2018–19 PAOK FC season
The 2018–19 season is PAOK Football Club's 93st in existence and the club's 60th consecutive season in the top flight of Greek football. The team will defend their Greek Football Cup title won in 2018, will compete in UEFA Champion's League Source: PAOK F. C. Total spending: €6M Total Income: €11.1M Net income: €5.1M Win Draw Loss Last updated: 07 April 2019 PAOK enter the competition as the two-time defending champions, having won consecutive editions in 2016–17, 2017–18. Win Draw Loss Win Draw Loss Win Draw Loss Win Draw Loss Group stage Win Draw Loss As of 07 April 2019Appearances denote players in the starting lineup, with the numbers in parentheses denoting appearances as substitute. Last update: 07 April 2019. Last updated: 07 April 2019 Last updated: 07 April 2019 Awarded monthly to the player, chosen by fans voting on PAOKFC.gr PAOK FC official website
Bengt Erik Markus Berg is a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Al-Ain and the Sweden national team. Among dedicated IFK Göteborg supporters, Berg is known as Svarte-Marcus due to his many goals in the Göteborg youth and reserve teams, also senior team; the nickname is an homage to the legendary IFK Göteborg striker Filip "Svarte-Filip" Johansson. Berg represented Sweden at Euro 2016 as well as at the 2018 World Cup. Berg started to play for a local club Torsby IF in 2002. After that, he moved to IFK Velen in 2003. After spending two years in the youth team, during the 2005 season Berg was promoted to the regular squad and played for IFK Göteborg in the Allsvenskan. During the time playing for IFK Göteborg, he played alongside his older brother Jonatan. Berg played for IFK Göteborg until the 2007 summer and put forth an attracting performance throughout his final season, as he maintained a high scoring efficiency throughout the league matches. Göteborg won the league that season and Berg received a standing ovation upon leaving the field after the 5–0 away victory over Kalmar FF where Berg scored, his last for the club because of his suspension for the game against Djurgårdens IF.
On 10 August 2007, Dutch club Groningen signed Berg for a reported £2.5 million to replace the departing Ajax-bound Luis Suárez. Berg had a good debut season in the Netherlands. Although he was not the top scorer in the Eredivisie in 2007–08, he scored 18 goals for Groningen, helping the Dutch outfit to a seventh-place finish. In the 2008–09 season, Groningen remained top of the Eredivisie table after five games played. Berg had a good display as well, he managed to score. He scored four goals in a December game against Roda JC. On 17 July 2009, German Bundesliga side Hamburger SV confirmed that Berg had signed a five-year contract with the club; the official FC Groningen website mentioned. Dagblad van het Noorden, a Dutch newspaper, stated; the contract mentioned that a friendly match will be played between Groningen and Hamburg in the summer of 2010 or 2011 in the Euroborg, the main stadium of Groningen. Although the fee of €9.5 million was too high for Hamburg, Berg's desire of moving to the Bundesliga persuaded Groningen to complete the transfer.
In his first Bundesliga game for Hamburg, playing at home against Borussia Dortmund, Berg scored his first goal for the club in the 72nd minute, just 182 seconds after coming off the bench, a record in the club's history. Despite the promising start, his debut season in the Bundesliga would not become a success, with Berg only scoring three additional goals in 30 appearances. On 17 July 2010, PSV and Hamburger SV agreed to a loan deal, with the result that Berg played for PSV the 2010–11 season. After returning from his loan spell at PSV, Berg only made 13 appearances the 2011–12 Bundesliga due to injuries and continued lack of form, scoring once. On 9 November 2012, Hamburger SV athletic supervisor Frank Arnesen stated that the club had to sell five players to raise funds after having invested in new players in the previous summer, including Dutch star Rafael van der Vaart. After these news, Berg was linked with a return to his former club IFK Göteborg. On 4 July 2013, it was revealed that Berg had travelled to Athens in order to sign with Panathinaikos.
On 8 July 2013, Panathinaikos announced. On 18 August 2013, in his debut appearance, Berg scored his first goal with Panathinaikos, as his team won the game against Panetolikos. On the first derby of the year against PAOK, Berg scored Panathinaikos' goal and lost a penalty, as his team lost with a score of 2–1. On 2 March 2014, Berg was the MVP in the 3–0 away victory against Olympiacos with one goal and one assist for Danijel Pranjić; this was the biggest away victory in the history of the Eternal Rivals. The following week, he scored a hat-trick. On 26 April 2014, in the Greek Cup final against rivals PAOK, Berg scored a hat-trick to lead Panathinaikos to a 4–1 victory, who won the Greek Cup as they had done in 2010. On 11 January 2015, Berg scored his second hat-trick in a 5–0 home win against Ergotelis in the Superleague Greece. On 26 January 2015, he signed a one-year extension contract, until 2018. On 8 March, in a Panathinaikos -- Berg scored his third hat-trick in a 4 -- 3 home win. On 30 March 2015, after two-and-a-half years, Berg scored his seventh international goal on friendly match against Iran.
On 31 August 2015, Panathinaikos rivals PAOK offered to €2 million for Berg, but the "Greens" turned it down. Additionally, Marseille tried to complete a move for the Swedish striker on the deadline date, they were put off by Panathinaikos's price tag. On 6 September 2015, Berg was left frustrated as he did not start in the line-up for the game against Russia. Sweden lost 1–0 at the hands of Russia with Berg making his appearance for only 30 minutes on the pitch as he started from the bench. Swedish press criticised this decision and Berg demanded first team football in the National Team after the final whistle."Ola Toivonen is a kind of a different player than me and this decision has been taken. But it's pretty clear that I want to play as I'm in a decent form," the Panathinaikos striker underlined straight after the game. On 7 November 2015, he scored the winning goal in the 10th day of the Greek Superleague match against Atromitos, It was his 50th goal with the club in all competitions. On 24 January 2016 2,5 months since his last goal in the Superleague, Berg scored leading his cl
Kungälv is a city and the seat of Kungälv Municipality in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. It had 22,768 inhabitants in 2010. According to official Swedish sources the city was founded in 1612, when the city of Konghelle was moved closer to the Bohus Fortress. However, this is disputed because other sources indicate that it was just a strategic relocation of the existing Norwegian city, the capital of Norway at one point under Sigurd I Magnusson, something used for marketing and tourist purposes. For this reason, Kungälv could celebrate its "1000-year anniversary" in 1959. Sigurd I Magnusson is the best-known crusader king of Scandinavia, he was the first European king to join the crusades at a time where Kungälv was Norwegian territory. Sigurd returned to Norway in 1111, where he made his capital in Konghelle and built a castle there, where he kept a relic given to him by King Baldwin, a splinter reputed to be from the True Cross. Sigurd was buried in Hallvardskirken in Oslo, in present-day Norway.
In the 1120s Pomeranian ships from Stettin, from the southern coast of the Baltic Sea attacked the Danish coast. On 10 August 1135 Duke Ratibor assaulted the Norwegian towns. Konghelle, was captured and burnt to the ground by the forces of prince Ratibor, assisted by a fleet of 550 ships with cavalry on board, they laid the town to ruins, killed a large part of the population, abducted most of the survivors as thralls to Szczecin. Snorri Sturluson, writing a century said that Konghelle never recovered; the former settlement at Konghelle burned down in 1612, was subsequently moved by Christian IV of Denmark and Norway to the open slope below Bohus Fortress, rebuilt as Kongelf. The Bohus Fortress and the cookie and biscuit store Bräckboden are the most popular tourist attractions in Kungälv. Mikael Andersson, Former NHL-forward and Olympian was raised in Kungälv. Niklas Andersson, Former NHL-forward and younger brother of Mikael was raised in Kungälv. P. J. Axelsson, Former Boston Bruins forward and Olympian was raised in Kungälv.
Mirsad Bektašević the jihadist was born in Serbia and grew up in Kungälv Carin Koch, Professional golfer was born and raised in Kungälv. Lise Meitner, Austrian physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Ernst Skarstedt, Swedish-American author and editor was born in Kungälv. Pontus Wernbloom, Professional football player. European route E06 Västtrafik regional buses Bohusbanan railway The following sports clubs are located in Kungälv: Kungälvs VBK - multiple Swedish champions in volleyball in the 1980s and 90s IFK Kungälv Ytterby IS IK Kongahälla Kungälvs SK Kungälvs simsällskap Kongahälla AIK
A midfielder is an association football position. Midfielders are positioned on the field between their team's defenders and forwards; some midfielders play a disciplined defensive role, breaking up attacks, are otherwise known as defensive midfielders. Others blur the boundaries, being more mobile and efficient in passing: they are referred to as deep-lying midfielders, play-makers, box-to-box, or holding midfielders; the number of midfielders on a team and their assigned roles depends on the team's formation. Most managers assign at least one midfielder to disrupt the opposing team's attacks, while others may be tasked with creating goals, or have equal responsibilities between attack and defence. Midfielders are the players who travel the greatest distance during a match; because midfielders arguably have the most possession during a game they are among the fittest players on the pitch. Central or centre midfielders are players whose role is divided equally between attack and defence and to dominate the play around the centre of the pitch.
These players will try to pass the ball to the team's attacking midfielders and forwards and may help their team's attacks by making runs into the opposition's penalty area and attempting shots on goal themselves. When the opposing team has the ball, a central midfielder may drop back to protect the goal or move forward and press the opposition ball-carrier to recover the ball. A centre midfielder defending their goal will move in front of their centre-backs in order to block long shots by the opposition and track opposition midfielders making runs towards the goal; the 4–3–3 and 4–5–1 formations each use three central midfielders. The 4−4−2 formation may use two central midfielders, in the 4–2–3–1 formation one of the two deeper midfielders may be a central midfielder; the term box-to-box midfielder refers to central midfielders who are hard-working and who have good all-round abilities, which makes them skilled at both defending and attacking. These players can therefore track back to their own box to make tackles and block shots and run to the opponents' box to try to score.
The change of trends and the deviation from the standard 4–4–2 formation to the 4–2–3–1 formation imposed restrictions on the typical box-to-box midfielders of the 80s, as teams' two midfield roles were now divided into "holders" or "creators". Notable examples of box-to-box midfielders are Bastian Schweinsteiger, Yaya Touré, Radja Nainggolan. Left and right midfielders have a role balanced between attack and defence, similar to that of central midfielders, but they are positioned closer to the touchlines of the pitch, they may be asked to cross the ball into the opponents' penalty area to make scoring chances for their teammates, when defending they may put pressure on opponents who are trying to cross. Common modern formations that include left and right midfielders are the 4−4−2, the 4−4−1−1, the 4–2–3–1 and the 4−5−1 formations. Jonathan Wilson describes the development of the 4−4−2 formation: "…the winger became a wide midfielder, a shuttler, somebody who might be expected to cross a ball but was meant to put in a defensive shift."
Notable examples of wide midfielders are Ryan Giggs. The historic position of wing-half was given to midfielders, it became obsolete as wide players with defensive duties have tended to become more a part of the defence as full-backs. Defensive midfielders are midfield players; these players may defend a zone in front of their team's defence, or man mark specific opposition attackers. Defensive midfielders may move to the full-back or centre-back positions if those players move forward to join in an attack. Sergio Busquets described his attitude: "The coach knows that I am an obedient player who likes to help out and if I have to run to the wing to cover someone's position, great." A good defensive midfielder needs good positional awareness, anticipation of opponent's play, tackling, interceptions and great stamina and strength. A holding or deep-lying midfielder stays close to their team's defence, while other midfielders may move forward to attack; the holding midfielder may have responsibilities when their team has the ball.
This player will make short and simple passes to more attacking members of their team but may try some more difficult passes depending on the team's strategy. Marcelo Bielsa is considered as a pioneer for the use of a holding midfielder in defence; this position may be seen in the 4 -- 2 -- 3 -- 4 -- 4 -- 2 diamond formations. A defensive midfielder, or "destroyer", a playmaker, or "creator", were fielded alongside each other as a team's two holding central midfielders; the destroyer was responsible for making tackles, regaining possession, distributing the ball to the creator, while the creator was responsible for retaining possession and keeping the ball moving with long passes out to the flanks, in the manner of a more old-fashioned deep-lying playmaker or "regista". Early examples of a destroyer are Nobby Stiles, Herbert Wimmer, Marco Tardelli, while examples include Claude Makélélé and Javier Mascherano, although several of these players possessed qualities of other types of midfielders, were therefore not confined to a single role.
Early examples of a creator would be Gérson, Glenn Hoddle, Sunday Oliseh, while more recent examples Xabi Alonso, Michael Carrick. The latest and third type of holding midfielder developed as a box-to-box midfielder, or "carrier", neither destructive nor creative, capable of winning b
Czech Republic national football team
The Czech national football team represents the Czech Republic in association football and is controlled by the Football Association of the Czech Republic, the governing body for football in the Czech Republic. The team participated in FIFA and UEFA competitions as Bohemia, Austria-Hungary and Czechoslovakia, finishing second at the 1934 and 1962 World Cups and winning the European Championship in 1976; the national team was founded in 1901, existing under the mentioned names before the separation of Czechoslovakia in 1992. Their first international competition as the Czech Republic was the UEFA Euro 1996, where they finished runners-up, they have taken part in every European Championship since. Following the separation, they have only featured in one FIFA World Cup, the 2006 tournament, where they were eliminated in the first round of the competition. Before World War I, Kingdom of Bohemia, predecessor of the Czech Republic, was part of Austria–Hungary. Bohemia played seven matches between 1903 and 1908, six of them against Hungary and one against England.
Bohemia played a match against Yugoslavia and Germany in 1939 while being the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. When the Czech Republic was part of Czechoslovakia, the national team had runner-up finishes in World Cups and a European Championship win in 1976; when Czechoslovakia split and reformed into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the Czech Republic national team was formed, they played their first friendly match away to Turkey, winning 4–1, on 23 February 1994. The newly formed team played their first home game in Ostrava, against Lithuania, in which they registered their first home win, a 5–3 victory, their first competitive match was part of the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying campaign, in which they defeated Malta 6–1 in Ostrava. During the campaign, the Czech Republic registered six wins, three draws, an embarrassing defeat against Luxembourg, finishing their qualifying Group 5 in first place, above favourites the Netherlands. In the final tournament, hosted by England, the Czechs progressed from the group stage, despite a 2–0 opening game defeat to Germany.
They continued their good form, progressed to the UEFA Euro 1996 final, where they lost 2–1 to the Germans at Wembley Stadium. Given their success at Euro 1996, the Czechs were expected to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, they finished third in their qualifying group, behind Spain and Yugoslavia, subsequently missed the tournament. The Czech Republic qualified for Euro 2000, winning all ten of their group games and conceding just five goals. In the finals the team were drawn in Group D, alongside 1998 FIFA World Cup winners France, co-hosts the Netherlands and UEFA Euro 1992 winners Denmark; this was considered to be the most difficult group to advance from in the tournament. The team were unlucky in the first match against the Netherlands as they hit the woodwork multiple times before losing 1–0 to a last-minute penalty; the Czechs lost their second match against eventual champions France 2–1 which eliminated them from advancing to the knockout round. Czech Republic managed a 2–0 win against Denmark in their final game courtesy of two goals from Vladimír Šmicer.
Once again, the Czech Republic failed to qualify for the World Cup, this time finishing second in their group, behind Denmark, being beaten 1–0 in both legs by Belgium in the UEFA play-offs for a place in the finals. After the disappointment of the play-off defeat to Belgium, the fortunes of the national team began to change with a settled team of star players at top European clubs, such as Pavel Nedvěd, Jan Koller, Tomáš Rosický, Milan Baroš, Marek Jankulovski and Tomáš Galásek together with the emergence of rated young goalkeeper Petr Čech; the team were unbeaten in 2002 and 2003, scoring 53 goals in 19 games and qualifying for Euro 2004 in the process. The Czech Republic went on a 20-game unbeaten streak ended in Dublin on 31 March 2004 in a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland; the Czechs entered the Euro finals in Group D, dubbed the tournament's Group of Death alongside the Netherlands and Latvia. Despite going behind in all three group games, the team won them all; this included trailing 2–0 to the Netherlands in a classic 3–2 win and beating Germany in the final match with a much weakened team having qualified.
The Czechs convincingly beat Denmark in the quarter-finals meaning a semi-final against Greece awaited them. The Czech Republic went into the semi-final against Greece as favourites and Tomáš Rosický hit the bar after just two minutes, Jan Koller had shots saved by the Greek goalkeeper and Pavel Nedvěd left the pitch injured in the end of the first half, it was not to be as the 90 minutes finished goalless and Greece won the game in the last minute of the first half of extra-time with a silver goal. Greece would go on to win the tournament; the Czech Republic recorded their record win during the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification, thrashing Andorra 8–1 in a qualification match in Liberec. In the same match, Jan Koller became the all-time top scorer for the national team with his 35th international goal. At the end of the campaign, after finishing in second place in Group 1 defeating Norway in a playoff, the Czechs qualified for their first FIFA World Cup; the team was boosted prior to the play-off matches by the return of Pavel Nedvěd, who had retired from international football after Euro 2004.
The squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany included 18 of the Euro 2004 team which reached the semi-finals. With the team ranked second in the world, the Czechs were expected to do well, they started the tournament in fine form with a 3–0 win over the United States. During the gam
Sweden national under-21 football team
The Sweden national under-21 football team is the football team representing Sweden in competitions for under-21 year old players and is controlled by the Swedish Football Association. The team is coached by Roland Nilsson; the Swedish U21 team came into existence, following the realignment of UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which changed to be an Under-21 competition in 1978. Sweden made their first European Under-21 Championship appearance in 1986. In 2015, Sweden became champions for the first time, they finished second in 1992 and they reached the semi-finals in 1990 and 2009. Oscar Hiljemark is the most capped player for the Swedish U21 team, having played 37 caps between 2011 and 2015. Ola Toivonen and Carlos Strandberg are the best goalscorers for the Swedish U21 team, having scored 13 goals each. *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks. ** Gold background color indicates. *** Red border color indicates. The following 20 players was called up for friendly matches against Russia on 22 March 2019 and against Scotland on 25 March 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 25 March 2019. The following five players still eligible for the U21 team have been called up to the Sweden U21 squad during the last twelve months. 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad 2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship squad Updated as of 7 June 2018. Players in bold text are still available to play for the Swedish U21 team. Sweden national football team Sweden national under-23 football team Sweden national under-20 football team Sweden national under-19 football team Sweden national under-18 football team Sweden national under-17 football team Sweden national under-16 football team Sweden national football B team UEFA European Under-21 Championship Official website
2017–18 PFC CSKA Moscow season
The 2017–18 CSKA season is the 26th successive season that the club will play in the Russian Premier League, the highest tier of association football in Russia. CSKA finished the previous season in 2nd, as a result will enter the Champions League at the Third Qualifying stage, take part in the Russian Cup; as of match played 12 May 2018 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Wernbloom,Milanov and Natkho's contract expiry was announced on the above date, came into play on 30 June; as of match played 13 May 2018