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2010-11 EUROPA LEAGUE 3RD QUALIFYING ROUND

July 23, 2010

2010/11 UEFA Europa League third qualifying round
First leg: 29 July
Second leg: 5 August

Match Fixture
1 Odense BK (DEN) v NK Zrinjski (BIH)
2 FC Dnepr Mogilev (BLR) v FC Baník Ostrava (CZE)
3 FK Rabotnicki (MKD) v Liverpool FC (ENG)
4 CS Marítimo (POR) v Bangor City FC (WAL)
5 PFC Beroe Stara Zagora (BUL) v SK Rapid Wien (AUT)
6 FC Timişoara (ROU) v Myllykosken Pallo-47 (FIN)– UE Sant Julià (AND)*
7 PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL) v Cliftonville FC (NIR)
8 FC Karpaty Lviv (UKR) v FC Zestafoni (GEO)
9 Shamrock Rovers FC (IRL) v Juventus (ITA)
10 IF Elfsborg (SWE) v FK Teteks (MKD)
11 FC Nordsjælland (DEN) v Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)
12 NK Maribor (SVN) v Hibernian FC (SCO)
13 FK Crvena Zvezda (SRB) v ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)
14 FC International Turku (FIN) v KRC Genk (BEL)
15 KS Ruch Chorzów (POL) v FK Austria Wien (AUT)
16 FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v Beşiktaş JK (TUR)
17 Olympiacos FC (GRE) v Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)
18 Wisła Kraków (POL) v FK Qarabağ (AZE)
19 SK Sturm Graz (AUT) v FC Dinamo Tbilisi (GEO)
20 Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP) v Cercle Brugge KSV (BEL)
21 FK Budućnost Podgorica (MNE) v Brøndby IF (DEN)
22 Molde FK (NOR) v VfB Stuttgart (GER)
23 Maccabi Haifa FC (ISR) v FC Dinamo Minsk (BLR)
24 FC Utrecht (NED) v FC Luzern (SUI)
25 FC Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS) v Apollon Limassol FC (CYP)
26 Randers FC (DEN) v FC Lausanne-Sport (SUI)
27 FC Dinamo 1948 Bucureşti (ROU) v HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)
28 AZ Alkmaar (NED) v IFK Göteborg (SWE)
29 FK Spartak Zlatibor Voda (SRB) v FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
30 Gyõri ETO FC (HUN) v Montpellier Hérault SC (FRA)
31 Aalesunds FK (NOR) v Motherwell FC (SCO)
32 Kalmar FF (SWE) v PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)
33 Galatasaray AŞ (TUR) v OFK Beograd (SRB)
34 Jagiellonia Białystok (POL) v Aris Thessaloniki FC (GRE)
35 APOEL FC (CYP) v FK Jablonec 97 (CZE)

*second leg abandoned due to adverse weather conditions

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW

July 16, 2010

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING DRAW

Third qualifying round – Non-Champions route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
Match Fixture
1 AFC Ajax (NED) v PAOK FC (GRE)
2 FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR) v KAA Gent (BEL)
3 BSC Young Boys (SUI) v Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)
4 SC Braga (POR) v Celtic FC (SCO)
5 FC Unirea Urziceni (ROU) v FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)
Third qualifying round – Champions route draw
First leg: 27/28 July; Second leg: 3/4 August
1 SK Liepājas Metalurgs (LVA) – AC Sparta Praha (CZE) v FC İnter Bakı (AZE) – KKS Lech Poznań (POL)
2 FK Aktobe (KAZ) – FC Olimpi Rustavi (GEO) v Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) – FK Željezničar (BIH)
3 FC Sheriff (MDA) – KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB) v NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) – FC Koper (SVN)
4 PFC Litex Lovech (BUL) – FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE) v Birkirkara FC (MLT) – MŠK Žilina (SVK)
5 FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) – Debreceni VSC (HUN) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI)
6 AIK Solna (SWE) – AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX) v Linfield FC (NIR) – Rosenborg BK (NOR)
7 FK Partizan (SRB) – FC Pyunik (ARM) v FK Ekranas (LTU) – HJK Helsinki (FIN)
8 FC BATE Borisov (BLR) – FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v FC København (DEN)
9 Bohemian FC (IRL) – The New Saints FC (WAL) v RSC Anderlecht (BEL)
10 AC Omonia (CYP) – FK Renova (MKD) v FC Salzburg (AUT) – HB Tórshavn (FRO)

2010-11 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUND FIXTURES

June 25, 2010

2010-11 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFYING ROUND FIXTURES

FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND

Ties to be played 29/30 June and 6/7 July

SP Tre Fiori (SMR) v FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)

FC Santa Coloma (AND) v Birkirkara FC (MLT)

SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND

Ties to be played 13/14 July and 20/21 July

SK Liepajas Metalurgs (LVA) v AC Sparta Praha (CZE)

FK Aktobe (KAZ) v FC Olimpi Rustavi (GEO)

FC Levadia Tallinn (EST) v Debreceni VSC (HUN)

FK Partizan (SRB) v FC Pyunik (ARM)

FC Inter Baki (AZE) v Lech Poznan (POL)

NK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v FC Koper (SVN)

PFC Litex Lovech (BUL) v SP Tre Fiori (SMR) or FK Rudar Pljevlja (MNE)

FC Santa Coloma (AND) or Birkirkara FC (MLT) v MŠK Žilina (SVK)

FC Sheriff (MDA) v KS Dinamo Tirana (ALB)

Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC (ISR) v FK Željeznicar (BIH)

AC Omonia (CYP) v FK Renova (MKD)

FC Salzburg (AUT) v HB Tórshavn (FRO)

Bohemian FC (IRL) v The New Saints FC (WAL)

FC BATE Borisov (BLR) v FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL)

AIK Solna (SWE) v AS Jeunesse Esch (LUX)

Linfield FC (NIR) v Rosenborg BK (NOR)

FK Ekranas (LTU) v HJK Helsinki (FIN)

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2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: ENGLAND v UNITED STATES – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

England – Champions (1966)

United States – 3rd (1950)

UNITED STATES

The United States, like South Korea, Japan and Mexico are teams that are better than most in the World except maybe the top 15. The States have a solid starting XI and good subs, and even have a bit of a style and tactical acumen. None of these attributes, as any longtime fan of the United States will tell you, were present 20 years ago.

The States even have gifted individual talent in the wonderful vision of Landon Donovan, the grit of Clint Dempsey, the sheer power and finesse of Jozy Altidore and the raw speed that is present amongst so many of the forwards in the US side.

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2010 WORLD CUP: SOUTH KOREA v GREECE – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

June 11, 2010

2010 WORLD CUP: SOUTH KOREA v GREECE – WHAT TO WATCH FOR

BEST FINISH

South Korea – 3rd (2002)

Greece – Group Stage (1994)

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea had a miracle run at the 2002 World Cup, as hosts. The general opinion that South Korea had arrived on the International scene as a power, were roundly dismissed after a poor performance in Germany four years ago.

The difference this year might be the number of players with European league experience.

Manchester United midfielder and team captain Park Ji-sung. Bolton Wanderers midfielder Lee Chung-Yong as well as Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yong have all put (more…)

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 10 : INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

June 10, 2010

SHORT CORNERS – JUNE 10 : INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS NOTES AND RUMORS

GLAZER DEBT CRISIS DEEPENS

The Glazer family, owners of Manchester United have fallen in to debt to the tune of $1.6 Billion, according to the BBC. This figure is $570 million more than was previously been reported.

According to the BBC report, the Glazers, who took over United in a $1.4 Billion leveraged buyout, have mortgaged their shopping mall empire in the United States to come up with the $570 million. This is in addition to the $1 Billion in debt tied to United and the $95 million the family owe in debts tied to the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Glazers have repeatedly said the will not sell the club which has a value of $1.8 Billion according to Forbes magazine, making United the most valuable football club in the world.

TICKET SALES TARGET 98 PERCENT FOR WORLD CUP

Organizers of the 2010 World Cup have released figures that indicate that ticket sales have passed 97% of the (more…)

JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

June 2, 2010

JUNE 2 – SHORT CORNERS: INTERNATIONAL SOCCER NEWS, NOTES AND RUMORS

ROSSI LEFT OFF ITALY WORLD CUP SQUAD

New Jersey born Giuseppe Rossi was left off the Italian National Team’s 23-man World Cup roster. The 23-year-old Villareal striker was omitted from Marcelo Lippi’s squad in an announcement made Tuesday.

Scoring 33 goals in 91 appearances for his club side always insured Rossi a call-up to the national team where he has scored 3 times in 14 appearances for the Azzurri, since his debut in 2008.

Though a product of the United States, Rossi represented Italy at every youth level from U-16 through U-21 and was viewed as having a good shot at making the 23-man team.

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FRANCE TO HOST 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

May 29, 2010

France 2016 Official Candidacy Bid Logo

FRANCE TO HOST 2016 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

French Football had some good news on Friday as France was awarded the 2016 European Championships in a vote by UEFA.  Now fans of French football have something to look forward to on the horizon, something that Les Blues and it’s fans have not had in a long time. The organizers were hoping for just such a result to lift French spirits above the seemingly constant dark mood surrounding the game in France.

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