European Lights

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European Lights: Barcelona, Messi Shine Brightest

Andrew Gibney turns out the lights on another year of European nights. Continue reading »

European Lights: Falcao Does A Forlan For Porto

He has just seventeen, if you know what I mean. Falcao makes Europa League championship music for Porto. Continue reading »

European Lights: Man United & Barcelona – Theatre Of Dreams v Ridiculous Theatrics?

The second leg of the Madrid/Barca Champions League semi-final toned down the extra-curriculars, although Javier Mascherano apparently didn’t get the memo. Meanwhile Man United cruised past Schalke, setting up a juicy rematch of the 2009 final. Continue reading »

European Lights: Porto & Braga Head to Eire, Searching For A Cup Of Silver

While the Champions League was busy separating and suspending various parties for unsporting conduct, the Europa League was offering some quality football in what has become the year of the Portuguese. Continue reading »

European Lights: Champions & Europa League Semi-Final First Legs

The first legs of the Champions and Europa League semis are in the books. As with the quarter-finals, most of the results have left little doubt as to who will be heading to Wembley and the Aviva Stadiums at the end of May. Continue reading »

European Lights: Champions League & Europa League Move On To Semi-Finals

For most of the chasers in the second legs of both the Champions and Europa League quarter-finals, this week was simply a matter of taking their medicine. One or two, however, still put up some fight, first. Meanwhile, in the two matches still in doubt, the four clubs held to form. Andrew Gibney runs the rule over the eight matches and previews the semis. Continue reading »

European Lights – After the Opening Legs Of The CL & EL Quarters, UEFA Sends Out An Urgent Call For Fat Ladies Who Can Carry A Tune

Andrew Gibney looks back at the carnage from the quarter-final round opening legs in both the Champions and Europa Leagues. Continue reading »

European Lights: Chelsea & Bayern Stake Their Final 8 Claims, Man United & Real Madrid Have Work Still To Do

Quasi Zulquarnain reviews the best of the Champions and Europa League matches which took place over the week. Continue reading »

European Lights: Gunners Fire A Broadside Against Barca, Spurs Dine On Italian Again

When Andrei Arshavin curled his first time effort beyond the despairing dive of Victor Valdes and into the net, he did something far more than give Arsenal a slim advantage in their seemingly insurmountable two-legged tie against Spanish behemoths Barcelona. Arshavin convinced the world that Barcelona, perhaps the greatest club side in football, could be … Continue reading »

European Lights: Europa League Group Stage Wrap-Up

The champions crumbled, the ex-champions play-acted, and a frustrated contender remonstrated.  They were not alone in watching their dreams transformed into nightmares in an entertaining final match day of the Europa League first round, this week Defending champions Atletico Madrid crashed out, while Sevilla resorted to ‘gamesmanship’ to see off a spirited Borussia Dortmund challenge. … Continue reading »

European Lights: Champions League Group Stage Round 6

The group stage of the Champions League drew to a shuddering halt, this week,  across a freezing Europe.  The highlights had a disitinct French flavour, with flops Franck Ribery of Bayern Munich and Karim Benzema of Real Madrid displaying a fleeting glimpse of form, no matter in meaningless matches, whilst Arsenal’s Samir Nasri continued to … Continue reading »

European Lights: Balotelli & Rossi Shine While Serie Go Snow-Blind in Europa League, Round 5

All may not we well at Scouseland but Roy Hodgson’s ploy of using the Europa League for his replacements seems to be paying off, as Liverpool progressed to the last 32 despite a 1-1 draw with Romanian giants Steaua Bucharest.  Elsewhere, Italian teams fell like nine pins, even as their strikers bagged goals aplenty and … Continue reading »

European Lights: 2011 Champions League Group Stage, Round 5

In an exciting week of Champions League action most of Europe’s big names confirmed their progress into the round of sixteen even as Champions League action for the first part of the season draws to a swift close.  Mario Gomez has finally rediscovered the joys of scoring, as has Karim Benzema.  Tired or not, Zlatan … Continue reading »

European Lights: 2-4 November, 2010

Filippo Inzaghi only scored a brace but broke a hattrick of milestones; Andre-Pierre Gignac netted a proper hattrick but found his feats matched by Bayern Munich’s Mario Gomez (yes, that Mario Gomez)  and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard. Marseille hit seven, Bayern, Chelsea and Real and Milan together all hit four while suddenly woeful Man City were … Continue reading »

European Lights 22 Oct. 2010

New WFC correspondent Quazi Zulquarnain recaps the high and lowlights of this week’s continental adventures. Continue reading »

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