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Archives: Champions League

Taking The Official Champions League Ball For A Test Drive

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Whenever I have a flashback to the late 70s growing up as a child in Wales, I have a very vivid memory of finding a leather soccer ball underneath the tree one Christmas morning. I remember sniffing the black and … Continue reading

Champions League End of Season Awards

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

So, here we go with my version of the 2007-2008 Champions League awards. The English clubs dominate the awards here but I did single out some players from teams that were knocked out earlier in the competition as they gave … Continue reading

Manchester United – Champions of Europe

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

It’s a stretch to compare the FA Community Shield to today’s match but it was ten months ago that Manchester United launched their season with a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea. Manchester United repeated the feat today in the UEFA … Continue reading

Keys to today’s game

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Today will be the second time a European cup competition has been contested by two English clubs. The 1971-72 UEFA Cup saw Tottenham Hotspur defeat Wolverhampton 3-2 on aggregate. The big news heading into today’s match is the knock Ashley … Continue reading

How to follow the match online

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After mulling it over for a few days, I’ve decided against live blogging during tomorrow’s match as I find that for myself I am better able to soak in the match when I am not distracted with blogging. I pick … Continue reading

Makelele loses his mind — Ashley Cole doubtful

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Chelsea have a major scare ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League final after Ashley Cole was the victim of a stupid two-footed sliding challenge from team-mate Claude Makelele. Cole was helped off the field by two of Chelsea’s training staff, who … Continue reading

‘Controversial’ Slovakian ref Michel chosen for UCL final

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Slovakian referee Lubos Michel will take charge of the Champions League final between Manchester United and Chelsea. Michel, you may recall, was the referee who awarded a highly-controversial goal (I’m still unsure!) to Liverpool against Chelsea in the semi-finals of … Continue reading

Hype? Bring it on!

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Are you getting pumped for the big match tomorrow? Are you devouring every scrap of information available? I can’t say that I’ve read all the articles published but I do enjoy the hype leading up to this match. Unlike our … Continue reading

Transfer Rumours: Ronaldo to Real for how much??

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The biggest news today is coming out of the Manchester United camp, as the Daily Mail has an article that states Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to commit his future to United. Real Madrid are apparently prepared to pay Ronaldo a … 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

A day for legends

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Manchester United won the English Premier League title for the second year in a row and it is the 17th time overall they have been champions of England. They defeated Wigan 2-0 on the last day of the season, but … 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

Could Berbatov be on his way to Barca or AC Milan?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The summer spending sprees will soon start but Tottenham have already started their work with one purchase and heavy rumours of a sale in the very near future. Tottenham manager Juande Ramos began his shopping early with the capture of … 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

Chelsea v Liverpool: That’s More Like It!

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Now that’s what a semi-final should be! Chelsea finally achieved their dream of a place in the UEFA Champions League final by holding off Liverpool FC by an aggregate of 4-3, 3-2 in yesterday’s match.

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

Champions League Quarter Finals Second Leg Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

With their other first choice centre-back Nemanja Vidic already ruled out for three weeks with a knee injury, Manchester United now face the prospect of Rio Ferdinand missing out the return leg of the quarter-final against Roma after he limped … Continue reading

Deadly Deivid & Liverpool’s Luck in London

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Fenerbahçe continued to be the surprise package of this Champions League season by coming back from a goal down to beat Chelsea 2-1 on Wednesday. The atmosphere at the Sükrü Saraçoglu Stadium was electric as always though the home fans … Continue reading