UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round Preview
UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round Preview

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 round winners – in the second qualifying round draw, taking place […]

Intertoto Cup Third Round Preview
Intertoto Cup Third Round Preview

Some of the more well-known clubs jump into the fray in this final round of competition including 2007 Bundesliga champions VfB Stuttgart, Aston Villa (former European Cup and 2001 Intertoto Cup Winners) and Norwegian club Rosenborg. Winners of this round enter UEFA Cup second qualifying round. The ultimate winner of […]

Champions League First Qualifying Round
Champions League First Qualifying Round

This is a hectic time of year for European club competition as the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round kicks off today and tomorrow (second leg ties on July 22nd and 23rd) followed by the UEFA Cup first qualifying round on Thursday. The final edition of the UEFA Intertoto Cup […]

Book Review: Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United Quiz Books
Book Review: Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United Quiz Books

A quick review on two excellent trivia volumes that were sent our way from Apex Publishing. The first is The Tottenham Hotspur Quiz Book, which was compiled by John DT White and includes a foreword written by two Spurs legends – Gary Mabbutt and Pat Jennings. The 1,250 questions in […]

Transfer Update: Surprise moves for Kewell and Guiza, Crouch off to Pompey
Transfer Update: Surprise moves for Kewell and Guiza, Crouch off to Pompey

UEFA Cup debutants Portsmouth FC have made a move for England international striker Peter Crouch. The deal, reported to be for an initial £8million with a further £3million payable in add-ons over the course of Crouch’s contract at Fratton Park, will see Crouch join his England national teammate Jermain Defoe […]

UEFA Cup To Become Europa League?
UEFA Cup To Become Europa League?

Reuters reports that UEFA is considering changing the name of its second tier UEFA Cup competition to the UEFA Europa League or the Europa Cup. The planned rebranding was revealed by Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, also the acting chairman of the new European Clubs Association, The European Clubs […]

Bored By The EPL's Big Four
Bored By The EPL's Big Four

I’m a free transfer in search of a new club! As I follow the EPL this season, I will not be following Manchester United. I have decided to pick a club outside the Big Four as ‘my club’ for this season. It will be a tough change (I’ll probably still […]

New Match Fix Scandal Hits Serie A
New Match Fix Scandal Hits Serie A

The BBC, goal.com, The Guardian and other news sources are reporting that five players have been charged over alleged match-fixing of last season’s Serie A fixtures between Atalanta and relegated Livorno. Atalanta’s Gian Paolo Bellini and Livorno’s former captain David Balleri have been charged with match-fixing. Brothers Emanuele and Antonio […]

Transfer Deals: Barcelona Sign Alves, Deco Off To Chelsea
Transfer Deals: Barcelona Sign Alves, Deco Off To Chelsea

After a long wait FC Barcelona have finally made official the signing of right-back Dani Alves from Sevilla. Alves, who can play on the right of defence or midfield, joined Sevilla from Bahia for less than one million euros in 2003 and was an outstanding player as they won back-to-back […]

Champions League First and Second Qualifying Round Draw
Champions League First and Second Qualifying Round Draw

The draw for the first two qualifying rounds of the Champions League was held on July 1st. One of last season’s quarter-finalists, Turkish side Fenerbahce, will begin this season’s campaign in the second qualifying round against Hungarian champions MTK Budapest. Last season’s UEFA Cup runners-up Glasgow Rangers (The club’s correct […]

UEFA Cup – First Qualifying Round Draw
UEFA Cup – First Qualifying Round Draw

Football fans in the Faroe Islands were the big winners of the UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round draw, which was made on July 1st. Brondby’s tie against B36 Torshavn and Manchester City’s fixture against EB/Streymur have created some excitement. B36 Torshavn’s club director Kristjan A Neystabo told uefa.com: “Many people […]

PSV Lose Another Star — Gomes Off To Tottenham
PSV Lose Another Star — Gomes Off To Tottenham

Tottenham have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to sign goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, subject to personal terms, a medical and a work permit. Gomes is 27 and has played internationally for Brazil. He helped PSV to the Dutch title last season by conceding only 24 league goals. Should Gomes’ work […]

Spurs To Sign PSV's Gomes — Will Robinson Move To Villa?
Spurs To Sign PSV's Gomes — Will Robinson Move To Villa?

Several news sources are reporting that Tottenham have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven to sign goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, subject to personal terms, a medical and a work permit. Gomes is 27 and has played internationally for Brazil. He helped PSV to the Dutch title last season, his fourth title […]

Ben Arfa Joins Marseille — Nasri to Arsenal Deal Almost Done?
Ben Arfa Joins Marseille — Nasri to Arsenal Deal Almost Done?

Marseille president Pape Diouf announced today (via the club’s official website) that 21-year-old winger Hatem Ben Arfa is set to officially join from Lyon on Wednesday following the completion of a medical. Terms have not been announced but are thought to be in in the region of 15 to 20 […]

CONCACAF Champions League
CONCACAF Champions League

This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for a while. Beyond the UEFA sanctioned Champions League, there are other ‘Champions League’ competitions in the various FIFA regions. Africa and Asia have a Champions League and South America has its Copa Libertadores. The CONCACAF region (comprised of North America, […]

UEFA Intertoto Cup – First Round Underway
UEFA Intertoto Cup – First Round Underway

Eleven UEFA Cup second qualifying round berths are up for grabs as the final UEFA Intertoto Cup competition began this past weekend. The Intertoto Cup was launched in 1961 as a means of generating money for football pools companies in the summer off-season. It came under UEFA’s jurisdiction in 1995 […]

McClaren Named FC Twente Manager
McClaren Named FC Twente Manager

As was discussed here earlier, former England manager Steve McClaren was announced as the new manager of Dutch side FC Twente on Friday. McClaren, who had been out of work since November when he was sacked after England failed to qualify for Euro 2008, has agreed a two-year deal at […]

FC Porto Reinstated To Champions League
FC Porto Reinstated To Champions League

After a number of twists and turns, the FC Porto saga came to a close. At least for this season ! UEFA, European football’s governing body, issued the following statement: “As communicated on Friday 13 June, the disciplinary case regarding FC Porto and their entry to the 2008/09 UEFA Champions […]