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Author Archives: Lonnie Smetana

Intertoto Cup Third Round Preview

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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 … Continue reading

Champions League First Qualifying Round

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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 … Continue reading

Book Review: Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United Quiz Books

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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, … Continue reading

UEFA Cup To Become Europa League?

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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 … Continue reading

Bored By The EPL's Big Four

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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 … Continue reading

New Match Fix Scandal Hits Serie A

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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 … Continue reading

Transfer Deals: Barcelona Sign Alves, Deco Off To Chelsea

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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 … Continue reading

Champions League First and Second Qualifying Round Draw

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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. … Continue reading

UEFA Cup – First Qualifying Round Draw

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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 … Continue reading

PSV Lose Another Star — Gomes Off To Tottenham

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

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

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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 … Continue reading

CONCACAF Champions League

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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 … Continue reading

UEFA Intertoto Cup – First Round Underway

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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 … Continue reading

McClaren Named FC Twente Manager

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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 … Continue reading

FC Porto Reinstated To Champions League

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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 … Continue reading

Lyon Release Perrin, Hire Puel ?

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Alain Perrin, who guided Lyon to their first domestic league and Cup double last season, will be replaced by Lille coach Claude Puel according to reports circulating in the French news media. Nothing official has been posted on the official … Continue reading