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Author Archives: Lonnie Smetana

Messi Named Tops in Europe, Intriguing Returns for Zlatan, Kaka and Eto’o

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The draw for the group stage of the 2009-10 UEFA Champions League was held Thursday in Monaco. Last season’s finalists face some tough going but they are not alone in that regard. FC Barcelona will begin their trophy defence in … Continue reading

Champions League 2009-10: Anderlecht and Celtic Looking For Miracles

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After strong showings in the first leg of the playoff round, both Lyon and Arsenal are in a comfortable position to enter the group stage. Lyon can claim a tenth consecutive group-stage appearance unless they completely fall apart. The French … Continue reading

Champions League 2009-10: Playoff Round Preview

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Part of the changes to qualification this year sees the champions of smaller domestic leagues gaining the chance to reach the group stage of the Champions League. In the Champions Path, the feature match-up should be between FC Zurich and … Continue reading

Europa League 2009-10: Third Qualifying Round Preview

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One of last season’s semi-finalists, Hamburger SV, enter this year’s competition in the third qualifying round against Randers FC of Denmark. Hamburg have added one of the most exciting young talents in Europe to their squad and will look to … Continue reading

Europa League 2009-10: Second Qualifying Round, First Leg Results

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A massive number of clubs are involved in the Second Qualifying Round (80 in total). The winners of the 23 First Qualifying Round ties were joined in this round by a further 57 clubs that includes the domestic cup winners … Continue reading

Friday Links: Benzema Admits Turning Down United

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Just a few news stories that caught my interest over the last couple of days. Enjoy! Karim Benzema admits turning down Manchester United and Barcelona Jonathan Wilson’s article on the ties that existed between Romanian secret police and Dinamo Bucharest Ever … Continue reading

Europa League 2009-10: First Qualifying Round, First Leg Results

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A lot of lesser-known teams are involved at this stage but the big upset of the day was SPL side Motherwell losing at home to Welsh opponents Llanelli. 42-year-old player-manager Andy Legg, who played for both Swansea City FC and … Continue reading

UEFA Cup Round of 32 — Predictions and Previews

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It has been a while since we’ve had some UEFA competition to talk about but the UEFA Cup Round of 32 kicks off today and tomorrow with some fantastic matchups. The showcase fixture has to be Werder Bremen vs AC … Continue reading

Chelsea Sack Scolari — Bring on Zola !

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A strange turn of events at Chelsea where Luiz Felipe Scolari has been sacked and Avram Grant, the man Scolari replaced, has emerged as one of the candidates on Chelsea’s shortlist to replace the former World Cup-winning manager. Whether Grant … Continue reading

Transfer Window Recap — Keane Returns To Spurs, Arsenal Add Arshavin

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The story that generated the most headlines outside of the Kaka to Manchester City, was the saga of Robbie Keane’s departure from Liverpool back to Tottenham. Keane made his “dream move” to Liverpool this past summer when the club splashed … Continue reading

Thomas Gravesen Hangs ‘Em Up Early

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At just 32, former Danish international Thomas Gravesen has called time on his career. The combative central midfielder started his career with hometown club Vejle Boldklub (VB). He was soon on the move and  played for Hamburg, Everton and Real Madrid. … Continue reading

Calderon Resigns At Real — Vicente Boulda Takes Over

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The Real Madrid website is now carrying the full text of Calderon’s resignation press conference. In his statement Calderon said “Against the recommendations of my board I’ve decided to step down.” It will be interesting to hear the position of … Continue reading

Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon To Resign

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Shocking news, or perhaps not so shocking depending on your perspective, regarding Ramon Calderon has emerged this morning. Calderon has reportedly bowed to pressure and will announce his resignation as the club’s president after reports came out in the Spanish … Continue reading

Transfer Update: Kaka to Manchester City?

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At our sister site EPLTalk.com and on all the major soccer sites, the buzz is about the proposed purchase of Kaka by Manchester City. Representatives from Manchester City have traveled to Milan and a bid has been made, reportedly in … Continue reading

Tottenham Sign Defoe But Is It The Wrong Move?

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Striker Jermain Defoe should complete his return to Tottenham Hotspur after the two sides agreed terms on an as yet undisclosed transfer fee. The fee is expected to be in the £15m range, a significant increase from the £7.5m that … Continue reading

Landon Donovan Joins Bayern Munich

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FC Bayern München have recruited Major League Soccer’s top star on an initial short-term deal. 26 year-old Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan leaves the shadow of Hollywood to join the club nicknamed FC Hollywood on loan until March 15th, … Continue reading

Champions League Knockout Round Draw on Friday

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Just a reminder that the draw for the next round of the 2008-09 Champions League takes place this Friday There are plenty of familiar names in the draw as ten of the sides that reached this stage last season are … Continue reading