international preview

 Belgium v Croatia 

Courtois, Gillet, Kompany, Vermaelen, Vertonghen, Dembele, Hazard, Witsel, Fellaini, Mertens, Benteke

Pletikosa, Vida, Ćorluka, Šimunić, Strinić, Radošević, Modrić, Perišić, Srna, Mandžukić, Olić


Ramos, Zambrano, Rodriguez, Yotun;
Ramirez, Cruzado, Vargas;
Farfan, Carrillo, Pizarro

Zabaleta, Garay, Fernandez, Rojo
Gago, Mascherano, Di Maria
Messi, Higuain, Lavezzi


Republic of Ireland v Oman 

Coleman, Kelly, McShane, Wilson
Brady, Meyler, McCarthy, Keogh
Long, Doyle
Al-Sheiba, Al-Mukhaini, Mudhafar, Saleh
Al-Hadhri, Bashir, Mubarak, Hadid
Al-Ajmi, Al-Hosni

Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni will make a number of changes from the side who took a narrow 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan. Darren O’Dea, John O’Shea, Glenn Whelan, Keiren Westwood, Jon Walters and Robbie Keane all started that win but have since returned to their clubs.


Vanczak, Liptak, Juhasz, Laczko
Koman, Hajnal, Korcsmar
Priskin, Szalai, Dzsudzsak

Van Rhijn, Heitinga, Martins Indi, Willems
Clasie, Sneijder, Strootman
Narsingh, Van Persie, Robben



Rui Patricio
Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Coentrao
Moutinho, Meireles, Veloso
Ronaldo, Postiga, Nani

Allahverdiyev, Medvedev, Abisov, Sadygov 
Sukurov, Chertoganov, Gokdemir
Subasic, Aliyev, Javadov



Cassani, Barzagli, Bonucci, Peluso 

Marchisio, Pirlo, Nocerino

Destro, Osvaldo


Muscat, Agius, Dimech, Borg
Cohen, Schembri, Sciberras, Fenech


Austria vs Germany


Garics, Pogatetz, Prodl, Fuchs
Baumgartlinger, Kavlak
Harnik, Junuzovic, Ivanschitz

Lahm, Hummels, Badstuber, Schmelzer
Khedira, Kroos
Gotze, Ozil, Reus


England vs Ukraine


Johnson, Cahill, Lescott, Baines
Lampard, Gerrard
Milner, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain


Husyev, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Selin
Yarmolenko, Garmash, Konoplyanka
Devic, Zozulya


Reveilliere, Sakho, Yanga-Mbiwa, Evra
Diaby, Cabaye, Mavuba,
Menez, Benzema, Ribery


Zhavnerchik, Polyakov, Verk’tsov, Mar’vich
Putsila, Kislyak, Nekhaychik, Kulchiy


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 Chelsea – Reading 


Starting with a win in the league, European Champions Chelsea will be in search for another 3 points when they play against the newly promoted site Reading at Stamford Bridge. After a 2-0 win with two early strike from Ivanovic and Lampard on penalty, Chelsea were able to find a clean sheet to gain some confidence in the pursuit.

With new Signing Hazard quickly adapting to the Premier league and Oscar starting from a Bench, RDM is probable to start with similar line up as Ramires still is out due to injury. While for the newly promoted side, Jason Roberts will be out serving his last match of ban and midfielder Jimmy Kebe probable to miss some starting fixtures of the league.

Chelsea out: Marko Marin

Reading out: Jason Roberts, Jimmy Kebe, Jem Karacan


The 2010/2011 Europa League semi-finalists face an uphill task in their attempt to reach Champions Leaguegroup stages, with Serie A giants Udinese on the other side.

Sporting Braga have really raised the club’s profile over the last decade, having not only closed the gap behind Porto, Benfica and Sporting on domestic level, but also showed a lot of promise in European competitions.

The Minhotos did well to beat very good Sporting Lisbon side to the final Champions League berth, but were very unfortunate to be drawn alongside Udinese in the play-offs.

The club have stayed without important players Ewerton, Ukra and Miguel Lopesin the summer, while signing a number of unproven players from smaller Primeira Liga clubs.

Even so, Braga impressed at the start of the league campaign, having held Benfica to a 2-2 draw at Estadio da Luz..

Boss Jose Peseiro faces some selection problems before the clash against Zebrette, with Paulo Cesar, Yazalde, Eder and Maximilian Haas all sidelined through injury.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Beto – Leandro, Douglao, Paulo Vinicius, Ismaily – Custodio, Amorim – Alan, Viana, Mossoro – Lima.

Despite selling their key players season after season, Udinese somehow manage to remain in contention for a top 3 finish and they have got to be congratulated for piping Lazio, Napoli, Inter and Roma to the 3rd place in Serie A last term.

Once again, the club chiefs decided to cash in on their star players, as a result of which Samir Handanovic, Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla have left the club, while their players were taken by completely unknown players, who, I am sure, will be worth just as much money in a few years’ time.

The Friulani’s 4-0 victory over Southampton in the final warm-up game proved that their fans have reason for optimism before the clash with Braga

Having been very unfortunate to be eliminated by Arsenal at this stage last term, the Zebrette will give their best to avoid a similar scenario.

Star striker Luis Muriel misses out with a muscle strain, while Joel Ekstrand doesn’t travel with the squad as he lacks match fitness.

Probable starting line-up (3-5-1-1): Brkic -Benatia, Danilo, Domizzi – Basta, Pinzi, Willians, Pereyra, Armero – Maicosuel – Di Natale.


Cash-strapped Malaga are in a position tofight for their lives and no wonder they desperately need to reach Champions League group stages.

Panathinaikos may be in much better financial position than their opponents, but that doesn’t mean the Greeks will not be just as motivated to win this tie.

Boosted by the heavy summer spending, los Boquerones achieved their goal and finished the La Liga campaign in 4th place, but little did they know that they would soon find themselves in huge problems.

After the owners lost interest in club, key players Santo Cazorla, Joris Mathijsen, Salomon Rondon and Apono decided to leave, while few other high-profile players expressed their desire to abandon the sinking ship.

As a result, Malaga were completely outclassed by newly promoted Celta in their opening La Liga game, but they somehow managed to record a valuable win thanks to 16-year-old Fabrice Olinga, who had been extended his Visa just few days before the game.

Los Boquerones now face a tough task against experienced Panathinaikos side..

With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Manuel Pellegrini is likely to stick to the side that beat Celta at the weekend.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Caballero – Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal – Toulalan, Camacho – Joaquin, Isco, Portillo – Fernandez.

Panathinaikos were very fortunate to be drawn alongside Motherwell, a team that replaced Rangers, in the third qualifying round, so nobody was surprised to see the Greeks record a 5-0 aggregate win over the Scottish side.

PAO can have no complaints on the play-off draw either having been pitted against out of sorts Malaga that have stayed without several very important players this summer.

It really appears that Lady Luck has been smiling on the Greek side this summer, and with that in mind..

It is important to point out that Panathinaikos are now coached by Jesualdo Ferreira, a man who was sacked by Malaga not long ago, and he will now have an extra motive to do well against his former side.

The squad have seen some changes this summer, with Quincy, Fornaroli, Sissoko, Velazquez and Sow arriving to the side, and Ninis, Plessis, Cleyton and Kante leaving the club.

As far as the Malaga game is concerned, key midfielder Sebastian Leto is unavailable, as are new signings Quincy and Pape Sow.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Karnezis – Vyntra, Velazquez, Boumsong, Spyropoulos – Katsouranis, Vitolo – Zeca, Christodoulos, Sissoko – Toche.

 Dinamo Zagreb v NK Maribor 

Dinamo without: Ivan Tomecak, Ivan Krstanovic, Mateo Kovacic

Maribor without: Mitja Viler

probably line ups:

Dinamo: Ivan Kelava, Josip Pivaric, Domagoj Vida, Tonel, Josip Simunic, Milan Badelj, Arijan Ademi, Jerko Leko, Sammir, Mehmed Alispahic, Fatos Beqiraj

Maribor: Jasmin Handanovic, Nejc Potokar, Alexander Rajcevic, Arghus, Ales Mejac, Dejan Mezga, Goran Cvijanovic, Ales Mertelj, Agim Ibraimi, Robert Beric, Marcos Tavares

 Stuttgart – Dinamo Moscow 

Stuttgart out: Johan Audel, Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Gotaku Sakai

Stuttgart 11: Sven Ulreich, Tim Hoogland, Serdar Tasci, Georg Niedermeier, Arthur Boka, William Kvist, Christian Gentner, Tamas Hajnal, Ibrahima Traore, Martin Harnik, Vedad Ibisevic

Dinamo M doubtful: Luke Wilkshire

Dinamo M 11: Anton Shunin, Igor Shitov, Gordon Schildenfeld, Leandro Fernandez, Marko Lomic, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Artur Yusupov, Igor Semshov, Christian Noboah, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Kevin Kuranyi

 Blackburn Rovers – Hull City 

Blackburn boss Steve Kean will have Ruben Rochina at his disposal again for the visit of Hull.

The striker missed the 1-1 draw at Ipswich on the opening day because of a hamstring injury.

It was thought the clash with the Tigers may be too soon for him too, but the Spaniard has recovered in time to give Kean a boost.

Captain Danny Murphy will also be available despite complaining of tightness in his calf earlier in the week.

Full-back Martin Olsson is yet to return to training from his groin injury so the Sweden international misses out, as does back-up goalkeeper Mark Bunn, who is sidelined following a hip operation.

Midfielder Steven Nzonzi will again be left out in the cold after declaring his desire to leave while summer signing Leon Best is a long-term absentee with a knee injury.

Hull manager Steve Bruce has hinted he will shuffle his pack to cope with the physical presence of Blackburn at Ewood Park.

The Tigers boss enjoyed a winning start in his first npower Championship match in charge, as they beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to a goal from substitute Jay Simpson.

The performance of Simpson and the other replacements, coupled with a lack of match-fitness for a number of his players, has given Bruce food for thought ahead of their clash with Rovers.

Forward Matty Fryatt (Achilles) remains Hull’s only injury absentee, but Corry Evans, Paul McShane and Alex Bruce will be hoping to force their way into the manager’s thoughts.

“In terms of Wednesday, I think we will need to change slightly in terms of personnel,” Bruce told Hull’s official website.

“Going to Blackburn on a Wednesday night, we need to be physically ready for the challenge that they’re going to throw at us.”


Champions league

Ulisses / Šerif – Ludogorec / Dinamo Z.

Dinamo K. – Feyenoord

Kopenhagen – Club Brugge

Fenerbahçe – Vaslui

Motherwell – Panathinaikos

Anderlecht – Shamrock Rovers / Ekranas

BATE Borisov / Vardar – Skenderbeu / Debrecen

Maribor / Željezničar – Dudelange / Salzburg

Cluj – Slovan Liberec / Šahtar Karagandi

Budućnost / Sląsk Wroclaw – The New Saints / Helsingsborgs

Molde / Ventspils – Flora Tallinn / Basel

Celtic – HJK Helsinki / Reykjavik

Žilina / Hapoel Kiryat Shmona – Neftči / Zestafoni

AEL Limassol / Linfield – Valletta / Partizan

Europa League

Inter – Hajduk / Skonto
Athletic Bilbao – Slaven Belupo / Portadown
Osijek / Kalmar – Young Boys / Zimbru
Anži / Honved – Lokomotiv Plovdiv / Vitesse
Inter Baku / Asteras – Maritimo
Rapid Bukurešt / Mypa – Heerenveen
Ruch Chorzow / Metalurg Skopje – Metalurg Rustavi / Viktoria Plzen
Horsens – Dacia / Elfsborg
APOEL / Senica – Tirana / Aalesunds
Vojvodina / Suduva – Rapid Beč
Genk – Milsami Orhei / Aktobe
Olimpija Ljubljana / Tromso – Metalurg Donjeck / Čelik Nikšić
Twente / Inter Turku – Mlada Boleslav / Thor Akureyr
Bnei Yehuda / Shirak – PAOK
Aarhus / Dila Gori – Levadia / Anorthosis
Slovan Bratislava / Videoton – Differdange / Gent
AIK Solna / Hafnarfjordur – Xazar Lenkoran / Lech Poznanj
Eskisehirspor / Saint Johnstone – Marseille
Naftan Novopolotsk / Crvena zvezda – Omonia
Levski Sofia / Sarajevo – Jyvaskyla / Zeta
Žalgiris / Admira – Sparta Prag
Dundee United – Dinamo Moskva
Arsenal Kijev – Mura / CSKA Sofia
Bursaspor – Maccabi Netanya / KUPS Kuopio
Steaua Bukurešt – Spartak Trnava / Sligo Rovers
Renova / Gomel – Liverpool
Šahtjor Soligorsk / Ried – Liepajas Metalurgs / Legia Varšava
Široki Brijeg / St. Patrick – Hannover
Servette / Gandzasar – Rosenborg / Ordabasy

europa league draw

The road to the UEFA Europa League final began today as 74 teams were involved in the draw for the first qualifying round in Nyon, with the second qualifying round draw to follow.
The road to the UEFA Europa League final began today as 74 teams were involved in the draw for the first qualifying round in Nyon. The second qualifying round draw follows at 14.30CET, with the results to follow on

Seven teams, including holders Club Atlético de Madrid, automatically enter this season’s competition in the group stage, with a further 168 teams taking part in qualifying.

First qualifying round draw (matches to be played on 5 and 12 July)
İnter Bakı PİK (AZE) v JK Trans Narva (EST)
FK Senica (SVK) v MTK Budapest (HUN)
KF Tirana (ALB) v CS Grevenmacher (LUX)
FC Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) v FC Aktobe (KAZ)
FK Borac Banja Luka (BIH) v FK Čelik Nikšić (MNE)
Bakı FK (AZE) v NK Mura (SVN)
IF Elfsborg (SWE) v Floriana FC (MLT)
FK Renova (MKD) v AC Libertas (SMR)
FC Santa Coloma (AND) v NK Osijek (CRO)
FK Jagodina (SRB) v FC Ordabasy Shymkent (KAZ)
FC Differdange 03 (LUX) v NSÍ Runavík (FRO)
Rosenborg BK (NOR) v Crusaders FC (NIR)
Myllykosken Pallo-47 (FIN) v Cefn Druids AFC (WAL)
FC Šiauliai (LTU) v FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)
Bohemian FC (IRL)  v Thór Akureyri (ISL)
FK Sarajevo (BIH) v Hibernians FC (MLT)
FC Twente (NED) v UE Santa Coloma (AND)
FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE) v FC Shirak (ARM)
KS Flamurtari (ALB) v Budapest Honvéd FC (HUN)
FC Dacia Chişinău (MDA) v NK Celje (SVN)
FK Sūduva (LTU) v FC Daugava (LVA)
KuPS Kuopio (FIN) v Llanelli AFC (WAL)
Kalmar FF (SWE) v Cliftonville FC (NIR)
Vikingur (FRO) v FC Gomel (BLR)
FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v FC USV Eschen-Mauren (LIE)
KKS Lech Poznań (POL) v FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan (KAZ)
Xäzär Länkäran FK (AZE) v JK Nõmme Kalju (EST)
Birkirkara FC (MLT) v FK Metalurg Skopje (MKD)
FK Zeta (MNE) v FC Pyunik (ARM)
KS Teuta (ALB)  v FC Metalurgi Rustavi (GEO)
NK Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) v AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX)
EB/Streymur (FRO) v FC Gandzasar Kapan (ARM)
Saint Patrick’s Athletic FC (IRL) v ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar (ISL)
SK Liepājas Metalurgs (LVA) v SP La Fiorita (SMR)
JJK Jyväskylä (FIN) v Stabæk Fotball (NOR)
FC Zimbru Chişinău (MDA) v Bangor City FC (WAL)
FK Skendija 79 (MKD) v Portadown FC (NIR)

UEFA statement on Bursaspor case

Turkish club Bursaspor have been cleared to participate in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League following a decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 22 June.

Turkish club Bursaspor have been cleared to participate in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League following a decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 22 June 2012. The club had been suspended from European competition for one year and fined €50,000 by the UEFA Appeals Body on 30 May 2012 for overdue payables for transfer activities dating back to 2007.

On 8 June 2012, Busaspor filed an appeal with CAS. Yesterday, the CAS ruling stipulated that Bursaspor be excluded from one UEFA club competition for which it qualifies in the next four years, but that this exclusion is suspended for a probationary period of three years. The club was also fined €250,000.

UEFA has duly received and taken note of the decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with regards to this case and, as the ultimate chamber of sports justice, UEFA respects both the authority and the decisions taken by CAS. Nevertheless, it wishes also to express its disappointment and surprise at the decision.

While the grounds for this decision will be examined with great care by UEFA, once they are made available, UEFA reiterates that it will continue to enforce its rules on club licensing and financial fair play in a strict and fair manner, and with all necessary due diligence.

UEFA is of the firm opinion that it is imperative for clubs to pay their debts to other football clubs, and will remain vigilant to ensure that this happens in accordance with the rules laid down in the UEFA Club Licensing and Financial Fair Play regulations. These basic principles of good conduct should be strongly supported, and not undermined, by any future rulings from CAS.

This ruling by CAS therefore in no way affects the implementation of UEFA’s financial fair play rules, which UEFA will continue to implement both equitably and universally.

UEFA underlines that the rules on club licensing and financial fair play have been supported by the entire European football community, and that compliance with the system is vital to safeguard the interests of clubs and players alike, as well as protecting the future sustainability of football in Europe.