ARTICLES

  1. admin

    Europe League Reinvention

    by
    Comment
    The Europe League is European football’s secondary European club competition, behind the much more lucrative and highly regarded UEFA Champions League. The Europe League in a previous incarnation was known as the UEFA Cup and sadly even in this incarnation it was regarded more highly than the current format. This was contested like the old Champions League (European Cup), with teams playing each other over two legs, home and away, with the losing side (on aggregate) being knocked out. There was no league format and the tournament ran like this until the final which was just one match (as it is today) Currently Europa League places are awarded to clubs from top European countries that finish below the Champions League spots, but high enough to achieve European qualification. The highest placed team(s) from each league will automatically begin the competition at the group stage, where lower placed sides will be...
  2. admin

    Napoli FC – Past, Present and Future

    by
    Comment
      S.S.C. Napoli, often known as Napoli Football Club or simply Napoli, is an Italian football club from Naples. The team currently plays in Serie A, the top division in Italian football league system and boasts the fourth biggest fan base in Italy. Napoli enjoyed their peak as a football club in the mid-late 1980′s when, having been on the fringes of the Serie A summit for some time, the club finally won the league title in the 1986-87 season. Galvanized by the signing of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the introduction of players such as Ciro Ferrara, Salvatore Bagni and Fernando De Napoli, the Naples club captured two Scudetto (Serie A) titles, the Coppa Italia and a European trophy in the form of the UEFA Cup in the late 1980′s. The magnitude of this achievement turned many of the Napoli players, in particular the mercurial Maradona, into cultural...
  3. admin

    Champions League Final 2013

    by
    Comment
    On May 25th at Wembley Stadium, the European Champions League final 2013 will be an all German affair for the first time in its history. The irony of two German clubs competing for Europe’s top prize at England’s national stadium only serves to crystallise Germany’s emergence as a footballing superpower. The Champions League Final 2013 will be contested by Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, the two heavyweights of German football. Having run away with the Bundesliga title this season by 25 points, Bayern Munich will go into the game as favourites. They will also be driven by the agony of last seasons Champions League final defeat to Chelsea in their own backyard. Bayern and Dortmund have both played some wonderful football to reach this point and both teams take their strengths and weaknesses into this seasons final. Bayern Munich’s strengths are almost immeasurable; they boast possibly the best attacking line-up...
  4. admin

    The German Resurgence – The Champions League Final 2013

    by
    Comment
    On Saturday 25th May, at Wembley Stadium, the European Champions League final will be contested, for the first time, by two German clubs. Following Borussia Dortmund’s victory over Real Madrid and Bayern Munich’s thrashing of Spanish giants Barcelona by the largest aggregate score-line ever in a Champions League semi-final (7-0), the two German rivals will thrash it out for the honour of becoming Europe’s greatest team. So with Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid being vanquished at the last hurdle, does this mark a significant power shift in European football? The signs certainly point to that, as Bayern made the final last season (ahead of Real and Barca) only to lose to Chelsea. It would appear that the Spanish sides do not possess the dominance they once did in Europe’s top competition. It is not just the two German sides reaching the final that illustrates this, but the manner of...
  5. admin

    La Liga, more than 2 teams?

    by
    Comment
    In recent years Spain’s premier division, La Liga has been viewed by many as probably the best league in world football. A league in which world class teams, with a great history and youth policy, play breath-taking football and cut a swathe through the Champions League. These teams look an attractive prospect as they battle Europe’s elite, however domestically there have to be questions raised about the credibility of La Liga as a contest. This is due in no small part to the fact that the league is dominated almost exclusively by two teams, Barcelona and Real Madrid. Indeed, since 2004 only those two sides have won the La Liga title, creating something of a duopoly. In this respect the league is very similar to the much derided Scottish Premier League (SPL), which since its inauguration in 1998 has boasted only two winners, Rangers and Celtic. In many respects La Liga...
  6. admin

    José Mourinho – The Next Destination

    by
    Comment
    José Mario dos Santos Mourinho Felix, known to the world as José Mourinho, is one of the most exciting and coveted managers currently active in world football. Since he won the UEFA Cup with Porto in 2003, and an historic Champions League title the following year, Mourinho has become widely regarded as one of the best football coaches of all time. Mourinho is well known and respected for his combative management style, a system based on a rigid and organised team structure, one that concedes very few goals; this is a method he perfected throughout his career. He is also famed for his intensive man management and is seen by many of his players, current and former, as a father figure. The Special One, as he is often known colloquially, is perhaps best recognised for his tenure as manager of Chelsea Football Club, where he won two league titles and...
  7. admin

    The demise of Arsenal FC

    by
    Comment
    It is almost a decade since Arsenal’s “Invincibles” team of 2003-04 completed their entire Premier League campaign without defeat and wrote themselves into football folklore. The nine seasons that have followed have seen a drastic change in fortunes for both club and manager Arsene Wenger, with mercurial form and perennial under-achievement plaguing the fortunes of a team who were once one of the most feared in the modern game. Exactly where the nucleus of the problem lies is subject to debate, indeed it may be that no single factor is responsible, but more a congregation of factors. It is universally recognised that the squad is lacking in specific areas. Namely, the acquisition of a world class ball winner since club legend Patrick Vieira departed for the bright lights and fashionistas of Milan in 2005, incidentally the last time The Gunners lifted silverware. There have been some contenders for the role,...
  8. admin

    UEFA Financial Fair Play

    by
    Comment
    The new UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations might seem a bit complicated to the average football fan, but if you’re able to read between the lines, UEFA’s objective is pretty simple: “Let’s not let what happened to the global economy, happen to football”. Indeed it seems the UEFA Financial Fair Play regulations are less concerned with financial fair play and are in fact a lot more concerned with European football’s financial stability. The fair play element comes in almost collaterally. Let’s have a look at the main points. Every year until the 2015-16 season, each club will be allowed to suffer a financial loss of up to £45 million, as long as it is covered by equity contributions, otherwise the limit is no more than £5 million. This means that unless the club’s owner or any other generous contributors are willing to donate £45 million to the club, the club...
  9. admin

    Euro 2012 – Group winners

    by
    Comment
    Group A – Russia Mathematically, it is still possible that Russia will not even qualify for the knock-out stages of Euro 2012. Possible, but not very likely. Although held to a draw by hosts Poland, Russia remained a constant threat. There will be some concerns about their inability to convert chances into goals, but that would detract from the valiant Polish defending. The Czech Republic have steadied their nerves somewhat after the brutal hazing they received in their opening match, but you cannot see their decider against Poland being anything but a close-run encounter. And Greece? If Greece qualify, the bookmakers will be laughing all the way to the bank… Group B – Germany It has to be Germany, doesn’t it? They were group favourites before the competition, and the first round of matches appears to have cemented their claim on the top spot. Their victory against Portugal was never...
  10. admin

    Euro 2012 hotshots – who to look out for

    by
    Comment
    Euro 2012 will be a great platform for the stars of Europe to showcase their talents.  These elite players are already established internationals for their respective countries and at ease with performing on the highest stage.  You’ve already seen them turn out in the UEFA Champions League earlier this year.  Lets hope they’ll perform in the same vein once Euro 2012 begins and we’ll be in for a treat. Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo It is a unique talent that takes a player away from Manchester United to find a bigger club, but Cristiano Ronaldo did just that when he joined Real Madrid in 2009. Since then he has scooped just about every individual accolade going, yet he keeps getting better. Ronaldo’s energetic style and deft touches on the ball can make any opponent look ordinary as he runs rings around their defence – sometimes literally. With a staggering tally of sixty...

Add a comment

Copyright © 2013 Uefacup.com. All rights reserved.