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Everton fined by UEFA over crowd trouble at Goodison

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Everton and Hajduk Split have been fined by UEFA in the wake of crowd trouble that marred the Europa League qualifying game between the two clubs in August.

The play was momentarily suspended in the 33rd minute after some Hajduk fans invaded the pitch at Goodison Park. The Croatian club have been ordered to pay £35,348, while Everton have been fined £8,837.

Where to find Atalanta vs. Everton on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Atalanta vs. Everton, you’ve come to the right place.

Everton kicks off their first Europa League group stage game in Italy today. For those viewers in the United States who don’t get FS2, here are several ways you can watch the game for free.

Why Ronald Koeman must restore Wayne Rooney to a striking role at Everton

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Having got off to their best start to a season since the 1978/79 campaign it’s fair to say the wheels have fell off at Everton over the past couple weeks.

Defeats against Chelsea and Tottenham have raised doubts over their prospects of challenging for a top four spot and led to questions being asked over Ronald Koeman’s transfer business this summer.

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Footy On The Telly September 22-29

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This week, we can watch the WAFU Nations Cup action; UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; a plethora of league and college action; and a double dose of the Union's ever-so crowd-pleasing Process.

This Week's Soccer on TV

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The big boys of Europe get started in earnest this week after a Monday night domestic appetizer.

The UEFA Champions League group stage kicks off on Tuesday night with a set of eight matches highlighted by Barcelona taking on Juventus in a clash of long standing European giants.

The Europa League takes center stage on Thursday as the lesser of Europe's continental competitions pits large clubs against smaller foes.

Footy On The Telly September 8 – 15

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This week, we can watch the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues; the WAFU Nations Cup; Copas MX, Sudamericana, Libertadores and Argentina; England's League Cup; a USWNT Friendly; a ton of league and college action; and The Union's ever trustworthy Process.

Oranje squash

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LAST SEASON'S EUROPA LEAGUE FINALISTS ARE OUT OF EUROPE ALREADY
Spare a thought for Ajax, who thrilled at times on their way to last season's Europa League final before a Mourinho masterclass floored them.
Unsurprisingly, the stellar eleven which dazzled as recently as May has now been whittled away.

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Atletico Madrid stadium to host 2019 Champions League final

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium will host the 2019 Champions League final, European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Wednesday.

As the only other candidate for the final, Azerbaijani capital Baku receives the 2019 Europa League final as a consolation for missing out on the main event.

Atletico Madrid stadium to host 2019 Champions League final

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid’s new 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano stadium will host the 2019 Champions League final, European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Wednesday.

As the only other candidate for the final, Azerbaijani capital Baku receives the 2019 Europa League final as a consolation for missing out on the main event.

Balotelli screamer fires Nice past Rennes

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Paris (AFP) – A sizzling Mario Balotelli strike ten minutes from time gave Nice a 1-0 win at Rennes on Sunday as last season’s Ligue 1 pace-setters appear to be overcoming a poor start this term.

Balotelli hammered a supreme shot into the top corner for his fourth goal in three games since missing the start of the season as Lucien Favre’s side continue their climb up the table into eighth place.

Balotelli screamer fires Nice past Rennes

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Paris (AFP) – A sizzling Mario Balotelli strike ten minutes from time gave Nice a 1-0 win at Rennes on Sunday as last season’s Ligue 1 pace-setters appear to be overcoming a poor start this term.

Balotelli hammered a supreme shot into the top corner for his fourth goal in three games since missing the start of the season as Lucien Favre’s side continue their climb up the table into eighth place.

Everton humbled in Europa League, AC Milan win big

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Paris (AFP) – Everton’s Europa League group-stage campaign got off to a disastrous start on Thursday as Ronald Koeman’s side were taken apart in Italy, losing 3-0 to Atalanta.

The Serie A club - back in Europe after a 26-year absence - were forced to entertain their English visitors in Reggio Emilia, a two-hour drive south of their base in Bergamo, because their own stadium does not have a licence for European games.

Everton humbled in Europa League, AC Milan win big

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Paris (AFP) – Everton’s Europa League group-stage campaign got off to a disastrous start on Thursday as Ronald Koeman’s side were taken apart in Italy, losing 3-0 to Atalanta.

The Serie A club - back in Europe after a 26-year absence - were forced to entertain their English visitors in Reggio Emilia, a two-hour drive south of their base in Bergamo, because their own stadium does not have a licence for European games.

Fix-it Fellaini gets Manchester United off the mark

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Substitute Marouane Fellaini proved an unlikely source of inspiration as Manchester United comfortably defeated Basel 3-0 on their return to the Champions League on Tuesday.

Fellaini, a replacement for the injured Paul Pogba, gave United a 35th-minute lead at a drizzly Old Trafford and teed up Marcus Rashford for the hosts’ third goal after Romelu Lukaku had struck early in the second period.

Man Utd’s Herrera patient despite lack of game time

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Ander Herrera says team success is his top priority despite the frustrations of a lack of game time this season for the Premier League leaders.

The club’s reigning player of the year, who made his first league start of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Stoke, has struggled for minutes on the pitch after the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.

Man Utd’s Herrera patient despite lack of game time

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London (AFP) – Manchester United’s Ander Herrera says team success is his top priority despite the frustrations of a lack of game time this season for the Premier League leaders.

The club’s reigning player of the year, who made his first league start of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Stoke, has struggled for minutes on the pitch after the arrival of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea.

Mancini demands Russian Premier League title focus from Zenit

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Moscow (AFP) – Roberto Mancini’s Zenit St Petersburg will hope to make it five wins in a row against Dynamo Moscow when they meet in the Russian Premier League on Sunday.

But Mancini has warned his charges to take newly promoted Dynamo seriously after watching his side struggle to a 0-0 draw in their last league match before the international break.

Vlasic welcomes ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ with Everton

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London (AFP) – Croatian teenager Nikola Vlasic said his move to English Premier league side Everton on Thursday from Hajduk Split for a reported £10 million (11mn euros, $13mn) is the “opportunity of a lifetime”.

The highly-rated 19-year-old - who made his senior international debut earlier this year - signed a five year contract and is manager Ronald Koeman’s ninth signing in the close season.

Arsenal

Cologne criticise security at Arsenal over chaos

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London (AFP) – Cologne criticised security arrangements at Arsenal on Friday after both clubs were charged by UEFA following chaotic scenes that marred their Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Visiting supporters were issued with around 3,000 tickets for Thursday’s Group H match but about 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

Cologne criticise security at Arsenal over chaos

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London (AFP) – Cologne criticised security arrangements at Arsenal on Friday after both clubs were charged by UEFA following chaotic scenes that marred their Europa League clash at the Emirates Stadium.

Visiting supporters were issued with around 3,000 tickets for Thursday’s Group H match but about 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

1-0 Down, 3-1 Up.  MOTM: Arsene Wenger.

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Here are some brief "feelings" on the back of last night's game, pulled together from my own thoughts as well as picking through the excellent comments on here from genuine experts.

  1. Back three/four. I think it's wrong to judge a system by the personnel. Throw Koscielny and Mustafi into yesterday's starting XI and I'm sure things would have looked different.

UEFA charges Arsenal, Cologne after fan chaos at Europa League match

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London (AFP) – European football chiefs charged Arsenal and Cologne on Friday after vast numbers of away fans gained access to the home sections of Emirates Stadium, sparking chaotic scenes that marred the Europa League clash.

Visiting fans were issued with 3,000 tickets but around 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

UEFA charges Arsenal, Cologne after fan chaos at Europa League match

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London (AFP) – European football chiefs charged Arsenal and Cologne on Friday after vast numbers of away fans gained access to the home sections of Emirates Stadium, sparking chaotic scenes that marred the Europa League clash.

Visiting fans were issued with 3,000 tickets but around 20,000 fans of the German club are believed to have made the journey to the British capital.

Arsenal: Sead Kolisinac Goads Cologne Fans By Unveiling Schalke Shirt After Scoring Equaliser At Emirates (Photos & Video)

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After going 1-0 down to a Jhon Cordoba screamer with just nine minutes of the clock, it took Arsenal until the second half to restore parity with Cologne on what proved to be a tumultuous start to their Europa League campaign.

The goal came from Sead Kolasinac, who entered the fray as half-time substitute and took roughly three minutes to clang home an absolute gem of an equaliser on the volley from a tight-ish angle.

Proper Support Or Last Days Of Sodom And Gomorrah? Cologne Fans Give Arsenal The Mother Of All Culture Shocks As Europa League Kicks Off With A Bang (Photos & Video)

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Given some of the fevered outcry, you'd be forgiven that the Emirates was raised to ash on Thursday night, as hordes of swivel-eyed Cologne fans stormed the gates, breached the perimeter walls and ransacked absolutely everything Arsenal Football Club hold dear.

Despite an official ticket allocation of just 3,000, a reported 20,000 Cologne fans made the trip to London for the Europa League clash, such was the prestige of the occasion, especially for fans of a club more attuned to the sapping disenchantment of perpetual Bundesliga relegation.

Tweets and Photos: Arsenal players react to Europa League win over Cologne

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Arsenal v Cologne – Great Gunners come back to win!!

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Arsenal fans and Arsene Wenger may well have been a little bit underwhelmed about our participation in the Europa League this season after missing out on our usual Champions League group stage involvement, and we understand the thinking behind putting more focus on the Premier League. It was nearly a disaster though, with Arsenal going [.

Europa League: Cologne Striker Jhon Cordoba Lamps One In From 45 Yards To Open Scoring Against Arsenal (Video)

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With kick-off delayed for over an hour due to crowd congestion problems (who'd have guessed?), Arsenal took roughly nine minutes to fall behind against Cologne in their opening Europa League fixture.

The goal itself was a stonker, scored by under-fire striker Jhon Cordoba, who has so far failed to impress the Cologne fans since coming in as a direct replacement for goal machine Anthony Modeste, who left for the Chinese Super League over the summer.

Confirmed Team News: Arsenal vs Cologne lineups

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FC Koln fans force Arsenal to push kick-off back

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Arsenal have been forced to push their Europa League opening match kick-off back by an hour. FC Koln have had a huge amount of supporters travel to London for today's match-up, with as many as 20,000 believed to have descended on the capital city. Unfortunately the travelling fans do not all have tickets for the [.

Arsenal: Incredible Scenes As Thousands Of Cologne Fans March Through London On Way To Emirates Stadium (Video)

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It would appear that Cologne are very much in the mood for tonight's big Europa League opener against Arsenal, with some 20,000 travelling fans making the trip to the Emirates.

It was even reported in the local press that every single bank in the German city sold out of British currency due to the sheer number of supporters planning on attending the game.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Cologne on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Arsenal vs. Cologne, you’ve come to the right place.

For the first time since 1997 there is no Champions League soccer to start the season at Arsenal. The Gunners will instead face Cologne in their first game in the Europa League.

Game: Arsenal vs.

Where to find Arsenal vs. Cologne on US TV and streaming

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If you’re trying to find out how you can watch Arsenal vs. Cologne, you’ve come to the right place.

For the first time since 1997 there is no Champions League soccer to start the season at Arsenal. The Gunners will instead face Cologne in their first game in the Europa League.

Game: Arsenal vs.

Video: Arsenal training ahead of Cologne game

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Arsenal set for drop into Europe’s second tier

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London (AFP) – Premier League giants Arsenal make their Europa League bow this week, slipping into the continent’s second-string competition after nearly two decades in the Champions League, with AC Milan also injecting star quality.

Arsene Wenger’s men, fifth in the Premier League last season - their first finish outside the top four since 1995-96 - take on German side Cologne on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Espionage: FC Cologne Hatch Devious Plot To Crib Arsenal’s Starting XI Ahead Of Europa League Opener (Photos)

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With a big Europa League opener against Arsenal in the offing this week, Cologne (or FC Köln if you'd prefer) have hatched an ingenious ruse to forge themselves a head-start against their Premier League opponents.

Like the Trojan Horse of legend, the devious ploy to crib Arsene Wenger's starting XI came cleverly disguised as a pre-match present, withKöln extending the hand of friendship via the two clubs' official Twitter accounts.

Will fans mind if 2nd string Arsenal flop in Europa League?

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After facing our fourth game in the English Premier League this weekend, Arsenal will face the first of the six group games in the Europa League and if Arsene Wenger is true to his word it is likely to be a much changed team that lines up for the Gunners and that could well mean [...]

Premier League clubs’ European competition preview

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The new season is now underway, as all major European league play has officially begun. This weekend however, attention from fans around the continent was on the Champions League and Europa League draws. Many English fans, in particular, were surely following the draw, as there is an astounding seven clubs from England represented in European competition.

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Catching Up…

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Its been a few weeks since my last post and as is often the case early on in a season, lots has happened. Luckily for us, things have been going pretty well so most of what I have to talk about is good news.

PAS Giannena 0-0 AEK

We've played three games since my last post, the first of which was a disappointing draw away against Giannena.

We welcome the Billy Goats for our 1st Europa League game

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This season we play Thursday night football in the Europa League and our first game is home to Fußball-Club Köln also known as FC Köln or FC Cologne in English. They play in the Bundesliga, the highest league of German football and were Champions in 1962/3, 1963/4 and 1977/8. The club's nickname Die Geißböcke ("The Billy Goats") refers to the club's mascot, a male goat named after the veteran FC player and former manager Hennes Weisweiler.