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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.

Time for UEFA to revert to goal difference in Champions League

December 6, 2011

My head is hurting after all the mathematics that has been needed to work out qualification chances in the Champions League.

Spreading out internationals makes sense

October 7, 2011

UEFA’s plan to spread out fixtures during international weeks makes perfect sense and should bring an end to those strange weekends during the season with no top class soccer, when I find myself watching rubbish old B-movies and darts.

Soccer Break Friday

April 1, 2011

SOCCER-WORLDThe first day of the fourth month means April fools day, so we would really love to hear from you if there are any dubious stories doing the rounds.

Soccer Break Tuesday

March 22, 2011

MALAYSIA/Football’s governing bodies are dominating the news on Tuesday as the FIFA presidency candidates hit the campaign trail and the UEFA presidency will be retained by an unopposed Michel Platini.

Should Real be punished if red cards are deemed deliberate?

November 24, 2010

SOCCER-CHAMPIONS/It’s one of the most farcical scenes I’ve ever seen in soccer. Real Madrid duo Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos taking ages to take kicks in the 4-0 win at Ajax and getting second yellow cards for timewasting and hence being sent off.

Euro 2012 qualifiers – live

September 7, 2010

We’re following all tonight’s Euro 2012 qualifiers live. Join us here for updates, comments and pix … and details of all the goals as they go in.

Europeans baffled by fuss over Terry’s private life

February 7, 2010

Michel Platini’s Gallic shrug said it all. “I’m not bothered. What do you want me to say?” he said.

UEFA to call time on loss-making clubs

January 27, 2010

MALTA/Half Europe’s leading professional clubs are losing money, according to UEFA, and the forthcoming Financial Fair Play initiative will be a concerted attempt to tackle the problem.

Three reasons for UEFA to be cheerful with the new Champions League format

December 10, 2009

APOEL Nicosia, Olympiakos and FC Zurich’s performances in the Champions League this year may have done enough to strengthen the case for more group stage places to be kept open for teams from smaller soccer countries.