UEFA Cup Football

Thursday, 16 April 2009, 7:25PM on ITV4

 

Matt Smith presents live coverage of the UEFA Cup quarter final second leg game between Manchester City and Hamburg from the City of Manchester Stadium. 

This is City’s 16th game in Europe this season and it’s the first quarter-final in Europe for 30 years. Mark Hughes’ men scraped through on penalties against Danish club Aalborg in the last round and they come up against an in-form Hamburg side managed by former Spurs boss Martin Jol. 

Matt is joined by Andy Townsend with commentary from Peter Drury and David Pleat. Pitchside reports come from Gabriel Clarke.

 

Thursday, 16 April 2009, 5:15PM on ITV4

Matt Smith presents live coverage of the UEFA Cup quarter final second leg game between Dynamo Kiev and Paris Saint-Germain. 

Dynamo Kiev finished third, behind Porto and Arsenal, in this season’s UEFA Champions League Group Stage G and have reached their first European quarter-final for 10 years. Meanwhile PSG are in the last eight of a European competition for the first time since 1997.

Matt is joined in the studio by Andy Townsend with commentary from Jon Champion.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009, 7:30PM on ITV4

Matt Smith presents live coverage of the UEFA Champions League quarter final, second leg game between Bayern Munich and Barcelona from the Allianz Arena in Munich.

It’s a match-up between two of the great names in European football. Bayern have won this trophy on four occasions, whilst Barcelona have won it twice, in 1992 and in 2006.

Matt is joined in the studio by Robbie Earle. Peter Drury and David Pleat are commentators with pitchside reports by Ned Boulting.

 

Tuesday, 14 April 2009, 7:30PM on ITV1

Steve Rider presents live coverage of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, second leg between Chelsea and Liverpool from Stamford Bridge.

The two clubs will certainly know each other by now, having met in the semi-final of this competition in three of the last four seasons. Liverpool won in 2005-06 and in 2006-07, but Chelsea gained revenge last season, winning 4-3 on aggregate after extra-time.

Steve is joined by Andy Townsend. Commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and Jim Beglin with pitchside reports from Gabriel Clarke.

 

Thursday, 9 April 2009, 7:25PM on ITV4

Matt Smith presents live coverage of the UEFA Cup quarter-final between Hamburg and Manchester City.

Manchester City squeezed through to this stage after beating Aalborg in a penalty shoot-out in Denmark and they have reached their first European quarter-final for 29 years. However they come up against a Hamburg side managed by former Spurs boss Martin Jol and who beat Aston Villa 3-1 at home in this season’s Group Stage.

Matt is joined by Andy Townsend. Commentary comes from Peter Drury and Jim Beglin.

 

Thursday, 9 April 2009, 5:15PM on ITV4

Matt Smith presents live coverage of the UEFA Cup quarter-final between Shakhtar Donetsk and Marseille.

Reigning Ukrainian champions Shakhtar finished third in this season’s UEFA Champions League Group C, winning three of their six games, including a 3-2 victory at Barcelona. Marseille, 1993 European Cup winners plus 1999 and 2004 UEFA Cup finalists, finished third in this season’s UEFA Champions League Group D, losing home and away to Liverpool along the way.

Matt is joined by Andy Townsend. Commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley.

 

Tuesday, 7 April 2009, 7:30PM on ITV1

Steve Rider presents live coverage of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final, first leg between Manchester United and Porto from Old Trafford.

Manchester United are unbeaten in their last 21 Champions League games – a competition record – and it’s been four years since they lost a European match at the Theatre of Dreams. However, Porto won the Portuguese domestic league for the last three seasons and won the competition in 2004 under Jose Mourinho.

Steve is joined by Andy Townsend. Commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and David Pleat with pitchside reports from Gabriel Clarke.


 

Tuesday, 7 April 2009, 7:30PM on ITV4

Matt Smith presents live coverage of Arsenal’s UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg against Villareal in Spain.

The Gunners only narrowly made it to this, their fifth Champions League quarter-final, after a penalty shoot-out against Roma.

These two clubs met in the semi-final in 2005-06, with Arsenal winning 1-0 on aggregate and going through to the final, where they lost to Barcelona. Ex-Gunner Robert Pires is in the Villarreal squad.

Matt is joined in the studio by Robbie Earle. Commentary comes from Peter Drury and Jim Beglin with pitchside reports from Ned Boulting.


 

Five presents a second night of live UEFA Cup action as Tottenham travel to play Shakhtar Donetsk of the Ukraine. This Round of 32 match takes place at the 25,000-capacity RSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium in Donetsk. Presented by Colin Murray with commentary from Tony Jones and former Everton and Wales defender Kevin Ratcliffe. Kick-off is at 18.45.

Tottenham’s rollercoaster season takes a new twist this week as their UEFA Cup campaign resumes. Harry Redknapp’s men have enjoyed mixed fortunes of late. They scraped a 6-4 win on aggregate against Championship side Burnley to reach the Carling Cup final, but crashed out to Man United in the FA Cup.

Tottenham’s Premiership campaign has been a bumpy ride since Redknapp took over in October. After a good win over Stoke, Spurs sit in mid table but are just a handful of points away from the drop zone. The manager made a positive impact in his first few months in charge, before Spurs suffered a six-game winless streak in the league stretching back to their draw with Man United in December.

Injuries have played their part in stalling Tottenham’s recovery. Among those queuing up on the White Hart Lane phsyio’s bench are Ledley King, Aaron Lennon and Darren Bent. To bolster his front line, Redknapp caused a stir by re-signing his former Portsmouth charge Jermain Defoe. The club agreed a fee in the region of £15million to reclaim the England international, who has knocked in three goals since his return.

Tottenham’s leading scorers this season are Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko, with 12 goals apiece. In the UEFA Cup, Spurs finished second in their group to book a place in the Round of 32, chalking up victories over NEC Nijmegen and Dinamo Zagreb along the way. If they can overcome Shakhtar Donetsk home and away, a possible fixture against Aston Villa awaits – should Martin O’Neill’s men eliminate CSKA Moscow.

Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk make their bow in this year’s UEFA Cup having been eliminated from the group stage of the Champions League. Two wins over Basle and an impressive 3-2 away victory over Barcelona were not enough to stop the club finishing third in their group.

Shakhtar are a force to be reckoned with in their domestic league, where they have won the championship four times in the last seven years – including last season. The title is in danger of running away from them this year, however, as Shakhtar are currently fifth on 31 points – 12 points adrift of pacesetters Dynamo Kiev.

The Ukraine team play at the city’s 25,000- capacity RSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium, a temporary home while work is completed on the brand-new Donbass Arena. The new stadium, the first in Eastern Europe to be designated as a five-star UEFA venue, will boast 50,000 seats – 93 per cent of which will be covered. The $400million arena is due to open later in 2009.

While manager Mircea Lucescu has a new stadium to look forward to, he will put such considerations to one side to focus on winning this plum tie against a Premier League club. Lucescu took Turkish side Besiktas to the quarter finals of the UEFA Cup in 2003 and will be looking to improve on his record with Shakhtar this season. Returning from their winter break, the Ukranian side will also be more refreshed than their English visitors.

Live UEFA Cup action roars back onto Five with coverage of this Round of 32 clash between Aston Villa and CSKA Moscow. Martin O’Neill’s men will be looking to take a big step towards the next round with victory at Villa Park. Colin Murray presents while former Villa manager Graham Taylor joins Dave Woods in the commentary box. Kick-off is at 19.00.

Aston Villa have enjoyed a terrific season in the Premiership so far this term, chalking up 47 points in 23 games – just three points off the top. Currently sitting pretty in fourth place, the club are locked in a once-unthinkable battle with Arsenal for the last Champions League spot. The Midlands side have lost only one game out of the five they have played against the so-called Big Four.

Martin O’Neill has a clutch of goal scorers to thank for his side’s fine form. Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored ten goals in all competitions so far this season, while John Carew, Gareth Barry and Ashley Young have contributed seven each. The defence is still a little shaky – Villa have let in 24 goals since August. The team must also cope with the loss of captain Martin Laursen, who was ruled out for two months at the end of January due to a knee injury.

O’Neill has teamed up again with Emile Heskey, signing the England striker from Wigan in a £3.5million deal during the January transfer window. Heskey helped O’Neill lift the League Cup twice at their former club, Leicester, and will add to Villa’s already formidable attacking line-up. He immediately impressed by scoring on his debut, a 1-0 Premiership away win over Portsmouth.

In the UEFA Cup, O’Neill’s players scraped into the Round of 32 by finishing third in their group. The Villans started brightly with victories over Ajax and Slavia Prague, before losing to MSK Zilina and Hamburg – games in which O’Neill chose to rest a number of key players. Nonetheless, the manager knows that his men will have to pull out all the stops against stiffer competitors as the UEFA Cup reaches its critical stages.

Aston Villa’s opponents are Russian giants CSKA Moscow. Winners of the 2005 UEFA Cup, CSKA secured qualification for the Round of 32 by topping their group with a clean sweep of victories over La Coruña, Lech Poznan, AS Nancy and Feyenoord.

CSKA’s trip to Villa Park will be the first game in charge for Brazilian coach Zico, who takes the helm following the departure of the long-serving Valeri Gazzaev in December. A star of the Brazil national team in the 1970s and 80s, Zico was the 1983 World Player of the Year. His managerial career includes a four-year stint as coach of Japan and a spell with Fenerbahce, with whom he won the Turkish league in 2005.

Zico inherits a squad in good form. CSKA have won the Russian Premier League three times since 2003, finishing second in 2008. He can also count the UEFA Cup’s leading goal scorer this season amongst his squad. Vágner Love has found the net eight times on his way to the Round of 32 and has recently been linked with a £12million move to Everton.

Martin O’Neill, facing his first managerial game against Russian opposition, will be conscious of the daunting trip to the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow that awaits in the second leg, and will be looking to dominate on home soil.

Should Villa triumph, a mouth-watering potential meeting with Tottenham lies ahead in the next round – a game that would be only the third all- English UEFA Cup tie in the competition’s history.

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