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The Greatest Teams – FC Porto 2002-2004

In hindsight, seeing the success of FC Porto under Jose Mourinho doesn’t seem as great as it should, looking at the likes of Deco, Ricardo Carvalho and Maniche in the side. Yet when Mourinho took over at FC Porto in January of 2002, the team was going through a tough […]

Is This The Best Champions League Round of 16 To Date?

(photo courtesy of uefa.com) Wow. There are some really great match-ups that have emerged from today’s draw at UEFA headquarters. I’m going to give a quick rundown and early predictions though I reserve the right to change my mind before kick-off of the this round! The tie that will likely […]

Matchday 5 Recap: Ronaldo Given A Roughing Up, Barcelona Win A Wild One,

This recap comes a little late but there are still a few points I wanted to make. First off, I was glad to see the Zenit – Juventus game proceed without incident. After the horrible incident earlier in the week, it would have been understandable had the game been postponed […]

Champions League Matchday 5 Preview

There are some pivotal battles to be fought in the upcoming Matchday and while some groups look to have clear patterns emerging, others could go down to the wire. Let’s take a whirlwind tour of the current state of the groups along with my speculations on the ties on Matchday […]

Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League

As intriguing as the current edition of the Champions League may be, there’s a chance the 2009-2010 tournament could be one of the strangest, parity-rich events in football history. Seems someone has taken the snow globe that is European football, given it a good shake and the flakes aren’t landing […]

At The Turn: Who Needs to Win

To use a golf analogy, the teams in the group stage of the Champions League make the turn today and tomorrow with the completion of the first three games of the group stage. And while it’s early, for some teams, it’s make-or-break time. Group by group, here’s an analysis of […]

Draws galore but Bayern Munich and Juventus return with wins

Just a quick editorial note to start, I had hoped to complete my Group Previews before Matchday 1 but that was not the case. I will still be pushing those out, hopefully finish before Matchday 2 hits. Now, on to last night’s action. After absences last season for perennial Champions […]

Round of 16 Predictions

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 two ties were the hardest for me to pick a […]

Matchday 3: Wednesday Predictions and Players to Watch

I had a pretty decent day with the predictions yesterday, so let’s see if I can keep it going. Today’s matches feature some teams that desperately need to put points on the board, including Liverpool and Werder Bremen. Let’s take a quick look at the matchups. Besiktas – LiverpoolOn the […]

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Manchester United and Newcastle subject to FA ‘spitting’ investigation

The Football Association is to launch an investigation into the alleged spitting incident between Manchester United defender Jonny Evans and Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse. Press Association Sport understands disciplinary chiefs are awaiting match referee Anthony Taylor's report while at the same time reviewing video footage from Wednesday night's game, which […]

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Euro 2016 qualifying, group stage results: Netherlands eliminated as field grows to 20 [VIDEO]

The Netherlands became the biggest casualty of the 2016 European Championship qualifying cycle on Tuesday, with a 3-2 loss to the Czech Republic confirming the third place finishers at the 2014 World Cup would not qualify for UEFA’s preeminent international competition. Even if the Dutch had won, their status would have also been […]

Everton progress report after eight Premier League games

It’s been 20 long years since Paul Rideout scrambled a goal home to win the FA Cup for Everton against Manchester United, and since then the Blues haven’t won another piece of silverware. They have, though, for the past decade been in a very comfortable position, first started by David Moyes […]

Gladbach add to Klinsmann’s woes by confirming Johnson’s injury

The first post backing their player already caused a stir among United Soccer men’s soccer’s most devout supporters, but Borussia Moenchegladbach didn’t stop there. One day after midfielder/defender Fabian Johnson returned unexpectedly early from international duty with the U.S., the Bundesliga club sent out two tweets assuring that yes, the player who’d been […]

Manchester United defender McNair remains hospitalized in Finland with abdominal injury

Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is to remain in Helsinki for another night for further assessment on the abdominal injury sustained on Northern Ireland duty. Press Association Sport understands the 20-year-old is still being monitored at a hospital in the Finnish capital. McNair was injured in the 13th minute of Sunday’s […]