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And Porto will play…..Europa League draw provides some stardust

December 16, 2011

There was the usual hushed silence and then sudden intake of breath heard in Nyon on Friday, though not for the Champions League Round of 16 draw but the first two ties of the Europa League Round of 32.

Villas Boas ticks all Chelsea boxes except top prize

By Reuters Staff
June 22, 2011

By Shrikesh Laxmidas and Daniel Alvarenga

Unlike his mentor Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas Boas does not have a Champions League title on his resumeĀ as he moves to Chelsea but he ticks every other box on the London club’s wishlist.

Soccer Break Thursday – Power to Portugal

May 19, 2011

It was no classic but Porto cemented themselves as one of Europe’s top sides on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over compatriots Braga in the Europa League final in Dublin, surely the start of better days for the Portuguese game.

Soccer Break Wednesday – Will you watch the Europa League final?

May 18, 2011

Will you be watching the Europa League final later on Wednesday? Do you even know who is in the final? Does it annoy you that such a tough competition gets undervalued because of the unstoppable rise in popularity of the Champions League?

Soccer Break Friday – titles at stake

May 6, 2011

The week is ending but the drama is just cranking up. Yes, the weekend is almost upon us, and that meansĀ loads more football action around Europe where there is still plenty at stake.

Soccer Break Thursday – United roll on

May 5, 2011

Manchester United just keep on winning despite a sluggish season by their usually high standards and will now face Barcelona in the Champions League final on May 28.

Soccer Break Thursday – Champions League recap

April 7, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Where to start after four brilliant Champions League quarter-finals, even if the intrigue for next week’s second legs has all but gone from three of the ties with Barcelona leading Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1, Real Madrid 4-0 up against Tottenham Hotspur and Schalke 04 in total charge against holders Inter Milan after the 5-2 triumph at the San Siro.

Soccer Break Thursday

March 17, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/So Real Madrid finally broke their last 16 jinx and made the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2004 with a solid home performance against Olympique Lyon. Can’t imagine anyone left in the draw would like to face Jose Mourinho’s men when the last eight and semi-final draws are announced on Friday.

Soccer Break Thursday

March 10, 2011

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/Breathe in. Breathe out. The Champions League is over for this week after a tense two days of last 16 drama. And now for Europa League action on Thursday with yet more top sides in action.

UPDATE: Controversial Champions League gives way to Predictions League!

February 22, 2010

Well the fight for fourth spot in the Premier League looks like being one of the most intriguing battles in Europe as we near the latter stages of the season. Tottenham and Aston Villa won but Manchester City drew 0-0 with Liverpool in a drab game to leave it all as close as an Olympic downhill.