World Cup Qualifying Preview

Nine months in front of the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, no less than 24 qualifying matches are scheduled in the European Zone on Friday, as the stakes for competing teams get increasingly higher. In the 5th round interesting will be duel in Zenica, where leaders Bosnia-Herzegovina welcome second-placed Greece in Group G. Elsewhere, a potentially extreme Balkan derby between Croatia and Serbia awaits in Group A, while in Group F Portugal will try to make up a five-point gap on unbeaten Russia when embarking on an awkward-looking trip to Israel.

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UEFA Champions League Draw: Barcelona against PSG, Bayern meet Juventus

Zlatan Ibrahimović will return to FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals with Paris Saint-Germain FC while 2012 runners-up FC Bayern München were paired with Juventus in today’s draw.

 

Paris Saint-Germain FC striker Zlatan Ibrahimović will renew acquaintances with former club FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals following the draw in Nyon today. Quarter-final draw Málaga CF (ESP) v Borussia Dortmund (GER) Real Madrid CF (ESP) v Galatasaray AŞ (TUR) Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA) v FC Barcelona (ESP) FC Bayern München (GER) v Juventus (ITA) Ties take place on 2/3 and 9/10 More >

UEFA Europa League Preview

The UEFA Europa League round of 16 concludes on 14 March, with only three of the eight pairs of teams separated by more than one goal.

FC Internazionale Milano have the biggest deficit to overcome against a Tottenham Hotspur FC side unbeaten in this season’s competition. VfB Stuttgart, meanwhile, are 2-0 down against S.S. Lazio and head for Rome having never won on Italian soil. There is more hope for FC Zenit St Petersburg – trailing FC Basel 1893 by 2-0 – thanks to an impressive home record. FC Rubin Kazan v Levante UD (0-0) • Rubin have lost three of their last 21 European home games (W9 More >

Champions League: Bayern Munich – Arsenal Preview

 

Jupp Heynckes told FC Bayern München to be “vigilant” when they host Arsenal FC, citing the visitors’ near comeback against AC Milan last year as proof the tie is not over.

 

Coach Jupp Heynckes cut a cautious figure as he spelled out the challenge for FC Bayern München on Wednesday against an Arsenal FC side shorn of the injured Jack Wilshere. A 3-1 away win has left the runaway Bundesliga leaders on the verge of a UEFA Champions League quarter-final place, but Heynckes is taking nothing for granted. He highlighted last season’s round of 16 as cause for concern, when Arsenal came within More >

Champions League: Malaga – Porto Preview

 Needing to inflict FC Porto’s first defeat in three months in order to progress, Málaga CF must “be patient and not affected by nerves” according to coach Manuel Pellegrini.

 

Again without the influential Eliseu, Málaga CF coach Manuel Pellegrini is urging his side to separate themselves from the occasion on Wednesday. Trailing FC Porto 1-0 after the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie, Málaga must win on the night against their Portuguese visitors, who have not lost in any competition since early December. Vítor Pereira’s team will not sit on their lead, meanwhile, More >

Champions League: Barcelona – AC Milan Betting Preview

In the previous period Barcelona is in crisis of results, but to be honest, they didn’t play well. After two lost matches against Real Madrid, Barca with mixed team beat La Coruna 2:0 at home in Primera. For them this is the match of the season. Tonight they will play with the strongest possible lineup:                Victor Valdes Dani Alves, Pique, Puyol, Jordi Alba          Xavi, Busquets, Alexis           Messi, Pedro, Iniesta   On the other side Milan has an advantage of two goals from the first match. They play very good, in the last match in Serie A they won Genoa 0:2. Pazzini and More >

Champions League: Schalke – Galatasaray Betting Preview

The advantage in today’s match is on The German side which took the away-goal in the first leg against Galatasaray after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, meaning a win or a 0-0 draw would secure its place in the last eight. In the last match in Bundesliha Schalke won 2-1 Borussia Dortmund, but they lost great striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who injured his left knee in that match and will not be available for tonight’s Champions League match. Another trouble for Schalke could be suspension of tireless midfielder Jermaine Jones who scored the equaliser in the first leg, in Istanbul. Unavailable for this More >
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