The Europa evolution and the danger of quantity over quality

WITH THE Europa League about to undergo drastic change, culminating in the creation of the  Europa Conference League, UEFA’s lesser competitions may continue to lead an uncomfortable existence. The Champions League, for all its excitement and glamour, has already eradicated the European Cup-Winners Cup and devalued the Europa League. It is difficult not to feel there […]

The Goal Show – demonstrating the best pundits are not ex-pros

JAMES Richardson is a likeable fellow, those that remember his ground-breaking Football Italia back in the 1990s will recall how. We warmed to his blokey, knowledgable persona and his love of decent coffee.  BT Sport pulled off a coup in getting the [surprisingly] diminutive Richardson, now equipped with middle-aged beard, to host their Champions League […]

UEFA Champions League: Are Bayern ready to step aside for new money?

IT MAY be a clash of the titans, but Paris Saint-Germain go into their first UEFA Champions League final on August 23 as the underdogs, a role they are relatively unaccustomed to, such has been their dominance of French football. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, judging by their form in the competition and in post-lockdown Germany, are […]

PSG and Neymar reach out for their holy grail

FOR RB LEIPZIG it was probably a semi-final too soon, for Paris Saint-Germain, the accumulated experience of a series of setbacks and slip-ups finally came good. Now only Lyon or Bayern Munich stand in their way of achieving what Qatar Sports Investments have strived for all along, the biggest prize in European football. There were […]

Manchester City v Lyon: Does Pep’s brick wall need therapy?

THE GUARD continues to change. No Messi, no CR7 and now, Pep Guardiola has to step aside. It’s France v Germany in the semi-finals, the league that was supposed to be lagging the other “big five” has two representatives. Admittedly one is the heavily bankrolled Paris Saint-Germain, but Lyon were not meant to be present […]

Barcelona v Bayern Munich: More than a defeat

IT was shades of Brazilian’s dramatic World Cup capitulation in 2014, the curtain-down on a golden age, the beginning of the end of a glittering career and the awe-inspiring intent of a team determined to become European champions. It wasn’t just Barcelona that looked shell-shocked, resigned and distraught, the millions who watched the epic, “The […]