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Stress for the favourites ahead of the 2nd Week of Football

Some favourites are already under pressure even before the second week-long “festival” of football for Europe’s international teams gets underway. New this season, the Union of European Football Associations’ (UEFA) “Week of Football” will once again last six days. Beginning on Thursday, 9 October, it will end on Tuesday 16 October and will include 52 international matches in the qualifying competition for the UEFA EURO 2016. A number of surprising results at the start of the campaign have led to the first “casualties” ...

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Hanover on the up with canny tactician Korkut

The capacity crowd in the HDI Arena went mad and the faces of Hanover 96’s players signalled they were more than happy with their day’s work. Two first half goals had given the club from Lower Saxony’s capital a 2-0 win in the derby against northern rivals Hamburg SV. A perfect Bundesliga start with wins against Schalke and Hamburg plus a draw with Mainz has raised hopes that “96”, as the club is often called, will have a good season. Third in the table behind Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich is seen by club officials and players as being a great place to be but they know things can change ...

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“Week of Football” starts with a defeat for Portugal

“Week of Football” is the new format for the qualification process for the 2016 UEFA European Championship. The qualifying matches no longer take place on one day but spread out over a week. The European Football Association (UEFA) believe the new regulation promises better marketing opportunities. Consequently football fans have to get used to Germany, for instance, playing on Sunday, England on Monday and Italy only on Tuesday ...

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Loew starts to reform the World Cup winning team

Joachim Loew knows exactly what he has in Thomas Mueller. Nothing with the 24-year-old can surprise him anymore. “He can’t puzzle me further. I have experienced so much with him”, said the German national coach, when he spoke of “match winner” Mueller. The Munich player, who had prompted the 2-1 (1-0) win over Scotland with two goals at the start of the European Championship qualifications, possesses a distinctive hunger for goals. Loew had also been creative with his newest discovery. Thus once again he unveiled a surprise for most of the 60,200 spectators in Dortmund ...

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Donovan shines in final season

For over two thirds of the current Major League Soccer (MLS) season, the headlines in North American football were dominated by DC United, the surprise package of the campaign. The team from the capital city Washington was back in the limelight after a number of years of mediocrity. But the club then suffered a setback in their 25th game when they came up against an inspired Landon Donovan. The 32-year old top star of US football has found peak form in the last weeks of his fantastic career ...