Tag Archives: Champions League

Clubs risk Champions League exclusion if seasons abandoned prematurely | Football

Uefa and Europe’s football leagues and top clubs have emphasised their determination to complete the 2019-20 season despite the coronavirus shutdown, with Uefa saying it may not accept clubs into next season’s Champions League if they have not qualified in the normal way. In a joint letter sent on Thursday …

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Pape Diouf: Marseille’s fearless leader who changed French football forever | Football

Marseille celebrate winning the European Cup in 1993.

It is difficult to write about the importance of one man at the time of untold tragedy. Paying particular attention to one person who has died after contracting coronavirus may seem arbitrary, almost cruel, or even myopic while tens of thousands are dying. Yet, the life of Pape Diouf is …

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My favourite game: Chelsea v Napoli 2012 | Luke McLaughlin | Sport

Interim Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo embraces Didier Drogba after their stirring Champions League win against Napoli in 2012.

Eamon Dunphy once described a hectic, high-scoring Premier League encounter as “like watching two drunks fighting in an alley”. He wasn’t being wholly complimentary about that spectacle, but still acknowledged the thrill of seeing two sides cast off any pretence of tactical discipline and go for broke. Dunphy’s phrase came …

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PSG: a story of promise, dominance, blunders and now hope? | Football

Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o celebrate as Chelsea knock PSG out of the Champions League.

After three years of exiting the Champions League at the last-16 stage, PSG finally won a knockout tie last week by beating Borussia Dortmund at the Parc des Princes. It remains to be seen when – or indeed if – they will have the chance to play in the quarter-finals. …

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Euro 2020: what will Uefa’s video conference realistically decide? | Football

Who is involved in the video conference with Uefa and what will they discuss? Uefa called the video conference last Thursday forTuesday to discuss football’s response to the coronavirus crisis, with all 55 of Europe’s football associations, the European Club Association, European Leagues and the international players’ union Fifpro. There …

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Uefa searches for a plan at crisis talks with layoffs on the horizon | Football

The “unprecedented crisis” facing British and European football because of coronavirus could result in serious economic consequences with insolvencies and layoffs of players and staff if the sport does not coordinate its response, the head of the international players union has said. Jonas Baer-Hoffman, who took over as the Fifpro …

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Governing bodies face a fraught future as game we love grinds to halt | Football

Callum Hudson-Odoi, the Chelsea winger, is one of several high-profile figures to test positive for coronavirus.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the mounting sense of anxiety, even those who bring a can-do attitude to their positions of influence in British football have seen the worst-case scenario become reality during what has been a fast-moving and game-changing week. Everybody has asked the question. What if a player …

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Liverpool’s season threatens limp end after missed European opportunity | Jonathan Wilson | Football

Liverpool’s forwards created a string of chances in the second leg but their inability to score in Madrid left their side vulnerable to the away-goals rule.

A miscued clearance, a low shot, Adrián slipping so he sunk to one knee as the ball skidded past him. With that, what was promising to be one of the greatest seasons ever enjoyed by any club was effectively ended, a masterpiece despoiled. Who would have thought that Liverpool, actually, …

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Neymar scores to help PSG past Dortmund and into quarter-finals | Football

Thousands of PSG supporters gathered outside the Parc des Princes stadium during a match.

Paris Saint-Germain beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 in a Champions League last-16 second leg to reach the quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate. The match was played behind closed doors due to coronavirus fears, with many PSG fans congregating outside the Parc des Princes stadium instead. Neymar and Juan Bernat scored before half-time …

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