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OK< then ... ;)

Levski is in bad form lately. They sucked their coach two weeks ago as a result and are curently 3rd in the league I think. The new coach is one of teh best BG coaches on club level - Georgi Vasilev. He is coming from Germany where he lead a 3rd devision side - Union Berlin - to 2nd and to the German Cup final.

Best players should be G. Ivanov (a distaster season with Ren in Frence), Chilikov, Stoianov ( defender - BG NT) and also the Russian Goloskoi and teh Serbian Sasha Simonovic.

IMO, thou, the best player there is Telkiyski ... former Botev Plovdiv ;)

Relatively aver. record in Europe ...

I hate them! ;)
 

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Slavia is 6 points far from the first place in the league but they will fight for a title for sure. Team has lost two key players - Vachousek (CM) and Skacel (LW). Both were sold to L'OM. So Slavia had to rebiult their team in first few matches and that's the reason of all problems. Now, this is over and Slavia plays well, especialy at home and UEFA.

Slavia is reguarly our best team in european clubs. They are UEFA specialist, really don't know why but they are always ready to beat anybody although their form is low.

Forwards:

Pavel Kuka, 35 year-old striker is the main force but unfortunately he sits on the bench this season a lot. So Tomas Dosek plays (runner and fighter but really untalented) and brazilan forward Adauto. 22 year-old technic will be our main danger for you. He has everything, unfortunately he is very inconsistent.


Midfielders:

Talented right wing Karel Pitak moved to left after Skacel had left the club. On the right there is playmaker Richard Dostalek so central spots are reservated for two DM. Martin Latka, 19 year-old bad boy, and Radek Bejbl, 32 or more year-old reliable midfielder play in centre. The best DM, reprezentant Gedeon is injured now.


Defence:

Usual problem. They play always in another format so any info is useful. They have very good central backs but right and left back really have problems. The weakest place of whole formation. There play young talented prospects but really they have not matured yet.


Well, are they good? They are! I think Slavia will go throw.
 

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Slavia was eliminated in Czech cup by Jihlava (2nd league). Very interesting because Slavia played with the best possible team. They also lost 0-2 to Olomouc last week in league. They'll face in form Synot this time at home.

I think they are in very bad form but remember- Slavia is twice better in UEFA than anywhere else.
 

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The game in prague is today ...

Probable line-up according to topsport.bg


Ivankov

Topuzakov Stoianov Wagner Stankov

Bukarev Golsokoi Angelov Temile

Kolev Gonzo


GOOD LUCK to Levski ...
 

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Levski played good match. I would say ideal cup performance but Slavia was bit better and deserved a victory. Levski deserved to score too but their goals were very lucky. 2-2 is a good result for Levski. They'll probably go throw.

I don't care about Slavia but this result is too strange, Slavia deserved to win 2-1.
 

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Levski did what they had to although many of the fans say Levski deserved to win. I think a draw is good enough
 

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Good result. Of course it shoudl ahve been a win for Levski, especially after the red card and going 2-1 up in teh 90th. But hell, its a gdo result. I hope they wont blow it in teh 2nd leg ... good to see this happening!
 

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www.uefa.com

Martial law for Levski
Wednesday, 26 November 2003
By Stoyan Georgiev


Having earned a 2-2 draw in the away leg of their UEFA Cup second-round tie against SK Slavia Praha, PFC Levski Sofia are odds-on to win a place in the third round.

'The General'
In coach Georgi Vassilev, now in his second spell at the club, few doubt that Levski have the most gifted tactician in Bulgarian club football working for them. Everyone connected with the club now hopes that the man they call 'The General' will be able to restore order.

Tempestuous seasons
It has been a tempestuous few years for Levski. While they have continued to win honours at home - including three league titles and three Bulgarian Cups in the last four seasons - coaches have come and gone at an alarming rate, and still the club have not achieved their dream of a foothold in Europe.

Vassilev returns
It was no surprise that Vassilev was brought back to the club this season - for most people's money, the disciplinarian and most successful Bulgarian coach of the 1990s was the only man capable of taking the job on.

Remarkable achievements
Vassilev's reputation rests upon a remarkable run which began with leading FC Etar Veliko Turnovo to their only Bulgarian title in 1991. He moved to Levski in 1993, guiding them to a stunning win against Rangers FC in UEFA Champions League qualifying before missing out on the group stage with a narrow defeat by SV Werder Bremen.

German coup
Having completed his contract at Levski, Vassilev led their local rivals PFC CSKA Sofia to a Bulgarian double in 1997 before achieving perhaps his greatest coup in 2001 as he steered third division 1. FC Union Berlin to the German Cup final.

Defensive policy
However, some still deride Vassilev as a negative coach. His defensive tactics were blamed for the failure of both Levski and CSKA's attempts to reach the group stage of the Champions League. The most controversial moment came in a qualifying game against Romania's FC Steaua Bucuresti in 1997 when, following a 3-3 draw away, Vassilev opted to play for a draw at home, only to see his CSKA side concede two goals in the last ten minutes and bow out of the competition.

Hallmark tendency
Yet his ability to get the best out of unspectacular sides remains one of Vassilev's hallmarks. Tellingly his title-winning CSKA sides of the late 1990s were regarded as lacking talented players but imbued with incredible work-rate, stamina and team spirit.

Quality squad
The current Levski side are a cut above in technical terms. In the likes of goalkeeper Dimitar Ivankov, Ilian Stoianov, Elin Topuzakov, Sasa Simonovic, Georgi Chilikov and star striker Georgi Ivanov, Levski possess the basis of a fine young side.

European judgement
What remains to be seen now is what Vassilev can do with them. Having gradually assimilated Todor Kolev and Asen Bukarev into successful roles within the team, he has certainly impressed many observers, but as it was with his predecessors, it will be on European results that the coach will be judged.

" I know that there is a lot of quality here already. I will get everything I possibly can out of them "

Georgi Vassilev


Playing for time
There is little doubt that Vassilev needs time. "I arrived in the middle of the first part of the season," he said. "I know that there is a lot of quality here already. I will get everything I possibly can out of them."

Second spell
The last coach to successfully complete a contract at Levski was Vassilev himself in 1995. Should his side complete the win against Slavia on Thursday, he could yet survive the bucking bronco of the Levski hot-seat for a second time.
 

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Wow, this is truly amazing. I didn't expect that Levksi could make it at all having considered their form in the bg premiership (or at least what I hear from there and here, but hey, now it's awright, or...

:happy:

who's next, when is the draw? on friday? Hopefuuly again showing a performance full of dignity.

Ciao.
 
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