Champions and Europa League

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With A 2013 Wembley Champions League Final, Platini Extends An Olive Branch

Michel Platini pays homage to the FA and the birth of the game by granting England a second Wembley Champions League final in three years. In doing so, he has taken the first step towards a reconciliation between England and FIFA, ahead of his expected ascendancy to that organisation’s presidency in 2015. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Club Most Likely To Spend Big Over The Summer

The fifth in our ten-part 2010-11 season review. Continue reading »

WFC’s 2010-11 UEFA Yearbook: Club Most Likely To Win The 2012 Champions League

Can anyone possibly stand in Barcelona’s way? Sure, maybe… Yeah, okay, why not? Continue reading »

It’s Been A Week Since Man United Lost & I Still Think Fergie Was Wrong

Sir Alex Ferguson’s rationale for choosing Michael Owen over Dimitar Berbatov was a bunch of Bulgarian. Continue reading »

European Lights: Barcelona, Messi Shine Brightest

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

Barcelona Leave Man United In Their Wake Again

Barcelona are champions again, although Manchester United won’t take any consolation in having pushed the Catalans much harder than they did two years ago. 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 »

Manchester United v Barcelona – A Light At The End Of A Long, Listless Champions League Tunnel?

After a whole lot of not much at all, the two strongest clubs in European football will meet in the Champions League final for the second time in three years. Hopefully, the contest won’t prove as bereft of promise as the rest of the tournament. Continue reading »

Barcelona v Real Madrid, Game 4: Of Heroes & Villains, El Clasico Style

Barcelona are through to the Champions League final but Jose Mourinho, forced to watch from a hotel for security reasons, did not get his wish. Pep Guardiola cannot claim credit for his managerial genius as the Blaugrana were aided by yet another controversial officiating decision. 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 »

Real Madrid v Barcelona: Is This UEFA Or The Stanley Cup?

With four matches in so short a time, the Barcelona/Real Madrid rivalry takes on a new dimension. 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 »

Man United and Barcelona: Which Is Artist & Which Artisan?

Since when did rigid form and functionality become the ultimate in artistic expression? Continue reading »

UEFA Champions League Lesson #14: Be Careful What You Ask For, You Just Might Get It!

Hell has frozen over, West Ham are pressing for a Champions League place and Alan Shearer has done his homework. Well, no not really. But WFC founder Steven Jones has done a Bilbo Baggins, coming back as if from the grave to share his view of this week’s prospects in the Champions League. 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 »

Man United Thrive On The Edge While Chelsea Placidly Live In Denial

Chelsea are spending far too much energy pretending that their problems don’t exist. Meanwhile the side that just put them behind the eight ball in the Champions League, Manchester United, are less concerned with appearances than with winning. Continue reading »

Real Madrid v Spurs – Redknapp Says With Friends Like Jose, I Think I Need An Enema

In the build-up to the first leg of their Champions League tie in Madrid, Jose Mourinho laid the sugar on so thick regarding his respect for his friend, Harry Redknapp, that diabetic football fans around the world were reaching for their syringes. Then, on Tuesday night, the sweet nothings whispered in Harry’s ear abruptly turned sour. 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 »

Chelsea Could Be In For A Copenhagen Surprise

Chelsea head to Copenhagen, on Tuesday night, for their Champions League clash with the perennial Danish champions FC Copenhagen. Even though the Danes have been inactive, except for a series of prepatory friendlies, since before the holidays, Chelsea cannot afford to take a side lightly that battled to a stalemate with Barcelona and is far more accustomed to the frigid conditions expected at Parken in the opening leg of the tie.

If Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t have his side prepared, the Lions will roar. 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 »

WFC’s UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Predictions Redux

Written by Quazi Zulquarnain & Martin Palazzotto ***This article originally appeared immediately after the draw for the round of 16.  Of course, there have been some developments in the meantime.  Roma are heading into their clash with Shakhtar in a match funk rather than match fresh.  The Spurs/Milan tilt has been altered dramatically by the … Continue reading »

WFC’s UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Predictions

Written by Quazi Zulquarnain & Martin Palazzotto The Champions League group stages concluded two weeks ago, with at least one surprise entry into the knockout round (FC Copenhagen) and several of the big names unable to win their group (Arsenal, Inter and last year’s semi-finalist Lyon).  Now, everyone gets a chance to rest, except, of … Continue reading »

Gaby Heinze: A Prodigal Son Returns To Old Trafford

Cristiano Ronaldo, emblazoned in the deep red of Manchester United, picked up the ball on 87 minutes. The Craven Cottage crowd, with the score at 1-1, breathed a long and lasting sigh of inevitable despair as the Portuguese winger cut inside from the left flank. The rest: the drop of the shoulder, the poked finish … 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 »

UEFA 2010-11 Champions League Group Stage Wrap Up

The final week of the 2010-11 Champions League Group Stage was much like the final stage of the Tour De France.  That is to say that not much was decided.  The biggest doubt was Arsenal but they didn’t have to be at their best to dispatch Partizan and insure progression. This isn’t a case for … 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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