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Brazil Serie A – Santos vs Atletico Paranaense 20/08/2014

Santos news:

They complain rightly for offside in Cruzeiro’s first goal (25′). Generally they were lower than the circumstances at “Mineirao”, where they conceded two more goals in the 48′ and 88′, in a match in which they created chances but they were not effective.

It was the third consecutive defeat in the league for Alvaro de Oliveira’s club, who at this time have failed to score.

Victory is the aim against Atletico Paranaense, otherwise the coach will be under very heavy pressure.

Atletico Paranaense news:

They appeared upbeat at Recife and were preceded to Sport Recife in 25′, but as time was passing they were retreating.

They conceded the equalizer in 40′, while in the second half the fact that they kept the score 1-1 is because of the goalkeeper Weverton.

Undefeated in a second consecutive game the Doriva’s team, which runs, plays without pressure and takes advantage of its young players, they have managed to remain relatively high in the standings.


Napoli vs Athletic Club 19/08/2014

Napoli news:

They want to be present for the second consecutive season in the groups of the competition. Rafa Benitez continues to be on the bench. They have kept their basic scheme.

The most important loss is the one of the midfielder Behrami (Hamburger) while the addition is the striker Michu (Swansea). There are more players added to the roster such as the goalkeeper Andujar from Catania, the stopper Koulibaly from Genk, the midfielder Donadel from Verona, while Gargano and Vargas returned from Parma and Valencia correspondingly. The last one is very close to QPR, while almost sure is the transfer of Goran Pandev.

There is grumbling from the fans because of the reluctance of president De Laurentiis to spend money on transfers. Today, however, it is expected to announce the acquisition of midfielder De Guzman from Villarreal for 6.5 million Euros, while Fellaini’s transfer will only proceed if Napoli qualifies to the groups of Champions League.
In their last friendly they lost 2-1 in “San Paolo” to Paris Saint Germain. Earlier, they won Barcelona 1-0, Paok 2-0, Benfica 2-1, Braga 3-1, Galatasaray 3-1, drawn 2-2 to Arsenal and finally lost 3-1 to Porto.
“It would not be a tragedy if we lose. Today’s game is crucial both for the administration and our fans. We have to face Bilbao with no stress. If we play like against Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, we can win any opponent. We respect the Basques. Valverde is an excellent coach and it has proven that so far. Bilbao is a group of players playing together for many years. It is important not to concede goal and to score at least one, “said Rafa Benitez. He also added that Gonzalo Higuain is going to start normally, although he is not 100% ready because he is one of the players who can change a match with one move.

Midfielder Zuniga, the stopper Henrique and midfielder Dzemaili are not available for the current match. The last one goes to AC Milan. Napoli will play with the classic 4-2-3-1, with Higuain on top of the attacking line and Insigne, Hamsik, Callejon to move from behind.

Athletic Club news:

They were the pleasant surprise of last year’s Spanish league. They led the informal race after the first triad – Atletico, Barcelona, Real – absolutely fair and secured their presence in the playoffs of the Champions League. They soon found a good pace, played smoothly and made some big wins, while they entered the new “San Mames” in September.
Valverde continues on the bench for the second season and has as his main objective “to play even more beautiful football” as he says characteristically.

In transfer market they lost their talented and important midfielder Ander Herrera (Manchester United), earning 36 million euros.
Some players who were on loan returned and some others came from the second team. The only normal transfer is Borja Viguera from Alaves, top scorer last year in Segunda Division with 25 goals. They are expected to move for Monreal (defender, Arsenal) and Illarramendi (midfielder, Real), only if they get the ticket for the Champions League groups.
“We face the two games with a lot of optimism and responsibility. I know Benitez has studied and is preparing well for the match. The truth is that the two teams have nothing to hide” Ernesto Valverde said inter alia.


UEFA Champions League – Besiktas vs Arsenal 19/08/2014

Besiktas news:

Slaven Bilic’s team was absent for four years from the stage of 32 of the Champions League but rebounded strongly in Europe after last year’s punishment. They have checked-in their tickets for this year’s groups: either in Champions League if they pass Arsenal or via the Europa League if they don’t.
In the previous round they ruled out Feyenoord emphatically with two wins and a total score of 5-2 (a hat-trick from Demba Ba in the 3-1 in Istanbul). Historically, any time they have played for the rounds just before the Champions League group stages, they have 3 out of 3 qualifications: in 1997 to Maribor, in 2001 to Lokomotiv Moscow and in 2007 to Zurich.
After the qualification over Feyenoord they participated in a tournament of three 45’ minutes duration where they won Chelsea, Fenerbahce and the insignificant Karagumruk with the same score (1-0).The new domestic Super League starts on 28th of August.

Canadian midfielder Hutchinson has a slight injury and is given doubtful while winger Tore is very difficult to be able to play. If the first one is absent, Bilic will prefer Uysal for the midfield, next to the Austrian Kavlak who is enshrined behind the trio of the attacking midfielders.

Arsenal news:

Arsenal began the league with plenty of anxiety by beating Crystal Palace 2-1. The winning goal was scored by Ramsey in 91′ while two minutes earlier Crystal Palace was left with 10 players. Obviously they had overwhelming ball possession (76%), but struggled to get into the area and create pure chances. They found themselves been back in the score in 35′, Koscielny equalized in 45’ before Ramsey formed the final result.

Arsenal cannot live without Champions League since Arsene Wenger took over. It is significant that the “Gunners” count 16 consecutive appearances in the top club competition. In fact, all six times they were asked to play playoffs in order to enter the groups, they had experienced victories all the times (12 in an equal number of games!)
Qualification is important for economic reasons, although Wenger believes that this is not the main reason he wants to see Arsenal in the groups: “It is not so much about the financial. Of course it is very good income, but we want to present to the groups for the history of the club. It is very beautiful and important to play against the best. ”
The main left defender Gibbs came out with a problem and will stay out, while striker Sanogo did not traveled too, who had started as a key player against Crystal Palace.

Main center back Koscielny was trained along with midfielder Flamini and they are available for the match. Mertesacker (key defender), Ozil (basic attacking midfielder) and Podolski (striker) remain out, as they delayed to integrate into the team after the World Cup.

Wingers Walcott and Gnabry are knocked out since last year, while the new-comer goalkeeper Ospina will not play as well.

France League 1 – St Etienne vs Reims 17/08/2014

St Etienne news:

The “Stephanais” showed the same things as last year’s team. Totally cynical, they had control over midfield, they hypnotized their opponent and brought the game exactly where they wanted.

Low pace and not many chances, they scored just before halftime with a penalty of Erding (was won by Hamouma).

Same play for the next 45 minutes of the match. With relative ease they faced the pressure received and they managed to score again in the 92′ with the same player.

The French-Turkish striker is in excellent condition and continues scoring this year.

Reims news:

To get a draw against PARIS SAINT GERMAIN is by itself a huge success.

They were worse than their wealthy opponents and found themselves been back in the score early. They were spared a penalty and managed with 100% accuracy in the chances created to score two goals (22′ Oniangue, 34′ Devaux).

They upheld unsustainable pressure as long as the minutes were passing and got drawn.

They saved a goal just over the goal line and eventually they got the one point with great difficulty.

France League 1 – Marseille vs Montpellier 17/08/2014

Marseille news:

In fact we live the Bielsa era watching the best game show in the premiere. The ball was going up and down in a crowded stadium. It’s the joy of every football fan.

They found themselves been back in the score before ten minutes were completed but they achieved a full comeback with two goals by Gignac (11 ‘, 62′ pen.) and Romaric’s own goal (17’).

They paid the big pressure highly on the field and the lack of defensive concentration, conceding two goals in eight minutes. The end of the match was identical while due to luck they did not conceded more goals.

The comeback of the goalkeeper (captain) Mandanda was significant, where the truth is that he did not played very well.

The club is very close to the transfer of Lucas Mendes to Qatar.

Their last addition is the attacking midfielder Barrada.

Montpellier news:

They showed a very poor appearance in a game that lacked quality in general. They found themselves been back in the score just before the twenty minute and despite the (few) spirited efforts to take over the reins of the game, they did not managed to beat the goalkeeper.

More than obvious is the absence of last year’s captain Cabella.

Finally they managed to complete the borrowing of the Paraguayan Lucas Barrios (15 app./1 goal   Spartak Moscow) and perhaps to reduce the nagging of Courbis for quality offensive line.

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France League 2 – Nimes vs Dijon 15/08/2014

Nimes news:

They failed to double their victories in an informal rematch of the premiere of the league against Angers  and lost  2-1. They were found early back to the score. They found the strength to equalize within minutes with Nouri (10 ‘), but they could not complete the overthrow.

In a balanced game, they created good chances for a second goal but they did not made it.

It seemed that they were not entirely concentrated in the competition as it was obvious from the statements of the coach Pasqualetti, “We’re going for the win, but we must definitely avoid the extra-time in order to be ready for Dijon on Friday.”

Dijon news:

The movements of the coach Dall’Oglio gave the qualification against Tours.

They were down 2-0 until the coach changed the attacking duo and passed Diony and Babit in the match. Within 5 minutes they had brought the match in balance.

At 65′ the first one closed the gap while the second equalized at 71’. The match went into force thereafter (both teams received a red card).

Qualification came out on penalties with the goalkeeper Reynet saving the match for his team for one more time (2-4 the final score from the white dot).

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France League 2 – Nancy vs Arles 15/08/2014

Nancy news:

Although they lined up with eight changes compared to the championship match, they easily overcame the obstacle of Le Havre for the first round of the League Cup.

The 21 years old Coulibali was the scorer (12’) and his partner in midfield Grange scored the second goal (45) in this year’s debut. Le Havre only managed to reduce to 2-1.

They have a very low average of age at the team which is a sample that the academies work well. Of course Nancy’s biggest talent, Louis, signed permanently to Standard Liege, but the 17 years old attacking midfielder Lusamba was already rewarded with a contract renewal.

Transcriptional they were strengthened on Thursday by the addition of the 25 years old striker Mana Dembele from Guingamp (he played for Clermont for the last three years).

Arles news:

They worked on their attacking mode in Arles and did very well, scoring their first goals this year.

N’Gakoutou scored a hat-trick (19 ‘, 54’, 86 ‘) in the 3-2 match against Niort in the first round of the League Cup. The scorer was happy while the coach said with moderation: “It is important to qualify but we conceded two goals and we have to work on it.”

They had been drawn twice but finally they managed to get the qualification which will also give them more good psychology to the continuity in the league.

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England Championship – Wolves vs Norwich 10/08/2014

Wolves news:

They took the risk last year not to get rid of the heavy contracts and they were vindicated, as they achieved a new points record in League 1 (103) and returned triumphantly and directly in the Championship.

Essentially the same team is expected to be seen this year, with very few exceptions. Coach Kenny Jackett did not allow key players to leave, while on the other, there were very few transfers.

Obviously the aim is to ensure a quick stay in the league, though there are many who speak about presence in the first half of the table. As for Jackett, he spoke about a second consecutive anode!

They played really good at their friendly matches, while after the draw to Celta 1-1 , the coach said that he was completely satisfied with the progress of preparation and was optimistic that the team will be fully ready to premiere.

Norwich news:

They were the only one of the three relegated teams which did not made many changes to the roster.

They lost some key players (which is logical), such as Snodgrass and Van Wolfswinkel , but they managed to keep the body of last year’s team and therefore they have one of the strongest rosters of category. At the same time, they acquired one of the hottest strikers in last year’s Championship, Grabban from Bournemouth. The aim is to help the team to score more easily as last year Norwich had the worst attacking line in the Premier League, with just 28 goals.

As for their friendly games, it seemed that the problem was overcome. Neil Adams remained on the bench, who took over last year just before the last games (when the program was very difficult) in order to save the “canaries” from relegation, but he did not succeeded.

Correctly, Norwich is one of the favorites for the anode.

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FA Community Shield – Arsenal vs Manchester City 10/08/2014

Arsenal news:

They missed their duration last year and they could not stay alive into claiming of the title till the end.

Clearly improved compared to previous years, the desire of all around the club is – what else? – The title.

Among the most important friendly matches they played , they lost to New York (1-0) and Monaco (1-0), won Benfica (5-1) easily.

At transfer market they made great moves by spending more than 60 million pounds (totally) to obtain Sanchez (Barcelona), Debuchy (Newcastle), Chambers (Southampton), Ospina (Nice) and they look more completed than ever. From the key players, only the left-back defender Sagna left while they sold their backup defender Vermaelen to Barcelona for over 15 million pounds, who had not basic position last year.

Concerning about the first eleven, on the right side, Debuchy and Sanchez will probably be the first selected. Sanogo will be in the attacking line, since Giroud is still not ready.

Manchester City news:

The first year of Pellegrini in England was a dream as it was combined with the Premier League’s title. Big target for this year, in addition to maintaining of acquired on the Island is to go as far as possible in the Champions League.

At Scotland’s and USA’s friendly matches, they won AC Milan 5-1 and draw 2-2 to Liverpool and Olympiakos, talking about the most important of them.

They obtained midfielder Fernando from Porto for 12 million pounds and goalkeeper Caballero (Malaga) for 6 million pounds, while Sagna came for free from Arsenal. They also grabbed Lampard on loan from New York, formerly captain of Chelsea. They kept all key players, but they may possibly do 1 or 2 transfers until the end of the transfer market.

It is a risk to attempt to write down the possible lineup.. However, Stevan Jovetic did an excellent preparation and he will probably be on the top of the attacking line.

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Netherlands Eredivisie – Heracles vs AZ Alkmaar 09/08/2014

Heracles news:

Based on the extremely poor harvest they had in their erstwhile strong home stadium (4-5-8) they should feel satisfied that did not got involved into adventures.

Coach De Jonge remained at the bench of the team, while experienced players who left the roster were replaced deservedly.

Their last loss was the left back defender Davidson (30/2, West Brom). From the players who were acquired, midfielder Fledderus (Roda), the stopper Zomer (SC Heerenveen) and defensive midfielder Sibum (Beveren) stand out.

At their strongest tests they lost 2-0 to Den Bosch (23/7) and won De Graafschap 3-2 (26/7).

“We have more possibilities than last year because our roster is more crowded. Alkmaar is a very good team. They have excellent players in all positions, ” De Jonge said.

AZ Alkmaar news:

By the end of March they were participating in all competitions, but ultimately they failed to achieve anything substantial, losing even in the playoff’s final for Europe to Groningen.

Having Marco Van Basten now at the bench they will try to achieve what they failed last year, to ensure a ticket to Europe.

The roster shows generally as competitive as last year, as well as losses of wingers Beerens (33/5) and Gudmundsson (35/3), were covered by the acquisition of Tankovic (Fulham) and Hupperts (Roda), but they will need strengthening at defense too after the withdrawal of their stopper Viergever (37/3).

At their most important friendly games they drew 0-0 to Nijmegen (19/7) and were defeated 3-0 to Hoffenheim (31/7).