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Tag Archives: Champions League

La Liga Jornada 7 Review: Did Barcelona Expose Valencia’s Faint Ambitions of Winning La Liga?

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Through the first six rounds in La Liga, Valencia CF led the way at the top of the ladder with sixteen points, one point ahead of Villarreal, two points ahead of Real Madrid, and three points ahead of FC Barcelona. … Continue reading

La Liga Jornada 6 Review: Sevilla Shines Against Atlético Madrid in Gregorio Manzano’s Debut

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Gregorio Manzano took the reins of Sevilla FC one week ago from the sacked Antonio Álvarez, and he did not inherit a club that inspired any confidence from los nervionenses that filled the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán on Sunday afternoon. … Continue reading

Ibrahimovic Could Already be the MVP

Posted on by Robert

The importance of Swedish international Zlatan Ibrahimovic to AC Milan goes beyond the simple statistics – 6 total matches for AC Milan, five goals.  On a team full of high-profile talent and scoring ability, Ibra has stood out early in … Continue reading

La Liga European Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Matchday 2: Sept. 28 – Sept. 30

Posted on by Andy Pineda

UEFA Champions League Real Madrid’s offensive woes will not be aided when they travel to the Stade de l’Abbé Deschamps on Tuesday and face an Auxerre squad who gave up the fewest goals in Ligue 1 last season with a … Continue reading

Why Serie A is better than the English Premier League

Posted on by Robert

Like most soccer fans, I am a soccer league polygamist.  Because I live less than 20 minutes from an MLS club, I root for and follow Major League Soccer in the U.S.  However, I am also a passionate Arsenal fan … Continue reading

Italian teams stumble in Europe

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

The Champions League and the Europa League are now priorities, now that the Bundesliga has surpassed the Serie A, Italian teams need to pull their weight in European competition. The first matchday of the group stages of the Champions League … Continue reading

Does Carlo Ancelotti Need To Win The Champions League for Chelsea?

Posted on by James Beckett

Despite their excellent start to their campaign the pressure is on Chelsea ahead of their Champions League opener tonight. Carlo Ancelotti’s men travel to MSK Zilina and the general consensus amongst the footballing world is that they need to succeed … Continue reading

That's The Champions League For You

Posted on by James Beckett

Eighteen minutes in to their Champions League debut and Tottenham fans could have been forgiven for thinking life in the planets elite club competition was easy. 2-0 up and pressing for a third against a beleaguered Werder Bremen side, Spurs … Continue reading

La Liga Preview and U.S. T.V. Listings for Jornada 2: Sept. 11 – Sept. 16

Posted on by Andy Pineda

La Liga clubs spent a week on vacation after the opening round of fixtures because of the international FIFA date, although for Real Madrid and Barcelona, many of their players were on international duty.  In particular, ten players from Barcelona … Continue reading

Should Tottenham Make A Last Ditch Transfer Move?

Posted on by James Beckett

With the transfer window slamming shut tomorrow Tottenham have surprisingly been one of the most inactive clubs. But should Harry Redknapp make a last ditch attempt to strengthen his squad ahead of their assault on the Champions League? Redknapp’s quiet … Continue reading

Hodgson Transfers to Bring Liverpool Success?

Posted on by James Beckett

Fernando Torres returned to goal scoring form to give Liverpool’s season a much needed kick-start against West Brom. But will this be the start of a bright season for Roy Hodgson’s side or will the men from Merseyside disappoint once … Continue reading

Inter Sweeps UEFA Awards, Plus Champions League Draw Analysis

Posted on by Robert

Today’s UEFA Champions League draw was one that should prove that Serie A is still one of the premier leagues in the world, and that Inter is arguably the world’s best club.  The Nerazzurri swept the UEFA individual awards: Goalkeeper … Continue reading

Serie A Preview – Sampdoria Adjusts to Life At the Top

Posted on by Robert

Last season was a special one for the Blucerchiati, as they finished the season in fourth place in Serie A and qualified for the Champions League.  The club also unveiled a striker-duo that could not only lead Sampdoria to further … Continue reading

Sampdoria heartbreak in Champions League

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

Today I was a Sampdoria fan, I cheered wildly for them, and I hated Werder Bremen with all my heart. It was partly nationalistic, and mostly due to the fact that I wanted to see Cassano in the Champions League. … Continue reading

Serie A Preview – Can Cavani Take Napoli to the Champions League?

Posted on by Robert

In 2005-2006, Napoli was looking to escape dire finances and Serie C1.  In 2010-2011, Napoli can credibly claim that it is competing for a Champions League berth.  The Partenopei led by their president Aurelio De Laurentiis have been slowly built … Continue reading

Serie A Preview – The Resurrection of Juventus

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Mention the 2009-2010 season to Juventus’ 170 million fans and they will shake their head in disgust.  Italy’s most successful and beloved soccer team was a shell of itself, missing out on a European tournament spot due to poor play … Continue reading

Serie A preview – Will Inter’s run end?

Posted on by Niccolo Conte

How can you follow up a season which finished with a treble? After 5 years of dominance in Italy, Inter Milan finally dominated in Europe, and now Rafa Benitez is left with a tough job on his hands. Benitez wants … Continue reading

Serie A Preview – Genoa Aims for European Success

Posted on by Robert

Italy’s oldest soccer club finished a disappointing ninth last season, and the management has made it clear this offseason that such a result is unacceptable.  Disappointing play by a number of key players left the club outside the top six, … Continue reading