Champions League Archives ⋆ An Old International

Play, Repeat, Paris

Equipped with petro dollars and stars, Paris Saint Germain cannot drop the image of big time bottlers. The latest defeat against a limited Manchester United is just another repeat of previous seasons failures. Whoever manages PSG these days has to achieve one thing: to keep the club in the Champions League beyond April. It is…

I Love You, I Love You Not

Bayern were outspoken critics of the Neymar transfer during the summer yet they tend to forget that they have close ties with Qatar, too. Read more →

Overcoming the Nightmare: When Dortmund beat Juve 1997

It must rankle Bayern and their supporters seeing other teams win in their stadium. Moreover, it must be painful for them to see their rivals Dortmund coming to the city and worse, celebrating. For Borussia Dortmund to win in Munich meant to overcome their footballing nightmare of the 1990s. Dortmund vs. Juve in the 1990s…

The Old Lady on the road to Berlin

Almost ten years after Calciopoli, Juve are back among the top clubs in Europe. They have been relegated and stripped off their titles. A remarkable come back. Read more →

Paris aiming for the Grand Slam

Paris St. Germain are in for a trophy haul this season. Read more →

Moving in Circles

Yesterday’s 1-0 defeat of Manchester City against the Spanish giants Barcelona, saw the last English club eliminated from UEFA’s top competition. Once again, the soul searching has begun.There is no conclusive answer to the fact that none of the English clubs have made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season. It would…

Perfect 10? Thoughts on La Dec(ept)ima

Real got their title they craved for a long time and to which they felt entitled to. Yet, the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon offered no enlightenment, quite the opposite. The Champions League final 2014 developed slowly and the first half for large parts possessed nowhere near the quality of the 2013 edition. Real Enjoyed…

Last night’s quarterfinal return leg between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid was put off as a dead rubber after the 3-0 defeat in Madrid. At least this was the view of a German TV journalist who annoyed J

How to Assess Strength

Is the German Bundesliga really the strongest league as it is often declared?

Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund

If anything, the final of this season’s Champions League was a fitting occasion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bundesliga. It was an advertizement for German football. However, not everything was good in the game. Nervous Start It was Bayern who kicked off the game but were almost out of the game in the…