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gusmahler 08-10-2007 02:00 PM

**** OFFICIAL Champions League 2007-08 Thread!*****
Third Qualifying round starts on the Tuesday, August 14th:

Lazio v. Dnamo Buccuresti
Valencia v. Elfsborg
Rangers v. Crvena Zvezda
Benfica v. Kobenhavn
Sevilla v. AEK
Toulouse v. Liverpool
Sarajevo v. Dynamo Kiev
Fenerbahce v. Anderlecht
Sparta v. Arsenal
Zurich v. Besiktas
BATE v. Steaua
Tampere v. Rosenborg
Sparta Mocow v. Celtic
Bremen v. Dinamo Zagreb
Salzburg v. Shakhtar
Ajax v. Slavia

The second leg is on August 28/29th.

The draw for Group Stage is August 30.

ledders07 08-10-2007 02:33 PM

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I'm off to prague on tuesday, none of the british teams are going to struggle to qualify I think

ThaSaltCracka 08-10-2007 03:35 PM

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some good matchups there.

Spartak Moscow-Celtic

JaredL 08-10-2007 04:12 PM

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Sevilla - AEK is going to be a cracker of a match. The AEK manager used to be the manager of Betis, so he's quite familiar with Sevilla and it will give the Sevilla fans a bit more to cheer for. It's unfortunate as AEK are one of the better sides, but it should be a fun couple of legs.

Another factor is that Sevilla have rejected offers of 32 and 35 million euros for Alves from Chelsea. He's said that Sevilla should consider those offers and that he would love to move to a big club like Chelsea. The Sevilla president said that an "out of market" offer would be required for Sevilla to sell him. He's contracted through 2011. If Sevilla play him he'll be cup tied I believe (I think the qualifying round counts though not 100%) and so we'll find out early on whether they want to keep him for real or are just trying to milk a few million euros out of it. He does have a slight injury but if he doesn't play at least in the second leg I think he's gone and I'll be [img]/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img].

It was similar with Arsenal last year. When Reyes didn't play it was obvious that no matter what Wenger said he was going to at least temporarily go to Real Madrid.

ThaSaltCracka 08-10-2007 05:54 PM

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qualifying rounds count, he would be cup tied. Sevilla would be [censored] nuts to sell him, especially at this point. This is a massive season for that club. They finally have a chance to join the big dogs in spain.

If they were going to sell him, they should have done it once the season ended. Now what would all the money get them? new players who haven't had time to settle with a new team.

JaredL 08-10-2007 08:58 PM

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I agree TSC.

Thing is if he has another monster season they could probably get 45 million euros for him, maybe more. He has a legit shot at winning the golden ball this year, though he probably won't.

As I said in whatever summer thread, I think this season we'll find out whether Sevilla are going to be a team like Valencia, just behind the big two and every year having a real chance at winning the league, or like Deportivo de la Coruņa - a team that had a couple amazing seasons and will fade with team coming back every once in a while.

Sevilla have run ridiculously well on the transfer market for young players. There are a few amazingly talented youth squad players in addition to the guys on the very good, young first team. It's not going to be easy to redo this run so becoming big club is important for the success to continue long term.

I think it'll happen if Sevilla finish top 4 in the league, get past the group stage of the CL and win at least one cup including the two supercups (Supercopa de Espaņa first leg starts maņana). On the other hand if Sevilla get bounced by AEK, get thrashed by both Real Madrid and AC Milan, and finish out of the top 4 we will probably see a selloff soon.

ThaSaltCracka 08-15-2007 11:21 AM

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A lot of 3rd round qualifiers today, as I type, Pool currently up 1-0.

Adu played yesterday for Benfica.

ThaSaltCracka 08-15-2007 02:15 PM

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a lot of interest so far I see....

Pool wins 1-0, yawn.

Good result for Celtic to nick a goal in a 1-1 tie in Moscow. They should lock it down at Celtic Park and ensure no one has to go to [censored] Moscow in the group stage.

Rosenborg wins 3-0 on the road. A lot of games starting soon.

jeramy576 08-15-2007 04:38 PM

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Sparta 0-2 Arsenal

ThaSaltCracka 08-15-2007 05:01 PM

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excellent result for the Arsenal. Basically assured we are moving onto the group stages. Nice result. I think the result means we may bring in a few(maybe 1 or 2) players now that CL money is guaranteed. Also really good to see Hleb and Cesc scoring.

Sevilla with a 2-0 win as well. Most of the other late games are LAME.

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