Champions League

Lyon’s nigh-impossible 2011 Champions League comeback

This day in football history On 7 December 2011, Lyon advanced in the Champions League despite starting the day from what seemed to be an impossible position. It was the last day of the group stage and Lyon were in third, behind leaders Real Madrid and second-place Ajax. Lyon were three points behind the Dutch and …

The key to stopping Real Madrid is an empty stadium

Legia Warsaw prove that eerie silence is the most hostile atmosphere of all (Mateusz Kostrzewa/Legia Warsaw) Legia Warsaw supporters opened this season’s Champions League campaign — the club’s first in 21 years—with an spine-tingling display that exemplified the very best of the competition’s atmosphere. That same night, they went on to exemplify the very worst fan behavior, fighting …

Why Pep Guardiola’s teams will never be as good as his Barça

Man City showed its potential against Barcelona, but was it just a tease? (Manchester City) The Champions League rematch between Man City and Barcelona was awesome. Pep Guardiola had previously struggled against his old club, but with City’s 3–1 win he finally got the best of them. I’m tempted to declare it a turning point and, …

Porto’s André Silva may finally be the next great Portuguese striker

From Howler’s friends at Tap In. (FC Porto) Earlier this October in Tórsharn, Faroe Islands, an 88-year old Portuguese national team record was broken. For a nation with the world-class lineage of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Eusébio, 20-year old André Silva became the youngest-ever Portuguese player to reach three goals — and he did it with …