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Archives: Chelsea

Inter confirm Mancini sacking

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

ESPN reports that Internazionale have fired manager Roberto Mancini after much speculation that they were going to do so. Comments Mancini made after losing to Liverpool in the last 16 of the Champions League in March were cited as a … 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

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

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

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.

Chelsea v Liverpool Preview: What the Pundits Say

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I had a crazy evening trying to get my new LCD TV delivered (long story short – it’s still not there but should be by this evening) so I am a little behind on putting together my usual verbose preview. … Continue reading

Liverpool v Chelsea Preview: Bring Your Own Stick

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Most of you will be familiar with the history behind this matchup, if not check the feature over at the Telegraph, and more often than not the recent history has produced tight matches with little entertainment value though plenty of … Continue reading

The game’s highest-paid players

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After a thread on our sister site, EPL Talk, I did a bit of research to find information on the top paid players. No one on Arsenal’s squad makes an appearance until 60th place, where captain William Gallas pops up.

Ronaldinho on his way to AC Milan

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Barcelona’s Ronaldinho has reportedly agreed initial terms with Italian giants AC Milan, according to his brother and agent Roberto de Assis. Ronaldinho is out of action for the rest of the season with injury but is said to be disillusioned … Continue reading

Chelsea v Liverpool Part 3: Revenge of the Russian?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

For the third time in four seasons, Liverpool and Chelsea will contest a Champions League semi-final to see who will be in Moscow for the final. The previous two semi-final clashes were extremely tight ties and were more a display … 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