champions league

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Even for regular match-attending football fans, there are some games that generate a particular buzz. Liverpool v Roma in 2001 was one such game. Aside from playing one of the best teams in Europe, some of the excitement undoubtedly stemmed from a view that the match represented a return for Liverpool to the really big… Continue reading >

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For the 32 clubs involved, the UEFA Champions League group stage draw is perhaps the most anticipated date of the football calendar not to involve an actual football. It’s an occasion when each club learns who they’ll face in the first stage of a competition on which so much importance is placed – not only… Continue reading >

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Given the quartet of Champions League semi-finalists, there was never any doubt that the draw would create two mouth-watering ties. Rarely, if ever in the Champions League era, has the last four been made up of such giants of European football, all of whom could achieve a domestic championship and European cup double – with… Continue reading >

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Well, Roberto Di Matteo lasted longer as Chelsea manager than some. The Italian’s 262 days in the job make him the fourth longest-serving of the eight men who have held the Chelsea manager’s job since the arrival of Roman Abramovich in 2003. It doesn’t make the decision to sack him any easier to understand though,… Continue reading >

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In the final part of my look back at some of my personal highlights of following Liverpool in the Champions League, the final three matches are from the 2007/8 and 2008/9 seasons. For the rest of the series, click to read part 1, or part 2. 9. Marseille 0-4 Liverpool Midway through the 2007/8 group… Continue reading >

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Continuing the three-part mini-series of my top eleven matches watching Liverpool in the Champions League. Click here for part 1. 4. Liverpool 2-1 Juventus Having progressed to the quarter-final stage of the 2004/5 Champions League, Liverpool were given the toughest possible route to the final. A potential semi-final would involve taking on the runaway league… Continue reading >

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Chelsea take on Bayern Munich tomorrow in the 2012 Champions League final. Bayern Munich are the first finalist in the Champions League era to enjoy home advantage in the final, and will be aiming for their fifth European Cup win. For Chelsea, it is a second final appearance and they’ll be looking to become the… Continue reading >