Champions League: Another dog fight between Barcelona and Manchester City

September 8, 2016

Barcelona came up short last year getting ousted by Atletico Madrid, so they decided to spend money this summer once again. Barca comes in as one of the major contenders to claim the Champions League title and with the firepower they have, it is hard to bet against them. If MSN can click like they did last year, it will be very difficult to stop them. The acquisition of Umtiti…

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Champions League: Mitroglou and Jonas will carry Benfica

September 7, 2016

Mitroglou and Jonas are two scary players for teams to deal with because of the great chemistry they have together and their ability to score goals. The Benfica backline is very experienced having been here before, but there is also new blood on this team that will need to prove they are ready to play on the big stage. Fejsa has established himself as one of the best, if not…

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Champions League: No Ibra, no problem?

September 7, 2016

PSG has lost talisman Ibrahimovic to Manchester United, but even with his departure they possess a very talented team. Cavani is still there-proven goal scorer and they have added Ben Arfa, a player who was reborn last year for Nice. If PSG can defend in the group stage, they should have no problem progressing to the next stage. The real question will be if they finish first or second.  …

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New year, same result

August 25, 2016

Red Star is once again left without European competition after being bounced 4-1 on aggregate from Italian side Sassuolo. It has been nine long years since the Serbian giants have made any European competition, which is way too long for a team that once in the early 90s ruled European-even world-football.   Sassuolo was without a doubt the better team in the two ties. The Italian side has been playing…

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Ronaldo to the aid of Madeira once again

August 24, 2016

After wildfires devastated his native Madeira, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has offered to contribute financial aid to help the victims, with the forward calling the head of the regional government Miguel Albuquerque to pledge his support. There is speculation that the blaze, which started outside the capital, may have been started intentionally and the wind had seen it spread rapidly. Three people have died so far and and more than…

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The best of Summer 16

August 13, 2016

  With the BPL kicking off today (no pun intended), and other leagues getting closer and closer to kick-off, it only makes sense to look at a number of teams that have made big changes to their squads this summer.   Here are some teams that I have highlighted   Bayern Munich Mats Hummels-Borussia Dortmund Renato Sanches-Benfica -They did not do too much this summer, but there was no real…

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Euro 2016, Group F: The group of life?

May 28, 2016

  Austria is back at the Euros for the first time since 2008, after finishing in their qualification group ahead for Russia and Sweden, respectively. Janko led the Austrians with seven goals and he showed that the team can still lean on him. The Austrians also have a very good midfield that consists of Arnautovic and Alaba. Junuzovic also had a great season with Werder Bremen, so look for him…

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Euro 2016, Group E: How will Belgium fair without Kompany?

May 27, 2016

  Not having Kompany at the Euros will be a big blow for Belgium, but they do have players who should be able to step in and still make a difference. Belgium finished first in their qualifying group just ahead of Wales by two points. Four players had three or more goals for Belgium in qualifying, which shows you the quality the team has going forward. Lukaku had zero goals…

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Euro 2016, Group D: Can Alvaro Morata carry the load up front?

May 26, 2016

  The Czech’s are making their sixth straight appearance at the Euros, which is a great accomplishment for a country most would think is not a footballing nation. After all these years, Cech and Rosicky are still there for the national team, each with over 100 appearances. With that being said, Rosicky is 35 years old and cannot carry this Czech team by himself any longer. The team had 11…

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Euro 2016, Group C: Will Northern Ireland’s fairy tale story continue?

May 25, 2016

  The Germans come in as favourites to win this group, but they had a few hiccups in the qualifying phase. Muller led Germany with nine goals in the qualifiers and look for him to continue his red hot play for the national team in these Euros. The midfield is stacked with great players from Ozil, Reus, Draxler and Kroos just to name a few. Gotze’s name is being brought…

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