Archives: 2010-11 season

FC Barcelona Are The 2010-11 Champions

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Congratulations to FC Barcelona for capturing their 2nd Champions League in 3 seasons. Three incisive goals from Messi, Villa and Pedro saw Barca cruise to a 3-1 victory over Manchester United. More analysis to follow.

Champions League Final Live Blog

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Join us over at our sister site, EPL Talk, and share in the discussion and banter with soccer fans around the world. We’re expecting a big crowd online for the biggest game of the season. And we hope you can … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Final: Hyperbole or Historic ?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Which kind of final are we going to get this season? For every 1999 or 2002 final that people still talk about there seems to be an equal number of forgettable finals (think 2003) that produce more hyperbole than high-calibre … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Semi-Finals: Lionel Tidies Up A Messi Game

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The third installment of this season’s ‘El Clasico’ match-up between Real Madrid and Barcelona could have been renamed ‘El Fiasco’. Depending on your outlook, it may have been surprising to see Jose Mourinho’s Madrid squad setup with such bullying tactics. … Continue reading

2010-11 Champions League Quarter-finals: All to play for at Old Trafford

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The first legs of the quarter-finals saw 3 of 4 matches end with large advantages being established. The fixture that all the attention will be focused on this week will be the second leg match between Manchester United FC and … Continue reading

Milan – Tottenham Match Marred By Thuggery

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I was looking forward to an exciting Champions League tie between perennials AC Milan and newcomers Tottenham Hotspur. The match did deliver excitement but was marred by the mindless actions of both Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso and Mathieu Flamini. UEFA … Continue reading

Champions League Round of 16: Arsenal v Barcelona

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

WOW ! Some great match-ups including a repeat of last season’s final with Inter Milan facing Bayern Munich. The match-up that will likely garner more press is the Arsenal v Barcelona. The two clubs play similar styles though Barcelona is … Continue reading

FC København Make History

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Congratulations to FC København for becoming the first Danish club through to the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League era. This goes down as one of their biggest successes in European club competition since they reached the quarter finals … Continue reading

Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid: Can Real still be considered Champions League contenders?

Posted on by Mark McAllister

Tonight’s game promised to give one of the closest indications so far of who could become European champions this year, but in truth, nobody could’ve predicted what followed. Barcelona dissected their rivals with precise, incisive play that arguably would have … Continue reading

Matches to Watch in the Champions League

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

The penultimate matchday of the Champions League group stages is coming up, and it’s make-or-break time for some big clubs. These midweek matches could even decide the future for some coaches, like Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan, who’s been getting … Continue reading

Inter’s Decline Under Rafael Benitez

Posted on by Mark McAllister

Under Jose Mourinho, Inter gradually developed an aura of invincibility, and their defence – generally made up of Maicon, Lucio, Samuel and Chivu (or Zanetti) – had become the envy of the rest of Europe. The Nerazzurri had finally brought … Continue reading

Champions League Group D Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Group D has an easy-to-predict first place but the rest of the group is wide open. FC Barcelona are a class above the teams they have been drawn in to Group C with, so complacency is going to be their … Continue reading

Champions League Group C Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’m running behind schedule on the previews but I will be done before Matchday 2 kicks off ! Group C contains annual challengers Manchester United, a Valencia team facing life post-David Villa, a Rangers side facing transition and newcomers Bursaspor … Continue reading

Champions League Group B Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Group B features clubs with varying levels of experience ranging from perennials Olympique Lyonnais to debutants Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC. This group feels a little more predictable than Group A but the battle at the top could get quite interesting. Hapoel … Continue reading

Champions League Group A Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Debutants Tottenham Hotspur and FC Twente were drawn into a group with the reigning champs, FC Internazionale and a side with significant experience – Werder Bremen. This has the makings of a group of death and so it is no … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Set

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Hello again, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. Life had taken me in some different directions and I had settled into an early retirement from football punditry. However, as the cliche goes, old habits are hard to … Continue reading