UEFA Investigating Match Fixing
UEFA Investigating Match Fixing

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 to Peter Limacher, UEFA’s head of disciplinary services. Last year, […]

Madrid Ships Out Stars Robben, Sneijder and Negredo
Madrid Ships Out Stars Robben, Sneijder and Negredo

Real Madrid has continued their massive summer overhaul and some big names will feature in new colors for the upcoming season. No longer wearing the famous white shirt of Madrid will be Dutch national teammates Arjen Robben and Wesley . A more surprising move was the sale of Álvaro Negredo […]

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

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 club overwhelmed RSC Anderlecht 5-1 last week, while a 2-0 […]

Champions League 2009-10: Playoff Round Preview
Champions League 2009-10: Playoff Round Preview

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 FK Ventspils. Latvian titleholders Ventspils edged past last season’s group […]

Europa League 2009-10: Third Qualifying Round Preview
Europa League 2009-10: Third Qualifying Round Preview

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 make it all the way to the Europa League finals […]

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

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 from the national associations ranked 30 to 53 in the […]

Friday Links: Benzema Admits Turning Down United
Friday Links: Benzema Admits Turning Down United

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 think your video game managerial skills would make you a […]

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

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 Cardiff City AFC, called their 1-0 win at Motherwell “the […]

UEFA Cup Round of 32 — Predictions and Previews
UEFA Cup Round of 32 — Predictions and Previews

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 Milan. Werder have struggled this seasons and are basically out […]

Chelsea Sack Scolari — Bring on Zola !
Chelsea Sack Scolari — Bring on Zola !

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 gets the job is purely speculation but it’s just another […]

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

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 out an initial £19m to buy his services from Tottenham […]

Thomas Gravesen Hangs ‘Em Up Early
Thomas Gravesen Hangs ‘Em Up Early

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. He didn’t last long at Madrid, as his combative style […]

Calderon Resigns At Real — Vicente Boulda Takes Over
Calderon Resigns At Real — Vicente Boulda Takes Over

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 the board should they choose to speak with the media […]

Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon To Resign
Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon To Resign

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 press that he had rigged the recent general assembly election […]

Transfer Update: Kaka to Manchester City?
Transfer Update: Kaka to Manchester City?

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 the region of £100 million, for the 26-year-old midfielder. This […]

Tottenham Sign Defoe But Is It The Wrong Move?
Tottenham Sign Defoe But Is It The Wrong Move?

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 Pompey paid Spurs for Defoe’s services in 2008. The BBC […]

Landon Donovan Joins Bayern Munich
Landon Donovan Joins Bayern Munich

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, 2009.  A longer deal has been agreed to but is […]