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Stevens happy with Lazio start

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Red Bull Salzburg coach Huub Stevens is delighted to be kicking off their Europa League campaign at Lazio and insists his side have nothing to lose.Stevens knows Salzburg, who lost 5-1 on aggregate to Maccabi Haifa in the Champions League play-offs. are realistically unlikely to qualify from a tough Group G, which includes Levski Sofia and Villarreal as well as Lazio.And he believes the Austrian...Full Story »

Foda relishes favourites tag

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Eight years have passed since Sturm Graz made their biggest splash in European football by reaching the second group phase of the Champions League, and their ambitions this year are more modest.After several seasons of treading water and even flirting with relegation in the Austrian top flight, the once-mighty Sturm are showing signs of recovery, and they return to Europe on Thursday with a home...Full Story »

Rijkaard faces old friend

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard will come up against his erstwhile Nou Camp assistant Henk ten Cate as the Europa League group stage begins on Thursday.Rijkaard and Ten Cate together masterminded back-to-back La Liga successes at Barca as well as Champions League glory in 2006.They split up when Ten Cate left to take charge at Ajax but the Dutchmen will be reunited in opposition as Rijkaar...Full Story »

Ranieri gives Roma a lift

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Roma goalkeeper Julio Sergio has hailed the impact of new coach Claudio Ranieri ahead of the Italian side's Europa League opener against Basle on Thursday night.The Serie A outfit head into the Group E match at St Jakob-Park with a weight lifted from their shoulders following Sunday's last-gasp 2-1 win over Siena.That result brought an end to the Giallorossi's sticky start to the domestic campai...Full Story »

Hodgson - We're serious about this

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Roy Hodgson denied Fulham are neglecting the Europa League by making wholesale changes for Thursday's Group E clash with CSKA Sofia.Only goalkeeper David Stockdale and defender and John Pantsil survive from the starting line-up that defeated Everton 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday.Fulham have been robbed of front line players such as Danny Murphy and Clint Dempsey through injury, bu...Full Story »

De Jonge warns Heerenveen

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Heerenveen coach Jan de Jonge has warned his side they must play for the full 90 minutes in Thursday's Europa League opener against Sporting Lisbon.The Dutch side host Sporting in a Group D tie at the Abe Lenstra Stadium looking to get their season up and running after losing three from three in domestic competition.De Jonge is aware of how tough the challenge will be as they face a side featuri...Full Story »

Hertha Berlin v FK Ventspils

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Hertha Berlin are hoping Thursday's Europa League clash with Latvian champions FK Ventspils will kick-start their season.Hertha have had a nightmare start to the Bundesliga campaign, winning their first match but losing the next four.They finished fourth last year but are currently next to bottom of the table.Hertha are targeting success in Europe and are looking for victory in the Group D clash...Full Story »

Jarolim warns against complacency

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Hamburg midfielder David Jarolim insists his side will have to have "everything in order" if they hope to begin their Europa League campaign with a victory over Rapid Vienna.The Austro-German encounter is a meeting with plenty of national pride on the line, although the smart money will be on a Hamburg win after the side's impressive start to their domestic Bundesliga campaign.Bruno Labbadia's t...Full Story »

Gutman defends coaching methods

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Hapoel Tel-Aviv coach Eli Gutman insists there is no disrespect meant behind his idea to plaster photographs of Celtic players over the dressing room walls ahead of Thursday's night's Europa League clash at the Bloomfield stadium.The Hapoel players have been able to study pictures of the Hoops' squad since their 3-1 league win over Hapoel Beer-Sheva on Sunday.However, Gutman insists his unusual ...Full Story »

Crespo issues warning

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Veteran Genoa striker Hernan Crespo has warned his team-mates not to expect their early-season form in Serie A to transfer across into European competition.The Rossoblu have made a flying start to the new domestic campaign, with three wins out of three vaulting Gian Piero Gasperini's men to the top of the table.Their Europa League Group B campaign begins at home on Thursday night against Czech c...Full Story »

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