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Archives: UEFA

UEFA Cup Changed to Europa League

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

As we reported on a number of weeks ago, the UEFA Executive Committee has finalized the change in name of the UEFA Cup to the UEFA Europa League starting in the 2009-10 season. Along with the new name come major … Continue reading

Champions League Group C Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

FC Basel 1893 How They Got Here:Basel beat Vitoria de Guimaraes (also known as Vitoria SC) 2-1 on aggregate in the third round of qualifying. Basel won the Swiss League last season. Star Performer: MF Benjamin Huggel. An experienced member … Continue reading

UEFA Website Redesign Launched

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

This is a bit late but I did want to acknowledge that UEFA.com has re-launched with a new take on their familiar look. The layout is a bit cleaner though the page now contains more elements. The color scheme is … Continue reading

Champions League Group A Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The group stage kicks off in about two weeks so until then I will be doing previews of the group stage in alphabetical order. I wanted to wait until after the transfer window had closed so that I would be … Continue reading

UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

An amazing 37 ties kick off today as the first round of qualifying for the 2008-09 UEFA Cup takes place. The 37 teams who win this round will be joined by 27 more sides – including the eleven Intertoto Cup third … Continue reading

UEFA Cup To Become Europa League?

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Reuters reports that UEFA is considering changing the name of its second tier UEFA Cup competition to the UEFA Europa League or the Europa Cup. The planned rebranding was revealed by Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, also the acting … Continue reading

UEFA Cup – First Qualifying Round Draw

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Football fans in the Faroe Islands were the big winners of the UEFA Cup First Qualifying Round draw, which was made on July 1st. Brondby’s tie against B36 Torshavn and Manchester City’s fixture against EB/Streymur have created some excitement. B36 … Continue reading

FC Porto Reinstated To Champions League

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

After a number of twists and turns, the FC Porto saga came to a close. At least for this season ! UEFA, European football’s governing body, issued the following statement: “As communicated on Friday 13 June, the disciplinary case regarding … 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

CSKA Sofia Stripped Of Champions League Spot

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Just days after Porto FC were stripped of their place in the Champions League, CSKA Sofia have suffered the same fate though for different reasons. CSKA won their 31st Bulgarian league title this season and earned a place in the … Continue reading

Porto Stripped of Champions League Berth

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body has stripped Portuguese champions Porto FC of their place in next season’s Champions League over alleged bribery of referees during the 2003/04 season. UEFA cited Article 1.04 (d) of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League regulations … Continue reading

FIFA Votes For Quotas On Foreign Players

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I’ve been meaning to do an in-depth piece on FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s proposal to introduce quotas on the number of foreign players that teams can field. Yesterday, FIFA held a vote and Blatter’s proposal cleared its first major hurdle. … Continue reading

Taking The Official Champions League Ball For A Test Drive

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Whenever I have a flashback to the late 70s growing up as a child in Wales, I have a very vivid memory of finding a leather soccer ball underneath the tree one Christmas morning. I remember sniffing the black and … Continue reading

UEFA Cup: Bayern bombed out

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Let me start this by saying that I expected Bayern to progress but not without a fight. My reasoning was that Zenit St Petersburg would be missing a number of key personnel including the suspended Andrei Arshavin, Radek Šírl and … 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.

Laying down the law….sort of..

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

On Thursday, UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Committee imposed fines on several clubs for incidents from recent matchdays in both the Champions League and UEFA Cup. + Lyon were fined 3,200 Euros for what has been noted as “incidents of an … Continue reading

Platini’s plans and other pipe dreams

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

The proposed restructuring of the Champions League, which emerged from UEFA’s strategy council on Monday and will probably be approved by the executive committee later this month, has been perceived as a significant setback for Michel Platini, the man elected … Continue reading

UEFA bans wrestling moves: John Terry this means you!

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Some new directives have emerged from UEFA’s meeting with referees, which was held at its headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland last week. The referees recognised that there is an increasing tendency for the illegal use of arms in the penalty area, … Continue reading