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Barcelona – Champions League’s most successful team

Barcelona are the most successful club in the modern era of the Champions League, according to a Goal study. The world’s biggest football website collated the yearly records of every club ever to qualify for the European Cup under its new banner since 1992 and found that the Catalan outfit pip AC Milan to the […]

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Home Fans with ‘foreign names’ banned for UCL games by Copenhagen

FC Copenhagen have rejected claims of discrimination after the club banned home fans with foreign-sounding names from attending their upcoming Champions League group games. The Danish champions were drawn in Group B alongside Real Madrid, Juventus and Galatasaray, but sent out an email on Friday informing supporters with non-Danish surnames that their tickets were being cancelled […]

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Champions League Draw Round-up

Four former winners with 16 triumphs between them – FC Barcelona, AC Milan, AFC Ajax and Celtic FC – were pitted together in the UEFA Champions League group stage draw. … FC Barcelona and AC Milan, 11-time winners between them, top the bill in Group H. The pair will meet in Europe’s premier club competition for […]

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Champions League Final: Is fussball coming home?

With Borussia Dortmund playing Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on Saturday, thousands of German fans will be heading to the home of English football, Wembley. But is it also the home of German football? “Fussball is coming home” ran the headline in the Bavarian-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung early in May, as Bayern Munich beat […]

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The Team to be Drawn Against – Are Barca Now the Underdogs?

Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova (since July 2012) Winners 4 Last five years (most recent last): SF – W – SF – W – SF Astonishingly, the team everyone has feared for the last five years may be the one to be drawn against. Barcelona started with eight of the all-conquering Spanish XI against Paris Saint-Germain but still trailed […]

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From Paris To Barcelona – The Transfer That Sparked A Revolution

It can be all too easy to forget Ronaldinho’s role in the creation of today’s Barcelona. Shepherded swiftly towards the exit door by incoming coach Pep Guardiola in the summer of 2008, the brilliant Brazilian would play no part in a team which would go on to become the world’s finest footballing side and be […]

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The tweaks that led to Barca’s comeback

A few days before Barca’s second-leg vs Milan, I posted an article going through some of the problems Barca were facing – tactically and otherwise – during a difficult run in their season. Changes were required. Spanish football expert Andy West takes a look at some of reasons Barca were able to mount their historic comeback. […]

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What’s up, Barca? On recent form and the future

It all seemed to start unravelling with the showing in Milan. Sure, they had been beaten by Celtic earlier in the season but that was a game in which there were chances for Barca and they could have scored a few. That wasn’t the case against Milan, nor was it the case in the 2nd […]

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Disproportionate – The gap between Europe’s elite and the rest

Celtic’s 2-1 upset win over Barcelona on Wednesday prompted some to describe it as the “second greatest night in the history of the club” after — presumably — that night in 1967 when 11 men born within a few miles of Parkhead went out and became champions of Europe.  That generated some interesting discussion, as you would […]

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