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Archives: Champions League

Transfer Update: Rafael van der Vaart to Madrid plus signings for Rangers, Bordeaux and more

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Rafael van der Vaart was officially unveiled as Real Madrid’s newest player yesterday in a presentation the Santiago Bernabéu. As pictured above (photo courtesy of Real Madrid’s official website), he was introduced by Real’s President Ramón Calderón and President of … 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 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

UEFA Cup To Become Europa League?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Reuters reports that UEFA is considering changing the name of its second tier UEFA Cup competition to the UEFA Europa League or the Europa Cup. The planned rebranding was revealed by Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, also the acting … 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

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

Transfer Moves: Dos Santos Departs Barca, AC After Adebayor

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Deals are heating up on the eve of the Euro 2008 tournament so let’s dive straight in and get caught up. This morning’s big news is that Mexican striker Giovani dos Santos has left Barcelona to sign for English club … Continue reading

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