Prior to their 2-0 loss at Milan, when was the last time Barcelona were defeated by two goals or more in the Champions League?
When did Barca last lose by two or more in Europe’s premier competition.

Alex Blower:
The last time Barcelona lost by two goals or more in the Champions League was back in the 2009-2010 season when they were defeated by Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan 3-1 at the San Siro.

It was the first-leg of the semi-final, with Barca ultimately failing to overturn the deficit in the return leg at the Nou Camp, while Inter went on to lift the trophy.
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When did Borussia Dortmund last lose at home in the Champions League?
When were the German side last defeated at the Westfalionstadion in the Champions League

Jack Beresford:

Borussia Dortmund last lost a Champions League game at the Westfalenstadion back in the 2011/12 edition of the Champions League.

Dortmund were defeated 3-2 by Olympique Marseille on December 6th 2012 after surrendering  a 2-0 lead against the French side.

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Who will referee the 2013 Champions League Final?

Jack Beresford:

Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli is set to referee the 2013 Champions League Final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich at Wembley.

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Why has Brett Emerton quit the Premier League to go home to Australia and Sydney FC?

Roy Skillen:

Emerton has always insisted that he would return to Australia while he still had some decent football up his sleeve and at 32 the midfielder simply feels that now is the right time to return to the city where he grew up.

“I’m a Sydney boy and I’m looking forward to representing the people of Sydney every week,” said Emerton. “Football has been very good to me and I have always said I’d like to come back and play in the A-League while I still have something to offer and thanks to Sydney FC and Blackburn Rovers that opportunity has come about a bit earlier than I had thought”

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What did the head of the Bundesliga say about Qatar 2022?
What thoughts did he have about the upcoming tournament?

Daniel Poer:

Christian Seifert of the Bundesliga has criticised plans for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar describing himself as ‘very upset’ about the move.

“If you make a decision which is so far away from a sporting perspective, if it is so politically driven, it is wrong. Maybe Fifa should change the claim [on its logo]: this is not ‘For the good of the game,’” he said.

“I am convinced it is hard, if not impossible, to play a World Cup in the summer in Qatar. In Germany it was a special atmosphere, but I doubt that could work in 48 degree heat. Summer in Qatar is not the right time.

“The priority is the health of the players, and a decision was made here which ignores the health of the players.

“I am not sure if legally it can be played in the winter; the lawyers will decide in the end if it has to go to a re-vote.

“Talking to other leagues, I have the feeling they are very upset the decision was taken, that a four-week tournament will affect three years of leagues. This shows me Fifa as a body deciding what is good for the game, ignoring the day-to-day business of leagues.”

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Who was the dirtiest player in the Premier League this season?

Alex Blower:

Everton’s Marouane Fellaini was the dirtiest player in the Premier League this season with the Belgian star responsible for committing 80 fouls and picking up nine yellow cards in the process.

Grant Holt was ranked as the second dirtiest player while Norwich teammate Bradley Johnson was positioned in third.

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How much Premier League prize money did QPR receive?

Jack Beresford:

Bottom club Queens Park Rangers received a grand total of £39,752,642 in prize money despite finishing bottom of the Premier League in their second season in the top flight.

Reading, who were placed just one space above them in the table, won £40,029,786.

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Why did Manchester City report Porto fans for racist abuse?

Jack Beresford:

Manchester City reported Porto fans for racist abuse after striker Mario Balotelli suffered at the hands of what the club described as “monkey chanting” from fans of the Portuguese team.

The incident occurred during Manchester City’s 2-1 away win over Porto in the first round of their Europa League tie on Thursday February 16th.
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How much money would Porto be fined by UEFA if UEFA pleads them guilty for their fans alleged racist abuse towards striker Mario Balotelli?

Jack Beresford:

Porto could be fine 20,000 euros under UEFA’s disciplinary code if the club are found guilty of racist abuse towards Mario Balotelli.

Porto could also be ordered to play one or more of their matches behind closed doors if found guilty of the offence.
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What did Johan Cruyff say to Edgar Davids that caused a racism storm at Ajax?

Roy Skillen:

Amazingly Cruyff said that Edgar Davids was only on the Ajax supervisory board “because he is black”.

The claim was made by Davids after a heated discussion between the pair. It seems that Cruyff has had his nose put out of joint after the appointment of Louis Van Gaal as CEO behind his back and has been hitting out at other members of the board.

“Sometimes people cross the line within the supervisory board. There have even been racist comments. I don’t want to go into details, but it’s not easy to hold this position,” said Davids who later had his claims up held by Steven ten Have.

“Unfortunately, that statement is true. Edgar has been insulted and has received shocking treatment,” Ten Have revealed.

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