Category Archives: UEFA Champions' League

Wednesday Morning Kick-Off

Today, I was going to do up a Big Match Report on Barcelona-Arsenal. However thanks to the brilliance of Lionel Messi, I thought that any attempt to analyze this match would be at best a futile effort. The man is quite simply a magician and at the Nou Camp last night he was amazing, his finishing and all-around play were a joy to watch.

So, instead we will focus our Big Match analysis this week on the upcoming Real Madrid-Barcelona match.

For now, here are a couple of videos of the man that someday will be known as one of football’s true legends (perhaps to many he is already!). Enjoy yesterday’s highlights of Messi’s display and some of his best ever goals.

Barcelona-Arsenal Highlights 

Some of Messi’s best ever goals

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The One Game, One World Interview: Derek Rae

Football fans in the United States and many other parts of the world for that matter have been lucky enough to enjoy ESPN commentator Derek Rae’s polished delivery and expert play-by-play for years now. Whether it has been listening to Rae commentating on a Champions’ League match, World Cup classic, or European Championship fixture, the Scottish broadcaster’s superb style has complemented and enhanced many a football match in the last two decades.

The 1987 British Sports Broadcaster of the Year, Rae has been a fixture for American fans of the beautiful game since the mid-1990’s. He comes across as intelligent and respectful of the player, coaches, and officials that are involved in football and one always gets the sense while listening to him that this is a man doing something that he truly loves.

ESPN Commentator Derek Rae

Though Rae’s talents have seen ESPN assign him to lead commentator for Scottish Premier League matches this season, the good news for us in the States is that Rae will lend his voice to ESPN’s coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

One Game, One World is proud to present to you our recent interview with this fantastic commentator. Read on for Rae’s take on being a sports broadcaster, Scottish football, having the smallest writing in the world, and his views of the upcoming World Cup. As always let us know what you think with your comments and enjoy the football insight of Derek Rae. Continue reading

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Tuesday Morning Kick-Off

We are going to focus on the 1st Leg Champions’ League Quarterfinal matches today in the Morning Kick-Off. Some tasty affairs for sure. We want to tell visitors to the site to please keep coming back, especially tomorrow when we will have an interview with ESPN’s Derek Rae. He is a fantastic commentator and has some interesting stories and insight into world football. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Quartefinal action begins this week in the Champions’ League and as always at this stage all the matches are interesting. We’ve got the traditional powers represented (Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich) as well as a few sides that are looking to cause a real shock (Lyon, Bordeaux, and CSKA Moscow). Continue reading

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Wednesday Morning Kick-Off

Two unexpected results yesterday in the Champions’ League as Inter Milan and CSKA Moscow both won and went through to the last eight. Heartbreak for Chelsea and Sevilla, but joy in Italy and Russia. The Premier League is widely considered as the top league in Europe, yet two of the big four will now not be in the quarterfinals. Anyway, read on about the Champions’ League and my fascination with the Mexico-North Korea friendly in what is a shortened Morning Kick-Off today (hey, we gotta work too!). Continue reading

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Tuesday Morning Kick-Off

Hello everyone! Today’s Kick-Off will be dedicated to taking a quick look at this Tuesday’s important Champions’ Leg ties. Arsenal, Manchester United, Lyon, and Bayern Munich are already through to the quarterfinals. Who will join them from this week’s four pairings?

Read on for our previews and predictions. As always, we want to hear from you. Who do you think will advance and which quarterfinal match-up are you hoping to see? Continue reading

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Wednesday Champions’ League Preview

I’m looking forward to today’s matches with great interest. Certainly at this stage we don’t get some of the snooze fest games that sometimes take place in the Group Stage. Fiorentina and Bayern Munich produced a superb match yesterday and it was exciting as heck towards the end. What in the world happened to Italian sides not being to hold on to a lead? Arsenal steamrolled Porto which I was actually quite surprised about as I believed that Porto would have been a tougher proposition.

Can AC Milan peform a minor miracle and comeback against Manchester United at Old Trafford? And can Lyon conjure up an even bigger miracle by holding on to their 1-0 lead from the first leg against Real Madrid? Read on to find out what we think… Continue reading

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Tuesday Champions’ League Preview

Ok, we are back after a few days off and raring to go here at One Game, One World. There is some interesting stuff to come from us in the next few weeks so keep a look out for that including some fantastic interviews and features. But for now, let’s direct our attention to the Champions’ League in what promises to be an exciting week.

Four quarterfinal places will be booked by Wednesday evening and all four ties remain in the balance, though certainly there are favorites after the first leg results.

Things get kicked off on Tuesday with two very interesting ties. Arsenal hope that a second leg at the Emirates Stadium will overturn their 2-1 deficit over Porto while Fiorentina hope the same thing as they attempt to comeback from their own 2-1 defeat in the first leg to Bayern Munich. Continue reading

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