The Wikipedia article entitled “European Cup and UEFA Champions League history” addresses periods of dominance by countries or clubs. What it doesn’t address is how the advent in 1997 of having more than one club qualify from certain countries has influenced which countries dominate the competition. The dominant footballing nations of European club football, Italy,… Continue reading Changing Dominance In The Champions League
My views about re-shaping the European pyramid have been criticized on this blog and elsewhere. The details of the proposed structure are set out in several earlier posts, dating back to May 2008: Transnational European Leagues Proposals For A European League A British League Atlantic League How The Game Has Changed British League – An… Continue reading A Broader European Pyramid
UEFA adopted financial fair play rules last May. As reported at that time in the Guardian: “Uefa has approved plans to force clubs in European competition to spend only what they earn. The financial fair play rules will require clubs to break even over a rolling three-year period if they want to play in the… Continue reading Competition Faced By European Leagues
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When Manchester United won the English title in 1967, they equalled the record of 7 titles held jointly by Arsenal and Liverpool, ahead of Aston Villa, Everton and Sunderland on 6 each.
In tonight’s UEFA Champions League Final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Barcelona are going for the treble of being domestic champions, principal domestic cup winners and European champions in the same season, achieved by Manchester United 10 years ago, in 1999.
Sepp Blatter has stepped in to have his say on the standard of refereeing at the highest levels.