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Archives: Manchester United

Manchester United and Barcelona to meet in semi-finals

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

A “dream” semi-final was setup yesterday when both Manchester United and Barcelona advanced to the semi-finals on the back of 1-0 home wins. Much has been made of the fact that United fielded a “B” team last night as Sir … 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

Roma undone by The Roon & Ron Show

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The hype going into this match was of course centered on the 7-1 thrashing that Roma took from Manchester United last season at this same stage. However, anyone with common sense could see that this match would have very little … Continue reading

Champions League Quarter-Final Draw and Early Predictions

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The draw for the Champions League Quarter-Finals was held today at UEFA headquarters in Nyon and the big news was that we will be treated to a rematch of AS Roma and Manchester United, which promises the most attractive football … Continue reading

Why is the EPL dominating the Champions League?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After Liverpool’s win on Tuesday against Internazionale, the quarter-final participants are now set and the draw will be held on Friday. Torres struck a lovely goal to win the second leg 1-0 for his team and insure that they would … 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

The smoke clears

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

…and we are left with 16 teams. The knockout phase pairings will be drawn on December 21 at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. The complete list of teams heading into the draw is posted below: 2007/08 UEFA Champions LeagueRound of 16 … Continue reading

Matchday 5 – Tuesday Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

With Euro 2008 qualifying put to rest and a round of domestic games under their belts, Europe’s top clubs return their focus to the Champions League for Matchday 5. This round of games should clarify which teams will progress though … Continue reading

Matchday 3; Tuesday Predictions and Players to Watch

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Here’s a quick rundown of the Tuesday games. My picks to win are in bold. Stuttgart – LyonLyon’s for has picked up in recent domestic outings while Stuttgart has continued to struggle. I don’t see that changing in this match. … 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

Champions League Group F Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Today we look at Group F which features defending English Premier League champs Manchester United, Roma, Sporting Lisbon and Dynamo Kiev. The group looks like ti should belong to the favourites and it will be a battle between Sporting Lison … Continue reading

Old Rivalries Renewed in the Group Stage

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Thursday’s draw for the group stages was made at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and sees some of last season’s knockout stage matchups grouped together. For example, Roma will be offered the chance to avenge the 7-1 drubbing they suffered … Continue reading

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Retires

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has retired at age 34 after battling knee injuries for four years. He had announced earlier that his intention was to intends to see out his current contract with United, which runs until June … Continue reading

More changes at the Bernabeu

Posted on by Christopher Harris

(Note: I had originally written that Emerson had moved to Inter Milan, thanks to Mr. Bobby McMahon of Fox Soccer Channel for pointing out my mistake. Emerson had been rumoured to be moving to Inter but ended up with rivals … Continue reading

Milan magic moves them on

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After surviving the first-leg at Old Trafford and two away-goals to the good, Milan played the second-leg to perfection, ultimately winning 3-0 (5-3 on aggregate) to advance to the finals. This sets up a change for Milan to avenge their … Continue reading

Semi-finals 2nd Leg Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Everything is still up for grabs heading into the second leg and it should be an exciting two days of CL football. Chelsea v LiverpoolThe snarky remarks continue to be tossed around by both managers with Benitez now sinking to … Continue reading

Analysis of an Annihilation

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I promise to do my utmost to prevent this article from degenerating into an exercise in hyperbole but the task is a difficult one. After witnessing the display Manchester United put on against AS Roma in a highlight package, I … Continue reading