As you may be aware, Leicester City won the Premier League title last season.
As a direct result, they found themselves lumped into Pot 1 for the Champions League group stage draw alongside the likes of established heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG.
After the obligatory and ever extending period of pre- and mid-draw UEFA guff, the balls wereplucked from the perspex pots of destiny and the Foxes' reward for storming the big boys' tableis a group consisting of themselves and Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to blame his players for last night's defeat to Basel. The Blues fell to a 1-2 home defeat in their Champions League opener, but Mourinho would not single anyone out for criticism. He said: "When we lose, I don't speak about players, I don't speak about individuals, I speak about [.
Another Champions League season group stage gets underway this evening. Premier League champions Manchester United are at home to Bayer Leverkusen. The German side beat United in the 2002 Champions League semi-final, and David Moyes will be hoping they don't cause any such problems as he attempts to make his first Champions League campaign a [.
Some Anglocentric lessons Learned from another bad week for English clubs in the Champions League 1. The European stock of Premier League clubs is falling faster than the BBC's. Nearly. After something of a purple patch for English clubs in Europe which saw two winners, six final appearances and numerous semi-final outings for THE BEST [.
Celtic have been gifted a chance to make the knock-out stage of this season's Champions League
after being drawn in a group they are capable of overcoming. Neil Lennon's side will fancy their
chances against Benfica and Spartak Moscow, although a scalp over Barcelona may be beyond them.
Nevertheless, Group G looks like it will go down to the wire and Celtic, who beat Helsingborgs 4-0
on aggregate in the play-off round, are in with a chance of progressing to the latter stages.
Hello all. It's Friday and the final day of the transfer window. Ready for the euphoria or the
disappointment? Before we get to that, plenty of other things to discussed. No where better to
start than the Champions League as the draw was made yesterday.
We are in Group B together with Olympiacos, Montpellier and Shalke.
Had a walk this morning in Marseille "vieux port" Now go for a nap and focus on this evening... X pic.twitter.com/ZUpqKVU35P Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) September 18, 2013 Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has posted a photo of himself and his Arsenal colleagues going for a matchday walk around Marseille.
Arsenal recorded a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce last night to book their place in the Champions League group stage. Two goals from Aaron Ramsey gave the Gunners a 5-0 aggregate win against their Turkish opponents. The Welshman tucked away his first when the ball broke kindly for him in the penalty area. And he added [.
While Arsenal's transfer activities dominate the headlines, the current squad has the small matter of ensuring the club makes it to the Champions League group stage to attend to. They've been in training today ahead of tomorrow's first-leg playoff against Fenerbahce. The good news for Gooners is that Bacary Sagna, Kieran Gibbs, Aaron Ramsey, Jack [.
On this week's show we break down Week 3 of the EPL season, discuss the Champions League group
stage draw and debate Toto songs. We also spend a few minutes discussing Alan Pardew's cyber
stalker, Oksana Andersson's questionable boob job and more.
We would have posted the Alan Pardew cyber-stalker video, but it's been made private on
Chelsea loaned out of favor midfielder Michael Essien to Real Madrid, reuniting him with the man
who originally signed him for Chelsea in 2005, Jose Mourinho. Though the deadline-day move came as
a surprise even to Essien himself, it was a welcomed one since he describes Mourinho as being "like
a father" to him.
Yep, you read that right, a 1-1 win. Let's be honest, any result in Honduras other than a loss
was going to be a tremendous positive. Falling down a goal early, losing Nathan Sturgis to a red
card and still pulling off a draw...well that's just epic.
The Dynamo are now in the drivers seat for qualification in to the knockout stages of the
Iniesta received 19 votes while Messi and Ronaldo both picked up 17 votes.
The Barcelona midfielder, who helped Spain defend their European Championship title this summer,
collected his prize following today's UEFA Champions League group stage draw at the Grimaldi Forum
in Monaco and said:
The UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw has been released with Group D featuring Manchester
City, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Ajax Amsterdam.
It's clearly the strongest group with each team having a decent chance to make it to the
knockout stage. Manchester United probably have the easiest road of the top teams while Barcelona,
Chelsea, Barcelona, AC Milan, Arsenal, and Bayern Munich are all favorites to win their respective
The most compelling club competition in world football is back as 32 teams set out on their group stage campaigns all harbouring hopes of reaching the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley next May. All of the action is on Fox Soccer. UEFA offers previews of all 8 of the group games.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas is hoping to give some of his young players a run-out in tonight's Europa League qualifier against Dinamo Tbilisi. Spurs hold a commanding 5-0 lead from the first leg in Georgia, and AVB is hoping a good start in tonight's match will allow him to bring a couple of youngsters [.
Swansea pretty much secured their place in the group stage of the Europa League with a 5-1 win against Romania's Petrolul Ploiesti in last night's playoff first-leg. Wayne Routledge gave the Swans the lead a comfortable first-half lead with two goals either side of Michu's effort. Goalkeeper Peterson Pecanha turned the ball into his own [.
Despite Clint Dempsey setting a new U.S. World Cup qualifying record for fastest goal, the U.S.
still lost to Jamaica for the first time ever on Friday, making their qualification efforts a bit
more difficult. Sitting third, though even with Guatemala on points, in CONCACAF Group A after the
loss to Jamaica has caused a bit of doubt to creep in for some U.
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- A visit to Independence Park, otherwise known as â€˜The Office,' for a game
against the Jamaican national team isn't really an intimidating experience for opposing teams. If
anything, the loud reggae music and female dance squads that entertain fans give national team
matches a party-like atmosphere.
U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has consistently repeated his mantra that he wants U.S. players
competing on the biggest teams, against the biggest clubs, and in the biggest competitions. When he
reviews the group stage tables for the UEFA Champions League and the Europe League, he will
certainly like what he sees.
Just days after falling to the German club 3-0 in the group stage of the tournament, the United
States shocked Germany 1-0 on Saturday to win the U-20 World Cup in Tokyo, Japan. Kealia Ohai
scored her second goal of the tournament late in the first half, which proved to be the
Mix Diskerud is the latest hero for Rosenborg, pushing the club into the Europa League group stage.
With games against fellow American Terrence Boyd's Rapid Vienna, Germany's Bayer Leverkusen, and
Ukraine's FC Metalist looming, let's learn a little more about Norway's biggest club. Why Are We
Here? After making 81 appearances for Stabaek, Mix Diskerud went on loan to Belgium's Gent in 2012.
The draw for the 2012-13 Europa League group stage was held earlier today in Monaco, with two sets
of National Teamer's clubs drawn into the same group. Mix Diskerud's Rosenborg and Terrence Boyd's
Rapid Vienna are in Group K, while Steve Cherundolo's Hannover and Alejandro Bedoya's Helsingborg
were both drawn into Group L.
Newcastle United have been given a favorable draw in Monaca this morning, when the groups were
picked for the Europa league. and Newcastle were drawn to face Bordeaux (France), Club Brugge
(Belgium) and Maritimo (Portugal) in their Europa League group stage. That's an excellent draw for
Newcastle and there's absolutely no reason, Newcastle now cannot [.
Luis Suarez spared goalkeeper Jose Reina's blushes - and some of his own - with the late goal that
fired the Reds into the Europa League group stage at the expense of Hearts.
Brendan Rodgers' side dominated the second leg of their qualifying round play-off at Anfield but
were punished for not adding to their 1-0 aggregate lead when Reina let a David Templeton shot
squeeze through late on.
Mexican Defense:They have conceded a single goal in the group stages, and really the goal came when the game and Mexico's spot in the knock out stage was well in hand. Guillermo Ochoa became a star against Brazil. Against Croatia he needed some help from his backline.
Following the news that David Beckham is to hang up his boots at the end of the season, OTP explores some of the standout moments of the ex-England captain's career. 1. The free-kick against Greece Having already ran around like a man possessed to play Greece almost by himself for most of the match, Becks [.
The city of Newcastle is famed for its vibrant nightlife culture, with clubs, pubs and bars open
all hours as thousands flock into the city centre every night. As though Tynesiders were not
blessed enough with the fun to have in their own city, they've been given three more excuses for a
wild time as Newcastle United enter the group stage of the Europa League.
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