D Preview

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 biggest enemy. The real battle is going to be the […]