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Posts Tagged ‘ Champions League ’

GAA Hawk-Eye Failure Justifies German Decision

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The German Football League (DFL) has ruled out the introduction of goal-line technology in the wake of Bayer Leverkusen’s ‘ghost goal’ because of the standard of the available systems.

Few in Ireland would blame them given the discrepancies associated with such systems during this year’s Minor Hurling Championship.

Leverkusen claimed a 2-1 victory over an aggrieved Hoffenheim last weekend as a result of Stefan Kiessling’s 70th-minute goal, which came after his header had missed the target but crept in through a hole in the side netting.

Hoffenheim have called for the game to be replayed, but the German FA (DFB) has said it will abide by FIFA rules, which state that a referee’s decision is final once play has restarted. Continue reading

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Neymar Theatrics Shine Again As Barca Beat Celtic

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Celtic suffered back to back defeats in the Champions League as Barcelona arrived at Celtic Park and departed with three points, though not the easiest they have ever earned. Celtic were unlucky in some ways – Charlie Mulgrew’s header had Victor Valdes beaten in the Barcelona goal, but the Celtic man just couldn’t find the net. Moments later, Cesc Fabregas had put the ball beyond Fraser Foster down the other end with a beautiful header across the face of Celtic’s goal to snatch the three points. In the end, some poorly executed passing and ideas, coupled with indiscipline on the part of Scott Brown, led to the Scottish side’s defeat, and fans will be left feeling they might have had something from the game if things had gone differently.

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Bratt’ Bakks Celtic To Topple Barca Again

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A Celtic hero turned pilot at Norway’s top airline is backing his former club to claim the scalp of Barcelona for a second successive season when they face the Catalan giants in a Champions League clash at Parkhead on Tuesday night.

Harald Brattbakk scored a crucial goal in May 1998 against St Johnstone to help Celtic deny fierce rivals Rangers from winning their tenth league title in a row and to bring the title back to the east end of Glasgow.

While his Celtic career may not have lived up to his expectations he remains revered in Glasgow for that one goal. Since hanging up his boots the former Norwegian international has taken up a career in the airline industry and is now a top pilot with Norwegian Air Shuttle. Continue reading

Irish Keeper Called Into City’s Champions League Squad

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Ireland U-19 goalkeeper Ian Lawlor was last night promoted to Man City’s first-team squad for tomorrow’s Champions League visit to Viktoria Plzen, making him the only Irish player to feature in the tournament this season .

The 18-year-old had been due to face the Czech outfit in UEFA’s new youth version of the Champions League when he received the call from Manuel Pellegrini. Continue reading

Clubs Prepare For Champions League Draw

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The lineup for the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League group stage is complete and will feature no fewer than 14 previous winners of Europe’s premier club competition while FK Austria Wien will make their debut.

Eleven of the past champions were among the 22 automatic entrants, a number subsequently swelled by the progress of AC Milan, FC Steaua Bucureşti and Celtic FC through this week’s ten play-off ties. For the draw, which takes place from 4.45pm today at Monaco’s Grimaldi Forum, the 32 contenders have been split into four seeding pots (based on club coefficients), with each of the eight groups to contain one team from each tier. Continue reading

Wenger : Dawn Of A New Era Or Beginning Of The End?

wengerAfter an opening day defeat to Aston Villa and the home crowd turning on manager Arsene Wenger and his team, Arsenal’s season looked bleak and all hope was lost after only 90 minutes into the new season.

However, with Arsenal clinching a much-needed Champions League qualifier victory in a relatively easy fashion against Fenerbahce last Wednesday night, and following it up with an equally impressive 3-1 league win away at Fulham, the perspective on the Gunners’ season has already changed  for concerned fans. Continue reading

Five Potential Replacements For Luis Suarez

?????????At the end of May I posted an article on Irish News Review about Luis Suarez plotting his exit from Liverpool, but who knew that ten weeks later the Uruguayan would still be in the middle of one of the longest transfer sagas to date.

At the time of writing the previous piece I was already resigned to losing Suarez as were a lot of other Liverpool fans. At this stage I’d guess that a lot of those fans wish he had of just left then to save us all from the endless Twitter rumours and all this ‘he said, they said’ that’s been going on ever since. Continue reading

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