European Club Football

Should We Be Surprised If European Football Is Fixed?

By on Nov 21, 2009 in European Club Football, Latest | 5 comments

As the Thierry Henry story rumbles on into its fourth day, a story is starting to break which might begin to put it into perspective. It is a story that is breaking from Germany and involves the arrest of seventeen people in connection with what would be the biggest, most systematic match-fixing ring that European football has ever seen. It concerns the fixing of...

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Match Of The Midweek: Fiorentina 2-0 Liverpool

By on Sep 30, 2009 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

It is a sign of the decline of Italian football in recent years that a trip to Florence at the end of September wasn’t – at least, not before kick-off – a cause of major concern for Liverpool. Ten or fifteen years ago things might have been different, but the Premier League is wallowing and basking in its opulence at the moment while Italian...

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FIFA, Chelsea & Gael Kakuta

By on Sep 4, 2009 in European Club Football, Latest | 7 comments

That the football community in Britain has responded with such surprise the two transfer window ban that FIFA have slapped upon Chelsea is, in itself, quite telling. It has long been the suspicion of many that the biggest clubs have been getting away with this sort of thing for years, but it is difficult to say whether this particular ruling has drawn so much...

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Villa’s European Adventure Ends Early

By on Aug 28, 2009 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

August comes to an end on Monday, and this year it will have outlived Aston Villa’s time in the 2008/09 Europa League by four days. Villa beat Rapid Vienna 2-1 at Villa Park last night, drawing 2-2 over the two legs and exiting the competition on away goals. One suspects that the inquest into the defeat is unlikely to be a very long one. The claret and blue...

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Serie A Preview: 2009/10

By on Aug 21, 2009 in European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

The Premier League started last weekend and it’s still a couple of weeks until La Liga begins in Spain but this weekend Serie A kicks off in Italy and Paul Grech has been generous enough to offer us a full run-down of the chances for the runners and riders in Italy this season. If you can’t get enough of Serie A,  feel free to drop by at Paul’s blog...

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Corruption Allegations Make The Maltese Cross

By on Aug 20, 2009 in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

Football in Malta has started to make a real impression in European competitions over the last couple of years but, as Paul Grech reports, the new season starts under a cloud amid controversy over match-fixing allegations involving two of the clubs in the Maltese Premier League. Days before the Maltese football season is due to start and still the future of...

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Arsene Wenger’s Super League Odyssey

By on Aug 18, 2009 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 4 comments

The Champions League reaches the final knock-out stage this evening, with an all-British match between Arsenal and Celtic taking centre stage as twenty clubs play off against each other for the right to join the lucrative group stages of the competition. The big question facing the competition as it kicks off, however, is whether the Champions League is lucrative...

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UEFA Square Up To The Premier League. Again.

By on Aug 4, 2009 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 6 comments

It’s all in the timing. The BBC couldn’t have chosen a better time to run a special report on the state of finances in English football. The eve of the new English season is a time of optimism at most clubs, but in an interview with Radio5′s Dan Road, the UEFA general secretary David Taylor expressed concerns about many aspects of the way that...

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