Champions League & European Cup

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations. The Uefa Champions League known simply as the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup, is an annual international club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) since 1955 for the top Football Clubs in Europe. 5.0/5

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UEFA announce that Real Madrid are the best team in the European Cup era & the Champions League era. https…
That's just the latest round. First musings turned European Cup into Champions League & started…
If we win the Europa League and play the Champions League winner for the European Super Cup in August it would be magnificent.
Jose Mourinho: "If we win the Europa League & play the European Super Cup against the Champions League winner, it will be…
Porto at home in the 1997 Champions League q-f. . Won 4-0 and started to believe a European Cup win…
Barcelona are the first side in Champions League and European Cup history to overturn a first-leg 4-goal deficit. Mesmeric.
Manchester City’s Champions League night to remember proves European Cup success is on hold for one more summer
It happened quite some times in the old style European Cup, but in the Champions League, impossible
All the winners of the Champions League/European Cup. How many times has your team won it?
Iniesta has been MOM in a World Cup, European Cup and Champions League final, and once again in a big game, he's been majestic tonight.
It is also Real Madrid's 27th appearance in the final four of the Champions League or European Cup, more than any other…
These people won the European Cup / Champions League as a player and as a manager.
And the tedious Champions League & replace with European Cup for title winners.
Tuesday's Football Trivia:. Which four Foreign Managers won the European Cup / Champions League with English clubs?
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 17 goals in the the 2013/14 Champions League which is a record for a single European Cup season.
the World Cup, European Cup and Uefa Champions League finals all bigger than the Super Bowl in terms of TV ratings.
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What reason would they have to fear? They have World Cup, European Cup, Champions League winners in their squad. As well as
FourFourTwo's best European Cup and Champions League goals of all time
Best come-back in the history of the Champions League to win our 2nd European Cup! Still get goosebumps!
Millennium Stadium 'perfect' for Champions League final says Wales' first European Cup winner
You guys should debate soccer more. Champions League draw was today and it's the “World Cup" for European Club Soccer teams
Me and a Champions League / European Cup trophy at the Nou Camp. Can't get these at Argos though I have tried.
Champions League started in 1992 after the European Cup.
Today's Football Trivia Question: . Who was the only Belgian manager to win the UEFA European Cup or Champions League?
26 Funny Alex Ferguson Quotes Manchester United Fans Must Read 26. During his half-time team-talk in the 1999 Champions League final: “At the end of this game, the European Cup will be only six feet away from you, and you’ll not even able to touch it if we lose. And for many of you, that will be the closest you will ever get. Don’t you dare come back in here without giving your all.” 25. On Arsene Wenger: “They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages! I’ve got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks five languages!” 24. “Sometimes you’re not sure about a player. Sometimes you doubt. Sometimes you have to guess. Sometimes… you just know.” 23. On Dennis Wise: “He could start a row in an empty house.” 22. “Myths grow all the time. If I was to listen to the number of times I’ve thrown teacups then we’ve gone through some crockery in this place. It’s completely exaggerated, but I don’t like people arguing back with me.” 21. On Ryan Giggs: “W ...
Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2014 Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2014, earning the title of world's best football player for a third time. He beat Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and four-time winner Lionel Messi in a vote of national team captains and coaches from FIFA's 209 member countries, plus selected journalists. Ronaldo retained football's highest individual honour after scoring 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year. His record tally of 17 in a Champions League season helped his club win an unprecedented 10th European Cup title.
Founded as Newton Heath LYR Football Club in 1878, the club changed its name to Manchester United in 1902 and moved to Old Trafford in 1910. They are regarded as one of the most successful clubs in English football. Manchester United have won the most League titles (20) of any English club,[3] a joint record 11 FA Cups, four League Cups, and a record 20 FA Community Shields. The club has also won three European Cups, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, one UEFA Super Cup, one Intercontinental Cup, and one Fifa Club World Cup. In 1998–99, the club won a continental treble of the Premier League, the FA Cup and the Uefa Champions League. The 1958 Munich Air Disaster claimed the lives of eight players. In 1968, under the management of Matt Busby, Manchester United was the first English Football Club to win the European Cup. Alex Ferguson won 28 major honours, and 38 in total, from November 1986 to May 2013,[4][5] when he announced his retirement after 26 years at the club.[6] On 19 May 2014, Louis Van Gaal was appoi ...
Rafa Benitez talks about Steven Gerrard's decision: "If I could think of one word to describe Steven Gerrard it would be ‘passion’. He was my captain at Liverpool Football Club for six seasons and we worked closely together to develop a side that could win the Premier League and the Champions League. Without Steven we could not have achieved the incredible success that we enjoyed throughout those years." "The ‘Miracle of Istanbul’ was only possible because of him. Steven inspired the team that night, refusing to believe it was an impossible job at half time against AC Milan. He led the charge with a wonderful headed goal and showed the determination needed to win a penalty for our third goal. And when called upon to sacrifice his position on the pitch for the team he didn’t hesitate. It was the perfect stage for him to showcase his talents, and Steven and the other Liverpool players were rewarded with the European Cup. He nearly always thrived on the big occasion, producing one of the great FA C ...
The last 16 will see face Shakhtar Donetsk for the first time in European Cup history:
Liverpool legend Steve Nicol fears manager Brendan Rodgers is on borrowed time. Nicol made over 300 appearances for Liverpool between 1981 and 1994, winning ten major honours including five league titles, three FA Cups and the European Cup in 1984. "If things don't change then ultimately Brendan will pay the price. I don’t think they will have any other option [but to sack Rodgers]," he told Talksport. "We are not even halfway through the season yet and I’m guessing most people don’t expect Liverpool to get into the top four. “The biggest surprise is how bad the performances are,” he continued. “The result against Basel was a complete disaster on so many levels. The performance level, the fact they are out of the Champions League and the fact they now go into the Europa League, which is going to do nothing but harm them in the Premier League. “You really wonder where this team is going. He has tried to add to the squad to make it better and somehow it has turned the other way. It is a team t ...
Cristiano Ronaldo (36) is the player with the MOST away goals in the HISTORY of the European Cup/Champions League.
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4th or 7th it's still a flawed system. Shouldn't be called the Champions League. European Cup!
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have between them won the past six world player of the year awards, face opposition from Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the short list announced by FIFA on Monday. Ronaldo, who is the present holder of the title having also won it in 2008, scored a record 17 goals in a Champions League campaign as Real Madrid went on to win their 10th European Cup last term. Messi, the only player to have won the award four times, failed to win a title this year either with Barcelona or Argentina, although he was integral in his country reaching the World Cup final where they lost 1-0 in extra-time to Germany. The 27-year-old did pick up the consolation of player of the tournament. Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring. AFP PHOTO Neuer, who was outstanding in goal for Germany and for Bayern Munich as they won the domestic double, would be only the second goalkeeper to win the award, which is announced on January 12 in Zurich, after t ...
After Lionel Messi’s incredible feat of breaking two-all time goal scoring records in the space of four days, we take a look at five records that may never be broken. Edwin van Der Sar’s clean sheet record Manchester United’s towering Dutch goalkeeper, Edwin van Der Sar went 1331 minutes without conceding a goal in the 2008/09 Premier League season That season he managed to keep 21 clean sheets and to keep that kind of defensive record again in modern football may prove impossible… Francisco Gento’s Champions League winner’s medals Real Madrid legendary winger, Francisco Gento, boasts the record for the most Champions League/European Cup wins by any player, and has won it more times than most clubs… Six conquests of the completion is a remarkable feat, and he also holds the joint record of eight with Paolo Maldini for appearing in the most finals (eight). For this record to ever be replicated will not be easy. Pele’s career hat-tricks Brazilian legend, Pele, scored an astonishing 92 hat-tr ...
3 of the best moments in Manchester United History Juventus vs Manchester United, 1999 Champions League Semi Final second leg After being held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford in the first leg of the semi-finals of the European Cup, United went to Turin as the underdogs.The second Leg was well setup after the draw but Juventus found themselves 2-0 within the first 10 minutes of the game thanks to an Inzaghi brace. But this still didn’t change the fact that United needed two goals or more to win the tie. This game is considered to be one of the greatest comebacks of all time due to Roy Keane’s efforts. After going 2-0 up, Juventus were quite happy to sit deep and see things out but United kept pushing high up the pitch. Keane scored through a header to make it 2-1 and then Dwight Yorke scored a diving header off a brilliant Andy Cole cross to make it 2-2. Juventus had their fair share of opportunities as they had hit the bar and Japp Stam had to clear one off the line. Later in the second half, Inzaghi ha ...
Adrian Durham makes a candid point .Time to extricate ourselves from the past.. Arsenal were unbeaten during the 2003-04 Premier League season But they didn't capitalise on their dominance and failed in Europe Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry weren't part of best-ever Arsenal side Anyone else fed up with the fawning over the Arsenal Invincibles 10 years on? Boring. Here’s what that team achieved – failure in Europe when the Champions League was there for the taking, and at the same time they directly helped Jose Mourinho become greater than Arsene Wenger. Funny how the Wenger lovers conveniently ignore all this. The myth of the Arsenal Invincibles grows beyond all credible recognition as every year passes without another title or any Champions League success for the Gunners. There has been so little to shout about since that unbeaten season in 2004 that Arsenal fans and admirers insist on relentlessly eulogising about the awesome power and glory of the Invincibles. One Gooner is living in the past so ...
Reds Face the holders of the Uefa Champions League,who claimed their 10th European Cup earlier this year. The two sides last met in the 2008-09 Campaign and after Yossi Benayoun's Late header secured a famous 1-0 First-leg win at the Bernabeu,the Reds ran riot in the return at Arnfield-powering To a 4-0 triumph in Front Of the Kop.The only other competitive game betweem the teams came in 1981Final in paris when Alan Kennedy's Goal Sealed a 1-0 Win For Bob Paisley team
Messi is the only player in history of the European Cup/Champions League to score 6+ goals in 7 consecutive seasons. Let'…
Five cities beginning with the letter 'B' have hosted a Champions League / European Cup Final. Name them.
Real Madrid are Champions League favourites, says Lahm The former Germany international says the club's summer outlay, which included the signing of Toni Kroos from Bayern, makes them the side to beat in Europe Sep 15, 2014 00:02:19 Bayern Munich skipper Philipp Lahm believes that Real Madrid enter this season's Champions League as favourites after winning the competition last year. The Bundesliga champions were beaten 5-0 on aggregate by Carlo Ancelotti's side at the semi-final stage, despite having won the tournament the previous term. The 30-year-old feels that the Spanish side will be the team to beat once more but is determined to add to his one winners' medal in the European Cup before he calls it a day. "The club have strengthened an already-excellent team with a lot of money," he told Kicker. "Real are certainly the team to beat. I want to win this trophy again. Whether with the squad we have this season or in the new three years, I want a shot at the title." Bayern begin their bid to win the Cham ...
How do Real Madrid keep £500m of talent happy? 11 August 2014 Updated 13:44 GMT By Andy West - Spanish football writer Superstar trio Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale will all be major goal threats 2014 Uefa Super Cup Venue: Cardiff City Stadium Date: 12 August Kick- off: 19:45 BST Under normal circumstances, Gareth Bale would expect to be the centre of attention when he makes a triumphant return to Cardiff as a European champion on Tuesday. Having scored a crucial extra-time goal to send Real Madrid on their way to a dramatic Champions League final victory over neighbours Atletico in May, the Welsh forward is now hoping to help his team start the new campaign with another trophy as they face Europa League winners Sevilla in an all- Spanish Uefa Super Cup final. Manager Carlo Ancelotti led Real Madrid to their 10th European Cup success last season However, Real Madrid are certainly not a "normal" club, and a hectic summer of transfer activity at the Bernabeu has ensured Bale will have t ...
From Maradona to Medel - what caused Serie A to lose its financial power? ANALYSIS: The world's greatest talent is currently bypassing the Italian peninsula, but where did it all go wrong for a one-time powerhouse in the transfer market? By Kris Voakes | International Football Correspondent Once upon a time, the Italian league was the undisputed pinnacle of football. The best players in the world played in Serie A, its clubs repeatedly featured in major European finals and TV sets across the globe would be tuned in every Sunday to watch the peninsula’s best go to battle in front of packed stadiums. To the younger generation it may seem like a fairy tale as improbable as Goldilocks or Cinderella, but 20 years ago it was a reality. Serie A had no peers. It was simply the best. Between 1989 and 1998, nine of the 10 Champions League and European Cup Finals involved Italian teams, with four winners in that time. Of the seven Uefa Cup Finals from 1989 to 1995, six were won by Italian teams, and a total of 14 ...
Manchester United’s historic association with the European Cup, known since 1992 as the Uefa Champions League,...
Raheem Sterling believes that the club's participation in the Guinness International Champions Cup tournament in America is vital for the team as they prepare for September's assault on the Champions League. Sterling made his return to the Liverpool starting XI after being on duty for England in Brazil, and had an instant impact by scoring the game's only goal within five minutes of the kick-off during the Reds' 1-0 victory over Olympiacos. With the Greek champions put to the sword in Chicago, Liverpool will now face current Premier League champions Manchester City in New York, then seven-time European Cup winners AC Milan in Charlotte. Sterling, who recently began his pre-season after returning from World Cup duty with England, believes the quality of the opposition the Reds are facing will be essential for the players and the challenges to come next season. "This is good opposition to play against," Sterling told Liverpoolfc.com. "They [Olympiacos] play in the Champions League and it's something we'll b ...
UEFA's major club competition started in 1955-56 and was called the European Cup (now Champions League)
Didier Drogba to sign one-year Chelsea contract early next week Drogba to return to Stamford Bridge very shortly. Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba will sign a one-year playing contract with Chelsea at the beginning of next week [L'Equipe]. The 36-year-old, who left Chelsea two years ago, is currently a free agent after leaving Galatasaray earlier this summer. He spent eight seasons at Stamford Bridge, netting 100 Premier League goals for the Blues, who won the title three times with his help. Chelsea also won four FA Cups, two League Cups and one Champions League during Drogba's first spell in England. His last kick as a Chelsea player was perhaps his greatest. After heading in an 88th-minute leveller against Bayern Munich in the 2012 European Cup Final, he struck the winning penalty in the shootout. Drogba may stay at Chelsea beyond the term of his one-year deal, with a coaching role being mooted. He is likely to act as back-up to £32m signing Diego Costa this season. Then Torres sold, Lukaku third cho ...
Sami Khedira: 10th player to win European Cup & World Cup in the same year (3rd player in the Champions League era). h…
Real Madrid CF is the only European Club to produce a Uefa Champions League winner and Fifa World Cup winner in the same year on three different occasions. Christian Karembeu (UCL 1998 & FWC 1998), Roberto Carlos (UCL 2002 & FWC 2002) and Sami Khedira (UCL 2014 & FWC 2014). The only other club to have achieved this feat is Bayern Muchen once in 1974 when Franck Bekenbeur and co won the European Cup with Bayern Muchen and went on to lift the Fifa World Cup same year with West Germany.
I don't recall a Scottish team ever winning the Champions League. Celtic won the old European Cup in a previous millennium.
ON THIS DAY: On This Day in 1968, Manchester United beat Benfica to win their first European Cup/Champions League, thanks to goals from Charlton(2), Best, Kidd. Man United became the first club from England to win the European Cup.
1.Which football player broke the record for the most goals in a European Cup or Champions League season in April 2014?. The Portuguese forward’s two goals helped him overtake the previous best of 14 goals in a season registered by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in 2011-12 and Jose Altafini of AC Milan in 1962-63. A) Luis Suarez B) Lionel Messi C) Cristiano Ronaldo D) Neymar
If Mijatovic will forever be remembered as the hero of Real's seventh European Cup title and Zidane as the hero of their ninth, Sergio Ramos will go down in history as the man who brought Los Blancos 'la Décima'. His header at the Estadio Da Luz will forever be remembered as one of the happiest moments ever for everyone associated with the club. A goal down and just seconds away from losing the Champions League final to Atlético, the imposing figure of Sergio Ramos emerged from a mass of Real teammates and opposition players who had jumped for the last ball of the game. Ramos soared higher than anyone and headed home to equalise for Real. However, his enormous influence on 'la Décima' goes far beyond that unforgettable goal in Lisbon. Ramos was Real's out-and-out leader in defence and one of the players who carried the team throughout this season's tournament. He hit top form in the tie against Bayern Munich. He imposed his leadership at the Bernabéu to keep Guardiola's men at bay, whilst in Munich hi ...
Nine years ago today, Liverpool Football Club produced one of the greatest comebacks ever witnessed as they clinched their fifth European Cup in the 2005 Champions League final against AC Milan in Istanbul. After finding themselves three goals down at half-time, the Reds rallied and drew level in six crazy minutes at the Ataturk Stadium, before going on to lift the trophy after a penalty shootout victory. Happy Istanbul Day Red fans!!! # FiveTimes
Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid win their 10th European Cup as they finally overwhelmed arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in a compelling Champions League final in Lisbon. The emphatic scoreline after extra time does no justice to the drama that unfolded at Estadio da Luz as Atletico stood moments from winning the trophy for the first time only to end exhausted and well beaten. Diego Godin capitalised on an error from Real's veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas to give Diego Simeone's newly crowned La Liga champions a first-half lead, one they protected with fierce intensity until 90 seconds from the end of five minutes of stoppage time when Sergio Ramos headed in Luka Modric's corner.
Real Madrid 4-1 Atletico Madrid: Gareth Bale nets crucial goal as Real seal Champions League success Atletico looked to have sealed a sensational double but Carlo Ancelotti's side secured 'La Decima' after Sergio Ramos' injury-time leveller Just five years after being Tottenham’s reserve ­left-back, Gareth Bale has achieved legendary status among the Galacticos. The Welshman headed the ­decisive goal as Real Madrid won their long-awaited 10th European Cup in dramatic fashion. And the shy kid, who once had his lugs pinned back during his Spurs days, was lifting Old Big Ears in Benfica’s Stadium of Light. Real had trailed until the 94th minute, when Sergio Ramos nodded an injury-time equaliser to break the hearts of the Spanish champions. But the most ­expensive footballer on the planet struck from close range after Atletico’s Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois could only push an Angel Di Maria effort up towards him. And Real gave the scoreline the unfairest of looks when a Marcelo strike and a Cristi ...
CONGRANTS TO Real Madrid FOR WINNING 2013/14 UCL. Real Madrid secured a 10th European Cup when they snatched a stoppage-time equalizer by Sergio Ramos before extra-time goals by Gareth Bale, Marcelo and a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty gave them a 4-1 win over Athletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday in Lisbon Portugal.
Ojja kuwulira!!! Guwedde: Real Madrid 4(1) - (1)1 Atletico Madrid. **Real Madrid came from behind to claim the Champions League crown in extra time at the expense of Atletico Madrid. **Diego Godin profited from an Iker Casillas error to head Atletico in front after Gareth Bale had fired wide. **Real fought back after the break and Sergio Ramos finally broke Atletico's resolve in the 93rd minute. **Bale put Real in front before Marcelo scored a third and Cristiano Ronaldo added a penalty to seal victory and a 10th European Cup for Real.
12 Noon Houston, Texas 5/24/2014 first ever European Cup Final to be contested by two teams from the same city takes place on Saturday as two sides from the Spanish capital head over the border to Lisbon. It is a big moment for both as Real Madrid look to win their 10th European Cup in their history, which would put them three clear of the nearest challengers in Milan. This is a moment the club have been waiting for since 2002 and none of the fans would have expected to have had to wait over a decade to have another chance to win the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti can also make history by becoming the second manager to win three European Cups after Bob Paisley and it would just continue the love affair with the competition for the Italian who also won two European Cups as a player. Real Madrid couldn't quite hang on to their title challenge in Spain, but the feeling has been that the club have focused on this game ever since they beat Bayern Munich in the Semi Final. It has been a strong Champions Leag ...
Alonso: I still feel part of LFC family As his current team stand on the threshold of a 10th triumph in the European Cup, former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has reiterated his enduring affection for the Reds, Anfield and more. The 32-year-old bewitched Kopites during his five years on Merseyside, exhibiting every pass, through ball and defence-splitter in the book courtesy of his sublime technique and vision. In total, the Spaniard made 210 appearances for the club, registering 19 goals, as he helped Rafael Benitez's charges claim glory in the Champions League in 2005 and the FA Cup one year later. Though he said his goodbyes half-a-decade ago, Alonso's reverence for the Reds and the crucial role his spell in England played in his personal development has not waned in the slightest. "Liverpool was a very important part in my football career," the Real Madrid star told beIN SPORTS. "Especially when we played at Anfield, we achieved great things and we had great nights in Anfield. "There is a passion a ...
Madrid rivals set for Champions League showdown. When it comes to past glory in the European Cup, Madrid's two...
Uefa Champions League Final: Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid preview, Nine-time Uefa Champions League winner Real Madrid will take on crosstown rival Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Champions League final today. Real Madrid is the league’s most successful club but has not won the title since 2002. Atletico last reached the final in 1974 and is looking for its first ever European Cup title. Atletico beat Real Madrid last season in the Copa del Rey final to end its 14-year losing streak against its more accomplished rival. When: 2:45 p.m. Where: Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, Portugal Note:Real Madrid’s star forward Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to play in the final after being hampered by leg injuries over the past two months.
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Atletico Madrid OR Real Madrid, WHO WINS TODAY IN LISBON? Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid are clubs with contrasting identities and very different fates when it comes to European elites football competition, the UEFA CL. Historically, Real Madrid have long been seen as the establishment club. On the other side, the Rojiblancos were always characterized by a sentimiento de rebeldía, a sense of rebellion. Going into today's final at the ESTADIO Da Luz (Stadium of Light) in Lisbon today, Atletico Madrid has showed remarkable strength and can upset the Meringues in Lisbon, haven't lost any game in this year's competition. Real Madrid on the other hand with the danger man Cristiano Ronaldo have done fantastically well this season and writing them off in the game against Atletico Madrid would amounted to analytical error. While Real Madrid is in pursuant of their tenth Champions League trophy, Madrid Goalkeeper, Iker Casillas Fernandez is also pursuing his tenth final victory for both club and country. While ...
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo says Saturday's Champions League final against neighbours Atletico Madrid is a game all 'Madridistas' have been dreaming about. Real coach Carlo Ancelotti will attempt to succeed where the likes of Jose Mourinho, Fabio Capello and Manuel Pellegrini failed on Saturday by finally ending Real Madrid's wait for a 10th European Cup in Lisbon. Ancelotti is Real's 11th coach since they last conquered Europe back in 2002 under Vicente Del Bosque and the club's quest for 'La Decima' (the 10th) has increasingly turned into an obsession for the big-spending Spanish giants. Ancelotti has already done better than some of the biggest names in the game by getting Real back into the final - the first time they have graced the showpiece since Zinedine Zidane's famous volley saw them beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at Hampden 12 years ago. However, the Italian knows that is only part of the battle, with all Real fans now desperate for the club to get their hands on the trophy again. Ronald ...
BOTH TEAMS HAVE ARRIVED IN LISBON The Uefa Champions League final will take on a new dimension as Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid in Lisbon – the first showpiece between teams from the same city in the 59-year history of the European Cup. Catch all the action live on SS3 HD, SS3 and through live streaming from 7:30pm on Saturday. This is the fifth one-country Champions League final and, having come out on top in the first 14 years ago, Madrid have cause for optimism as they seek their tenth European crown. In contrast, this is only Atletico's second European Cup Final appearance yet, as the last unbeaten side in this season's competition, there is no danger of them being underestimated at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica. Final Pedigree This is Madrid's 13th European Cup Final, their first since they claimed their ninth title in 2002. The full list is: • 1955/56: Real Madrid 4-3 Stade de Reims (Parc des Princes, Paris) • 1956/57: Real Madrid 2-0 AC Fiorentina (Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid) ...
Saturday night promises to be one of world football's classic battles as Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid face off in Lisbon, Portugal. Both sides have been superb in the Champions League this season and thoroughly deserve their places in the final. Atletico enter as the new champions of Spain after their draw in the Camp Nou, while Real will be looking to win yet another European Cup and further their reputation as the continent's most successful club side. Here, I have taken my time to look at both teams' recent form and the key battles that will decide the destination of the Champions League trophy. Both Madrid teams have felt the heat and pressure of the last few weeks of the season, struggling to produce their best form. Atletico's dogs-of-war approach has suffered, with the team only managing one win in their last four games. Recent draws against Barcelona and Malaga were just enough to earn them the La Liga title and get them over the finish line, but two points from a possible nine is hardly the fo ...
Atletico Madrid have reached their first European Cup Final since 1974 and are the only unbeaten side in the competition, here is how they reached tomorrow’s final in Lisbon. In thegroup stage, Atletico started with four victories and were the first team to qualify for the knockout stages after beating Zenit 3-1, Porto 2-1 as well as Vienna 3-0 and 4-0. In the fifth game, Zenit spoiled Atletico’s 100 percent record, by holding them to a 1-1 draw, but a final 2-0 over Porto gave them an impressive ten-point margin in Group G. In theround of 16the Rojiblancos faced seven-time Champions League winner, AC Milan, but the struggling Italian giants were only a shadow of themselves this season. Atletico beat them 1-0 at San Siro following some heroics by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and a late goal by Diego Costa. In the return leg Diego Simeone’s side survived a tricky first half with Milan equalizing an early Costa goal. But in the second half they didn’t raise any eyebrows and scored three more goals to ...
Amazing stats of CR7 goals in UCL. Don't miss this post. * No Else One Has Stopped Him: Ronaldo scored in all but one of 10 Champions League matches, setting a European cup record with 16 goals. He reminded fans when he passed the old mark of 14, jointly held by Lionel Messi and Jose Altafini, in the semifinal against Bayern Munich, by counting them out on his fingers. He has scored in all but one of Real’s 10 Champions League matches. * On The Ground: Ronaldo scored on a free kick from 20 yards in the semifinals when a wall of Bayern players jumped, anticipating that he would loft the ball over them. He calmly rolled the ball under the airborne defenders and past a hapless goalkeeper. * In The Air: The 6-foot-1 Portuguese netted three of his Champions League goals this season with his forehead. Biomechanical tests at England’s University of Chichester in 2011 Found that he has a vertical leap of 78 centimeters (31 inches) from a standing start. That’s seven centimeters higher than the average NBA p ...
Saturday 24th in Lisbon Portugal will be the 1st Final in either the European Cup or Champions League to be played in Lisbon since Celtic beat Inter Milan 2-1 at the National Stadium on May 25, 1967 to become the first British and northern European club to lift the European Cup.It will be the 59th Final since the competition started in 1954-1955 Season, bt it wil be Real Madrid,s 13th final having already played 12 won 9 and lost out on 3 Occasions against Intermilan 3-1 in 1963-1964, Benefica in 1961-1962 5-3 and Liverpool in 1980-1981 1-0. For Atheletico DeMadrid l 1st final in 40years since they lost out to Bayern Munichen in 1974 of Udo Lateck 4-0 after the 1st leg 1-1 as it ended.BUT so many Atm fans think dat Luis Arragonis who was their captain dat year and jst passed a way this year will walk by them to win it.
Champions League trivia: On 6th February, 1958, Manchester United lost 8 players and 3 members of support staff in the Munich Air Disaster. 2 more players were so injured that they never played again while manager Matt Busby needed long period of convalescence to get back into coaching again. In spite of this, United reached the European Cup semis and had a shock win over AC Milan at the San Siro but were outclassed 0-4 in the return leg Semi Final. Real Madrid who won the title that year, proposed that the trophy be awarded to United. Red Star Belgrade, the team United had played before boarding the ill fated flight also supported the move. Sir Matt Busby would lead United to their 1st ever European Cup triump 10 years later with Sir Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes two survivors of the disaster who were member of the winning team. Foulkes scored a crucial equalizer in the Semi Final against Real Madrid while Chalrton hit 2 goals in the final vs. Benfica
Lots of history lessons about on FB tonight. I like this one best: The last time Austria won the Eurovision contest before last night was 1966. Also in 1966: - Atletico Madrid won La Liga - Real Madrid won the European Cup - Liverpool FC won the league On the flip side of that is that NO team has EVER gone from 7th the season before to Champions. It's a fact. Some say its a do or die night for the REDS. I don't think so. The progress shown under 'Buck' Rodgers is a virtual guarantee that the league title will come sooner rather than later. Whatever happens tonight, it's been an outstanding season for the REDS and either we are champions in 3 and a half hours or we're runners-up and in the Uefa Champions League next year as well. That's not too shabby eh? Let the Good Times Roll!
Manchester United MAKE GUARDIOLA INQUIRIES BEFORE CONFIRMING VAN GAAL Bayern boss Pep Guardiola's future is far from certain after a tumultuous week and the Reds are yet to rule out making a move for his services. The Bayern Munich manager has challenged the German giants with what amounts to a ‘back me or sack me’ outburst following their midweek 5-0 aggregate Champions League semi-final exit to Real Madrid. Despite steering Bayern to a run-away Bundesliga title Guardiola, a twice European Cup winning coach with Barcelona, has been stung by criticism from Munich’s honorary president Franz Beckenbauer. Beckenbauer claimed that ‘Bayern are not right’ and last month said that Guardiola risks ‘boring the fans’ with his passing style of football.Guardiola has responded: “The club must decide if the coach is the right one for the club. I won’t change my opinion about the club and the people who work here after one defeat. “I feel like a part of the club and will do my best with my ideas unt ...
Eight knockout wins in 16 years - Arsenal are serial Champions League failures. Arsene Wenger prides himself on his side’s long run of successive appearances in the last 16, but their record in the knockout stages is abysmal Since the rebranding of the European Cup in 1992, just six clubs have participated in the Champions League group stages more times than Arsenal; Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, AC Milan, Porto and Tuesday's opponents Bayern Munich. Given that the Gunners didn’t enter Europe’s premier club competition until 1998, this represents a significant achievement. Furthermore, only Man Utd and Real Madrid have registered more successive Champions League appearances than Arsenal’s 16 consecutive campaigns from 1998-99 to 2013-14. And with United failing to make it out of their pools in both 2005-06 and 2011-12, only Madrid better Arsenal’s 14 years of uninterrupted progression from the opening group phase. "[Our record] provides a massive satisfaction,” Arsene Wenger beame ...
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Hazard a 'major doubt' for CL semi Chelsea have confirmed that Eden Hazard is a ‘major doubt’ for Tuesday’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone’s men host the Premier League outfit in the first leg of their European Cup semi-final next week. But the club’s assistant manager Steve Holland has revealed that the Belgium international could miss the trip with a calf injury. “Hazard is not definitely out for Tuesday but he hasn't trained with the squad yet which means he's a major doubt,” he told reporters. The former Lille man limped out of the Blues’ quarter-final second leg against Paris Saint-Germain two weeks ago, and has played since.
Some nice facts. Please don't be a fool to miss this post, read it whole. Fact-1: Teams to qualify for the Champions League semifinal: Real Madrid, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich. The draw for the semifinal will be held tomorrow. Fact-2: Record: Real Madrid have now reached the semifinals of Champions League 25 times in total, more than any other club. Fact-3: Real Madrid in 18 years Champions League: 197 games, 113 wins, 39 draws, 45 losses, 406 goals scored, 221 goals conceded. Fact-4: Champions League semifinals this season will be held on: Tuesday, April 22, and Wednesday, April 23 (first leg); and Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 (second leg). Fact-5: For the first time since 1959, two teams from Madrid have qualified for the European Cup. Real Madrid went on winning the European Cup the last time two Madrid teams qualified for the semifinals. Fact-6: Real Madrid next games are on and against: 12/04- Almeria, 16/04- Barcelona, 27/04- Osasuna, 04/05- Valencia, 07/05- Real Valladolid, ...
The only manager to reach 8 Champions League / European Cup Semi Finals, overtaking Fergie's 7 with ManUtd. With...
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Every team that has knocked Barca out of the Champions League over the last 6-7 years has gone on to win the European Cup.
Champions League semifinalists: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Chelsea & Atletico Madrid, who'll play first European Cup …
You're quite right! They've never met in the European Cup or Champions League, but Chelsea enjoyed those previous meetings!
Chelsea will be hoping to get Atletico Madrid in Friday’s Champions League semi-final draw after it was revealed the two clubs’ loan agreement could prevent brilliant goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois playing in the game. The news took the shine off one of the greatest nights in the club’s history after heroically toppling Barcelona and reaching the European Cup semi-finals for the first time in 40 years. Atletico president Enrique Cerezo told Spanish radio Onda Cero that 'a large sum of money' would need to be paid by Atletico to Chelsea and that the club 'would be unable to pay'.
Borussia Dortmund GIVE Real Madrid A Champions LeagUE SCARE BUT FALL SHORT Wednesday 9 April 2014 = Real Madrid edged past Borussia Dortmund despite slumping to a 2-0 defeat to advance to the Champions League semi-finals and stay on track for a tenth European Cup Final victory. Two first-half goals by Marco Reus, both coming from Real mistakes, gave Dortmund a deserved lead as Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who had a penalty saved in the 17th minute, were left mesmerised by the German club’s frantic pace. Real, with the top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo left on the bench due to a minor knee injury, saw their 3-0 advantage from the first leg almost evaporate in a disastrous first half for them. “That was too much suffering and I think it was deserved,” said the goalkeeper Iker Casillas. “But from time to time it’s good to have this kind of wake-up call that reminds us it’s not always easy, and especially not in the Champions League. “It is better that it happened in this game than in the decisive match ...
Can't believe we've not got into the Champions League proper/European Cup since we last won the league in '87. Hang on that's not right...
Of all the venues Chelsea might choose to heal wounds from their latest setback in the title race, a trip to a determined Paris St-Germain side in the Champions League would not be one of them. Chelsea travelled to France this morning ahead of their quarter-final first leg, still nursing a hangover from the 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace and will have arrived well aware of the hunger for European success among their hosts. A decade ago, Jose Mourinho experienced his first Champions League game as Chelsea manager against the same opposition in the group stage and coasted to a 3-0 victory. Back then, the Blues’ attempts to gatecrash the continent’s premier club competition was in its infancy. It took another eight years and many more millions of owner Roman Abramovich’s money to secure the grand prize. PSG are in a similar position. This is only their second year back in the European Cup under new owners Qatar Investment Authority, who have spent huge sums since their 2011 takeover. However, unlike Chel ...
**BREAKING NEWS** "Uefa has announced that two high profile English clubs will be expelled from participating in the European Cup or other European Competitions next season due to not being able to comply with the recent Financial Fair Play rules which have recently been introduced. The casualties are Manchester City and Liverpool Football Club. Whilst Liverpool have suffered losses which are deemed in excess of those permitted Citys figures complied but had to be investigated in more depth and were found to be irregular. A spokesperson for UEFA has said that there will be several high profile casualties as they seek to make an example of the big clubs to stop them from flaunting the new rules. " Source: Reuters Ha ha Leonard Blakely, stick that in your pipe and smoke it :-P Champions League your having a laugh. ..
[SPL News] Celtic invite Lions to Lisbon for Champions League: CELTIC have invited the 1967 European Cup-winni...
Real Madrid and Barcelona clash in a Clasico encounter with much more than just pride on the line as the race for the Primera Liga crown enters the final stretch. It was Barca who earned bragging rights in the reverse fixture in October as Neymar and Alexis Sanchez secured a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp, although it is the Galacticos in the driving seat this weekend as they sit three points clear at the top of the standings. In fact, Carlo Ancelotti's men enjoy a four-point lead over the Catalans, who are third in the table and one point below Atletico Madrid, who they will face in the Champions League quarter-finals. A Madrid win would, therefore, hoist the Spanish giants seven points above the defending champions and six clear of Atletico, who are only in action 24 hours later, against Real Betis. On the team news front, the hosts, who come up against Borussia Dortmund in the last-eight of the European Cup, are unlikely to have Karim Benzema available this weekend as he struggles with a hamstring strain. Jes ...
PRE-MATCH BRIEFING: CHELSEA V ARSENAL Following this month's earlier win over Spurs, opposition from north London are the visitors in the next league home game. Club historian Feziland Pathius Phyodollico Chilowa and club statistician Paul Dutton look at the derby details… Football's oldest top-flight London derby is convened this weekend for the 182nd time. The Barclays Premier League leaders defend the best home record against the side in third, protecting the best away performance throughout the season to date. It is also the meeting of two managers, one of whom has monopolised the success up to now: Jose Mourinho is unbeaten in all 10 previous meetings with Arsenal and Arsene Wenger - five wins, five draws. Arsenal fans will hope for a sprightlier effort from their side than the corresponding league game at Emirates, when virtually the only shot on target was the one in their pre-match latte. Welcome to the home of London's only European Cup-winners, Gooners. While the Champions League is again beyo ...
Attention City fans. This is called the European Cup. You win this for being successful in the Champions League.
Many of Europe's classic sides have been built upon a core trio of key players and Goal takes a trip down memory lane to recall some of those famous link-ups By Miles Chambers Real Madrid have the most expensive attacking trident on the planet this season following the €100 million signing of Gareth Bale. The Welshman has often played on the right flank, with €94m man Cristiano Ronaldo on the other, while Karim Benzema - who cost €41m in 2009 - marauds through the middle. In the short space of time that the trio have played together they have already proven that they are a deadly combination, most notably scoring two goals apiece in their 6-1 Champions League drubbing of Schalke in the opening leg of their last-16 tie. They have since earned the nickname 'BBC' among Blancos fans and pundits alike. Ahead of Madrid's second leg clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, Goal looks at 10 classic trios that have starred in the European Cup or Champions League... Di Stefano, Puskas & Gento (Real Madrid) Alfredo Di ...
Didier Drogba's return to Stamford Bridge ended in defeat as Chelsea beat Galatasaray 2-0 in Tuesday night's Champions League last-16 second leg to progress to the quarter-finals. Jose Mourinho warned of a dangerous tie poised 1-1 after the first leg in Istanbul three weeks ago, but four minutes into the second leg his side regained the advantage before advancing into Friday's last-eight draw with ease, 3-1 on aggregate. • Brewin: Chelsea doing OK without Drogba •Delaney: Three Things - Chelsea vs. Galatasaray Drogba, scorer of 157 goals in 341 appearances over eight years for the Blues, including the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup win, was expected to be the main protagonist of the contest.
I don't want to win the 'Champions League', I want to win the European Cup, the trophy. Unless Arsenal invest seriously we have no chance.
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Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal: five Champions League talking points - Paul Chronnell: There is no shame in defeat by the European Cup holders but Arsène Wenger has regrets from the first leg as well as the group stage -
"Wenger once confessed: “I can’t imagine my life without winning the European Cup”. Sadly, his Champions League career is almost certain to end without him lifting the trophy. For no matter how many more years Arsenal proudly qualify for and progress through the group stages, you can always bet on them losing once the knockouts come along." - [Goal.com]
The bottom-line; Chelsea are the first and only team from London to win a European Cup and with other London clubs rusty performance, the record looks to stand for years to come! :D Supported English Clubs in the Champions League though! Arsenal out, next up City playing Barca! Did they learn anything from Chelsea? 19 hours to go! Good Night!
Always wondered why the European Cup is now called the Champions League. Competition not exactly full of Champions is it. Bye Arsenal again. Still less European Trophies than Tottenham. :-)
Seven-time European Cup winners Milan were last quarter-finalists two years ago, but are aiming to avoid a hat-trick of Uefa Champions League exits on Spanish soil following defeats by Barcelona in the last eight in 2011/12 and the round of 16 last year.
Barcelona's Víctor Valdés: fans are chanting his name but it is too late The fans have begged him not to go, but the goalkeeper's mind is made up – and a move to England might just appeal as the Champions League second leg against Manchester City looms The night Víctor Valdés really took hold of his Barcelona career was the night he let go. May 24, 2006 was destined to be the end; instead it was the beginning, a kind of epiphany. So much so that, asked at the start of this interview if that was the most important moment of his career, he replies: "I would say the most important of my life." He also mentions his three children and his partner but he is talking about the 2006 European Cup Final against Arsenal in Paris. Valdés was 24. "I went into that game knowing the following day I wouldn't be Barcelona's goalkeeper," Valdés says, pulling his plastic chair towards the table. He's been talking for less than 80 seconds and he's already identified the defining moment. Eight years later, he's still h ...
Arsène Wenger has warned that there is a real danger of a ‘two-tier’ Champions League emerging. There has been talk of a power shift taking place in Europe, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City all trailing 2-0 from the first legs of their respective ties. Wenger does not believe it is quite as clear-cut as that, but says a far more worrying trend could also be occuring. “I believe that the English league is the toughest in Europe,” he said. “I believe you see the power of the domestic leagues more through the group stages than a direct knockout situation. “On the other hand it is very difficult to judge. Man City played with 10 men, we played with 10 men [in the first legs]. “Bayern are a special team, I don’t deny that, but they are in a huge dominating situation in Europe. They can play who they want the week before the game in Europe, and they win 3-1 or 4-1. “The danger now is that in Europe you might have a two-tier European Cup. You have eight to 10 clubs who can w ...
6 different cities beginning with the letter "M" are Champions League/European Cup Finalists. Can you name the 6 cities?…
Chelsea eyeing repeat of 'Black Wednesday' when Zola and Flo led Vialli's victors to thumping 5-0 win at Galatasaray There was only One Story when Chelsea drew Galatasaray in the Champions League. Didier Drogba would face the Club where he became a legend by finally securing the European Cup. The tie itself was of a distant second interest. Only a major shock would see Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho at the helm, not in the quarter-finals. Even Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini agrees. However, only in Mourinho’s wildest dreams could he hope to match the Blues' last visit to the Turkish giants. In what the Istanbul press christened ‘Black Wednesday,’ and the only time an English side has won at Gala, Gianluca Vialli’s Chelsea emerged from *** 5-0 winners in October 1999. Although they had won the now-defunct European Cup-Winners’ Cup two seasons previously, Chelsea’s first-ever Champions League campaign gave a fleeting feeling they had arrived as a top continental force. Dennis Wise’s equa ...
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United's other European Cup lows The match in Greece was United's 250th European Cup tie and a huge disappointment, but it is not the first time results have gone awry in the competition. Galatasaray 0-0 Manchester United. Lost on away goals in 1993-94 Champions League second round after drawing first leg 3-3. Manchester United 1-1 Monaco. Lost in 1997-98 Champions League quarter-finals on away goals. Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Manchester United. Lost in 2001-02 Champions League semi-final on away goals. Zalaegerszeg 1-0 Manchester United. Beaten in first leg of 2002-03 Champions League third qualifying round. Went on to beat Hungarians 5-0 in second leg. Maccabi Haifa 3-0 Man Utd. Lost to Israeli side in 2002-03 Champions League group stage after they had already qualified
SPORTS UPDATE WITH EMMAH ATAI: Tonight, Manchester United play their 250th game among Europe’s elite against Olympiacos at 10:45pm.No English club has featured in more European Cup or Champions League matches than the three-time winners of the competitions, whose appearance record is bettered only by Real Madrid (365 matches) and Bayern Munich (282) and matched by Barcelona (249). Zenit Petersburg will also take on Dortmund 8pm. Manchester City skipper, Vincent Kompany says the memory of their shock FA Cup Final defeat last season will motivate them for the Capital One Cup final with Sunderland this weekend. Jose Mourinho says Samuel Eto'o has no reason to be upset after private comments about Chelsea's striking options were made public. Mourinho was caught in conversation explaining that Chelsea did not have anyone to score goals.He joked that Eto’o was probably older than 32 and hinted that an ideal solution may be to sign Radamel Falcao because the Colombian deserved a bigger audience than he had a ...
Players who could be key in the UCL this week By Michael Cox | February 24, 2014 1:42:45 PM PST This week's Champions League fixtures aren't anywhere near as appetising as the clashes we enjoyed last week -- hopefully there will be some decent performances from the home sides this time around or else an amazing number of the ties could be decided before the second leg. Here are the key battles to watch for in each of the four matches ... Zenit vs. Dortmund: Hulk vs. Marco Reus The week’s opening tie could be the most fascinating, and should see a battle between two exciting, direct wide forwards. In recent years, Zenit have been consistently promising without actually developing into a top-class European side, while Dortmund reached the European Cup Final last year but have declined, with injury problems causing huge problems this season. This time last year Dortmund brushed aside Shakhtar Donetsk, and this is a similar contest for Juergen Klopp's side: an Eastern European powerhouse coming off their wi ...
David Moyes and Manchester United remain bullish for Olympiakos tie • Manager believes United can win Champions League • Wayne Rooney says strikeforce is working hard in training From David Moyes and his Manchester United players the message is clear: no one is giving up on the Champions League. Wayne Rooney, Darren Fletcher and Nemanja Vidic all echo the manager's bullishness that a fourth European Cup is not beyond United despite the side standing sixth in the Premier League, 11 points from qualifying for next season's contest. To tout themselves as able to win a tournament that includes the holders, Bayern Munich, who are more formidable this year, and the gilded Barcelona team of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Neymar, sounds fantastical. Yet this is a cup competition and Moyes spoke at the weekend of "doing a Liverpool", who triumphed nine years ago as underdogs, while Chelsea in 2012 also somehow pulled off the trick of lifting the trophy when deeply unfancied. United's quest continues in the last 16 at ...
Luis Suarez: "I watched the Champions League on TV this week, and when I hear this song ... I want to participate with Liverpool! This is an incredible competition. We want to be playing against the best teams in Europe. Steven Gerrard spoke of the Champions League at Anfield. He told me that when playing for the first time here in the European Cup, we never forget ... "
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Uefa Champions League WEDNESDAY ACTIONS IN PICS HAS JUST BEEN PUBLISHED VIA UNPLUGGED SPORTS Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich made Arsenal pay for not taking advantage of a penalty in the eighth minute while Atletico Madrid rode the storm at San Siro and came away with a vital away goal thanks to Diego Costa in the second batch of last-16 encounters.Goal selects the best imagery from the Wednesday night's fixtures as Diego Simeone and Pep Guardiola saw their teams close in on the quarter-finals.Champions League icon Clarence Seedorf faced his first game in Europe as head coach of AC MilanSan Siro expects! The seven-time European Cup winners anticipate a strong home performanceTo the frustration of the home support, Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois keeps Milan at bayA rare chance for Atleti falls to Diego Costa, but his audacious overhead kick fails to break the deadlockBut the Spaniards' top scorer eventually finds the net with a far-post header seven minutes from timeDeigo Costa roars into cel ...
Bale stars for Champions Matchday Published: Wednesday 12 February 2014, 11.10CET Gareth Bale is the cover star of the latest Champions Matchday which also has exclusive interviews with Diego Simeone, Yaya Touré, Mathieu Flamini and Mario Götze. E-MAIL PRINT Bale stars for Champions Matchday TRENDING NOW 1 Champions League final tickets: Lisbon 2014 2 Latin links spice up City- Barcelona showdown 3 Arsenal take aim at Bayern crown 4 Can anyone catch Ronaldo? 5 Seedorf sets out holistic plan at Milan More HEADLINES Latest Shaqiri out of first leg Seedorf's plan for Milan Touré's Barça reunion Can anyone catch Ronaldo? Ibrahimović's elusive title More Slick and suited, Gareth Bale adorns the cover of Champions Matchday for the round of 16 first leg issue. The Real Madrid CF man talks changing positions and grand ambitions, and we chart the history of his fellow Welshmen in the European Cup. Former Madrid playmaker and current Olympiacos FC coach Míchel tells us about Javier Saviola's importance to the ...
He's worth a solid 39 points in Scrabble. But the extravagantly initialled Yevhen Konoplyanka could be worth much more to Liverpool Football Club. Not because of the qualities he would bring to Brendan Rodgers’ already potent squad – because like most Reds fans, I suspect, my only knowledge of the Ukrainian was the goal he speared past Joe Hart in a European Championship qualifier – but because of the lift his signing would give the squad and the message it sends out to the Reds’ Champions League chasing rivals. Liverpool traditionally always built from a position of strength. Back when the Reds were regular trophy gatherers, they would place the latest piece of silverware in the Anfield trophy cabinet, then go out and improve their squad. They won the European Cup in 1978 – but still splashed out a British transfer record for a full-back in Alan Kennedy. They were champions of Europe again in 1981 – and still spent a club record fee to make Mark Lawrenson the most expensive defender in Brita ...
.. Sandro Rosell steps down from his post after three and a half years as president of FC Barcelona. Here’s an overview of his tenure: ATHLETIC AREA A total of 60 titles were won by the Club’s professional teams (10 football titles, 10 basketball titles, 13 handball titles, 7 roller hockey titles, 13 futsal titles and 7 women’s football titles). Among them, we highlight the Club’s fourth Champions League title and the second Club World Cup title. In addition, the handball European Cup (2010/11) and the UEFA Futsal Cup (2011/12) were also won. In the 2011/12 season the Club’s record for the most titles won in a single year was broken when 17 titles were secured. A total of seven players were signed for the first team: Adriano, Mascherano (2010), Alexis, Cesc (2011), Jordi Alba, Song (2012) and Neymar Jr (2013). This season, 17 of the 25 players that form the first team are products of the Club’s youth academy. Since 2010, a total of 24.5 million euros have been invested in the Club’s youth ac ...
Only four clubs have won the Champions League, European Cup, UEFA/Europa League & Cup Winners' Cup. Little old Chelsea is one of them!
Uefa Champions League The Uefa Champions League known simply as the Champions League and originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup or European Cup...
Manchester United manager David Moyes may embark on ambitious spending in the January transfer window to reinvigorate the Old Trafford squad. Boxing Day’s tabloids are full of speculations that the Red Devils could fork out as much as a total £85 million on new recruits. Those in the frame are Atletico Madrid playmaker Koke, Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus and Southampton skipper Adam Lallana. The Daily Mirror reportsthat Moyes will launch a £30 million bid for Spain international Koke, 21, as soon as the window opens. United are light in midfielder with Marouane Fellaini sidelined. Koke was part of the Spain Under-21 side that won the European Championships in Israel last summer. He has since been brought into the senior squad by La Roja coach Vicente Del Bosque. German attacker Reus, 24, meanwhile could cost the Red Devils up to £40 million says The Daily Mail. He reached the Champions League final with Dortmund last season, but fellow Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich lifted the European Cup. S ...
Mourinho sympathetic to sacked managers' plight Jose Mourinho once again expressed sympathy for Andre Villas-Boas after Tim Sherwood was appointed Tottenham head coach. Villas-Boas worked under Mourinho at Chelsea and Inter Milan before focusing on his own managerial career, which has now seen him sacked by Chelsea and Spurs. Spurs replaced Villas-Boas with Sherwood, who is without managerial experience, much the same way in which Mourinho was succeeded by Avram Grant when his first spell ended in September 2007 and his fellow Portuguese by Roberto Di Matteo in March 2012. Grant led Chelsea to the 2008 Uefa Champions League final and Di Matteo went one better after taking over from Villas-Boas, lifting the European Cup. Mourinho declined the opportunity to appraise Sherwood, though. "That is not my problem," Mourinho said. "My only problem is to feel sorry that one manager lost his job a couple of days before Christmas where he was completely enthusiastic about going forward with his contract at Tottenham ...
People who insist that the Champions League is not the European Cup probably think English football started in 1992
Round of 16 Manchester City will play Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16, while neighbors Manchester United have been drawn against Olympiakos. Victors over fellow German side Borussia Dortmund at Wembley in the 2012-13 final, the reigning Bundesliga champions return to London to tackle Arsene Wenger's high-flying Gunners at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of a spring showdown. Real Madrid are targeting a 10th European Cup and must get past Schalke, whom they visit in February, while last season's runners-up Dortmund are in Russia to meet Zenit St Petersburg. Barcelona, winners in 2009 and 2011, travel to big-spending Manchester City, who finished second to Bayern in Group D after stunning the Germans with a 3-2 win in the last pool game. Seven-time European Champions AC Milan welcome ambitious Spaniards Atletico Madrid to the San Siro and cash-rich Paris Saint-Germain head to Germany to face Group A runners-up Bayer Leverkusen. Didier Drogba prepares to meet his old Chelsea team-mates as ...
Since renaming the European Cup into the Champions League in 1992, no team has won back to back titles! Are capable of doing it?
The only thing that will stop Ryan Giggs training on his 40th birthday on Friday is the thought of what his Manchester United team-mates have in store at Carrington. Otherwise it is just another day at work and another milestone in a career that surpassed convention and superlatives and extraordinary levels of achievement long ago. "I will be glad when it's over," Giggs said. The birthday, that is, not the football. Tributes would have been bestowed on the remarkable Welshman regardless of his commanding performance in United's rout of Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League on Wednesday but it allowed David Moyes to pay the most rewarding of them all in the aftermath of the 5-0 win. The display was not impressive for a 39-year-old, the United manager pointed out, it was impressive full stop. The back-slapping that followed Giggs out of the BayArena was not some sycophantic response to an age-defying act but recognition of his influence on United's biggest away win in the European Cup for 56 years. "Duri ...
Name a team thay has won the European Cup or Champions League... Ipswich Town
[FACT] Bale scored against Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed his 59th Champions League goal in his 100th European Cup game
Dave King says he is utterly convinced both the SFA and the city would ratify any potential position on to Rangers board. Charles Green was convinced that HMRC would accept the proposed CVA and that SFA / SPL would allow them to play in SPL in 2012/13. David Murray was convinced that Oldco would win the European Cup or Champions League. Sevco fans are convinced that Abba Mania are Abba and Sevco are Rangers. Most Sevco supporters don't expect an insolvency event for their tribute act. Paul Murray and Jim McColl expect they can replace an existing companies board with their own picks by owning a handful of shares. Some Sevco fans think FPLG is a decent manager and indeed many Sevco fans even convinced themselves that we would get nil points in our Group of Champions in the UCL this season. Anyone else spot the pattern of delusion.
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FC Bayern Muenchen holds the record for the Largest Champions League aggregate win in the Round of 16 (v Sporting Lisbon 12-1), in the Quarter Finals (v Kaiserslautern 6-0), and in the semi-finals (v Barcelona 7-0); and considering the European Cup as well, Bayern also hold the record for the largest win in a Final (v Atletico Madrid 4-0 {replay})! The 12-1 success against Lisbon is also the highest ever aggregate victory for any game during the knockout rounds of the Champions League! (Copied.)
Can this Arsenal team right a wrong? By Neil Ashton London – The great Champions League winners are easy to remember. No-one tires of talking about them and they left you wanting more.It felt as though Marcel Desailly, Zvonimir Boban and Paolo Maldini were re-inventing the game when their breathtaking Milan team were tearing Barcelona apart in 1994 at the Olympic Stadium in Athens. More than a decade later it was Barca who took the game to another level when Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi lifted the European Cup on three occasions. They are footballing gods. In May, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Franck Ribery were added to the list of great names when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Which brings us to Arsenal, where praise is being lavished on Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil like never before. They can do no wrong. Arsene Wenger’s side are a joy to watch, setting the pace in the Barclays Premier League and opening their Champions League group wit ...
The 1960–61 European Cup was the sixth edition of European cup (currently Champions League). Real Madrid having won the first five trophies were overwhelming favorites coming into the tournament but they were handed a shock defeat in the first round by X. X went to the finals but ultimately lost to Y, who became only the second team to win the European cup breaking Madrid’s dominance. Y then went into win the next edition too and narrowly missed their third straight title after losing to Milan in 1963 final. Y’s success is mainly attributed to their prolific forward Z. Z joined Y as a 18-year old from his home country U after a Brazilian footballer spotted him and recommended to Sao Paulo who rejected him. Z couldn't play for his home country U since it was the overseas territory of W. In the Semifinal of 1966 WC,a young footballer V was given the tough task of marking Z and V succeeded by nullifying Z in most part of the game. Real Madrid legend Di Stefano rated Z as the best player of all time. U- ...
Manchester United’s two most prolific players ever believe it is only a matter of time before Wayne Rooney breaks their goal-scoring records. • Payne: Moyes has questions to answer • Okwonga: West Brom add further furrows to Moyes' brow • Moyes 'disappointed' by whole team The England international brought up a double-century of goals for the club in the 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen, and took his tally to 202 with a free-kick in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion. He is now only nine goals behind Jack Rowley, who struck 211 times for United either side of World War II, with just Denis Law (237) and Sir Bobby Charlton (249) ahead of him. And Charlton, the World Cup winner who captained United’s 1968 European Cup-winning side, told United Review: “I've spoken to Wayne and I've told him he's doing really, really well. Fantastically well. I'll lose no sleep over it at all if Wayne beats my record. It will be something else for the club to be proud of.” Law, a team- ...
Celtic travel to the Milan tonight in the Champions League but who would win out of XIs made from the teams' best players? Only one way to find out... The two greats clash in the Champion’s League tonight but both team’s have seen greater days so we put their greatest elevens head-to-head to see who wins… AC Milan XI by Salvatore Landolina GK: Fabio Cudicini The father of Tottenham shot-stopper Carlo helped Milan win their second European Cup in 1969, and their first Intercontinental Cup the same year. He also won a Scudetto, Cup Winners Cup and Coppa Italia in his 183 games for the club.7. RB: Marcos Evangelista de Morais (Cafu) Nicknamed the ‘pendolino’ for the speed and power at which he blitzed down the flanks. He arrived at Milan a World Cup winner twice with Brazil 1994 and 2002, and he won the Champions League with the Rossoneri in 2007 against Liverpoolin Athens, as well as the Fifa World Cup that year. 8. CB: Alessandro Costacurta Alongside Franco Baresi, Costacurta is arguably Milan’ ...
Posted On 18 Sep, 2013 - By lostbhoys - With 0 Comments The European Champions League may not be TRULY the league of champions anymore, with the ridiculous scenario being that any of the top four in England, for example, are able to compete. MONEY TALKS! Celtic’s group however, consists of four past winners and can rightly reserve the tag ‘Group of Champions’ for themselves. The Scottish Champions will be joined by AC Milan, Ajax and Barcelona, all giants who have held ‘Old Big Ears’ aloft to their respective supporters on the greatest night of all. AC Milan, Italy’s most successful club has won the Champions League (formerly the European Cup) seven times. They were runners-up an astonishing four times, and this makes them a formidable outfit in the game. The Celts have played the ‘Rossoneri’ in four rounds previously and have more than held their own, with Scott ‘Skippy’ McDonald smashing home the winner in the last minute to win the tie at Parkhead on the last occasion. May the spiri ...
By Bryan Quinn | 17/09/13 CELTIC have been voted the 11th greatest club side of all time in a special poll by FourFourTwo magazine. Ominously, though, three of the top four places have been taken by their Champions League group rivals Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax. The Dutch side of 1965-73 take top spot while the Italian giants of 1987-91 are second. Barca of 2008-11 come in fourth behind their great rivals Real Madrid of 1955-60. The Liverpool side of 1975-84 are fifth on the list with Jock Stein’s Hoops aces of 1965-74 coming in behind the Torino side of 1945-49. In a specially-conducted poll for the magazine’s October issue points were awarded for success, style, entertainment, individual brilliance, presence and a legacy to leave a lasting imprint on the future of the club. The magazine organisers were satisfied the Amsterdam side of the Johan Cruyff and Johan Neeskens era ticked all the boxes while acknowledging other teams worldwide have had more trophy success. Celtic, who won a European Cup, n ...
Champions League Real Madrid aim to be kings of Europe again If Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, football's most expensive duo, can produce the brilliance that prompted Real Madrid to invest £166 million in, the Spanish giants could finally land their 10th European Cup this season. The 59th season of Europe's elite club competition begins on Tuesday with Bayern Munich defending their title boosted by the signing of Mario Goetze from last season's runners-up Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona looking for a fourth crown in nine seasons. The managerial landscape has changed with Alex Ferguson, in charge of more Champions League games than any other coach, having left Manchester United and Jose Mourinho having ended his spell at Real for a second stint at Chelsea. Real have replaced him with another double Champions League-winning coach in Carlo Ancelotti and the Italian's job will be to make sure new recruit Bale fits into his team. The Wales winger's world record £86 million move from Tottenham Hotspur ear ...
Champions League 2013-14: 10 things we are looking forward to Moyes at Manchester United, Guardiola at Bayern, Ancelotti at the Bernabéu, Mourinho at Chelsea, and Benítez at … Napoli? It's all change, but the Champions League is back So just how special are you this time, José? José Mourinho has spent the first few months since his return to Chelsea stressing how he is overseeing a young team in transition, as if offering the world a reminder that any silverware claimed this term should constitute a bonus rather than a necessity. Yet, as a manager who has claimed all the domestic trophies on offer, the chance to claim a European Cup for the London club will be enticing. It would be his third, after those won with Porto and Internazionale, and he would surely delight in achieving at Stamford Bridge what he could not quite manage with Real Madrid. Chelsea appear to have a formality of a group, and will remember what can be achieved in this competition against the odds after their own triumph in 2012. ...
Arsenal are the only side in Champions League Pot A not to have won a European Cup. Seven former winners in lower pots.
Thomas Müller and the future of the modern striker Thomas Müller is not a striker in the conventional sense. He does not position himself between the centre-backs and act as an offensive pivot. He does not perpetually loiter on the shoulder of the last defender, ready to burst through on goal. He does not even start in the fourth band. Nonetheless, I would argue that Müller is the definition of the modern striker. Few players in the history of the game have taken to top-level football as effortlessly or exerted such a dominant influence. As recently as 2009, Müller was playing in the third tier of German football with Bayern Munich II. Since then he has won two Bundesliga titles, two DFB-Pokals, the 2010 World Cup Golden Boot, the same tournament’s Best Young Player award and, finally, a Champions League. He has also been a runner-up in two Champions League tournaments, scoring what seemed a certain winner in the 2012 final before Didier Drogba wrote Chelsea’s name on the European Cup. As The Stra ...
Real Madrid have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti is to replace Jose Mourinho as their head coach and the Italian has signed a three-year contract. A dual European Cup winner as a player for AC Milan, Ancelotti also coached the Italian club to Champions League glory in 2003 and 2007, as well as the Serie A title in 2004. He has also coached at Juventus, Parma and Reggiana, and enjoyed a successful stint with Chelsea, who he led to the Premier League-FA Cup double in 2010. He has been a leading candidate to replace Mourinho since announcing in May that he wanted to leave the Parc des Princes after 18 months in charge. A Real statement read: "Carlo Michelangelo Ancelotti will be the coach of Real Madrid next season. "The Italian has experienced success in every country where he has managed and arrives in the Spanish capital after being named coach of the season in France. "He has won practically everything in the ambit of international football (two Champions Leagues, two European Supercups, one World Club Cu ...
Of all the monikers thrown at Liverpool, one stands true above all: Liverpool are a club fettered to tradition. It seems increasingly likely Simon Mignolet is taking his goalkeeping talents from Sunderland to Liverpool. It has been used throughout time as something to be proud of, something to celebrate, the foundation of the fabled Liverpool way. Tradition is the reason players want to sign at Anfield; it is why the stadium used to vibrate and reverberate through the foggy Champions League night sky, why opposing goalkeepers always approach the Kop to applause. Tradition is now a curse, according to some -- particularly when tradition inhibits how to conduct business. Business is a dirty word in what was once a game so pure, but that is what the game has developed, manifested, distorted into. Tradition dictated Liverpool's official club store was closed the day after their fifth European Cup, losing out on a massive amount of revenue; it stopped them, several times from the 1990s onwards, from constructi ...
arch Manchester United Full Name: Manchester United Football Club City: Manchester Founded: 1878 Stadium: Old Trafford (76,000) Colors: Red, White, Black Previous Names: Newton Heath L&YR (1878-80), Newton Heath (1880-1902) Introduction: Manchester United represent the only Football Club in the world with an honest chance at challenging Real Madrid for the title of "biggest club in the world". While they can't match the Spanish side's record haul of European Cup and Champions League titles nor their impressive number of domestic titles, they can surely challenge (and probably surpass) Madrid in the popularity and name recognition department. From humble origins as a railway workers team, the Red Devils have evolved into a hugely successful Football Club with trend- setting business acumen that is rarely outside the spotlight. Old Trafford: The stadium is located near the Old Trafford cricket ground in the borough of Trafford, on the. southwest side of Manchester just outside the city limits. The Red Devil ...
Bayern won the Uefa Champions League on Saturday evening, despite having lost their last two European Cup Finals, with an impressive 2-1 victory over a Borussia Dortmund. There were stand out performers on the night, but the roles of Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben cannot be overstated in helping Ba...
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France L'Equipe:.. "Bayern in seventh heaven Wembley was like a paradise Franck Ribery was involved in both goals FC Happy Munich Robben took advantage of the chance in the 89th minute, Bayern fifth victory in the Champions League / European Cup.. to bring national champion. Dortmund was in a grand finale at eye level. " Ouest France: "Bayern on the roof of Europe This time the Bavarians have not missed the opportunity the Munich have wiped out their bad memories The quality of the Borussia game was not in a class final..
Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Bayern Munich | Champions League final report It was a night of outstanding drama, fully reaffirming everything that has been said and written about the illuminating standards of German football, and when it was all done Bayern Munich had moved alongside Liverpool with their fifth European Cup and the Borussia Dortmund players were on their knees. Jürgen Klopp's players had been quick to the ball, strong in the tackle, and utterly determined to show they should not feel inferior in any sense. They played with drive and ambition and what a terrible pity it would be now if a side with this drive and ambition is now to be broken up. Yet this is some Bayern team and the Bundesliga champions had been the more dangerous side when the goals arrived in the second half, culminating in that moment after 89 minutes when Arjen Robben ran on to Franck Ribéry's half-blocked back-heel and clipped in the late, decisive winner. They had taken the lead just before the hour when Robben set up Mario M ...
GOD ZEGENE ARJEEN ROBBEN.. :D Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich: Arjen Robben still splits opinions Robben looks likely to leave Bayern after the final but would love to sign off with victory to make amends for last year’s loss.. It was the kind of advert to make you look twice. Firstly, because the footballers were wearing leather shorts and drinking beer. Secondly, because among those doing the drinking was Arjen Robben. The image Robben has in Munich is of a man apart, who, according to Bayern’s great grey eminence Franz Beckenbauer, glories in his own selfishness. Before last year’s European Cup Final there were stories of on-field spats with Thomas Müller and of Franck Ribéry punching him in the dressing-room after the semi-final against Real Madrid. He was accused of not being a team player, of going over to the stands to celebrate his goals with his wife, Bernadien, rather than with the rest of the squad. During Bayern Munich’s press day last week prior to today’s Champions League final ...
Bayern dare not think of surrendering Champions League to Dortmund German champions have lost four of their last five European Cup Finals but head to Wembley believing they are the complete side There was a moment, as Thomas Müller sat on the top table at Wembley and looked far too relaxed for a man about to play one of the biggest games of his life, when the expression on his face conveyed the bemusement you might expect if he had just been asked to announce his pin number in the middle of a press conference. In fact, he had just been asked whether Bayern Munich had any weaknesses. "Weaknesses?" Müller replied. "Maybe that is a question for Dortmund. I don't think we have any weaknesses at all." Then he thought about it a little longer. He picked out the game at Borussia Mönchengladbach last weekend and he acknowledged that maybe they were not flawless, after all. Bayern, he pointed out, had conceded three goals in that game. What he did not mention was that Jupp Heynckes's team, true to form, had sco ...
aturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund will see the European Cup presented at Wembley for a record-extending seventh time. The old Wembley hosted five finals, in 1963, 1968, 1971, 1978 and 1992. The new stadium hosted the final in 2011. After Wembley, the Heysel Stadium in Brussels has staged five final matches, including two in 1974, when the final was replayed. The finals of 1958, 1966 and 1985 were also staged there. The Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna has staged four finals, in 1964, 1987, 1990 and 1995. AC MILAN 2-1 BENFICA - May 22, 1963 AC Milan became the first Italian club to win the European Cup and prevented Benfica, winners in 1961 and 1962, from completing a hat-trick with a 2-1 win on a Wednesday afternoon watched by 45,000 people. Eusebio, who had scored twice when Benfica beat Real Madrid 5-3 in Amsterdam the previous season, put the holders ahead in the 18th minute but Milan replied with two second-half goals from Jose Altafini to win the first of thei ...
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Europa League FINAL PREVIEW English representatives Chelsea take Portuguese giants Benfica in the UEFA Europa League final in the Amsterdam ArenA hoping to create a little piece of history. The Blues face the prospect of winning back-to-back European trophies after their Uefa Champions League heroics 12 months ago. Not only that but victory in Holland would see them become just the fourth team in the history of European cup competition to win all three club competitions - the others being Juventus, Ajax and Bayern Munich. The Stamford Bridge club are still on a high after their 2-1 victory at Aston Villa over the weekend. Frank Lampard bagged both goals to overturned Villa's opener which took him past Bobby Tambling's club record of 202 goals. This will be Benfica's first European final in 23 years and they head into the clash with an impressive pedigree having won the European Cup back-to-back in 1961 and 1962, although they have been runners-up in all six major continental finals since then - a trophy d ...
I am a Liverpool fan but I have to admit that growing up as a Kid in English football cultures I admired him for his work at Aberdeen where he led a team that included Willie Miller, Alex Mcleish, and Gordon Strachan to win the European Cup Winners cup. I loved Aberdeen because they wore red When he coached Scotland to the Mexico 86 World Cup, I hoped he will stay on, then He joined United, so you can imagine my agony ...Liverpool had 18 League titles when the Premier League started in 92, United had 7...We had 4 European Cup titles, United had 1 title they won in 68 and they never stopped talking about it Hats off to Sir Alex, the man, the legend, and the enigma...he leaves United, and they have 20 League titles, 3 European Cup/Champions League titles...We still have 18 League titles and yes we have 5 Euro titles, 2 more than United.that's my consolation...If this is not greatness, then what is
BREAKING: Chelsea insist that the original image of this season's squad, posing with the European Cup, was taken down because Di Matteo is no longer Chelsea manager, but the photo has been replaced with one that includes departed Blues players Jose Bosingwa and Didier Drogba, as well as outcast Florent Malouda. The club have also said that Di Matteo is pictured in another area of the West Stand concourse, with the FA Cup. Well, that's the thanks you get for finally guiding Chelsea to Champions League glory!!
John Terry at it again... "We won the European Cup with this team." - Short but sweet, the Daily Mail details a biting response from an unnamed Chelsea player to criticism from Rafa Benitez in a training-ground row on Monday. As the paper's Neil Ashton reports: "After picking up on a comment made by skipper Terry in the dressing room following their defeat at City, Benitez attempted to single him out. Terry defended himself and reminded Benitez that senior players have spoken to him about his managerial methods since he arrived after Chelsea's shambolic defeat in the Champions League against Juventus. A discussion that began with the best of intentions then descended into a heated discussion between the players and the interim coach." Conclusion: Tosser
Arsenal v Bayern Munich - 2000-01 European Cup second group stage - drew 2-2 at Highbury, lost 1-0 away - 2005: Champions League round of 16 - lost 3-1 in Munich, won 1-0 at home to go out 3-2 on aggregate Santi Cazorla will look to overshadow Toni Kroos in the attacking midfield role while Jack Wilshere must repeat his brilliance against Barcelona Midfield pressing Few Champions League matches this season will be so overwhelmingly centred around passing midfielders – Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla will face Javi Martínez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos. The most advanced players like dropping into deep zones to collect possession, while the deepest midfielder on either side are from the Spanish school of reliable distributors, rather than scrappy destroyers. When astute passing sides face similar opposition, such is their respect for the importance of ball retention that the game usually becomes about pressing, and denying the opponents time on the ball. Bayern can press aggres . ...
Champions League: Bayern Munich's battles with British clubs A brief history of Bayern Munich's Champions League encounters with Arsenal – and their European skirmishes with other British clubs ARSENAL 2 BAYERN 2 5 Dec 2000 second group stage An Arsenal team featuring Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Thierry Henry looked to be in control after 56 minutes when Kanu doubled their lead, following an early Henry strike. However, goals from Michael Tarnat and Mehmet Scholl levelled the tie and left Arsenal frustrated. BAYERN 1 ARSENAL 0 14 Mar 2001 second group stage A poor Arsenal allowed Bayern to claim three points in Munich through an early goal from the Brazilian striker, Elber. But results in other games meant Arsenal reached the quarter-finals, where they were eliminated by Valencia. Bayern fared better, going on to win their fourth European Cup. BAYERN 3 ARSENAL 1 22 Feb 2005 round of 16 In a fairly even game, future Chelsea man Claudio Pizarro snatched two goals and Hasan Salihamidzic added another. ...
But there was only gloom for the team Benitez won the Champions League title with in 2005. Liverpool, the five-time European Cup champions, lost 2-0 at Zenit St. Petersburg.
Those who scored this European week ! -Players who are we to say that the Europa League, it's nice, but it's not the Champions League rather than - Lukman Haruna - Lamine Sane - Boussoufa - Marco Streller - Papiss Cisse - Lucas Leiva - Oscar Cardozo 1.Those which we would like to believe now that it's been six months since we tans everyone to build on them - Ezequiel Lavezzi - Adriy Yarmolenko - Alessandro Matri - Federico Peluso - Phil Jones - Samuel Umtiti - Douglas Costa 2.Those who welcomed with relief the formalization of Marriage for all - Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Adil Raminator - Stefan Lichtsteiner and Gary Hooper - Eden Hazard and Oscar - Scott Brown and Simone Padoin - Alvaro Arbeloa and Ryan Giggs - Dmytro Chygrynskyi et Fernandinho 3.Those we saw clearly that they were at least as excited as we find the idea of the European Cup - Cristiano Ronaldo - Hulk - Claudio Marchisio - Angel Di Maria - Gareth Bale - Robin Van Persie - Mezut Özil 4.Those who are still wondering if they can not be returned ...
Ian Hawkey in Issue Three (crucially before Chelsea's triumph in Munich) "But there's one curious feature of the European Cup, in its older guise and its new one. For all the tournament rewards huge capital expenditure, it eludes clubs from most major capitals... other than Ajax, no side from a non-totalitarian capital (if we include in that definition such clubs as Real Madrid and Benfica whose position was secured under a dictatorship) has ever won the Champions League." Discuss.
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Back the Bhoys against Dundee United CELTIC return to domestic action this Saturday when they play host to an in-form Dundee United team, now managed by former Hoops star, Jackie McNamara. Neil Lennon’s men will be looking to return to winning ways after Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League clash with Juventus. The scoreline from that night doesn’t reflect Celtic’s impressive performance, and the team showed once again just why they deserve to be playing at this level of European football. The gateway to the Champions League is through winning the SPL, and having done so last season, the Hoops are determined to retain the trophy. And another step in achieving that target would be in beating a Dundee United side who will come to Celtic Park full of confidence following victories over Rangers in the Scottish Cup and Hearts in the SPL last weekend. You can be at Paradise to cheer the Bhoys on against Dundee United. Tickets for the match this Saturday, February 16 (KO: 3pm) are on sale, priced from £26 fo ...
»Rafael Benitez’s tumultuous reign as Chelsea interim manager took another twist last night after he risked opening a rift with captain John Terry. The Spaniard, who has proved an unpopular appointment among Blues fans, left the 32-year-old former England captain on the bench in their 1-0 win at Sparta Prague in the Europa League. Brazilian forward Oscar scored a late winner for last season’s European Champions, and after the game Benitez warned Terry he was no longer guaranteed a place in the team. The centre-back is seen as a legend among Chelsea fans after captaining the club to three Premier League titles and the Champions League, although he was suspended for the final. Bad part for the former three lions skipper: Terry has also been involved in five FA Cup-winning teams and has won the League Cup twice, although he has attracted a number of negative headlines for non-football issues. Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic were preferred to Terry last night as, Benitez claims, the Chelsea captain st ...
- 0 - Three of Manchester United's last four Champions League games away in Spain have ended 0-0. - 404 - Manchester United have made fewer unsuccessful passes than any other team in the Champions League this season. - 3 - Man Utd have conceded exactly three goals in five of their eight European Cup matches against Real Madrid. UK!
Man Utd vs Real Madrid Predictions around Europe.. At the draw for this season’s Champions League round of 16, one tie stood head and shoulders above the other seven. Manchester United and Real Madrid, with a dozen European Cup successes between them, are among the favourites to win another Champions League title every passing season, but in 2012-13 only one will see the last eight after they were paired in the first wave of knockout fixtures. The latest meeting of two of European football’s superpowers, another round in the managerial battle between Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho, and the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo lining up against his former employers, has everybody talking ahead of Wednesday’s first leg. But who will come out on top? We asked our continental cousins for their predictions and analysis, and you can read who Europe thinks will advance to the quarter-finals – including the opinions of both the British and Spanish Eurosport offices. +++ Christopher Hemscheidt – Eurosport Ger ...
Winning Real Madrid's 10th European Cup is José Mourinho's last goal | Sid Lowe Winning his third Champions League and his employer's 10th will probably not save his job but it will define the head coach's legacy in Spain He would not say so, at least not publicly, but José Mourinho probably agreed with his captain. This time, they surely saw eye to eye for once, not least because they had to. "If finishing 25 points behind Barcelona in the league means winning the Champions League, I would sign now," Iker Casillas said, exaggerating for effect. That was in December; two months later it could become a reality, simultaneously seductive and troubling. Real Madrid are third, 16 points behind Barcelona. This has been a tense, conflictive and unsuccessful season – so far. Mourinho long since declared the league "impossible". There remains a Copa del Rey semi-final, second leg but its importance is relative. What really matters is the Champions League. Mourinho is a collector, acutely aware of his place in ...
"I missed my penalty and it felt like the worst day of my life. Now it's the happiest day of my life." Cristiano Ronaldo Forty years after their first European Cup triumph, half a century on from the Munich air crash and on the night of Ryan Giggs's club-record 759th appearance, Manchester United FC's evening, as they contested the 2007/08 Uefa Champions League final, was so nearly spoiled.After an epic domestic campaign which saw United sneak out on top of perennial Premier League rivals Chelsea FC, this first all-English showpiece delivered its own brand of engaging encounter at a rain-soaked Luzhniki Stadium.United were first to show their hand 26 minutes in, Cristiano Ronaldo dropping off Michael Essien and leaping majestically to head Wes Brown's cross low into the corner for his 42nd club goal of the season.Buoyed by the effervescent Owen Hargreaves and calmed by the composed Paul Scholes, United's goal was first threatened when Rio Ferdinand inadvertently headed that way. Edwin van der Sar to the r ...
Real Madrid's anxiety to win a 10th European Cup puts them under greater pressure to succeed than Manchester United when they meet in the last 16 of the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo said.
Barcelona delivered a masterclass to inflict another Champions League final defeat on Manchester United as Lionel Messi inspired an emphatic victory at Wembley. Manchester United's hopes of emulating their first European Cup Final success here against Benfica in 1968 foundered as Barcelona deservedly repeated their win against Sir Alex Ferguson's side in Rome two years ago. The pattern of an entertaining game bore an uncanny resemblance to events in the Stadio Olimpico in 2009 as United started with optimism and intent before being swamped by Barcelona's brilliance. Pedro gave Barcelona the lead from one of the many wonderful passes played by Xavi - but Wayne Rooney lifted the gloom during a torrid spell for United with a fine equaliser following a swift exchange with Ryan Giggs. Barcelona responded by cranking up what Ferguson labelled their passing "carousel" after the break, with man-of-the match Messi at the centre of events as he tortured United.   Messi's magical feet were decorated by lu ...
s a footballer, Josep 'Pep' Guardiola was a much-acclaimed defensive midfielder who spent the majority of his playing career with FC Barcelona. He was part of the great Johan Cruyff's 'Dream Team' that won the club's first European Cup. After retiring as a player, Guardiola became a coach at Barcelona, succeeding Frank Rijkaard as first-team manager in 2008. In his first season, he led the team to the treble of La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League - and became the youngest-ever winning manager of that tournament. The following season the club won six trophies in six competitions, playing some of the most fabulous football ever witnessed. The team comprises global stars like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta and continues to compete at a level its rivals cannot match. This book tells how Pep Guardiola did it, playing the Beautiful Game - and winning.
Moussa Sissoko – has signed for Newcastle Here is what has only just been posted on the Toulouse web-site with translation from Google and myself: “Moussa Sissoko did not terminate his contract Toulouse Football Club but he agreed with the Newcastle United Football Club for a definitive transfer that takes effect today. His career will therefore evolve in England in the English Premier League championship.” “Moussa Sissoko joined the Toulouse Football Club where he played in most of the categories of youth training center in Toulouse.” ”He made his official debut with the professional team of Touolouse during the 2007-08 season, when he came on against Valenciennes (3 August 2007), and he ten played in matches against Lyon and Liverpool, in the preliminary round of the Champions League.” “Moussa is a powerful player who scored his first goal official on 1 September 2007 at the Stadium against AJ Auxerre (2-0). He played 30 games in Ligue 1 in his first season (plus four European Cup). .. ...
true, however what other manager has won the lot, World Cup,European Championship, Champions League and La Liga. Anyone?
With sunderlona 'running off into the distance' from Newcastle United thanks to their huge FOUR point advantage, bookmakers have now stopped taking bets on them winning the Premier League, The FA Cup, the Champions League, the World Cup, X Factor, Crufts, Big Brother, the Great North Run, a Nobel Peace Prize, Strictly Come Dancing and Miss World. However, bets can still be placed on the mackems scurrying off into the distance as soon as their little team lose again. Davey
watched him and Owen Hargreaves boss the Champions League that year and my European Cup encyclopaedia tells me he was top dog.
Juventus They have absolutely dominated Serie A in the last year and a half. The 49 match unbeaten run in the championship best demonstrates that. The arrival of Antonio Conte brought about a change in the philosophy of their game, which is based on putting pressure on the ball. In this season’s Champions League they are yet to taste defeat and, after getting three straight wins, finished first in a group from which Chelsea, reigning European Cup champions and World Club Cup runners-up were knocked-out. The insuppressible Buffon and Pirlo are the key players in their team, which also includes the likes of Vidal, Giovinco, Isla, Vucinic, Bendtner, who is out injured for the next two months, and Quagliarella. Bayern Munich European runners-up and the runaway Bundesliga leaders this season. Mandzukic, Javi Martínez and Shaqiri are some of the players who Heynckes has brought into a very well-rounded squad, with plenty of options in attack. Mario Gómez, Robben, Ribéry, Müller and Kroos lay bare that fac ...
Can we win the quadruple this season cause we can it will be a great success since Jock Stein won the lot (European Cup, League, Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup & Glasgow Cup) back in 1967 and Neil Lennon in 2013? with the League, Champions League, Scottish Cup & Scottish League Cup, if he can do that this season Lennon will be there with the greats with Jock Stein as the greatest Celtic Legends alive.
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'Champions League? Why not...' Liverpool have a great chance to claim a Champions League berth this season, according to Phil Thompson. The Reds recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this season as they came back to beat West Ham 3-2 on Sunday, making it just one defeat in 11 for Brendan Rodgers' side. The fixture list now shows two consecutive home games for the Reds, with Aston Villa and Fulham travelling to Anfield before the busy Christmas period begins. Asked whether his former team can reduce the four-point gap to fourth place and challenge for Champions League qualification in 2012-13, Thompson insisted it was a possibility. "Absolutely, why not?" the man who lifted the 1981 European Cup for Liverpool and later became the club's assistant manager told Liverpoolfc.com. "A few weeks ago you might have thought it was a bit too far away. Four points off fourth spot is a fantastic achievement. "We've been chipping away so we're still in there and I think there is a great opportunity to get ...
Benitez questions Chelsea's 'hunger' to defend Champions League trophy The Blues interim manager believes the Stamford Bridge club's triumph in the competition last term may have affected the desire of the squad to succeed this season The Blues could become the first European Cup holders to be knocked out of the competition at the group stage when they face Nordsjaelland on Wednesday, where only a win over the Danish side and a Juventus victory at already-qualified Shakhtar Donetsk will ensure they avoid such ignominy. Chelsea have struggled in this year's competition, securing just two wins out of their five group games so far - with their most recent defeat to Juventus leading to the dismissal of manager Roberto Di Matteo - and his replacement Benitez has now hinted that the Blues’ success in Munich last year could have reduced the current squad's desire this term. "At a top side, who have already won trophies, but you're missing one, that is the ambition," Benitez told reporters. "Chelsea won the Cha ...
Y ALWAYS CHELSEA?Rafael Benitez has been confirmed as Chelsea manager after the club sacked Roberto Di Matteo following their 3-0 loss τ̲̅ȍ Juventus. The 52-year-old Spaniard takes charge of the European Champions on an interim basis until the end of the campaign after spending almost twoyears out of work following his dismissal at Inter Milan. Di Matteo was sacked on Wednesday after Chelsea's loss in Turin left them on the brink of exiting the Champions League, which they won last season. Later on Wednesday, a statement on the club's website read: "The ownerand the board believe that in Benitez we have a manager with significant experience at the highestlevel of football, who can come in and immediately help deliver our objectives." Benitez will take charge ofhis second English Premier League club after a successful six-year spell at Liverpool between2004 and 2010. His time on Merseyside led to success in Europe as he won the club's fifth European Cup in his second season. Roman Abramovich relieved D ...
According to Steven Gerrard, that goal Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for Sweden in their 4-2 victory over England in Stockholm on Wednesday night is the "best goal" he has ever witnessed in the flesh, and when such an assessment comes from a man who has spent 14 years at the top of his sport, establishing a career that has taken in two Champions League finals, three FA Cup Finals, a Uefa Cup Final and, after Wednesday, 100 international caps, it is worth listening to. But exactly how good was Ibrahimovic's 30-yard overhead kick, and is it, as the likes of Gerrard have suggested, one of the very best ever scored? Debates like these are of course highly subjective. Different goals mean different things to different people, making one man or woman's wonder strike another's run-of-the-mill kick-and-hope. What most can agree on is that when assessing a goal for its value, certain, basic parameters are required, most notably context and quality. On the later count, there is no doubt that the fourth of Ibrahimovic's ...
Adrian Chiles, how is Juve vs. Chelsea an old fashioned Champions League tie? Chelsea made their European Cup (not just CL) debut in 2000
►Player with most goals in a Champions League season: Leo Messi scored 14 in the 2011/12 Champions League, equalling Milan’s Jose Altafina in the 62/63 European Cup.
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