Previous
Zenit St Petersburg
AS Monaco
0
0
FT
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
Juventus
1
0
FT
Game Details
Malmo FF
Olympiakos
2
0
FT
Game Details
FC Basel
Liverpool
1
0
FT
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Real Madrid
1
2
FT
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
Benfica
3
1
FT
Game Details
Anderlecht
Borussia Dortmund
0
3
FT
Game Details
Arsenal
Galatasaray
4
1
FT
Game Details
Leeds United
Reading
0
0
FT
Game Details
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town
1
3
FT
Game Details
Fulham
Bolton Wanderers
4
0
FT
Game Details
Puebla
UNAM
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
America
Veracruz
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Pachuca
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chiapas
U. de G.
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Tijuana
Cruz Azul
2:45 AM GMT
Game Details
Ottawa Fury FC
Atlanta Silverbacks
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
César Vallejo
0
0
LIVE 17'
Leg 1
Game Details
Emelec
Goiás EC
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Atlético Nacional
EC Vitória
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
San Lorenzo
Olimpo de Bahía Blanca
2
0
LIVE 90'
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Independiente
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Crucero del Norte
Sp. Belgrano
1
0
FT
Game Details
All Boys
Sarmiento de Junín
0
0
LIVE HT
Game Details
Santa Marina
Atlético Tucumán
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Unión de Santa Fe
Patronato
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Boca Unidos
Colón de Santa Fe
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Instituto de Córdoba
Guaraní A. Franco
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Independiente Rivadavia
Huracán
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy
Aldosivi
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
ABC
0
0
LIVE 17'
Leg 1
Game Details
Botafogo
Santos FC
0
0
LIVE 18'
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
América RN
Flamengo
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Atlético Bucaramanga
Deportivo Pereira
1
1
FT
Game Details
Los Caimanes
Inti Gas Deportes
0
0
FT
Game Details
Unión Comercio
Universitario de Deportes
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sporting Cristal
Real Garcilaso
1
1
FT
Game Details
León de Huánuco
César Vallejo
Postp
Game Details
Guaraní
3 de Febrero
9:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Sportivo Luqueño
10:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Libertad
Nacional
11:10 PM GMT
Game Details
General Díaz
Olimpia
11:40 PM GMT
Game Details
Mushuc Runa
U. Católica
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manta F.C.
Barcelona
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Olmedo
Club Deportivo Cuenca
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
El Nacional
LDU Quito
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Independiente del Valle
Deportivo Quito
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
Club Petrolero de Yacuiba
The Strongest
0
0
FT
Game Details
San José
Oriente Petrolero
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Western Sydney Wanderers
FC Seoul
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
CD Dragon
Alianza FC
Postp
Postponed - now being played Wed, Oct 1
Game Details
Valledupar F.C.
Atlético Junior
2
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Patriotas F.C.
Once Caldas
12:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Next

Stoke denied win in the Niko time

Stoke Sep 21, 2014
Read

Should Wilson be cast away from Stoke

Stoke Sep 18, 2014
Read

Whittaker: Deserved win at Man City

Stoke Aug 31, 2014
Read

Transfer Assessment: Stoke

Stoke City Aug 24, 2014
Read

Bojan continuing to turn heads

Stoke Aug 7, 2014
Read

Plenty for Potters to smile about

Stoke Jul 30, 2014
Read

Just like watching Barcelona

Stoke Jul 23, 2014
Read

Summer transfers survey

Stoke City Jul 20, 2014
Read
Aug 7, 2014

Bojan continuing to turn heads at Stoke

The ESPN FC crew discuss Stoke City's new signings, including Bojan Krkic, and predict what impact he will have for the team.

Stoke recorded their first win of preseason and Bojan Krkic got his third goal in as many games as the Britannia faithful saw their side overcome Real Betis 2-0.

Having been a little disappointed with the side picked to start at Blackburn last Sunday, the selection this time was much more reflective of the starting XI likely to feature in team's opener against Aston Villa on Aug. 16.

Unlike the Blackburn game, the shape and personnel were such that the side were comfortable from the off on what was their first game at the Britannia since May.

It was the home crowd's first sight of their latest Spanish import and he didn't disappoint with another encouraging performance, and of course another goal.

It probably goes without saying but he looks a class apart on the pitch and uses his diminutive frame well to jink from one foot to the other creating space for himself and his colleagues. Linkup play will prove crucial for a side who will need to understand how his floating brief is best utilised and covered. Stephen Ireland will be key in this respect, and early signs suggest that he is enjoying the challenge.

The urge to avoid blurting out Bojan's name on an hourly basis is proving too much at times for a player Stoke fans still can't believe plays for the Potters. I'm conscious that whenever I talk to anyone about football, much like that annoying friend on a new diet, it's all I find myself bringing the conversation around to.

That excitement is entirely forgivable given the absence of such flair and promise over the years at the Britannia, and in Bojan the club have the perfect poster boy for Mark Hughes' revolution. To see such a huge turnaround on the pitch in 12 months is little short of amazing, though the signing and early success of Bojan mean that Stoke's uprising is now well and truly on the radar of the press who were unsurprisingly oblivious to it last season.

If any move epitomised Hughes' new Stoke, it was the one that resulted in their first goal of the evening: a series of neat interchanges that pulled the Betis defence all over the pitch culminating in one full-back, the impressive Phil Bardsley, crossing for the other, Erik Pieters, to finish.

Stoke fans aren't used to seeing players of Bojan's technical ability playing for their club.

Marauding fullbacks is something Hughes is clearly keen to encourage, and in Bardsley he seems to have found the balance between good old-fashioned grit and a player comfortable taking the ball down the flank and more than capable of delivering a telling cross into the box.

The space in front of him, though, remains up for grabs, with Bojan, Mame Diouf, Brek Shea, Peter Odemwingie and Ryan Shotton all tried during preseason. I expect that fans will see Diouf and Bojan interchange quite a bit there to best exploit their respective attributes and of course depending on the opposition's threat down that right side.

Poor Odemwingie seems to have been lost in the wash somewhat amid the excitement of the new arrivals, and many are forgetting the impact he had following his arrival in January. He almost single-handedly transformed a front line devoid of pace for the second half of the season and, despite playing an unfamiliar role, managed to score five goals to help the Potters secure the top-10 finish that eluded them for so long.

Of course, players continue to be linked for the attacking positions, and while the Nigerian striker is a more than capable talent, at the age of 33 he will most likely find his chances of starting limited.

However, as Hughes proved so often last season, the bench will more than play its part again this term. Whether any new faces will arrive in time for the big kickoff is yet to be seen, and while they would be welcome additions to an increasingly balanced squad, the side is great shape regardless as they look ahead to the big kickoff.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.