European Club Football

The Dangers Of A European Super League

By on Jul 28, 2011 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 16 comments

The news that the biggest club sides in Europe may be looking to cast UEFA and FIFA aside and form their own breakaway league will come as no great surprise to anybody with even the most cursory knowledge of the modus operandum of those that run said clubs. At height of the FIFA corruption hysteria at the end of May, we noted on this site that, “Who is to say...

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When Squared Sausage Meets Currywurst: Scottish & German Clubs Collide

By on Jul 17, 2011 in European Club Football, History, Latest, Scottish Football | 1 comment

With the speed of a cheetah after it identifies its prey, the Scottish Premier League season approaches. As players in other top flight leagues wake from their midsummer’s naps and beginning stretching for their pre-season action, SPL players are back on their training grounds, preparing for matches that mean more than just a bit of fitness. Most Premier...

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Thursday picture: Finding Mourinhos

Thursday picture: Finding Mourinhos

By on Jun 23, 2011 in Art, European Club Football | 0 comments

Portuguese football’s baffling alacrity at finding young, charismatic and highly skilled coaches continues to baffle everyone in England, where Sam Allardyce remains a credible candidate for the role of national team manager. But how are they doing it? Dotmund claims to have found out. More from Dotmund’s oeuvre may be found here. Twitter: Dotmund /...

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Hopelessly Romantic: Remembering Works Teams

By on Jun 13, 2011 in European Club Football, History | 3 comments

When a football legend parts from the game either through retirement or death, ink splatters as tributes are furiously written to consider the man’s style of play, his memorable moments on the pitch, his connections with his fans, and his contributions to club and country. Even for an almost legend, debates commence over whether the player had been underrated,...

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1860 Munich Appear In the Clear, But Is 50+1?

By on Jun 6, 2011 in European Club Football, Finance, Latest | 1 comment

It has come to pass, then, that German football sees its first Arab investor with last week’s announcement that Hasan Ismaik bought a 49% ownership stake in 1860 Munich. The thirty-four year old Jordanian reportedly signed away €18 million in order for the Bavarian club to avoid a calamitous descent from the 2.Bundesliga down into the amateur leagues had it...

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The 2011 UEFA Champions League Final: Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United

By on May 28, 2011 in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

Manchester United and Barcelona at Wembley, then. These are two clubs whose European histories have become interwoven with each other as well as this venue. When Manchester United became the first English club to win the European Cup, they did so at Wembley in 1968. Twenty-four years later, Barcelona won it for the first time at the same venue. A year earlier, they...

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Unexpected Faces Head The Dutch Top Scorers List

By on May 21, 2011 in European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

Ajax may won the Eredivisie this season, but the traditional powerhouses of Dutch football were frozen out in the top goalscorers list where, as Luke Edwards explains, the names at the top came from somewhat unexpected sources. Normally, if you were to take a glance at the top scorers in the Eredivisie you would expect see representatives from the big three of Ajax,...

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