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Archives: Barcelona

Roundup of European Domestic League action

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

As we wait for the Champions League final, it’s a good time to look at the leagues around Europe and see who will be part of next season’s competition. In this first report, we look at what I would call … Continue reading

Barcelona v Manchester United: Post Game Thoughts

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

This was more of the game everyone wanted to see. Not loaded with chances but a very dramatic tilt as United clung to their one goal lead with some desperate defending as they dropped everyone into their own half to … Continue reading

Barcelona v Manchester United: Catanaccio be Damned!

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After a strangely defensive match at the Nou Camp in which they seemed to adopt a catenaccio mindset, United will look to get back to their usual attacking approach. At the Nou Camp, United appeared content to hope for something … Continue reading

Barcelona v Manchester United Preview: Champagne Wishes

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Unlike the comedy of errors that Chelsea and Liverpool managed to produce in their first leg match, I have sky-high expectations for the Barcelona – Manchester United match. Barca will look to salvage something from what has been a bit … Continue reading

The game’s highest-paid players

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After a thread on our sister site, EPL Talk, I did a bit of research to find information on the top paid players. No one on Arsenal’s squad makes an appearance until 60th place, where captain William Gallas pops up.

Ruben Buries Barça

Posted on by Juan Arango

Barcelona are for all intents and purpose done. Their failure to come up with the three points in Huelva virtually made it a two-team race. Both of them will be playing tomorrow. An injured Samuel Eto’o was partnered with a … Continue reading

Ronaldinho on his way to AC Milan

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Barcelona’s Ronaldinho has reportedly agreed initial terms with Italian giants AC Milan, according to his brother and agent Roberto de Assis. Ronaldinho is out of action for the rest of the season with injury but is said to be disillusioned … Continue reading

Manchester United and Barcelona to meet in semi-finals

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

A “dream” semi-final was setup yesterday when both Manchester United and Barcelona advanced to the semi-finals on the back of 1-0 home wins. Much has been made of the fact that United fielded a “B” team last night as Sir … Continue reading

Barça Fans Ask For Resignation

Posted on by Juan Arango

Amid the poor result Sunday at the Nou Camp, Barcelona club members and fans showed their displeasure with president Joan Laporta. In the dying minutes of thegame, fans became waving white towels symbolizing the members’ request for Laporta to step … Continue reading

Pep-ed Up?

Posted on by Juan Arango

According to reports coming out of Catalunya, all signs point towards Josep Guardiola taking over for Frank Rijkaard at the Nou Camp. The former Olympic gold medalist and member of the much ballyhooed Dream Team of the 1990′s will be … Continue reading

Roma undone by The Roon & Ron Show

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The hype going into this match was of course centered on the 7-1 thrashing that Roma took from Manchester United last season at this same stage. However, anyone with common sense could see that this match would have very little … Continue reading

Sensational Shootouts and Surprise Scorelines

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

In many ways it was a wild finish to the Round of 16 and it’s not done yet! We still have the second leg of the Liverpool – Internazionale tie on Tuesday, March 11th. FC Schalke 04 overcame some poor … Continue reading

Messi On The Shelf Again

Posted on by Juan Arango

Argentine international Lionel Messi will miss yet another six weeks of action after reinjuring his hamstring midweek during the Catalans win against Celtic in the return leg of the Champions League knockout stages. The injury occured in the 33rd minute … Continue reading

Barça Exposed?

Posted on by Juan Arango

Very much like the swordsman in Raiders of the Lost Arc who wielded his sword all over and threatened to attack, all it took was one shot from Indiana Jones to end that threat. This was a long time coming … Continue reading

Waiting For “Special” Offer

Posted on by Juan Arango

Jose Mourinho said “thanks, but no thanks” to Lyon. According to France Football it is due to the fact that “The Special One” is waiting for that formal offer to come his way from Barcelona. That would be the first … Continue reading

Round of 16 Predictions

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Here are my picks to go through to the quarter-finals. Liverpool v InternazionaleOlmypiacos v ChelseaRoma v Real MadridSchalke v PortoArsenal v MilanLyon v Manchester UnitedFenerbahce v SevillaCeltic v Barcelona I could see Roma or Fenerbache advancing from their matches, those … Continue reading

The smoke clears

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

…and we are left with 16 teams. The knockout phase pairings will be drawn on December 21 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. The complete list of teams heading into the draw is posted below: 2007/08 UEFA Champions LeagueRound of 16 … Continue reading

Matchday 5 – Tuesday Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

With Euro 2008 qualifying put to rest and a round of domestic games under their belts, Europe’s top clubs return their focus to the Champions League for Matchday 5. This round of games should clarify which teams will progress though … Continue reading