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Author Archives: Lonnie Smetana

Champions League Group B Preview

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Group B features clubs with varying levels of experience ranging from perennials Olympique Lyonnais to debutants Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC. This group feels a little more predictable than Group A but the battle at the top could get quite interesting. Hapoel … Continue reading

Champions League Group A Preview

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Debutants Tottenham Hotspur and FC Twente were drawn into a group with the reigning champs, FC Internazionale and a side with significant experience – Werder Bremen. This has the makings of a group of death and so it is no … Continue reading

Europa League Group Stage Matchups

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I think I am one of the few people in the blog/media realm that seems to enjoy the Europa League (formerly UEFA Cup). I’ve always looked at it as a great way to get more cultured in European football and … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Set

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Hello again, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. Life had taken me in some different directions and I had settled into an early retirement from football punditry. However, as the cliche goes, old habits are hard to … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League: Quarter-Final Matchups Set

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The draw for the quarter-final matches was held Friday morning at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. As expected there are some big talking points, not the least being Thierry Henry’s return to face Arsenal. These clubs last faced off in … Continue reading

Bordeaux To Bolster Ligue 1 Status

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One of the least talked about ties in the Round of 16, Bordeaux’s match-up with Olympiacos, could turn out to be one of the most important in shaping the face of the Champions League as well as French football. Lyon’s … Continue reading

UEFA Europa League – Round of 16 Preview

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The Round of 32 produced a few dramatic results including a thrilling two-leg sweep of Roma by Panathinaikos. The Greek club won both legs by identical 3-2 scores and should be full of confidence for their matches against Standard Liège. … Continue reading

Are The Big Clubs Broke ?

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Barring a flood of deals in the last couple of days, this will go down as one of the quietest transfer windows in recent years. So far there have been very few actual sales with the majority of deals being … Continue reading

Counting Down To Transfer Madness

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It’s only days away from the opening of the transfer window — a time when much cash will be splashed and many sides will be re-shaped and benches re-inforced. Because there can be some major impact signings, I am waiting … Continue reading

Abidal, Lampard, Van Persie, Torres All Out For Matchday 5

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The congestion of international, domestic and cup competitions is beginning to show as the injury lists grow longer. Several top stars will be missing from the Matchday 5 stage. Let’s take a look at how this might impact the results … Continue reading

Champions League Matchday 4: Real-Rossoneri Rematch

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AC Milan’s 3-2 win in Madrid on Matchday 3 lifted them to the top of Group C and a repeat success on home soil would take them a step closer to the first knockout round. The Matchday 3 win was a big … Continue reading

Legendary Larsson Plays His Last Match

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Swedish legend Henrik Larsson had an emotional farewell from professional football on Wednesday night as he played his last ever professional game for Swedish side Helsingborg. Larsson had announced his intent to retire at the end of this season but … Continue reading

Europa League Roundup: Benfica Thrash Everton, Prague Rivals Excel

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I have to start this off by saying thank you to the people behind the scenes at uefa.com for moving their subscription video service away from Windows Media and into a Flash-based format. It’s allowed me to follow all the … Continue reading

Wednesday’s Games To Watch: Madrid-Milan and Bayern-Bordeaux

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There were plenty of upsets yesterday, could we see more today? On paper Manchester United, who have struggled as of late, could be expected to slip against CSKA after a long trip to Moscow but CSKA has not been performing … Continue reading

Tuesday’s Games To Watch: Liverpool-Lyon And Standard-Olympiacos

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Matchday 3 sees some crucial match-ups but none may be more important at this stage than the Standard Liege – Olympiacos fixture. Arsenal look to be a lock for top spot in Group H but second place is wide open. … Continue reading

Rudolf, Pjanic And Other New Stars To Watch

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This season’s Champions League and Europa League has its usual cast of superstars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery but I wanted to feature a few names that I think you’ll be hearing a lot more about as the … Continue reading

Manchester United Signing Cleared By FIFA

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The controversy surrounding Manchester United’s signing of 16-year-old French prospect Paul Pogba has been cleared up. FIFA have ruled that Manchester United did not contravene any FIFA regulations in their recruitment of the young midfielder – specifically Article 19, which … Continue reading

UEFA Investigating Match Fixing

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UEFA has confirmed that it plans to investigate 40 cases of suspected match-fixing in the Champions League and UEFA Cup. Most of the cases were from Eastern Europe and involved games in the early qualifying rounds of the tournaments, according … Continue reading