Hajduk without 14 players who are in international teams:
FRANKO ANDRIJAŠEVIĆ, MARIO MALOČA (captein), AVDIJA VRŠAJEVIĆ, ANTON MAGLICA, LOVRE KALINIĆ, GORAN JOZINOVIĆ, FILIP OZOBIĆ, ANTONIO JAKOLIŠ (new player), MIJO CAKTAŠ, DINO MIKANOVIĆ, JOSIP ELEZ, ANTONIO MILIĆ, MIRO KOVAČIĆ, TOMISLAV KIŠ
so called up players are:
Danijel Stojanović, Duje Medak, Zoran Plazonić, Pavao Vugdelija, Goran Blažević, Frane Vladislavić, Ivo Caput, Josip Tomašević, Joško Hajder, Mirko Oremuš, Krešimir Jelić, Ivan Vuković, Tino Sven Sušić, Ruben Lima, Goran Milović, Ivo Valentino Tomaš, Cassio i Jean Evrard Kouassi.
Romanian side Vaslui did great to hold Fenerbahce to a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but that does not necessarily makes them favourites to go through.
The Turkish champions have invested a lot of money this summer and they desperately need to reach the Champions League group stages in order to justify the heavy spending.
Vaslui have really raised their profile over the last few years and they are becoming regular in top European competitions.
The team reached Europa League group stagelast term, where they proved a worthy opponent to Lazio, Sporting Lisbon and Zurich, while finishing the league campaign just one point behind CFR Cluj.
That, nonetheless, proved enough for a place in the Champions League qualifying stages, where they have been pitted against very good Fenerbahce side.
Despite their squad undergoing major changes in the summer, Valsui played a great game in Turkey, but they had to settle for 1-1 draw after Liviu Antal’s opener was canceled by Bekir Irtegun in the dying moments of the game.
After they were denied a place in the Champions League group stages because of their involvement in the match-fixing scandal last term, Fenerbahce are determined to make things right this season.
Just like their next opponents, Fenerbahce missed out on the league title, but the second-place finish saw them make it to the Champions League qualifying round.
The Turkish giants have heavily reinforced the squad this summer, bringing Dirk Kuyt, Mehmet Topal, Egemen Korkmaz, Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo, while Issar Dia and Emre Belezoglu were the only notable departures.
With the start of their domestic season still a couple of weeks away, Fenerbahce somewhat struggled in the first leg against Vaslui and they were fortunate to avoid defeat having scored in the closing stages of the game.
New signings Milos Krasic and Joseph Yobo are unavailable, while Korkmaz, Topal and Sow should start despite carrying minor knocks.
Serbian champions may have been the favourites before the first leg, but that is no longer the case after they were completely outclassed andbeaten 1-0 by AEL Limasol.
Partizan Belgrade have long ago established total domination on domestic stage and their run of five successive league titles is pretty impressive, but the fans are hoping for some European success as well.
The Serbian giants have made it to Champions League and Europa League group stages on several occasions over the last decade, but haven’t had a lot of success of late.
The squad have been reinforced over the summer, with Goran Lovre, Branko Pauljevic and Stefan Scepovic all arriving, while several talented youngsters were promoted from Teleoptik, their B side.
As a result, Partizan looked really good against Valletta from Malta, but they were completely outplayed by AEL Limasol in the third qualifying round.
Coach Vladimir Vermezovic is expected to make a couple of changes to the starting line-up, with Lazar Markovic likely to come in for Goran Lovre.
Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Stojkovic – Aksentijevic, Ostojic, Ivanov, Volkov – S. Markovic, Babovic – Tomic, Ilic, L. Markovic – S. Scepovic.
AEL Limasol shocked everyone by beating APOEL and Omonia to the league title last season, but the Cypriot side didn’t need a lot of time they fully deserve to be playing at this level.
With no major arrivals or departures in the summer, boss Pambos Christodoulou didn’t need extra time to prepare his squad for the Champions League qualifying rounds and his side eased off to a 3-0 aggregate win over Linfield.
AEL were then pitted against very good Partizan side, but the Cypriots largely impressed in the first leg and deserved to win the game by a bigger margin.
The team that conceded just 10 goals in 32 league games last term kept their third successive clean sheet in the Champions League, meaning that Djilli Vouho’s early goal proved enough for a valuable victory.
Israel club had Toto cup game after that but was resting some players
Helsingborgs IF – Slask Wroclaw 3-0
Slask showed their weakneses in defence in first game. Helsingborg didnt played league game after that but they arrange friendly with England premier league team Sunderland, coach was rotating players (while Sunderland played with almost best squad) and they beat them. So players get extra selfconfidence. Slask had cup game with KS Polkowice, also rotate but won minimally. Hosts without Hanstveit, Slask will mis important midfielder Rok Elsner and Socha
Panathinaikos – Motherwell 2-0
PAo won first game in Scottland and now will have support of crazy fans
Fact is that Dinamo not playing good. They played awfull in Razgrad (Bulgaria) and somehow saved game with goal for 1-1 in 93th minute. Than they played home draw (0-0) with poor Inter. After that come 2nd game with Bulgarian champs, they didnt palyed well, they was loosing 1-0 and 2-1 on half time but than Brazilian player from Ludogorec get red card and dinamo was attacking. They scored goal but after that bulgarians was defending good, closed all entrances to their goal. Bulgarians was shame simulating fauls, was lying on field for few minutes, sometimes even two players in same moment..than when was out one player come to throw in and than he throw bal down and than other player (who was not close) come that he would throw..than goalkeeper had goal kick and put ball on 5 meters but than he decide slowly to take ball on other side of ‘5 meter’..there was cards but it’s seems that dinamo will relegate from Champions league while come last corner kick in 97th minute and Vida scored in 98th for 3-2 and dinamo come in nextr round. Yes it was 8 minutes extra time (referee showed 5) but as i spoke what bulgarians was doint, it should be 10+…so i am speaking abouth bad games of dinamo..that’s not everithing. they played after it vs Cibalia home, won 2-1, also wihtout some inmpresive game. Than come this first game of this round in Moldavia (they are from Transnistria, they want own republic, they are on border with Ukraine and there are Ukraine and Russians)..So Dinamo won 1-0 there, didnt played good but was controling game mostly. Sheriff disanpointed me, i thouth they are stronger, i thouth they will try to do something more but seems they have no quality…4 days ago dinamo played one more game, vs Istra in Pula and had two penaltyes but again won tight, 1*0.
Dinamo had problems with Sammir. When manny good clubs was asking abouth him before 2-3 seasons Miminho didnt want sell him for that proce, he was waiting more. After that Sammir start to party and every few months something happened (balotelli). So he was few days ago in night hours on party and club suspend him. Also other midfielder, defensive one – Pokrivac, was driving his car drunk and club suspend him too. Both played first squad in Modova (pokrivac usually reserve played but it was coach’s tactic). Third midfielder Ademi was also suspended (because he was not happy with low minutes playing) but his suspension is over (because now are other two mf banned). Striker Krstanovic is long term injured, two more midfielders are out: most talented ofensive midfielder Kovacic is injured, just like defensive mf Callelo.
So what to said, Dinamo has quality but they are not playing good. Even in domestic league where they always scored few goals with half of strenght they are not convincigly. But, Sheriff is weaker than last season (2010 they eliminated Dinamo) and Dinamo should promote into next round. Odds are very low and i would NO BET on thiS one, no bet on dinamo while they are not playing good..
First game in Bulgaria finished 1-1. Ludogorec was much better team, leading and recive goal in injury time. They are new club which has rich owner, come immediately from third league and than in first season of topclas Bulgarian football won treble. They are stonger than last year and impresed me in first game (there was stories. of course, dinamo is much more expirience team, Ludogorec players are still +green’ but they played their normal game and was better opponents). Now dinamo has resault and Ludogorec must score if they want promote in next round. They announce attacking football and they are going for win. They have no injury problems..
On the other side Dinamo has much problems. Usually clubs has problems with money, with injuries, missing players..Dinamo has problems with their fans, bad blue boys which are not comming on stadium for a long time becauase od conflict with big boss Mamic (lng long story for someone who dont know situation here)..So stadium is empty every game in a million city. There was full stadium last season in champions league when was, like now, tickets in qualifications free (it was 1 kuna what is 0,13€)..So dinamo has big problems with fans, fans with Mamic, Mamic with empty stadium and dinamo must prepare in pre season last few years ‘in secret’..there was big mess some of last years when they was šreparing in Austria so last yeard they dont said where they will be and where they will play friendlies..but this year few BBB-s find that place, first game there was verbal argue and one of them spit chairman Barisic (and insult his wife), in 2nd they come into field and was also verbal argue and playing fotball..after that dinamo bos mamic said ‘in agreement with Bulgarian club Ludogorec and Bulgarian police, there was make agree there will not be away fans’ – which was apsolutly lie, he invent it because of fans and bulgarian sides deny it. Than Dinamo fans (or huligans, called it as you like) said they will go there and if need, they will make mess there. They wasnt but it’s posible they will do it here. Chairman Barisic said there will be lot of speciall police and if come one single torch (flambeau), speciallists will empty whole tribune. But of course, probably will be lot of torchs, no matter dinamo score, won or loose..So administration come on ‘excellent’ solution – nets in front of fans look here . So, long story abouth it, lets go back little on game..
Dinamo has good motive, if they win, if they promote into next round, they will be holders in 4th ql round..But as i said, they didnt play good in Razgarad. They played league game after that, first round of championship with very poore opponents, Inter Zapresic which I personally but also manny public predict relegation. They played poore 1-1 (there was just several hundred people of course). Didnt look the game but in reports i read there was that Dinamo wa much better opponent but couldnt won. That’s not promising before this game. Leko is suspended (was also out in first game), Simunic and Pivaric are out (pivaric come in first squad) so probably Ibanez will come back on his old position, left back. Striker Krstanovic out from before. It’s hard to change something now wehn you whole preseason and first two games make one the same squad so i expect almost same sqauad as first game (maybe Rukavina replace Cop in attack, he come as sustitute in first game, saved goal and scored for 1-1). Dinamo has much more expirience and i belive they cannot play two so awfull games. It’s imposible to play so bad like in bulgaria, worst than that is not possible. So, dinamo is big favorite, finaly will be stadium full, main players are still not sold and it’s priority to promote in next round. But i must said at the end my prediction. I belive i can be objective here, specially because my bet is not on Dinamo. I would like, of course, win and next round for dinamo, but, they didnt showed good game recently, they dont have selfconfidence and they not looks convincigly as before (specially mean here on 1 hnl). Also, i forgot to said (when i told that bulgarian club was much better in first game) thet bulgarians could have two penalties. After game Kiril Domuščijev, bigg boss of Ludogorec said (and he was argue on the game in VIP loge with Šuker) that everybody saw that was penatlyes and game solved referees and Davor Šuker, new boss of croatian football (mamic’s man). He said he saw him on half time in tunel how he spoke with referees..Anyway, i would like win of dinamo but i dont belive in them, not for this odds and usually, odds on +1 ah (specially when i want write analise before few days when was @ 2,0) seems like value but i dont support playing hendicep in this kind of game. Usually when are cups, elimination competitions and it’s playing 2nd game, if one club loosing they dont have nothing to loose, they can just get something if they attack so if dinamo score i belive tbulgarians will open, attack and there will be much space for counterattacks..I hope in that kind of scenario and resault from first game is great for dinamo (i would said it’s worst resault for away team). If there was some other resault, i would bet on +1ah and on x2 on away team because this odds are really great value but as i said, they have nothing if they play 0-0 draw, it’s same for them to play 0-0, lose 1-0 or more..so they must attqack, specially if dinamo scored first..so, dinamo i wuill support but not bet because of odds, on ludogorec value odds but not bet because of first game resault..so my pick: no bet
Two injury time goals BATE Borisov scored in the first leg put them in the driving seat, but having lost the first game 3-2, Vardar still have reason to hope they can overturn the deficit in front of the packed Filip II Makedonski Stadium in Skopje.
Vardar Skopje were once a force to be reckoned with in European football but those days are long gone and the team are now struggling to return to old glory days. The Red and Blacks have finally won the league title following a seven-year drought and they did it in style, finishing 9 points above second-placed Metalurg. The team have since stayed without top scorer Filip Ivanovski, but managed to reinforce the squad with Abraham Alechenwu, Aleksandar Temelkov and Dragan Gjorgiev. Vardar looked really good in the first leg against BATE Borisov, but the lack of concentration cost them dearly as the hosts scored two injury time goals to win the game 3-2.
BATE Borisov are the perfect example of how far the Belarus football have gone over the last decade and the fact this team are regular in group stages of top European competitions speaks volumes about the club itself. The Belarus giants have qualified for Champions League group stages in 2008/2009 and 2011/2012, while making it to Europa League groups in 2009/2010 and 2010/2011, so they are now hoping for a fifth successive participation in European competition finals. The team have just finished the first part of their league campaign and they currently sit three points clear of second-placed Shakhtyor Soligorsk, although they appear to be going through a rough patch. BATE ended the three-match winless run with a fortunate victory over Vardar, but it is perfectly clear they will have to do much better in the return leg in order to avoid early elimination. Key midfielders Dmitri Baga and Renan Bressan are away on international duty
Coverage: Score flashes and updates on BBC Radio Shropshire (96FM). Match report on BBC Sport Online
The New Saints skipper Paul Harrison insists that his team are still in the tie as they prepare for Wednesday’s Champions League second qualifying round second leg against Helsingborg.
TNS held the Swedish champions to a goalless draw in last week’s first leg.
And Helsingborg spokesman Fredrick Eriksson insists: “They took us by surprise in the first leg, but that won’t happen again.”
But Harrison said: “The pressure’s on them, not us. We’ve nothing to lose.”
The TNS skipper added: “We had a lot of chances first half and could have taken two or three goals into the second leg.
“And I thought they looked a bit vulnerable, so we’ve got every confidence in casing an upset.
“We’ll be playing in front of a 15,000 sell-out crowd, so it’s really important that my players play the game and not the occasion”
Craig HarrisonTNS manager
“We’ve just got to play our own game and give it our all.
“Helsingborg are a very good team but they’re not a million miles better than us.
“We showed in the first leg we can create chances, but we can defend really well, as Pip Baker and Steve Evans showed in the first leg, and, if we can stay tight again and nick one on the break, who knows.”
Welsh Premier League champions TNS reached the Champions League third qualifying round in 2010 before losing 6-1 on aggregate to Anderlecht.
“All European ties away from home are tough,” said TNS manager Craig Harrison.
“We’ll be playing in front of a 15,000 sell-out crowd, so it’s really important that my players play the game and not the occasion.
“With no disrespect to TNS or any other Welsh League side, the fan base isn’t huge – and you know in Europe there’ll be thousands rather than hundreds.
“But I’m very proud of my players. We showed a lot of quality in the first leg and created chances against a team full of internationals, ex-internationals and a side who won the Swedish treble last season.
“We’ve got a slight advantage now, because if we go out and get a goal they’ve got to score two – and that would change the dimensions completely.”
..THE New Saints lost their grip on the Shropshire Cup after going down a 3-0 home defeat at the hands of AFC Telford United.
Director of football Craig Harrison rang the changes, with only Chris Seargeant retaining his place in the starting line-up from the eleven that started in the Champions League against Helsingborgs.
The revamped side held the Bucks until after the break, but the writing was on the wall earlier in the game…. link
Linfield (Nir) – AEL Limassol (Cyp) Preview (0-3)
AEL travel to belfast full and will play with their best eleven. Coach stated that AEL will aim for a win for sure here as they want to add more points to the uefa coefficient of cyprus in order to maintain 13th spot. There is very small difference between cyprus-switserland-austria-denmark and we will ‘battle’ to the end as it seems.
William Murphy returns to Linfield squad to face AEL Limassol
Linfield have defender William Murphy available again for Wednesday night’s Champions League second qualifying round, second leg against AEL Limassol of Cyprus at Windsor Park.
Murphy missed the 3-0 first leg defeat last week as he was on holiday.
Brian McCaul is absent because of a niggling knee injury and Albert Watson, Michael Gault and Philip Lowry are out.
“Our attitude is, we know how good a side we are playing, it’ll be very tough,” said Blues boss David Jeffrey.
The Linfield manager admitted on the the club’s website: “I’m not being defeatist in any shape or form, but given the real quality of our opponents, I’ll just say it’s unlikely we’ll score four and concede none.
“It’s an opportunity now to focus very much on the beginning of the league campaign and to help us prepare for the start of the new season on August 11.
“This has probably been our most exacting pre-season, so I’m looking for a good solid performance on Wednesday.
“I want to see if we can at least score against them and come away with a good positive result on the night at least.
“I remember in my own playing days we lost 3-0 away to Benfica but when we came back to Windsor Park, we only lost 3-2, so I’m hoping we’ll go out and perform well and come away with a positive result on the evening.
“The attitude for the players is that this a great test and a great challenge for us and we know exactly the quality of the side we are up against.” preview
Slask won 2-0 but Buducnost was much better team on field. But there is something other important. In Podgorica there was big mess by huliganswhich attacked Polish fans (Buducnost get one game without fans and 3 years conditional). Now polish fans preparing revange and Buducnost as club propose their fans not to go there..
Osijek dont have players, they dont have quality, they dont have money, they dont have bench and dont have fans (it’s administration fault, people wants to go and look european games but they put most expencive tickets of all, bigger than hajduk, dinamo, slaven belupo) and there come 500-600 people. Only which club from my city has are problems. No money so there was no transfers. It’s ambelivable how club which play europe (loose in cup finale) go much weaker in that europe than buy (bring) somebody. only player who arrived is zulim (will not play first squad). I wached 2nd game in 1st ql round against poor amatuer team Santa Coloma from Andora (1st they won 1-0) and they won but they shouwed lot weakneses. Osijek is poor team and couldnt won convincigly even amatuers (which come without tree players which must stay at work). 6 players left club, Marko Babic (mf 18/3, ex international palyer, captein), Vidakovic (mf 9/3, important player, was injured), Bubalo, Gavric (df 21/1, important player), Lukacevic (mf 24/1, important player) and Maglica (att 23/7, topscorer and one of most perspective players, left in Hajduk). 2nd striker Ljubojevic (14/5) leave club before, 3rd striker šorša (29/4) is injured and probably will not be readdy for this game..So what expect when you never buy nobody, just wait to your young players showes few good games and than you sell him chief just to have for costs (for salaries of course there is no money). And same every year, just is difference that each year are playing younger and younger players..There is talent but there will not be resaults and they cannot play good in continuity. So Osijek in big problems. But that’s whole shitty league. That article was made after games with Andorian club, yesterday they played good with Sweden side Kalmar but they showed how they are young, unexpirienced and ‘green’. First, in 63rd minute Leskovic got 2nd yellow and they must play half hour with 10 polayers (which also can be plus for this pick) and than they recived 2 goals (and loose their hope in next round) in just two minutes. Coach still hope they can make miracle and maybe chance from first minute get youngsters like Dugandzic, Aleksic, Misic..They was better side but they won themselfs alone (once again). When goalkeeper Kardum left club last season (Austria W) they dont have goalkeeper. Kalmar yesterday shoot tree times on goal and scored 3 goals. You can look it here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQBP2Wx1vaA&feature=player_embedded#! So on goal will debut young Mikulic (or even younger Malenica)
Zafar played good in friendlyes (Zadar – Kupres 5:1, Zadar – GOŠK 2:1, Zadar – Široki 1:2, Zadar – Jedinstvo Bihać 5:1 ). In Zadar is situation nothing better than in Osijek but they are always good at home and they have very hard scedule first rounds so this is game where they must try to find points (after first round coming to new Rijeka, than Hajduk coming, than new trip to Koprivnica to another home team, Slaven Belupo and than Dinamo coming – very hard scedule). They are, same as Osijek without money so they couldnt bring some names, Jolić, Brnadić i Conjar are new names (Jolic and Conjar are good players for HNL). jonjic leave club and Tomasov whic i dont count (was here quickly when argue with Hjaduk). So most important for them is they have almost same team. Two important players, Antonio Mrsic (son of Osijek’s coach) and Igor Prahic left in pre season in Zilina but when they make agree something happened and they stayed in Zadar. Another good news for them (but not for this game) is that very dangerous striker, Zelimir Terkes (21 goals for zadar in season 07/08 in 29 games) will be fit soon after long injury.Two poor teams but my pick here is home win. Zadar was always home team, always most of their points won at home and Osijek will have one of longest trips.
This article i wrote before Slaven Belupo European game:
Slaven is tipiucal home team, most of their points win at home. They are, IMO, weaker than before. Ante Batarelo (Istra 1961), Nikola Rak (Luckko), Mateas Delic;are new players while tree important midfielders left club, Polak (26/2), Brezovec (26/5), Mujanovic (26/4). Alsdo Jaksinic; (mf 14/1). Best player Leon Benko (16/7) left before. They have injured Gregurina (mf 23/1), Glavice (mf 23/5) i Canadija (mf 12/0). Also, Bojan Vrucina come on half season as big star, first striker but he is injured from than and almost forgoten player. Also Maras suspended. So if we want thing abouth squad, i cannot imagine how it will be, speciall midfield. Most dangerous will be 38 yeard old Davor Vugrinec (all time league topscorer). Busic (scoredc5 goals last season) shoved some skills and was scoring infirendlyes, but..
Thzey played that game and destroyed amatuers from North Ireland 6-0 (but they are not be relevant).
And what to say abouth Cibalia. They didnt bring no one, just players come back from loan ( Leopold Novak (Split), Josip Martinović (Mladost Cernik), Tomislav Maras (Mladost Antin), Stjepan Kvesić (Marsonia 1909), Petar Mišić (Dinamo), Marko Terzić (Marsonia 1909). Tree important players left, Culjak, Radotic and prgomet. Also important striker Kresinger and main midfielder Vitaic can leave if there will be some good offer. So they are weaker than last year
Cibalia will be without injured Jurić, Matoš and Bartolovic is doubtful (it would beproblem).
Istra was one of refresh last season (loose just two games in 2nd half of season). They are stabile club with good financies (Russian is a president). They made solid team. Players like Belle, mance, Batarelo leave club and that was good players but they bring good players too, Linic, Jugovic, Blagojevic and Cagalj are great players for this elague and they are even stronger Imo than before. They are missing: Anđelković, Pamić, Havojić, Horvat, Bačelić-Grgić, Ljubović
Hajduk played in thursday Europa league game with Skonto. I will put what i wrote before that game:
I belive it’s weakest Hajduk i ever seen. No money, no president, no players, no wages, and first time that fans are not interested. I belive more in Split and Rijeka (ifor 2nd place in league) than in Hajduk. Hajduk was banned because of doubts to Sibenik and they couldnt play friendly games (they played few weak friendlyes but couldnt play as hajduk). They bring only young perspective striker Maglica from Osijek. Other players come back from loan. Club left manny important players: Neretljak (Rijeka), Gabrić (Rijeka), Tičinović (Nordsjaelland, Dan), Lendrić (Waregem, Bel), Buljat, Lima, Vejić, Andrić, James, Režić, Sačer (Tomasov left before). Also Sharbini (anas best player) will leave and will not candidate for this game. Only good news if we can spoke abouth something good in Hajduk is that striker Vukusic stayed (for now).Istra was one of refresh last season (loose just two games in 2nd half of season). They are stabile club with good financies (Russian is a president). They made solid team. Players like Belle, mance, Batarelo leave club and that was good players but they bring good players too, Linic, Jugovic, Blagojevic and Cagalj are great players for this elague and they are even stronger Imo than before.
Hajduk won that game, played good (suprised me) but Skonto is poor team (i belived they are little stronger). Oremuš and Ljubičić out