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Hopefully we will have a better chance withe the UEFA teams than in Champions league. I have big doubts about Rennes chances to qualify, though, and that's not because it's my team.

Saint-Etienne - Hapoël Tel-Aviv
Saint-Etienne: Viviani - Perrin, Benalouane, Tavlaridis, Dabo - Landrin, Matuidi, Payet, Dernis, Machado - Gomis
Hapoël Tel-Aviv: Enyeama - Topuzakov, Canada, Douglas, Telkiyski - Abutbul, Zehavy, Vermuth, Natcho - Yeboah, Antebi

Paris SG - Kayserispor
Paris SG: Landreau - Ceara, Bourillon, Z. Camara, Armand - Mulumbu, Clément - Pancrate, Sessègnon, Rothen - Hoarau
Kayserispor: Hamidou - Turan, Güngör, Delio Toledo, Özer - Topuz, Durak, Saidou, Escobar - Aghahowa, Köse

Twente - Rennes
Twente: Boschker - Stam, Wielaert, Douglas, Braafheid - Brama, Perez, Janssen - Denneboom, Kufo, Elia
Rennes: Douchez - Fanni, Hansson, Mangane, Bocanegra - Danze, Mbia, Lemoine, Thomert - Leroy - Briand

Motherwell - Nancy
Motherwell: G. Smith - Lasley, Quinn, Reynolds, Hammell - McGarry, Malcolm, Fitzpatrick - Clarkson (ou D. Smith), Sutton, Murphy
Nancy: Bracigliano - Chrétien, Macaluso, Ouaddou, Brison - Bérenguer (ou Nguemo), Gavanon - Zerka, Féret, Hadji - Fortune

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Despite our performances in the domestic league have been bad the last two seasons (5th both this year and in 2007), I don't think there have been more optimism around Rosenborg since our great 2003 season.

Erik Hamrén
The main reason for this, is the big trust in our new coach Erik Hamrén. The Swede made Aalborg champions in Denmark last season, and seems to have some really good ideas of how to take Rosenborg back to the top.

In deep contrast to most of the other 6(!) head coaches succeeding legandary Nils Arne Eggen, who retired in 2002, Hamrén has good experience from other big clubs after Scandinavian standards, e.g. AIK. Experience is essential for being respected and "untouchable" in a club with stronge traditions like Rosenborg.

Unstable youngsters
Our biggest challenge is the low average age of the players; just around 23 years in some matches this season. Our performances and results are far to unstable due to the lack of experience. The two excellent wins against Valencia in the Champions League (videos: home match | away match) proved the potential of our young team. Meanwhile we touched the bottom when losing against 3rd level club Kristiansund in the domestic cup this summer.

Seven years ago RBK were ranked as the 35th best on the UEFA club ranking. The club wants to repeat history, but it is far to go.

After spending most of the prize monies from our 10 first seasons in the Champions League (1995-2002, 2004 and 2005 -watch video highlights!) on rebuilding our stadium and signing expensive, older players, Rosenborg now (again) have begun prioritizing developing own, local players.

Local players
Our two reserve/U19 teams, RBK2 and RBK3, are playing in regular senior leagues, Norwegian 2nd and 3rd division, and are packed with players representing Norway on U15-U19 levels. When Rosenborg knocked AC Milan out of the Champions League in 1996, 9 of 11 players in the starting line-up were from the Trondheim area. This is not likely to happen again in a globalized world of football, but hopefully the basis of future teams will be local players with a big heart for Rosenborg.

On the first team, Per Ciljan Skjelbred and Alexander Tettey, are well established on our midfield, and they are looked upon as the team's future "grand old men".

New signings
Other young players like Vadim Demidov (defender/midfielder), Kris Stadsgaard (defender), Mikael Lustig (defender) and Rune Jarstein (goalkeeper) were signed this winter and summer, and they have already proved their potential.

Our young Ivorian players - Didier Konan and Abdou Traoré have also begin to settle. Watch this cool interview! (Yssouf Koné was sold to Cluj in July.)

Nevertheless we need some experience too, and we have been looking for older players the last 4-5 transfer windows. In the end of August we signed both Mikael Dorsin and Anthony Annan. Dorsin returned after a somewhat bad spell at Cluj. Annan came from champions Stabæk, but the Ghana international is cup-tied in the UEFA Cup.

Injury update
After just getting one point in the three last league matches and finishing 5th, Rosenborg are really keen on doing well in the UEFA Cup, somehow saving a quite poor season. Last year our good European campaign did comfort.

We are missing central defender Kris Stadsgaard (knee), but replacement Alejandro Lago has played 60% of the games this season, so he won't be missed that much. St. Etienne will in other words face a pretty regular RBK line-up:

Rune Jarstein

Mikael Lustig - Vadim Demidov - Alejandro Lago - Mikael Dorsin

Per Ciljan Skjelbred - Alexander Tettey - Roar Strand
Marek Sapara

Steffen Iversen - Didier Konan​

Watch Intertoto Cup highlights 2008/09:
- Ekranas - Rosenborg 1-3
- Rosenborg - Ekranas 4-0
- NAC Breda - Rosenborg 1-0
- Rosenborg - NAC Breda 2-0

Watch UEFA Cup highlights 2008/09:
- Djurgården - Rosenborg 2-1
- Rosenborg - Djurgården 5-0
- Brøndby - Rosenborg 1-2
- Rosenborg - Brøndby 3-2
- Rosenborg - Club Brugge 1-1

Finally, here are some photos for you:

Rosenborg - Vålerenga 1999

Rosenborg - Molde 1999

Rosenborg - Feyenoord 1999

Rosenborg - Borussia Dortmund 1999

Rosenborg - Brøndby 2002

Rosenborg - Lyn 2004 (celebrating the league title)

Rosenborg - Sundsvall 2005

Aalesund - Rosenborg 2005

Rosenborg - Lyn 2005

Sandefjord - Rosenborg 2006

Lillestrøm - Rosenborg 2007

Rosenborg - Lyn 2007

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Very nice preview. Saint-Etienne are facing hard time in the championship but the UEFA cup are their fresh air. Moreover they have not been in Europe for so long, so i believe they will take this game seriously.

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Sainté 3–0 Rosenborg

Geoffroy-Guichard stadium - 06/11/08

Attendance : 24006
Referee : M. Malek
Goals : Ilan (58e), Machado (63e), Mirallas (76e) pour l’ASSE
Booking : Machado (34e) pour l’ASSE ; Lago (33e) pour Rosenborg

ASSE : Viviani, Varrault, Tavlaridis, Benalouane, Sauget, Matuidi, Machado, Payet (Linganzi 82e), Dernis (Mirallas 73e), Ilan (Hautcoeur 68e), Gomis. Coach : Roussey

Rosenborg : Jarstein, Lustig (Nordvig 89e), Lago, Demidov, Dorsin, Strand (cap), Sapara (Aas 79e), Tettey, Skjelbred, Iversen (Traoré 65e), Konan Ya. Coach : Hamren


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Lech Poznan 2 - 2 Nancy​


Goals : 5. Peszko, 22. Stilic - 10. Malonga, 81. Zerka
Attendance : 21.600

Lech Poznan : Ivan Turina - Grzegorz Wojtkowiak, Bartosz Bosacki, Manuel Arboleda, Ivan Djurdjevic - Sławomir Peszko (79. Robert Lewandowski), Dimitrije Injac (64. Tomasz Bandrowski), Rafał Murawski (90. Dawid Kucharski), Semir Stilic, Jakub Wilk - Hernan Rengifo.

Nancy : Gennaro Bracigliano - Jean Calve, Abdeslam Ouaddou, Andre Luiz, Jonathan Brison - Issiar Dia, Benjamin Gavanon (69. Pascal Berenguer), Julien Feret, Alfred Ndiaye (63. Joel Landry), Francis Malonga (87. Helder) - Monsef Zerka.

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FC Bruges - Saint-Etienne

Jan Breydel stadium - 27/11/2008 20H45 -

FC BRUGES : De Mets, Simaeys, Alcaraz, Klukovski - Vargas, Clement, Leko, Dirar - Sonk, Akpala

ST-ETIENNE : Janot - Hautcoeur ou Andreu, Perrin (cap.), Benalouane, Varrault - Machado ou Hautcoeur, Matuidi, Payet, Matsui - Mirallas, Gigliotti.

As weird as it could be, Saint-Etienne is doing really bad in the league (Perrin was named as the new coach this week) while in Europe one point is needed to advance from the group stage.

Paris SG - Racing Santander

Parc des Princes - 27/11/2008 20H45 -

PARIS-SG : Landreau - Ceara, Camara, Sakho, Armand - Pancrate, Makelele, Clément, Rothen - Luyindula, Kezman.

Tono - Pinillos ou Valera, Garay, César Navas, Marcano - Munitis, Lacen, Luccin ou Colsa, Serrano - Pereira, Tchité

PSG is last with one defeat in one game.

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Half-time :

FC Brugges - Sainté : 0-1 Brugges got two golden chances with Dirar who hits the post once but Sainté scored when Brugges were strongly dominating, just before the end of the half.

Paris-SG - Racing Santander : 2 - 1
Kezman (5e)
Luyindula (32e)
Traoré (39e csc) for Racing.

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FC Brugges 1 - 1 Saint-Etienne


Attendance : 22000
Referee : M. Brych (All)
Goals : Vargas (49e) Gigliotti (44e)
Booking : Sonck (66e), Geraerts (72e) ; Matsui (48e), Varrault (50e), Perrin (72e)

Brugges : Stijnen, Klukowski, Alcaraz, Simaeys, Demets, Clement (Geraerts 63e), Vargas, Leko (Daerden 69e), Dirar, Sonck, Akpala (Chavez 83e). Coach : Matthijssen

ASSE : Janot, Andreu, Benalouane, Varrault, Matuidi (cap), Machado, Hautcoeur, Payet (Perrin 72e), Matsui (Gomis 81e), Gigliotti (Ilan 67e), Mirallas. Coach : Perrin

PSG 2 - 2 Racing Santander​

Goals : Kezman (5e) Luyindula (32e) ; Traoré (39e c.s.c.); Colsa (56e) Santander.

PSG : Landreau - Ceará, Traoré, Sakho, Armand (cap.) - Pancrate (Sessegnon, 71e), Bourillon, Sankharé (Makelele, 65e), Rothen (Hoarau, 76e) - Luyindula, Kezman. Coach : P. Le Guen.

Santander : Tono - Valera, Garay, Cesar Navas, Marcano - Colsa, Pereira Rodriguez, Lacen (Luccin, 66e) - Munitis, Tchité (Gonçalves, 79e), Serrano. Coach : J. Muniz.

Group A
1. Manchester City, 6 pts (2 j.)
2. Schalke 04, 4 pts (3 j.)
3. FC Twente, 3 pts (2 j.)
4. Racing Santander, 2 pts (3 j.)
5. PSG, 1 pt (2 j.)

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Paris Saint-Germain 4-0 Twente


Attendance : 25.000
Referee : I. Brines
Goals : Paris SG: Luyindula (8, 86), Sessegnon (24), Kezman (84)
Booking : FC Twente: Tioté (27), R.
Stam (40), Braafheid (60)

Paris SG : Landreau - Cearà, Sakho, Z. Camara (Chantôme 62), Armand (cap) - Sessegnon (Hoarau 63), Clément, Bourillon - Pancrate (Giuly 72), Luyindula, Kezman
Coach : Paul Le Guen

FC Twente: Boschker - R. Stam (Wellenberg 71), Wielaert (cap), Douglas, Braafheid - Brama, Th. Janssen (Perez 76), Tioté - Arnautovic, Denneboom, Huysegems
Coach : Stephen McClaren

I have seen the second half in a pub, and it was an entertaining game. Paris qualify in the end with a late goal from Luyindula. There has been figh between fans outside the stadium though.

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Olympiakos - Saint-Etienne

Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium - 18h30

Olympiakos Le Pirée : Nikopolidis - Torosidis, Antzas, A. Papadopoulos, Domi - Dudu, Patsatzoglou - Galletti, Belluschi, P. Djordjevic (cpa.) - Diogo. Entr. Ernesto Valverde.

Saint-Etienne : Janot - Varrault, Bayal, Tavlaridis, Mou. Dabo - Machado, Matuidi (cap.) - Mirallas, Ilan, Dernis (ou Payet) - B. Gomis. Entr. Alain Perrin.

PSG - Wolfsburg

Parc des Princes - 20h45

PSG : Landreau - S. Traoré, Z. Camara, M. Sakho, Armand (cpa.) - Pancrate, Chantôme, Rothen, Makonda - Luyindula, Hoarau. Entr. Paul Le Guen.

Wolfsburg : Benaglio - Riether, Simunek, Barzagli, Schäfer - Schindzielorz, Jossué (cap.) - Hasebe, Misimovic, Genther - Dzeko. Entr. Félix Magath.

Bordeaux - Galatasaray

Chaban-Delmas - 20h45 -

Bordeaux : Ramé (cap.) - Jurietti, Henrique, So. Diawara, Placente - Ducasse - Gouffran, Gourcuff, Wendel (ou Ab. Traoré) - Bellion, Cavenaghi. Entr. Laurent Blanc.

Galatasaray : De Sanctis - Sabri, Servet, Meira, M. Topal - Ayhan (cap.), Özbeck - Arda, Lincoln, Kewell - Baros. Entr. Michael Skibbe
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