Ligue 1 preview

Ligue 1 preview

And so it returns, the one that made the world wait. After nearly five and a half months of starvation, the league that did not complete returns with its next edition of domestic football. The home of world champions will have weekly football of Ligue 1 2020-21 commencing August 21 onward.

Champions League Semi-Final Preview

Champions League Semi-Final Preview

For all the prevailing narrative of Bundesliga and Ligue 1 being “farmers’ leagues”, it is clubs from these two leagues who make up the semi-final line-up of the UEFA Champions league.

How’s that for a riposte?

There are no clubs from either the Premier League or the La Liga, and for the first time in many years, neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing in the semi-finals. It’s like a foreshadow of a time when both these footballers would be retired, leaving us shorn of the magic and the rivalry that captivated fans across the world.

But let’s not draw our focus away from the men of the hour. After the adrenaline rush of the quarter-final stages, there might be a suggestion that this is a format better suited to the competition than its traditional, season-long, two-legged knockout ties version. Why not stage it like this every year, at the end of the season.

Champions League Quarter-Final Review

Champions League Quarter-Final Review

So another season of the Champions League is coming to a close. Special circumstances, and a different format, but no doubt, the excitement is quite the same. After the fall of 2018/19 trailblazers Ajax in the group stages, there was a familiar look in the round of 16, with clubs from the top five leagues making the knockouts. And now that the quarter finals are over, there’s just three games to go before we find out who lays their hands on the coveted trophy.

Champions League Quarter-Finals: Preview

Champions League Quarter-Finals: Preview

For the first time since its inception, the knockout rounds in the Champions League are played in the format of a mini-tournament with the two-legged home & away approach scratched in favor of a neutral venue at Lisbon. Each of the eight teams would be handed their own hotel and training facilities near the city as UEFA hopes to complete the tournament in a bio-secure bubble. Lisbon hosted last hosted Champions League final in 2014 when Real Madrid took on Atletico Madrid and won the all-Spain clash deep into the extra time. Real Madrid are no more in this season’s campaign after Zidane lost his first-ever Champions League knockout tie as a manager, but we have a diverse group of eight exciting teams from five different countries.

What’s going wrong at FC Barcelona?

What’s going wrong at FC Barcelona?

Futbol Club Barcelona is one of the most successful clubs in Europe and the richest in the world according to Deloitte Football Money League (2020) with a record revenue of €841m in 2018-19 becoming the first-ever club to break the €800m barrier.

The title of the article may seem strange to someone who follow this legendary club at a distance. On paper, the club has been just as successful, domestically, winning four out of six La Liga titles since the treble winning season of 2014-15. However, ask any fan and they will agree that the club is sleepwalking into trouble.

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