“Atlético Madrid’s win against Marseille in the Europa League final means eight of the last nine major European finals have been won by Spanish teams – and Real Madrid could make that nine out of 10,” begins Claire Miller. “Has one country ever dominated European football like this before?” The Premier League marketing department may have trademarked the phrase “best league in the world”, but not even they have the brass neck to claim it is the strongest. La Liga has dominated European competition throughout the 2000s, and especially in the last five years. Since the 2012-13 season, when Bayern Munich and Chelsea won the Champions League and Europa League respectively, it has been almost all La Liga. Real Madrid have won three of the last four Champions Leagues, with Barcelona winning the other in 2015. Sevilla won three consecutive Europa Leagues from 2014, while Atlético beat Marseille last week. The only non-Spanish team to … [Read more...] about Has one league ever dominated European football like La Liga?
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By Phil McNulty Chief football writer 10 May From the section Premier League Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/44073483 Read more about sharing. Wayne Rooney - if and when he completes his move from Everton to MLS side DC United - should be able to reflect on a magnificent career for Manchester United and England.But, for some, he has never been able to shake the underachiever tag.Rooney's return to Goodison Park after a trophy-laden 13-year stay at United has not provided the fairytale Premier League finale he desired.His career is portrayed in some quarters as one of under-achievement, perhaps viewed through the prism of his emergence as a brilliant 16-year-old at Everton in 2002 and with England at Euro 2004 in Portugal.He may not have reached the levels of greatness as a player which … [Read more...] about Wayne Rooney: The Premier League great unable to shake the underachiever tag
Diego Costa struck the only goal as Arsenal's hopes of winning one last trophy under departing coach Arsene Wenger ended with a 1-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League semifinals on Thursday. The second-leg result also means Arsenal will not qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season. Atletico advanced 2-1 on aggregate thanks to Costa's goal in first-half injury time. The Madrid club will meet Marseille in the final in Lyon on May 16 after the French team lost 2-1 to Salzburg following extra-time in Austria but went through 3-2 on aggregate. Amadou Haidara and an own goal from Bouna Sarr put Salzburg 2-0 up on the night before Portuguese substitute Rolando struck in the 116th minute to send Marseille through. Diego Simeone's Atletico is already certain of a Champions League place next season because it is second in the Spanish League. Atletico was demoted to the Europa League after failing to get past the group stage of the Champions League for … [Read more...] about UEFA Europa League: Costa helps Atletico sink Arsenal, late Rolando winner places Marseille in final
Manager Pep Guardiola and legend Francis Lee have both asked Manchester City fans to stop booing the Uefa anthem … but the dislike and mistrust seems to run too deep for that to happen. It seems that whenever there seems a chance of the animosity dying down, European football's governing body comes up with another move that is deeply unpopular with Blues fans. Plenty of supporters think that there is a lobby within Uefa which actively works against their interests, and in favour of the established elite. But the problem stems back as far as as the 2011-12 Europa League, when Porto fans racially abused Mario Balotelli and received a paltry 20,000 euros fine. The following month City played Sporting Lisbon and were fined 30,000 euros for being around 30 seconds late getting back on the pitch in the second half. That set the outrage rolling, but it was financial fair play that really convinced City fans that Uefa were the enemy. An initiative that set out with the good intention of … [Read more...] about Why Man City fans boo the UEFA Champions League anthem
Manchester City collapsed to Manchester United to lose 3-2 and missed out on securing the English Premier League in record time on Saturday. City shredded United apart in the first half, with Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan scoring in a six-minute span, but the celebrations inside Etihad Stadium were premature. United, which didn't manage a shot on target in the first half, was transformed after the break — netting three times. Inevitably, the goals that drew United level came twice in two minutes from Paul Pogba — a day after City manager Pep Guardiola claimed he was offered the chance to sign the Frenchman in the January transfer window. And Chris Smalling, so fragile in the United defense in the first half, came through with the winner in the 69th minute when he was left unmarked to meet Alexis Sanchez's free kick. For City, which had previously lost only once in the league this season at Liverpool, it was a first home defeat since December 2016. United reduced City's … [Read more...] about English Premier League: Man City collapses to United, delaying EPL title party