Champions League Soccer Managers

The Champions League is now reaching the exciting part which is the knockout rounds. Over 6 fixtures the group games were played and completed with the top 2 teams from the groups progressing to the next stage.

The Champions League knockouts were decided via a draw and the last 16 fixtures are now known. For Champions League betting then we recommend online specialists 888sport. The standout fixtures for the first knockout round of the tournament, starting in February are the following:

Paris Saint Germain Barcelona

Arsenal Bayern Munich

Manchester City Monaco

 

Top Managers of Champions League

These are our choice at E-Soccer.com for the best managers in the Champions League. Do you agree?

Pep Guardiola

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The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is in his first season at Manchester City and unlike the other leagues Pep is not having the easy wins like he is used to. After getting beat by Barcelona they have responded well in the Champions League and are one of the main teams to watch for. Can Pep win the European Cup in his first year at The Citizens, the bookies have him as one of the favourites to lift the trophy in Cardiff.

Carlo Ancelotti

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Carlo Ancelotti is the current manager of German team Bayern Munich and are one of the most successful teams in Europe.  Ancelotti as a manager is one of the finest, he is the only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times and reached four cup finals. Bayern Munich will be a tough team to beat and go into the last 16 as favourites over Arsenal football club.

Arsene Wenger

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The long-standing manager of Arsenal has guided the North London team Champions League qualification over many years. Arsenal have a  tough test if they want to proceed to the next round against German Champions Bayern Munich. Arsenal fans are growing impatient with the management team at the club due to the squad not performing on the big stage, well this is the biggest stage.

Luis Enrique

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Luis Enrique is the current manager FC Barcelona and leads probably the best team in the tournament to Paris where they will play PSG. With Neymar, Suarez and Messi, the attacking front-line is unquestionably the best in world football. In the losses that they have experienced this year the defense has been the weak link in the team.
Luis Enrique arrived as Barcelona manager in May 2014 from Celta Vigo and guided the Catalan team to the treble in his very first season in the job

Zinedine Zidane

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The current manager of Real Madrid is former world player of the year and Frenchman Zinedine Zidane. Alongside the attack of Barcelona, Real Madrid have arguably the best with current World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Colombian striker James Rodriguez leading the trio. Real Madrid have just been crowned World Club Champions having beaten Kashima Antlers in the final in Japan. Zinedine Zidane will be confident going into the next round where they face Italian team Napoli.

Who will lift the trophy in Cardiff in June 2017, we think one of these managers will surely have a say.

Premier League is Exciting as Ever

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The English Premier League is exciting as ever with this season promising to be more competitive than it ever has been. With so many different teams investing heavily in squads and the world’s best players this means that the games are as close as ever and the race for the title is highly entertaining.

Arsenal

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Arsenal fans are desperate to win the Premier League trophy once again, the last time was over 10 years year before they moved into their state-of-the-art stadium in north London. Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly go down in history as one of their best ever managers having won all major trophies in English football. However the fans are becoming increasingly concerned by the positions they finish each season. Winning the FA Cup alone is not satisfactory for the fans, they now want the Premier League. With players such as Alexis Sanchez and Ozil they do have the fire power to win the league, can they remain consistent enough and win the difficult away games in which in previous seasons have come up short.

 

Chelsea

In West London, Chelsea FC are always looking to win the League and challenge for major competitions, this season is no different. With a replacement manager in Italian Antonio Conte Chelsea have played surprisingly strong and powerful football so far this season. With players such as Edin Hazard and Diego Costa looking like different players under the manager they do have a good chance to win this season. With some difficult games over the Christmas period Chelsea will have to play well to be in contention after January.

 

Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has transformed this major club to now be one of the best football teams in the league. At the moment Liverpool are out scoring teams by 2/3 goals on a consistent basis. Can the German National do what he did with Borussia Dortmund and win the League against the odds? Liverpool fans are making enough noise and believe that this is their year to win the league, something that they haven’t won since over 20 years ago.

 

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola immediately made a statement when he arrived in Manchester by putting Number 1 Goal Keeper Joe Hart on Transfer to Italian team Torino. Since then they have had mixed results but still find a way to remain extremely dangerous to any team. Whilst they did lose to FC Barcelona they repaid this by beating them several weeks later at the Etihad stadium. Manchester City unlike Liverpool and Manchester United are competing in the UEFA Champions League, this could surely hamper their race for the title? We doubt it but let us see in May. With some great games involving all these teams then we think for Manchester City v Liverpool odds then this website is number 1 choice.

 

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho invested in the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba but results have also been mixed. If the Red Devils are ready to mount a serious charge on the league then they do need to put a consistent run of results together in the next 6 weeks to have any chance.

Whilst these are the teams we think have a serious chance to win the league remember last year when Leicester went on to shock the world and win. Whilst we don’t think anyone other than the above will win the Premier League is like no other league in the world.

Discover Expedia’s Unique and Interactive Football Away Game Guide

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.

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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.

Check out the guide and start planning your Champions League trip!

 

 

 

The Power of the Manchester Clubs

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.

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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.

We would love to hear your thoughts?

Under 21 – England v Norway

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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

Match Update

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.

Swedish Influence on the Premier League

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.

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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.

Henrik Larsson

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.

Fredrick Ljundberg 

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.

 

Olof Mellberg

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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’.

 

Pogba Set to Break Transfer Record

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.

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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.

For the latest Manchester United news then use our dedicated page here.

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.

 

EURO 2016 Tickets – European Championships in France

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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