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The Champions League quarterfinals

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I do not feel that the last-16 of this season's Champions League was overly exciting. Most games were largely decided in the first match, and only Manchester United fought back to a memorable, if not wholly deserved, comeback against Olympiakos. Today was the draw for the quarterfinals, and these look more exciting: FC Barcelona-Atletico Madrid: A Spanish quarterfinal between the giants of

Bayern Munich vs Juventus: Players To Watch in Champions League Quarter Final Clash

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The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League kicks off Tuesday with two fantastic matches right off the bat.

First, Barcelona will visit Parc des Princes Stadium to face Paris Saint-Germain in a match many expect Barca to win coming off a dominant performance in the second leg of the round of 16 against AC Milan.

The Champions League quarterfinals

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The greatest surprise in this season's Champions League is that among the eight quarterfinalists there are no English sides, something quite unheard of over the last few years. FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are of course there, followed by the surprise Spanish side, Malaga. Two very strong German teams, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are there, as are Juventus, Galatasaray and Paris St.

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My dream remains to go to Champions League final after I tried to sign up for tickets at the UEFA site for the second year in a row. It does seem that going to see a final is even something only for the selected few, and not for the masses. Just as actually playing! Four teams have made it to the semifinals after the quarterfinals.

Barcelona v Milan – Messi and Ibrahimovic hold the keys to success

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Barcelona are clearly the better side going into the second leg of their Champions League quarter final against Milan the last three games between the two teams this season reflect that, but there is a genuine concern that Milan may upset Barcelona on Tuesday night.

WCR Top 25 Clubs in the World - And The Beat Goes On Edition

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We're halfway through the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League at this point. In four matches, the home clubs managed to score a grand total of zero, count them, zero goals. Of the six away goals that were scored, Real Madrid scored three of them. The home clubs will all face a big advantage this week.

UEFA Champions League: Barca faces Milan test, Bayern looks to stay hot

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

AC Milan and Barcelona are set to square off for the third time in this season's UEFA Champions League as the Serie A leaders welcome the defending European champions to the San Siro for the first leg of their quarterfinal tie.

Lionel Messi arrives in Italy with an astounding 12 goals in this season's Champions League, but Barcelona struggled to impose themselves when the two teams met back in September.

WCR Top 25 Clubs in the World - UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Edition

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Welcome to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal edition of the rankings. This is the list that our predictions will be based on tomorrow. We've had some interesting movement in the past week. The big mover was Sporting Braga, who moved into the Top Ten for the first time all season after taking advantage of draws by Porto and Benfica to jump into first place in Portugal's Liga Sagres.

Chelsea advances to Champions League Quarterfinals with surprising comeback

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It was well past 10 pm at Stamford Bridge on March 14 when Chelsea booked their spot in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal. The supporters might have believed it was possible but to most it was a tough task to overcome a 1-3 deficit from the first leg.

Heroic Blues keep England alive

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Chelsea put in a brilliant all-round performance to beat Napoli 4-1 (5-4 on aggregate) and progress to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals at the Italian outfit's expense.

Didier Drogba opened the scoring for the Blues at Stamford Bridge, heading in from a Ramires cross to bring the hosts within a goal.

Soccer Wednesday: Your Running Commentary

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Two more tickets to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be punched Wednesday, with the defending champions looking to maintain their dominance and the tournament underdog hoping that its time is not up.

Barcelona breezed by Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in Germany in the opening leg of their Round of 16 tie and will look to hold serve at home to keep their hopes of a repeat alive.

Soccer Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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The first two places in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be booked on Tuesday, with AC Milan looking to finish off Arsenal after an emphatic 4-0 victory in their opening leg at the San Siro.

While a miracle comeback is something to keep an eye out for, there figures to be more drama in the day's less-heralded UCL matchup, where Zenit-St.

WCR Top 25 Clubs in the World - Montevideo Edition

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There were more changes than usual in the weekly rankings in this edition. There will be much more in a few weeks, when the Champions League eighth-finals concludes, but this week sees four clubs move from the Bubbling Under or Next Five categories into the official WCR Top 25. (Note: Be advised that the current round of the UEFA Champions League will not be factored into the calculations until after the conclusion of the entire round, two weeks from now.

Defender vows to repay Gooners

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Arsenal vice-captain Thomas Vermaelen admits that the club's performance throughout last night's humiliating 4-0 defeat away to AC Milan was unacceptable and even if progression to the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals is nearly impossible, the Gunners must fight for pride in the second leg.

When Newcastle United were thumped 5-0 at Tottenham on Saturday, Magpies defender Danny Simpson credited the club's traveling fans as the night's only saving grace.

UCL Rewind: Milan dominates Arsenal, Zenit scores dramatic winner in first legs

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Humiliation is the only word for what occurred at the San Siro on Wednesday.Â

Arsene Wenger saw his UEFA Champions League dreams go down in flames as AC Milan thrashed Arsenal 4-0 in one-sided performance that leaves the Gunners on the brink of an early elimination and has the Serie A leaders in prime position for a place in the quarterfinals.

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Nos Audietis, Episode 67: Steve Zakuani Returns

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The big news this week was the return of Steve Zakuani to the Seattle Sounders' starting lineup. Zakuani was in the starting lineup exactly 500 days after he had his leg snapped by a reckless Brian Mullan tackle and didn't look much worse for wear. Aaron and I come away believing he's much closer to being full strength than we suspected he'd be after he picked up an assist in Sunday's tie against FC Dallas.

Caledonia AIA Vs. Seattle Sounders: Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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There was nothing particularly pretty about the Seattle Sounders' 3-1 win in Caledonia. The scoreline may look nice on paper, and it's certainly satisfying to win any game in which you have to deal with that kind of travel, but it was an utter slopfest. The pitch was slow and slippery, the play was generally uninspired and there was an overarching sense that something bad was about to happen.

MLS Week 2: A Look Ahead

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Come Saturday, the city of Montreal will officially introduce itself to Major League Soccer.

After starting the season on the road last weekend, the expansion Impact will play their home opener against the Chicago Fire at Olympic Stadium.

MLS eyes northern exposure in Canada

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All eyes in Major League Soccer have turned towards the northern boarder this week. Between the on-field success of Toronto FC in the CONCACAF Champions League, as well as the anticipation of 50,000+ fans for Montreal's home opener, it appears that MLS' northern exposure is where it's at.

Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America writes about the MLS growth in the north.

The Monday After

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First Kick is (almost) in the books with only a sold out Jeld-Wen Field left for Monday night. Here is a look at the first week of attendance figures from around Major League Soccer. The first set of games featured Colorado hosting Columbus and Vancouver hosting Montreal's inaugural match. 21k sold out BC Place for Vancouver's home opener while just over 14,700 were DSG for the Rapids.

Schedule called into question after Galaxy loss to RSL

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BY ADAM SERRANO

CARSON, Calif. -- Before the Los Angeles Galaxy suited up against Real Salt Lake, the looming question was, justwho would start in the home opener three days after a hard-fought CONCACAF Quarterfinals match against Toronto FC?

Sounders Roll Over Santos Laguna, Head To Mexico Up 2-1

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In what had been hailed as the biggest match in club history, Sounders donned their Super Cyan jerseys and met Santos Laguna for the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals in Seattle.

Sounders fielded the usual suspects  in their staring eleven, with David Estrada filling in Eddie Johnson as Fredy Montero's strike partner.

Eddie Johnson Ruled Out For Jaguares, Status Unknown For Santos Laguna

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Seattle Sounders coach Sigi Schmid ruled out Eddie Johnson for Wednesday's Community Shield match against Jaguares. Johnson has been nursing a hamstring injury ever since he came out early from his preseason debut on Feb. 22. On Monday, he did not fully participate in practice and trained off to the side.

Sounders Face Jaguares de Chiapas In February 29th Community Shield

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Continuing their preseason tradition of a Community Shield match to raise funds for charity partners, the Seattle Sounders today announced that their opponent in the Feb. 29 7 PM match will be Jaguares de Chiapas of the Mexican Primera. In a new twist, the match will be free and seating on a first-come, first-serve basis, but the club will be accepting donations at the door.

2012 MLS Schedule: Sounders Get First Week Bye, Will Visit Portland, Vancouver Twice

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Let's start with the good news about the 2012 MLS schedule: Despite earlier announcements that Seattle Sounders FC would be playing on March 10, the league office has thought better of it and gave them the weekend off. In fact, the Sounders and Toronto FC will get the weekend off in order to focus on their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals matches on March 7 and 14.

2012 MLS Schedule: Might Sounders Receive Same Treatment As Toronto FC?

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The ever diligent folks at Canadian Soccer News managed to get their hands on a leaked copy of Toronto FC's schedule. While that is all fine and good, there's a nice little nugget in there even if you only care about the Seattle Sounders' 2012 schedule: TFC will not be playing on First Kick weekend.

English Premier League

Di Matteo says Chelsea have their passion back

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Three straight wins, including a dramatic 4-1 defeat of Napoli in the Champions League, has rekindled his players' passion, says Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo.

"I've been speaking to the players individually ... to try and get them feeling the responsibility and make them aware of our targets, to bring a little bit of team spirit back, the spirit of sacrifice and passion for the game," Di Matteo said.

Toon defender: Arsenal worthy of CL

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Newcastle United right-back Ryan Taylor believes that Arsenal deserved to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals on the merits of their second leg performance at home last week and admits that winning at the Emirates Stadium won't be easy for the Magpies tonight.

In the build-up to this evening's rematch of the season-opening goalless draw between the two sides, Gunners captain Robin van Persie praised Newcastle's consistency this season but also warned the visitors about the fortress that the Emirates has recently turned into.

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Through Ryu's Lens: Real Madrid vs. CSKA Moscow, the Cristiano Show.

Actually, Real Madrid's win over the Russians was one filled with teamwork, and spirited performances by the likes of Kaka, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil, and Gonzalo Higuain. But at the end of the day, Cristiano Ronaldo scored two, taking Madrid into the Champions League quarterfinals in emphatic fashion.

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Through Ryu's Lens - Internazionale vs. Marseille, tragedy in Milano

Bayern Munich and Inter Milan both started their matches Tuesday evening with a one goal deficit to overcome. While the Germans took care of the business with a phenomenal 7-nil win over FC Basel in Munich, Inter Milan played well but were ultimately knocked out due to lazy defending and Marseille's Brandão taking advantage of an opportunity in the match's final minutes.

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Through Ryu's Lens - Arsenal vs. Milan, The Comeback That Could Have Been

After winning 4-0 at the San Siro in the first leg, AC Milan thought they would stroll right into the Champions League quarterfinals. Arsenal had other ideas, scoring 3 goals in the first half at the Emirates.

The Rest

On Dirk Kuyt

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Expected, but out of the blue. Kuyt to Fenerbahce is official, not long after initial reports surfaced early this morning.

So, what will you remember most? His hat-trick against United probably leads the list, and rightfully so, but we're not wanting for choices. There's his five strikes against Everton, including two game-winners.

DTotD: Cristiano Ronaldo tackled by the turf

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The pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu momentarily betrayed Cristiano Ronaldo during Real Madrid's 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow to advance to the Champions League quarterfinals on a 5-2 aggregate score. Ronaldo scored two goals, but the pitch was either unable or unwilling to support his brilliance in this moment, prompting him to respond with physical abuse.

Mid-Day Ticker: Drogba wants to stay at Chelsea, Pele to join WC meeting & more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

It's a bit premature to say Didier Drogba's days at Stamford Bridge are numbered. At least the striker thinks so.

Drogba said Wednesday that he would like to stay with Chelsea for "as long as possible.