In the 59th minute of Zenit St. Petersburg's final home match of the season, 31-year-old Russian international Roman Shirokov was brought on to boos and jeers. In the first minute of injury time, Shirokov put away the final goal in Zenit's 3-1 win against Volga Nizhny and he celebrated by giving fans behind the goal an "up yours" gesture as payback for his reception half an hour earlier.
Lange hat es gedauert, aber nun hat sich endlich ein Verein dazu entschlossen, zu handeln und den Hooligans und Pyrotechnikfanatikern das Handwerk zu legen. Das will man dabei mit einer ganz einfach aber ungewöhnlichen Methode erreichen, nämlich mit Schweinen. In Russland bei Zenit St. Petersburg platziert man bei der Einlasskontrolle Schweine und lässt diese an [.
There is no doubt that Andrei Arshavin was an extremely talented individual when he first arrived at Arsenal, but it would seem that Arsene Wenger no longer has any faith in the ex-captain of Russia.
The little maestro has only made two League Cup starts for the Gunners this season, despite performing admirably when given the chance, and he must now be deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates and has been practically invisible on the pitch and in the media for a long long time.
Arshavin set to be another player to leave the Emirates by AH
If Arsenal are to buy anyone in this transfer window, it will be most dependent on who leaves the club and at the moment it seems we have a number of players who could be heading for the exit door this January and Andrei Arshavin is set to be one of them.
The most talked about Arsenal transfer rumour this morning is the fact that the Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is set to join Reading as soon as the window opens. It has even been reported in the local Reading Chronicle yesterday who are known to have contacts at the Majedski Stadium.
The deal with the Gunners is expected to be finalised quickly in early January, although the Chronicle says that Reading are only willing to pay £4 million whereas Arsenal are wanting £5 million.
When the largest fan club of Zenit St Petersburg (champions of Russia) demanded the club not buy black or gay players there was a shudder throughout a lot of football. What wasn't mentioned (as far as I could see) however was that Arsenal got a mention in the manifesto.
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Andrey Arshavin was the record transfer for Arsenal until Arsene Wenger signed Santi Cazorla from Malaga this summer. He is also thought to be one of the highest paid players at the club. Despite some flashes of the brilliance we all know he is capable of, it is safe to say that his time at Arsenal has been considerably less successful than hoped.
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Say what you want about Luis Suarez but the man lives his football... Image: sportinglife.com
Liverpool were just 1 goal away from progressing through to the next stage of the Europa League last night but an early mistake by stalwart Jamie Carragher made things even more difficult for the Reds.
With his great goals and handballs, tremendous skill and dives, clutch performances and bans for racial abuse, Luis Suarez is a footballer who elicits emotions in extremes. He exists in the complex gray area between supporters who think he is a persecuted genius and detractors who think he is the devil's mentor.
If there was something missing from Thursday's UEFA Europa League action, it certainly was not drama.
Sixteen teams advanced to the next round of the competition, including a Zenit St Petersburg side that suffered a big scare against Liverpool. The Russian club nearly allowed Liverpool to come back in the two-legged series, giving up three unanswered goals at Anfield to lose, 3-1, but still advancing on away goals on a 3-3 aggregate courtesy of an early strike at from Hulk.
Jordan Henderson of Liverpool (Photo via Getty Images)
So much can be summed up by so little a photograph, a song, even a word.
For Liverpool, an entire era can bed summarized with the merest utterance of the city Istanbul. The capital of Turkey is where the unlikeliest of Liverpool sides rose to the occasion when everything appeared lost against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final.
Glen Johnson of Liverpool (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
After coming off of a disappointing defeat in Russia last Thursday, Liverpool bounced back with a convincing 5-0 win against Swansea. The Reds will look to continue that momentum at home when they face Zenit again on Thursday.
Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers is short on strikers for the tie after Striker Fabio Borini is out of contention due to a shoulder injury in Sunday's 5-0 thrashing of Swansea. Daniel Sturridge and playmaker Philippe Coutinho are also ineligible to play in the competition. Centre back Martin Skrtel is reportedly out of the squad with a knee problem suffered by the defender in training.
Martin Skrtel is "unlikely" to feature in Liverpool's Europa League clash with former club Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday night with a knee injury, confirmed manager Brendan Rodgers at his pre-match press conference earlier today.
"He is being assessed but I think he'll struggle," he told reporters gathered at Melwood.
Kuipers has done two previous Liverpool matches, both in 2009-10: a 1-0 win at Debrecen in the Champions League (not the supposed match-fixing one) and a 4-1 win over Benfica in the Europa League quarterfinal – a match where Liverpool needed to overcome a 1-2 away leg deficit.
Hulk of FC Zenit St Petersburg battles for the ball with Jose Enrique of Liverpool FC-Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images
Brazilian forward Hulk was the star of the night in Russia as his thunderous strike gave Zenit St.Petersburg the lead after a normally efficient Suarez failed to capitalise on early opportunities for Liverpool.
Liverpool conceded two goals in less than three minutes to Zenit St Petersburg to leave their Europa League campaign hanging in the balance. Despite having failed to properly test goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev with a number of chances the Reds seemed to be managing to hold on in their last-32 Europa League first-leg tie in the sub-zero Petrovsky Stadium.
Liverpool's hopes of Europa League success took a massive blow when Hulk fired Zenit into the lead with just over 20 minutes remaining followed by Sergei Semak close range tap in which gave Zenit a 2-0 victory over the Reds.
Liverpool created plenty of chances but where wasteful in front of the goal.
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Despite not playing to their full potential, Liverpool create and subsequently spurn multiple excellent chances. Little by little, Liverpool start to dominate the game. And then Liverpool concede against the run of play.
Luis Suarez of Liverpool (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool will look to shake off a disappointing performance against West Brom on Monday when they travel east to play Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg on Thursday night. The tie could have been perhaps a Champions League game with a stature of the clubs in recent years and certainly represents a tough tie for both clubs in the round of 32 in the Europa League.
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Liverpool make the rather long trip to Russia on Thursday evening whilst unwittingly creating several arguments between couples on Valentine's night as one pleads to watch the match and the other drags them out for a meal.
With the return of Europa League action coming on Thursday with a trip to St. Petersburg to face Zenit, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has voiced his concerns going into the match. Those concerns, however, have very little to do with what could happen on the pitch when Liverpool face a side boasting names like Hulk, Danny, and Bruno Alves.
I reckon that Zenit St. Petersburg is one of the worst draws Liverpool could receive.
Not only is it another long, debilitating trip to Russia (I hear Russia is lovely in February!), but Zenit are an incredibly talented side. Or, at least, they've got an awful lot of incredibly talented players: Hulk, Danny, and Kerhakov in attack; Witsel, Shirokov, Denisov in midfield.
Liverpool travel to Russia without Striker Daniel Sturridge and Midfielder Philippe Coutinho for their Europa League clash against Zenit St Petersburg as both the players are not permitted to play, having represented their previous clubs in European competitions earlier in the season.
Boss Brendan Rodgers has selected his strongest squad with skipper Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jose Reina and Jamie Carragher all included along with youngsters Conor Coady and Suso.
Liverpool have been handed a tricky tie against mega-rich Russian side, Zenit Saint Petersburg in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.The Merseyside club have already competed in Russia so far this season, having drawn Anzhi Makhachkala in the group stages.
Los partidos de ida de los dieciseisavos, que los dos equipos españoles jugarán en casa, se disputarán el próximo jueves 14 de febrero y los de vuelta siete días después, el 21; mientras que los octavos se jugarán los días 7 y 14 de marzo de 2013.
Luis Suarez is a great player but unfortunately he is also a knacker when he doesn't get his own way, like he showed last night when he stood on Zenit defender Tomas Hubocan who got the better of the Uruguayan striker as for the Official behind the goal who seen it happen, what a waste of time and money.
Referees often get accused of being out to get one team or another, but rarely do they resort to tackling the players. During a friendly between Zenit and Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit's Viktor Fayzulin was trying to get around a defender just as the ref slipped into his path. It's hard to tell whether Fayzulin was tripped up by the feet of the downed official or the grappling defender or both.
A Zenit St. Petersburg supporters group has issued a staggeringly ridiculous statement demanding that black and gay footballers be excluded from the team to "maintain the national identity of the club." What takes it to another level of stupidity is that the clearly racist statement actually begins with the words "We're not racists but.
The disturbing global trend of fans throwing explosives at footballers continues, this time with a match between Zenit and Dynamo Moscow being abandoned before halftime. Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin was taken to a hospital with burns to his cornea after a firecracker thrown by Zenit fans exploded at his feet.