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Thanopoulos urges unity

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

AEK Athens president and managing director Nikos Thanopoulos has urged everyone at the club to "become a family again" to turn around a disappointing run of results.The team are seventh in the Greek Super League with just three wins from nine games so far and have only three points from their first three games in Europa League Group I going into Thursday night's meeting with Belarusian side BATE...Full Story »

Lugano eyes treble chance

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Fenerbahce defender Diego Lugano insists his side should be aiming for a glorious treble this season, by collecting both domestic trophies and the Europa League.The Turkish side are placed well in the Super Lig, leading the standings with nine wins from 11 outings, and are already two points clear in Group H of the Europa League after three matches, successfully putting an opening day defeat at ...Full Story »

McClaren aims for response

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Steve McClaren will aim to get FC Twente's Europa League campaign back on track when they get the chance to avenge the recent 2-0 defeat by FC Sheriff.McClaren's side, currently flying high domestically in the Eredivisie, suffered a surprising 2-0 defeat in hostile conditions in Moldova to leave them third in Group H.Twente began their campaign strongly with a superb 2-1 win away to Turkish gian...Full Story »

Triple hope for Spaniards

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Villarreal will be desperate to continue their recent improved form, keep their Europa League hopes alive, and gain revenge for their heartbreaking defeat in Rome when they host Lazio at El Madrigal.Villarreal lost 2-1 in the first meeting with the Italians, conceding an injury-time winner despite playing against 10 men for the last 25 minutes.Since then Ernesto Valverde's men finally appear to ...Full Story »

Stevens remains focussed

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Salzburg boss Huub Stevens insists he is not worrying about results elsewhere as he prepares his side for Thursday's Europa League clash with Levski Sofia in Bulgaria.Victory for the visitors, coupled with Villarreal failing to win against Lazio in the other match in Group G, would guarantee Salzburg's place in the next stage.The Austrians top the pool with nine points from three matches - three...Full Story »

Bilbao eye qualification

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Athletic Bilbao have a place in the next round of the Europa League in their sights as they make the hop down to the island of Madeira to take on CD Nacional, although they will need a helping hand from Werder Bremen if they are to guarantee themselves a top-two finish.With two wins from their opening three games, Athletic are just a point behind Group L leaders Werder (seven points), four ahead...Full Story »

Bremen missing numbers

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Werder Bremen could be without several senior players for Thursday's Europa League clash with Austria Vienna.Midfielder Torsten Frings will definitely miss the Group L encounter after tearing muscle fibres in Saturday's 2-2 Bundesliga draw with Nurnberg, while strikers Claudio Pizarro and Hugo Almeida are doubts.Pizarro has been suffering from an ankle injury, while long-term absentee Almeida ma...Full Story »

Chovanec: Away form must improve

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Sparta Prague coach Jozef Chovanec has told his players they must learn to play as well on the road as they do at home.Sparta travel to Cluj with four points from their three Europa League Group K games - including a 2-0 win over the Romanian side last time out.But they have a history of struggling on their travels in Europe and they have lost two of their last three continental away games."Play...Full Story »

Rutten: Copenhagen will change tack

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

PSV Eindhoven coach Fred Rutten expects FC Copenhagen to employ a different approach to the teams' last meeting when they square up in their Europa League clash in Denmark.The Dutch side are currently top of Group K with seven points from three games while their Danish opponents prop up the standings although there is just one point separating second from fourth.The teams met a fortnight ago wit...Full Story »

Brugge suffer Hoefkens blow

Posted Friday, November 06, 2009 by PA

Club Brugge head into Thursday's Europa League Group J match with Partizan Belgrade reeling from the news defender Carl Hoefkens is set to be sidelined for six weeks.The former West Brom defender has suffered a partial tear of his right knee ligaments and now looks set to miss the rest of his side's group-stage matches.Hoefkens suffered the injury against Sint-Truidense VV at the weekend and und...Full Story »

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