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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 »

Emery to make changes

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Valencia coach Unai Emery will ring the changes for Thursday's Europa League opener against Lille despite seeing his side make it four wins on the bounce at the weekend.Los Che have been in fine recent form both domestically and on the continent, thrashing Stabaek 7-1 to make it through to the group stages of the Europa League and then netting six more goals in defeating Sevilla and Real Vallado...Full Story »

Cufre ready for kick-off

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Dinamo Zagreb defender Leandro Cufre believes the Croatian champions have a great chance of making progress in Europe this season.Dinamo launch their Europa League Group A campaign on Thursday with a home tie against Belgian side Anderlecht.Argentinian Cufre was Dinamo's highest profile signing this summer after agreeing to move back to Europe following a spell in his homeland with Gimnasia La P...Full Story »

Jol demands home comforts

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Ajax manager Martin Jol wants his team to be certain of banking points at home in the Europa League as they bid to reach the knock-out stages.The Dutch giants will take on Romanian side FC Timisoara, who are bankrolled by oil billionaire Marian Iancu, in their opening Group A game on Thursday.He is wary of the quality in the Timisoara ranks, and was particularly impressed by them knocking out Uk...Full Story »

AZ looking for maiden win

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

AZ Alkmaar will be seeking to register their first victory of their Champions League Group H campaign when they meet Standard Liege on Tuesday.The Dutch champions were beaten 1-0 at Olympiacos in their opener but should find Standard more obliging opponents.Liege began their European adventure with a thrilling 3-2 defeat by Arsenal, going 2-0 up inside five minute through Eliaquim Mangala and Mi...Full Story »

Bendtner missing for Gunners

Posted Monday, October 12, 2009 by PA

Arsenal will be without Nicklas Bendtner for Tuesday's Champions League game against Olympiakos after the striker was involved in a minor car accident.Manager Arsene Wenger said: "Nicklas did not practice because he had a car accident on Monday. Fortunately there was no real long-term damage, but he was bruised and we thought it better he did not train."He should be back for Sunday's game [again...Full Story »

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