September 29, 2006

Today’s News: September 29

Posted in Bundesliga, English Premier League, Euro 2008, UEFA Cup at 7:39 pm by deadlymusings

Spurs have signed a 15-year-old goalkeeper from Sweden, who should do well in the Championship. [Sky Sports]

Mark van Bommel has been called up for Euro 2008 qualifiers as a reward for not criticizing Marco van Basten, unlike a certain Real Madrid striker. [FOXSports.com]

Gerald Asamoah will be out of the news and out of the Schalke team for a while after breaking his leg in two places. [Reuters]

Raymond Domenech will be carrying on his slave trading practices for another four years, or until France emphatically crash out of Euro 2008 in the group stage. [CNN International]

Kieran Richardson among those comically named in the England squad. [TheFA.com]

September 27, 2006

UEFA Cup Round 1 Second Leg Matches of Interest

Posted in UEFA Cup at 9:57 pm by deadlymusings

Derry City and PSG in first leg actionWith 40 matches tomorrow, it is difficult to preview all of them. However, many of the ties are already effectively over as contests leaving a much smaller selection to choose from, thankfully.

So I present to you my selection of five interesting matches tomorrow, and hopefully they do indeed entertain.

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September 14, 2006

The UEFA Cup Recap: September 14 (Part 2)

Posted in UEFA Cup at 9:56 pm by deadlymusings

The last 19 games of the night went as follows:

AZ beat Kayserispor 3-2 in an end-to-end match.

Jermaine Jenas was on the scoresheet in Spurs’ 1-0 win over Slavia Prague.

Tippeligaen strugglers Molde held Rangers in a scoreless draw.

Daniel Niculae scored the winner for Auxerre in their 2-1 win at Dinamo Zagreb.

Feyenoord came from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Lokomotiv Sofia.

Sion and Bayer Leverkusen played out a dull 0-0 draw.

Ten-man Iraklis held out for a 1-0 win over Wisla Krakow.

Gustavo Lopez scored the only goal in Celta Vigo’s 1-0 win over Standard Liege.

Maccabi Haifa and Liteks Lovech drew 1-1.

Fenerbahçe overcame an early goal by Randers to win 2-1.

Sparta Prague will probably be accused of being involved in the anti-Hearts conspiracy after they won 2-0.

Michael Thurk scored a hat-trick as Eintracht Frankfurt beat nine-man Brøndby 4-0.
Habib Bamogo scored the lone goal in Marseille’s win over ten-man Boleslav.

Panathinaikos and ten-man Metallurg battled to a 1-1 draw.

Former Villa non-player Bosko Balaban scored the lone goal in Club Brugge’s win over Ruzemberok.

Red Bull Salzburg scored a late equalizer in their 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Tomas Danilevicius and Cristiano Lucarelli were the scorers in Livorno’s 2-0 win over FC Superfund.

Holders Sevilla secured a 2-1 win over Atromitos.

West Ham United’s European dream may have already ended at the hands of Palermo’s Andrea Caracciolo.

And finally, Afonso Alves bagged a brace in Heerenveen’s 3-0 win over Setubal.

The UEFA Cup Recap: September 14 (Part 1)

Posted in UEFA Cup at 8:35 pm by deadlymusings

UEFA’s second tier competition began its First Round proper earlier tonight with 39, yes 39 matches. Here is a little bit about the first twenty matches of the night.

Daniele Dessena’s 79th minute effort was all that separated Parma and Rubin Kazan.

Antoine Sibierski scored his first for Newcastle United in their 1-0 win over Levadia Tallinn.
Odense scored two vital away goals in their draw at Hertha Berlin.

Slovan Liberec scored a 2-0 win over Red Star with goals by Tomas Frejlach and Jan Blazek.

Legia Warsaw and Austria Vienna battled to a 1-1 draw in Poland.

Dinamo Bucharest beat Xanthi 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller. Diego Jesus Quintana and Claudiu Iulian Niculescu each found the net twice.

Ethnikos Achnas and ten-man Lens played a 0-0 stalemate.

Hapoel Tel-Aviv beat Chornomorets on a Luciano De Bruno goal in Ukraine.

Lokomotiv Moscow gave up a late away goal to Zulte-Waregem in their 2-1 victory.

Start hung with Ajax for the first hour before the Dutch side scored the last three goals of the match in a 5-2 rout.

Besiktas scored two in the last ten minutes to beat ten man CSKA Sofia 2-0.

Artmedia and Espanyol played a well fought 2-2 draw.

Viorel Dinu Moldovan scored the only goal of the match a minute before halftime as Rapid Bucharest beat Portugese side Nacional.

Schalke scored a 1-0 win over Nancy with a goal by Soren Larsen.

Ten-man Osasuna conceded a late equalizer in a 2-2 draw with Trabzonspor.

Bojan Zajic found the net twice in Partizan Belgrade’s 4-2 win over Groningen.

Atvidaburg were handled easily at home by Grasshopper 3-0.

Derry City’s defense held as they played out a scoreless draw with Paris Saint Germain.

Braga beat nine-man Chievo 2-0.

Basel took a six goal lead at home before conceding two late against Rabotnicki.

September 13, 2006

Today’s News: September 13

Posted in English Premier League, Eredivisie, J-League, La Liga, Russian Premier League, Scottish Premier League, UEFA Cup at 9:21 pm by deadlymusings

Charlton’s defense just got that much better after it was revealed that Djimi Traore broke his leg against Chelsea. [BBC]

Diego Tristan snubs negative football in England to join Mallorca. [Sky Sports]

Sota Hirayama lies to Heracles officials so he can get a free transfer to FC Tokyo. [Sporting Life]

Hearts puppet Valdas Ivanauskas’ job is clearly on the line against Sparta Prague. [TEAMTalk]

Former Russian international and Champions League winner Dmitry Alenichev has retired from the game. {The Moscow Times]

August 25, 2006

UEFA Cup Recap and First Round Draw

Posted in UEFA Cup at 1:13 pm by deadlymusings

The 2nd legs of the 2nd Qualifying Round of the UEFA Cup took place last night with a few surprises. Estonian side Levadia Tallinn advanced against Dutch side Twente Enschede. FC Basle needed away goals to beat Liechtenstein Cup winners Vaduz who play in the league below them.

Irish side Drogheda United nearly beat IK Start from Norway, but lost 12-11 in the penalty shootout. Derry City completed their unexpected thrashing of Scottish First Division side Gretna with a 2-2 draw. Newcastle United could not break through Latvian side Ventspils at St. James’, but still advanced on their 1-0 win in the first leg.

The First Round Draw (winners of each tie advance to the Group Stage):

Group 1
Chernomorets Odesa v. Hapoel Tel-Aviv
Braga v. Chievo Verona
Levadia Tallinn v. Newcastle United
Molde v. Rangers
Standard Liege v. Celta Vigo

Group 2
Maccabi Haifa v. Litex Lovech
Derry City v. Paris Saint-Germain
Hertha Berlin v. Odense
Legia Warsaw v. Austria Vienna
Panathinaikos v. Metalurg Zaporizhzhya

Group 3
Lokomotiv Moscow v. Zulte-Waregem
Sparta Prague v. Hearts
Fenerbahçe v. Randers
Salzburg v. Blackburn Rovers
Schalke v. Nancy

Group 4
Ethnikos Achnas v. Lens
Slovan Liberec v. Red Star
AZ Alkmaar v. Kayserispor
Rubin Kazan v. Parma
Brøndby v. Eintracht Frankfurt

Group 5
Atromitos v. Sevilla
Besiktas v. CSKA Sofia
Vitoria v. Heerenveen
Marseille v. Mlada Boleslav
Åtvidabergs v. Grasshopper

Group 6
Rapid Bucharest v. Nacional
Trabzonspor v. Osasuna
FC Basel v. Rabotnicki
West Ham United v. Palermo
Feyennoord v. Lokomotiv Sofia

Group 7
Ruzomberok v. Club Brugge
FC Sion v. Bayer Leverkusen
Partizan Belgrade v. Groningen
Skoda Xanthi v. Dinamo Bucharest
Slavia Prague v. Tottenham Hotspur

Group 8
Start v. Ajax
Artmedia v. Espanyol
Wisla Krakow v. Iraklis
Livorno v. Pasching
Dinamo Zagreb v. Auxerre

August 8, 2006

This Week In Europe

Posted in Champions League, UEFA Cup at 11:14 pm by deadlymusings

Various leagues around Europe have begun play in the last couple of weeks, but over the next few weeks the big leagues begin in Spain, Italy and of course England. In the meantime there are still qualifiers going on for the first round proper of the UEFA Cup and the group stage of the Champions League.

Milos Bajalica headed OFK Belgrade to a 1-0 victory in their first leg match against Auxerre, while Omonia Nicosia and Litex Lovech battled to a 0-0 stalemate in Cyprus in UEFA Cup action.

In today’s two Champions League affairs, Austria Vienna battled to a draw with former champions Benfica. Nuno Gomes’ away goal is unlikely to make much of a difference in Portugal. Finally, last season’s losing finalists Arsenal turned the screws on Dinamo Zagreb with Cesc Fabregas bagging a brace in a three goal second half.

And congratulations to Huddersfield winger Gary Taylor-Fletcher who scored the 500,000th goal in the history of the Football League.

July 24, 2006

Damien Duff to Newcastle: A Closer Examination

Posted in English Premier League, Football (soccer), UEFA Cup at 7:05 pm by deadlymusings

Damien Duff completed his move to St. James’ Park for a £5 million fee. Chelsea took a significant loss on a man they paid Blackburn £17 million for three years ago and they also rejected more lucrative advances from Spurs and Liverpool. The reason is simple, while Duff would have aided other clubs because he can play on both wings at an extremely high level, Newcastle needed help at other positions.

Newcastle has Emre, who was named one of the greatest 125 living players in 2004, can play on the left wing. At the same time, Geordie favorite Nolberto Solano is the man on the other wing. So the addition of Duff may make for greater attacking play, which is something the Newcastle fans have always liked, but they haven’t improved the end product in the slightest.

With the retirement of Alan Shearer, the Magpies are left with only two strikers on the books. Albert Luque looked promising in the two matches against Lillestrom in the Intertoto Cup, but the Spanish striker has looked disinterested at times. Shola Ameobi is the other man looking to score goals, but his strike rate of one in six Premiership appearances in his career is heskey-esque.

At the back, Newcastle appears to be continuing with comedy duo Titus Bramble and Jean-Alain Boumsong. So the £5 million could have probably been used to improve this area a bit instead. In the end, its hard to complain about picking a player of Duff’s skill for such a cheap fee.

July 19, 2006

The Week in Europe

Posted in Champions League, Football (soccer), Intertoto Cup, UEFA Cup at 3:38 am by deadlymusings

The third round of the newly redone Intertoto Cup began this past weekend with Newcastle being stymied by Lillestrom and Dnipro’s bunker holding up at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday being the biggest stories.

In the meantime, the quest to knock Barcelona off the top of the European club pile began last Tuesday with the First Qualifying Round of the Champions League. Artmedia Bratislava and Liverpool were the only two clubs in this stage to make it through the six matches required to qualify for the lucrative group stage. Four clubs emerged today as Ekranas of Lithuania, Sioni of Georgia, Sheriff of Moldova and Rabotnicki of Macedonia move on to face a much more difficult challenge.

The UEFA Cup also had its First Qualifying Round which saw Swiss Challenge League (2nd Division) and Liechtenstein Cup winner Vaduz destroy Hungarian side Újpest 4-0. In matches coming up this Thursday, FC Basel hold a 3-1 lead as they travel to Tobol and Rapid Bucharest hold a 5-0 lead as they travel to Malta to take on Sliema Wanderers.

In tomorrow’s notable matches, Icelandic champions Hafnarfjördur attempts to hold onto a 3-2 edge against Estonian side TVMK, Cork City travels to Apollon Limassol with a 1-0 edge and The New Saints try to overturn a 1-0 deficit at home against MyPa to try to be the first Welsh club to advance to the Second Qualifying Round.

Champions League Second Round Qualifying Draw:
Linfield/Gorica v. Steaua Bucharest
Levski Sofia v. Sioni Bolnisi
FC Zürich v. Red Bull Salzburg
Djurgården v. Ružemberok
Debrecen v. FK Rabotnicki
Cork City/Apollon Limassol v. Red Star Belgrade
Fenerbahçe v. Birkikara/B36
Mladá Boleslav v. Vålerenga
Sheriff Tiraspol v. Spartak Moscow
Liepajas Metalurgs/Aktobe-Lento v. Dinamo Kiev
TVMK/Hafnarfjordur v. Legia Warsaw
FC København v. MyPa/The New Saints
Ekranas v. Dinamo Zagreb
Hearts v. Shakhtyor/Široki Brijeg