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Archives: Champions League

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

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

UEFA Champions League Fantasy Football Update

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

We’ve had a nice turnout for this inaugral season of ChampionsLeagueTalk.com fantasy football. Here’s a quick update on the leaderboard: Team TotalFoolish CL 437The Champs 414Pittsburgh FC 401Louisville United 399JLay 395 If you have not done so already, be sure … Continue reading

Answers to the Premier League dominance?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I put forth the question a few weeks ago: Why is the English Premier League dominating the Champions League? Now the BBC has taken that question to a panel of three men with a vast amount of experience and knowledge … Continue reading

2010 CL and UEFA Cup Final Locations Announced

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The historic Santiago Bernabéu, home stadium of Real Madrid CF, in Madrid will host the 2010 UEFA Champions League final, with UEFA awarding the same season’s UEFA Cup final to the Arena Hamburg. Now boasting a capacity of over 71,000, … Continue reading

Should he stay or should he go now?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini has reversed his position and will stay on with the club for next season after discussions with president Massimo Moratti. Mancini made a shock announcement of his decision to step down at the end of … Continue reading

Why is the EPL dominating the Champions League?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After Liverpool’s win on Tuesday against Internazionale, the quarter-final participants are now set and the draw will be held on Friday. Torres struck a lovely goal to win the second leg 1-0 for his team and insure that they would … 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

Platini’s plans and other pipe dreams

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

TV Guide- Matchday 3

Posted on by Juan Arango

CSKA Moscow – Inter ESPN Deportes- 12:30pm ET PSV – Fenerbahçe ESPN Deportes- 5:00pm delay Sevilla – Steaua Bucarest Arsenal – Slavia Stuttgart – Lyon TV: ESPN Deportes- 2:30 pm ET Rangers – Barcelona TV: ESPN2. ESPN2 HD 2:30pm ETRadio: … Continue reading

Champions League Map

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I am sharing a link to a very cool map created by Bill Turianski who runs billsportsmaps.com. He has created a map showing all the clubs involved in the group stage but the twist is that their logo is sized … Continue reading

TV Rights to Champions League Set to Increase

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Many pundits, myself included, feel that the Champions League has reached a point where it’s more entertaining than the World Cup. It can be deemed blasphemy in some places to say such a thing, but the quality of football in … Continue reading

Join our Fantasy Football and Prediction Leagues

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

If you, like I, am a “world-class” armchair manager then join us in the prediction and fanatasy football leagues that we’ve started. First, there is a Fantasy Football League for Champions League Talk readers. To sign up for free, register … Continue reading

UEFA bans wrestling moves: John Terry this means you!

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Some new directives have emerged from UEFA’s meeting with referees, which was held at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland last week. The referees recognised that there is an increasing tendency for the illegal use of arms in the penalty area, … Continue reading