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Barcelona v. Manchester United: Time To Choose

And now it’s time for all good little football writers to predict the winner of today’s final. No dodging the question. No avoiding the responsibilities of punditry. Well, Clyde, I think it’s too close to call. I mean, if we don’t pick a side, we’re being wishy-washy, right? Readers want […]

UEFA’s Appeal Committee Show No Common Sense

Why is it so hard to have a governing body with an ounce of common sense, UEFA just seem bereft of it every time it seems like they’ll do the right thing. Are your matches blighted by neo-nazi’s forming swastika shapes on the terrace? Here, have a fine of $3 […]

Tevez, Ronaldo Give Ammo to the ABU Crowd

Football loves dominant sides. Think of Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal of the 1920s, ravaging England with the WM formation; Real Madrid of the early days of the European Cup, with Alfredo di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas wreaking havoc on unsuspecting continental champions; Liverpool getting comfy on their “fucking perch,” winning four […]

Chelsea’s UEFA Conspiracy Claims Are Laughable

With their typical class, Chelsea players and staff asserted their belief, following their 1-1 agg defeat to Barcelona, that UEFA conspired against them to prevent an all-English final in the Champions League. Players, such as Didier Drogba, displayed their sentiment by all but physically assaulting the referee as he left […]

Away Goal Rule: Why Do We Need It?

Away goals carry an immense weight in the Champions League. They delivered Milan to the final in 2005. They saw Liverpool oust Barcelona in 2007, despite the latter winning the leg at Anfield. And they pulled Barca’s fate from the abyss in the 93rd minute in this past Wednesday’s controversial […]

Arsenal Fail To Find A Way At Home

Gooners and Nike execs are already familiar with the Cesc Fabregas Show.  Tonight at the Emirates, it was the Cristiano Ronaldo Experience. Though Ji-sung Park started off the scoring for Manchester United on a Kieran Gibbs mistake, it was Ronaldo who sealed the deal for the Red Devils on a […]

No Away Goals For Chelsea

What was Guus Hiddink thinking? Yes, clean sheet at the Camp Nou is a commendable achievement, and I still feel Chelsea are the more likely to go through to the final. But after promising that the Blues would try to score in the away leg, Hiddink’s tactics against FC  Barcelona […]

Chelsea’s visit to Barcelona – Mission Impossible?

Chelsea’s epic 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge against Liverpool drew high praise from football fans, with some going as far to call it the match of the century. The reward for the Blues was a berth in the Champions League semifinals against Barcelona, and that two-legged tie begins today at Camp Nou. […]

Can FC Barcelona Prevent Another All-English Final?

On paper, FC Barcelona could be the world’s most formidable attacking side. Messi, Henry, Eto’o, Xavi, Alves, Iniesta, Abidal. Some of the most prestigious names in world football and are among the great wealth of talent in Barcelona’s ranks. They have been a dominating force this season with 24 wins, […]

Chelsea v. Liverpool: Not Over Yet…

Torres was visibly irritated when subbed off in the 74th minute with the scoreline still two-nil. He wanted his hat trick against Blackburn, but Rafa Benitez’s message was clear: save it for Chelsea. As Liverpool visit Stamford Bridge needing to score at least three goals to survive in the Champions […]

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Olympics Football Matchday One: Premier League Stars

Solomon Kalou of Chelsea celebrates the Ivory Coast’s goal with a teammate / AP PhotoMatchday one is in the books for 2008 Men’s Olympic Football tournament with Argentina, Brazil, the United States and Italy all recording victories. However some performances were more impressive than others: Brazil for example were outplayed […]

What We Have Learned From the Copa

Obviously the performance of Team USA thus far at Copa America has been disheartening in many ways. Taking a virtual “B” side into the competition (By any definition this squad could be classified as a “B” side despite having eight holdovers from the Gold Cup. The next time England plays […]

Interested in Writing For Championship Talk?

Championship Talk is looking to add remarkable writers to its editorial staff. If you believe you have the talent, stamina and you’re able to take the criticism as well as the praise, please contact thegaffer[at]epltalk[dot]com today and include a writing sample or two. Some of the benefits of writing for […]

Mark Clattenburg appointed referee for Manchester United-Manchester City derby

The Premier League has appointed referee Mark Clattenburg in charge of the Manchester United versus Manchester City derby on Sunday. He will be joined by assistants Simon Beck and Jake Collin, while Jonathan Moss will serve as the fourth official at Old Trafford. In the past, Clattenburg has been accused of “favoring” […]

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Alleged global soccer match-fixer freed in Singapore

A Singaporean accused of leading the world’s largest football match-fixing syndicate was freed on Wednesday after a surprise court ruling seen as a blow to efforts to rid global sport of corruption. Businessman Dan Tan, who was arrested in September 2013 but never tried, was released after the Court of […]

Pellegrini: Juventus a gauge of Manchester City’s Champions League potential

Manchester City must put their “difficult situation” behind them and use Wednesday’s clash against Juventus as a test of their Champions League-winning potential, according to their coach Manuel Pellegrini. City, who have already qualified for the last 16 of the competition, face the Italian champions looking for revenge following their […]