Tag Archives: Champions

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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Brora Rangers named Highland League champions as virus ends season early | Football

Brora Rangers have been crowned champions in Scotland’s Highland League after a decision to finish the season early amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new champions had built a 13-point lead at the top of the table ahead of second-placed Inverurie Loco Works FC, with six fixtures still to play, and …

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Farewell not just to a Champions League campaign but also a Spurs era | Football

Marcel Sabitzer squeezed a header inside the near post to give RB Leipzig a 2-0 lead.

So farewell then, Tottenham. Who knows when our paths will cross again? A fixture they embarked upon with a puncher’s chance and plenty of underdog spirit ended merely in crippling defeat and more questions. A broken team that under the joyless stewardship of José Mourinho has been broken still further, …

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Champions League elite have got fat on easy dominance and quality has suffered | Jonathan Wilson | Football

Borussia Dortmund v PSG

Just wait for the knockout phase of the Champions League. That’s when the season really gets going, that’s when the real football begins. That’s when you get the festival that justifies the tedium of the group stage, the greatest football ever played, the glorious pay-off for the grotesque iniquities of …

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Where will the Champions League’s place lie in football’s new order? | David Conn | Football

A Uefa sign seen through a window at its headquarters in Nyon.

All of Europe’s 55 national football associations will gather in Amsterdam on Tuesday for an annual Uefa congress whose schedule promises routine administrative business but where the corridors will be dense with political dealing. European football’s governing body has come a long way in the 65 years since its first …

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Bayern Munich and Gnabry drive Chelsea towards Champions League exit | Football

Robert Lewandowski rounds off a crushing win with Willy Caballero left sprawling.

This time Bayern Munich finished with the authority of a side with no interest in letting Chelsea off the hook again. The gulf in class was enormous from beginning to end and, for Chelsea, it is unlikely to feel like anything more than a sightseeing exercise when they return to …

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Napoli v Barcelona: Champions League last 16 – live! | Football

Napoli

7.05pm GMT19:05 The teams! The team sheets have been handed in, and the names upon them were these: Napoli: Ospina, Di Lorenzo, Manolas, Maksimovic, Rui, Fabian, Demme, Zielinski, Callejon, Mertens, Insigne. Subs: Meret, Allan, Elmas, Luperto, Politano, Hysaj, Milik.Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Nelson Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Firpo, Busquets, Rakitic, de Jong, …

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‘I didn’t know where to run’: Chelsea’s Champions League win over Bayern revisited | Football

The two teams walk out before kick-off.

When Chelsea take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16, first leg on Tuesday it will recall their meeting in the 2012 final, the most glorious night in their history. It had not been an easy season for Chelsea, who had made Roberto Di Matteo caretaker manager after …

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Sydney Roosters are World Club champions after Manu mauls St Helens | Sport

Daniel Tupou scores the first Sydney Roosters try against St Helens.

Sydney Roosters will wake up on Sunday morning and know they were in a battle with the Super League champions, St Helens; but in the end this was a familiar outcome and a brutal lesson in the supreme quality possessed by the NRL’s standard-bearers. Trent Robinson’s side are the first …

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Which club will take Manchester City’s place in the Champions League? | Football

The Premier League table.

With Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester City well clear at the top of the Premier League table, the battle for fourth was going to be a hotly contested affair. Now that City have been banned from Uefa competitions for the next two seasons – pending an appeal – the race …

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