Our sports news review starts with football – Europa League draw was announced today and we will witness several very interesting clashes in group phase.
The teams are divided in 12 groups and here is the complete preview of the draw:
Group A consists of Manchester United, Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Zorya.
Group B consists of Olympiacos, APOEL, Young Boys and Astana.
Group C consists of Anderlecht, St. Etienne, Mainz and Qabala.
Group D consists of Zenit, AZ Alkmaar, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Dundalk.
Group E consists of Plzen, Roma, Austria Wien and Astra.
Group F consists of Athletic Bilbao, Genk, Rapid Wien and Sassuolo.
Group G consists of Ajax, Standard Liege, Celta and Panathinaikos.
Group H consists of Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga, Gent and Konyaspor.
Group I consists of Schalke, Salzburg, Krasnodar and Nice.
Group J consists of Fiorentina, PAOK, Liberec and Qarabag.
Group K consists of Inter, Sparta Prague, Southampton and Hapoel Beer Sheva.
Group L consists of Villareal, Steaua, Zurich and Osmanlispor.
In Spanish Primera Division two matches were played tonight. Betis Deportivo tied 0:0 with La Coruna, and the game between Espanyol and Malaga also ended in a tie, but with goals – 2:2.
In German Bundesliga one match was played tonight. Bayern Munich opened up the season with a spectacular victory over Werder Bremen. The result was 6:0 and three goals were scored by Lewandowski, while Alonso, Lahm and Ribery contributed with one goal each.
In French Ligue 1 one match was played tonight. Marseille beat Lorient by 2:0.
In Dutch Eredivisie one match was played tonight. Vitesse and Utrecht tied the game, with 1:1.
In English Championship one match was played tonight. Burton beat Derby by 1:0.
Salvatore Sirigu transferred from PSG to Sevilla. Italian international requested a regular first team place and it seems that Sevilla board accepted his terms.
Arsene Wenger is reportedly seeking for reinforcements in Spain. It seems that Arsenal will meet Valencia’s requirements for defender Shkodran Mustafi and another player on Wenger’s radar is attacker Lucas Perez, who scored 17 goals for Deportivo La Coruna last season.
Simone Zaza will continue his career in West Ham, while Inter bought Joao Mario and Gabriel Barbosa for 70 million euros!
Thierry Henry will start his managerial career in Belgian national team. Frenchman was named as the assistant manager of Roberto Martinez today.
US Open draw has been made today. First seed Novak Djokovic will play against Jerzy Janowicz in the first round and after that probably with Jiri Vesely. In the third round his opponent should be Martin Klizan, while in the fourth round he can face home favorite John Isner. Former champion Marin Cilic should be his opponent in the quarterfinals, while we may see another classic against Rafael Nadal in the semis. Overall, Novak Djokovic doesn’t have a tough draw on this year’s US Open. On the other hand, Andy Murray will face Lukasz Rosol in the first round and against Granollers or Monaco in the second. Gilles Simon can be his rival in the third round, while Feliciano Lopez or Grigor Dimitrov might face him in the fourth round. Kei Nishikori should wait him in the quarterfinals, while Stan Wawrinka is his projected rival in the semis. Overall, Andy Murray has much a harder draw in front of him than Djokovic.