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Archives: Champions League

Champions League Group C Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’m running behind schedule on the previews but I will be done before Matchday 2 kicks off ! Group C contains annual challengers Manchester United, a Valencia team facing life post-David Villa, a Rangers side facing transition and newcomers Bursaspor … Continue reading

Italian teams stumble in Europe

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

The Champions League and the Europa League are now priorities, now that the Bundesliga has surpassed the Serie A, Italian teams need to pull their weight in European competition. The first matchday of the group stages of the Champions League … Continue reading

Champions League Group B Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Group B features clubs with varying levels of experience ranging from perennials Olympique Lyonnais to debutants Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC. This group feels a little more predictable than Group A but the battle at the top could get quite interesting. Hapoel … Continue reading

Champions League Group A Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Debutants Tottenham Hotspur and FC Twente were drawn into a group with the reigning champs, FC Internazionale and a side with significant experience – Werder Bremen. This has the makings of a group of death and so it is no … Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Group Stage Set

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Hello again, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted here. Life had taken me in some different directions and I had settled into an early retirement from football punditry. However, as the cliche goes, old habits are hard to … Continue reading

Sampdoria heartbreak in Champions League

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Today I was a Sampdoria fan, I cheered wildly for them, and I hated Werder Bremen with all my heart. It was partly nationalistic, and mostly due to the fact that I wanted to see Cassano in the Champions League. … Continue reading

Serie A preview – Will Inter’s run end?

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

How can you follow up a season which finished with a treble? After 5 years of dominance in Italy, Inter Milan finally dominated in Europe, and now Rafa Benitez is left with a tough job on his hands. Benitez wants … Continue reading

Serie A preview – Fiorentina might suffer

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Prandelli led Fiorentina to a very important point, but this season there will be no Champions League, and no Europa League for the Viola. While Mihajlovic has taken over, things don’t look very different with Fiorentina for this upcoming season, … Continue reading

Rafa’s Eto’o: More goals

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Samuel Eto’o has won plenty of trophies, scored plenty of goals, and played in plenty of different systems. He has often played as a center-forward, finishing plays and scoring lots of goals, but for Inter Milan, under the orders of … Continue reading

Bayern Munich denied treble by determined Inter

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Ever since Bayern picked themselves up from their slouch at the beginning of the season, they’ve seemed unstoppable. With a consistent back-line (which includes some youngsters), a dominant midfield with Schweinsteiger and Van Bommel, and a deadly front-line with Ribery, … Continue reading

Is Mourinho Gone for Good?

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Inter Milan have won the Champions League, they’ve conquered the greatest trophy in European club football, breaking a curse of 44 years. The Champions League was the third and final trophy necessary for the famed treble which only 6 clubs … Continue reading

Mallorca Enters Voluntary Administration

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A dispiriting final matchday left Mallorca forty seconds away from qualifying for the Champions League.  Sevilla manager Antonio Álvarez took a huge gamble late in that match by sending Sevilla youth product Rios Lozano Rodri into the match instead of … Continue reading

What David Villa’s Transfer to FC Barcelona Means For Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Posted on by Andy Pineda

The rumors, for once, came to fruition, as FC Barcelona will pay a transfer fee of €40 million to Valencia for Spanish international striker David Villa.  This tango (or the sardana for a more local, Catalunyan flair) danced by the … Continue reading

Vicente del Bosque Announces Spain’s Provisional 30-Man Squad For FIFA World Cup 2010 Part Three

Posted on by Andy Pineda

On Tuesday, the goalkeepers and defenders were discussed, and Wednesday, the midfielders were discussed.  With all of the creative talent in the midfield, that will bring the pressure on the forwards to convert the multitudes of chances that Xavi, Xabi … Continue reading

Inter Milan win Coppa Italia to start treble run

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Inter Milan have won the Coppa Italia at the Stadio Olimpico against Roma in the final. While the 1-0 score-line might suggest a boring and defensive game, the match was full of excitement even after the 90 minutes. The first … Continue reading