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Old 06-07-2012, 09:37   #1
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The first qualifying round of Europa league started this week with the first leg matches. Not a lot of known teams playing in the first round, mostly clubs from lower UEFA leagues.

A few better known teams played well in the first leg:

IF Elfsborg (SWE) v Floriana FC (MLT) 8:0
FC Twente (NED) v UE Santa Coloma (AND) 6:0
KKS Lech Poznań (POL) v FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan (KAZ) 2:0
Crusaders FC (NIR) v Rosenborg BK (NOR) 0:3
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:03   #2
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One of the weirdest stories was behind the game:

Bakı FK (AZE) v NK Mura (SVN) 0:0

Mura was 3rd in the standings in 1. SNL last year with a drama in the last round and therefore earned a position in Europa league qualifications.

The club is at the moment almost disolved, the players haven't recived wages for almost half a year, the coach left a week or so ago and a few players refuse to play or are leaving the club as they are not payed.

UEFA drawed the worst choice team: FC Baku. They have a good team with a large(-r) budget and are from Azerbeijan, which means very high expenses for the trip.

Scenario in the last week:
-the club didn't arrange visas for all the players, so only 16 are going to Baku
-the players don't even know if they will travel to Baku
-A day before the trip they are informed that they will go; flying from Zagreb airport
-On the day there is no officials from the team, only the newly appointed care takers (ex players) and a doctor on the bus. They are informed that they don't have tickets but will try to purchase on the airport.
-They don't have tickets becouse there is a "misunderstending" with the tour agnecy, as the club expected them to pay for the tickets in exchange for some sponsorship. But the agency understood that they will do that on the next occasion.
-When they arrive at the airport Zagreb, they don't have tickets and there is not enough seats for the whole team on the plane.
-The doctor takes control of the situation and books tickets from Ljubljana airport, but can not provide for the payment.
-They go on the bus and travel to Ljubljana airport.
-The tickets haven't been payed...the officials negotiate with the municipality, they pay and at the last moment they board the plane.
-Arrival (with a delay) in Baku; they can't pass the boarder as the visas haven't been payed.
-The players go to ATMs and pay around 60EUR for their visas to enter the country
-They already missed official training and press conference
-When they go to the training UEFA officials deny their playing jersey (they are black and white, Baku's are similar blue and white). They didn't have their away kit with them
-Baku club was kind enough to lend them their away jerseys.
-Only 16 players of Mura are in the game

The game finishes 0-0 with a brave (and exhausted) Mura players defending for the most of the game with only one substitution used. Baku was far better, but couldn't score, Mura had some chances but the score ramained 0-0.
The score was close to a miracle.
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Napred, Sobota! Nice story, Iztok, thanks for it.
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That's a hell of a story Iztok. Shows the worst and the best sides of football.
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Amazing stuff!!
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By the way ... besiktas istanbul was eliminated out of Europe league by the uefa....
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Napred, Sobota! Nice story, Iztok, thanks for it.

@Dephun: I really hope that they will be able to continue, as it is a very important FC for us. The people in Prekmurje and the city of Murska Sobota are crazy about football. Only about 12.000 people in the city and usually around 3000 on the stands. (comparison to Ljubljana with 280.000 people and less then 1000 on the stands of a regular league game)
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So the first qualifiying round is over, all the mentioned better known teams advanced to second round:

Floriana FC 0-4 IF Elfsborg
Aggregate: 0-12

FC Zhetysu Taldykorgan 1-1 KKS Lech Poznań
Aggregate: 1-3

Rosenborg BK 1-0 Crusaders FC
Aggregate: 4-0

UE Santa Coloma 0-3 FC Twente
Aggregate: 0-9

And regarding the duel I wrote a few lines about:
ND Mura 05 2-0 Bakı FK
Aggregate: 2 - 0

Baku was having the ball, but couldn't do anything with it. Brave Mura stood their ground and when they had the ball they started with lethal attacks. They scored two and kept it tight at the back, deservingly going to 2nd round.... if the club manages to survive until that time.

This really is a case why football as a game is great Unbealivable.
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ND Mura 05 2-0 Bakı FK
Aggregate: 2 - 0

Baku was having the ball, but couldn't do anything with it. Brave Mura stood their ground and when they had the ball they started with lethal attacks. They scored two and kept it tight at the back, deservingly going to 2nd round.... if the club manages to survive until that time.

This really is a case why football as a game is great Unbealivable.

That's great news

Nice to see St Patricks Athletic advance also
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1st leg of the second round was played this week.
Results of some better known teams:

FC Twente 1-1 FC Inter Turku
Rosenborg BK 2-2 FC Ordabasy
FC Dacia Chisinau 1-0 IF Elfsborg
PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936 4-4 Vitesse

This 4 scores are quite surprising, Twente and Rosenburg played against humble finnish and kazakhstan side and ended with a draw. Moldavian Dacia managed to snatch a win from Elfsburg, defeting quite a big name of swedish football. Second dutch team Vitesse also couldn't win at bolgarian side Plovdiv. Maybe what happened in the Euro 2012 with the dutch national side will effect also the clubs in international competitions?

FC Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 Budapest Honvéd FC
HNK Hajduk Split 2-0 Skonto FC
FC Naftan Novopolotsk 3-4 FK Crvena zvezda
FC Metalurgi Rustavi 1-3 FC Viktoria Plzeň
APOEL FC 2-0 FK Senica

The mighty Anzhi managed only a 1-0 score with the hungarian team, while Hajduk and Zvezda managed a good resault in their opening game. 2 teams that played great at last years Champions league Viktoria from Czech Republic and APOEL from Cyprus also came with a win in a less prestigeus Europa league this year.

ND Mura 05 0-0 PFC CSKA Sofia

And on the personal note Mura drawed with a 31 times bolgarian champion CSKA. The game was quite equal, Mura had the biggest chance at the very end to come up with a great score. But it ended with 0-0.
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CSKA Sofia and Loko Plovdiv are capable to play some good quality football, but they are neither that good and neither that bad.
Swedish club football is not that strong, while Dutch are much better, and they could still do it.

Anzhi could have destroyed Honvéd (that produced Puskás and Bozsik once, beside others), but in the end they were lucky not to play a draw. The Dagestanians took it very-very easy.
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All the Polish teams went through with wins tonight:

Metalurg Skopie 0:3 Ruch Chorzów (1:3)
Lech Poznań 1:0 Khazar Lenkoran (1:1)
Legia Warsaw 5:1 L. Metalurgs (2:2)

3rd round:

Ruch Chorzów vs. Viktoria Plzen
SV Ried vs. Legia Warsaw
AIK Solna vs. Lech Poznań

I think that Lech and Legia should easily beat their next opponents. Ruch definitely won't a favourite against Viktoria Plzen which played CL last season but still I can see them going through.

Inter vs. Hajduk Split should be the most interesting game at this stage
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St Patrick's Athletic are through after beating Siroki Brijeg of Bosnia and will face Germans Hannover in the next round. Fair play to the lads from Inchicore (Dublin).
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Today is a new match day (qualifying round 3) for Europa league.

What happened in the last match day, was that the most of the favourites made it through to round 3, even if after 1st leg they were behind:

FC Ordabasy Shymkent 1-2 Rosenborg BK
Aggregate: 3-4

FC Inter Turku 0-5 FC Twente
Aggregate: 1-6

IF Elfsborg 2-0 FC Dacia Chisinau Dacia
Aggregate: 2-1

Budapest Honvéd FC 0-4 FC Anzhi Makhachkala
Aggregate: 0-5

FK Senica 0-1 APOEL FC
Aggregate: 0-3

Viktoria Plzeň 2-0 FC Metalurgi Rustavi
Aggregate: 5-1

Vitesse 3-1 PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936
Aggregate: 7-5

Skonto FC 1-0 HNK Hajduk Split
Aggregate: 1-2

FK Crvena zvezda 3-3 FC Naftan Novopolotsk
Aggregate: 7-6


Although a few of this teams had a very close call ( the likes of Crvena zvezda, Hajduk Split, Elfsburg, Rosenburg and even Vittese) they all managed to go to round 3.

The biggest surprises (if we take into account UEFA team coefficient) was the defeat of two bulgarian teams with coeff. over 10.000:



Levski Sofia was beaten by Sarajevo, after an excellent 2nd leg:

FK Sarajevo 3-1 PFC Levski Sofia
Aggregate: 3-2

CSKA Sofia was beaten by Mura, after scoring the equalizing goal in the second half of the second leg.

PFC CSKA Sofia 1-1 ND Mura 05
Aggregate: 1-1 Mura win on away goals

Mura is now the team with the 2nd worst coeff, just after montenergian Zeta that managed to beat JJK (form finland) also on away goald rule.
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Leg 1 of round 3 was played yesterday.
Some very prominent names of european football joined in this round. The likes of Inter, Liverpool, Marseille, Atletic B. and Hannover.

The first leg brought very few surprises, most of the favourites got positive resaults:

Anji Makhachkala 2 - 0 Vitesse Arnhem
APOEL Nicosia 2 - 1 Aalesund
Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv 0 - 2 PAOK Saloniki
Ruch Chorzow 0 - 2 Viktoria Plzen
SC Heerenveen 4 - 0 Rapid Bucuresti
FC Twente Enschede 2 - 0 Mlada Boleslav
Servette 1 - 1 Rosenborg
Gomel 0 - 1 Liverpool
Eskisehirspor 1 - 1 Marseille
Hajduk Split 0 - 3 Inter Milan
St. Patricks 0 - 3 Hannover
Athletic Bilbao 3 - 1 Slaven Belupo
Admira Wacker 0 - 2 Sparta Prague

the score of Marseille, only a draw, at the turkish side Eskisehirspor, who finished 6th in last years Super Lig, is a bit surprising. But Marseille have a game at home next week, so they are still in a good position. Liverpool also managed a victory, but only 1 -0 against a humble belorusian side FC Gomel.Rosenburg are still not playing their best football with only a 1 - 1 draw in Switzerland against Servette. All the rest of the scores reflect good results for the favorites.

Surprises? Although Anzhi has a very low uefa team coefficient compared to Vitesse, the 2 - 0 for the daugestanian team can not be called a surprise. As we all know the ammount of money put into the Anzhi project.

KuPS Kuopio 1 - 0 Bursaspor
Steaua Bucuresti 0 - 1 Trnava SVK
AIK Stockholm 3 - 0 Lech Poznan
Videoton FC 1 - 0 AA Gent

Maybe the biggest surprise is the 1 -0 defeat of Bursaspor, the turkish side that played very well in the Champions league two seasons ago. they lost to KUPS Kuopio a finish side, who are the clear underdogs in this match.
Also Steaua Bucharest, a team with great history, disapointed and lost 0- 1 at home against slovakian Slovan Trnava.
Quite suprisingly Lech Poznan were beaten 3 -0 from Swedish AIK, and hungarian Videoton managed a famous victory against belgian side FC Gent.

Overall this resaults can not be called big surprises as all of this teams are mediocare and sometimes do not (can not) fulfill the role of a favorite. But next thursday there is the return match and a lot can be done to change the fortunes.
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