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Tag Archives: UEFA

Step in Right Direction: Champions League to Add 2 Assistant Referees

Posted on by Patrick Dresslar

While I do not always agree with UEFA President Michel Platini, like his proposals for wage caps and vendetta against the big-spending Premier League, the Frenchman has been spot on in implementing more referee assistants on the pitch. Platini was … Continue reading

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World Cup Legends #4: Michel Platini

Posted on by Paul Bestall

So you may now recognise him as the head of U.E.F.A. and the man that moved the Champions League from a Wednesday night to a Saturday night. What you may not know is that Platini, for 3 or 4 years, … Continue reading

Heysel Stadium Tragedy: 25 Years Later

Posted on by Christopher Harris

My memories of how I learned about the news regarding the Hillsborough Disaster and the Bradford Fire Disaster are a lot more vivid than what happened 25 years ago today in the Heysel Stadium Disaster. Part of the reason was … Continue reading

Mallorca Enters Voluntary Administration

Posted on by Andy Pineda

A dispiriting final matchday left Mallorca forty seconds away from qualifying for the Champions League.  Sevilla manager Antonio Álvarez took a huge gamble late in that match by sending Sevilla youth product Rios Lozano Rodri into the match instead of … Continue reading

UEFA Silly Not to Postpone Important European Semi Finals

Posted on by Jesse Chula

  Everyone off the Coach, It’s Time for a Kick About Not one of the four clubs competing in a European semi this week could manage an away win. Fulham came closest away to Hamburg as they set themselves up with a … Continue reading

Who Do You Want To See In The Champions League Final?

Posted on by Christopher Harris

After yesterday’s final games in the Champions League round of 16, we now know which teams will be in the hat tomorrow morning to decide who will play who in the quarter-finals. But before tomorrow’s draw, I thought it’d be … Continue reading

The World Cup Draw: A Quick Perspective from the Eyes of the Spanish National Team

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Most of the headlines focus around Group G, the consensus “Group of Death” with Brazil, Portugal, Côte d’Ivoire, and North Korea, and the pairing of England and the United States in Group C.  For Spain and manager Vicente del Bosque, … Continue reading

Breaking News: Ireland Ask FIFA To Let Them Go To South Africa

Posted on by Paul Bestall

Well, you can’t blame them for trying, two weeks after that hand ball incident and FIFA and UEFA being as patronising as possible, the Football Association of Ireland have asked to be included in the World Cup draw on Friday … Continue reading

UEFA Investigating Match Fixing

Posted on by Lonnie Smetana

UEFA has confirmed that it plans to investigate 40 cases of suspected match-fixing in the Champions League and UEFA Cup. Most of the cases were from Eastern Europe and involved games in the early qualifying rounds of the tournaments, according … Continue reading

Athletic Bilbao Maintains Perfect Start and Basque Heritage

Posted on by Andy Pineda

Athletic Bilbao would have no problems with the proposed UEFA plan of mandating eight homegrown players in the squad of eighteen for every match or the theoretical 6 + 5 rule, where six players of the starting eleven would have … Continue reading

Transfer Ban for United?

Posted on by Adam Mikhail

It seems like this is all coming out of nowhere. Any fan of the game knows that the “tapping-up” allegations have always been prominent but rarely has it been so harshly punished. From United’s perspective, they were accused of tapping … Continue reading

UEFA, You’ve Lost Your Touch

Posted on by Adam Mikhail

“Giggs looking to pick out Rooney… who’s got there, is that a penalty kick?! What does Mike Dean say?! He says penalty!” This whole routine is getting a little old, isn’t it? Screw diamonds, refereeing mistakes are forever. It’s like … Continue reading

UEFA to Fine Arsenal and Manchester United £5,000, Why Bother?

Posted on by tyduffy

UEFA will fine both Arsenal and Manchester United £5,000 respectively for fan incidents during last years Champions League semifinals.  An Arsenal fan hit Nemanja Vidic with a plastic bottle.  A Manchester United supporter hurled a smoke bomb onto the pitch.    … Continue reading

Do We Really Need A New Football?

Posted on by Ethan Armstrong

Football’s magnificence lies in it simplicity. The rules, the tactics, the culture have adopted their own complexities over the years, but boots, nets, linesmen, banners and songs all become luxuries when we acknowledge the lovers of the game would play … Continue reading

UEFA’s Appeal Committee Show No Common Sense

Posted on by Paul Bestall

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 … Continue reading

Chelsea’s UEFA Conspiracy Claims Are Laughable

Posted on by tyduffy

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 … Continue reading

UEFA Europa League, A Second Rate Competition

Posted on by Christopher Walker

  With four games of the Premier League campaign left, Fulham are leading the ‘race’ for seventh place and for the Cottagers it will be a rare European adventure. This would of course be via the all singing, all dancing … Continue reading