Champions League

Champions League knockout stage beckons for perfect quartet

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale fired Real to victory at the weekend, but there are worries over the defence. Photo: AFP

Holders Bayern Munich and nine-time champions Real Madrid are among a quartet of teams seeking to record a fourth successive Champions League victory this week to secure a place in the last 16.

Monday, 4 November, 2013, 11:27pm

Spanish giants have Italian job on their minds

Messi proved a thorn in Milan's side when scoring in their round of 16 match in March and will have to be closely guarded at the San Siro on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Spain’s big two face a pair of Italian giants in the Champions League this week, boasting 22 European Cups between them, as AC Milan aim to end a recent bad record against Barcelona and Juventus seek to peg back Real Madrid.

21 Oct 2013 - 12:10pm

Bayern Munich crowned Champions League winners for fifth time

Bayern Munich beat German rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Saturday in a thrilling Champions League final at London’s Wembley Stadium. Photo: AP

With extra time beckoning, Arjen Robben collected a back-heel from Franck Ribery, eluded the challenge of Mats Hummels and rolled a delicate shot past Roman Weidenfeller to give Bayern their fifth European crown.

26 May 2013 - 10:33am

Wenger salutes players as Arsenal secure Champions League spot

Arsenal players celebrate their victory after the final whistle in the English Premier League football match against Newcastle United, on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Arsene Wenger admits he is delighted Arsenal have proved the critics wrong after his team secured their place in the Champions League with a 1-0 win at Newcastle.

The Gunners’ chances of finishing in the Premier League’s top four were written off by many pundits when they trailed Tottenham by seven points with only 10 games remaining.

20 May 2013 - 3:22pm

Punters ready as Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham chase final two Champions League places

Photo: Reuters

The curtain comes down on the English Premier League season tomorrow night with almost all of the issues already decided. Manchester United, Chelsea, Swansea and Wigan have picked up major silverware, while Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham have not. Wigan, Reading and QPR are relegated, and most of the other teams are simply relieved still to be there.

18 May 2013 - 3:15am

Cahill backs Chelsea's quest for Champions League spot

Gary Cahill (right)

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has challenged his side to finish the season in triumphant style as they aim to qualify for the Champions League and win the Europa League in their last three games.

11 May 2013 - 5:06am

Defence key to Champions League berth, says Walcott

Theo Walcott

London's leading clubs will continue their battle for Champions League places this weekend, with Arsenal striker Theo Walcott saying defence holds the key to qualifying for European club football's leading tournament.

4 May 2013 - 5:18am

Bayern's actions chill ties with Dortmund ahead of clash

Hans-Joachim Watzke. Photo: AFP

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has admitted relations between his club and Bayern Munich are far from cordial as the Bundesliga rivals prepare to meet today in a rehearsal for the Champions League final.

4 May 2013 - 5:23am

'Miracle needed' as Bayern rout Barca

Barcelona's assistant coach Jordi Roura has admitted his side need a miracle at the Camp Nou in the return leg after being hammered 4-0 at Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final, first leg.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Talking points

Henry Tang's wine goes under the hammer

Henry Tang's wine goes under the hammer

15 Mar 2013 - 3:31am

Wenger proud of gallant Gunners despite defeat

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben goes flying as he tussles with Arsenal's Mikel Arteta during the Champions League clash in Munich. Photo: Reuters

Arsene Wenger insisted his Arsenal team had made him proud even as they bowed out of the Champions League on away goals despite a dramatic 2-0 win at Bayern Munich in the last 16, second leg.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:47am

Malaga coach Pelligrini praises team for 'staying focused' in tough times

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is proud of his team. Photo: AFP

Malaga's long-suffering fans have endured a roller-coaster ride since Sheikh Abdullah al-Thani, a member of the Qatar royal family, bought the Costa del Sol club in 2010 after they narrowly avoided relegation.

15 Mar 2013 - 6:48am

England falls from grace in Champions League

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky (left) walks off the field after their loss to Bayern. Photo: Reuters

Arsenal’s elimination at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League means this is the first season since 1995-96 in which no English teams have reached the quarter-finals.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Resurgent Real Madrid head to Manchester United full of confidence

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid's back-to-back victories over Barcelona have given them fresh momentum ahead of the second leg of their last 16 tie at Manchester United tonight.

Prior to the 1-1 draw between the teams three weeks ago, the season had appeared to be ebbing away from the Spanish champions, with Barca having assembled a seemingly unassailable 16-point lead in La Liga.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:36am

Gunners look down barrel of disaster

Arsene Wenger. Photo: Reuters

Two weeks ago Arsenal lost their most realistic chance of a first trophy in eight years when Championship outfit Blackburn knocked them out of the FA Cup and three days later they were all but dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:23am 1 comment