Is This The Best Champions League Round of 16 To Date?
Is This The Best Champions League Round of 16 To Date?

(photo courtesy of uefa.com) Wow. There are some really great match-ups that have emerged from today’s draw at UEFA headquarters. I’m going to give a quick rundown and early predictions though I reserve the right to change my mind before kick-off of the this round! The tie that will likely […]

Champions League Knockout Round Draw on Friday
Champions League Knockout Round Draw on Friday

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 still in the running. The new faces are Panathinaikos FC, […]

Huntelaar Headed To Real Madrid
Huntelaar Headed To Real Madrid

Real Madrid CF have announced a pre-transfer window agreement with Ajax for striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. The move is intended to cover the long-term injury of Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has undergone surgery as I reported earlier. The Spanish champions have been chasing Huntelaar for the past two seasons and […]

Explosion May Postpone Zenit – Juventus Fixture
Explosion May Postpone Zenit – Juventus Fixture

Three people have been killed and at least one more injured after a taxi blew up in St Petersburg. A spokesman for Russia’s emergencies ministry told the BBC that the taxi exploded during rush-hour just outside the Udelnaya underground station in the north of St Petersburg. That station is not […]

Champions League Matchday 5 Preview
Champions League Matchday 5 Preview

There are some pivotal battles to be fought in the upcoming Matchday and while some groups look to have clear patterns emerging, others could go down to the wire. Let’s take a whirlwind tour of the current state of the groups along with my speculations on the ties on Matchday […]

Injury Updates: Van Nistelrooy’s Season Is Over
Injury Updates: Van Nistelrooy’s Season Is Over

Real Madrid have suffered another major injury blow as striker Ruud van Nistelrooy’s season looks to be over after it was announced that he will undergo an operation to correct a problem with his right knee. The reigning Spanish champions already have Arjen Robben and Mahamadou Diarra out of action […]

Where Are They Now: Deportivo Alavés
Where Are They Now: Deportivo Alavés

In looking back at the past winners and runners-up in both the Champions League and UEFA Cup, one story jumped out at me more than any other. In what was their greatest season to date, Deportivo Alavés had a magical run all the way to the 2001 UEFA Cup Final. […]

Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 To Include Champions League
Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 To Include Champions League

Konami has signed a deal with UEFA that allows the game creator to use all the elements and attributes of the competition to create an exclusive UEFA Champions League mode within the Pro Evolution Soccer game. They are the only game on the market to have an official deal to […]

Will Beckham Wear Number 75 For Milan?
Will Beckham Wear Number 75 For Milan?

When David Beckham joins AC Milan on loan from the LA Galaxy in January, speculation is that he will wear the number 75. With both the numbers 7 and 23 shirts (his previous numbers at Man Utd, Madrid and LA) taken (Pato wears #7 and Massimo Ambrosini wears #23), Beckham […]

Champions League News Roundup
Champions League News Roundup

I thought I would share with you some of the articles that have caught my eye over the past couple of days: Kartik of Major League Soccer Talk argues that Landon Donovan’s trial with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich is a good move for the player. Kudos to Werder Bremen for […]

Champions League Matchday 4 — Tuesday Preview
Champions League Matchday 4 — Tuesday Preview

Matchday 4 should be a pivotal one as many groups may well be decided once the games are completed. Who needs a win and who can afford to slip? Let’s take a look at Tuesday’s games. Group A Roma need to win at home against Chelsea but that is looking […]

Atlético Get Off Light
Atlético Get Off Light

In what has to be considered a poor decision, the UEFA Appeals Body has reduced the initial three-match stadium closure to a two-match behind closed doors sentence, with one match deferred for two years. Consequently, Atlético must play their next home fixture in the Champions League, against PSV Eindhoven on […]

David Beckham Loan Move To AC Milan
David Beckham Loan Move To AC Milan

In what I see as a move with more financial impact than on-field impact, AC Milan are courting another superstar whose best days are behind him, but who is still capable of packing a commercial punch. The latest move is to be a loan deal for LA Galaxy star David […]

Champions League News Roundup
Champions League News Roundup

With World Cup qualifying on, its been a little slow for UEFA club competition news but here are some stories around the web that I thought you’d find interesting. ESPN Soccernet details the problems at Fenerbahce Bundesliga Talk has posted a quick update on every club in the league Owen […]

Champions League Talk On The Third Half Podcast
Champions League Talk On The Third Half Podcast

I had a great conversation with Jonathan Starling of the Third Half podcast last week. We discussed the upcoming UEFA Cup group stage, UEFA’s stance on debt-laden clubs, the situation at Ajax and many other topics. I’ve posted the Champions League Talk segment of the show here as a separate […]

UEFA’s Stand For Club Identity And Fair Practices
UEFA’s Stand For Club Identity And Fair Practices

This may be a bit long-winded and rambling but I hope you stick with me as there are a number of important points to discuss.  UEFA recently released a publication entitled “Safeguarding The Heritage And Future Of Team Sport In Europe”, which outlines UEFA’s stance on principles of good governance, […]

UEFA Cup Group Draw
UEFA Cup Group Draw

UEFA held the draw for the UEFA Cup group stage today and some fascinating pairings emerged. Both Martin Jol and Steve McClaren will take their new clubs back to England as FC Twente will face Manchester City and Jol’s Hamburg will take on Aston Villa. This year’s groups are looking […]