La Masia: Barcelona’s not so secret weapon

La Masia

Just a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper training ground and overshadowed by the ever impressive Nou Camp lays an idyllic 18th – century farmhouse. Built in 1702 its stands within the hustle and bustle of one of the busiest districts within the Catalonian capital, it is known as La Masia.

Shakhtar v Chelsea Preview: The Samba beat reigns Supreme at Shakhtar

Donbass Arena Shakhtar

As Chelsea are set to visit the Donbass Arena later this evening, you may be fooled into thinking the Londoners are in for an evening of team that resemble Ivan Drago from the famous Rocky film. A team well drilled, imperiously disciplined with that stereotypical eastern European grit and determination. However this is simply not the case.

Stade Reims - A sleeping giant finally emerges from its slumber

Stade de Reims 1950

If we were to travel back in time 60 years then the name Stade de Reims would undoubtedly be on the lips of most fervent football fans across Europe. During their golden era Stade Reims ran supreme domestically, within a 16 year period between 1949 and 1966 ‘les Stadistes’ accumulated six league 1 titles, two Coupe De France titles and an impressive five Trophee de Champions titles.