Roundup #5 has EPL and Bundesliga play on its way and La Liga starting up. There are also the Champions League and UEFA Cup group play draws.
Roma has started off in bad manner, losing a 3 goal lead to Inter Milan in the Italian Supercup to lose 4-3. The supercup generally pits the Serie A champion against Italian Cup champion in a preseason game to the Serie A season. Rumors suggest the AWOL Corinthians player Carlos Tevez is about to be transferred to Roma, which would be a big coup and replace Mido who as agreed to return to Tottenham Hotspur after only two months in the Capital City.
Roma was drawn into the Champions League group with Valencia, one of my selected teams. I haven’t figured out who to support in this matchup yet. Other teams in the group are Olympiakos and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Hertha had another Bundesliga draw, this time against Hamburg 1-1. The draw leaves Hertha in sixth place with five points. Hertha scraped by and qualified for the UEFA Cup group stage with a 2-2 draw with Ameri and a 3-2 aggregate win. Hertha was drawn into group two.
Group Two: Maccabi Haifa v Litex LovechDerry City v Paris Saint GermainHertha Berlin v OdenseLegia Warsaw v Austria ViennaPanathinaikos v Metalurg
Liverpool got by Maccabi Haifa in Champions League qualifying on aggregate after a 1-1 draw. The Scousers also managed a victory in week 2 of EPL action with a 2-1 win over West Ham. However, the team has been decidedly underwhelming thus far in all of its matches and has been struck with the injury bug.
Liverpool was drawn into the Champions League group with PSV Eindhoven, Bordeaux, and Galatasaray.
Valencia opened La Liga playwith a 2-1 victory over Real Betis. New signee Fernando Morientes opened the scoring for the team. Valencia finally sealed the deal with Joaquin from Real Betis.
Valencia emerged victorious from its Champions League qualifying with a 3-0 victory over Salzburg after its shocking 1-0 loss in the first leg. Valencia is in CL group play with Roma, Olympiakos and Shakhtar Donetsk.