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Three Times Lucky For Manchester United?

How often, then, do cup winners get lucky? Ahead of tomorrow night’s European Cup final in Rome it’s a question worth asking ourselves, because there is a tendency, in cup finals, for those moments of good fortune to be critically important. In this respect, cup competitions are very different to league seasons. A league season…

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May 27, 2009

You Want A Conspiracy Theory? I’ll Give You A Conspiracy Theory

Turning to the Guardian’s sports blog this morning, it is disheartening to see that 39.4% of people replying to a poll asking the question of “Are Chelsea the victims of a UEFA conspiracy?” in the affirmative. The bare fact of the matter is that sending off a Barcelona player and leaving it until the ninetieth…

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May 10, 2009

A Few Words About Chelsea Last Night

UEFA, according to conspiracy theorists, have “got the final they wanted”. Chelsea were knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona last night, and the opening line of this post is already being widely repeated as the truth. One would have to have a heart of stone to not feel some degree of sympathy for…

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May 7, 2009

Match Of The Week: FC Barcelona 0-0 Chelsea

So, it’s a Champions League semi-final and this isn’t merely Barcelona versus Chelsea. It’s “Mas que un club” versus Chelsea, Catalunya versus Chelsea and Europe versus the Premier League. Has it come to this? Are Barcelona the only continental club that can take on the swagger of the Premier League and give them a game?…

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April 28, 2009
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