UEFA Cup

Monday, 11 July 2011

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Saturday, 01 August 2009

Sir Bobby Robson - A tribute to a true gentleman

The world of football lost one of its most famous sons yesterday. Sir Bobby Robson, the former Ipswich Town, Newcastle United, Barcelona and England manager, passed away aged 76 following a long battle with lung cancer. Fans, players, pundits and managers have been paying their respect to Robson wit...

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Friday, 10 April 2009

Mark Hughes now odds on for the sack

William Hill's lunchtime press release carried the hardly surprising news that it reckons that Mark Hughes will only get one season at Eastlands. Hughes is Evens to still be in charge at the start of next season, but 8/11 to have been given his marching orders by that date. Hughes' team has been ...

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Manchester City's Got Talent But No X Factor

Another away trip, another dismal result. Its amazing that 2,000 supporters made the trip to Hamburg to see Manchester City go down 3-1 in the UEFA cup quarter-final. The fans got a typical City perfomance. A goal up in 30 seconds but dragged level only eight minutes later. Then some nice moves com...

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Sunday, 22 March 2009

Is There A Prize At The End Of Manchester City's Long Road?

Mark Hughes has always been very positive about the UEFA Cup, first at Blackburn and now at Manchester City. Which is just as well given the winding route City have been forced to tread this season. Getting in through the Fair Play backdoor meant they began the 2008/09 campaign in the first qualify...

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Wednesday, 04 March 2009

Fulham look strong enough to benefit from Tottenham's failure

Every cloud and all that and with Tottenham now able to concentrate on the league the ramifications of the Manchester United Carling Cup win for the top half of the division should be much clearer after the weekend. United will, obviously, not be taking up the Uefa Europa Cup slot (next season's na...

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Friday, 27 February 2009

UEFA Cup- What Can Be Done To Make Premiership Clubs Take It Seriously?

Last year it was Bolton Wanderers, this year Aston Villa and Spurs. Three clubs who effectively gave up their chances to win the UEFA Cup for the sake of other competitions. The decision of Gary Megson, Martin ONeill and Harry Redknapp to put out shadow sides raises many questions- not so much of t...

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Monday, 23 February 2009

Tottenham; Hull, Shakhtar or Man Utd - which game is more important? You decide!

Tottenham Hotspur has a week that will define its season. A league game against Hull that could see either the north London club or the east Yorkshire side ease themselves clear of relegation concerns; a Uefa cup tie against Shakhtar Donetsk that Spurs will need to be at its best to survive and the...

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Sunday, 28 December 2008

Manchester City Look An Entertaining Bet For The UEFA Cup

Manchester City have an awful lot of talent in their squad but a definite tendency towards inconsistency. Mark Hughes' team look like a team capable of a big Cup run but not built for a League challenge at the moment. Their best chance of salvaging something from an indifferent season lies in eithe...

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Portsmouth aim to shock AC Milan

Portsmouth fans must pinch themselves sometimes. Almost 10 years ago to the day Stockport County beat Pompey 2-0 at Edgeley Park in front of just 7,504 spectators. On Thursday the FA Cup holders face Italian giant and seven-time Champions League winners AC Milan in front of a sell-out Fratton Park. ...

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Thursday, 23 October 2008

Portsmouth stand a decent chance of topping Group E

With the UEFA Cup whenever one of the most successful teams is involved (in recent seasons Liverpool, Bayern Munich and this year AC Milan) the money will follow them. But the status of the club does not necessarily equate to a motivated team in the early stages. There is little doubt that Milan wil...

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Should Tottenham start Group D as favourites?

An early kick-off for Spurs in Udine with the London side priced as favourites for the group despite the most desultory start to the season in the club's history. The reason for the favouritism is easy to judge, Spurs always attract a lot of money and English clubs are generally marked a bit higher....

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Friday, 17 October 2008

UEFA Cup Preview Group D : Tottenham

In normal times this section wouldn't look too much of a problem to Spurs but these aren't normal times. Every game seems booby trapped at the moment, although these matches could be the traditional welcome distraction from the League. Certainly there were easier draws for a squad low on confidence ...

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Monday, 13 October 2008

Fervent Fratton Park atmosphere awaits Kaka, Ronaldinho and co

AC Milan are one of the biggest names in world football and have played in some of the most hostile environments across Europe. However, on November 27, they arrive at Fratton Park, the home of the FA Cup winners Portsmouth, and the passionate south coast fans are going to give the likes of Kaka, Ro...

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Friday, 10 October 2008

UEFA Cup Group A Preview: Manchester City

With City in the process of fantasy team building, a tilt at the UEFA Cup may well be just what the club needs as they gradually integrate their first team squad. Certainly they have acquired - and will bring in more- players who will feel comfortable in Europe. This group is one they should negoti...

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Monday, 02 June 2008

Who will replace Sven at City?

After weeks of specualtion, football's worst kept secret is finally out - Sven-Goran Eriksson has left Manchester City. Despite leading City to their most successful season in the top flight in years, Dr Thaksin Shinawatra has shown the former England boss the door after just one year at the helm....

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Monday, 12 May 2008

Uefa Cup Final: Rangers achievement deserves the highest praise

An intriguing game is in prospect at Eastlands on Wednesday night as Glasgow Rangers take on Zenit St Petersburg in the Uefa Cup Final. Zenit, managed by ex-Ibrox boss Dick Advocaat have employed a counter-attacking style to devastating effect in their run to the final, hammering both Bayern Munich...

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Rangers Chasing A Scottish First

When Glasgow Rangers step out in Manchester Walter Smith's squad will be attempting to become the first Scottish winners of the UEFA Cup. This is onlythe third occasion a Scottish side has appeared in the Final. Celtic were the first Scottish club to bag a trophy in Europe with their unforgetable E...

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Thursday, 01 May 2008

Uefa Cup: A reverse invasion as 12,000 Russians head for Manchester

The English press and television news bulletins may be full of stories of a mass exodus from Manchester to Moscow in three weeks time but seven days earlier than the Champions League final an estimated 12,000 Zenit St Petersburg fans will be heading in the opposite direction. Their team is in the U...

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The likes of Everton or Spurs should win the UEFA Cup next time

England has provided nine of the last sixteen Champions' League semi-finalists and, counting this season, five of eight finalists - showing that the 'big four' who exclusively live in these deep waters are now starting to dominate Europe's elite. However the conclusive proof of England's pre-eminen...

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Wednesday, 13 February 2008

5367 UEFA Cup Produces A High Quali

by : Hugh Larkin The UEFA Cup gets a bit of stick from time to time from commentators and fans obsessed with its bigger brother, the Champions League. A group stage involving five team sections doesn’t help but for 2007/08 the last 32 is definitely high quality. Taking sides from outside the top t...

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Saturday, 21 January 2006

2675: The Curse of the UEFA Cup

by : Hugh Larkin At the climax of last season, as the race for European places became white hot, at least two articles appeared in Square Football questioning whether a UEFA cup place is worth the effort. Not only may it not be worth the effort, the recent record of English teams shows that it can ...

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Tuesday, 21 June 2005

2122: Soulless Intertoto Returns

by : Hugh Larkin Did you miss the start of the 2005/6 football season? The campaign began yesterday at the same time as the jaded players of Brazil, Argentina et al were still trying to finish off 2004/5 in the Confederations Cup. This weekend saw the first round matches in UEFA’s curiously named a...

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Wednesday, 27 April 2005

1947: UEFA Cup, the new poisoned cha

by : Kieran McHugh With silly season still some months away, and talk of a title race a distant memory, idle thinkers have rounded recently on the UEFA Cup. Is it worth the plinth it stands on, and can qualification for the competition actually hinder a club’s growth? Arguments in support of this...

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Monday, 25 April 2005

1919: UEFA Cup: Is qualification rea

by : Daniel Kelly With a UEFA Cup spot guaranteed as far down as 7th in the Premiership, the climax of the 2004/5 season looks set to centred around the race for Europe. Everton, Bolton, and Liverpool are all eying the Champions League and Spurs, Charlton, Villa and Middlesbrough are in with a chan...

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Friday, 05 March 2004

658: UEFA CUP: Draw analysis

by : Stephen Orford STUART PEARCE – England v West Germany, World Cup Semi-Final 1990 Pearce came to prominence in Italia 90, his marauding runs down the left and crunching tackles very much a feature of England’s world cup campaign. The then Forest skipper was the equal of Italy’s young left back ...

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Monday, 01 March 2004

649: UEFA CUP: Whatever happened to

by : Alex Wolstenholme Unfortunately I do not have the perfect solution, Arsene Wenger probably does, but I don’t. Yet I do have a slightly less-than-ground-breaking suggestion. It’s a suggestion that does not rule out the referee having to make a judgement call on a player’s position but it does r...

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