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  Odense BK – Midtjylland  

 

 Montpellier – Toulouse  

Montpellier HSC

In:
Herrera (att 21/11, Unión Espanola), Mounier (att 29/8, Nice), Congre (df 37/0, Toulouse), Charbonnier (att 30/12, Angers)

Out:
Giroud (att 36/21, Arsenal), Dernis (mf 20/5, Brestois), Lacombe (att 0/0, Clermont Foot)

Champs susprised last season by winning title but seems that this season would be harder than ever. Specially it means because of strong (as squad, as in financial segments) Paris SG. They must sold best player, league topscorer Giroud to Arsenal (12 mil) and they bring 3 new, seems quality strikers to replace him. Other squad is almost same, didnt changed much so it can be big plus. Two weeks ago they had supercup game with lyon, played in US (Red Bull stadium, New York) and they loose on penaltyes, 2-2 in regular. Good squad with good cemistry but seems like PSG is too strong this season for all. We will see

Target: Winning title again will be very hard this season but top 3 fight is realistic

Toulouse

In:
Zebina (df 27/0, Brest), Blondel (gk 17/0, Troyes)
Out:
Congre (df 37/0, Montpellier), Bulut (att 31/5, Galatasaray – loan), Fofana (df 6/0, Reims), Riou (gk 0/0, Nantes), Deveaux (mf 22/2,  Reims), Loustallout  (gk 0/0, Rodez), Soukouna (att 2/1, Luzenac – loan)

Toulouse also keep their ‘team skeleton’. Only important leaving is standard defender Congre who is replaced by ex France International player Jonathan Zebina (roma, Juve). But i am little suprised that they didnt imporved their attack. They was scoring less than a goal per game last season (37 goals in 38 games) and they didnt stenght team with some offensive players. they would like more but my opinion is that they will have mid table finish.

Target:
Mid table finish is realistic (no matter they would like more)

For this game

Montepellier without: Marco Estrada (mf 30/1)m Younes Belhanda (mf 28/12), Anthony Mounier (new att from Nica, 29/8), Garry Bocaly (df 34/0)

Toulouse without: Paulo Machado (mf 24/3)

  Willem II – NAC Breda  

Willem II

In:
Snijders (winger, Vitesse), Jallo (defender, Heracles Almelo), Haastrup (defender, Helmond Sport), Hocher (midfielder, ADO Den Haag), Brands (midfielder, Telstar), Peters (defender, FC Den Bosch), Van Buuren (defender, FC Den Bosch).

Out:
Martens (midfielder, Veendam), Janga (winger, Excelsior), Gravenbeek (midfielder, FC Zwolle), Van Zaanen (winger, Almere City), Kolsi (midfielder, Celje), Swinkels (defender, Lierse).

After having played one year in the Jupiler League, Willem II will compete once more in the Eredivisie for the 2012/2013 season. For a long time it did not look like they would bounce back. Under new manager Streppel the team had to be rebuild last summer and as a result they didn’t get off to the best start. Despite having one of the best squads in the league they found themselves back in the mid table at times. In the end they did finish in the fifth position and as a result entered the play-offs for promotion. After beating Sparta in two close games they met up with Den Bosch in the finals. After an away draw they finished the job at home with a victory. The board immediately took action and strengthened the squad as they will have to step up in order to avoid immediate relegation again. Captain Swinkels left for Lierse but Willem II replaced him by signing no less than four new defenders. On the midfield Hocher already joined them during the winter break on a loan deal but he has now been officially signed. With Brands they signed another midfielder. All in all there won’t be too much changes in the Willem II side but Streppel will probably still be looking to add another attacker as they are a little light up front.

Target:
Willlem II will be happy if they stay up this season. They don’t have the financial means to immediately distance themselves from the relegation candidates but as other teams have pointed out in the recent years. Money is not everything in the Eredivisie and the club should be confident.

NAC Breda

In:
Sepp de Roover (defender, Lokeren – loan), Mark Looms (defender, Heracles Almelo), Thilo Leugers (midfielder, FC Twente – loan), Anouar Hadouir (midfielder, Alemannia Aachen)

Out:
Donny Gorter (defender, AZ Alkmaar), Florian Jozefzoon (winger, RKC Waalwijk), Jeffrey Sarpong (midfielder, Real Sociedad), Jimmy van Fessem (goalkeeper, unknown), Milano Koenders (defender, Heracles Almelo), Nourdin Boukhari (striker, unknown), Ömer Bayram (winger, Kayserispor), Robbert Schilder (midfielder, FC Twente), Roly Bonevacia (midfielder, Ajax), Santi Kolk (striker, Union Berlin), Stefano Seedorf (midfielder, unknown), Youssef El-Akchaoui (defender, SC Heerenveen)

NAC Breda didn’t perform well last season. John Karelse’s outfit even got involved in the bottom half of the table and they had to fight to avoid relegation football at the end of the day. The 13th spot was more than enough to secure Eredivisie football for another season, but it wasn’t satisfying for the fans, who expected more from their club, at all. There still isn’t light at the end of the tunnel though.. The Breda outfit had to deal with financial problems again, which resulted in a summer without the big signings. A lot of regulars left the club as well, which isn’t ideal during the preparation for a new season. Regulars like Donny Gorter, Milano Koenders, Robbert Schilder and Santi Kolk left the club and it won’t be easy at all for NAC to fill the gaps. The first new signing is Mark Looms. The experienced left back played for Heracles Almelo and he will become a regular in Breda. His performances won’t push this side to a higher level though. Sepp de Roover played in the Eredivisie for Sparta Rotterdam and FC Groningen and he will replace Koenders on the right. Thilo Leugers came over on a loan deal from FC Twente, but he still has to show his qualities in The Netherlands. The Breda outfit also has some potential though. Players like Alex Schalk, Nemanja Gudelj and Eric Botteghin are more experienced now and these players are capable of improving this year. It won’t be easy at all though to play for a top ten position in the Eredivisie as it could be a bridge too far. The support in the Rat Verlegh Stadium is always great, but the club didn’t have the funds to respond to the departures. The side could surprise, but a top ten spot will be extremely difficult at the end of the day. Karelse will motivate his team though and experienced players like Kees Luijckx, Jelle ten Rouwelaar and Anthony Lurling will have to lead this young and sometimes inexperienced formation. The KNVB Cup could a goal this season. The side are well-known cup fighters, but they were a bit unlucky with the draw in recent years to be honest. The motivation is definitely there and Karelse will have to look for a way to bag the points with fighting football.

Target:
NAC Breda fans are hoping for a top ten finish, but achieving that would be a miracle to be honest. A finishing spot between places 11 and 13 is the goal this season and they will have to perform from the start on to prevent a battle at the bottom of the league.

Handball, Croatia – france

  • Golmani: Mirko Alilović (Veszprem), Venio Losert (Kopenhagen); lijeva krila: Manuel Štrlek (Kielce), Ivan Ninčević (RN Löwen); desna krila: Ivan Čupić (Kielce), Zlatko Horvat (CO Zagreb); lijevi vanjski: Blaženko Lacković (HSV), Drago Vuković (Lübbecke), Jakov Gojun (Atletico); srednji: Ivano Balić (bez kluba), Domagoj Duvnjak (HSV); desni vanjski: Marko Kopljar (Paris), Desni Buntić (Kielce), pivot: Igor Vori (HSV). Rezerva: Damir Bičanić (Chambery)
  • Golmani: Thierry Omeyer (Kiel), Daouda Karaboue (Toulouse); lijeva krila: Michael Guigou (Montpellier), Samuel Honrubia (Montpellier), desna krila: Luc Abalo (Paris); lijevi vanjski: Jerome Fernande (Toulouse), William Accambray (Montpellier), Daniel Narcisse; srednji: Nikola Karabatić (Montpellier), Guillaume Gille (Chambery); desni vanjski: Xavier Barachet (Atletico); pivoti: Didier Dinart (Paris), Bertrand Gille (Chambery), Cedric Sorhaindo (Barcelona).

DUTCH SUPER CUP

PSV EINDHOVEN VS AJAX PREVIEW

The Johan Cruyff Shield, which is the official name of the Dutch Super Cup, will be played at Amsterdam ArenA between Eredivisie champions Ajax and KNVB Beker winners PSV Eindhoven.

PSV Eindhoven not only missed out on the league title last term, but also failed to clinch the final Champions League berth, having finished the league campaign just one point behind Feyenoord.

The KNVB Beker triumph somewhat saved the season, but it is more than clear the fans expect much bigger things this season.

After staying without Andreas Isaksson, Zakaria Labyad and Otman Bakkal, the Dutch giants did well to sign Mark van Bommel, Mathias Zanka Jorgensen and Luciano Narsingh, making sure the squad are not weaker than last season.

Orlando Engelaar and Tim Matavz are unlikely to feature through injury, but Ola Toivonen is expected to start after recovering from an ankle problem.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Tyton – Hutchinson, Jorgensen, Marcelo, Willems – Strootman, van Bommel, Toivonen – Narsingh, Lens, Mertens.

Ajax produced quite a coup by winning the Eredivise title last term, given they were more than 10 points behind PSV Eindhoven in February, but the amazing 14-match winning run saw Frank de Boer’s side lift the coveted trophy.

Even if Dmitri Bulykin, Nicolas Lodeiro and Mounir El Hamdaoui all left this summer, the departure of Jan Vertonghen was the biggest blow, especially as the club management are still searching for his replacement.

In came Lasse Schone, Ilan Boccara and Tobias Sana, who have yet to show they have what it takes to play at this level.

As far as the pre-season is concerned, the Amsterdammers did well to beat Southampton and Celtic, while sharing spoils with Norwich, so they certainly look ready for the new season.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Vermeer – Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Blind, Dijks – De Jong, Anita, Janssen – Ozbiliz, Sigthorsson, Boerrigter.