Champions League Matchday Two Roundup
Champions League Matchday Two Roundup

On the newly re-launched Third Half podcast (a roundup show for all the Talk web sites), I had a great discussions with host Jonathan Starling about the goings-on of Matchday 2. Download the episode from EPL Talk. It was a Matchday that saw debutants BATE Borisov and CFR Cluj pull […]

UEFA Cup Changed to Europa League
UEFA Cup Changed to Europa League

As we reported on a number of weeks ago, the UEFA Executive Committee has finalized the change in name of the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League starting in the 2009-10 season. Along with the new name come major changes to the competition, which will feature a 48-team group […]

Road To Wembley 2008-09: FA Cup First Qualifying Round Results
Road To Wembley 2008-09: FA Cup First Qualifying Round Results

Time to check in with the FA Cup again as the Second Qualifying Round gets under way. So far, I’ve seen a couple of my initial teams drop by the wayside as have their replacements. This stage of the tournament is quite tumultuous but still exciting for the clubs involved. […]

Book Review: Perry Boys
Book Review: Perry Boys

(Note: I incorrectly quoted a passage from the book that made it seem like the author had made light of a stabbing/slashing incident. It was my misreading of the passage. I’ve since re-written that section of the review. My sincerent apologies to Ian Hough and to you readers for my […]

Draws galore but Bayern Munich and Juventus return with wins
Draws galore but Bayern Munich and Juventus return with wins

Just a quick editorial note to start, I had hoped to complete my Group Previews before Matchday 1 but that was not the case. I will still be pushing those out, hopefully finish before Matchday 2 hits. Now, on to last night’s action. After absences last season for perennial Champions […]

Chelsea and Atletico Impress; Roma Get Shocked
Chelsea and Atletico Impress; Roma Get Shocked

Champions League debutants CFR 1907 Cluj came from behind to beat Roma and record a stunning 2-1 victory at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Beyond the absence of Totti, Roma had a strong squad out on the field and will be disappointed with their performance. There has been a bit […]

Champions League Group C Preview
Champions League Group C Preview

FC Basel 1893 How They Got Here:Basel beat Vitoria de Guimaraes (also known as Vitoria SC) 2-1 on aggregate in the third round of qualifying. Basel won the Swiss League last season. Star Performer: MF Benjamin Huggel. An experienced member of the Swiss national squad, Huggel is a strong presence […]

UEFA Website Redesign Launched
UEFA Website Redesign Launched

This is a bit late but I did want to acknowledge that UEFA.com has re-launched with a new take on their familiar look. The layout is a bit cleaner though the page now contains more elements. The color scheme is basic white and black though the newly launched photo gallery […]

Champions League Group B Preview
Champions League Group B Preview

Group B is home to a surprising Cypriot side, a Greek side in transition, a German side sometimes called ‘everyone’s second team’, and an Italian club with a little something special. Confused? Let me explain! Anorthosis Famagusta FC How They Got Here: Became the first and only Cypriot football club […]

Champions League Group A Preview
Champions League Group A Preview

The group stage kicks off in about two weeks so until then I will be doing previews of the group stage in alphabetical order. I wanted to wait until after the transfer window had closed so that I would be able to judge the rosters fairly. There were some last […]

Road To Wembley 2008-09: FA Cup Preliminary Round
Road To Wembley 2008-09: FA Cup Preliminary Round

It was just a few short months ago, May 17th to be exact, that Portsmouth claimed their first FA Cup since 1939. Well now the whole journey kicks off again. I missed the Extra Preliminary Round (there were 203 fixtures so I am not going to recap!) but I’m jumping […]

UEFA Cup First Round Draw Result
UEFA Cup First Round Draw Result

The UEFA Cup first-round draw was held on Friday and there are a number of interesting new faces in the competition. One of those teams is Dutch side FC Twente, who as we’ve detailed in previous posts, is now coached by former England boss Steve McClaren. Twente, who were entered […]

Champions League Group Stage Draw Results
Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

I’ll have more analysis and comments later but for now just a quick update on the results of today’s drawing. Some of the groupings, as in past seasons, was almost a bit too predictable but there are some interesting matchups ahead (Real Madrid – Juventus springs to mind as does […]

Schalke Shocked In Third Qualifying Round
Schalke Shocked In Third Qualifying Round

After leading 1-0 from the first leg, Schalke had to have had some confidence going into Madrid for the second leg. A strong performance from Atletico saw them thump the German team 4-0 to advance to the group stage for the first time since 1996-97. I had picked Atletico as […]

The Special One Brings Silverware To Internazionale
The Special One Brings Silverware To Internazionale

One of the most fascinating moves this summer was Internazionale’s hiring of Jose Mourinho as manager after Roberto Mancini was sacked despite winning the title. Mourinho has built a strong reputation in a short time and I am interested to see if he can push Inter further in the Champions […]

Middlesbrough Musings: Week Two — Parmo And Points Dropped
Middlesbrough Musings: Week Two — Parmo And Points Dropped

This week’s match was against Liverpool. Though I had to work, I managed to keep an eye on the game (gotta love Slingbox and P2P technology) and saw Boro forced into a late change to the line-up as keeper Brad Jones injured a hand in the warm-up and Ross Turnbull […]