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Juventus put off debut for out-of-shape Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner's nightmare start to his Juventus career could be prolonged as the club's coaching staff ruled him out of action for some time due to his lack of match fitness, according to the Metro. The club's supporters are skeptical of the player's skill level especially since the club had been linked with stars like Robin Van Persie, Luis Suarez, Stevan Jovetic and Gonzalo Higuain over the summer.

The striker joined Juventus on a loan deal with the option of making the move permanent. The player had lost his place in Arsenal's first team and spent last season on loan with Sunderland. Bendtner reportedly refused to partake in the Gunners' pre-season friendlies to stay fit for a transfer. However, the plan seems to have backfired as he has now put on considerable weight and will have to shed the extra kilos before being handed his Serie A debut.


UEFA Super Cup: Atletico rout Chelsea on the back of a stunning Falcao hat-trick

petr_cech1Chelsea might still be the European Champions on paper, but their reign at the top suffered an embarrassing blow at Monaco as they were torn to shreds by Atletico Madrid, who ran away 4-1 winners to lift the UEFA Super Cup. Radamel Falcao was the star of the show as the Colombian netted his 2nd hat-trick of the week, following up his treble against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga with a stunning display of his finishing prowess.

Falcao completed his hat-trick by half-time as he first opened the scoring on 6 minutes before doubling his tally 11 minutes later to leave Chelsea reeling. The Blues never regained from the early blow as Atletico went from strength to strength and a great half was capped off by Falcao's third on the stroke of half-time. Defender Miranda made it 4-0 for the Spaniards on the hour mark before Gary Cahill gave the score line a semblance of respectability from Chelsea's perspective with a goal on 75 minutes. The night belonged to Atletico and Falcao though as they rejoiced their 2nd Super Cup triumph in two years.


Europa League Draw: Liverpool placed with Anzhi and Udinese, Newcastle to face Bordeaux, and Tottenham grouped with Lazio

The second tier of European football may not contain as many big names as its grander edition, but the quality of football is not far behind in any aspect. The road to Amsterdam will see 48 teams battle it out for a spot in the knockout phase of the tournament, with the group draw taking palce earlier today. Defending champions Atletico Madrid have been handed a rather easy run in Group B as they are set to face Israeli champions Hapoel Tel Aviv, third-placed Czech side Viktoria Plzen and Portuguese cup holders Academica.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been handed arguably the toughest of the draws from among the English sides as they see Russian heavyweights Anzhi Makhachkala, third-placed Italian side Udinese and third-placed Swiss club BSC Young Boys in Group A.


Suarez late strike sends Liverpool through to Europa League Group Stage, Newcastle also advance

luis_suarezIt was anything but easy, but Liverpool have sneaked into the Group Stage of the Europa League with Luis Suarez's 88th minute equalizer at Anfield sending the English giants through to the next round of the competition with a 2-1 win over Scottish side Heart s on Aggregate. Newcastle joined Liverpool in the Group Stages also winning their tie against Greek side Atromitos, 2-1.

Liverpool appeared to be cruising through to the next stage of the Europa League on the back of their 1-0 away win in Scotland when yet another goalkeeping error from Pepe Reina in the 85th minute brought the tie back on level terms with David Templeton's long range effort finding its way into the back of the net via Reina.


Courtois in focus as Atletico Madrid gear up to face Chelsea

All eyes will certainly be on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as he mans the posts for his on loan club Atletico Madrid against his parent club Chelsea in the European Super Cup on Friday evening. However, the young Belgian has announced that he will show no mercy towards the Blues and will attempt to win the Super Cup with Atletico.

The stopper was snapped up by Chelsea last summer after a hugely impressive season as Courtois won the Belgian League with boyhood club Racing Genk. The 20 year-old was immediately loaned out to Atletico Madrid, who were looking for a keeper following the departure of David de Gea to Manchester United. The youngster impressed yet again as Atletico captured the Europa League and claimed 5th position in La Liga last season.


UEFA Champions League Group Stage Draw: Arsenal & Man United get easy groups, Chelsea face Juve; Real Madrid in Group of Death

The national leagues across Europe have been up and running for a few weeks now but the grand daddy of them all, the UEFA Champions League is now back on the horizon after the traditional group stage draw in the posh surroundings of Monaco. The long road to the 2013 Wembley final is laced with some of the most iconic European teams, including 12 previous Champions while 3 teams also make their debut in the elite tournament.

Defending Champions Chelsea will face off with Italian Champions Juventus in a mouth-watering tie while fellow English giants Arsenal and Man United have fairly easy groups to navigate. Man City were once again placed in the Group of Death as the Premier League winners play Real Madrid, Ajax and Dortmund.Four-time Champions Barcelona will be confident of progressing deep into the competition, with the Iberian derby against Benfica the spicy clash of the group. Last-years losing finalists Bayern Munich face tricky trips to Lille and Valencia while AC Milan have Russian Champions Zenit and newcomers Malaga to contend with.


Real Madrid beat Barcelona on away goals to lift Spanish Supercopa

cris_ronaldo_realIt has taken the 'Special One' Jose Mourinho a while to get accustomed to Spanish football, but he has now started to exert his supremacy on proceedings, winning Real Madrid their first Spanish Supercopa in four years with a narrow victory on away goals against arch rivals FC Barcelona. Trailing 3-2 from the first leg at the Camp Nou, goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo put Real in the driver's seat inside the first 20 minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu before a sumptous free-kick from Lionel Messi kept the game interesting till the very end.

Real, who had not registered a win against Barcelona on home soil in seven successive games, were in the ascendancy right away with Higuain taking advantage of a terrible defensive error from compatriot Javier Mascherano to run through on goal and slot the ball comfortably past Victor Valdes.


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