Salzburg Will Target the Europa League Final With Confidence

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Red Bull Salzburg meet Olympique Marseille in the Europa League semi-finals. Having already beaten their French opponents in the group stage of the competition, Salzburg will target the Europa League final with confidence. The Austrians have already eliminated Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and more recently, Lazio. They produced a famous comeback win against the Italians. […] READ MORE


Celtic Remain on Course for Successive Trebles

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At the press conference following their 4-0 defeat of Rangers, Celtic coach Brendan Rodgers praised his team for a great win. In his softly spoken manner, he said that Celtic had played well and taken their chances. He stressed they had the edge in what is always a tough game. However, he would not be […] READ MORE


Can Super Bayern Win the Champions League?

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Bayern Munich could well be on their way to another Champions League triumph. On April 11th they hosted Sevilla in their quarter-final second leg. Before a sellout crowd of 70,000, including a lively group from Spain, they safely progressed to the last four. Though the game finished goalless the Bavarians never really needed top gear. Nevertheless, […] READ MORE


Hamburg Battled to Stay in the Bundesliga

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For the last fifty-five years, Hamburger SV has remained in the Bundesliga. Uniquely they are the only team to have played continuously in the German top tier. But in recent seasons they have faced consistent fights to stay out of the relegation places. Having survived a few relegation play-offs they are now staring at demotion for […] READ MORE


On Balance, Arsenal should be OK in the Europa League

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It is possible Arsenal will play either RB Leipzig or Olympique Marseille in the semi-finals of the Europa League. That is, assuming they can dispatch CSKA Moscow in the quarterfinals. Marseille and Leipzig met in the RB Arena on April 5th. The first leg resulted in a 1-0 win for the home side. Though neither […] READ MORE


Argentina Can Win Without Lionel Messi

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Argentina continued their warm-up for Russia 2018 by playing Italy in Manchester without their superstar. Perhaps the many who stayed away had guessed he would not be in action. Those that did attend saw that the South Americans can win without Lionel Messi. As they beat an Italian side still recovering from their failure to […] READ MORE


Will Mark Hughes spark a revival at Southampton?

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Will Mark Hughes be a hit at St. Mary’s Stadium? Southampton‘s former striker took over Mauricio Pellegrino’s hapless side in the middle of March. His first match was an FA Cup quarter final against Wigan. The 2-0 success meant Hughes could immediately look forward to a visit to Wembley with his new team. However, his […] READ MORE


Arsene Knows Best – Or Does He?

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Arsene knows best – Or does he? If you are a ‘Wengerista’ you will warm to the expression. If you are, let’s say, an ‘Arsenephobe’ you will get very aggravated. For over 22 years Arsene Wenger has been coaching Arsenal. As he prepares for another final the debate continues about the current merits of the […] READ MORE


Who Will Win the Champions League? – Follow the Money.

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Who will win the Champions League? Just follow the money. As a pattern has been entrenched into the UEFA Champions League. Once we reach the knockout rounds and especially the latter stages few teams from outside of the ‘big five’ leagues are usually in with a chance. Clubs from Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England dominate […] READ MORE


Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid. No chance?

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Later this year the FIFA Congress will decide on who will host the 23rd FIFA World Cup. There are only two bids. One is a joint bid by the USA, Canada and Mexico. The other is the Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup bid. Surely there can only be one winner. Morocco 2026 FIFA World Cup […] READ MORE