Featured Matches
Previous
AEL
Tottenham Hotspur
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Hull City
1
0
LIVE 85'
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Krasnodar
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lyon
FK Astra Giurgiu
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhter Soligorsk
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
Villarreal
0
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Borussia Monchengladbach
2
3
LIVE 74'
Leg 1
Game Details
Astana 1964
Villarreal
0
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Aktobe Lento
Legia Warsaw
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Moscow
Omonia Nicosia
2
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Ruch Chorzow
Metalist Kharkiv
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
HJK Helsinki
Rapid Vienna
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Qarabag
Twente Enschede
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
AEL
Tottenham Hotspur
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
PSV Eindhoven
Shakhter Soligorsk
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Karabükspor
St Etienne
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Elfsborg
Rio Ave
2
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dinamo Minsk
CD Nacional de Madeira
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Petrolul Ploiesti
Dinamo Zagreb
1
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
BSC Young Boys
Debrecen
3
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Apollon Limassol
Lokomotiv Moscow
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Zorya Luhansk
Feyenoord Rotterdam
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trabzonspor
Rostov
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Panathinaikos
FC Midtjylland
4
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
PEC Zwolle
Sparta Prague
1
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Zimbru Chisinau
PAOK Salonika
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Spartak Trnava
FC Zürich
1
3
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Partizan Belgrade
Neftchi Baku PFC
3
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Grasshoppers Zürich
Club Brugge
6:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Asteras Tripolis
Maccabi Tel-Aviv
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Real Sociedad
Krasnodar
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
RNK Split
Torino
0
0
LIVE 88'
Leg 1
Game Details
Lyon
FK Astra Giurgiu
6:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
KSC Lokeren
Hull City
1
0
LIVE 85'
Leg 1
Game Details
FK Sarajevo
Borussia Monchengladbach
2
3
LIVE 74'
Leg 1
Game Details
Rijeka
Sheriff Tiraspol
7:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Sassuolo
Cittadella
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Real Espana
Municipal
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Belmopan Bandits
Metapan
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Inti Gas Deportes
Caracas F.C.
0
1
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo Capiatá
Danubio F.C.
8:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Barcelona
Alianza Lima
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Trujillanos
Independiente del Valle
10:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Millonarios
César Vallejo
12:50 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Universidad Católica
River Plate
12:50 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Corinthians
Goiás EC
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Cruzeiro
Gremio
ESPN3 11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
Bayern MunichBayern Munich
VfL WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg
6:30 PM GMT
Game Details

Barca hampered by archaic FIFA

Barcelona 12 hours ago
Read
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 14, 2007

Mental strength helped my comeback - Owen

Michael Owen has revealed the inner mental strength which drove him on to regain the form which made him England's deadliest finisher of the modern era.

Owen has constantly had to deal with doubts over whether he would recover fully from the knee ligament injury sustained against Sweden in the 2006 World Cup.

It has been a long, hard road back to full sharpness for the Newcastle striker.

But any fears were dispelled with Owen's performances in the two Euro 2008 qualifiers with Israel and Russia which brought him three goals and a successful renewal of his partnership with Emile Heskey.

His double strike against the Russians means Owen has become only the fourth player to score 40 goals for his country after Jimmy Greaves, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker.

Owen said: 'Did I ever doubt I would come back? No, never. I'm very strong mentally. There might be a lot of people who've got a lot more skill than me - but not many people who are as mentally as strong as me.

'When it comes to beating long-term injuries or lack of form or criticism, I've got a thicker skin than anyone. I never doubted I'd be back.

'I went to see the best surgeon in the world (Colorado-based Dr Richard Steadman). I had the best rehabilitation you could ever ask for and between my ears is the willpower and a strong mind to come back better than ever.

'I don't think anyone can say I've come back worse than before.'

Owen is full of praise for the contribution of Heskey, whose deft flick set him up for the second decisive goal against the Russians.

He said: 'Emile has played really well. He has come back from a long time out of the England team. In both games he played particularly well.

'A standing ovation in both games when he came off said it all. I'm really pleased for him.

'I don't think anyone becomes a bad player overnight no matter what people say - but everyone knows what it is like with England.

'If you have a couple of bad results it's `Bring in the new guard' and then if you have a couple of bad results it's `Go back to the older players'.'

Owen is excited about what lies ahead for England if they finally live up to the expectations of the nation and perform on a consistent basis.

He said: 'Hopefully there are good times ahead with England. There are a good group of players. We knew that despite what anyone said.

'It's been difficult proving that. We've been proving it far too infrequently really but those two games with Israel and Russia have been encouraging.

'If we can keep progressing like that we're on to a good thing.'