Previous
FK Qarabag
St Etienne
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
FC Zürich
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Borussia Monchengladbach
Villarreal
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Club Brugge
Torino
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FC Copenhagen
HJK Helsinki
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Besiktas
Asteras Tripolis
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
FK Partizan Belgrade
Tottenham Hotspur
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Dinamo Zagreb
FK Astra Giurgiu
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
SV Salzburg
Celtic
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Panathinaikos
Dinamo Moscow
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Estoril
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Internazionale
5:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Sevilla FC
Feyenoord Rotterdam
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Standard Liege
Rijeka
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Everton
VfL Wolfsburg
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Lille
Krasnodar
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Slovan Bratislava
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Napoli
Sparta Prague
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Rio Ave
Dynamo Kiev
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Steaua Bucuresti
AaB
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Fiorentina
Guingamp
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
PAOK Salonika
Dinamo Minsk
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Legia Warsaw
KSC Lokeren
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Metalist Kharkiv
Trabzonspor
7:05 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Kansas City
Saprissa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Metapan
Herediano
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Boca Juniors
Rosario Central
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Emelec
River Plate
12:15 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Racing Club
Argentinos Juniors
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Temperley
Unión de Santa Fe
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Corinthians
Chapecoense AF
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Goiás EC
Atlético MG
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Gremio
Santos FC
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Deportes Quindío
America Cali
12:30 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Cortuluá
Valledupar F.C.
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 3
Game Details
Next
SC FreiburgSC Freiburg
Hertha BerlinHertha Berlin
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details

Ribery unsure over return

Bayern Munich 3 hours ago
Read
Aug 22, 2014

Immobile: Bundesliga best in Europe

Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp is expecting a tough test from Bayer Leverkusen in their season opener.

Ciro Immobile is preparing to make his Bundesliga debut this weekend, saying he is happy with the progress he is making in "the best league in Europe."

- Buczko: Deja vu for BVB in Leverkusen opener

The Italy international says he is adapting well to playing in a new language and under a new manager in Jurgen Klopp.

"One night, [Sebastian Kehl] arrived with a list of words that I had to learn," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"It's good to be able to understand the terms used out on the field. I'm coming along well. Massimo, my interpreter, only helps me when Klopp's talking, but not even the Germans can understand him.

"He speaks too quickly and he even swore in Italian the other day, although not at me."

TOE POKE: FOOTBALL FUNNIES

- Ronaldinho bid from Basingstoke - Non-league club eyes star
- Rooney or Milner: Who makes the worse pass? - You decide
- Bendtner attempts back-heel flick shot - Falls flat on face
- Balotelli mansion 'has helipad' - & spa, underground caves ...
- Klopp, Kagawa's touching reunion - "Shinji's coming home ..."
- Club offers free mushrooms - Unique incentive for fans

According to Germany's kicker magazine, Klopp has not necessarily been that satisfied with Immobile's work, claiming that the former Torino forward is finding it hard to adapt to the tactics and instructions he is being given.

"That's a load of rubbish -- I worked under [Zdenek] Zeman [at Pescara] so how could I struggle?" Immobile said.

"Training is different here with lots of technical work within the same exercise. In Italy, we do a lot of counter-pressing in one exercise, then shooting in another. Here, it's all together. They've modernised tactically and you have to run more too."

Running is necessary to burn off the extra fat Immobile says he risks putting on as part of his new lifestyle.

"They eat more and more often too," he said. "They eat at lunch, after training, after a journey; they're always eating. I wasn't used to eating after training, and I'm not talking about a small snack either -- they have a full plate of pasta."

That will all provide fuel to help Dortmund keep up the chase of Bayern this season. "We're not far off them," Immobile said. "People don't like to talk much about them here because they are the rivals who bother us the most, but we're going to challenge them.

"I'm playing in the best league in Europe."

Klopp, meanwhile, has warned his injury-stricken team that Bayer Leverkusen will be an awkward opponent in the first Bundesliga match of the season on Saturday.

The German Super Cup winners take on Bayer Leverkusen at the Westfalenstadion in a rematch of their 2010-11 season opener on Saturday.

Four years ago, BVB lost 2-0 at home, and went on to remain undefeated in the next 15 games before lifting the league title at the end of the campaign.

Four years on, Borussia Dortmund go into the clash against Bayer Leverkusen as firm favourites, but will have a number of players unavailable for selection.

Veteran midfielder Oliver Kirch is sidelined for eight weeks with a torn thigh muscle, while new signings Ji Dong-Won and left-back Marcel Schmelzer are also out injured with muscle injuries. The new attacker Adrian Ramos is also out with minor knee problems.

World Cup winner Erik Durm did not train for most of the week, and the likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Nuri Sahin are still working on their comebacks.

Centre-back Mats Hummels and Roman Weidenfeller are also major doubts.

"Mats needs a bit more training, and he will get it," Klopp told a news conference on Thursday about Hummels, who only returned to team training last week, "Especially since this position is the least of our problems."

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.