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Shakhtar seeking home comforts

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Shakhtar Donetsk's new 50,000-capacity Donbass Arena makes its European debut and last season's UEFA Cup champions hope it inspires them to continue their winning start in the revamped competition.The US dollars 400million project is eastern Europe's first stadium to meet UEFA's elite-class standard and was designed by ArupSport, the company responsible for the City of Manchester Stadium, home o...Full Story »

Casanova urges Toulouse focus

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Toulouse coach Alain Casanova has urged his players to do their utmost to focus on Thursday's Europa League clash against Club Brugge in order to give Brice Taton a fitting tribute.The club and city are in mourning after the Toulouse fan passed away yesterday, two weeks after he was injured in violent clashes with opposition fans in Belgrade.Casanova knows it will not be easy to concentrate on f...Full Story »

Rodwell blow compounds Everton's problems

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Everton manager David Moyes will be without nine regular squad members when his team face BATE Borisov in the Europa League.Promising midfielder Jack Rodwell has become the latest to be sidelined and did not travel with the group to Belarus.Instead he remained at home to rest up and recover from flu symptoms.South African winger Steven Pienaar was also, as expected, absent with a knee injury.Pie...Full Story »

Jesus targets Athens victory

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Benfica coach Jorge Jesus is only thinking of victory as he takes his side to Greece for their Europa League clash against AEK Athens.The Portuguese team have won their past five games in the league, scoring 20 goals in the process, and are currently second in the standings.They are level with Everton at the top of Group I after beating BATE Borisov 2-0 last time out and Jesus is confident of br...Full Story »

European form high on Fenerbahce's agenda

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Fenerbahce are in irresistible form in the Turkish Super Lig but need to correct their European form when they travel to Moldova to play Sheriff Tiraspol.Fener tied a 45-year-old club record at the weekend when they won their seventh straight league game to maintain a perfect start to the season, but there is a blemish on their record and it came with a 2-1 home defeat to FC Twente in their Euro...Full Story »

McClaren wary of Steaua backlash

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

FC Twente boss Steve McClaren has warned his side to be wary of a wounded Steaua Bucharest side when they host the Romanians in the Europa League.Steaua were held to a surprise goalless draw by Moldovan champions FC Sheriff Tiraspol in their opening match in Group H a fortnight ago - a result which cost coach Cristiano Bergodi his job.By contrast Twente registered an impressive 2-1 win away to F...Full Story »

Spaniards hoping for change of luck

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Villarreal will be hoping a change of competition will bring about a change of luck as the out-of-sorts Spanish side prepare to take on in-form Salzburg in the Europa League.The Yellow Submarine have suffered a dismal start to the Primera Division season under new coach Ernesto Valverde, picking up just two points from five games and having lost each of their last three outings.That has left the...Full Story »

Italians without key players

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Lazio travel to Bulgaria for their second Europa League Group G game missing a number of players through either injury or suspension.Winless in their last four Serie A games, the Biancoceleste lost their opening European game 2-1 to Salzburg.They will be without Mobido Diakite, Sebastiano Siviglia and Lionel Scaloni, all ruled out through injury, while fellow defender Aleksandar Kolarov serves a...Full Story »

Gala will recover - Rijkaard

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Galatasaray coach Frank Rijkaard has backed his side to bounce back after their 100% start to the season came to an end at the weekend.The former Holland international led his team to six wins out of six at the start of their Turkish league campaign but a 1-1 draw at home to Eskisehirspor saw them lose pace with Fenerbahce at the summit.Gala came in for some criticism following their below-par w...Full Story »

Sides set for silent crowd

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Panathinaikos will find an empty Stadion Dinamo awaiting them in Romania as they seek to bounce back from a home defeat to Galatasaray against Dinamo Bucuresti.The hosts were ordered to play two matches behind closed doors after crowd trouble caused the abandonment of their play-off first leg against Slovan Liberec when they were trailing 2-0 with two minutes remaining.They were also fined US do...Full Story »

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