The Champions League needs a new label

THE LAST four of the UEFA Champions League comprises Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Roma. Big names all, but surely, it was supposed to include Barcelona and Manchester City, wasn’t it? It’s been a few years since an actual champion club lifted the most glamorous piece of silverware in European – possibly world – football. In 2016-17, Real and Bayern were champions in La … Continue reading The Champions League needs a new label

Football Media Watch: Prime time drama

THE Champions League quarter-finals continued to offer high drama and intrigue, with everyone’s favourite villain, Cristiano Ronaldo, providing the finishing touch to Real Madrid’s 4-3 aggregate win over gallant Juventus. Add to that the shock collapse of Barca and Liverpool’s win at Manchester City, the competition lived up to its reputation with a set of compelling last eight encounters. Only Bayern’s dull 0-0 draw with … Continue reading Football Media Watch: Prime time drama

The concentration game – UEFA Champions League

THE LAST eight of the UEFA Champions League kicks off this evening and it is largely a case of “business as usual”. While the latter stages of the competition are undeniably exciting and generally of the highest quality, half of this season’s participants have featured in each of the last three UCL quarter finals. KPMG’s Football Benchmark, in its latest report, says the composition of … Continue reading The concentration game – UEFA Champions League

Serie A: A case of serious Totti

In Europe’s premier leagues, the big guns are being challenged this season. In England, Manchester United are in transitonary hell, although you cannot write them off until it is mathematically impossible for them to win the Premier. Arsenal – whoever thought they would be referred to as outsiders? –  have their best chance of winning the title in years. And with Chelsea, Tottenham and Manchester … Continue reading Serie A: A case of serious Totti