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Archives: champions league group stage

Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League

Posted on by Mike

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, … Continue reading

Strachan right to back United

Posted on by Chris Rivers

After seeing his team well and truly played off the park Celtic manager Gordon Strachan honoured United as being the best side his Scottish champions had ever faced in Europe. That is some accolade when you consider that the Bhoys … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Mike

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 … Continue reading

At The Turn: Who Needs to Win

Posted on by Mike

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, … Continue reading

Back In The Big Time

Posted on by Josh Pedley

  One of the great fixtures in European football returns tonight when Real Madrid travel to Turin to take on Juventus. After a home victory against Zenit St Petersburg and a surprise 2-2 draw in Belarus against BATE in their … Continue reading

Champions League News Roundup

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

With World Cup qualifying on, its been a little slow for UEFA club competition news but here are some stories around the web that I thought you’d find interesting. ESPN Soccernet details the problems at Fenerbahce Bundesliga Talk has posted … Continue reading

Champions League Matchday Two Roundup

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

On the newly re-launched Third Half podcast (a roundup show for all the Talk web sites), I had a great discussions with host Jonathan Starling about the goings-on of Matchday 2. Download the episode from EPL Talk. It was a … Continue reading

Arsenal Needs to Turn it ‘On’ Against Porto

Posted on by Mike

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 … Continue reading

Draws galore but Bayern Munich and Juventus return with wins

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Just a quick editorial note to start, I had hoped to complete my Group Previews before Matchday 1 but that was not the case. I will still be pushing those out, hopefully finish before Matchday 2 hits. Now, on to … Continue reading

A Sporting Chance to Win Group C

Posted on by Mike

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 … Continue reading

Champions League Group C Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

FC Basel 1893 How They Got Here:Basel beat Vitoria de Guimaraes (also known as Vitoria SC) 2-1 on aggregate in the third round of qualifying. Basel won the Swiss League last season. Star Performer: MF Benjamin Huggel. An experienced member … Continue reading

Champions League Group B Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Group B is home to a surprising Cypriot side, a Greek side in transition, a German side sometimes called ‘everyone’s second team’, and an Italian club with a little something special. Confused? Let me explain! Anorthosis Famagusta FC How They … Continue reading

Champions League Group A Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The group stage kicks off in about two weeks so until then I will be doing previews of the group stage in alphabetical order. I wanted to wait until after the transfer window had closed so that I would be … Continue reading

Champions League Group Stage Draw Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’ll have more analysis and comments later but for now just a quick update on the results of today’s drawing. Some of the groupings, as in past seasons, was almost a bit too predictable but there are some interesting matchups … Continue reading

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