December 11, 2015
Category / European Football
May 21, 2015
How can Juventus stop Barcelona in the Champions League final?
How can Juventus stop Barcelona in the Champions League final? Juventus face Barcelona in this year’s showpiece event on June 6th, and Massimiliano Allegri’s side know that victory in Europe’s elite competition will see them earn the coveted Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League treble. The Italian champions have won Serie A for the...
July 26, 2010
UEFA Takes Step Forward on Supporter-Club Relations
There are two important lines for fans buried deep into the 91 pages of UEFA’s requirements in its Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations that will come into effect for the 2012/13 season — the lines reading that clubs “must have a liaison officer to act as the key contact point for supporters” and...
July 12, 2010
Front Page: Barcelona Win The World Cup
Most of the Spanish newspaper front pages today go with a variation on a simple “Spain, world champions” headline (as El Pais does), but as commenter ursus actos noted yesterday in our discussion of Catalan nationalism and the complicated support for Spain’s national team in the region, a victory for Spain could easily be seen...
July 8, 2010
Barcelona’s Debt And Salary Caps in Europe
It’s one thing when Portsmouth can’t pay their players’ wages. It’s another when Barcelona, winner of every trophy this side of Alpha Centauri last year, are unable to do, as was the case in June. To recap: BARCELONA’S new chief has admitted the club have had to take on a £125million loan to ease debts and...
July 4, 2010
Inventing The New Germany: Youth Development and the Bundesliga
One should be wary of generalising too much from a sample of five games, but Germany’s tremendously successful World Cup so far and the quality of its young players, with its youngest-ever team at the tournament averaging out at 24.7 years-old, has sparked plenty of understandable interest in its youth development system. That system seems...
April 21, 2010
The Sweeper: Olympique Lyonnais Go For Historic Double
Lyon play Bayern Munich in the Champions League today, but their women's team are also at the same stage, and we look at how they have achieved their success.
February 4, 2010
UEFA Champions League Final vs. the Superbowl: Bigger and Biggest
The Champions League overtakes the Super Bowl as a television event, though the big daddy of hyped up sporting events isn't rolling over.
January 20, 2010
Blatter, Platini, Champagne and the FIFA Presidency
Why did one of Sepp Blatter's key aides suddenly leave a top post at FIFA this week? Speculation from journalists is rife.
September 8, 2009
UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Proposals Up for Approval
An acronym heavy post, as we consider the devil in the details of UEFA's supposedly radical proposals to introduce a fairer financial playing field in European football.
August 14, 2009
Euro 2012 in Ukraine in Doubt
It was supposed to refocus UEFA away from Western Europe -- the awarding of hosting rights to Ukraine alongside Poland for Euro 2012 seemed like a giant leap forward for Eastern European football. But it's not working out that way at all.
July 21, 2009
Breakaway League: Serie A and the Crisis in Italian Football
The Italian season opener, the Italian Super Cup, is taking place at Beijing's Bird's Nest. It's the latest step in Italian football's attempts to keep pace with the Premier League -- and one that also includes a risky breakaway league reminiscent of England's changes in the 1990s.
July 9, 2009
Mutually Assured Destruction? The European Super League
Real Madrid's excessive spending has prompted their President to revive the calls for a European Super League. What are the prospects for this cash cow?
July 20, 2008
3.Liga: Germany’s Newest Professional League
On July 25, Rot-Weiss Erfurt will host Dynamo Dresden under the floodlights. In seasons past, this match, pitting two down-on-their-luck third-division clubs against one another, would have gone largely unnoticed even in soccer-mad Germany. Things are different this year. The clubs will be playing the first match in the history of the 3. Liga, the newly fashioned, fully professional, nationwide German third division.
March 6, 2008
AEG and the End of German Supporter Ownership?
When MLS and Bundesliga tied up a partnership last season, most people saw it as a good thing. MLS would learn from the Bundesliga and every forward thinking international football fan recognised MLS had picked perhaps the most supporter-friendly league in Europe to partner with. But now it looks like the transatlantic influence will push the other way, as Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) push for a change that could transform the Bundesliga, and probably for the worse from a supporters' perspective.
February 21, 2008
Singing against the enemy: Italian football songs, Part II
Vanda Wilcox takes a second look at Italian football songs, this time explaining cori contro, songs against the enemy.
January 31, 2008
Should European Football Adopt a Revenue-Sharing Scheme?
As the top teams' fans revolt against their owners whilst the smaller teams slip further and further behind them, would European football benefit from American-style revenue sharing or a salary cap? Brian Phillips asks the big question.
January 4, 2008
The Lower Leagues in Italy
Editor’s note: As we’ve spent all week looking at non-league football in England, I asked our columnist in Italy, Vanda, to explain the world below Serie A and B there. When it was suggested that I could write something about lower and non-league football in Italy, my initial reaction was Eek. Most Italian football fans…
December 4, 2007
Catania – Palermo, Ten Months On
Editor’s note: Most of you will have noticed that we often linked to Rome-based blogger Spangly Princess during the recent crisis in Italy. Well, she’ll now be writing regularly for Pitch Invasion, and today brings us an update on the Catania-Palermo rivalry, ten months on from the death of a policeman that marked the previous…
November 28, 2007
FIFA, Sepp Blatter, Jerome Valcke: Bribery, Bullshit and Blackmail
I wrote about the dirty dealings behind the glitz of Fifa’s latest World Cup draw here the other day as well, but writing for print always makes me actually explain things properly. So anyone interested in the suspect dealings going on at FIFA might want to read my latest column at the Chicago Sports Weekly...
September 28, 2007
An American in Paris, With Scots
The Scotsman in the blue tartan kilt was swaying a bit as he put the condiments on his hot dog. “Ah’ve been drrrinking since nine o’clock this mornin’,” he cheerfully confided as we stood at the Parc des Princes concession stand, “but ah feel prretty good.” He did seem to be feeling “prretty good,” as…
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