Tuesday, August 31, 2004 

Hamburg sign Khaled Boulahrouz and Moreira

After the duty of midfielder Almani Moreira da Silva (26) the HSV borrowed from
Standard de Liegé now Dietmar Beiersdorfer agreed with Khaled Boulahrouz on a change to Hamburg.

Boulahrouz from RKC Waalwijk will sign a contract till 30.06.2008. "He is a big talent
- I´m glad about having him in team" said headcoach Klaus Toppmöller. Khaled Boulahrouz
was appoint to netherlands national team from Marco van Basten- "I think we will take much
pleasure in him" Beiersdorfer told about the talent.

Source: HSV.de


League Standings

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Setúbal 1 3
2. Belenenses 1 3
3. Benfica 1 3
4. Sporting 1 3
5. Boavista 1 3

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Metz 4 10
2. Auxerre 4 9
3. Lens 4 8
4. Toulouse 4 8
5. Bastia 4 8
14. PSG 3 2

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Club Brugge 4 10
2. La Louvière 4 10
3. Anderlecht 4 9
4. Mouscron 4 8
5. Westerlo 4 7

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. PSV 3 7
2. Feyenoord 3 7
3. Ajax 3 7
4. Vitesse 3 7
5. Roda 3 6
7. Utrecht 3 4

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Leverkusen 3 7
2. Stuttgart 3 7
3. Bremen 3 6
4. Wolfsburg 3 6
5. Bochum 3 5
13. Hamburg 3 3

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Basel 7 15
2. Thun 7 14
3. Grasshoppers 7 11
4. Young Boys 7 10
5. Xamax 7 9

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Trabzonspor 4 12
2. Fenerbahçe 4 10
3. Denizlispor 4 9
4. Gaziantepspor 4 9
5. Galatasaray 4 9

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Sparta 4 10
2. Teplice 4 10
3. Brno 4 9
4. Liberec 3 6
5. Slavia 4 6

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Shakhtar 6 18
2. Dynamo Kyiv 6 13
3. Metalurh 6 13
4. Dnipro 6 10
5. Metalist 6 10


Slavia 3 - 0 Brno

Patrik Gedeon and Jiri Rychlik in the squad
It was difficult to believe the team was the same as the one which was eliminated on Thursday in Georgia from the UEFA Cup. Slavia with midfielder Patrik Gedeon and new defender Jiri Rychlik in the starting line-up outplayed Brno who were undefeated up to now, scored three spectacular goals and could have added more.

Adauto and Pavel Kuka hit the crossbar
The active play, quick and precise passing brought a lot of chances for Slavia. "We knew that the performance from Tbilisi must not be repeated, we need to pass the ball, keep running and prove we are capable of playing much better soccer," said Patrik Gedeon about the motivation before the match. The first great chances came after the shots of Lukas Dosek, Martin Latka and Patrik Gedeon. But former Slavia goalkeeper Michal Vaclavik provided very good saves and in the sixteenth minute when Adauto´s header flew behind him, he was saved by the crossbar. Subsequently Pavel Kuka sent the ball to the woodwork for the second time.

The opening goal from the best man of the match
"If I hadn´t scored the first goal, somebody else would have done it," said Patrik Gedeon whose long-distance shot ended in the net in the thirtieth minute. Patrik Gedeon turned out to be a key Slavia man, together with Michal Svec they dominated in the midfield and this led to many more chances.

Martin Latka adds the second strike
As in the match against Liberec, Martin Latka ran to the corner cross this time from Adauto, and this time to the closer post. His header directed the ball to the net for the second time. Brno did not give up and came to the second half with the aim to come back to the match. It was Lumir Sedlacek who denied their efforts twice standing on the goal line as the last man when Jan Trousil´s header almost went in.

Disallowed goal and third strike
Martin Latka was the next one to sent the ball into the Vaclavik´s net. After the free kick of Lumir Sedlacek whose shot bounced off the cross-bar for the third time in the match. But the referees disallowed the goal due to off-side position. But the third goal was to come anyway - Pavel Fort a few minutes after his substitution sent the similar shot to the opening goal. Slavia won the important match and moved up in the table. Hopefully this is a starting point from the bottom, coach Csaplar spoke about after the UEFA Cup failure in Tbilisi.

Slavia line-up: R. Cerny - L. Dosek, M. Latka, R. Bejbl, J. Rychlik - K. Pitak, P. Gedeon (88. F. Stiburek), M. Svec, L. Sedlacek - E. Adauto da Silva (83. I. Taborsky), P. Kuka (79. P. Fort)

Brno line-up: M. Vaclavik - Z. Houst, A. Schuster, J. Trousil, P. Sustr (71. J. Kowalik) - L. Balaz, K. Vecera, P. Siegl, L. Hlavaty (65. P. Mezlik) - P. Svancara (83. T. Masa), K. Kroupa

Goals: 30.P.Gedeon, 34.Martin Latka, 81.P.Fort

Source: slavia.cz

Monday, August 30, 2004 

Beira-Mar 2 - 3 Benfica

Giovanni Trapattoni made a winning start to his first Portuguese Superleague campaign at the helm of SL Benfica, watching his new charges triumph 3-2 away against SC Beira-Mar on Sunday.

Karadas double
Three goals in eight minutes either side of the break had given Benfica a handsome lead but an incredible comeback seemed on the cards once Antolín Alcaraz and Beto had significantly reduced the arrears with 22 frantic minutes left to play. Ultimately, though, a double strike from Azar Karadas punctuated by Petit's goal proved just enough for Trapattoni's men.

Beira-Mar – Paulo Sérgio; Ribeiro, Filipe, Alcaraz (Tininho 87m) e Mário Loja; Sandro, Beto, Marcelinho (Levato 61m) e Rui Lima (Pablo Rodriguez 81m); Kingsley e McPhee

BENFICA – Moreira; Miguel, Ricardo Rocha, Luisão e Fyssas; Petit e Manuel Fernandes; João Pereira (Amoreirinha 73m), Zahovic (Paulo Almeida 86m), Simão (cap.) e Karadas.

Goals: Karadas 41´ (0-1), Petit 45´(0-2), Karadas 49´ (0-3), Alcaraz 62’ (1-3), Beto 68’ (2-3)

Source: slbenfica.pt, Uefa.com


PSG 2 - 2 Saint-Etienne

Paris Saint-Germain FC entertained AS Saint-Etienne in Sunday's game and an 88th-minute equaliser by Frédéric Piquionne denied PSG a first win. Piquionne had given St Etienne a 65th-minute advantage but two goals in four minutes from Pauleta and Bartholomew Ogbeche seemed to have put PSG on course for victory.

PSG : Letizi - Armand, Mendy, Pierre-Fanfan, Yepes - Cana (Ogbeche, 67e), Cissé, M'Bami (Boskovic, 90e), Rothen - Reinaldo (Ateba, 82e), Pauleta. Entr. : Halilhodzic.

Saint-Etienne : Janot - Hognon, Ilunga, Garrido, Camara - Hellebuyck (Gomis, 85e), Sablé, Feindouno, Zokora - Piquionne (Perrin, 90e), Le Tallec (Marin, 75e). Entr. : Antonetti.

Goal(s) : Pauleta (71e), Ogbeche (74e) for PSG ; Piquionne (64e), Piquionne (88e) for Saint-Etienne.

Source: psg.fr


Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 0 FC Borysfen Boryspil

In the 6th round of the Ukrainian Premier League, FC Shakhtar Donetsk confronted FC Borysfen Boryspil and won scoring 2:0. The most unexpected thing of the whole match was Jan Lastuvka’s, FC Shakhtar keeper, red card and sending off. But despite such perplexities the Miners came to be the winners today.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk: Lastuvka, Rat, Stoican (Lewandowski, 46), Barcauan, Hübschman, Duljaj, Tymoshchuk, Vukic, Vorobyey (Brandao, 46), Aghahowa (Batista, 63), Marica.

FC Borysfen Boryspil: Mykhaylov, Kotyelukh, Kovalyuk, Gonchar (Dmytruk, 78), Khomin, Melnyk, Gorodov (Annenkov, 46), Trusevych, Lytovchak, Karamushka, Derkach (Khromtsov, 85).

Goals: Aghahowa (24), Tymoshchuk (90).

Source: shakhtyor.donbass.com


FC St. Gallen 0 - 1 FC Basel

FC St. Gallen: Razzetti, Zellweger, Wolf, Maric, Rathgeb, Imhof, Jairo, Fabinho, Sutter (65. Schicker), Alex (54. D. Pavolvic), Agouda (75. Marazzi)

FC Basel: Zubi, Degen P, Smiljanic, Yakin M, Kléber, Huggel, Sterjovski (83. Barberis), Delgado (61. Rossi), Chipperfield, Gimenez, Petric

Goal: 62. Gimenez 0:1

Source: fcb.ch


Ajax 1 - 1 FC Utrecht

In a repeat of the Dutch Super Cup from earlier this month, Ajax again slipped up at home against FC Utrecht, who made the short trip to Amsterdam and left with a share of the spoils. Surinam-born Darl Douglas gave the visitors the lead only for Steven Pienaar to equalise.

FC Utrecht: Terol, Cornelisse, Di Tommaso, Schut, Braafheid, De Jong (68. Zuidam), Tanghe, Somers (70. Broerse), Douglas, Van de Haar (83. Rajcomar), Van den Bergh

Ajax: Stekelenburg, Heitinga, Escudé (61. Sonck), Maxwell, Pienaar, Ibrahimovic, Obodai, Nigel de Jong, Sneijder, De Mul (70. De Ridder), Boukhari (77. Mitea)

Goals: 21. 0-1 Douglas; 62. 1-1 Pienaar

Source: fc-utrecht.nl, Uefa.com

Sunday, August 29, 2004 

Belenenses 3 - 0 Marítimo

Belenenses started the Portuguese Superliga in the best way, beating the european Maritimo by 3 goals in Restelo.

Maritimo started better the game, but it was Belenenses that scored first with a great goal by the young Rolando, that played is first game by the blues last night.
After the first goal the team from Restelo, start controling the game and first Lourenço and after Antchouet, failed the second goal for inches.

But even before the break Antchouet score the second after a wonderfull pass by Juninho Petrolina.

In the second half the home side keep the game under control and scored once more by Lourenço (converting a penalty kick).

Carvalhal couldn t wish a best start, and Belenenses showed tonight that they can be one of the surprices of the Superliga 2004/05

BELENENSES - Marco Aurélio; Amaral, Rolando, Pelé e Cabral (Rúben Amorim, 89); Marco Paulo, Andersson, Juninho Petrolina e José Pedro; Lourenço (Neca, 85) e Antchouet (Eliseu, 81).

MARÍTIMO – Marcos; Ferreira, Tonel, Van der Gaag (Chaínho, 68) e Eusébio; Wénio, Léo Lima e Silas (Bino, 45); Luís Filipe (Zumbi, 45), Alan e Manduca.

Goals: 1-0, Rolando (25 m); 2-0, Antchouet (45 m); 3-0, Lourenço (63 m g.p.)

Source: osbelenenses.com


Anderlecht 2 - 0 Gent


Sporting Anderlecht defeated Gent 2-0 this Saturday evening in the Constant Vanden Stock stadium. During the first half hour Ghent threatened a few times but Anderlecht-keeper Daniel Zitka played a solid match. In the 32nd minute Anderlecht opened the score via Jestrovic. Iachtchouk doubled the lead twenty minutes before the end of the match.

Anderlecht: Zitka, Deschacht, Zewlakow, Lovre, Jestrovic, Mpenza (41' Iachtchouk, Baseggio (70' Ngalula Mbuyi), Hasi, Wilhelmsson (63' Zetterberg), Kompany, Traore

Gent: Herpoel, Peeters, Laybutt, Van Hoyweghen (72' De Brul), Lombaerts, De Coninck, Mamouni, Verschuere, Cooreman (87' Matthijs), Jbari (83' Jarakovic), Cherrad

Goals: 32' Jestrovic (1-0), 67' Iachtchouk (2-0)

Source: rsca.be


NAC Breda 2 - 2 PSV

PSV have been able to extend their unbeaten run, but, in spite of a super Van Bommel first-minute goal, they had to come from behind to salvage one point, thanks to a goal scored by substitute Sibon. And, just like in previous games, two set pieces finished PSV off on a "hot" night in Breda.

PSV had a dream start: nearly sixty seconds were on the clock when captain Van Bommel put his side 0-1 up, by superbly slotting home a glorious long-distance volley just under the crossbar. NAC goalie Schollen had no chance whatsoever. PSV continued to press forward and created some excellent opportunities, but the strikers up front lacked sharpness. Vennegoor of Hesselink was put clear, but instead of slotting on target, he squared for Bøgelund, but meanwhile some NAC Breda defenders had returned to the area. Gradually the hosts got back into the game, but the level of the game did not improve. Many fouls were committed and it became a scrappy affair at times. PSV got another chance, when Van Bommel set up Vennegoor, but the forward, who was such a prolific striker in the season’s curtain riser, fired across the goal.

On the stroke of half time NAC restored parity. PSV keeper Zoetebier could not stop the header produced by Slot, from a free kick; 1-1. It was astonishing to see that Slot had been left completely unmarked: Alex marked Schenning, but Ooijer was not marking anybody. In first-half injury-time Diba was thwarted by Zoetebier.

Bouma came on at the restart for Vogel and Ooijer took over the position of Vogel in midfield. The hosts created the first dangerous moves in the second half. A free kick, easily awarded to NAC, was blasted home by Zonneveld; 2-1. On the hour mark Guus Hiddink brought on Sibon, wearing # 35, as an extra striker up front, for De Jong. It almost immediately paid off, when 30-year-old Sibon, who made a move from sc Heerenveen this summer, shot just across the goal. But soon afterwards he was on the right spot to finish a super Lee; 2-2.

The final thirty minutes it was all PSV. Vennegoor wasted a number of good opportunities and the relatively unknown NAC keeper Schollen rose to the occasion and pulled off a string of fine saves. NAC survived a barrage of attacks and just held on in an action-packed finale. PSV did not manage the score the winning goal and thus the Eindhoven team needlessly dropped two precious points. Bøgelund, Van Bommel and Stam were all booked

Goals: 1 Van Bommel (0-1); 43 Slot (1-1); 50 Zonneveld (2-1); 61 Sibon (2-2)

Source: PSV.nl

Saturday, August 28, 2004 

Kayserispor 0-2 Fenerbahçe

It was Pierre van Hooijdonk`s evening as he scored both goals that got us a win away to Kayserispor. The first came in the dying minutes of the first half with a header and the second through a spectacular free-kick in the 73rd.
Marco Aurelio stood out with his performance in midfield while changes made in defence also made Fabiano Lima Rodriguez shine.

The performance was significant as we approach a tough Champions League campaign. Our opponents already have an eye on us as Sparta Prague coach Miroslav Jirkal was in the stands taking notes.

Kayserispor: Metin Aktaş, Ali Turan, Serkan Damla, Levent, Müslüm Can, Alper, Johnson, Kamber, Mithat, Salim Toama, Balili

Fenerbahçe: Volkan Demirel, Önder Turacı, Fabio Luciano, Servet Çetin, Ümit Özat, Fabiano Lima Rodriguez, Marco Aurelio, Serhat Akın (69` Marcio Nobre), Tuncay Şanlı (80` Deniz Barış), Alex de Souza, Pierre van Hooijdonk

Goals: 45+1`, 73` Pierre van Hooijdonk

Source: Fenerbahçe.org


HSV 4 - 3 Nürnberg

HSV entered round 3 of the new Bundesliga season bottom of the Bundesliga table. They had lost both of their opening matches and desperately needed a win to stop the rot. Coach Klaus Toppmöller made only one change top the side which lost 1-2 in Mainz last time out, Schlicke came in for the talented youngster Kling. Nürnberg's coach Wolfgang Wolf saw no reason to change his successful side, which started Saturday's game (28.8.04) in third pace in the Bundesliga table in front of 36,587 in the AOL Arena.

Perfect start

Perfect football conditions greeted the players, but both sides began the game somewhat cautiously. Neither team was able to stamp any authority on the game during the opening exchanges. Then on 12 minutes, HSV got the breakthrough that they had been hoping for, albeit out of the blue. Nürnberg failed to clear a free kick by Rahn. The big Belgian defender and HSV skipper Daniel van Buyten capitalised on the mistake to put his side in front with a right footed shot inside the area. Just what the doctor ordered for the HSV nerves!

HSV grew in confidence with the lead in their pocket and started to find cracks in the Nürnberg defence. Mpenza and Mahdavikia caused the Nürnberg defence headaches with their blistering pace. A half chance on 30 minutes by Vittek seemed to give the visitors some confidence and they came more and more into the game. Eight minutes later the visitors struck. Mintal wasn't marked closely enough by Wicky at a Banovic corner, and he equalised from close range. Luckily for HSV they weren't daunted by the setback. Five minutes before the break they drew level as Schlicke capitalised on a tangle of Nürnberg bodies involving Vittek and Bosacki. HSV went into the half time break with a slender lead.

As you were

Both sides emerged from the half time break unchanged. Mahdavikia had a chance to put HSV further ahead on 48 minutes, and Schroth could have equalised two minutes later. On 51 minutes Barbarez produced a superb pass which put Mpenza into space running into the right side of the area. The Belgian didn't need to be asked twice as he gleefully slotted home into the bottom right hand corner.

Nürnberg draw level

On 76 minutes, the former HSV player Marcel Ketelaer set up Mintal who bagged his second goal of the game to bring the visitors back into the game. Seven minutes from time, Mintal struck again to bring the newly-promoted side level, and everything looked to be working against HSV.

Happy end

The home side however, had another trick up their sleeve as a half-bicycle kick by Mpenza from foive yards out produced a reflex save by the Nürnberg keeper Schäfer. Bosacki tried to clear the danger, but the ball rebounded into the net off the knee of the second half substitute Benny Lauth, who scored his first goal for his new club and it turned out to be the winner.

1.FC Nürnberg: Schäfer - Wiblishauser (72. Ketelaer), Hajto, Wolf, Bosacki - Sven Müller (78. Kießling), Banovic (59. Lars Müller), Mintal, Larsen - Schroth, Vittek

Hamburger SV: Pieckenhagen - Schlicke, Reinhardt, van Buyten, Wicky - Rahn (56. Kling), Jarolim (89. Brecko), Beinlich, Mahdavikia - Barbarez (73. Lauth), Mpenza

Goals: 1:0 van Buyten (12.), 1:1 Mintal (38.), 2:1 Schlicke (40.,), 3:1 Mpenza (51.,), 3:2 Mintal (76.,), 3:3 Mintal (83.), 4:3 Lauth (86.)

Source: HSV.de

Friday, August 27, 2004 

Draw for the first round of the UEFA Cup


Lazio (Ita) - Metalurh (Ucr)
Sturm Graz (Aut) - Litex (Bul)
Hearts (Esc) - Sp. Braga (Por)
Shelbourne (Irl) - Lille (Fra)
Bodo (Nor) - Besiktas (Tur)


Parma (Ita) - Maribor (Slv)
Saragoça (Esp) - Sigma Olomouc (Che)
Partizan Belgrado (S-M) - Dínamo de Bucareste (Rom)
Áustria Viena (Aut) - Légia Varsóvia (Aut)
Bystrica (Esl) - Benfica (Por)


Newcastle (Ing) - Sakhnin (Isr)
Wisla Carcóvia (Pol) - Dínamo Tbilisi (Geo)
Utrecht (Hol) - Djurgardens (Sue)
Steaua Bucareste (Rom)- CSKA Sofia (Bulg)
Sporting (Por) - Rapid Viena (Aut)


Schalke 04 (Ale) - Metalurgs (Let)
Millwall (Ing) - Ferencvaros (Hun)
Maccabi Haifa (Isr) - Dniepr (Ucr)
Odd (Nor) - Feyenoord (Hol)
Terek Grozny (Rus) - Basel (Swt)


AEK (Gre) - Gorica (Cro)
Auxerre (Fra) - Aalborg (Den)
Sevilha (Esp) - Nacional (Por)
Estrela Vermelha (S-M) - Zenit (Rus)
Standard de Liége (Bel) - Bochum (Ale)


Levski Sofia (Bulg) - Beveren (Bel)
Panionios (Gre) - Udinese (Ita)
Trabzonspor (Tur) - Atl. Bilbao (Esp)
Maccabi Petach (Isr) - Heerenveen (Hol)
Ujpest (Hun) - Estugarda (Ale)


Brugge (Bel) - Châteauroux (Fra)
Paok (Gre) - Alkmaar (Hol)
Dínamo Zagreb (Cro) - Elfsborg (Sue)
Middlesbrough (Ing) - Banik Ostrava (Che)
Hafnarfjördur (Isl) - TSV Munique (Ale)


Rangers (Esc) - Marítimo (Por)
Hammarby (Sue) - Villareal (Esp)
Sochaux (Fra) - Stabæk (Nor)
Ventspils (Let) - Amica (Pol)
Egaleo (Gre) - Gençlerbirligi (Tur)

Thursday, August 26, 2004 

UEFA Champions League group stage


Real Madrid
Bayer Leverkusen
Dínamo Kiev

Bayern Munique
Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Manchester United
Sparta Praga


Shaktar Donetsk

Werder Bremen

F.C. Porto
CSKA Moscovo


Rustu Joining Fenerbahce

Barcelona goalkeeper Rustu Recber will join Fenerbahce on loan for a year after the three parties reached an agreement on a transfer.
The Turk only arrived at the club last summer, but was kept out of the team by young keeper Victor Valdes.

Now that Barca have off-loaded Rustu, Javier Saviola is expected to follow him out of the exit door.

Source: Goal.com


Club Brugge 2 - 2 Shakhtar

Zvonimir Vukic scored twice in a 2-2 draw to ensure ten-man FC Shakhtar Donetsk made no mistake in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League third qualifying round encounter with Club Brugge KV in Belgium.

Early opener
Shakhtar had strolled to a 4-1 win in the first leg a fortnight ago and went further ahead on aggregate when Vukic opened the scoring on the night after just five minutes. Brugge goalkeeper Tomislav Butina could only parry a cross-shot from Julius Aghahowa into the path of the striker, who had no trouble finding the empty net from two metres out.

Brugge fightback
Brugge upped the tempo and it paid off in the 14th minute when Nasja Ceh surprised the visiting goalkeeper by driving a 20-metre free-kick low through the Shakhtar wall to level the scores on the night. The majority of the 15,900 crowd urged on Trond Sollied's side and were rewarded in the 32nd minute when Brugge were awarded a penalty after Victor had been brought down in the area by Mariusz Lewandowski.

Twice-taken penalty
Brugge captain Timmy Simons saw his penalty attempt saved by Jan Lastuvka but the referee's assistant spotted the goalkeeper off his line and alerted the referee, who had the kick retaken. This time Ceh took the resposibility and found the net to leave Brugge needing two more goals to pull off a remarkable comeback.

Vukic second
Ceh whistled an effort past the post in search of his hat-trick as the half-time interval approached but the tie was effectively over once the scores on the night were levelled eight minutes into the second half. Shakhtar had been deploying as many men behind the ball as possible but broke forward quickly and when Francelino Matuzalem picked out Vukic with a neat pass, the striker stroked in his second goal.

Stoican off
Shaktar had the opportunity to put the result beyond any doubt when Simons brought down Vukic in the box on 67 minutes but Marica shot wide. However, despite the loss of Flavius Stoican following his second booking 15 minutes from time, Shakhtar were already home and dry.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk: 16.Lastuvka, 14.Stoican, 18.Lewandowski, 26.Rat, 4.Tymoshchuk(c), 9.Matuzalem (Batista, 66), 11.Vorobyey, 29.Marica (Brandao, 71), 10.Vukic, 17.Aghahowa (Duljaj, 46), 3.Hübschman.

Club Brugge KV: 1.Butina, 3.Simons(c), 5.Van Der Heyden, 6.Clement, 7.Verheyen, 10.Ceh, 14.Balaban, 15.Spilar (Lange, 66), 20.Stoica, 25.Cornelis, 30.Victor (Blondel, 85).

Goals: Vukic (6, 53) - Ceh (15, 35 - penalty kick).

Source: Uefa.com, shakhtyor.donbass.com


PSV 5 - 0 Red Star Belgrade

For the eighth season in a row PSV will take part in the prestigious head tournament of the Champions League. In the Eindhoven Philips Stadium they cruised to a comfortable 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade, by which they made amends for the 3-2 loss they suffered a fortnight ago in the first leg.

Ahead of the crucial qualifying game, PSV head coach Guus Hiddink was wary of the counter attacks and the dangerous set pieces of Red Star, for which PSV paid a high price by conceding a few goals in the first leg. Tonight, however, they experienced no problems and they crushed the Serbs, as if they were Holland Casino Eredivisie minnows. After PSV enjoyed emphatic league wins over RBC and AZ, they scored another five goals, so that they took their season’s tally to as many as fifteen goals from three games, an astonishingly high number. PSV were never in danger; actually they played power play for the full 90 minutes and Red Star were sent home empty-handed.

Just like two weeks ago in Belgrade, PSV had a dream start. On eight minutes Ji-Sung Park was fouled in the area; the strict Russian referee Ivanov did not hesitate and PSV had earned a penalty. Mark van Bommel converted from the spot and keeper Disljenkovic had no chance, when the PSV captain fired a low shot into the left corner. PSV had soon achieved their fist aim: an early goal and a score that would all but ensure qualification to the head tournament.

Red Star could not produce any dangerous counter attacks and they never threatened with their notorious set pieces. PSV surged forwards and after thirty minutes Red Star were reduced to only ten men, when Milan Bisevac was shown a red card, after he had pushed down DaMarcus Beasley, who was clean on his way to the goal. Within a few minutes PSV took advantage of the new situation. Vogel superbly set up Park. The South Korean, who played an excellent game, turned provider for Beasley, who tapped home from close range. In this way the American international winger got square with the terms of abuse shouted at him two weeks ago in Belgrade. Nearly thirty thousand spectators thought it was high time to start the celebrations. PSV kept on attacking and started many a well worked move; the visitors could not impress in the first half.

In the second half PSV did not cool off. After a fine André Ooijer solo run, Van Bommel again clinically finished; 3-0. Just two minutes later PSV finished off their opponents. Young-Pyo Lee delivered a cross from the left, Beasley headed the ball on and John de Jong was in the right place to add another goal; 4-0. PSV obviously had nothing to fear from Red Star anymore, who, reduced to ten men, had no voice in things. PSV even found the net for the fifth time. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink opened his European scoring account, after he had headed home another Lee centre; 5-0.

In the break a fond farewell was said to Kevin Hofland and Mateja Kezman, who had travelled to Eindhoven for the occasion. PSV Chairman Harry van Raaij, who was present for the last time in his capacity as Chairman, made a short speech and both players addressed their fans, who rewarded them with a standing ovation, while the players were doing their final lap of honour.

The draw for the UEFA Champions League head tournament will take place in Monaco on Thursday at 16.00 hrs.

Goals: 8 Van Bommel , 32 Beasley , 56 Van Bommel , 57 John de Jong , 80 Vennegoor of Hesselink

Source: PSV.nl

Wednesday, August 25, 2004 

Inter 4 - 1 Basel

FC Internazionale reached the group stage of the UEFA Champions League with a comfortable 4-1 victory against Swiss champions FC Basel 1893 at the San Siro, completing a 5-2 aggregate triumph.

One change
Inter coach Roberto Mancini opted to make only one change to the side that drew 1-1 in Switzerland in the first leg of the third qualifying round two weeks ago, with Edgar Davids coming into the side instead of Esteban Cambiasso and Alvaro Recoba confirmed in attack alongside Brazilian striker Adriano.

Argentinian pair
Basel coach Christian Gross preferred Mile Sterjovski to Mattias Emilio Delgado in midfield and confirmed Argentinian forward Julio Hernán Rossi alongside his fellow countryman Christian Giménez in attack.

Adriano opener
Inter were quickly into their stride, with Recoba forcing Basel goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler into a good save a few seconds after kick-off. The home fans, however, had to wait just a few seconds more to celebrate as Adriano fired Inter ahead with a precise low shot inside the far post after a perfect defence-splitting pass by Dejan Stankovic.

Stankovic scores
Inter continued to control the game and scored the second goal after 13 minutes with a superb right-foot shot by Stankovic after a nice one-two combination with Adriano. But despite the two-goal lead, the home side refused to sit back and Zuberbühler had to make another good save from a left-foot shot by Recoba from long distance.

Neat combination
Francesco Toldo deflected wide a powerful free-kick by Basel captain Murat Yakin after 26 minutes but Inter went close to scoring a third goal five minutes later when Stankovic shot wide from a good position after a neat combination between Zè Maria and Adriano on the right flank. The Swiss side had another dangerous free-kick just before the break, but Mario Cantaluppi's shot finished just wide.

Rapid reply
Basel climbed back into the reckoning four minutes into the second half when Sterjovski controlled a cross from the left inside the penalty box, dribbled past Stankovic and scored with a precise right-foot shot. Inter, however, restored their two-goal lead four minutes later when Adriano received the ball from Stankovic outside the penalty box, took a few steps and fired in another wonderful low shot with his left foot.

Victory sealed
The home side scored again a few minutes later to seal victory, this time Recoba's left boot doing the damage. The Uruguayan forward received a long pass from Juan Sebastián Veron, turned towards Basel's goal and shot in from 18 metres.

Source: Uefa.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2004 

Anderlecht got the passport to the CL tonight

ANDERLECHT - Zitka; Traore, Kompany e Deschant; Zewlakow, Hasi, Bassegio e Wilhelmsson; Mpenza, Jestrovic (Iachtchouk, 79 m) e Aruna (Seol, 89 m).

BENFICA - Quim; Miguel, Luisão, Argel e Dos Santos; Petit, Paulo Almeida (Ricardo Rocha, 76 m) e Manuel Fernandes (Zahovic, 65 m); Carlitos (Geovanni, 60 m), Sokota e Simão.

Goals: 1-0 por Aruna (33 m); 2-0 por Aruna (59 m); 3-0 por Jestrovic (73 m).


Basel will try to go ahead to CL tonight

Swiss champions FC Basel 1893 visit Milan today knowing they stand just one positive result away from fulfiling their dream - a place in the UEFA Champions League.

Creditable draw
The only thing that stands in their way are Italian giants FC Internazionale. Most coaches at the helm of a club of Basel's size would have been delighted to have earned a creditable 1-1 draw in the home leg against the two-time European champions - but Christian Gross knows his side are only halfway to achieving a goal which he has been building towards for two years.

Perfect season
Like Arsène Wenger at Arsenal FC, Gross has told his players he wants his side to play out a "perfect season" - and part of that masterplan includes qualification to Europe's premier club competition. "We are a very strong side and there is no reason why we cannot play a perfect season," said Gross. "Playing in the Champions League is crucial for a side like us if we want to progress. It is no good just winning in your own domestic league."

Gross is well aware that, outside Switzerland, few people believe Basel can topple Internazionale. Those more familiar with the stylish side he has created may disagree. Although he was openly critical of the way Basel played in the first leg, Gross saw enough to suggest they are capable of causing an upset at the San Siro tonight.

European pedigree
A draw in the first-leg at St Jakob Park, thanks to Benjamin Huggel's header, means the tie is perfectly poised going into Tuesday's match. But Gross is disappointed that Basel are not taking a lead to Milan despite Inter's European pedigree. "I don't think 1-1 is a good result for a first leg match at home," said the former Tottenham Hotspur FC coach.

Lesson to be learnt
"If we had played to our full potential we could have easily won and had them worrying ahead of the second leg. People forget that our season has been going two months and yet the Italian season has yet to start. Inter were much cleverer than us in the way they played and we must learn from this and make sure we don't make the same mistake on Tuesday," Gross added.

Off colour
The Swiss coach believes many of his key players have still to find their best form this season. The usually reliable defender Murat Yakin appeared off colour against Inter, as did playmaker Mathias Delgado and his fellow Argentine Christian Giménez. Indeed, the only player who really produced his best was forward Julio Hernán Rossi, who played arguably his best match yet in the famous red and blue of Basel.

Glory days
Last year Basel won the Swiss Super League by 13 points in a competition in which they lost only three times. The same was expected to happen this year, with no other side looking remotely capable of challenging them, especially after they added Mate Sterjovski, Cesar Carignano, Mladen Petric, Brazilian Under-20 international Kleber, and Thomas Mandl to their squad ahead of the new campaign.

Win at all costs
But, surprisingly, Swiss minnows FC Thun lead the Super League, with Basel in second one point adrift. With only six games played there is still time to put that right. There is, however, no room for error against Inter. Victory would not only give Basel the financial muscle to slug it out with Europe's élite, it will also be the perfect reward for two years of hard graft.

Source: Uefa.com


Slavia sign Jiri Rychlik

26-year old defender or midfielder Jiri Rychlik from Pribram is coming to Slavia for a loan. The representatives of the clubs have agreed on a one-year loan with an option for transfer today. The full details of the transfer will be finalised on Friday after the return of Slavia team from Georgia. Pribram agreed that Rychlik may start training with the red-whites on Monday.

Slavia coach Josef Csaplar welcomed the new player in his squad. "I am glad Jirka is coming. He is an experienced footballer, the type we needed. We will capitalize on his positive character and features. I believe he will prove this on the pitch and will become a valuable member of the team," said Slavia coach. "Jiri is one of the players Slavia needed. It is a good step in the right direction," Csaplar added.

Source: slavia.cz

Monday, August 23, 2004 

League Standings

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Lens 3 7
2. Toulouse 3 7
3. Marseille 3 7
4. Bastia 3 7
5. Metz 3 7
14. PSG 3 1

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Club Brugge 3 7
2. Mouscron 3 7
3. La Louvière 3 7
4. Genk 3 7
5. Westerlo 3 7
7. Anderlecht 3 6

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. PSV 2 6
2. Feyenoord 2 6
3. Ajax 2 6
4. Vitesse 2 6
5. NEC 2 6
8. Utrecht 2 3

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Bremen 2 6
2. Stuttgart 2 4
3. Nürnberg 2 4
4. Bayer 2 4
5. Leverkusen 2 4
9. Wolfsburg 2 3
18. Hamburg 2 0

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Thun 6 13
2. Basel 6 12
3. Grasshoppers 5 9
4. Young Boys 5 8
5. Xamax 6 8

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Trabzonspor 3 9
2. Denizlispor 3 9
3. Fenerbahçe 3 7
4. Gaziantepspor 3 6
5. Galatasaray 3 6

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Sparta 3 7
2. Brno 3 6
3. Sigma 3 6
4. Teplice 3 4
5. Baník 3 4
11. Slavia 3 3

Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Shakhtar 5 15
2. Metalurh 5 10
3. Dynamo Kyiv 5 10
4. Dnipro 5 10
5. Metalist 5 9

Sunday, August 22, 2004 

PSV 5 - 1 AZ

In an entertaining game PSV made quick work of the team that snatched three precious points from Eindhoven last season. Opponent AZ had no other option but to along with the wishes of the hosts who earned their second win of the season. The visitors could not prevent PSV from coasting to a large 5-1 win. John de Jong was involved in all five goals; he gave three assists and scored a second half double.

By scoring five goals for the second time in succession the self confidence of new look PSV must have received a great boost, which is a favourable development, now that the crucial UCL qualifying game against Red Star will take place next Wednesday night. Last week lowly RBC were the victims, but tonight one of the Dutch top clubs were battered. Seven different PSV players have got their names on the score sheets after two league games.

Phillip Cocu and Wilfred Bouma were on the sidelines, but Mark van Bommel as unquestioned captain, Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Ji-Sung Park full of passion and John de Jong as a master of efficiency, the first home game of the season was a big party. Tonight the Alkmaar based club were not equal to PSV in Eindhoven, in spite of the commendable, but hazardous tactics of AZ coach Co Adriaanse.

On twenty minutes PSV took the lead by skipper Van Bommel, who struck the crucial opening goal for the home guard from some twelve yards out. AZ could not create any single chance in the first half, but PSV began to grow in authority and were close to doubling the advantage a couple of times. Alex and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink pulled out fine saves from AZ keeper Henk Timmer. Five minutes from half time Co Adriaanse thought it was high time to change his tactical plan. Central defender Barry Opdam was taken off and forward Robin Nelisse left he bench in order to increase the pressure. It meant that AZ played man to man at the back. It turned to be a risky approach, as AZ became quite vulnerable in defence. They attempted to threaten more, but actually PSV stand-in keeper Edwin Zoetebier had an easy night.

Straight after the restart Vennegoor of Hesselink showed his skills. A super back heel pass could be stopped by Timmer only in the nick of time. The visitors took even more risks and they soon bowed before the storm. After an hour’s play André Ooijer headed home from a corner and PSV were in the driving seat.

AZ capitulated and PSV surged forward. The large crowd, the attendance was 33, 000, watched substitute Leandro cleverly set up Lee, who turned provider for John de Jong; 3-0. Soon afterwards Timmer was beaten by a subtle Park lob: 4-0. Adil Ramzi pulled one back, but by scoring his second goal of the night, John de Jong saw that it that the final score was a fair reflection of the balance of power and piled on the agony for AZ. No AZ player saw a yellow card, which is also evidence of the fact that AZ resigned themselves to their fate.

Goals: 21 Van Bommel (1-0), 58 Ooijer (2-0), 70 John de Jong (3-0), 75 Ji-Sung Park (4-0), 85 Ramzi (4-1), 88 John de Jong (5-1)

Source: PSV.nl


FC Utrecht 5 - 1 RBC Roosendaal


FC Utrecht: Terol, Cornelisse, Di Tommaso, Schut, Shew-Atjon (60. Braafheid), De Jong (73. Somers), Tanghe, Broerse, Douglas, Van de Haar (81. Rajcomar), Van den Bergh

RBC Roosendaal: Aerts, Lammens, Molenaar, Hesp, Hellemons (46. Guijt), Ikedia, Oliseh, De Graaf, Van de Ven (65. Daelemans), Smolders, Hartog (73. Makhout)

Goals: 35. 1-0 Van de Haar , 37. 1-1 Molenaar, 54. 2-1 Van de Haar, 62. 3-1 Van de Haar, 75. 4-1 Cornelisse, 90. 5-1 Tanghe


İstanbulspor 0-3 Fenerbahçe

Attacking trio Tuncay Şanlı, Pierre van Hooijdonk and Alex de Souza scored the three goals which got us a clear win against İstanbulspor.
Alex picked up a lot of praise particularly for his second half performance as he assisted Tuncay`s goal and scored a nice one himself in the final minute.

İstanbulspor: Oğuz, Pinto (78` Ramadan), Yalçın, Saffet, Faruk, Musa Büyük, Aytekin, Cem, Iordanov (56` Emre), Musa Kuş, Bushi (56` Gökmen)

Fenerbahçe: Volkan Demirel, Fabio Luciano, Servet Çetin, Serkan Balcı (89` Önder Turacı), Ümit Özat, Alex de Souza, Marco Aurelio, Serhat Akın, Tuncay Şanlı (84` Mehmet Yozgatlı), Marcio Nobre (68` Marcio Nobre), Pierre van Hooijdonk

Goals: 50` Tuncay Şanlı, 53` Pierre van Hooijdonk, 90` Alex de Souza

Source: Fenerbahçe.org


Olomouc 2 - 1 Slavia

Slavia were the better side in the first half of the match, played actively and took early lead - after the action of Sedlacek and Adauto´s cross, Karel Pitak, the traditional scorer of Slavia away goals, sent the ball to the net. While Sigma were struggling with passing and had hard time to work out a good chance, Slavia counter-attacks could have brought a second strike - unfortunately Pavel Fort wasted both of his good chances and Sedlacek´s shot was saved by Vaniak. In the 26th minute Fort ran into a great chance but decided to pass the ball to Adauto instead of a direct shot and the pass was blocked by the defender. In 44th minute he missed in a promising situation in close distance. "I should have scored, I know," said Pavel Fort after the match in sad tone. "Two-goal leading would have decided the match." Also Sigma had some opportunities, but Slavia defence worked well and prevented dangerous situations in front of Radek Cerny.

Red card starts the turn-over
The 50th minute brought one of the decisive moments of the day. Karel Pitak, who was booked in the first half for unsportsmanlike behaviour, fouled Michal Kovar and saw the red card. "It was a late challenge, I was after the ball, but Kovar managed to pass it away, I went into him," Karel Pitak described the situation. "The first yellow was stupid, though I kicked the ball after the whistle just slightly. I weakened my team and I helped Sigma to win. I am awfully sorry for this," Pitak sighed.

Reiter scores twice
It was Slovak forward Lubomir Reiter´s who scored both of Sigma goals. His first strike came in the 74th minute. He received the pass from David Kobylik in the box and sent a very precise shot to the post. The second strike came late just a minute before the end - Reiter converted a cross from Ales Bednar. Slavia concentrated on defence, being down to ten men it was not easy to counter-attack, the shots from Jakub Chleboun and Pavel Kuka were from long distance and did not endanger Sigma keeper Martin Vaniak.

Red card for Martin Latka
There were eight yellow cards and two red ones seen in the nervous match. Slavia were awarded five of the yellow ones and the second red one in the final seconds. It was Martin Latka who left the pitch earlier due to the second bookable offence.

Olomouc line-up: M. Vaniak - R. Hubnik, M. Hudec, M. Kovar, R. Kucera - R. König (46. A. Bednar), T. Randa, P. Zbozinek, D. Kobylik (86. M. Vyskocil) - P. Babnic (66. T. Bouska), L. Reiter

Slavia line-up: R. Cerny - L. Dosek, R. Bejbl, M. Latka, K. Kratochvil - K. Pitak, P. Kuka, M. Svec (30. F. Stiburek), L. Sedlacek - E. Adauto da Silva (79. J. Chleboun), P. Fort (52. D. Kalivoda)

Goals: 74. and 89. Lubomir REITER for Olomouc - 8. Karel PITAK for Slavia

Source: slavia.cz


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