European Club Football

Match Of The Week: Milan 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

By on Feb 15, 2011 in European Club Football, Latest | 6 comments

Perhaps this what they mean when they speak of the importance of qualifying for the Champions League. Milan away, in the last sixteen of what is, for better or for worse, Europe’s premier club competition. The San Siro excels in evenings of high drama – it could even be argued that it is architecturally theatrical – and there are few clubs on the...

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UEFA Financial Fair Play On Radio 5: An Idiots Guidance

By on Jan 22, 2011 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 3 comments

There are times when it dawns on you just how dirt cheap the BBC licence is. It dawned on me most recently when I tried to calculate how much of a refund I would be due for 26 minutes, the length of the Radio 5 Live ‘Monday Night Club’ debate on Uefa’s ‘Financial Fair Play’ (FFP) regulations. To be fair to the BBC, any proper debate on Uefa’s complex but largely...

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The Twohundredpercent Review Of 2010, Part One: On The Pitch

By on Dec 29, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

In many ways, 2010 has been an unusual curate’s egg of a year on the pitch. With the value of hindsight, we can see that not everything that we might have predicted last January came to pass yet, at the same time, it often felt as if it was very much business as usual on the pitch. The clubs of the Premier League and Barcelona, the aesthetes choice, all...

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Barcelona And The Sacrifice Of Principles

By on Dec 11, 2010 in European Club Football, Latest | 3 comments

One of the more singular quirks of some football rivalries is an appropriation of the moral high ground by one club over another. It can be seen in some ways in the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers, where the perception from the outside has long been of a near-bunker mentality at Ibrox. A similar situation exists in Spain, where Barcelona have, in recent years,...

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Video Of The Week: Football, Fussball, Voetbal – Part One

By on Dec 6, 2010 in European Club Football, History, Non-League | 3 comments

This week’s Video Of The Week is a very special find from YouTube, the first part of the BBC’s 1995 documentary series on the history of European football, “Fussball, Football, Voetbal”. Recorded as part of the build-up to the 1996 European Championships, this two-parter, narrated by John Motson, traces the history of European club football,...

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A Homage To A Catalonian Evening

By on Dec 1, 2010 in European Club Football, Latest | 0 comments

I will get to actual football in a minute. Please bear with me. In a week when former Tory minister David Mellor bleated on TV about dishonesty in public life, it came as less of a shock to see Henry Winter making a good point in the Telegraph this weekend and Martin Samuel writing sensibly in the Daily Mail on Monday. Samuel left the Mail’s bleating at the BBC...

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Match Of The Midweek: Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Internazionale

By on Nov 2, 2010 in English League Football, European Club Football, Latest | 4 comments

Maicon is not a bad player, by any stretch of the imagination. He didn’t win the Italian national lottery to win a place in the Inter side, and he isn’t related to Massimo Moratti. He broke through the youth system in the fiercely competitive world of Brazilian football and into the Cruzeiro team. From there he was transferred to Monaco, where he again...

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The Supporters Trust Movement Reaches Serie A

The Supporters Trust Movement Reaches Serie A

By on May 28, 2010 in European Club Football, Latest | 2 comments

Yesterday was an important day in Italian Football Culture, as Serie A’s first Supporters Trust – Azionariato Popolare AS Roma – was formed, as the first attempt to run a football club by the fans in Italy. Azionariato Popolare AS Roma are the second Trust to be formed it Italy, after Società Cooperativa Modena Sport Club was formed in 2008, by fans of Serie B...

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