Champions League Group C Preview
Champions League Group C Preview

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 who won the Turkish League for the first time in […]

Champions League Group B Preview
Champions League Group B Preview

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 Tel-Aviv FC Key Signing: Salim Toama. Toama rejoined Hapoel on […]

Champions League Group A Preview
Champions League Group A Preview

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 surprise that the big story in the group will be […]

Europa League Group Stage Matchups
Europa League Group Stage Matchups

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 see some of the up and coming stars before the […]

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Set
UEFA Champions League Group Stage Set

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 break so I am back again for another Champions League […]

UEFA Champions League: Quarter-Final Matchups Set
UEFA Champions League: Quarter-Final Matchups Set

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 the 2005-06 final when Henry was captain of Arsenal. Another […]

Bordeaux To Bolster Ligue 1 Status
Bordeaux To Bolster Ligue 1 Status

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 ouster of Real Madrid last week combined with a potential […]

UEFA Europa League – Round of 16 Preview
UEFA Europa League – Round of 16 Preview

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. A quick look ahead to the Round of 16. Depsite […]

Are The Big Clubs Broke ?
Are The Big Clubs Broke ?

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 short-term loan stints with options to buy later. The biggest […]

Counting Down To Transfer Madness
Counting Down To Transfer Madness

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 to analyze the match-ups in the Champions League Round of […]

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

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 and standings. Eric Abidal – D – Barcelona The 30-year-old […]

Champions League Matchday 4: Real-Rossoneri Rematch
Champions League Matchday 4: Real-Rossoneri Rematch

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 morale boost for Milan while Madrid slumped. Madrid put a three-game […]

Legendary Larsson Plays His Last Match
Legendary Larsson Plays His Last Match

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 decided to bow out one game early in order to […]

Europa League Roundup: Benfica Thrash Everton, Prague Rivals Excel
Europa League Roundup: Benfica Thrash Everton, Prague Rivals Excel

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 games from the comforts of my Mac. If you’ve not […]

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

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 well either. I am not expecting a feast of football […]

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

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. A win today for Olympiacos would put them in the […]

Rudolf, Pjanic And Other New Stars To Watch
Rudolf, Pjanic And Other New Stars To Watch

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 January transfer window approaches. 1) Miralem Pjanic — midfielder — […]

Manchester United Signing Cleared By FIFA
Manchester United Signing Cleared By FIFA

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 focuses on the protection of minors. United had been accused […]