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Russia Today will be rooting for Zenit

September 17 2008

Petersburg "Zenith" will debut in the Champions League soccer match against Italy in Turin, Juventus, which will be held on Wednesday, September 17. Having won gold medals in the national championship season of 2007, Zenit won a seat in the group stage of the prestigious European Cup, where he will be the sole representative of Russia because of embarrassment Spartak Moscow in the qualifying round (total of 2:8 Dynamo Kiev).

The first ever Champions League game against St. Petersburg people hold one of the most renowned clubs of Europe: "Juventus is a 27-time champion Italy and won 11 trophies in the international arena, including the successes in 1985 and 1996 in the main Eurocup. For Juventus in the Champions League season 2008/09 is also a landmark event. "Old Lady" as a result of a corruption scandal in Italian football was in 2006 sent to the second division, its absence from European competition lasted for two years.

Best goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon world, the best player in Europe in 2003 Pavel Nedved, world champions Alessandro Del Piero, David Trezeguet and Mauro Camoranesi have left his team in a difficult moment, and they are still the leaders Juventus. Trains turintsev former coach of Chelsea, Claudio Ranieri. Due to injury steering Zenit Dick Advocaat will not be able to count on the universal Roman Shirokov and Turkish striker Fatih Tekke, but these losses can not be considered serious for the St. Petersburg team.

In good shape are forwards Pavel Pogrebnyak and Andrei Arshavin, the court came the Portuguese midfielder Danny, who has already managed to help his new team win the UEFA Super Cup winning goal in the gates of Manchester United. The lawyer said that the players of Zenit should not expect an underestimation by Juventus in this match. "Look at the game in the UEFA Super Cup and you will see that the team is really worth the words that talk about it, and view any underestimation disappears.

Do not forget that the teams are not only players like Del Piero or Arshavin. The result of working together ", - said at the pre-match press conference, the Dutch expert, adding that, as Zenit and Juventus are just starting the tournament, the contestants are on equal footing.

Zenit only once in its history, met with the Italian club. In the first round of the UEFA Cup Petrograders in 1999 gave way to the house, "Bologna" with a big score 0:3, and on the road were able to achieve a draw - 2:2. Juventus twice played with Russian teams in European competition. In the first round of the Cup UEFA-1993/94 Italians surpassed Moscow's Lokomotiv Moscow with a total score of 4:0 in the semi-finals of the Intertoto Cup-1999 "Old Lady" defeated "Rostov - 9:1 in on aggregate.

Opponents Zenit and Juventus in Group H "Transformers" and the Belarusian BATE will play in Madrid. This will be the first match of the representative of Belarus in the Champions League, and the lot chosen for the debut of not the best stadium: two games of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu (Spain in the Super Bowl and national championship), "Transformers" has consistently scored four goals. Champions League will defend his title match against the Spanish Villarreal.

In this game, probably will return to the field after injury and surgery on the ankle leader Manchester United and one of the best players in the world Cristiano Ronaldo.According mankuniantsev mentor Sir Alex Ferguson, the midfielder is recovering, "an incredible pace," and it is possible that the Portuguese on Wednesday will get match practice before Sunday supermatchem championship of England with Chelsea.

Other matches Environment: Group E: Celtic (Scotland) - Aalborg BK (Denmark) Group F: "Steaua Bucharest (Romania) - Bayern Munich (Germany), Lyon (France) - Fiorentina (Italy ) Group G: "Dinamo" (Kiev) - Arsenal (England) FC Porto (Portugal) - Fenerbahce (Turkey). Live broadcast match Juventus - Zenit held on the channel "NTV-Plus Sport." Channel "Sport" will be broadcasted live game Dinamo - Arsenal and records - a match from Turin (start at 00.45 GMT), according to RIA News .

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