evening preview

Seattle – Caledonia  -1,5ah Seattle

Big quality difference between Trinidad & Tobago side and MLS club. Seattle playing home, in good form, thinks seriously in this competition while Caledonia loose important players after last season, manny changes in squad and their match fitness is questionable (season not playing)

LA Galaxy – Real Madrid

Real Madrid kicks off its part in the World Football Challenge with a preseason friendly against the LA Galaxy, who feature former Madrid midfielder David Beckham.

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LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Junior Lopes, Gaul; Jimenez, Juninho, Beckham, Magee; Keane, Donovan.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Edson Buddle (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Andrew Boyens (L sports hernia surgery); DF Todd Dunivant (R calf hematoma); DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); MF Dan Keat (R knee surgery); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms)

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao; Alonso, Khedira; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas, Antonio Adán, Jesus Fernandez Collado

DEFENDERS: Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeola, Fabio Coentrão, Jose Nacho Fernández, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane

MIDFIELDERS: Xabi Alonso, Jose Maria Callejon, Angel Di Maria, Lass Diarra, Alex Fernandez, Esteban Granero, Kaka, Sami Khedira, Mesut Özil, Jese Rodriguez, Nuri Sahin

FORWARDS: Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo

Copa Sudamericana » La Equidad – Mineros

Colombian league (and clubs) are much stronger than Veneyuelans (Atletico Nacional, Once Caladas, Junior are last years in final stages of Copa Libertadores, Santa Fe, Tolima in sudamericana;in Venezuela only Caracas come before tree years in finale stages). La Equidad will have here altitude help (they are from high Bogota) and Mineros didnt play serious game from may (13.5 last league game). In league Mineros had 13 points less than Deportivo Lara in apertura, in clasura they had 9 points less. 3 important players left Mineros: Flores (mf 22/0), Machis (att 28/8) and J. M. Velázquez (df 26/2). They also bring some new players.
But problem is La Equidad loose some players..

New York v Tottenham

New York Red Bulls are in third Position in the Major League Soccer with 38 points in the table while Tottenham completed its last season 2011-2012 with securing fourth place in the league table although Hotspurs failed to secure the spot for Champions League next Season. English Premier League will start on August 18 and Tottenham will play against Newcastle United in their first league match.

Tottenham Played against 3 clubs in International Club friendlies In which they won 1 match against Stevenage FC and 2 match were ended with draw against English Club Liverpool and another MLS playing Club LA Galaxy. North London side were poor with its last performance in the club friendly matches.

Probable Lineups

NY Red Bulls:Bill Gaudette, Wilman Conde, Marcus Holgersson, Roy Miller, Connor Lade, Jan Gunnar Solli, Sebastien Le Toux, Dax McCarty, Joel Lindpere, Thierry Henry, Kenny Cooper

Tottenham:Friedel, Kyle Walker, Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen, S. Bassong, Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andros Townsend, Rafael van der Vaart, Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe

Kitchee – Arsenal

Arsenal squad: Mannone, Miquel, Aneke, Eisfeld, Chamakh, Ryo, Eastmond, Yennaris, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Gibbs, Song, Fabianski, Jenkinson, Walcott, Szczesny, Djourou, Afobe, Vermaelen, Diaby, Santos, Gervinho, Arteta, Bartley.

Probably line up Obrázek : (4-5-1) Mannone – Jenkinson, Djorou, Vermaelen, Gibbs – Song, Diaby, Arteta, Walcott, Santos – Gervinho

Missing: Sagna, Frimpong, Wilshere, Rosický, Podolski, Giroud, Van Persie

club friendly preview

Montreal (Can) – Lyon (Fra)

Alessandro Nesta will make his long-awaited Montreal debut when the Impact hosts Lyon.

Montreal Impact (4-2-3-1): Ricketts; Mallace, Ferrari, Nesta, Iapichino; Martins, Bernier; Nyassi, Mapp, Arnaud; Di Vaio.

INJURY REPORT

OUT : D Jeb Brovsky – Right hamstring; D Zarek Valentin – Left ankle sprain; F Bernardo Corradi – Left knee ACL tear

PROBABLE : D Matteo Ferrari – Right quad strain; D Nelson Rivas – Abdomen

Olympique Lyonnais (4-4-2): Lloris; Reveillere, Cris, Kone, Cissokho; Bastos, Gonalons, Gourcuff, Kallstrom; Gomis, Lopez

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Hugo Lloris, Rémy Vercoutre, Anthony Lopes

DEFENDERS: Medhi Zeffane, Samuel Umtiti, Anthony Reveillere, Bakary Kone, Mouhamadou Dabo, Cris, Aly Cissokho

MIDFIELDERS: Michel Bastos, Jordan Ferri, Gueida Fofana, Maxime Gonalons, Yoann Gourcuff, Clément Grenier, Kim Kallstrom, Enzo Reale

FORWARDS: Yassine Benzia, Jimmy Briand, Bafétimbi Gomis, Alexandre Lacazette, Lisandro Lopez, Jérémy Pied

Los Angeles (Usa) – Tottenham (Eng)

Even without David Beckham and Landon Donovan, there will be plenty of firepower on display as Tottenham begins its U.S. tour

LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Junior Lopes, Dunivant; Jimenez, Juninho, Sarvas, Stephens; Keane, Barrett.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Andrew Boyens (L sports hernia surgery); FW Edson Buddle (R knee surgery); MF Dan Keat (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation);

QUESTIONABLE: DF Todd Dunivant (R calf hematoma); DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); MF Mike Magee (R shin hematoma); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms); FW Pat Noonan (R quad strain)

Tottehnam (4-5-1): Friedel; Assou-Ekotto, Gallas, Vertonghen, Walker; Bale, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Van der Vaart, Lennon; Defoe.

ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS – Jordan Archer, Carlo Cudicini, Brad Friedel, Heurelho Gomes

DEFENDERS – Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastien Bassong, Michael Dawson (captain), William Gallas, Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton, Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker

MIDFIELDERS – Gareth Bale, David Bentley, Tom Carroll, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Aaron Lennon, Jake Livermore, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Andros Townsend, Rafael Van der Vaart

FORWARDS – Jermain Defoe, Harry Kane

Yemen – Palestine

Yemen – Palestine

Difficulties

The Palestinian Football Federation faces problems in organising even training sessions for the entire team because of travel restrictions placed by Israel upon people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the difficulty in obtaining an exit visa from Israel. Many players in the team are drawn from the Palestinian diaspora, from as far away as Chile and the United States.

Recently, Israel’s refusal to issue exit visas has resulted in players, or in some case the entire team, being unable to represent the country. In November 2006 (the last match of 2007 AFC Asian Cup qualificationgroup stage is scheduled), all players based inside the West Bank and Gaza Strip were denied exit visas. The AFC cancelled the match since both teams had been eliminated from the competition by virtue of their previous results against China and Iraq.  In October 2007, the second leg of a crucial 2010 World Cup qualifier between Palestine and Singapore was not played due to Palestine’s inability to obtain exit visas. The AFC and FIFA decided not to reschedule the match despite protests from the PFA, and Singapore was awarded a 3–0 win in a walkover match. In May 2008, the team was not allowed to travel to the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup. After a 2011 World Cup qualifier against Thailand, two starters, Mohammed Samara and Majed Abusidu, were refused entry to the West Bank and therefore could not travel back with the team from Thailand. 

Some of the athletes have been directly affected by the Arab–Israeli conflict. Tariq al Quto was killed by the Israel Defense Force, and striker Ziyad Al-Kord was banned from travelling and had his house destroyed. During the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict three Palestinian footballers, Ayman Alkurd, Shadi Sbakhe and Wajeh Moshtahe, were among the Palestinian casualties.

In 2012, Olympic Team goalkeeper, Omar Abu Ruways was arrested by Israel for allegedly being a member of a terrorist cell.

A film, Goal Dreams, was made about the team attempting to overcome obstacles in the qualification for the 2006 World Cup, who were also featured on the BBC documentary series Frontline Football.