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Author Archives: Lonnie Smetana

Middlesbrough Musings: Week One – Tottenham And Transfers

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Gary Oldman’s Got Skills?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

CL Qualifying Round Three – First Leg Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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. … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Rangers and Anderlecht Knocked Out Of Champions League

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Scandinavian Battles Highlight UEFA Cup Second Qualifying Round

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Social Experiments In Fandom: Choosing An EPL Side To Follow

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Transfer Update: Rafael van der Vaart to Madrid plus signings for Rangers, Bordeaux and more

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Rafael van der Vaart was officially unveiled as Real Madrid’s newest player yesterday in a presentation the Santiago Bernabéu. As pictured above (photo courtesy of Real Madrid’s official website), he was introduced by Real’s President Ramón Calderón and President of … Continue reading

Exciting Matchups In CL Third Qualifying Round

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Sanchez v Hodgson — Comparing Fulham Transfer Signings

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Book Review: Jinky

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Book Review: Jinky

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Intertoto Cup Third Round Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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, … Continue reading

Champions League Second Qualifying Round Matchups Set

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Transfer Market Update – AC Milan’s Bargain And Manchester United’s Hypocrisy

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

It’s hard to label any transfer deal that costs 21 million Euros a bargain but considering the numbers that have been thrown around this summer, Ronaldinho’s move to AC Milan looks to be cheap. The former two-time World Player of … Continue reading

UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

An amazing 37 ties kick off today as the first round of qualifying for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup takes place. The 37 teams who win this round will be joined by 27 more sides – including the eleven Intertoto Cup third … Continue reading