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Thursday, August 30, 2012

FC Dila Gori (N) vs Maritimo Match Preview

FC Dila Gori (N) vs Maritimo Match Preview

Result, Goals and more Details for the Match Marítimo vs FC Dila Gori on 23/8/12 at 21:00.
The Team Marítimo won the Game against FC Dila Gori with Result 1 : 0 (0 : 0) (1 : 0) .
The Soccer Game was played on 23/08/2012, 21:00 o`clock within the Tournament European League Playoffs.
It was part of the serveral Games from the European League Playoffs Tournament.
Status of the Game Marítimo vs FC Dila Gori is finished, Full Time (FT).
The European League Playoffs Football Match was played over the full regular Time.
The Result of this Match was added or updated on 23/08 at 22:56 to the Soccer Result Service.
   Final Result1. Halftime2. Halftime
Marítimo  101
FC Dila Gori  000

Before this Match Rio Ave played against Marítimo within the League Liga Zon Sagres
and lost with the Result 0:1 (0 : 0) (0 : 1)  and FC Dila Gori played within the League
against FC Chikhura Sachkhere and lost with the final Result 2:3 (1 : 1) (1 : 2) 
More about the Soccer Teams Marítimo and FC Dila Gori can be found in the Team Statistics.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Celtic Vs Helsingborg Match Preview

 Celtic Vs Helsingborg Match Preview

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has to have been happy with his teams performance in Sweden. Georgio Samaras provided the perfect start by setting up Kris Commons for the opening goal of the game in the first two minutes and the Commons returned the favour providing Samaras with an assist in the 75th minute. Celtic look alot better this year than they have in previous years and a win at home will ensure passage to the next round of the Champions League which would be a great achievement as Celtic havent made the Group stages of the competition in a few years now.

Helsingborg come into this game with little to lose trailing 2-0 on aggregate. Unfortunately for the Swedish side though they were completely outplayed in the first leg with Celtic having 67% of possession and scoring two good goals. Coach Hareide will set his side up to go for it but with limited international experience in the side its hard to see how Helsingborg can get the win they need to go through. Alvaro Santos and Mahalunga will provide a threat for the swedes but I just cant see them getting anything from this game.

Celtic looked good in the last leg and had a rare away win. I think that at home with Celtic Park rocking and a great atmosphere that Celtic will get a win and push them one step closer to the Champions League proper. Follow me on twitter @antonpippo Take a look at our EUFA Champions League Round Up for a look at the other non featured games taking place on Wednesday night.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Maribor seek home help for Dinamo mission

History may not be on their side but with the aid of a packed home stadium, NK Maribor coach Darko Milanič thinks his team can overturn a 2-1 deficit against GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

History may not be on their side but with a packed home stadium behind them, NK Maribor coach Darko Milanič believes his team can overturn a 2-1 deficit against GNK Dinamo Zagreb in their UEFA Champions League play-off.

Maribor's 12,400-capacity Stadion Ljudski vrt has been sold out for a week and Milanič is hopeful that level of support will make a difference to a club who last mounted a successful second-leg fightback in Europe 17 years ago – when beating Skonto FC in the 1995/96 UEFA Cup preliminary round. "We are delighted about the full stadium and our noisy supporters can help us on our way to the Champions League," said Milanič.
Goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovič was equally upbeat about Maribor's prospects at their home ground, where they are unbeaten in 2012 with 11 wins and two draws – including 4-1 victories over FK Željezničar and F91 Dudelange in the earlier qualifying rounds. "It is much easier to prepare for this kind of match if you know that the whole city, everyone around us and practically the whole country is giving you such strong support," he said.
Since succumbing 2-1 in Zagreb last Wednesday, Maribor have had the twin boosts of a 2-0 away success at NK Celje in the Slovene First League and the news that Brazilian striker Tavares has signed a new five-year contract. Milanič said Tavares and his fellow forwards would have to be at their best on Tuesday. "We know that tomorrow we have to score at least one goal and we have to win so we will start out much more focused on attack and our forward play."
Milanič is confident that "Dinamo cannot surprise us with anything" but knowing the visitors' threat – he singled out first-leg match winner Milan Badelj and playmaker Sammir – is one thing, stopping it quite another. Dinamo will be buoyant after Saturday's 6-0 rout of city rivals NK Zagreb, their ninth straight victory, which featured another two goals for the in-form Sammir.
The Brazilian warned Maribor there is more to come. "I believe I will be even better in Maribor. I think we showed in the first game that we are a better team and I expect us to repeat that in Maribor. We are looking for another victory, that's our goal."
Visiting coach Ante Čačić was also full of self-belief as he pointed out that Maribor owed their away goal in Croatia to Badelj finding his own net. "We have every right to be optimistic – after all we scored all three goals in the first match. Maribor didn't score." History says that Dinamo have never lost a knockout tie to Slovenian opposition and Maribor have work to do to change that statistic.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012


Aug 22, 2012 - Like the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League has a playoff round for clubs attempting to qualify for the group stage. Unlike the Champions League, the Europa League's playoff round features lots of teams that even hardcore followers of European football have never even heard of.
This year's playoff round also features some good matchups between teams that probably should not have been matched up against each other. Anzhi Makhachkala and AZ Alkmaar, both of whom would be favorites to make the knockout stages if they got through to the group stage, have to go through each other. The same can be said about Stuttgart and Dinamo Moscow.
Then, there are the awesome teams that you'll never hear from again. APOEL Nicosia should probably dispatch of Neftchi Baku of Azerbaijan. Don't expect to see too much more of Luxembourg's F91 Dudelange, or Georgia's Dila Gori. And congratulations to Moldova's FC Sheriff, who somehow get here every year.

Schedule (all times ET)

Stuttgart vs. Dinamo Moscow - 12:15 p.m.
Anzhi Makhachkala vs. AZ Alkmaar - 12 p.m.
Neftchi Baku vs. APOEL Nicosia - 12 p.m
Tromso vs. Partizan Belgrade - 12:30 p.m.
FK Ekranas vs. Steaua Bucharest - 12:30 p.m.
AIK vs. CSKA Moscow - 1 p.m.
Atromitos vs. Newcastle United - 1 p.m.
Legia Warsaw vs. Rosenborg - 1 p.m.
Liberec vs. Dnipro - 1 p.m.
Molde vs. Heerenveen - 1 p.m.
FC Sheriff vs. Marseille - 1 p.m.
Bursaspor vs. FC Twente - 1:30 p.m.
Dinamo Bucharest vs. Metalist Kharkiv - 1:30 p.m.
Lucerne vs. Racing Genk - 1:30 p.m.
F91 Dudelange vs. Hapoel Tel-Aviv - 2 p.m.
Feyenoord vs. Sparta Prague - 2 p.m.
Trabzonspor vs. Videoton FC - 2 p.m.
FC Midjytlland vs. BSC Young Boys - 2:15 p.m.
Debrecen vs. Club Brugge - 2:30 p.m.
KSC Lokeren vs. Viktoria Plzen - 2:30 p.m.
PAOK vs. Rapid Vienna - 2:30 p.m.
Crvena Zvezda vs. Bordeaux - 2:45 p.m.
FC Vaslui vs. Inter Milan - 2:45 p.m.
Heart of Midlothian vs. Liverpool - 2:45 p.m.
Motherwell vs. Levante - 2:45 p.m.
Slask Wroclaw vs. Hannover 96 - 2:45 p.m.
AC Horsens vs. Sporting Lisbon - 3 p.m.
Athletic Bilbao vs. HJK - 3 p.m.
Maritimo vs. Dila Gori - 3 p.m.
Mura vs. Lazio - 3 p.m.
Zeta vs. PSV Eindhoven - 3 p.m.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Wigan vs. Chelsea Match Preview

With Chelsea losing the community shield they will want to start the new Premier League campaign with a win. So I have them to score more than 2 here at Wigan.

Chelsea looked good in the first half against City causing a few problems for City but with the sending off City were just to strong to hang on to the 1-0 lead they had.

Maybe more importantly was seeing Torres net a goal, after last season he will want to start off well here and Wigan will be a perfect opportunity for him.

Wigan, while last season miraculously survived the drop with a great run of form towards the end but I can't see them starting as well this season.

Chelsea squad has strengthened in an attacking sense and Wigan are shaky at the best of times at the back so I see Chelsea scoring 2 or more here with ease. Wigan may get one back but they will need to out score an attacking Chelsea to stay in the match.

Friday, August 10, 2012

UEFA Champions League revenue distribution

UEFA has presented the revenue distribution system for the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League, allocating the estimated income from that competition and the UEFA Super Cup.

UEFA Champions League revenue distribution

 UEFA has issued its UEFA Champions League revenue distribution system for the forthcoming campaign. The estimated gross commercial revenue from the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup is €1.34bn.
Of that estimated gross commercial revenue, €55m will be allocated exclusively to the play-off rounds, as was the case in the 2009–12 cycle: each of the 20 clubs participating in the play-offs will collect a fixed amount of €2.1m.
Furthermore, as decided by the UEFA Executive Committee at its meeting of 30 June 2012 on the recommendation of the Club Competitions Committee, a contribution of €40m will be made from the UEFA Champions League club share to the UEFA Europa League club share. In addition, €3m from the club share will be designated to subsidise the solidarity amounts for sides eliminated in the qualifying phase of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.
Some 75% of the total revenue from media rights and commercial contracts concluded by UEFA, up to a maximum of €530m, will go to the clubs, while the remaining 25% will be reserved for European football and remain with UEFA to cover organisational and administrative costs and solidarity payments to associations, clubs and leagues.
A total of 82% of any revenue received from the same stream in excess of €530m will be allocated to the clubs, with the other 18% allotted to European football and remaining with UEFA for the purposes listed above.
The net amount available to the participating clubs will be split – €500.7m in fixed payments and €409.6m in variable amounts (market pool). This will be distributed according to the proportional value of each television market represented by the clubs taking part in the UEFA Champions League (group stage onwards), and will be split among those sides competing from a given association.
The 32 clubs featuring in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League group stage can anticipate a minimum €8.6m – and the team that goes on to win the trophy next spring could collect €37.4m, not counting the market pool share.
Each of the 32 sides involved in the group stage will collect a base fee of €8.6m. Performance bonuses will also see €1m paid for a win and €500,000 for a draw in the group phase.
The teams competing in the round of 16 can also expect to pick up €3.5m each, the quarter-finalists €3.9m and the semi-finalists €4.9m. The UEFA Champions League winners will receive €10.5m and the runners-up €6.5m.
Meanwhile, the winners of the 2012 UEFA Super Cup will earn €3m and the runners-up €2.2m.
Under the solidarity distribution system, every domestic champion club that fails to reach the UEFA Champions League group stage will be entitled to €200,000. In addition, each club that plays in the first qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League will receive €140,000 provided they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage.
Likewise, every team performing in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League will earn €140,000 provided they do not qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage, while each side eliminated in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League will get €140,000.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Fletcher submits transfer request

Wolves striker Steven Fletcher has asked to leave the club after Sunderland made a £12m offer for the player on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old

said on Twitter:

“Just handed in a transfer request just to let the fans know where I am at right now…. #headsgone.”

The Black Cats’ bid is thought to be close to Wolves’ valuation.

Fletcher’s former club Burnley will be due 15% of any profit Wolves make on a player they paid £7m for in 2010.

Wolves responded to the tweet with

a club statement:

“Wolves can confirm that Steven Fletcher has handed in an official transfer request.

“The player’s frustration stems from the fact that several bids have been rejected for his services, none of which meets the club’s valuation.

“As previously stated, no player will leave Wolves unless the club’s valuation is met.”

Sunderland are short of attacking options following the departures of Asamoah Gyan and Nicklas Bendtner.

Fletcher has two years remaining on his contract at Molineux, leaving Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey in a strong position to negotiate the best possible deal. O’Neill has made Fletcher, who scored 12 Premier League goals last season, his prime attacking target this summer.

No Sunderland player reached double figures in goals last season, with Bendtner and Stephane Sessegnon the top-scorers with eight.

O’Neill believes Fletcher, who scored seven headers last season, will give Sunderland’s attack much-needed potency.

Fletcher has suffered Premier League relegations with Burnley and Wolves during the past three seasons, but his goals-to-games ratio is better than one in three.

Monday, August 6, 2012

No easing off now we are champions, pledges Cesc Fabregas

CESC Fabregas insists there is no chance of Spain easing off now they are record breakers.

The former Arsenal star was most pointed in the rejection of Spain being a boring side immediately after their four-goal UEFA League 2012 hammering of Italy in Kiev on Sunday night.

It certainly seems harsh to pick holes in a team that has just become the first to win three major international tournaments on the trot, including the World Cup.

And the manner of their performance in the Olympic Stadium, and the players responsible for it, does not offer much hope of any change.

Midfielder Xavi is the elder statesman of the outfield contingent. And, at 32, he still has plenty of miles in the tank.

Skipper Iker Casillas is 31 but in an era when goalkeepers often play at the highest level until they are approaching 40, that is hardly a problem either.

So, if a weakness is to be exploited by the teams eager to nick the World Cup from Spain's grasp at Brazil 2014, it may be mental, as players who have won everything try to keep themselves motivated.

But Fabregas has got some bad news for Spain's rivals. La Roja are not finished yet.

"Everyone thought we would be finished after we won the Euros and the World Cup," said Fabregas.

"They thought we might ease off a bit but here we are again.

"No-one has done the triple before and we are very proud of it.

"We are lucky to have had a lot of good experiences at a young age.

"Hopefully that and the success we are having now mean we will be stronger for those experiences when we're older."

Fabregas made a significant contribution to Spain's success, just not in the way he would have imagined.

An orthodox midfield player at Arsenal, in Poland and Ukraine coach Vicente Del Bosque discovered a new role for the 25-year-old.

In a team without a striker, Fabregas was the one asked to become a 'false nine'.

"It's the first tournament in my life that I have played as a striker," the Barcelona man said.

"It was difficult at the beginning but I got used to it very well and I am really proud of this."

- Simon Stone
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Friday, August 3, 2012


26th of July, 2012 was the first day of the 2012 London Olympics Football for men, while it was the second day for the 2012 London Olympics football sport for women who had their first matches played on the 25th July 2012.

In 2012 London Summer Olympics, 16 nations are fielding men football teams mostly of players under the age of 23 with each team allowed to field 3 players over the age of 23 years. The 16 men teams participating in London 2012 are drawn from the following 6 confederation: Asia Football Confederation AFC, Africa Football Confederation CAF, Europe’s UEFA, North America Football Confederation CONCACAF, Latin America’s CONMEBOL and OFC which represents Australia and New Zealand.

Each of the six confederations has fielded the following men teams in the 2012 London Olympics, with UEFA and CAF each fielding 4 teams each, AFC and CONMEBOL has three teams each, while CONCACAF and OFC has a team each.

UEFA has fielded, host Great Britain, Belarus, Spain and Switzerland

Africa’s CAF has Egypt, Gabon, Morocco and Senegal

Asia’s AFC has Japan, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and South Korea.

CONMEBOL has 3 teams in the 2012 London Olympics, namely Brazil, Honduras and Uruguay.

CONCACAF and OFC have only one representative each; Mexico for CONCACAF and New Zealand for OFC.

The teams were selected following confederations qualifying competitions of the U-23 players for the 15 teams in 2012 London Olympics with host needing no qualifications.

The 2012 London Olympics football sport will be held in 5 different venues. The venues for the 2012 Olympics football sports are, London’s Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford in the City of Manchester, Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium, St James’ Park in New Castle and City of Coventry Stadium in Coventry


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

12BET | NFL Hall of Fame Game, Week 1 preseason odds are out

Football season is so close you can smell the jockstraps.

The NFL Hall of Fame Game and Week 1 of the preseason are next week and sportsbooks are already posting spreads and totals for the first round of tuneup games.
A few online markets have posted odds while the LVH Sportsbook in Las Vegas has odds available for most of the Week 1 tilts. Here’s a look at the early lines for the 2012 NFL preseason:
Hall of Fame Game
Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints (-3, 34.5
)Week 1

Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills (+2,35)
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots (N/A)
Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5, 34)
Baltimore Ravens at Atlanta Falcons (-2.5, 34)
Green Bay Packers at San Diego Chargers (-2.5, 37)
Denver Broncos at Chicago Bears (-3, 33)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Miami Dolphins (-2.5, 33.5)
New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals (-1.5, 33)
Cleveland Browns at Detroit Lions (-3, 36)
New York Giants at Jacksonville Jaguars (-1, 33.5)
Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs (N/A)
Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers (-4, 33)
Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers (-1.5, 35.5)
Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks (-2.5, 34)
St. Louis Rams at Indianapolis Colts (Pick, 33.5)
Dallas Cowboys at Oakland Raiders (-1.5, 34)