category: Champions League

For the past ten years, there has been an English team in the UEFA Champions League final eight times and during that time football tickets for English clubs in the competition were one of the most wanted. Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have emerged victorious while Liverpool, Manchester United (twice), Chelsea and Arsenal were defeated in the final. Despite the emergence of Barcelona and Lionel Messi, along with the massive spending of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, the English clubs have held their own in Europe. Until now. The draw for the quarter-finals has been made, and there are no English teams left in the competition. The last time this happened was in the 1995-1996 season. Is this the beginning of a decline or merely a blip?

This is a complex issue because the feats of various teams have to be analysed. Had it not been for a controversial Nani red card, Manchester United would be in the quarter-final draw. They are among the favourites to reach the latter stages for next season’s competition.United have now gone two seasons without a quarter-final appearance, yet they were in the final three seasons ago. Their performances this season, particularly against Real Madrid, demonstrate that the future is bright. The team has plenty of young players and the likes of Rooney and van Persie will ensure competitiveness. As long as Sir Alex Ferguson is their manager, United will always be in the quarter-finals or semi-finals, competing against the best in Europe.

Manchester City are a slightly more curious case. The club is wealthy, and they have some tremendous players, yet they have made no impression in Europe under Roberto Mancini. Two group stage exits are an embarrassing return for a team that boasts the likes of Yaya Toure, Carlos Tevez, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and Samir Nasri. However, City will be a considerable threat in the next decade. Their spending power is unrivalled, and Sheikh Mansour will not tolerate failure for much longer.

There are rumours that a change of manager is on the horizon at the Etihad. Mancini could be replaced by the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp, Manuel Pellegrini or Jupp Heynckes. A managerial change could give City the impetus they need to excel in Europe.

Chelsea are another club with plenty of wealth yet a great deal of underperformance on the field. Despite their Champions League success last season, the past few years have been unusual for the club. They have not made an impression on the Premier League for quite a while, and the constant managerial merry-go-round has created instability. In addition, the likes of John Terry and Frank Lampard are nearing the end of their career and Didier Drogba has moved on, meaning that Chelsea’s core group of players needs reshaping.

Newspaper reports have suggested that Jose Mourinho is ready to return to Stamford Bridge, having made peace with Roman Abramovich. Mourinho knows Chelsea inside out, having achieved considerable success there from 2004-2007. He would have players such as Eden Hazard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Fernando Torres, David Luiz and Ramires at his disposal. If Mourinho returns to Chelsea, there is no doubt they will be a Champions League force.

Next season will see either Arsenal or Tottenham in the Champions League. Neither side looks capable of challenging for the trophy and both have a long way to go before they can be considered quarter-finals material.

There is no doubt the English suffered this season, but do not let that hint at a decline. The Manchester clubs and Chelsea will make a massive impression on the Champions League in the next few seasons, of that there is no doubt. Those who are interested can purchase Champions League final match tickets as the final is taking place at Wembley and this is an event that no football fan would want to miss.

category: Uncategorized

The current Premiership season is drawing towards its final stages now, and with the expected battle for the title between the two Manchester clubs having rather fizzled out, much of the attention is being focused on other issues such as: Which teams will qualify for the Champions and Europa Leagues? And which ones will be relegated? These issues will be resolved within a couple of months however, which will leave football and betting fans looking for some other way to get their fix. Playing a football themed slot game like Soccer Safari may be the answer.

Soccer Safari is just one of the many football based slots games around, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a truly unique experience – in fact it is hard to imagine another game quite like this one. It involves animals playing each other in a World Cup tournament, deep in the jungles of Africa, and it is brought to life brilliantly by the graphics. The game found in features lions, buffalo, warthogs, leopards, and jackals as players on the reels, deer as cheerleaders, a zebra as the referee and an elephant and giraffe as the commentators. The game is aimed at an international audience, hence the World Cup theme to it, but with the elephant bearing a suspicious resemblance to Gary Lineker, it also makes a cheeky nod towards English football fans.

The bonus game is also really entertaining for anyone who loves football; because it involves having to score goals from different angles on the pitch. The round is triggered by obtaining a reel with at least three of the World Cup symbols on it.

The final, yet tempting reason why football fans might find Soccer Safari such an enjoyable a slots game, is the chance to play for a cool $8000 jackpot. Even if you don’t succeed in winning the ultimate jackpot, you do have a great chance of winning some money playing this game which, alongside how much fun it is, should make it a great option for any football and betting fan.