Browsing Uefa Champions League

Borussia Dortmund and Emulating Bundesliga Success in the Champions League

Posted on 22 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Borussia Dortmund have turned things around in Germany. If last season’s incredible title run was the opening act, winning Bundesliga titles back to back, going undefeated 26 matches to close out the season (not over yet), makes you think of them as potential Champions League winners next season. More

Didier Drogba Lives To Score in Big Games (Chelsea vs Barcelona)

Posted on 18 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Didier Drogba isn’t having one of his best season. In fact, it’s probably his worst since he began his Chelsea career. But all that didn’t matter. Great players have short memories. Great players rise to the occasion. Didier Drogba scored two minutes into injury time of the first half, giving Chelsea a lucky 1-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League Semi Final. More

Jose Mourinho Doesn’t Have Much to Complain About

Posted on 18 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Jose Mourinho did what his instincts tell him. The instincts that have helped him win two Champions League titles in the past. You go for the kill at home. Away, even if you’re Real Madrid, you play cautiously. Probably too cautiously, losing to Bayern Munich with a last gasp goal from Mario Gomez. In the big picture, Real are in pretty good shape. More

Mario Gomez Comes Through With Typical Tap-in Goal (Bayern vs Real Madrid)

Posted on 17 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Mario Gomez wasn’t having the best of matches, but he’s one of those players that doesn’t do much but score. Eventually, after 89 frustrating minutes for the prolific striker, he came through with his usual perfectly timed half fluke of a goal, giving Bayern Munich a 2-1 win over Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League Semi Final clash. More

Comparing Lionel Messi to the Chelsea Strikers

Posted on 16 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Numbers usually don’t tell the whole story in sports, especially in football. But Lionel Messi doing what he has this season and in general over the past few years, specifically in Barcelona colors, defies that theory. When comparing his scoring this season with Chelsea strikers, one begs to wonder how on earth Chelsea think they’ll get through this one. More

Athletic Bilbao Players

The La Liga Has Five Teams in Champions & Europa League Semi Finals

Posted on 6 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Champions League Semi Finals, Valencia, Atheltic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid in the Europa League Semi Finals. Spain is more than just the big two in a sort of wide, continental perspective, dominating the European club competitions. More

4 Thoughts on 4 Champions League Semi Finalists

Posted on 5 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Barcelona against Chelsea, Real Madrid against Bayern Munich. Three mega clubs, and one nuvo riche side fallen upon troubling times from a professional standpoint, but still had enough to make it through. The makings of a great Champions League Semi Final? Mostly, yes. More

Lionel Messi Breaks Records on Road to Semi Final (Barcelona vs Milan)

Posted on 3 Apr, 2012, by in Soccer

Lionel Messi needed two penalty kick to score, one more questionable than the other, but it was enough to give Barcelona a 3-1 win over AC Milan in the second leg of their Champions League Quarter Final, moving them to their fifth consecutive Semi Final in the competition after a 0-0 draw in the first match. More

Another Boring Night of Champions League Quarter Finals

Posted on 29 Mar, 2012, by in Soccer

Lionel Messi couldn’t score while Zlatan Ibrahimovic was all alone. Barcelona dominated the falling apart pitch at the San Siro, like they do in every match they’ve played over the past few years, but couldn’t create enough constant pressure to unhinge the Milan defense and beat a very well placed Christian Abbiati. More

Does Roberto Di Matteo Deserve the Chelsea Manager Job?

Posted on 28 Mar, 2012, by in Soccer

Roberto Di Matteo wasn’t supposed to become Chelsea manager, but Avram Grant came out of nowhere and nearly won a Champions League title and the Premier League. Things haven’t gone so well for him since, but that’s a different story. Di Matteo has done rather well since taking over for Andre Villas-Boas, even excpetionally well considering the circumstances and the results before him. More