Featured Matches
Previous
Arsenal
Besiktas
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Napoli
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
Aston Villa
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sunderland
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Stoke City
Portsmouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Arsenal
Besiktas
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Athletic Bilbao
Napoli
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 1
Game Details
Bayer Leverkusen
FC Copenhagen
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 2
Game Details
Ludogorets Razgrad
Steaua Bucuresti
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
Malmo FF
SV Salzburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
Aston Villa
Leyton Orient
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Birmingham City
Sunderland
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Bradford City
Leeds United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Burton Albion
Queens Park Rangers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Stoke City
Portsmouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Los Angeles Galaxy
DC United
2:30 AM GMT
Game Details
León
Herediano
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Municipal
Pachuca
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Cobresal
General Díaz
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 2
Game Details
Independiente Terán
Trujillanos
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Libertad
Nacional Potosí
11:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 1
Game Details
River Plate
Universidad Católica
11:30 PM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 0
Game Details
Atlético Nacional
Deportivo La Guaira
2:00 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0
Game Details
Alianza Lima
Barcelona
2:00 AM GMT
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
Atletico Rafaela
Newell's Old Boys
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Rosario Central
Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
8:00 PM GMT
Game Details
River Plate
Defensa y Justicia
10:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Estudiantes La Plata
Boca Juniors
12:30 AM GMT
Game Details
Irapuato
U.A.N.L
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Morelia
Celaya
ESPNDeportes 12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Oaxaca
Chiapas
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Mineros de Zacatecas
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Correcaminos
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
UNAM
Mérida
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Zacatepec
Guadalajara
ESPNDeportes 2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
América RN
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Santa Rita
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Botafogo
Ceará
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Bragantino
Corinthians
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
Flamengo
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Palmeiras
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
LDU Quito
Deportivo Quito
12:15 AM GMT
Game Details
FC Seoul
Pohang Steelers
0
0
FT-Pens
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 0FC Seoul win 3-0 on penalties
Game Details
Guangzhou Evergrande
Western Sydney Wanderers
2
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 2
Game Details
Amazulu
Bloem Celtic
0
2
LIVE 54'
Game Details
Mamelodi Sundowns
Orlando Pirates
0
1
LIVE HT
Game Details
Pretoria Univ
Free State Stars
0
0
LIVE 51'
Game Details
Silver Stars
Kaizer Chiefs
0
2
LIVE 45'
Game Details
SuperSport United
Mpumalanga Black Aces
0
0
LIVE 45'
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
Postp
Game Details
Carmelita
Club Sport Uruguay
9:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Cartagines
Perez Zeledon
Postp
Game Details
Antigua
Marquense
9:15 PM GMT
Game Details
Petapa
Coatepeque
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Vida
Marathon
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Next

Serie A season preview: AS Roma

AS Roma about an hour ago
Read

Everton add cover for Lukaku in Eto'o

Everton about an hour ago
Read
Dec 6, 2013

Zidane hopes France get tough draw

France prepare for the 2014 World Cup Draw which will take place on Friday in Salvador, Brazil.

Zinedine Zidane hopes France will be handed a difficult group in Friday's World Cup draw as he feels Les Bleus could take less renowned opponents too lightly.

L'Equipe's front page identifies potential best and worst-case scenarios.
L'Equipe's front page identifies potential best and worst-case scenarios.

During the rehearsal draw on Thursday, Didier Deschamps' men were picked with hosts Brazil, 2006 winners Italy -- who beat Les Bleus in that year's final -- and Australia.

Zidane, 41, told media at a news conference that when he and seven other illustrious football figures make the draw proper on Friday in Costa do Sauipe, he wants his country to face an equally hazardous path to the knockout stages.

"There's never a good draw," he said. "What I would like for France is that they go into a difficult group so that they don't say to themselves 'we're going to play small teams', but rather 'we have to get out of this group.' They need to be in an all-conquering spirit from the start of the competition. Perhaps for other teams it would not be the case, but for France, it would be good."

The front page of Friday's L'Equipe shows the potential worst and best-case scenarios for France, who only clinched their place in the finals after a dramatic playoff triumph over Ukraine.

The 'worst' group, according to France's main sports daily would include the hosts, Japan and the Netherlands, though Zidane's former international teammate and fellow 1998 World Cup-winner Frank Leboeuf said his nation should welcome the chance to face the Brazilians in the early stages of the tournament.

"I would like France to play Brazil," he told RMC. "At least then they would only have to play them again in the final if we get there. It's better to get them in a group game than in a knockout match. Having said that, playing them in the first game or the third game in the group isn't the same thing either. Anyway, after the draw, everyone will say that it's a difficult draw."

Zidane scored two goals in the '98 final as the host nation beat Brazil 3-0 in Paris. Despite him breaking Brazilian hearts that night, Zidane says he is always made to feel welcome whenever he visits.

"The 1998 World Cup is one of the sweetest memories of my life, but I do not believe that the Brazilians hate me," he said. "Every time I come to Brazil they greet me with a lot of affection."

Like France, Portugal only qualified for next year's tournament via a playoff, in which Cristiano Ronaldo's second-leg hat trick proved decisive in their tie against Sweden. Zidane believes that Ronaldo, who he works with at Real Madrid, can light up the competition.

"What he does on the pitch is monstrous," Zidane said. "It is marvellous. And the way he led Portugal against Sweden, when many people believed that Portugal would not win, that showed he is an excellent player. He is an example for all who train with him. He is a great professional."

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.