Where Are They Now: FC Thun
Where Are They Now: FC Thun

In what I hope will become a regular feature, I am going to spotlight a club that had previously made an impact in the Champions League, UEFA Cup or one of the older competitions like the Cup Winners Cup. I will give you some background on the club and take […]

Middlesbrough Musings: Week One – Tottenham And Transfers
Middlesbrough Musings: Week One – Tottenham And Transfers

I’ve decided to document my journey this season as I follow my new team Middlesbrough. Thanks again to all of you that left comments and suggestions on teams to follow for this season. This week’s goal was to do some reading and research ahead of the season opener. While I […]

Gary Oldman’s Got Skills?
Gary Oldman’s Got Skills?

Who knew…actor Gary Oldman shows off his keepy-uppy skills in a promotional video for ITV. Oldman, who has appeared in films such as Batman: The Dark Knight and the Harry Potter movies stars in an ITV promo themed “Good things come in threes” – a reference to the broadcaster’s live […]

Manchester City Shocked In UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round First-Leg
Manchester City Shocked In UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round First-Leg

Manchester City are in danger of an early exit from Europe after a shock 1-0 home defeat by Danish side Midtjylland in their UEFA Cup second qualifying round first-leg match on Thursday. The loss adds to the ongoing turmoil at the club. Mark Hughes had been obliged to state publicly […]

CL Qualifying Round Three – First Leg Results
CL Qualifying Round Three – First Leg Results

Just a quick update on matches that took place over Tuesday and Wednesday as the final stage of Champions League qualifying got under way. Though there is still the second leg to play, there were many shock results put up. A pot that starts at £10million and could rise to […]

Transfer Update: Reyes to Benfica, Crosas to Celtic, Cuellar to Villa
Transfer Update: Reyes to Benfica, Crosas to Celtic, Cuellar to Villa

Benfica have completed their fourth signing of the summer by agreeing a one-year loan deal for Spanish winger Jose Antonio Reyes. The 24-year-old makes the move from Atletico Madrid, with the Lisbon club also having the option to buy the player at the end of his loan spell. Benfica coach […]

Rangers and Anderlecht Knocked Out Of Champions League
Rangers and Anderlecht Knocked Out Of Champions League

The second qualifying round brought two big upsets as Rangers and Anderlecht became two of the biggest clubs to be knocked out at this stage. A 2-1 win (video highlights here) in Lithuania saw FBK Kaunas (pictured celebrating at the right) take full advantage of the 0-0 draw they earned […]

Scandinavian Battles Highlight UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Scandinavian Battles Highlight UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round

The UEFA Cup (perhaps soon to be known as the Europa League as we covered a while back) is in some ways more interesting to me as the diversity of nations represented is much higher. If Michel Platini is successful with his reforms, we may see more diversity soon in […]

Social Experiments In Fandom: Choosing An EPL Side To Follow
Social Experiments In Fandom: Choosing An EPL Side To Follow

As some of you might recall, I decided that for the upcoming season that I was going to leave Manchester United behind (the club I have followed since 1997-98) and find a new club to follow this year. I solicited ideas from the EPL Talk community and the reactions were […]

Exciting Matchups In CL Third Qualifying Round
Exciting Matchups In CL Third Qualifying Round

Although the Champions League Second Qualifying Round is still underway, the draw for the Third Round took place today and it has presented us with some very interesting matchups. The marquee matchup has to be FC Schalke 04 against Club Atletico de Madrid but the Arsenal – FC Twente fixture […]

Transfer Market Update: A Look At Tottenham, PSG, Ajax and More
Transfer Market Update: A Look At Tottenham, PSG, Ajax and More

Though Paris St Germain were in a relegation battle last season, they did manage to win the French League Cup, which qualifies them for the UEFA Cup competition. In preparing for their season, PSG has made some bold moves in the transfer market. Their first signing of the summer was […]

Sanchez v Hodgson — Comparing Fulham Transfer Signings
Sanchez v Hodgson — Comparing Fulham Transfer Signings

Everton are on the verge of selling striker Andy Johnson to Fulham for a tidy profit. Johnson joined Everton from Palace for £8.6m in May of 2006 and after scoring 22 goals in 74 appearances, his value has gone up significantly. Fulham will reportedly pay a fee that could eventually […]

Book Review: Jinky
Book Review: Jinky

Champions League Talk was recently sent a copy of “Jinky: The Jimmy Johnstone Story” written by Jim Black and I was given the honour of reviewing it. Jinky, born James Connolly Johnstone, was a dynamic winger that played for the Celtic side that won nine Scottish championships in a row […]

Book Review: Jinky
Book Review: Jinky

EPL Talk was recently sent a copy of “Jinky: The Jimmy Johnstone Story” written by Jim Black and I was given the honour of reviewing it. Jinky, born James Connolly Johnstone, was a dynamic winger that played for the Celtic side that won nine Scottish championships in a row between […]

Intertoto Cup Third Round Results
Intertoto Cup Third Round Results

The final set of Intertoto Cup fixtures took place over the weekend and the eleven winning clubs now advance to the UEFA Cup second qualifying round. Advancing are Aston Villa, Napoli, Stade Rennais FC, RC Deportivo La Coruna, SC Braga, SC Vaslui, SK Sturm Graz, Grasshopper-Club, VfB Stuttgart, IF Elfsborg […]

Champions League Second Qualifying Round Matchups Set
Champions League Second Qualifying Round Matchups Set

Drogheda United, Modrica and Domzale enjoyed winning Champions League debuts after dismissing their first qualifying round opponents on Wednesday. Irish champions Drogheda will face Dynamo Kiev after defender Graham Gartland gave them a 1-0 win at Levadia Tallinn to complete a 3-1 aggregate win over the Estonian champions. Bosnian title […]