1) Match of the week:
Arsenal vs Manchester United, Old Trafford, Live on TSN2, 3 PM ET (TODAY)
The top 2 teams in the english Barclays Premier League will duke it out for first place, at 3 PM this afternoon (live on TSN2).
What is the Barclay’s Premier League ?
- Top soccer league in England, Europe and the world !!!
- 20 member clubs
- Seasons run from August to May
- 38 matches per team
- usually played on Saturdays and Sundays
- sponsored by Barclays Bank and therefore officially known as the Barclays Premier League
The competition formed as the FA Premier League on February 20, 1992, following the decision of clubs in the Football League First Division to break away from The Football League, which was originally founded in 1888, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. The Premier League has since become the world’s most watched association football league. It is the world’s most lucrative football league in terms of revenue, with combined club revenues of over £2 billion in 2008–09. It is ranked first in the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) coefficients of leagues based on performances in European competitions over the last five years, ahead of Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga.[
From the 1996–97 season onwards, the “Big Four” (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United) have dominated the top four spots in the English Premier League, and thus places in the UEFA Champions League (qualification was one club for the first four seasons, increased to two clubs in 1997, three in 1999 and four since 2002). The benefits of qualification, especially increased revenue, are believed to have widened the gap between the “Big Four” clubs and the rest of the Premier League. The dominance of Chelsea and Manchester United has lead some to believe that the “Big Four” has contracted to a “Big Two”; no club other than these two has won the Premier League since 2004 and that, as of August 2010, 19 out of the last 24 major domestic trophies have gone to either Stamford Bridge (Chelsea’s home field) or Old Trafford (Manchester United’s home field).
2) Champions League Round of 16 LOTTERY:
On Friday, Dec 17th, UEFA will host the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Lottery to determine which teams will match up in the first part of the Knockout Round. Only 16 teams remain and the final will be played at Wembley Stadium in 2011.
The UEFA Champions League (usually referred to as simply the Champions League or historically as the European Cup) is an annual association football cup competition organised by UEFA since 1955 for the top football clubs in Europe. The final of the competition is the most watched annual sporting event worldwide, drawing just over 100 million television viewers.
This ANNUAL tournament consists of several stages. In the present format it begins in mid-July with three knockout qualifying rounds and a play-off round. The 10 surviving teams join 22 seeded teams in the group stage, in which there are eight groups consisting of four teams each. The eight group winners and eight runners-up enter the final knockout phase, which ends with the final match in May. Since the tournament changed name and structure in 1992, no club has managed consecutive wins.
Based on the results of the recently finished group stage, one group’s winners play against another group’s runners-up in the upcoming Round of 16, and teams from the same country may not be drawn against each other. From the quarter-finals onwards (Round of 8), the draw is entirely random, with country protection no longer in force.
While the group stage was played through the autumn, the knock-out stage starts after the holidays. The knock-out ties are played in a two-legged format (home and away), with the overall aggregate scores determining the winner. On the other hand, the Final consists of one game, winner take all, to be played at Wembley Stadium sometime in the final two weeks of May.
Stay tuned for news on a CHAMPIONS LEAGUE POOL sponsored by oldtimer.ca !!! More info in the new year, after the lottery takes place.
Cheers everyone !