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  1. Round-up of the Champions League Group Stages

    Along with the ongoing tournaments such as the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Bundesliga, Primeria, the Champions League is also in progress. This league incorporates a range of clubs from all of the leagues across Europe and is a widely celebrated by fans worldwide as they cheer on their favourite soccer team once more. Currently in the group stages, the Champions League is where clubs across the globe compete on the soccer field to eventually lift the trophy at the end of the games – thus gaining Champions status.

    Within this blog post we will take a look at how the tournament is panning out at the moment and what we can expect from the clubs in the coming weeks. From looking at how the matches have been scheduled and the groups picked, to the highest scoring player and team, you will find out all about this here.

    How are the Teams Grouped?

    After the initial play-offs had taken place prior to the scheduled group matches, the teams were whittled down to the 32 names below. These were then drawn into their specific groups on the 30th August 2018. Their first set of matches were scheduled for the 18th and 19th September whereby each team within the group played against one another for a home and away match. Below you can see a breakdown of the clubs included in this season’s Champions League Tournament.

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    Group A

    • Atletico Madrid
    • Borussia Dortmund
    • AS Monaco
    • Club Brugge

    Group B

    • Barcelona
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • PSV Eindhoven
    • Inter Milan

    Group C

    • Paris Saint Germain
    • Napoli
    • Liverpool
    • Red Sta
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  2. International Champions Cup 2018

    Starting on the 20th July and running for 3 weeks, the International Champions Cup tournament is a fantastic way to get in the mood for the upcoming soccer seasons worldwide. As the winners have now been announced and celebrated, we have most certainly got a taster as to what is in store in the tournaments on the horizon.

    Within this blog post we will have a look at the performance of the trophy winners, the clubs overall and look into the most outstanding player during the games. With this analysis we are able to picture how the rest of the games will pan out this time round, and see which clubs need to give it their all to redeem themselves from their play during the International Champions Cup.

    Tottenham Hotspur Win the International Champions Cup

    Out of the 3 matches played against Roma, Barcelona and Milan, Tottenham Hotspur managed to successfully net themselves 7 goals and thus winning the trophy. Closely behind them were Borussia Dortmund who acquired 6 goals overall.

    When looking at how the matches played out for Spurs, their most successful play was against Roma where they won 4-1. Scoring this impressive total and netting 2 each within the match were Llorente and Lucas who have only played with Tottenham since the 17/18 season.

    However, on the flip side, the most competitive match Spurs had to face was against Barcelona where they managed to tie at 2 all thanks to Son and N’Koudo. But unfortunately when it came to penalties Barcelona managed to successfully net 5 whereas Tottenham only scored 3 after the miss by Georgiou.

    Most Impressive League Teams

    Out of the 18 clubs which took part in this tournament, there was a decent mix of clubs from across Europe. However, when looking at how each league team performed, we are able to see which will be the most successful series of tournaments to watch this season? Below is a quick breakdown of how each club played.

    Serie A

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  3. Portuguese Primeira Liga: The Big Three

    21st February 2017. By Danni Biggs
    So with the nation still in high spirits after being crowned champions at the Euros in 2016 we look into the Portuguese Primeira Liga: The Big Three. Only two other teams have broken the consecutive success of Benfica, Porto and Sporting Lisbon. Boavista and Belenenses are the only two teams who have disrupted the continuous dominance and success of The Big 3 in 1946 and 2001.

    Staggeringly, with all three teams together they have won the Portuguese Primeira Liga 80 times, Benfica being the most with 35 times. The rivalry between all three clubs is intense motivating each team to improve and succeed. The competitiveness from players, staff and even fans is intense due to the vital points that will decide the upcoming Championship title.

    Three-time Defending Champions Benfica


    Benfica, currently top of the table are playing as three-time defending champions after being crowned in their previous Primeira Liga campaign for the 35th time. Benfica were founded in 1904 and have never been relegated from the top flight of Portuguese football along with the 'Big Three' rivals Porto and Sporting Lisbon.  Benfica are currently the most successful club in Portugal in terms of domestic and overall titles, 78 in total.

    For the past 3 seasons Benfica have consecutively been crowned champions of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, can they make it their fourth this season? Benfica are still at the top spot on the table with Porto very close behind. With only losing 2 games so far and the season due to conclude in May will Benfica be able to hold on?

    Benfica have 12 games to go until the title is decided, these games include their close rivals Porto and Sporting Lisbon. Porto and Sporting Lisbon will no doubt

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  4. Midfield Sensation Adam Nagy Attracting Interest from Top European Clubs

    4th July 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    It's remarkable to think that just 12 months ago Adam Nagy hadn't even started a professional game at club or international level. Fast forward to now, however, and all that's well and truly changed as he's embarked on a rapid rise that's been nothing short of spectacular.

    After enjoying a breakout season with Ferencvaros, which culminated in him winning the Hungarian league title, the 21-year-old sensation didn't take long to also make his mark with the national team. Since debuting in September 2015 against Northern Ireland, his showings have been so impressive that he's quickly grown into an integral member of the mighty Magyars side.

    After his brilliant string of displays at the Euros, where the gifted midfielder was quite possibly Hungary's best performer over the course of the tournament, he's amazingly continued on his wicked upward trajectory. Despite his relatively limited experience playing at the elite level, it's been refreshing to see how well he's adapted to the step up and not only played well, but flourished. Indeed, this has served as a testament to his immense talent, confidence and maturity.

    Nagy, who has a futsal background just like Russian midfield wizard Oleg Shatov, is unsurprisingly a brilliant technician. He's emphatically shown it off in spades at the Euros, with his excellent dribbling, close control and thoughtful, incisive passing game allowing him to really impose himself on matches from his holding midfield station. The fact he's completed 91% of his passes, averaged roughly one key pass per game and enjoyed around one successful dribble pg at the tournament serves as a fine illustration of his quality on the ball.

    His movement across the pitch has also been another key feature of his work. Nagy's relentless work rate ensured his teammates could always rely on him to be a viable passing option. Combine this with his intelligence to find space, due to his terrific

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  5. Nicolas Gaitan: An Inspiring Copa America Performance Ensures Summer Transfer Options.

    17th June 2016. By Edward Stratmann.
    Ahead of Argentina's mouthwatering Copa America opener with Chile, their manager, Gerardo Martino, was confronted with a crunch decision as to who should replace the injured Lionel Messi.

    His answer didn't require much thought, however, with Martino making the easy choice of selecting gifted Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan to fill in for the Barcelona magician.

    "I don't expect him to do anything like Leo," Martino explained.

    "I want him to be himself more than ever because he has a very good condition, and he can do it. He is fast, he passes the ball very well, he dribbles very well. He's a very complete player."

    Martino's words made perfect sense, for it's impossible to replace the inordinately talented Messi, so to let Gaitan play his own game was clearly the right decision. And it suitably paid off, as the 28-year-old put in a brilliant shift, without the expectations of replicating arguably the world's finest player burdening him.

    Gaitan had no issues coping with the occasion, in what was his first major tournament for his country, despite having received 13 previous caps. "I have never been in a competition with Argentina, not even in the Under-20s," he said prior to kick off.

    As predicted, Gaitan started the match out on the right wing, and within two minutes he'd already had an impact, powering a superbly timed header into the bar. From that solid starting base, he worked his way into the game nicely, using his delightful passing game, mazy dribbling style and tactical intelligence to go onto play a vital role in his side's stirring 2-1 triumph.

    After a promising first 23 minutes, he then switched flanks with Angel Di Maria. While he still influenced the game in a positive manner from the left, there was no question he looked better on the right,

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  6. A Preview of the Champions League

    22nd March 2016
    On March 18th, the UEFA officially announced the draw for the Champions League quarterfinal round. For the most part, the matchups for the next round of Europe's most prestigious soccer tournament look to have clear favorites. However, as we saw from the semifinals-where Bayern Munich of all teams had to win their second leg match in extra time-there is no such thing as a sure thing in this ultra-competitive tournament.

    The lineup for the quarterfinals shows beyond a doubt that the La Liga is the strongest league in European football right now. The Spanish top-flight accounts for three of the eight quarterfinal spots, with FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid all earning spots. Two Bundesliga teams are also in the mix (Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg), while England, France, and Portugal grabbed one slot apiece (for Manchester City, Paris Saint Germain, and Benfica, respectively).

    Perhaps the biggest surprise in this crop of teams is that there are no Italian clubs left in the competition. Juventus, last season's UCL runners-up, were the victims of Bayern Munich's second-leg, extra-time win in the round of 16 and will not progress further. Also out of contention are Gent, Roma, Chelsea, Arsenal, PSV Eindhoven, Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Dynamo Kyiv.

    Analyzing the Match-ups

    As mentioned previously, three of the four match-ups on the schedule for the Champions League quarterfinals have fairly natural frontrunners. Barcelona will be favored to outstrip Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid should have no problem getting past Wolfsburg, and Bayern Munich will likely steamroll Benfica. Let's start by analyzing these three supposedly "predictable" draws.

    Barcelona vs.

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  7. Draw Announced for Champions League 2016 Round of 16

    Competitive play won't resume in the 2015 2016 UEFA Champions League until well into the New Year, but already, fans are getting excited for the next stage of Europe's most prestigious club football tournament. On Monday, December 14th, the UEFA announced the draw for the Champions League 2016 round of 16, with the first leg matches to take place on February 16th, 17th, 23rd or 24th and second leg matches scheduled for early to mid-March. Let's take a look at the match-ups!

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    The Games to Watch

    Probably the highest profile draw for the round of 16 is the match-up between Bayern Munich and Juventus. Bayern won five of their six group stage fixtures, only dropping one game (against Arsenal). Juventus, meanwhile, have struggled to find their groove this fall, both in domestic and European play. After a dismal start to the Serie A season, though, the Zebras have begun a slow and steady march back toward the top slot, winning six matches in a row in Italy. Add their status as last season's UCL runners-up, and Juve have to be considered a threat to Bayern Munich here-even if the German heavyweights have reached the finals or semifinals in each of the past four Champions League tournaments.

    Also extremely intriguing is the match-up between FC Barcelona and Arsenal. Barca are, of course, the reigning tournament champions and, therefore, the clearest favorites to clinch the title again in 2016. Arsenal, Arsenal Home Shirt 2015 - 2016meanwhile, have struggled so far in the UCL, only just inching into the round of 16 with a last-minute win against Olympiacos.

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  8. Benfica Title Hopes: Leading Primeira Liga in Goals, But Not in Points

    Benfica hold a lot of superlatives in the annals of Portuguese soccer. In addition to being the most successful football club in national history (with 34 titles and counting), Benfica also have the most runner-up finishes (27) and have won the Champions League twice (consecutive victories in 1961 and 1962). Add the fact that the Eagles are currently the two-time reigning champs in the Primeira Liga, and it's a good time to be a fan in the Benfica home shirt 2015/16. But are the Benfica title hopes for 2015/16 on track?

    With all of that said, though, Benfica are in danger of snapping their streak of top-two finishes in the league if things continue to go as they have been going so far this season. The Eagles are currently in fourth place on the Primeira Liga table, with six wins and three losses on their record so far.

    To be fair, Benfica have played one fewer game than Sporting CP, the current table leaders, or Sporting Braga, the soccer club currently edging them out for third. Due to some irregular scheduling in the Portuguese top-flight, most of the teams in the division have played 10 games, a few have played nine, and one has only played eight. This irregularity makes it difficult to make concrete predictions or statements about how different football teams are faring in the pursuit of the title.

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    Dragging Behind Porto

    Still, there is one metric by which we can judge Benfica's current status in the 2015 2016 Primeira Liga. Porto are among the clubs that have only notched nine fixtures so far this season, and match Benfica in terms of wins (six), but are three points ahead of the defending champions regardless. Porto haven't lost a game yet, picking up draws in their other three matches. That consistency is what

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  9. Benfica Begin Title Defense in Style: Week One Premeira Liga 2015 - 2016

    Most eyes in the soccer world this past weekend were fixed on the opening weekends for Germany's Bundesliga, France's Ligue 1, or the Dutch Eredivisie-not to mention the second weekend of the 2015 2016 English Premier League. Also launched over the weekend, though, was the Portuguese Primeira Liga, where it looks like the reigning champions from Benfica are already establishing a thorough title defense. Keep reading for more information on week one Premeira Liga 2015 - 2016 fixtures.

    Benfica surged into the new season in high style, crushing Estoril 4-0 to establish an impressive three-point, +4 goal difference start to the season. Unsurprisingly, the four-point win places Benfica at the top of the Premeira Liga table.

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    The Benfica-Porto Rivalry

    Benfica are looking for a third Portuguese national football title this season, after narrowly beating out FC Porto for the title in 2014 2015. Porto actually lost fewer matches than Benfica last season (two losses, versus Benfica's three), but the Eagles had the better record overall (including 27 wins, compared to Porto's 25), and ultimately edged out the Dragons by three points on the final table.

    While Benfica's four-point win over Estoril-including two goals from Jonas, the league's second most prolific scorer from last season-was the big story of the Premeira Liga's opening weekend, it certainly wasn't the only one. On the contrary, it looks like the rivalry between the Eagles and the Dragons is going to continue in earnest in 2015 2016, as Porto are already nipping at the heels of the defending champions.

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