Gearing Up For The Win – Arsenal Champions League


No matter where you live, the Arsenal Football club is likely a name you know. With such a strong history behind them, many feel that they are going to once again win within the Champion’s League. This trust in the team is only serving to help fuel their ascent to the top in this season.

With tensions high, I know that I will be watching this club very carefully. The outcome of the champions league is one of the most interesting things each and every year. This year doesn’t look like it will be an exception.

Do You Enjoy Watching Senior PGA Tour Events?


It’s very interesting for me watching Senior PGA tour events or highlights these days. All the golfers that were once regular PGA participants are now seniors, and the ones I used to watch as a child with my grandfather are now retired.

I remember his favorite senior golfer was Chi Chi Rodriguez, and it was always fun to watch the guy play and finish a hole, acting as though he was a gunslinger from the Old West. Who is your favorite senior PGA tour golfer? Pretty soon, we’re going to be watching Tiger Woods as a senior golfer. It will happen before you know it!

Why So Many Teams Are Underrated In The Champions League


Everyone knows about Chelsa, Arsenal, and a few others, but there are so many different teams within the Champion’s League. Each and every one of these teams has some amazing players, great strategies, and something truly worth noticing.

This is why I am going to spend this year finding Champions that deserve some love and truly seeing what they can do both during games and during practice so that I can truly see who is up and coming. After-all, one win could change the entire league and leave us with a new champion.

Discover What Champions Is


Champions is easily one of the most entertaining ways to watch soccer. This is a league that is going to be organized by the Union of European Football Associations. With this league, though, it is completely different than what people would expect. This is a league that takes the top rated teams from the various countries that are members and have them compete against each other. So the teams are going to have a chance to prove their mettle against the rest of the continent, instead of just consistently winning their own countries championship time and time again.

Masters Champion League – Learn Everything There Is To Know


I hear that Zafar Shah,the Chairman of GM Sports, was behind the launch of the Masters Champions League. I love that the league is set up for retired cricket players.

What is the format they use and where is the best place to learn all you can about Dubai’s MCL that started? I know Shah’s daughter and a Bollywood executive are part of the organization. I want to know all about the players and the upcoming tournaments. I want to know if other leagues like those from England and Australia plan on finding ways to get players to join.

Chelsea Needs Costa To Fit In


Chelsea is a team that is looking to continue to build on their success in recent years. However, it remains to be seen if they will end up getting this level of success or not. This is when most people will continue to discount Chelsea as being a very competitive team because they have not really heard about them driving home the ball to much, never mind the fact that Chelsea is coming off of a stellar performance this past year. What is going to help drive the fans to Chelsea is going to be the potential superstar they have in Costa.

Yes, superstar could be a great word to describe Costa. However, Costa is going to have to really perform like he has in the past. If he is able to continue this type of performance it will be easy to see that he is going to rebound and make some great strides in bringing Chelsea into a perennial threat for any type of winning season. However, Chelsea because of all their years of losing are going to continue to be seen as a laughing stock and potentially a team that will be very easy to be beaten if Costa does not fit in well.

Arsenal Group In Champions League


Arsenal, one of the pinnacle leading teams in England has been placed in Group F in the Champions League this time. However, it remains to be seen if Arsene Wenger is going to be able to get his team out of the grouping and into the next round. The competition that Arsenal is going to face is going to be very stiff and include one of Germany’s best teams in Bayerin Munich, but also see Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb being in the group as well.

What makes it even worse is Arsene has had issues in the last five times in the Champions League of even getting his team past the round of 16. All the teams in this group are going to have one major issue, though, and that is they will have to face off against the Germans World Cup Superstar in Thomas Muller. While it is difficult to shut Muller down and keep him from being a major part of the game, it is possible. What remains to be seen is if this Arsenal team is any different than the teams in the past and if it is strong enough to make the push or not.

Find The Champions League Winners


I know just how important it is to win a title, but when people are able to go out as a team and win the Champions league, it is going to be even more valuable. With this type of winning, people are going to get a chance to get to know if the team is going to be the right one or not. Without this, you could think that your team is the best only when it is not the best.

The winning team is not from England, like you would think. Instead, the winning team is typically going to come from Real Madrid, which is Spain’s top rated team. You will also see Milan, from Italy in the mix as well as they have won 7 times. Bayerin Munich is a team that has managed to do quite well in the champions league as well by winning it five times. However, these five wins puts Bayerin Munich in a tie for the third slot with Barcelona and Liverpool. The Dutch nation is represented next with Ajax with only four victories of the league. After these teams it becomes a smattering of teams with three and two victories each.

Leinster Confirm Isa Nacewa Return

Leinster NacewaLeinster have confirmed that Isa Nacewa has joined the province for a second time.

The 32-year-old will join Leinster for the start of pre-season training ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, and will return in a playing capacity only.

The fan favourite has not played rugby since retiring after the 2013 Pro12 final in which Leinster beat Ulster.

Since then, he has been working as mental skills coach with the Auckland Blues.

During his time with Leinster, Nacewa made 126 appearances, scoring 24 tries and winning three Heineken Cup titles and a Pro12 title. He was named Leinster and IRUPA player of the year in 2011, and short-listed for the European player of the year.

Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor said that Nacewa would contribute while their resourses were tested during the forthcoming World Cup.

“As soon as we became aware that he was keen on a return it was something that we have worked hard to get over the line,” O’Connor said.

“We mentioned last week how our resources will be tested during the World Cup window and to be able to bring in a top quality player who we know will contribute massively to the environment when the more experienced lads are away, is huge for us.”

O’Connor also addressed concerns around his lack of minutes on the field since retiring.

“He hasn’t played in a bit but he hasn’t been alien to a rugby environment either working with the Auckland Blues as a mental skills coach and he has really enjoyed his time there.

“He has kept himself in good shape and was always in regular contact with some of the lads here like Leo.

“But there is obviously still a feeling that he has unfinished business on the pitch.”

The player himself said he was very excited to be back at Leinster, and that if he had not taken the opportunity to come back there would always have been a sense of “What if”.

“I’ve had a number of chats with Matt obviously around my role but ultimately I just can’t wait to get back onto the pitch, training and playing and of course running out at a full RDS,” Nacewa said.

Toulon Bag Third Successive European Crown

Successive European CrownToulon made rugby union history at Twickenham as they clinched a hat-trick of European titles by defeating fellow French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne 24-18 in the Champions Cup final.

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny underpinned the unprecedented trophy treble, kicking four penalties and converting centre Mathieu Bastareaud’s try on the stroke of half-time, before wing Drew Mitchell sealed victory through a stunning solo effort 10 minutes from time.

Clermont led 11-3 midway through the first period after centre Wesley Fofana claimed an opportunist try and Camille Lopez booted two penalties in front of a 56,000 crowd.

But their woeful record in major finals ultimately continued, despite a fine 63rd-minute try by England full-back Nick Abendanon that Lopez converted.

That try, though, was eclipsed by Mitchell, who broke six tackles during a weaving run to the line which spread-eagled Clermont’s defence.

Clermont have now lost 13 times on the domestic and European stages – 10 French Championship final losses, two European Cup finals and one European Challenge Cup final – as ruthless Toulon closed in on another league and cup double.

Toulon currently lead the French Top 14 by four points from Clermont, and that will now be their focus once celebrations have died down following a latest European triumph that saw their fierce rivals go the same way as they had done in 2013, while Saracens finished second best to them last season.

Clermont had no answer when Toulon upped the tempo – both in pace and terms of power – and Abendanon’s score came after a woeful clearance by wing Bryan Habana that the former Bath player gathered, then finished magnificently as he chipped over Toulon’s last line of defence, gathered and scored.

Chelsea must do without Papy Djilobodji in Champions League

Champions LeagueChelsea have opted against including Papy Djilobodji, their surprise £2.7m deadline day signing from Nantes, in their squad for the group stage of this season’s Champions League having reached their limit of non “locally trained players” on their submitted A-list.

Uefa rules stipulate that participating clubs can name no more than 25 senior players in their squad, with a minimum of eight places reserved exclusively for “club trained” and “association trained” players. Chelsea have included their major summer arrivals – the three-times European Cup winner Pedro Rodríguez,Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic and Baba Rahman – in their squad, but were effectively left to pick two of three players to complete their number.

Faced with that choice, they chose to nominate the young forwards Bertrand Traoré and Kenedy, who made his debut after his £6.3m move from Fluminense in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace, at Djilobodji’s expense.The Premier League champions will therefore go into the group stage of the competition with John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma as their recognised centre-halves, with Branislav Ivanovic, Rahman and Cesar Azpilicueta as full-back options.

Chelsea will go into the competition with a 22-man senior squad, three short of the maximum allowed, due to the lack of association trained and club trained players – as defined by Uefa’s rules – available. The London club have loaned out 33 players to clubs around the world but can call on academy talents, such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, to bolster their numbers if required. The latter qualifies for the B-list as a player born after 1 January 1994 and eligible to play for Chelsea for an uninterrupted 24-month period since he turned 15.

Djilobodji was an unexpected arrival this week with the champions’ defence having already shipped nine goals in their four league games this season. The Senegal international joined despite interest from Celtic, Celta Vigo and Trabzonspor for a cut-price fee having entered the final 12 months of his contract at Nantes. The centre-half had been training with the youth sides at the French club having made clear his desire to leave.

Chelsea’s other deadline day signing was Michael Hector from Reading, who had been close to moving to Crystal Palace. The 23-year-old promptly became the 33rd of those loan players by rejoining his former club for the rest of the season.