European Club Football

Was The Bernabéu’s DJ On Loan From Carrow Road?

Was The Bernabéu’s DJ On Loan From Carrow Road?

By on May 23, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 4 comments

The Champions League on a Saturday night may have been a great leap forward in securing football’s place in the light entertainment schedule, but, writes William Abbs, watching viewers from Norwich may have been wondering why Bayern Munich were using one of their songs when they scored their goals. Norwich City, one of the country’s best-supported provincial...

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Memories Of The UEFA Cup

Memories Of The UEFA Cup

By on May 11, 2010 in European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

When I was growing up in the 1970s, it was always the UEFA Cup, of the three European club competitions, which caught my imagination. This was mainly, but not exclusively, because my team at the time, Tottenham, were winners, beaten semi-finalists and beaten finalists during my first three years following the game. It was never properly explained to me why the...

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Match Of The Midweek: Fulham 2-1 Hamburg SV

Match Of The Midweek: Fulham 2-1 Hamburg SV

By on Apr 29, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

It is a warm, sunny evening in West London. The sun sparkles on the Thames in the pre-match aerial shots of Craven Cottage, but there is a sense of calm before the storm in the air. Tonight, Fulham plays host to the biggest match in their history. Sometimes, it helps just to repeat the following sentence in order to assist with letting it sink in. This evening,...

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“England” Out Of Champions League, Apparently

“England” Out Of Champions League, Apparently

By on Apr 7, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 10 comments

So it has come to pass. For the first time in seven years, there will be no English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The manner of the defeats of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United were from three different chapters of the book, “How To Get Eliminated From A Two-Legged Cup Tie”. Chelsea were edged out by Internazionale over two...

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Match Of The Midweek: Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal

Match Of The Midweek: Barcelona 4-1 Arsenal

By on Apr 6, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 5 comments

How, then, do Arsenal solve a problem like Lionel Messi? If he isn’t unquestionably the best player in the world at the moment then he is in the top two or three, and if this evening’s Champions League quarter-final proves anything, it proves that one player, in irresistable form, can win a match. Lionel Messi has been in sensational form all season but...

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What A Night To Be A Fulham Supporter

What A Night To Be A Fulham Supporter

By on Mar 19, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 3 comments

Spring is in the air, and the good news stories just keep coming. Former Chester City supporters seem to have a decisive upper hand in their battle to get their own club, run on their own terms. Durham City of the Unibond League end a run of twenty-nine successive defeats with two wins in a row. And now Fulham have beaten Juventus in the UEFA Cup. It wasn’t...

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Match Of The Midweek: Chelsea 0-1 Internazionale

Match Of The Midweek: Chelsea 0-1 Internazionale

By on Mar 17, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 1 comment

How would you feel if you were Roman Abramovich after this evening’s Champions League match between Chelsea and Inter? When he disposed of Jose Mourinho just over three years ago, it was reportedly a show of player power the likes of which the English game had seldom seen before. Mourinho, however, has never quite gone away. He remains a ghost-like presence at...

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