Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 10th 2013 Contents NYON, Switzerland---Arsenal was drawn
yesterday to play Fenerbahce in a Cham-
pions League playoff affected by legal com-
plications as it seeks a 16th straight season
in the lucrative group stage.
A pending match-fixing case involving
Fenerbahce at sport s highest court means
the Turkish club could be expelled from the
competition even if it wins. The first leg is
scheduled August 21 in Istanbul.
"We put the politics aside and Arsenal
will concentrate on the football side," Arsenal
official David Miles told The Associated
Press after the draw. "We will keep in touch
Seven-time winner AC Milan was paired
in the draw with PSV Eindhoven, the 1988
European champion, with the first match
in the Netherlands.
"It s a classic European cup match-up,"
Milan director Umberto Gandini said. "It s
a pleasure to play with such a historical club,
and it s a difficult task."
Schalke was drawn to play Metalist
Kharkiv, which is also threatened with UEFA
sanctions for a years-old domestic match-
fixing case. The Ukrainian club faces a dis-
ciplinary hearing at UEFA on Tuesday.
Among the 10 pairings it was: Lyon vs
Real Sociedad, Portuguese newcomer Pacos
de Ferreira vs Zenit St Petersburg and
Shakhter Karagandy hosting Celtic. The
Scottish champion faces a long trek to Kaza-
khstan for the first match, at the national
stadium in Astana.
First legs are played August 20 or 21 and
return matches on August 27 or 28.
Winners advance to the elite 32-team
group stage, joining established powers like
defending champion Bayern Munich,
Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester
United. It will be drawn August 29 in Mona-
co.The Court of Arbitration for Sport has
set an August 28 deadline---the day after
Arsenal hosts the return leg---to rule on
Fenerbahce s appeal against a two-year ban
from UEFA competitions. No hearing date
has been set.
UEFA s Champions League rules require
clubs not to have been involved in fixing
matches since April 2007, and several Fener-
bahce officials were convicted in a criminal
trial of fixing matches during the club s 2011
national title run. They deny wrongdoing.
Metalist also faces UEFA sanctions after
CAS last month dismissed an appeal by the
Ukrainian club s sports director against a
five-year ban from football. The Ukrainian
federation had judged that Metalist s 4-0
win against Karpaty Lviv in an April 2008
league match was fixed.
Metalist vice president Konstantin Pivo-
varov confirmed that, even if UEFA rules
against the club, it is likely to appeal that
verdict at CAS and try to continue in the
"We re expecting to play Metalist," Schalke
official Moritz Beckers-Schwarz said.
If Metalist is removed, its defeated third
qualifying round opponent---PAOK Thes-
saloniki, led by a former Schalke coach---
could in theory be reinstated.
"We would like to play PAOK because
Huub Stevens is the coach now and that
would be an interesting issue," Beckers-
Fenerbahce eliminated Salzburg this week
in the qualifying round.
Two years ago, the Fenerbahce case led
to its withdrawal from the groups draw by
the Turkish football federation on the eve
of the Monaco event. Trabzonspor was
restored in its place despite previously losing
in the qualifiers.
Other pairings Friday were: 1986 cham-
pion Steaua Bucharest vs Legia Warsaw,
Viktoria Plzen vs Maribor, Dinamo Zagreb
vs Austria Vienna, Ludogorets Razgrad vs
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MADRID---Spain has recalled striker Fer-
nando Llorente and picked five players
from its Under-21 European Champi-
onship-winning squad for next week s
friendly match against Ecuador in Quito.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque had said
after Spain lost the Confederations Cup
final to Brazil by 3-0 that he would be mak-
ing several changes to introduce new blood
into the squad.
Juventus striker Llorente joins Alvaro
Negredo, Jesus Navas and David Silva from
Manchester City as well as Barcelona s Cris-
tian Tello in attack.
Del Bosque has included new faces Inigo
Martinez and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion in
addition to Francisco "Isco" Alarcon and
new Bayern Munich signing Thiago Alcan-
tara from the U21 team.
Del Bosque said the August 14 game is
a key preparation match for World Cup
qualification as it would help cement the
team. Spain plays Finland in a Group I qual-
ifier on September 6.
"Finland is a very important game, if we
win there we would take an important step
forward," Del Bosque said. "We are ahead
of France, but we can t slacken our efforts
as that would be a big mistake," he said.
Spain heads the group standings on 11
points---one more than second-place
France---after five matches played, with Fin-
land third on six points.
"We have turned to those who made us
champions with the U-21," Del Bosque said.
Spain recalls Llorente
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid),
Pepe Reina (Napoli), Víctor Valdes
Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid),
Cesar Azipilicueta (Chelsea), Inigo Martinez
(Real Sociedad), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Sergio
Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba
(Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal),
Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Francisco "Isco"
Alarcon (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara
(Bayern Munich), Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion
(Atletico Madrid), Cesc Fabregas
Forwards: Jesus Navas (Manchester City),
David Silva (Manchester City), Alvaro
Negredo (Manchester City), Fernando
Llorente (Juventus), Cristian Tello
UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino shows a ticket with Kazakstan soccer club
Shakhter Karagandy during the draw of the play-offs games of UEFA Champions League
2013/14 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, yesterday. (AP PHOTO)
Arsenal draws Fenerbahce
in Champs League playoffs
ROME---AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli has been
included in the Italy squad to face Argentina in a
friendly match Wednesday despite having a slight
Balotelli sustained a calf injury during AC Milan s
preseason tour in the United States but further tests
have shown the problem is not as serious as first
feared and the forward has been included in Italy s
27-man squad yesterday.
Fellow striker Pablo Osvaldo returns after being
kicked off the squad for the Confederations Cup for
insulting his club coach at Roma.
Osvaldo is one of seven players included who did
not play in the June tournament, in which Italy fin-
The friendly is dedicated to Pope Francis, who is
from Argentina and an avid football fan.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia---The Asian Foot-
ball Confederation has condemned an attack
that killed and maimed fans at a match in
Pakistan this week but confirmed that the
country will still host qualifiers next month
for a continental youth tournament.
AFC president Sheik Salman bin Ibrahim Al
Khalifa responded yesterday to a bombing at
a low-key football event in Karachi on Wednes-
day which killed 11 people and wounded 24 in
an attack apparently targeting a provincial gov-
"It s shameful to attack those who are enjoy-
ing a football game," he said in a statement.
"Some of the innocent fans who lost their lives
would have been budding footballers. Football
has long given solace to people around the
He said the scheduled Group E qualifiers
for the 2014 under-16 Asian Championship
would proceed in Pakistan as part of an effort
to cultivate the growing popularity of the game
in a country where cricket is the dominant
Pakistan has not hosted a cricket interna-
tional since 2009 when gunmen attacked the
Sri Lanka team bus on the way to a test match
at Lahore, killing six police officials and a van
driver. The under-16 football tournament is
one of the few international sports events
scheduled for Pakistan since then.
Youth teams from Iran, the United Arab
Emirates, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are set to
play a round-robin at Karachi s Peoples Stadium
from September 25-29 for a spot in the 2014
in Italy squad
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