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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).

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Netherlands Eredivisie – Nac Breda vs Excelsior 09/08/2014

Nac Breda news:

They are playing with fire in recent years, ensuring to remain stressfully enough every season and deterministically if they continue the same way, some time … they will be burned. So this season, the expectations remain low, while the team is plagued by financial problems and they know that a potential relegation will bring them a breath away of bankruptcy.

There has been a disagreement regarding the readiness of the group between goalkeeper-captain Ten Rouwelaar and the coach Gudelj.

“The roster is small in numbers and lacks experience. We are ready for the start of the season. The management should move more quickly, “said Ten Rouwelaar. Two days later Gudelj commented :” With one more striker, we will have a complete roster. We are ready for the premiere. “

Excelsior news:

They sent their fans in the seventh heaven returning in the premier league bravely (excluding Den Bosch and RKC Waalwijk), after two years of absence.

The “rookie” Dijkhuizen, who took Excelsior in January and credited the anode to a large extent continues in the bench, however, based on their movements in the exchange market and having lost their big star, striker Veldwijk (32 goals last year) it will be considered an achievement if they manage to remain in the league.

Among the most important friendly matches, they were defeated 1-0 to Go Ahead (19/7) and won 4-1 to Ronda (26/7).

“My team is looking forward to getting started. The away match against NAC Breda is a nice game to start. We need to be focused from the beginning and play organized, “said Dijkhuizen.

America-RN vs America Mineiro-Brazil Serie B

America-RN vs America Mineiro

America-RN news:

Goalkeeper Fernando Henrique was a hero, he kept his team upright at “Sao Janouario”.

America-RN were found to lose at 21′ to Vasco, they threatened a second goal, but instead of that they equalized the match with an own goal in the 53′.

For one more game Oliveira Caninde’s team showed that they are highly competitive. They are in front of two consecutive matches at Natal, in which they are looking for an equal number of victories in order to approach the top four.

America Mineiro news:

America Mineiro were decisive from the beginning, they left no margins to Oeste, which won from the first half, scoring all three goals for the final 3-0.

They took advantage of the loss of Joinville, achieved their second consecutive home win and thus Moacir Junior’s team was found in the second place of the standings.

Universidad de Chile vs Cobresal-Apertura Chile

Universidad de Chile vs Cobresal

Universidad de Chile news:

Universidad de Chile want to be the main Colo Colo’s rival for the title. Last year was a disaster so the owners took the decision to deal more actively with the club.

Martin Lasarte is the new coach of the team. For the last two years, the Uruguayan worked in Catolica by which he did not managed to win the league, but he did remarkable work. He is aware of the particular circumstances of the league.

There have been done cosmogenic changes to their roster, the intention is stability and homogeneity. In their last friendly, they drew 2-2 against Everton who struggles now in the Second Division.

The great stopper Rojas left the team as he had a great financial proposal by a group from the Arab Emirates. His gap will hardly be covered from the inside players , because except his value as a player, he was a captain inside and outside of the locker room.

Cobresal news:

Last year they were among the surprises, without big words but with good football, they managed to claim a position for the Sudamericana. Eventually, they did it. They ruled out Palestino in double matches and will participate in this year’s competition, which starts next month.

Cobresal are expected to be badly affected until they’ll find a rhythm in both competitions.

The eve of the skilled technician Jose Cantillana satisfied the management and the fans. The roster was filled, as the parallel obligations in the league and Sudamericana require several solutions. Any gaps were covered, however, it seems difficult to have as good progress this year, as in last Clausura.

On their plus side is that they’ll have no pressure, as the club is located in the Atacama desert and the city of El Salvador.

In the last friendly matches they showed a modest appearance but they are expected to be improved in the upcoming official games.

Botafogo vs Coritiba – Brazil Serie A

Botafogo vs Coritiba

Botafogo news:

The Paraguayan midfielder Zeballos was the fateful player who had two good chances in the first half, while the careless young goalkeeper Andrey suffered the first goal almost from the center of the field in 44′.

They had no clear mind and finally defeated to Sport Recife, starting negatively after the break.

They made many mistakes in transfers generally, showing the same foibles they had before the break and unfortunately they reached the last four teams at the bottom of the table.

Coritiba news:

Coritiba suffered a painful home defeat to Figueirense, remaining at pre break standards.

They suffered the 0-1 in the 5′, they were fastidious, made many mistakes and one of them caused the second goal in the 69′.

The emblematic midfielder Alex was the fateful player, who lost at least three classic chances.

Celso Roth’s team were unable to change the flow of match, who sank even more in the standings and the pressure on coach is growing.

Atletico Mineiro vs Bahia – Brazil Serie A

Atletico Mineiro vs Bahia

Atletico Mineiro news:

They accomplished an important win against Lanus in Buenos Aires on Wednesday and made a huge step towards winning the Recopa Sudamericana.

Atletico Mineiro were well organised defensively and they “struck” when they found the opportunity in the second half, scoring with Diego Tardelli in 66 ‘.

Levir Culpi dared to change Ronaldinho in 45′ and was vindicated. The rematch is scheduled in Belo Orizonte on Wednesday.

Concerning the league,they lost their last match 1-0 to Sao Paulo, just before the World Cup break.

Bahia news:

Although Bahia have tried hard, they find no solution to their offensive problem.

Things became even more difficult when they found themselves back at the score by two goals after the first 20 minutes, this happened in their home game against Sao Paulo. They had no answers and the result was sustained.

This was the fourth straight defeat for Marquinhos Santos’s team, which by this time has hardly scored once.

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New England Revolution vs Chicago Fire – MLS

New England Revolution vs Chicago Fire

New England Revolution news:

It is now fully for granted that they falter in the grass, as well as they raised no resistance in Philadelphia. Finally, they were eliminated from the FA Cup semi-finals (2-0).

Probably the storm in Philadelphia had affected the team, but Revolution count five defeats in seven most recent matches regardless competition.

As a matter of fact, they conceded goals in all matches, while their two victories were achieved in the Cup against teams that do not belong to the MLS (Richmond, Rochester).

Chicago Fire news:

Chicago Fire wasted a great chance in the first minute of the game at Kansas, hitting the post in 30′, however in 33′ they were back on the score, after Ianni’s big mistake in the center of the field.

Magee gave the point to his team by scoring seven minutes later, keeping the undefeated for Chicago for a fourth consecutive match in all competitions.

The winning streak widened in midweek, when easily won at Atlanta and got the winning ticket for semifinals of the Cup.

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Toronto FC vs Houston Dynamo – MLS

Toronto FC vs Houston Dynamo

Toronto FC news:

Coach Nelsen was “dressed” Klinsmann placing Bradley behind the offensive, Toronto FC tried to return to wins after two consecutive draws.

The change did not bring the desired result, as the home team lost to Washington (1-2), showing again big defensive weaknesses.

Although they scored for 9th consecutive game, but as long as they do not improve their defensive game, they will drop points.

Houston Dynamo news:

After five games where they defeated without even scoring, Houston managed to elicit the draw against Washington (2-2).

The return of Brad Davis from the World Cup, gave impetus to the Texans scored just in the first minute of the match, but since then they have been limited to a passive role.

In 71′ the board was already showing ‘1-2′, with Dynamo’s leader “saving” the point from the penalty spot in 81’.

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Kalju Nomme vs Fram Reykjavik – UEFA Europa League

Kalju Nomme vs Fram Reykjavik

Kalju Nomme news:

They managed to play a leading role in recent years in the domestic league title with one win and two second places in the 3 most recent seasons.

Generally they are in very good condition, as confirmed by their presence on the pitch in the first game against Fram.

The team has pluralism in the offensive line. It is significant that midfielder Vakoui has scored 11 goals in the last 15 league games while overall, 13 players have found their way to the net from the beginning of the season.

Fram Reykjavik news:

Fram Reykjavik have a sidekick role in the recent years in the domestic league.

They are participating in the Europa League as a Cup winner, the first trophy they conquered after 24 years.

They rely solely on players from Iceland and their low momentum was confirmed in the first match and their home loss to Kalju Nomme.

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FC Mika vs Rnk Split – UEFA Europa League

FC Mika vs Rnk Split

FC Mika news:

FC Mika were fairly defeated by Croats in the first game and now the qualification seems difficult. It was not only the result but also the general appearance of the team that does not allow dreams rollover.

The defender Poghosyan is not counted due to injury. He had been changed in the first game.

Voskanyan confirmed that he will be protected for the current match. No more absences are reported.

Rnk Split news:

Without been impressive, RNK Split did the first and most important step for qualifying, so they travel to Armenia for the seal.

Coach Ivan Matic handed compliments and said that the room for improvement is large. However, he complained about the lack of a significant number of fans.

Veteran center forward Bilic said that the aim of the team is to win this away game.