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Archives: UEFA

Champions League 2009-10: Playoff Round Preview

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

Part of the changes to qualification this year sees the champions of smaller domestic leagues gaining the chance to reach the group stage of the Champions League. In the Champions Path, the feature match-up should be between FC Zurich and … Continue reading

Europa League 2009-10: Second Qualifying Round, First Leg Results

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

A massive number of clubs are involved in the Second Qualifying Round (80 in total). The winners of the 23 First Qualifying Round ties were joined in this round by a further 57 clubs that includes the domestic cup winners … Continue reading

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

Atlético Get Off Light

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

In what has to be considered a poor decision, the UEFA Appeals Body has reduced the initial three-match stadium closure to a two-match behind closed doors sentence, with one match deferred for two years. Consequently, Atlético must play their next … Continue reading

Champions League Talk On The Third Half Podcast

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

I had a great conversation with Jonathan Starling of the Third Half podcast last week. We discussed the upcoming UEFA Cup group stage, UEFA’s stance on debt-laden clubs, the situation at Ajax and many other topics. I’ve posted the Champions … Continue reading

UEFA’s Stand For Club Identity And Fair Practices

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

This may be a bit long-winded and rambling but I hope you stick with me as there are a number of important points to discuss.  UEFA recently released a publication entitled “Safeguarding The Heritage And Future Of Team Sport In … Continue reading

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