The champions of Denmark and Turkey, Copenhagen and Trabzonspor, will face each other at the end of August in the play-offs of the Football Champions League, according to the draw carried out yesterday Tuesday by UEFA in Nyon (Switzerland). The Danes and the Turks, the only national champions to join the European campaign in this final round before the group stage, had the misfortune to fall against each other. The play-offs are scheduled for August 16-17 (go) and 23-24 (return).
The other posters are with multiple unknowns because all the clubs are still in contention in the 3rd qualifying round, which ends on August 9. A shock between Dynamo kyiv and Benfica Lisbon is possible, provided that the two clubs validate their ticket for the play-offs. Former finalist of the Champions League, AS Monaco could find Glasgow Rangers or Union Saint-Gilloise, provided they first have PSV Eindhoven (the match was played yesterday late at night).
Juve in the infirmary
On the other hand, Juventus Turin, still awaiting the duration of the unavailability of its star rookie Paul Pogba, sees its infirmary filling up even before the resumption of the championship with the injuries of its American midfielder Weston McKennie and his French hope Marley Aké.
Still in Italy, Charles De Ketelaere (21), Belgian nugget from FC Bruges, arrived yesterday Tuesday in Lombardy to finalize the signing of his contract with AC Milan, according to images broadcast by the media. The young international of the Red Devils (8 selections, 1 goal) landed in the night from Monday to Tuesday in Milan, welcomed by some supporters, and began in the morning the preliminary medical examination, essential for his recruitment. He seduced last season in the Champions League in the jersey of the Belgian club, pushing AC Milan to offer some 35 million euros (bonus included) to attract him to Serie A, according to figures quoted by the press. With his technique and his speed, he seems to have the profile to play in a No. 10 role, behind Olivier Giroud, or even occupy the right wing of the Rossoneri attack. After the arrivals of his compatriot Divock Origi (ex-Liverpool) and the French Yacine Adli (ex-Bordeaux), De Ketelaere will be the third reinforcement of weight for the Milanese, also in search of a defensive midfielder to compensate for the departure of Franck Kessié (FC Barcelona) and a central defender to replace Alessio Romagnoli, leaving for Lazio Rome. AC Milan will open the 2022-2023 Serie A season on August 13, with the reception of Udinese.
Fabregas in Serie B
For his part, the Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, at the end of his contract with AS Monaco, will evolve next season in the 2nd Italian division under the colors of Como, announced Serie B on its official site. Fabregas (35) is coming off an almost white season with Monaco, having not played with the principality’s first team since September.
In Ligue 1, Alexis Beka Beka (21), French midfielder from Lokomotiv Moscow, has officially signed up with OGC Nice, the Riviera club announced. After a season in Russia, where he played 28 matches with Lokomotiv – including 6 in the Europa League -, Beka Beka is therefore returning to France in a club that has been coveting him for a long time. The duration of his contract, which has not been confirmed, would be for five seasons.
Finally, Moroccan international Tarik Tissoudali (29), victim of a cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee, will be absent for at least six months and will therefore miss the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, announced his Belgian club La Gantoise. The native of Amsterdam, who has seven selections with the Atlas Lions, was a double scorer last March during the play-offs for the World Cup against the Democratic Republic of Congo, when the Moroccans validated their ticket for the World Cup (from November 21 to December 18).
The champions of Denmark and Turkey, Copenhagen and Trabzonspor, will face each other at the end of August in the play-offs of the Football Champions League, according to the draw carried out yesterday Tuesday by UEFA in Nyon (Switzerland). The Danes and the Turks, the only national champions to enter the European campaign in this final round before the group stage, had the misfortune to fall one…
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