Man Utd Name 25-Man UEFA Champions League Squad

Man Utd Name 25-Man UEFA Champions League Squad

Manchester United have named their 25-man Champions League squad for the upcoming group stage, notably excluding Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero from the list. It means that none of the trio will be eligible to play for the club in Europe until at least January when alterations are permitted ahead of the knockout rounds. But even being drafted in at that stage is unlikely when all three are deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford. Sergio Romero has lost his place as David de Gea's understudy  Having lost his place as chief back-up goalkeeper to Dean Henderson, Romero in particular was keen to secure a move away by transfer deadline day. That it didn’t happen prompted a furious attack on United

Liverpool’s Champions League Group Stage Fixtures Confirmed

Liverpool's Champions League Group Stage Fixtures Confirmed

The fixture dates for Liverpool's Champions League group stage clashes have been confirmed, with Jürgen Klopp's side facing a tough trip to face Ajax in their opening game on 21 October. The Reds have been drawn in Group D alongside the reigning Eredivisie champions, last season's third-placed Serie A side Atalanta and current Danish champions FC Midtjylland, with only the top two teams progressing to the knockout stages. ? #UCL Group D fixtures have now been confirmed. We start our 2020/21 @ChampionsLeague campaign against @AFCAjax (A) ? — Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 2, 2020 The 2019 winners' opening group game in Amsterdam comes just four days after their Merseyside derby with Everton, which follows the upcoming international break. After that the Reds play host to Midtjylland

Every 2020/21 Champions League Group – Ranked by Difficulty

Every 2020/21 Champions League Group - Ranked by Difficulty

It's been just 39 days since Bayern Munich notched their sixth European crown and we're ready to go again. The groups and have been drawn and on 20 October the 2020/21 Champions League campaign kicks off. The draw was preceded by the usual odd mix of awkward interviews and random performances, including a Latvian canine dance troop and an interview with Didier Drogba focusing solely on his favourite sci-fi films of the 90s. Well, maybe that didn't happen, but in truth it may as well have because nobody starts watching until they begin the draw. This year's edition of the Champions League promises to be an absolute belter with a whole host of teams confident they can be the ones to lift

The Top Narratives From the 2020/21 Champions League Draw

The Top Narratives From the 2020/21 Champions League Draw

On Thursday the 32 teams involved in this season's Champions League learned their group stage fates. Even with just a few balls drawn, the threads of several exciting narratives had already began to appear. By the end of proceedings we were left in no doubt that this campaign's tournament is set to be one of the most enthralling in recent memory. Don't believe us? Here are five such narratives to get excited about before things get underway later this month. All smiles for the cameras but behind closed doors these two HATE each other (probably)  After several seasons away from each other, the footballing rivalry that defined the 2010s is set to be renewed in this season's Champions League. That's because Juventus have be drawn

The Complete 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

The Complete 2020/21 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw

The draw for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League group stage has been made in Geneva, Switzerland, marking the proper start of another season of elite European competition. The 32 competing clubs, six of whom have reached this stage from the qualifying rounds, have been divided into the usual eight groups of four, with seedings determined by their UEFA ranking and country protection in use as per the norm for this stage of the competition. Bayern Munich are current Champions League holders  Holders Bayern Munich were the very first club pulled out and are to play Atletico Madrid, Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow to kick off the defence of their title. 2019 winners Liverpool, meanwhile, will face four-time former champions Ajax, prolific Italian side

Sometimes football writes these stories – Flick delighted for Bayern´s match-winner Martinez

Flick delighted for Bayern´s match-winner Martinez

Hansi Flick thought it was fitting that Javi Martinez was Bayern Munich’s unlikely Super Cup hero just a day after he was reported to be re-joining Athletic Bilbao. Martinez came off the bench in extra time of Thursday’s Super Cup against Sevilla in Budapest and five minutes later he headed in the winner in a 2-1 victory that earned Flick’s treble-winning side yet more silverware. It was Martinez’s first goal since April 2019 and it may be the last of his eight-year Bayern career as rumours of a return to LaLiga outfit Athletic persist. The 32-year-old is in the final year of his Bayern deal, and reports suggest the Bundesliga and Champions League holders want a transfer fee for the midfielder despite Athletic’s wish to

Rakitic highlights Neuer brilliance as Bayern beat Sevilla in Super Cup

Rakitic highlights Neuer brilliance as Bayern beat Sevilla in Super Cup

Ivan Rakitic felt goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was the difference between Bayern Munich and Sevilla in the Super Cup as the Bundesliga champions claimed a 2-1 victory after extra time. Europa League holders Sevilla led through Lucas Ocampos’ penalty in Budapest but were pegged back before half-time through Leon Goretzka’s leveller on Thursday. Sevilla proved obdurate opponents in the second period, though, and substitute Youssef En-Nesyri came close to ending Bayern’s 22-game winning run when put through in the 87th minute, only for Neuer to turn his effort behind. The Germany international made an even better save for the Champions League winners when he flicked a right foot out to divert En-Nesyri’s attempt onto the post at the start of extra time, but the Sevilla forward

Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla (AET): Player Ratings as Die Roten Win UEFA Super Cup After Extra Time

Bayern Munich 2-1 Sevilla (AET): Player Ratings as Die Roten Win UEFA Super Cup After Extra Time

Bayern Munich were victorious in the UEFA Super Cup final on Thursday, but required extra time to defeat a stubborn Sevilla side 2-1. With the game level 1-1 after 90 minutes, Bayern's unlikely hero was substitute Javi Martinez, who looped his header past Bono to seal Bayern's first trophy of the 2020/21 season. The game got off to a flying start when Los Palanganas were awarded a 13th minute penalty after Ivan Rakitic was fouled by David Alaba. The spot kick was tucked away confidently by Lucas Ocampos. Bayern levelled things up before the break courtesy of Leon Goretzka's calm finish and Die Roten then had two goals ruled out in the second half, one for offside and another for a foul in

The Bayern Munich Lineup That Should Start Against Sevilla

The Bayern Munich Lineup That Should Start Against Sevilla

Fresh from spanking Schalke 8-0 in their Bundesliga opener, Bayern Munich travel to Budapest to face Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup on Thursday night. The Champions League winners have managed the seemingly impossible task of strengthening their side with the signing of Leroy Sane from Manchester City, demonstrating that Bayern remain the boot stamping on the throat of German football. Despite their current aura of invincibility, Sevilla will be wily and tough opponents and Bayern might not win by an eight-goal margin. Here is how we think they should look on Thursday. Manuel Neuer demonstrating his boredom  Manuel Neuer (GK) - The stalwart keeper remains one of the world's best and he will be looking to add to his heaving trophy collection in Budapest. Benjamin

Champions League Positional Award Nominees Revealed for 2019/20 Season

Champions League Positional Award Nominees Revealed for 2019/20 Season

Uefa have announced the nominees for the Champions League positional awards for the 2019/20 competition. The awards were introduced in 2016/17 to recognise the best individual player in each position in domestic football's most prestigious cup competition. Unsurprisingly, Champions League winners Bayern Munich dominate the shortlist, with seven of the 12 players nominated representing the European champions. Robert Lewandowski will be among the favourites to take the forward's award after the Poland international hit a ridiculous 15 goals in just ten9 appearances during last season's competition. Spare a thought for Jerome Boateng - the only member of the Bayern back four not nominated for the defender's award. Bayern Munich dominate the nominee shortlist  Atletico Madrid and Manchester City claim a single nominee each, while beaten finalists