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Roundup of European Domestic League action

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 the “bigger” leagues in Europe — England, Italy, Spain and […]

Benfica’s Bounceback and Inzaghi’s Golden Strike

The stories of legendary proportions continued to be written on Tuesday night as Group D was decided. In a stunning reversal of fortunes, former Group D leaders Shakhtar Donetsk were knocked out of all European competitions last night. Oscar Cardozo was the hero for Portugese giants Benfica as he scored […]

Platini’s plans and other pipe dreams

The proposed restructuring of the Champions League, which emerged from UEFA’s strategy council on Monday and will probably be approved by the executive committee later this month, has been perceived as a significant setback for Michel Platini, the man elected as UEFA president in January. Platini campaigned for the presidency […]

Matchday 3: Wednesday Predictions and Players to Watch

I had a pretty decent day with the predictions yesterday, so let’s see if I can keep it going. Today’s matches feature some teams that desperately need to put points on the board, including Liverpool and Werder Bremen. Let’s take a quick look at the matchups. Besiktas – LiverpoolOn the […]

Matchday 3; Tuesday Predictions and Players to Watch

Here’s a quick rundown of the Tuesday games. My picks to win are in bold. Stuttgart – LyonLyon’s for has picked up in recent domestic outings while Stuttgart has continued to struggle. I don’t see that changing in this match. Lyon will probably win by a couple of goals. Rangers […]

Old Rivalries Renewed in the Group Stage

Thursday’s draw for the group stages was made at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and sees some of last season’s knockout stage matchups grouped together. For example, Roma will be offered the chance to avenge the 7-1 drubbing they suffered against Manchester United. Those two are paired along with Sporting […]

Draw for Next Round of Champions League

Group A: Barcelona, Chelsea, Werder Bremen, Levski Sofia. Group B: Internazionale, Bayern Munich, Sporting Lisbon, Spartak Moscow. Group C: Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven, Bordeaux, Galatasaray. Group D: Valencia, Roma, Olympiakos, Shakhtar Donetsk. Group E: Real Madrid, Lyon, Steaua Bucharest, Dynamo Kiev. Group F: Manchester United, Celtic, Benfica, FC Copenhagen. Group G: […]

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Alleged global soccer match-fixer freed in Singapore

A Singaporean accused of leading the world’s largest football match-fixing syndicate was freed on Wednesday after a surprise court ruling seen as a blow to efforts to rid global sport of corruption. Businessman Dan Tan, who was arrested in September 2013 but never tried, was released after the Court of […]

Pellegrini: Juventus a gauge of Manchester City’s Champions League potential

Manchester City must put their “difficult situation” behind them and use Wednesday’s clash against Juventus as a test of their Champions League-winning potential, according to their coach Manuel Pellegrini. City, who have already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, face the Italian champions looking for revenge following their […]