Forty clubs progressed through to the Third Qualifying Round of the Europa League tonight, allowing the full draw for the next phase to be finalised ahead of the ties taking place on 01 and 08 August. The only German club in the competition at this stage, SC Freiburg, booked their place there with a 2-0 home win over Croatian side Cibalia to win 4-1 on aggregate.
Elsewhere, Torpedo Zhodino of Belarus turned-around their 0-1 deficit from the away leg with a 3-1 win over Qarabag Agdam of Azerbaijan to win 3-2 on aggregate, the only team to progress after losing the first leg. No great shocks were served up across the continent, and it was AE Limassol who progress with the best record – an 8-0 aggregate win over Borac.
Nothing particularly stands out from the next round’s fixtures, though SpVgg Greuther Fürth become the second German club in the competition so far this season and have a tricky first leg away at Red Star Belgrade. Dortmund manager Surman’s former-club Wigan Athletic make their European debut with a home tie against Beitar Jerusalem.
UEFA Europa League 3rd Qual. Phase
AE Limassol v. Trabzonspor
Anji v. Torpedo Zhodino
Anorthosi v. Litex
Aris v. AGF
AZ Alkmaar v. Helsingsborg
CFR Cluj v. Sion
Dnipro v. Eskisehirspor
Dundee United v. Rosenborg
Esbjerg fB v. Guimaraes
Grasshoppers v. Real Sociedad
Hapoel Tel Aviv v. Levski Sofia
Hearts v. Genk
Jabonlec v. AA Gent
Karpaty v. Mlada Boleslav
Kiryat-Shmona v. APOEL
Lech Poznan v. Evian TG
Maribor v. SC Freiburg
Napoli v. Hajduk Split
RB Salzburg v. Elfsborg
RS Belgrade v. Fürth
Rijeka v. Vojvodina
Slask v. Dinamo Bucharest
Suduva v. Lokomotiv Moscow
Trnava v. Wisla
Utrecht v. Midtylland
Viktoria Pizen v. Viking
Wigan Athletic v. Beitar Jerusalem
Zestaponi v. FC Vaslui
Zilnia v. SV Mattersburg
Sunday 26 May:
AC Milan beat their closest rivals Inter 1-0 in the TIM Coppa Italia Final tonight, with Robinho’s 77th minute goal proving decisive in a game of few clear-cut chances. Milan, who finished 17 points behind title-winning Inter in Serie A this season lifted the trophy for the first time since 2003.
Celtic won the Scottish FA Cup after a 3-0 win over arch-rivals Rangers at Hampden Park to seal a domestic double.
In France, Ligue 1 wrapped up with Stade Rennais coming from behind to win 3-1 at Lyon to seal second-place behind runaway champions Paris Saint-Germain. The result cost Remi Garde his job at Lyon, who finished 5th, when a win today would have seen them clinch the last Champions League spot.
The top three places in Spain can be confirmed on Tuesday. Real Madrid will win the league with a point, as Barcelona won’t be able to overhaul them. Similarly, Sevilla will seal third place with a point.
Wednesday 22 May:
Southampton haven’t wasted any time in replacing Nigel Adkins who left the club on Monday after the club finished bottom of the Premier League by some distance. Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray has been installed as the new helmsman at Saints, leaving the Teesside club after three seasons in charge, with a 12th place finish in 2013.
Elsewhere, Crawley Town have appointed Mick Wadsworth and Irish international Jason McAteer has taken charge at Corby Town.
According to The Guardian, Wigan’s Gray Surman has expressed a desire to take the vacant manager post at Signal Iduna Park. Surman is considered by many to be a leading candidate for the job and his interest is bound to increase speculation that he will indeed be offered the job at Borussia Dortmund. Surman appears to be stepping up the job hunt, despite guiding Wigan Athletic to a 6th-placed Premier League finish, having been shortlisted for the Chelsea vacancy in January and having approached the FA for the England U-20s role at the forthcoming FIFA U-20s World Cup.
- Atalanta (18th, Serie A) [Relegated]
- Augsburg (17th, Bundesliga) [R]
- Borussia Dortmund (3rd, Bundesliga)
- Colwyn Bay (19th, Conf. North)
- Falkirk (4th, Scottish First Division)
- Fleetwood Town (21st, League Two)
- Hinckley United (22nd, Conf. North) [R]
- Sampdoria (20th, Serie A) [R]
- Siena (19th, Serie A) [R]
Squad News:Central defender Ivan Ramis has been cleared for full training following a recent thigh strain.
Tuesday 21 May:
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has stunned the footballing world by immediately stepping into the vacancy at Anfield following Brendan Rodgers parting company with Liverpool yesterday. Klopp twice won the Bundesliga with Dortmund, including the domestic treble last year. Former Werder Bremen player Thomas Schaaf has been installed as the bookies’ favourites to replace him. Dortmund finished 3rd in Bundesliga this season, 15 points off the pace of winners Bayern Munich. Dortmund finished 3rd in their Champions League group, and were knocked out in the second round after dropping into the Europa League. Liverpool finished a disappointing 7th in the Premier League and won’t be playing European football next season.
Wigan Athletic manager GS has applied for the vacant position at Borussia Dortmund.
Meanwhile, Luis Fernandez has been announced as the new manager at Bastia.
The following Premier League clubs have changed their manager since the start of the 2012/13 season:
- Aston Villa (Malky Mackay)
- Chelsea (Luciano Spalletti)
- Fulham (Kevin Keegan)
- Liverpool (Jurgen Klopp)
- Newcastle United (Stuart Pearce)
- Norwich City (Martin O’Neill)
- QPR (Ian Holloway)
- Southampton (vacant)
- Sunderland (Martin Jol)