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
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 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.
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 - originally posted on
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.
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.
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.
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 - The 90th Minute
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Ridge Mahoney of Soccer America writes about the MLS growth in the north.
First Kick is (almost) in the books with only a sold out Jeld-Wen Field left for Monday night.Â
Here is a look at the first week of attendance figures from around Major League Soccer.Â The first
set of games featured Colorado hosting Columbus and Vancouver hosting Montreal's inaugural match.Â
21k sold out BC Place for Vancouver's home opener while just over 14,700 were DSG for the
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?
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
Sounders fielded the usual suspects Â in their staring eleven, with David Estrada filling in
Eddie Johnson as Fredy Montero's strike partner.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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 BrandÃ£o taking advantage of an opportunity in the match's final minutes.
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.
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.
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.