UEFA Champions League ………. Next Round of Matches …….

Well, with the UEFA Champions League is now in full swing , a great deal is expected of the teams. Many of whom have played themselves into contention for qualification, for the next phase of the competition. And if anything for the likes of the major powerhouses of the game, they can ill afford to slip up at this stage of the competition. Only to then bow out, in the most inauspicious and embarrassing of ways.

The initial group phases are already underway and there have been a
number of surprises already. Needless to say, a number teams and their star players’ reputations are on the line. And perhaps , no team is under more pressure to do well in the competition, than the heavily spending Spanish giants of Real Madrid. Laden with unyielding talent, that reads like a who’s who of international soccer stardom. It has to be said that if ‘The Galacticos’ as they’re more commonly known- failure in this competition and there will be turmoil within the Real Madrid organization, from top to bottom. Perhaps, no other soccer team in the world is as fervently and passionately supported than Real Madrid ? But there are those who’ll most definitely state that the supporters of the English Premiership’s (EPL) Manchester United could lay claim to that particular accolade. And one would be hard pressed to deny their claim because of their worldwide fan-base.

The next scheduled phase of games are due to be played on Tuesday, 24th and Wednesday,25th November, respectively. And close scrutiny will be paid to a number of teams and their matches that’ll be played.

Next round of scheduled phased matches. Click here to view alongside other details………..

Now if like me you’re a passionate follower of the game. Then you’re no doubt enthralled by what’s said to be the most prestigious soccer competition in the world , with the exception of the World Cup, itself. Whereas, the Champions League is a club competition open to the champions of the various domestic soccer leagues in Europe that are affiliated to UEFA,the governing body of the sport in Europe. But also another qualifying criteria is that of the runners up in that domestic league,as well as the existing champion being allowed to defend their title. But if anything, the real allure of this competition is the financial benefits to any team that is able to remain in the competition until its latter stages.There are countless millions of dollars on the line,by way of the revenues generated for those teams.And for many of those teams it’s the very lifeblood that could represent success for them at the end of the day.

Barcelona central defender  Eric  Abidal  .    picture appears courtesy  of  getty  images @ all rights  reserved
Barcelona central defender Eric Abidal . picture appears courtesy of getty images @ all rights reserved

Courtesy of UEFA.com

Abidal blow for Barcelona

FC Barcelona will be without defender Eric Abidal for the crucial UEFA Champions League Group F home encounter with FC Internazionale Milano next Tuesday after the 30-year-old suffered a thigh injury on international duty with France.

Important games
After completing 90 minutes of his country’s 1-0 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off win in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, Abidal complained of discomfort in his left leg with subsequent tests revealing the player had damaged thigh tendons. The news will come as a blow to Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola who is preparing his side for games against Athletic Club Bilbao at the weekend, Internazionale on Tuesday, and Real Madrid CF five days later. Barça are third in Group F, a point adrift of leaders Inter and behind second-placed FC Rubin Kazan on head-to-head record, meaning their title defence would end if they lost to the Italian champions and the Russian team beat FC Dynamo Kyiv in Kazan.
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If like me you’re a passionate follower of the game. Then, you’ll no doubt be keeping a close and watchful eye on the team or teams that you may be supporting. My own loyalties are divided equally between Manchester United and that of Chelsea FC. Both clubs , whom I’ve supported from childhood,until today. Having been born and raised in the East End of London , I spent part of my youth living in the city of Manchester. And though there were two teams within the city,your choices essentially were, United or their crosstown neighbor, Manchester City.The choice was easy for me,as Manchester United held the far greater legacy and their history has been littered with success throughout almost their entire existence. But not only that,the passion of the fans was unrivaled. And that if anything,lured me to support the team even more fervently. And it was very much the same way with Chelsea. Well, the fact that they were the only London team that I really loved. Essentially, my mind was made up ! ‘The Red Devils’ of Manchester Utd an ‘The Blues’ of Chelsea.

Manchester United  roster  along with their  coach  Sir  Alex Ferguson
Manchester United roster along with their coach Sir Alex Ferguson. picture appears courtesy of afp/reuters / William Talbot .................

As the competition unfolds, many of us will have our favorites , as to whom we’d like to see in the latter stages of the competition. Much of the time it’s felt that the major powerhouses are likely to prevail. But as so often been the case , it’s easy to make a case for those teams . Only to see them fall by the wayside because of poor form or the underestimating of an opponent. Especially one, that’s viewed as ripe for the taking. And we’re liable to see any one of a number of the more prominent teams fall into such a trap. And that tends to ultimately cost a coach, his position at that club. All seemingly, the blame has to be apportioned somewhere when the players on the field tend to fail. It’s no different in any form of competitive team sport. Especially when the tangible prize at the end of the rainbow simply isn’t just the trophy itself. But the vast financial rewards for the team and its players.

Sergie Aguero scores  a superb  goal against Chelsea  for Atletico  Madrid  in  the  group phase  game in the  Champions League competition.   picture  appears  courtesy of getty images/ Arturo Benitez  .....................
Sergie Aguero scores a superb goal against Chelsea for Atletico Madrid in the group phase game in the Champions League competition. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Arturo Benitez ................

From one avowed soccer fan to those of you out there who’ve taken a keen interest in the Champions League. I trust you’ll enjoy the entertainment being provided by the teams ? And hopefully your team will fare well along the way.

Here are a montage of pictures from the competition thus far. Enjoy.

Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Real Madrid and Milan at San Siro on November 3, 2009 in Milan, Italy. picture appears courtesy getty images-italia   /    David  R  Anchuelo  ................
Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Real Madrid and Milan at San Siro on November 3, 2009 in Milan, Italy. picture appears courtesy getty images-italia / David R Anchuelo ................

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 Ronaldinho of AC Milan scores a penalty during the UEFA Champions League group C match between AC Milan and Real Madrid at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 3, 2009 in Milan, Italy.  picture appears  courtesy of getty images/ Massimo  Cebrelli   ....................
Ronaldinho of AC Milan scores a penalty during the UEFA Champions League group C match between AC Milan and Real Madrid at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on November 3, 2009 in Milan, Italy. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Massimo Cebrelli ....................

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Bayern  Munich  players  look distraught  after a 2-0 defeat  at  home against Bordeaux   on  3rd  November 2009 .   picture appears courtesy  of  getty images/   Alexandr  Meissinger ............
Bayern Munich players look distraught after a 2-0 defeat at home against Bordeaux on 3rd November 2009 . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Alexandr Meissinger..............

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Matchday 5 – 24 November 2009
Group Home Away
E Debreceni VSC 20:45 Liverpool FC More »
E ACF Fiorentina 20:45 Olympique Lyonnais More »
F FC Rubin Kazan 18:30 FC Dynamo Kyiv More »
F FC Barcelona 20:45 FC Internazionale Milano More »
G Rangers FC 20:45 VfB Stuttgart More »
G FC Unirea Urziceni 20:45 Sevilla FC More »
H AZ Alkmaar 20:45 Olympiacos FC More »
H Arsenal FC 20:45 R. Standard de Liège More »

Matchday 5 – 25 November 2009
Group Home Away
A FC Girondins de Bordeaux 20:45 Juventus More »
A FC Bayern München 20:45 Maccabi Haifa FC More »
B PFC CSKA Moskva 18:30 VfL Wolfsburg More »
B Manchester United FC 20:45 Beşiktaş JK More »
C Real Madrid CF 20:45 FC Zürich More »
C AC Milan 20:45 Olympique de Marseille More »
D FC Porto 20:45 Chelsea FC More »
D APOEL FC 20:45 Club Atlético de Madrid More »

Standings »
Group B Pld W D L GF GA Pts
Man. United 4 3 1 0 7 4 10
Wolfsburg 4 2 1 1 7 3 7
CSKA Moskva 4 1 1 2 6 8 4
Beşiktaş 4 0 1 3 1 6 1

NB: Click here to review the present UEFA Champions League divisional standings ……….

Author: tophatal ...........

An avid sports' fans that's all !!!!!

4 thoughts on “UEFA Champions League ………. Next Round of Matches …….”

  1. What is sad Liverpool will probably not make it out of the group stage. Yes, I am a Man U fan. Chelsea is cool too. My friend Richard Starr is Reds fan. I give him crap all the time.
    Barca is now finding out how hard it is to defend the title. Man U found that out last year. Abet the Red Devils made to the finals but they were a beat up team. Barca is finding this out.
    The Champions League counter part is the Copa Libertadores. The winner of the Copa gets the invite to play in the FIFA World Club title. What is sad is that powers River Plate and Boca both stink to high heaven.
    In the past three FIFA World Club title South American teams have won two out of three.

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    1. bobby gee

      As far as the Champions League being the pre-eminent club soccer tournament in the world. It just goes to show that with the powerhouse teams , it’s either hit or miss. They can ill afford to have an off day in the earlier rounds as it could all come back to haunt them. And that’s indeed what has happened to the likes of Liverpool,Barca and others. They’ve essentially been overly complacent in underestimating an opponent.

      I use to like when the World Club Championship was decided between the winners of the Copa Libertadore’ and the European Cup or Champions League as it’s now known. Now the appearance for the teams essentially about the money rather than the prestige of winning the actual title itself.

      Alan Parkins

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  2. This is true. I liked it better the old way but as you know money talks and bull shit walks. Yet, The Copa and Champions League are the two prem titles a futebol club seeks and wants

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    1. bobby gee

      That has been the problem for an eternity and it has become that way in the whole world of sport,s in general. To my mind, it all took a downward turn for the worse, thee moment the US Dream were there ,at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. From thereon in things have plummeted so fast that we’ve forgotten the true meaning in the words ‘ spirit of competition’ .Now it’s all about the amount of money one can attain and how you display that wealth outwardly.

      Consumerism and capitalism has a great deal to answer for and people are saying socialism/communism is bad ? WTF ? Put a tinge of each into the pot and there you can see the reasons why the world is in such a dire economic crisis. No one argument is better than the other when looking at this overall. It’s just that the political fat cats and the blowhards espousing their views on the air and tv,who just want the status quo to remain the same , while they go about robbing the country blind.

      The two biggest douche bags of them all , just happen to be Hannity and Beck. They’re more about lining their pockets rather than talking actual common sense.

      I’m no douche bag. I only appear that way on television. I’m actually one of the nicest guys in the world. Sean Hannity

      I’m what’s right and good for this great country. If you don’t believe me just come and watch my show about utter nonsense and bashing the President. It’s all I actually live for , next to jerki_g off and watching po_n .
      Glenn Beck

      Alan Parkins

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