Tag Archives: Champions League

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1st Schalke What You Know: If baseball’s Chicago Cubs had a baby with the Red Sox prior to 2004, Schalke would be the offspring. What You Don’t: All things both good and bad must end. What to Expect: Yes, Campeones! … Continue reading

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Interview With Raphael Honigstein

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The new Bundesliga season is just days away, so Bundesliga Talk writers Mark Moll and Double Pivot decided to interview one of the preeminent writers and authors on the topic of German soccer, Raphael Honigstein. Many readers may know Honigstein … Continue reading

Arsenal Faces Steve McClaren In Champions League Qualifying

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The draw for the third and final qualifying round of the Champions League has been made today with Arsenal scheduled to play FC Twente, the Dutch team managed by former England and Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren. The first leg will … Continue reading

Liverpool Discovers Opponents in Champions League Qualifying

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The draw for the third and final qualifying round of the Champions League has been made today with Liverpool drawn against Standard Liege. The first leg will be played in Belgium on August 12th or 13th, while the second leg … Continue reading

The New Gaffer: Introducing Rutten at Schalke 04

Posted on by Mark

This week we make the short trip west on the A40 from Dortmund past Bochum to Gelsenkirchen, home to Schalke 04 and their new coach, Fred Rutten. Much like his new Ruhr rival, Jürgen Klopp, Rutten has been a one … Continue reading

The New Gaffer: Introducing Klopp at Borussia Dortmund

Posted on by Mark

Continuing our series introducing the Bundesliga’s newest gaffers is Jürgen Klopp now with Borussia Dortmund. For those of you at home wondering why Klopp was chosen to follow Klinsmann wonder no more. Was it to juxtapose the long-serving Klopp with … Continue reading

The New Gaffer: Introducing Klinsmann at Bayern München

Posted on by Mark

July 1st saw the formal beginnings of five coaches’ tenures at the helms of Bundesliga clubs. Over the next several weeks every Thursday we’ll introduce these men to you. Our series of profiles begins with Bayern München’s Jürgen Klinsmann, striker … 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

German (In)discipline: The Bundesliga’s Most Booked

Posted on by Mark

Football is not always a beautiful game; sometimes bookings are necessary. This season was no different in Germany, even if statistically player discipline was comparatively better than in the past several seasons. While goal scorers have the Torjägerkanone (awarded by … 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

Champions League Final Reveals Ugly Side Of English Football

Posted on by Christopher Harris

The marathon of the Champions League Final is over, and what an ordeal it was. Frankly I’m embarrassed by what I witnessed. Embarrassed because of the lack of sportsmanship shown by both sides. Embarrassed because this was supposed to be … Continue reading

Champions League Final Live Audio Commentary Online

Posted on by Christopher Harris

If you’re desperate to follow the Champions League Final today, you can’t watch it on TV and you don’t have a Slingbox, listen to the live radio commentary from The Sun. The audio quality is usually suspect, but at least … Continue reading

Champions League Final Press Coverage Is Too Excessive

Posted on by Christopher Harris

Am I the only person who is getting a bit sick of the Champions League press coverage? The match hasn’t even begun yet, but the newspapers continue writing article after article leading up to Wednesday’s match between Manchester United and … Continue reading

A Rough Night for John Arne Riise

Posted on by tyduffy

Liverpool and Chelsea are often blamed for sucking the essence and style out of football, and no player embodies that more than Dirk Kuyt.  His work-rate is tremendous., his vitamins are in order, and he covers great ground.  At the … Continue reading

When Does Arsene Become Accountable?

Posted on by tyduffy

The Kids, they’re alright. But alright does not win you a title. Yes, Arsenal got hosed. Theo Walcott’s coming out party was spoiled by a pathetic penalty decision, a putrid product of the Kop End. Stevie G got to grin … Continue reading

Liverpool Through to Quarterfinals, Neutrals Cringe

Posted on by tyduffy

Everyone was crying after this match.  Merseyside denizens shed tears of joy.  The Nerrazzuri cried into their cappuccinos.  Neutrals bellowed in agony at having been forced to watch the full ninety minutes.  But, for better or for worse, Liverpool is … Continue reading