Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League
Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League

As intriguing as the current edition of the Champions League may be, there’s a chance the 2009-2010 tournament could be one of the strangest, parity-rich events in football history. Seems someone has taken the snow globe that is European football, given it a good shake and the flakes aren’t landing […]

Atletico-Liverpool: UEFA’s Weak Stance a Missed Opportunity
Atletico-Liverpool: UEFA’s Weak Stance a Missed Opportunity

It’s a pretty safe bet Madrid’s Vincente Calderon Stadium will be at capacity today when Liverpool visits for its Champions League Group D match against Atletico Madrid. Shame. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and UEFA will never get a second chance to make its […]

At The Turn: Who Needs to Win
At The Turn: Who Needs to Win

To use a golf analogy, the teams in the group stage of the Champions League make the turn today and tomorrow with the completion of the first three games of the group stage. And while it’s early, for some teams, it’s make-or-break time. Group by group, here’s an analysis of […]

Pressure Squarely on Chelsea Against Cluj
Pressure Squarely on Chelsea Against Cluj

How cliche that Transylvania is the setting for today’s Champions League encounter between Cluj and Chelsea, given of course that it’s Oct. 1 and we’re about to be bludgeoned for the next 31 days with the images and sounds of Halloween. Just check out the nearest Target or Wal-Mart if […]

Arsenal Needs to Turn it ‘On’ Against Porto
Arsenal Needs to Turn it ‘On’ Against Porto

Who says football can’t teach you stuff? For instance, once today’s Arsenal-Porto match in Group G is done, we’ll know if the Gunners come equipped with an on-off switch. You know those devices: teams flick them to the “off” position against lesser opponents. They play down to the level of […]

A Sporting Chance to Win Group C
A Sporting Chance to Win Group C

What do Werder Bremen, Villareal, Atletico Madrid, Panathinaikos, PSV Eindhoven, Marseille, Dynamo Kyiv, Celtic and Fenerbahce have in common (hint: the answer is not “They’re all in the Champions League group stage which starts today”)? Give up? Well, all of these clubs are in fact in the group stage of […]