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Greece, Portugal, Estonia challenge Spain

Spain start their UEFA European Under-19 Championship title defence against a promising Greece side while hosts Estonia will be looking to surprise high-scoring Portugal in Tallinn.

As if Spanish football was not dominant enough, they begin their UEFA European Under-19 Championship title defence with Julen Lopetegui hoping his players can improve, an assertion that drew gasps from his Group A coaching rivals from hosts Estonia, Greece and Portugal.

Spain begin against Greece in Haapsalu on Tuesday, while Estonia, in their first UEFA final tournament at any level, are up against Portugal. While Lopetegui is crossing his fingers that his young charges can emulate the success of their senior counterparts at UEFA EURO 2012, Estonia’s Arno Pijpers summed up the feeling of the rest when joking, “The last thing any of us need is for them to improve.”

A former Spain goalkeeper, Lopetegui was with his U19 squad – including several of the party that triumphed in Romania last summer – when they celebrated Sunday’s Kyiv win against Italy from base camp in Tallinn. The 45-year-old said the game acted as a “motivation” for his players as they prepare to defend their title.

“What we witnessed was a good example for our young stars as it not only showed them that they can win but more importantly, how they can win,” he said. Assessing the difficult task his side face in adding a sixth U19 title to the trophy cabinet, Lopetegui said, “Every team in this tournament is strong and all are here having come through very hard qualifying games.

“We are witnessing a very good period for Portuguese and Greek youth development while Estonia have improved a lot recently and their knowledge of the surroundings here will obviously stand to them.”

Kostas Tsanas is leading a Greece team into their fourth finals appearance in six years and their record in qualifying – where they remained unbeaten while winning five out of six games – is a cause for concern to all of their tournament rivals. However, they are without suspended duo Dimitris Kourmpelis and Kostas Stafylidis.

“We are among the best eight teams in Europe and we want to show that we deserve to be here,” Tsanas said. “We are playing against sides with a great tradition in youth football but we will look to be competitive.”

Pijpers – who only took over the Estonia team in March – said his players need to focus on the performances as opposed to fretting over results. “This is a big challenge for us and it is important that we are going to compete in a big tournament with strong opponents,” he said. “We want show that we can play. We must work hard on every level and the coaches who were here before me did a good job in that aspect.”

Estonia’s first task at their Lilleküla Stadium will be to halt Portugal who completed qualifying as top scorers with 29 goals. Their coach Edgar Borges said the aim of his team was “the same as everyone else, to do well and try to qualify for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup” by finishing in the top three in the group.

He continued: “Every match here will be a final as we are playing against the best nations at this age level. Very small details will decide the outcome of these games but what is important for us is that we have a strong team identity.”

As they gathered ahead of Tuesday’s Group B openers, the coaches of Serbia, Croatia and France agreed with England’s Noel Blake, who said: “There are no easy games here.”

As they prepare their respective teams for the challenges that await in the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Estonia, all four Group B coaches admitted nothing could be taken for granted from this point on.

Forcing home the point ahead of his team’s return to the tournament after a one-year absence was England’s Noel Blake, whose side open against 2010 semi-finalists Croatia in Kadriorg. “If there is anyone out there who thinks you just turn up here to play in easy matches they are plainly mistaken,” said the former Portsmouth FC and Leeds United AFC defender.

“There are eight nations here including the hosts and all of the coaches who had to qualify their teams for the finals will tell you just how hard that process was. I am expecting tough encounters from here on in.”

Without several players who have made the step up to the Under-21s, Blake still has ten members of the squad which won the 2010 UEFA European Under-17 Championship squad at his disposal. He is hoping the experience of that success in Liechtenstein will help England, who were unbeaten in the elite round.

“The guys have good strength and the technical ability is also there,” he said. “People say the English might not do certain things as well as other countries, but we are always striving to get better tactically. I have been pleased with how the group has been taking shape both tactically and physically up until now.”

Croatia, meanwhile, also avoided defeat in the elite round and are in Estonia hoping to better that 2010 performance. “I hope my players play with the same ambition as Spain did in UEFA EURO 2012,” coach Dinko Jeličić said ahead of their Group B opener. “Spain changed their tactics throughout the tournament but their principles remained the same and that’s what I will try to teach my players.”

Croatia’s progress in 2010 was checked by France, who went on to win the title on home soil. After missing out on the finals in Romania last year, coach Pierre Mankowski has returned the two-time winners to Europe’s top table.

“We hope to go as far as we possibly can here but the most important thing is the project which sees the players learning to live and improve together both on and off the field,” he said. “This is a long competition so it’s also important to have a good squad of 18 players so you can field a good team each time.”

Despite admitting his side “are not favourites” to claim glory in Estonia, Serbia coach Zoran Marić said the goal was to “achieve a historical success for Serbian football by qualifying for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time.”

Serbia reached the finals for the second successive time after topping an elite round section that contained Germany, Romania and Hungary. Their coach is an eyeing a repeat of 2009 and 2011, when they reached the last four on each occasion. “I think the differences between the sides here are not all that great and it could be the smaller teams who have the final say,” he said.

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16:30 England U19 – Croatia U19  1 @ 1,75
16:30 Greece U19 – Spain U19       Spain -1ah @ 1,95
17:45 Serbia U19 – France U19       -1ah france @ 2,03
19:45 Estonia U19 – Portugal U19  -1,5ah Portugal @ 1,75

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FC Zürich – FC Winterthur

Zürich: Da Costa; Glarner, Raphael Koch, Djimsiti, Benito; Pedro Henrique, Kukeli, Kukuruzovic, Brunner; Gavranovic, Chermiti

From last game before 3 days: Without the U21 and U19 International Oliver Buff, Raphael Koch, Josip Drmic, Asmir Kajevic and Berat Djimsiti and without the injured player Yassine Chikhaoui, Mathieu Beda and Philippe chef Rolf Fringer was in Rapperswil-Jona will already have most of his squad players to use . can Not in the squad but were also Mario Gavranovic and Jorge Teixeira.

– EURO 2012 –

GROUP D

SWEDEN VS FRANCE PREVIEW

The Nordic side had the lead against both Ukraine and England, but failed to get anything from the two games and they now enter the France game completely out of confidence.

Boss Erik Hamren is unlikely to make major changes to the starting line-up, although Ola Toivonen, Christian Wilhelmsson and Pontus Wernbloom are pushing for starting places.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to continue in the trequartista role, playing just behind Johan Elmander.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Isaksson – Granqvist, Mellberg, J. Olsson, M. Olsson – Svensson, Kallstrom – Larsson, Ibrahimovic, Wilhelmsson – Elmander.

Boss Blanc is spoilt for choices in all areas of the pitch after back-up players Gael Clichy and Jeremy Menez impressed against Ukraine, especially now that Yann M’Vila has fully recovered from injury.

Both Mathieu Debuchy and Jeremy Mathieu could be rested as they are one yellow card away from suspension, whereas Yohan Cabaye could be left out after picking up a minor knock against Ukraine.

Probable starting line-up (4-3-3): Lloris – Reveillere, Rami, Mexes, Clichy – Nasri, Diarra, M’Vila – Ben Arfa, Benzema, Ribery.

ENGLAND VS UKRAINE PREVIEW

England entered the final half an hour of the Sweden game trailing their opponents by one goal, but the introduction of Theo Walcott changed everything as the Arsenal winger scored one and set up another to help his team record a crucial victory.

The tricky winger is now doubtful for the Ukraine game through a hamstring injury, but Wayne Rooney returns to the side after completing his two match ban.

The atmosphere in England camp is now much better than just few days ago

Probable starting line-up (4-4-1-1): Hart – Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole – Milner, Gerrard, Parker, Young – Rooney – Welbeck.

Oleg Blokhin’s side showed some potential in their second group match as well and created several decent chances, but les Bleus were simply too good for them.

The good news is that Ukraine are still in contention for a place in the quarter-finals in spite of the 2-0 defeat, although they now need to beat England to go through.

The biggest concern for coach Oleg Blokhin is the condition of star striker Andriy Shevchenko, who is struggling with a knee problem, but the former Chelsea forward is unlikely to miss such an important game.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Pyatov – Gusev, Mykhalyk, Khacheridi, Selin – Tymoshchuk, Nazarenko – Yarmolenko, Shevchenko, Konoplyanka – Devic.

Malaysia, Sabah – PKNS FC

Singapore LIONSXII 9 vs 0 Sabah

Sabah has created history, a dark history when they were soundly beaten, humiliated and embarassed by Singapore LIONSXII with a score of 9, yes 9 goals without any reply.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 (Bernama) – Super League this season a bad history when the team tournament record XII of the Singapore Lions Sabah thrashed 9-0 at Jalan Besar Stadium, Singapore, tonight.
With the victory, the Lions XII continued to raise three points and is ranked top of the league by collecting 47 points after 23 matches.

XII Festival Lions team goals Aug Casmir began when the first goal in the 19th minute followed by two goals by Aaron Hariss at minute 22 and 44.

Shahdan Sulaiman added grief later when the opposing team scored two goals in minutes 62 and 64.
The remaining four goals in the Lions squad XII again scored by Irwan Shah in the 68th minute, Hariss Aaron (73), Sufian Anuar (84) and Shahrul Azhar drew to a close the scoring in the 89th minute.  VIDEO

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France – England

Ukraine – Sweden

JJK Jyväskylä – KuPS  1 on quality

JJk with full squad

KuPs miss Holopainen (df 11/0), James (mf 8/1), Zahovaiko (att 4/1)

Stromsgodset 2 – Nybergsund

Stromsgodset called players (bold are first team players)

Lars Cramer, Borger Thomas, Behajdin Celina, Jesper Johansen, Viktor Hellum, Armann Ingthorsson, Anwar D’Vaz Pellegrino, Ola Kamara (11/1), Ole Amund Sveen, Lars Sætra (4/0), Kinni Grewal, Muhamed Keita (6/0), Mads Westlie Gundersen, Martin Rønning Ovenstad, Stefan Johansen (9/0)

Ostsiden – Stabaek 2

stabaek with few important first team players

Jan Kjell Larsen
Marius Flatebø
Erik Benjaminsen
Andreas Leirvik
Thor Søndergaard Lange
Daniel Fredrik Granli
Stian Sortevik
Mads Stokkelien
Adnan Haidar
Bjarte Haugsdal
Herman Sørby Stengel
Johannes Sejersted Bødtker
Jiress Suka-Suka
Sondre Solholm Johansen
Ståle Steen Sæthre