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Archives: fc porto

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

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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, … Continue reading

Prospects and Parity Ahead for 2010 Champions League

Posted on by Mike

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, … Continue reading

At The Turn: Who Needs to Win

Posted on by Mike

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, … Continue reading

Arsenal Needs to Turn it ‘On’ Against Porto

Posted on by Mike

Who says football can’t teach you stuff? For instance, once today’s Arsenal-Porto match in Group G is done, we’ll know if the Gunners come equipped with an on-off switch. You know those devices: teams flick them to the “off” position … Continue reading

Draws galore but Bayern Munich and Juventus return with wins

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

UEFA Reviewing FC Porto’s Champions League Ban

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA have annulled an earlier decision to exclude Porto from next season’s Champions League. Porto were initially expelled from Champions League play over alleged bribery of referees in the 2003-04 season. UEFA’s appeals body decided to send the issue back … 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

Bayern, Real, Lyon closing in on domestic glory

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

With so much focus on the English Premier League and its dominance of the Champions League, I wanted to switch gears and take a look at some of the other leagues in Europe.

FC Porto accused of match fixing

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Portuguese champions FC Porto have been formally accused of fixing two domestic fixtures in the 2003-04 season. The games in question, against Estrela da Amadora and Beira Mar, came in the same year ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho led Porto to … Continue reading

Sensational Shootouts and Surprise Scorelines

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

In many ways it was a wild finish to the Round of 16 and it’s not done yet! We still have the second leg of the Liverpool – Internazionale tie on Tuesday, March 11th. FC Schalke 04 overcame some poor … 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

Matchday 3: Wednesday Predictions and Players to Watch

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

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 … Continue reading

Mulling over Matchday 1

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Where has the time slipped away to? I’ve not even finished my previews and Matchday 1 has already come and gone! As I was watching some of the matches and highlights, I made some notes and thought I would share … Continue reading