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Oh No! ITV Could Lose UEFA Champions League Rights

ITV could lose the right to show Champions League matches due to bidding and money issues with UEFA. Last season in France UEFA awarded exclusive Champions League rights coverage to subscription only network BEIN Sport, owned by Qatar-based TV broadcast giants Al Jazeera, thus removing European football’s showpiece competition from terrestrial French television. Now it appears that UEFA are planning to do the same here in the UK by only awarding their exclusive rights packages to the highest ... Continue Reading →
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VIDEO: Amazing Cristiano Ronaldo Hits Another Hat-trick

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as Real Madrid thumped Galatasary 6-1 in their opening Group B Champions League clash in Istanbul. Ronaldo, who extended his contract with Los Blancos until 2018 earlier in the week, scored with his left foot, his right foot, before firing home with aplomb after producing a mazy run preluded by an exquisite step-over. The treble was the 21st time in his career that ‘CR7’ had bagged a hat-trick, again in truly mesmeric fashion as Carlo Ancelotti’s men made a ... Continue Reading →
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UEFA Champions League 2013/2014 Preview

In The Stands’ European expert Rolly Pelovangu looks ahead to another season of the UEFA Champions League. The middle of September usually means one thing for a number of Europe’s biggest clubs. The return of the UEFA Champions League! The fanfare, the now infamous theme song preluding all matches, those wonderfully packed out stadiums coupled with the most watched players on the continent are just some of the archetypal features prevalent in Europe’s elite club competition. And if events of ... Continue Reading →
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UEFA Champions League Play-Off Draw Pits Arsenal With Fenerbahce

Arsenal have been paired with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce in Friday’s Champions League play-off draw. Arsenal will play Fenerbahce in the UEFA Champions League play-off round. The Gunners will be looking to reach the Champions League group stages for a 15th consecutive time under manager Arsene Wenger but face a tricky double header with the Turkish side with the premier match being in Istanbul and the return leg at the Emirates Stadium. Fener along with Besiktas were banned from all European ... Continue Reading →
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Video: Arjen Robben Winning Goal vs Dortmund Champions League Final

Arjen Robben the redeemer were the headlines back in Munich as the Bayern winger banished the ghosts of 2012 to score the winning goal against Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013 Champions League. With a minute to spare, the Dutch ace seized on a neat backheel from team-mate Franck Ribery before cooly slotting the ball past Roman Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal. Cue, a joyous, wide-eyed, euphoric goal celebration as all past failures and disappointments were instantly forgotten. Relive the goal again, ... Continue Reading →
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Bayern Munich Beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 To Win Champions League

Bayern Munich were crowned the new European champions after a late Arjen Robben strike helped seal a dramatic 2-1 win over bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund. Robben struck a minute from time to banish the ghosts of last season and end the Bavarian clubs’ twelve-year wait for a European title. The Dutch ace seized on a long ball from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer before bursting into the box and slipping the ball beyond Roman Weidenfeller to decide the match. Earlier Ilkay Gundogan had levelled from ... Continue Reading →
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Top 5 Greatest Ever UEFA Champions League Finals

Twenty years ago the very first UEFA Champions League Final in its new format was played out as Basile Boli’s towering header helped Olympique Marseille upset favourites AC Milan 1-0 in Munich. Since there have been a plethora of memorable and not so memorable finals now firmly etched in the European football annuals. It was difficult but In The Stand’s Rolly Pelovangu picks out five of the best Champions League finals post-1993. 5. Barcelona 3-1 Manchester United, 2011, Wembley At the height ... Continue Reading →
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Borussia Dortmund vs Bayern Munich: Champions League Final Preview

Borussia Dortmund face off against arch-rivals Bayern Munich at Wembley in a mouth-watering, all German Champions League final clash with the eyes of the world watching. This is nothing new. Britain has been in this position before. Rumbustious Germans by the thousands plotting and penning a means towards descending on the capital. Different day, but the determination remains parallel except 74-years-ago they sought to come wearing the dark colours of Nazism. Today however, they come in peace donning ... Continue Reading →

Manchester City’s squad depth hampered by financial constraints

Manchester City may be the Premier League’s biggest spenders in recent years but they’re still not through with building the ultimate football team. Problem is, the owners now want to practice financial prudence, something that does not sit well with a manager used to spending big. Manchester City have been surprisingly quiet in this summer’s transfer window, with Jack Rodwell the only notable addition to the Premier League-winning squad. Roberto Mancini has vocalised his desire to ... Continue Reading →

UEFA Champions League Final: 5 Things In The Stands Learnt

Chelsea overcame Bayern Munich on penalties to be crowned champions of Europe in a match which left In The Stands’ Rolly Pelovangu all the more wiser. So that is that then. Those were the champions and in Chelsea these are the champions. After months of shocks, great goals, surprises, superb performances, red card shames and goalkeeping heroics, a competition which began in July 2011 has finally come to a dramatic close with Roberto Di Matteo’s men being crowned the kings of Europe after ... Continue Reading →

VIDEO: Chelsea Champions League Victory Parade

Chelsea fans came out in force to celebrate the club’s UEFA Champions League triumph over Bayern Munich with an open top bus parade through South West London Roberto Di Matteo’s men lifted their first ever European Cup after a 4-3 penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena to banish memories of 2008 as they became the first London club to lift the Champions League. As you may have noticed from the video, the Chelsea fans on show were quite delirious! Tweet Continue Reading →

Didier Drogba: Champions League Win Was ‘Our Destiny’

Champions League final hero Didier Drogba has labelled Chelsea’s Champions League triumph as “our destiny,” but remains coy on his future at Stamford Bridge. Drogba headed home a precious equaliser two minutes from time before tucking in the decisive penalty during a tense shootout as the Clues became the first London club to lift the UEFA Champions League. Speaking after the match the big Ivorian striker hailed his sides’ victory as “destiny” but refused to comment on his ... Continue Reading →