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Archives: champions league qualifying

Arsenal vs Besiktas Player Ratings

Posted on by Aundre Jacobs
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Arsene Wenger and his men were all smiles after they survived a scare against Turkish giants Besiktas in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying match. Marquee summer signing Alexis Sanchez netted his first goal goal for the club, … Continue reading

Champions League 2009-10: Anderlecht and Celtic Looking For Miracles

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After strong showings in the first leg of the playoff round, both Lyon and Arsenal are in a comfortable position to enter the group stage. Lyon can claim a tenth consecutive group-stage appearance unless they completely fall apart. The French … Continue reading

Champions League 2009-10: Playoff Round Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Part of the changes to qualification this year sees the champions of smaller domestic leagues gaining the chance to reach the group stage of the Champions League. In the Champions Path, the feature match-up should be between FC Zurich and … Continue reading

More big names on the brink as Champions League third qualifying round reaches a conclusion

Posted on by Chris Rivers

Former winners Celtic are amongst a number of big name teams already fighting for their lives in this season’s UEFA Champions League. Celtic travel to Russia desperate to overturn a 1-0 deficit, but with opponents Dinamo Moscow on a fine … Continue reading

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

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

Schalke Shocked In Third Qualifying Round

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After leading 1-0 from the first leg, Schalke had to have had some confidence going into Madrid for the second leg. A strong performance from Atletico saw them thump the German team 4-0 to advance to the group stage for … Continue reading

CL Qualifying Round Three – First Leg Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Just a quick update on matches that took place over Tuesday and Wednesday as the final stage of Champions League qualifying got under way. Though there is still the second leg to play, there were many shock results put up. … Continue reading

Rangers and Anderlecht Knocked Out Of Champions League

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The second qualifying round brought two big upsets as Rangers and Anderlecht became two of the biggest clubs to be knocked out at this stage. A 2-1 win (video highlights here) in Lithuania saw FBK Kaunas (pictured celebrating at the … Continue reading

Exciting Matchups In CL Third Qualifying Round

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Although the Champions League Second Qualifying Round is still underway, the draw for the Third Round took place today and it has presented us with some very interesting matchups. The marquee matchup has to be FC Schalke 04 against Club … Continue reading

Champions League Second Qualifying Round Matchups Set

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Drogheda United, Modrica and Domzale enjoyed winning Champions League debuts after dismissing their first qualifying round opponents on Wednesday. Irish champions Drogheda will face Dynamo Kiev after defender Graham Gartland gave them a 1-0 win at Levadia Tallinn to complete … Continue reading

Champions League First Qualifying Round

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

This is a hectic time of year for European club competition as the UEFA Champions League first qualifying round kicks off today and tomorrow (second leg ties on July 22nd and 23rd) followed by the UEFA Cup first qualifying round … Continue reading

Champions League First and Second Qualifying Round Draw

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The draw for the first two qualifying rounds of the Champions League was held on July 1st. One of last season’s quarter-finalists, Turkish side Fenerbahce, will begin this season’s campaign in the second qualifying round against Hungarian champions MTK Budapest. … Continue reading

McClaren Named FC Twente Manager

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

As was discussed here earlier, former England manager Steve McClaren was announced as the new manager of Dutch side FC Twente on Friday. McClaren, who had been out of work since November when he was sacked after England failed to … Continue reading

CSKA Sofia Stripped Of Champions League Spot

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Just days after Porto FC were stripped of their place in the Champions League, CSKA Sofia have suffered the same fate though for different reasons. CSKA won their 31st Bulgarian league title this season and earned a place in the … Continue reading

Chelsea shakeup: Bosingwa in, Cech and Drogba out?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Chelsea have reached an agreement with Porto for the £16.2m transfer of right-back Jose Bosingwa. Though he is just 25 years old the full-back helped has been a part of the first XI since the 2004-05 season and was instrumental … Continue reading

European Roundup: 10 countries in 10 minutes or less!

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

This leg of our European tour starts in France where Bordeaux revived their Ligue 1 title hopes when Pierre Ducasse’s stunning 25-metre strike in stoppage time earned them a 2-1 win at Olympique Marseille on the weekend. Second-placed Bordeaux, on … 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