European Football Archives ⋆ An Old International

Derby Time

After an eventful week in the Champions League, the weekend will see several big derbies played out in Europe. El Clasico In Spain, the two biggest clubs, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona will meet at Camp Nou on Sunday evening for the first sparring in the contest for the Spanish championship. Both have won their…

Two Horse Race

There are few words in English that are better suited to describe a title race with only two serious contenders. Two horse race describes the situation in many European top footballing divisions at this stage of the season. For obvious reasons, Scotland and Spain will be excluded in this little summary of Europe's best football…

PSG vs. Athletic Bilbao

It was the game that was meant to decide the future of PSG coach Antoine Kombouaré. And it was not going to be a successful night for Paris despite beating Athletico 4-2. They went out with a bang on goal difference. The mach started with a shock as Bilbao took the lead after only three…

decisions, decisions

In what promises to be an interesting game, PSG will host Athletic Bilbao at Parc de Princes tomorrow. While the visitors are through to the knock-out stage of the competition, the Parisiens and Red Bull Salzburg will fight it out for the second place. As it stands Salzburg have the easier game at their hands,…

EURO 2012 Qualifier: France – Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-1

This match was the group decider. France needed a win to secure their passage to the finals without the detour via the play-off. They could stumble at the last hurdle, provided Bosnia-Herzegovina won this match. And this is where this team from the former Yugoslavia is so remarkable. In a group with Romania, Albania and…

Talking about a Revolution

This is what Karl-Heinz Rummenigge did in response to FIFA's apparent corruption. As the chairman of the European Club Association (ECA), which represents the football clubs of Europe and their interests in any dispute with UEFA or FIFA, Rummenigge demanded that FIFA clean up their acts and restore honesty. In his function he stated that…

End of Season resumee

Almost all European leagues have finished, one European Cup Final has already been played, with only the Champions League Final to come this Saturday. It is time for a conclusion of this season’s results across Europe. Due to events in Zürich leading up to the FIFA election, this review comes a bit later than it…

The Wembley Final 2011

Barca vs. Man United, the same final as in 2009, this time at Wembley in what was to become a memorable night for those present or watching at home or in a pub. Barcelona left no doubt about which team is the best in Europe this season and the team that will be the standard…

El Clasico turned sour

The last three weeks have seen Real Madrid and Barcelona play each other three times with a fourth to come tonight, which might be meaningless as Barcelona have won the first leg of their Champions League semi-final 2-0 at the Bernabéu and are practically through to the final at Wembley where we might witness a…

(Pen-)Insular Dominance

Besides the Clasico madness of the last few days, a few thoughts on the dominance of teams from the Iberian peninsula and England. It is astonishing to see that teams from Spain and Portugal as well as England (Schalke being the exception here as they are neither Iberian nor English) are so strong in the…