Knockout round draws for both UEFA club competitions

Knockout round draws for both UEFA club competitions

Dec 14, 2011 + Add a Comment

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 […]

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

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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, […]

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

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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 […]

The Champions League: Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way

The Champions League: Barcelona and Real Madrid lead the way

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Bad refereeing costs Ajax Champions League Round of 16 qualification

Bad refereeing costs Ajax Champions League Round of 16 qualification

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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’

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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 […]

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

Dec 8, 2011 | 1 Comment

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 […]

Frank de Boer saddened by Ajax’s Champions League elimination following loss to Real Madrid

Frank de Boer saddened by Ajax’s Champions League elimination following loss to Real Madrid

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The boss of the Amsterdam giants is upset to see his team bow out of the competition, after claiming they had the majority of possession, but admits the scenario comes as a shock. Ajax coach Frank de Boer has lamented his side’s failure to qualify for the Champions League knockout […]

Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes: Despite loss to Manchester City, teams will find it tough to beat us in knockout stage

Bayern Munich’s Jupp Heynckes: Despite loss to Manchester City, teams will find it tough to beat us in knockout stage

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The 66-year-old dismissed his side’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday, but warned potential rivals that they will be difficult to break down as the tournament wears on. Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has promised that his team will be ready to take on the cream of Europe in […]

Sir Alex Ferguson blames ‘stupid’ draw at home to Basel for Manchester United’s shock Champions League exit

Sir Alex Ferguson blames ‘stupid’ draw at home to Basel for Manchester United’s shock Champions League exit

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Manager shocked after seeing his side dumped out but refuses to blame one result and highlights previous failings as key reason for their lack of progression. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was left disappointed and shocked as he watched his side dumped out of the Champions League in a […]

Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini apologises to players and supporters following Champions League exit

Manchester City’s Roberto Mancini apologises to players and supporters following Champions League exit

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The Italian believes his side were unfortunate to be placed in a ‘difficult’ group but insisted they must improve if they enter the competition again next season. Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has apologised to the club’s players and supporters after his side crashed out of the Champions League. City […]

Rudi Garcia laments ‘cruel deception’ after Lille are eliminated from European competition

Rudi Garcia laments ‘cruel deception’ after Lille are eliminated from European competition

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The 47-year-old manager expressed his disappointment at his side’s 0-0 draw against Trabzonspor, which contributed to their early exit from European competition. Lille boss Rudi Garcia has expressed his frustration after a 0-0 draw against Trabzonspor saw them finish bottom of Group B and suffer elimination from all European competition. […]

Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis scores fastest-ever Champions League hat-trick

Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis scores fastest-ever Champions League hat-trick

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The France hitman bagged a treble of goals in just seven minutes either side of half time in Croatia, beating the record previously held by former Blackburn forward Mike Newell. Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis has become the fastest-ever scorer of a Champions League hat-trick, following his four-goal display in his […]

Basel 2-1 Manchester United: Manchester United Eliminated, Basel Advance

Basel 2-1 Manchester United: Manchester United Eliminated, Basel Advance

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Sir Alex Ferguson’s men crash out of Europe’s elite competition at the group stage for the first time since 2005 as the Swiss champions saw them off with a battling performance. Goals from Marco Streller and Alexander Frei sent Basel into the Champions League knockout stages at the expense of […]

Manchester City 2-0 Bayern Munich: Manchester City Eliminated

Manchester City 2-0 Bayern Munich: Manchester City Eliminated

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Despite an impressive and brave showing by Mancini’s side, the result didn’t amount to much as a Napoli win sent the Eastland’s team crashing out of the competition. Manchester City crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night despite beating Bayern Munich 2-0 at Eastlands, as Napoli secured second […]

Villarreal 0-2 Napoli: Inler and Hamsik score, Manchester City Eliminated

Villarreal 0-2 Napoli: Inler and Hamsik score, Manchester City Eliminated

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Walter Mazzarri’s men battled hard to earn the result they needed in Spain, as the two midfielders grabbed the goals to keep them in Europe’s elite football competition. Second-half strikes from Gokhan Inler and Marek Hamsik secured a 2-0 victory for Napoli against Villarreal at El Madrigal, putting the Italian […]

Ajax 0-3 Real Madrid: Ajax Eliminated

Ajax 0-3 Real Madrid: Ajax Eliminated

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The Dutch outfit put in a strong display against the Liga leaders, but saw their Champions League ambitions come to an end following some controversial refereeing decisions. Real Madrid have equalled their club record of 15 consecutive wins by beating Ajax 3-0 at the Amsterdam ArenA in their last Champions […]

Inter 1-2 CSKA Moscow: Russians snatch victory in San Siro to join Serie A side in next round of Champions League

Inter 1-2 CSKA Moscow: Russians snatch victory in San Siro to join Serie A side in next round of Champions League

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Just seconds after Diego Milito had headed against the bar, Vasili Berezutski popped up with a late winner for the visitors to send them through to the last 16. CSKA Moscow progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League with a dramatic 2-1 victory over Inter in their Group […]

Lille 0-0 Trabzonspor: Wasteful hosts squander numerous chances as both sides are eliminated from competition

Lille 0-0 Trabzonspor: Wasteful hosts squander numerous chances as both sides are eliminated from competition

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In a one-sided affair, the French champions were frustrated by their Turkish opponents, but a late twist in Milan sent both sides out. Trabzonspor weathered a tempest from Lille to earn a scoreless draw in northern France, but it was not good enough to see them progress from Champions League […]

Villarreal’s Borja Valero hits out at Manchester City bribe claims made by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis

Villarreal’s Borja Valero hits out at Manchester City bribe claims made by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis

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The Spanish side can lend the Citizens a helping hand with a victory over the Italians, but the 26-year-old midfielder says his team are only interested in winning for themselves. Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero has dismissed rumours claiming Manchester City have offered his side money to beat Napoli in the […]