This season’s Champions League has already thrown up some belters, hasn’t it? Whether it was Manchester City and Celtic’s thrilling 3-3 draw or Premier League champions Leicester City’s better-than-expected debut in what is (probably) the most exciting club tournament in the world, the signs are this season could be the best yet.
If you’re hankering after some of this elite action for yourself, and not just on your TV screen either, then we think you’ll love a new guide to the away grounds and cities of European football teams developed by the travel experts at Expedia.
The European Football Away Game Guide is designed to help footy fans travelling around Europe as they follow their teams in Champions League action. It’s here to help you figure out how to get to an unfamiliar football ground and find your way around a new city, enjoying all that it has to offer in the process.
So whether you’re off to Monchengladbach, Munich, Manchester or somewhere else entirely, get hold of the guide so you know which tram you need to get to the stadium and where the best place is for a pre-match pint. Oh, and it’s crammed with advice from local bloggers about where to eat, drink and explore too.
Manchester United have always been the dominant club in Manchester, however are we seeing a shift in power both on and off the pitch.
Manchester City as a club over the past 5 seasons has been transformed into one of the biggest clubs financially and on the pitch in Europe. However it has to be noted that whilst having a great team and big bank account this cannot buy you fans.
This week Manchester City played in the Champions League, a game that should in theory be sold-out or at least 80% full. However the game was no near a sell out and even Pep Guardiola, a manager that has worked successfully with FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, 2 of Europe’s most supported clubs has pleaded with fans to come to the games.
For anyone who lives in Manchester will tell you, Manchester United have most of the fans and are a bigger club, with this all the games at Old Trafford are virtually always sold out.
The only way Manchester City can get more fans is by consistently winning cups and the Premier League for the next 10-15 years. It is already noticeable that Manchester City are getting younger fans which will be great for the future but not for the present.
The owners of the club have to be commended by the way they have transformed the club and the area around the stadium. This project is obviously not about the finances for the owners, otherwise they would have chose a club with a greater fan-base, they are definitely in it for the long-haul.
The power of both Manchester clubs is clear to see, they have arguably the two best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola and some of the best players in the world in Kevin de Bruyne and Paul Pogba respectably. Financially they can both compete against FC Barcelona and Real Madrid so in the next 5-10 years expect to see a shift in where the European Champions will be from. Can Manchester take over as the football capital of the world, we fully expect so.
FATV cameras were once again given exclusive access to the Young Lions training camp as England Under-21s prepare to take on Norway Under-21s in Group 9 of their UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifier.
Watch here as Nathan Chalobah steals the show and makes an audacious nutmeg and scores a scissor kick to win the three goal game training drill also featuring some spectacular Chuba Akpom volley techniques
Manchester United Striker Marcus Rashford made his U21 debut by scoring a hat-trick in this game. The on-form strike was in the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships but has moved to the U21 to get more experience and playing time.
England manager Sam Alladyce was in the stadium to watch the Mancunian score 3 different types of goals including a penalty kick.
The Manchester Derby is this weekend and will be one of the biggest games so far in the Premier League season.
With the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Manchester, many Swedish fans are now following the Premier League. The Number 9 Striker is one of the most high profile people in Sweden having arrived at Old Trafford with a fierce reputation. Having played for FC Barcelona, Ajax, Milan and PSG the Swedish International is used to being in the spotlight and has started his Manchester United career already scoring in the first 2 games of the Premier League.
Which other Swedish players have made an influence on the Premier League, well we at e-Soccer.com have created a list to discuss these players.
Similar to Zlatan, Henrik Larsson played in several different high profile teams, both of whom played for FC Barcelona and eventually Manchester United. Whilst he only played in the league for 1 year, his influence was enormous.
Henrik will always be known as a Glasgow Celtic Legend but he definitely made an impact in the Premier League even though he only actually scored 3 goals. Whilst he only made 7 appearances on Loan in England’s top flight he will go down in history for his positive impact on the team.
Larrson’s first goal for Manchester United came in the FA Cup game against Aston Vill at Old Trafford.
Part of the Invincible Arsenal team which went unbeaten for 49 games, Ljundberg will go down in Arsenal history and is still a fans favourite. The ex Swedish International played over 10 years in the Premier League, finally ending up with West Ham and having scored over 70 times in 241 appearances. During the 2001-2002 season Ljundberg was arguably the best player for Arsenal’s double winning team, even scoring in the win over Chelsea in the FA Cup final. Playing in the same team as Henry, Overmars, Viera, Petit, Bergkamp and Adams, Fredrick or Freddie as he was called by the fans has probably made the biggest impact in the Premier League by any Swedish football player.
See his Top 5 goals below.
Sweden has produced some fantastic players and the International team is always competitive reach most World Cups and European Championships. If you would like to enjoy playing poker then this casino website is a great place to start.
This might be a surprise but Mellberg played for 7 years in the Premier League for Aston Villa in which he was the captain. The Swedish International player was voted the best player for his country in 2003 and also played for Juventus and Villarreal in his career. Whilst playing for Aston Villa he also became a fan favourite making a huge impact with his great defensive displays. Zlatan has labelled Mellberg as the ‘best Swedish defender of all time’.
France International Paul Pogba is set to break the world record when he joins Manchester United officially this week. The price tag is expected to be over 100 million euros and overpasses Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale’s fee of 85,000,000 price tag when he moved from Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United expect to officially announce this long transfer saga within the next 48 hours and is already having a United Medical. Pogba famously left Manchester United on a free transfer only 4 years ago and headed to Italy where he starred for Juventus winning several trophies. The reason Manchester United let him leave is still a mystery but it was ultimately down to Alex Ferguson, the then Manager of the team.
Having been the best player in Italy for 2 seasons as well as excellent performances in the France shirt has meant the price tag is beyond all previous football transfers.
Will he shine for Jose Mourinho’s team this season or will he under perform, critics believe that he doesn’t perform in the big games. Will he justify the biggest price tag in the world or will United regret the signing. Whilst his price tag is extreme, only a handful can doubt his ability.
Manchester United have purchased Zlatan Ibrahimović and Baily in this transfer window and are likely to be involved in more business when this closes in 3 weeks.
Manchester United fans are excited for the new season and this promises to be the most competitive league in history. Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea have purchased some great players this summer and Leicester City, current champions are looking to emulate their success from last year.
The European Championships by UEFA will take this year in cities and stadiums around France. Every 4 years the best national football teams play in a tournament to see who will be crowned European Champions.
This year there are many favourites for the tournament including Germany, Italy, Spain and England. Outsiders include Wales, Belgium and France.
Buying tickets for Euro 2016 can be a complicated process in which many buyers and sellers will try and become the number one ticket agent for this tournament. Tickets for the previous tournament in Poland were relatively cheap in which they were less than €50 per ticket. Tickets in the secondary market always sell for more than the original price, prices in for France 2016 are expected to reach record levels for this tournament.
With thousands of fans making the journey, in particular Ireland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales will be sure to take thousands of fans around stadiums and cities in France.
With time still remaining to apply for tickets on UEFA.com, E-Soccer.com fully recommends that you try to get your Euro 2016 tickets from here prior to using secondary ticket markets.
Will update this article as soon as more information regarding tickets for the tournament are released, we expect this to be in March/April 2016.
Previous final games and group games are the most expensive of the tournament and therefore fans should try to plan in advance, travel, hotel and other arrangements in order to get the best prices and deals.
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