The continental tournament commenced on a highly promising note in Europe as the Champions League kicked off in a thrilling fashion. The not-so-fancied counterpart of Europea��s second-level intra-continental tournament, the Europa League, too unfolds in its 2011-12 edition during the midweek, as the teams falling in the second bracket from all around Europe set to begin their European campaign. Teams in the more famous leagues do not exactly treat the Europa League in the best regards and rather reckon it an unnecessary burden potential to jeopardise their general fitness of the squad. However, UEFA doesna��t discriminate between the two continental competitions of different proportions to determine a leaguea��s co-efficient and hence ita��s important for teams to deal with the tournament in a much more serious way. Greek outfit PAOK FC welcome Harry Redknappa��s Tottenham Hotspur in the opening day Group A clash, where the visitors are reckoned outright favourites to take three points from Greece but considering they play a […]

21st May 2011 saw the conclusion of the 2010-11 Spanish La Liga and fans worldwide expected the new season to commence exactly three months later – 21st August 2011. Unfortunately a strike has led to the delay of one of the most exciting leagues in the world! TheHardTackle presents an exhaustive preview.

[From the archives] Raul Gonzalez was the heartbeat of Real Madrid. THT takes a look back and pays tribute to the legend's career in this edition of TheHardTackle's Heroes Special.

TheHardTackle presents you with a research-based article on the prestigious Athletic Club de Bilbao - a football club with rich values and history. Find out everything that you wanted to know about this special club right from its origin to the present days - when the rest of the footballing world descends into a money-spinning frenzy, Athletic Club de Bilbao still stands tall – as they remain committed to their founding principles.

The UEFA Europa League campaign is now picking up pace as the curtains draw to a close in the group stages. Find out who has made it and who can make it to the round of 32.