UEFA caps Champions League and Europa League ticket prices for away fans

3 Sep

UEFA has announced that ticket prices for away fans will be capped in the Champions League and Europa League with immediate effect.

The move will see supporters of Europe’s top clubs charged a maximum of £63.50 in the Champions League and £41 in the Europa League.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin (right) has confirmed that away tickets will be capped in the Champions League and Europa League with immediate effect
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Confirming the news UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said: “Fans are the lifeblood of the game and those who follow their teams to away matches must have access to tickets at a reasonable price, bearing in mind the cost they have already had to incur for their trip.

“By capping ticket prices, we want to make sure that away fans can still travel to games and play their part in making the atmosphere inside football stadiums so special.”

The decision comes ahead of the Champions League and Europa League group stages, which kick off later this month.

English quartet Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham all previously called on European football’s governing body to make ticket prices more reasonable for fans who travel abroad.

This price cap will come as a welcome boost to many supporters who travel far and wide to follow their team in Europe, with many struggling with travel arrangements and getting hold of tickets for the finals in Madrid and Baku respectively last season.

Match Attax 2019/20: Top 15 forwards in the Champions League and Europa League, including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

2 Sep

The Match Attax trading card game is back for the 2019/20 season.

Topps are bringing you the best superstars from across Europe in the Champions League and Europa League, which means there are over 400 cards to collect.

Which Manchester United superstars do you want in your team?
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Whether it be through buying a Mega Tin, or just snapping up an individual booster pack containing 10 cards you can create your dream team with a maximum value of £100million.

If your collection of superstars is going to dominate the opposition you’re going to need a sensational striker to stick the ball in the back of the net?

But who are the best attackers in Europe, according to Match Attax? Find out below.

12= Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – ATT: 87

12= Antoine Griezmann (Barcelona) – ATT: 87

12= Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang  (Arsenal) – ATT: 87

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of Arsenal’s top stars in Match Attax
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12= Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) – ATT: 87

8= Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain) – ATT: 88

8= Heung-Min Son (Tottenham Hotspur) – ATT: 88

8= Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – ATT: 88

Harry Kane has already been amongst the goals this season for Tottenham Hotspur
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8= Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – ATT: 88

3= Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) – ATT: 89

3= Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – ATT: 89

3= Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – ATT: 89

3= Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – ATT: 89

Mohamed Salah was sensational for Liverpool last season
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3= Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – ATT: 89

Sergio Aguero just can’t stop scoring goal
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1= Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – ATT: 90

1= Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – ATT: 90

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is set for another huge season full of goals and assists
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Liverpool vs Newcastle, Leeds vs Derby, Champions League fixtures, Tyson Fury next bout, Khabib UFC fight – What’s on talkSPORT in September?

2 Sep

Summer may be all but over but talkSPORT will be on hand this September to stave off those winter blues.

August was full of drama in the sporting world with the return of Premier League and EFL football, the Ashes clashes between England and Australia and thrilling nights of boxing.

Liverpool vs Newcastle will be among talkSPORT’s live coverage in September
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Now, and with autumn fast approaching, we are into September but the action will keep coming over the next few weeks and talkSPORT will be across it all.

First up this month, we’ll have full coverage of England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo plus coverage of the showpiece group game of Germany vs Netherlands.

Then the Premier League will return with a bang as GameDay plays host to the top-flight’s top two as Liverpool host Newcastle and Manchester City take on Norwich on Saturday, September 14.

We’ll bring you a host of other Prem games and EFL clashes before the end of the month with games like Leicester vs Tottenham and Leeds vs Derby.

September will also see the return of Champions League and Europa League football with England’s big guns in action. talkSPORT will have a host of fixtures from Europe’s elite competitions coming up soon.

Away from football, we’ll also be bringing you all the best action from the two remaining Ashes Tests as England look to beat the Aussie to the famous urn.

Tyson Fury will take on Otto Wallin this month
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In boxing, Tyson Fury is set to return to the ring when he takes on Sweden’s Otto Wallin on September 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

And in UFC, Conor McGregor’s fierce rival Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his long-awaited comeback against Dustin Poirier on September 7.

We’ll be bringing you the very latest from both huge fight nights!

talkSPORT’s football commentaries in September 2019

Champions League, Europa League and Premier League 3pm games to be confirmed

Friday 6th September – Germany vs Netherlands

Saturday 7th September – MK Dons vs AFC Wimbledon

Saturday 7th September – Sunderland vs Burton

Saturday 7th September – England vs Bulgaria

Tuesday 10th September – England vs Kosovo

England will be in Euro 2020 qualifier action this month
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Friday 13th September – Derby vs Cardiff

Saturday 14th September – Liverpool vs Newcastle

Saturday 14th September – Fulham vs West Brom

Saturday 14th September – Norwich vs Man City

Sunday 15th September – Barnsley vs Leeds

Sunday 15th September – Huddersfield vs Sheffield Wednesday

Saturday 21st September – Leicester vs Tottenham

Leeds vs Derby will be live on talkSPORT this month
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Saturday 21st September – Leeds vs Derby

Saturday 21st September – Newcastle vs Brighton

Sunday 22nd September – West Brom vs Huddersfield

Friday 27th September – Stoke vs Nottingham Forest

Saturday 28th September – Sheffield Utd vs Liverpool

Saturday 28th September – QPR vs West Brom

Saturday 28th September – Leicester vs Newcastle

Europa League draw shows how far Manchester United have fallen, says Arsenal legend Martin Keown

30 Aug

Friday’s Europa League draw showed just how far Manchester United have fallen, Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes.

Speaking to talkSPORT the former defender said ‘these are difficult times’ for the Premier League giants.

Having failed to qualify for Champions League football last season, the Red Devils were back in the group stage draw for Europe’s second tier competition for the first time since they lifted the trophy in 2017.

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The current Manchester United team looks completely different to the one that lifted the Europa League title two years’ ago
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And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men were handed a relatively kind draw, as they face Astana of Kazakhstan, Partizan Belgrade of Serbia and AZ Alkmaar of the Netherlands in Group L.

Keown’s old club Arsenal were also in the draw too, of course – the Gunners are in Group F with German club Frankfurt, Belgian side Standard Liege and Portuguese outfit Vitoria – and the Premier League clubs are two of the big early favourites to be crowned champions.

United are by far the biggest-spending club in the competition this season, although the departures of a number of players this summer, including Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, may mean they could struggle to juggle both domestic and European competition.

And when reacting to the draw alongside talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday, former England defender Keown admitted it’s a sign of where United are.

“You have to take your medicine,” he said.

“United didn’t qualify for the Champions League and we know about the number of teams that are now in this Europa League.

“They’ve got to the get the job done in the early stages and one of the journeys is ridiculously long [it’s a nine-hour flight from Manchester to Astana], so it’s trying to balance all of that.

“These are difficult times for Manchester United.

United suffered a surprise league defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend
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“One win in the league eight Premier League games – can you believe that?

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under pressure there and we’re still early into the new season.

“By the time the Europa league comes round, let’s hope he’s still in a job. I assume he will be, but these are fences he’s got to clear to get through the early stages of this competition.”

UEFA force Rangers to close section of Ibrox for next home Europa League match due to sectarian chanting

30 Aug

UEFA have ordered Rangers to close a 3,000 seat section of Ibrox for their first home Europa League group stage match after sectarian chanting in Warsaw last week.

Rangers were hit with the same punishment in their second leg qualifier win over Legia Warsaw on Thursday.

Rangers were forced to close a section of Ibrox against Legia Warsaw and will have to do the same in their first Europa League group stage game
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Alfredo Morelos scored an injury-time winner, the only goal over the two legs, to send the Gers into the group stage of this year’s competition.

But they will be depleted in home support when their first home group stage game gets underway next month.

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A UEFA statement said: “The Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body has decided to order a partial closure of the Rangers FC stadium during the next one (1) UEFA competition match in which Rangers FC will play as the host club, for the racist behaviour of its supporters.

“Rangers FC shall inform UEFA of the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 3,000 seats.

“The Scottish club is ordered to display a banner with the wording “#EqualGame”, with the UEFA logo on it.”

Rangers were drawn in Group G during Friday’s draw, where they are joined by Porto, Young Boys and Feyenoord.

Legia Warsaw are also likely to be in hot water with UEFA after setting off flares which temporarily stopped the game at Ibrox.

Referee Slavko Vincic ordered a three-minute stoppage in the second-half after smoke from the flares made it difficult to see.

Europa League draw: Arsenal, Man United, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers discover group stage opponents

30 Aug

Arsenal, Man United, Wolves, Celtic and Rangers have discovered their opponents for the 2019/20 Europa League group stage.

All five British teams were in the hat when the draw took place in Monaco, but they’ve all avoided each other having been drawn in separate groups.

Chelsea currently hold the Europa League trophy, having defeated Arsenal in last season’s final
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Europa League group stage draw in full:

GROUP A: Sevilla, APOEL, Qarabag, F91 Dudelange

GROUP B: Dynamo Kyiv, Kopenhaven, Malmo, Lugano

GROUP C: Basel, Krasnodar, Getafe, Trabzonspor

GROUP D: Sporting CP, PSV Eindhoven, Rosenborg, LASK

GROUP E: Lazio, Celtic, Stade Rennais, CFR Cluj

GROUP F: Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt, Standard Liege, Vitoria

GROUP G: Porto, Young Boys, Feyenoord, Rangers

GROUP H: CSKA Moscow, Ludogorets, Espanyol, Ferencvaros

GROUP I: Wolfsburg, Gent, Saint-Etienne, Oleksandriya

GROUP J: Roma, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Wolfsberger

GROUP K: Besiktas, Braga, Wolves, Slovan Bratislava

GROUP L: Manchester United, Astana, Partizan Belgrade, AZ Alkmaar

Europa League draw 2019/20: What are Manchester United’s worst-case scenarios?

30 Aug

Manchester United would have looked on at the Champions League draw on Thursday with envy having blown their chance to reach club football’s premier competition.

Instead, they have had to settle for a place in the Europa League and will soon discover who they will come up against in the group stages.

United find out their Europa League fate today
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It is the first time in two seasons United are back in the Europa League and they beat Ajax 2-0 in the final for their first success in the tournament.

Last season, United reached the Champions League quarter-final after producing a stunning performance to come from two goals down to defeat Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16.

However, they were dumped out by Barcelona, having lost 4-0 on aggregate.

The Red Devils have been seeded in Pot 1, along with Arsenal and clubs cannot face teams from the same country in the groups, also ruling out a meeting with Pot Three placed Wolves.

talkSPORT.com takes a look below at what you need to know ahead of the draw.

When and where is the draw?

The draw takes place on Friday 30 August in Monaco at 12pm GMT (midday).

How can I watch the draw?

talkSPORT 2 will be broadcasting the draw live on air and fans can tune in here.

If you want to watch on TV, BT Sport will be broadcasting proceedings from the south of France on BT Sport 2.

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW POTS

Pot 1

  • Sevilla
  • Arsenal
  • Porto
  • Roma
  • Dynamo Kiev
  • Besiktas
  • Basel
  • Sporting CP
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Wolfsburg
  • Lazio

Pot 2

  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Krasnodar
  • Celtic
  • Copenhagen
  • Braga
  • Gent
  • Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Young Boys
  • Astana
  • Ludogorets
  • APOEL
  • Eintracht Franfurt

Pot 3

  • St Etienne
  • Qarabag
  • Feyenoord
  • Getafe
  • Espanyol
  • Malmo
  • Partizan
  • Standard Liege
  • Rennes
  • Rosenborg
  • Istanbul Basaksehir

Pot 4

  • AZ Aalkmaar
  • Vitoria de Guimaraes
  • Trabszonspor
  • Oleksandriya
  • Dudelange
  • LASK Linz
  • Wolfsberger
  • Slovan Bratislava
  • Lugano
  • Rangers
  • Cluj
  • Ferencvaros

What is Man United’s worst case scenarios?

Pot 2 – PSV Eindhoven

While there a number of decent sides in Pot Two, no one should really be giving United sleepless nights, if they are at their best.

Celtic and United have history in Europe and The Hoops generally tend to raise their game when they face the Old Trafford outfit, who they last met in 2008.

Astana are not considered one of the big names in this draw, but a trip to Kazakhstan on a Thursday is hardly one Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will relish.

PSV Eindhoven are probably the standout team and the Dutch side ran English opposition, in the shape of Spurs, close on two occasions last season.

PSV ran Champions League finalists Spurs close last season
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Pot 3 – Qarabag

Again there are no real standout sides here, but plenty of potential banana skins.

Rennes are the current leaders in France after winning three from three, while United lost on their last visit to Feyenoord, before over turning the deficit at Old Trafford two years ago.

Another long trip could be in store, if they are drawn against Qarabag in Azerbaijan.

Arsenal fans would dread another trip to Azerbaijan
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Pot 4 – Rangers

A ‘Battle of Britain’ fixture against Rangers would be intriguing and would be a first meeting in nearly a decade, with United winning all but one of their previous four meetings.

Morelos goal helped Rangers qualify for the Europa League
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​AZ Alkmaar are unbeaten so far this season and would likely be the next stiffest test in this pot and there could be an away day trip to Luxembourg to take on F91 Dudelange.

Arsenal Europa League draw 2019/20: What time is the draw, when are the fixtures and what is the worst case scenario for the Gunners?

30 Aug

Arsenal may well still be licking their wounds from their Europa League final thrashing three months ago, but have the chance to claim their redemption.

The Gunners were beaten 4-1 by Premier League rivals Chelsea in Baku as their last chance to qualify for the Champions League was firmly extinguished.

Arsenal fans will be hoping to go one better in the Europa League this season
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Unai Emery has terrific pedigree in the competition, having lifted the trophy three times whilst coaching Sevilla.

However, the Spaniard will be all too aware of the physical and mental exertions an extended run in the competition can have.

When is the Europa League group stage draw?

This year’s group stage draw will be held in Monaco.

It will be held on Friday, August 30, with the draw getting underway at 12pm GMT (midday).

The Champions League draw was also held in the same venue, although it took place on Thursday.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

talkSPORT 2 will be broadcasting the draw live on air and fans can tune in here.

If you want to watch on TV, BT Sport will be broadcasting proceedings from the south of France on BT Sport 2.

EUROPA LEAGUE DRAW POTS

Pot 1

  • Sevilla
  • Arsenal
  • Porto
  • Roma
  • Dynamo Kiev
  • Besiktas
  • Basel
  • Sporting CP
  • CSKA Moscow
  • Wolfsburg
  • Lazio

Pot 2

  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Krasnodar
  • Celtic
  • Copenhagen
  • Braga
  • Gent
  • Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Young Boys
  • Astana
  • Ludogorets
  • APOEL
  • Eintracht Franfurt

Pot 3

  • St Etienne
  • Qarabag
  • Feyenoord
  • Getafe
  • Espanyol
  • Malmo
  • Partizan
  • Standard Liege
  • Rennes
  • Rosenborg
  • Istanbul Basaksehir

Pot 4

  • AZ Aalkmaar
  • Vitoria de Guimaraes
  • Trabszonspor
  • Oleksandriya
  • Dudelange
  • LASK Linz
  • Wolfsberger
  • Slovan Bratislava
  • Lugano
  • Rangers
  • Cluj
  • Ferencvaros

What is Arsenal’s worst case scenario?

Pot 2 – PSV Eindhoven

PSV ran Champions League finalists Spurs close last season
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While drawing Celtic would still be a nightmare for the Gunners, facing PSV Eindhoven would be considered the worst draw from Pot 2.

The Eredivisie side held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw last season at home, before succumbing to two late goals in the return fixture in north London.

Although former Chelsea and Manchester United target Hirving Lozano has left the Netherlands, PSV are still a team to fear.

They will want to watch out for former Gunner Donyell Malen, he scored ten league goals last season and is already up and running in the Eredivisie this year.

Pot 3 – Qarabag

Arsenal fans would dread another trip to Azerbaijan
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As mentioned before, Arsenal fans have painful memories from Azerbaijan they would like to expunge.

But more than the result, the logistics involved in organising travel and accommodation for the crossing to the Caucasus proved to be a nightmare.

The Gunners beat Qarabag home and away in the group stages of last season, but the extra time spent travelling could be detrimental to their Premier League form.

Pot 4 – Rangers

Steven Gerrard will relish a chance to exhibit his managerial skills in England
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Rangers qualified for the Europa League after overcoming Legia Warsaw in their qualifier on Wednesday evening.

Alfredo Morelos scored in stoppage time to secure a 1-0 win at Ibrox and the Gers will fancy themselves to beat anyone at home.

A ‘Battle of Britain’ type of fixture is exactly the sort of game Arsenal fans have become accustomed to seeing their team crumble under the pressure of.

Legia Warsaw fans likely to bring UEFA punishment for lighting flares and halting Europa League qualifier vs Rangers in Glasgow

30 Aug

Legia Warsaw are likely to be in hot water with UEFA after the club’s fans set off flares which temporarily stopped their Europa League qualifier against Rangers on Thursday.

Rangers progressed to the group stages thanks to Alfredo Morelos’ injury-time goal to give his side a 1-0 aggregate win.

Legia Warsaw set off flares in the second-half
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But the game was marred by the away support as referee Slavko Vincic ordered a three-minute stoppage in the second-half after smoke from the flares made it difficult to see.

Rangers were also forced to close a section of Ibrox, which houses 3,000 fans, against Legia following the sectarian chants that occurred in their opening qualifier with St Joseph’s last month.

And in an attempt to taunt Gers supporters, Legia fans unfurled a banner of Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005.

A threat of a full stadium closure at Ibrox still looms after more sectarian songs were heard in Warsaw last week.

Despite the reduced capacity, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard praised the home fans in his post-match press conference.

He said: “You saw the place at the end and there wasn’t a prouder man in the building than me.

Play had to be stopped for three minutes while the thick smoke cleared
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“One of the reasons I took the job was the support. From the outside, I could see the pain and disappointment. I wanted to come in and help.

“It’s moments like tonight that make me feel so proud and make it feel worthwhile. I’m glad I signed up to it.

“I wanted nights like this from a personal point of view. But to see my players celebrating with the 47,000 fans at the end, it was an emotional time.

“I was so proud to be the manager of this club out there.”

Rangers are in Pot 4 for the Europa League draw, which takes place at midday on Friday and Gerrard said he’d love to play Manchester United.

“I wouldn’t mind going and parking the bus at Old Trafford,” the Liverpool legend said.

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