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Category: Champions League

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Celtic’s Champions League campaign to kick off against Sarajevo

• Scottish champions at home in first leg; Linfield draw Rosenborg• Dundalk v Riga; the New Saints face preliminary round winnersCeltic will open their Champions League qualifying campaign against Bosnian side Sarajevo.Neil Lennon’s side will play a si…

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Me, my dad and Spurs: what happened next (spoiler alert – not good) | Max Rushden

I flew back from Madrid to watch the Champions League final on TV, but other travel plans went awry. See you next seasonI recently wrote an article explaining how I’d given up my Champions League final ticket to watch the game with my dad. He gave me a…

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Lennart Johansson obituary

Former Uefa president who pioneered the Champions LeagueLennart Johansson, who has died aged 89, was president of Uefa, the European football association, for 17 years, from 1990 to 2007, during which time he oversaw its growth from an organisation wit…

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Virgil van Dijk warns Spurs players of lasting let-down from final defeat

• Liverpool and Dutch defender: ‘It’s not easy to come back from’• Van Dijk, Wijnaldum to play in Nations League semi-finalVirgil van Dijk has warned the Tottenham Hotspur players in England’s ranks that it will take time to recover from the disappoint…

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Lennart Johansson, ‘father of the Champions League’, dies aged 89

Created Champions League in 17-year reign as Uefa presidentExpanded tournament to allow non-domestic champions entryLennart Johansson, who oversaw the introduction of the Champions League during a 17-year reign as president of European soccer’s governi…

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England and Germany ‘will block European Super League’

• German Football League president says new solution needed• ‘If you make a pyramid like the ECA, we would destroy the clubs’Combined opposition from the Premier League and Bundesliga will block the plans developed by the European Club Association for …

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Van Dijk and Wijnaldum given rapturous welcome by Netherlands teammates – video

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum were given a rapturous reception by their Netherlands teammates after returning to training as winners of the Champions League. The Dutch duo, who claimed Europe’s top prize with Liverpool following a…

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Drab Champions League final continues trend of dismal domestic duels | Richard Williams

Teams who face each other domestically always struggle to produce the kind of showpiece expected from the most eagerly anticipated night of the seasonIf you wanted to decrease the level of global interest in the climactic match of a European club compe…

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Liverpool drew on ‘heartache’ of past failures to triumph, says Sturridge

• Lessons learned from European final defeats, explains Sturridge• Striker reveals players’ meeting before Champions League finalDaniel Sturridge has described how the “heartache” of past European final defeats proved an invaluable lesson for Liverpool…

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Liverpool drew on ‘heartache’ of past failures to triumph, says Sturridge

• Lessons learned from European final defeats, explains Sturridge• Striker reveals players’ meeting before Champions League finalDaniel Sturridge has described how the “heartache” of past European final defeats proved an invaluable lesson for Liverpool…

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Top clubs accused over ‘dangerous’ plans to reshape Champions League

• European Leagues head says clubs trying to form super league• Lars-Christer Olsson urges Uefa to reject plans and take actionThe plans drawn up by top clubs to reshape the Champions League after 2024 would create a “super league” motivated by greed t…

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Liverpool parade Champions League trophy to ecstatic fans – video

Thousands of Liverpool fans celebrated in the city centre as their team paraded the Champions League trophy from an open-top bus. Fans set off flares and sang throughout the day as Liverpool was turned red, and fireworks were set off from the top of th…

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Hugo Lloris tells Tottenham: ‘Don’t throw all our work in the bin’

• Captain intent on keeping the faith as uncertain summer looms• Jan Vertonghen: ‘Will there be an overhaul? I don’t know’Hugo Lloris has urged Tottenham to keep the faith in their project and not to “throw everything in the bin” after the Champions Le…

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Liverpool set to reward Jürgen Klopp with offer of improved contract

• Manager’s current six-year deal runs until 2022• Players believe Madrid win can launch golden eraLiverpool want to extend Jürgen Klopp’s contract following the Champions League triumph his players believe heralds the beginning of a glittering era und…

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Liverpool bring home Champions League trophy – in pictures

Fans lined the streets in Liverpool as their heroes brought back the Champions League trophy after winning the biggest prize in European football for the sixth time Continue reading…

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Henderson’s embrace shows the benefit of cherishing the moment | Daniel Taylor

Moving scenes with a father and Alexander-Arnold playing with his mates provided memories that transcend footballIt was just before Christmas in 2013 when Brian Henderson, a retired police officer from Washington, Tyne and Wear, went to have a cyst rem…

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Henderson’s embrace shows the benefit of cherishing the moment | Daniel Taylor

Moving scenes with a father and Alexander-Arnold playing with his mates provided memories that transcend footballIt was just before Christmas in 2013 when Brian Henderson, a retired police officer from Washington, Tyne and Wear, went to have a cyst rem…

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Mauricio Pochettino faces task of laying out the road ahead for Tottenham | Barney Ronay

The Spurs manager has some tough decisions to make over the nature of his team following their defeat by Liverpool in the Champions League finalHindsight is of course always twenty-twenty. Did Mauricio Pochettino make a defining error in selecting Harr…

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Klopp and Pochettino go back to English basics in final that fails to fire | Jonathan Wilson

The Champions League final carried echoes of the scrappy showpieces at which English teams triumphed in 70s and 80sFor Liverpool this has been a season of two extraordinary statistics: 11.7mm and 64%. It was the former that denied them a goal (albeit a…

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Klopp and Pochettino go back to English basics in final that fails to fire | Jonathan Wilson

The Champions League final carried echoes of the scrappy showpieces at which English teams triumphed in 70s and 80sFor Liverpool this has been a season of two extraordinary statistics: 11.7mm and 64%. It was the former that denied them a goal (albeit a…