UEFA Champions League

Inter Prevails, Celebration Tamed

Two excellent individual efforts by Diego Milito made the difference in Saturday’s Champions League final to complete Inter’s dream season and place the Italian club on course to match Barcelona’s unprecedented achievement in 2009. The moment of glory did not…

Champions League Preview

Bayern Munich’s path to today’s Champions League final in Madrid reflects the German club’s status as the competition’s team of destiny. Their passage from group stage to the semifinals had a touch of miracle just about every step of the…

Champions League Final: Inter-Bayern

If Bayern’s passage into the Champions League final had the look and feel of a formality in Lyon, Inter battled, scraped, cheated, resisted and frustrated a superior opponent to capitalize on the first leg advantage and survived to reach the…

Champions League Notes – Semis

Bayern Munich and Inter Milan took important steps toward reaching the final of the competition, as Lyon missed an opportunity and the defending champion Barcelona was overpowered out of the beautiful game. Internazionale Milano – Barcelona 3-1 Mourinho’s tactic for…

Champions League Notes – Last 4 Set

The semifinals of the Champions League competition are set and include Bayern Munich, a surprise contender that received a tremendous boost from the return of Arjen Robben and eliminated Manchester United to join last year’s champion Barcelona, Internazionale Milano and…

Champions League Notes – Quarters

The first leg of the quarterfinal round delivered three entertaining matches and an exceptional one in North London that featured just about every form of soccer drama: a brilliant technical display, breathtaking pace, bravery, momentum shifts and an ending that…

Magnum Opus

A moment to reflect on yesterday’s truly fantastic, memorable match in North London. Not only did it live up to its billing, but it turned out to be even more dramatic, more clinical than imagined. A rare treat for anyone…

Champions League Notes – Last 8 Set

Spending hundreds of millions of euros on players provides no guaranty for success. Champions League glory continues to elude Florentino Perez’s Real Madrid and Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea, correctly so. Their elimination courtesy of Olimpique Lyon and Internazionale Milano demonstrated that…

Sensational Snejder, Chelsea out

Chelsea followed Real Madrid out of the Champions League competition, following a gripping match at Stamford Bridge that was decided by two dominant factors: the exceptional form of Wesley Snejder and the aggressive, physical play of Inter’s back duo, Lucio…

Champions League Match Day 6 Notes

Bayern Munich completed its come-back mission and knocked Juventus out of the Champions League in the process. Inter, Stuttgart and Milan can breathe calmly, for now, but Marseille missed a golden opportunity, while Fiorentina is beaming with confidence after snatching…