Knockout round draws for both UEFA club competitions

Knockout round draws for both UEFA club competitions

The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League knockout round draws take place in Nyon on Friday and media representatives wishing to attend can apply for accreditation. The knockout round draws for the 2011/12 UEFA club competitions will take place on Friday 16 December at the House of European Football […]

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The stats that show Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger is the most influential defensive player in the world

The stats that show Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger is the most influential defensive player in the world

The talismanic midfielder led die Roten to Europe’s best defensive record: his absence due to injury has exposed the weakness of the Bavarian defence. A month ago, Bayern Munich’s defence was impenetrable. Having conceded just four goals in 18 games, keeping clean sheets against the likes of Manchester City, Villarreal, […]

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From Clasico horror show vs Barcelona to Champions League bullying by AC Milan – Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10 big game flops

From Clasico horror show vs Barcelona to Champions League bullying by AC Milan – Cristiano Ronaldo’s 10 big game flops

After another disappointing Clasico display against the Catalans last Saturday, we catalogue the former Ballon d’Or winner’s high-profile flounders. Cristiano Ronaldo has come under fire again following Saturday’s inept performance for Real Madrid in their 3-1 loss at home to a Barcelona side who are not only his club’s fiercest […]

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The Champions League: Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way

The Champions League: Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way

Ahead of Friday’s last 16 draw, Ed Malyon previews who are the favourites with the bookmakers and who might be a worthwhile longshot to claim the crown. With some of the high-profile casualties of the competition last week, the betting market for the winner of the Champions League just got […]

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AC Milan & PSG target Carlos Tevez: I only want to join Boca Juniors

AC Milan & PSG target Carlos Tevez: I only want to join Boca Juniors

The Argentine international has revealed he has no intention of going back to the Citizens and is looking to sign for his first professional club back in Argentina. Unhappy Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has revealed that he does not want to return to England and only wants to join […]

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Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi sets sights on Italy’s Euro 2012 squad

Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi sets sights on Italy’s Euro 2012 squad

The 24-year-old forward hopes that he can regain full fitness and earn a place in Cesare Prandelli’s final selection for Poland-Ukraine. The 24-year-old sustained a knee ligament injury in his side’s 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in October and is likely to be out of action until April 2012. Prior […]

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French gambling authority opens investigation into Olympique Lyonnais’ 7-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb

French gambling authority opens investigation into Olympique Lyonnais’ 7-1 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb

The Ligue 1 side’s spectacular win at Stadion Maksimir on Wednesday has caught the attention of online gambling supervisors. The French regulatory authority for online games, ARJEL, has opened an investigation into Olympique Lyonnais’ 7-1 Champions League Group D win over Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian capital on Wednesday. Lyon […]

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Italy becomes the only nation to send three teams to Champions League last 16

Italy becomes the only nation to send three teams to Champions League last 16

The peninsula will have three representatives in next week’s draw after the Vesuviani’s landmark victory, and it came at the expense of the much-vaunted Premier League leaders. And so the job was completed. Tentatively, but tremendously, Napoli made their way into the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday […]

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Bad refereeing costs Ajax Champions League Round of 16 qualification

Bad refereeing costs Ajax Champions League Round of 16 qualification

The Amsterdam side put in an encouraging performance against the Spanish giants, but saw two goals wrongly disallowed and were eliminated from the tournament. Going into their last Champions League Group D game at home against Real Madrid, Ajax were sitting in pole position to secure second spot ahead of […]

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Champions League Highlights December 7
Manchester United, City & Ajax crash out as Napoli, CSKA, Basel & Lyon complete Champions League last 16 line-up

Manchester United, City & Ajax crash out as Napoli, CSKA, Basel & Lyon complete Champions League last 16 line-up

We look at the final standings of the group stage as the 16 teams that progressed to the knockout rounds are determined. We expected surprises, and that was exactly what happened in the final round of group fixtures on Wednesday night. On Tuesday, Chelsea, Marseille and Zenit St. Petersburg survived […]

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Manchester United’s Patrice Evra: ‘It is embarrassing to be in the Europa League’

Manchester United’s Patrice Evra: ‘It is embarrassing to be in the Europa League’

The Frenchman has hinted some of his team-mates are content to feature in any European competition and maintains his side should have worked harder in the early group matches. Patrice Evra has declared his embarrassment at being demoted to the Europa League after Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Basel resulted […]

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Napoli’s Aurelio De Laurentiis: Champions League progression is a starting point for the future

Napoli’s Aurelio De Laurentiis: Champions League progression is a starting point for the future

The supremo of the Italian side has hailed their qualification for the knockout stage following the win over Villarreal, and is hopeful their feat can ignite an era of success. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has proclaimed that his team’s progression to the Champions League knockout stage is a ‘starting […]

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Basel’s Heiko Vogel: It will take until 2017 for triumph over Manchester United to sink in

Basel’s Heiko Vogel: It will take until 2017 for triumph over Manchester United to sink in

The German trainer is understandably jubilant after witnessing a stunning display from his players to down the English champions and secure progression to the knockout stage. Basel caretaker coach Heiko Vogel claims that his team’s Champions League heroics against Manchester United on Wednesday will not sink in for a long […]

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