Real Madrid Kicks Off UEFA Champions League Defense Against Celtic
Real Madrid – The UEFA Champions League fixtures were released on Saturday. Defending champion Real Madrid opens the group stages against Scottish Premiership champions Celtic on September 6. The 14-time winners travel to Glasgow to visit Celtic for their Group F encounter. On the same day, French Ligue 1 kings Paris Saint-Germain tangle with Italian giants in Group H. Real Madrid’s Spanish La Liga rivals Barcelona will meet. They kick off their Group C campaign against Czech squad Viktoria Plzen on September 7. Barca faces a difficult grouping in the Champions League. They have German Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich and Italian side Inter Milan as group mates. Bayern and Inter Milan clash on September 7.
The Group C clashes serve as an appetizer for the Barca-Bayern clash six days later. Runners-up Liverpool will meet with Napoli in a Group A clash on September 7, while Chelsea and Manchester City will take on Dinamo Zagreb and Sevilla, respectively. Both matches will kick off on September 6. Tottenham Hotspur will meet Marseille in Group D on September 7, and Rangers battle Ajax in Amsterdam. This season, organizers compress the group stage schedule. This is due to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 26. The 2022-23 UEFA Champions League will be a boon for online soccer oddsmakers, who seek to earn big money from these matches.
South Korean Striker Hwang Ui-jo Loaned to Olympiakos
Olympiakos welcomed striker Hwang Ui-jo to their team after English Premier League side Nottingham Forest agreed to loan him to the Greek giants. The 29-year-old South Korean signed with Forest after a stint with French squad Bordeaux. No fees were disclosed, according to reports. Hwang scored 15 goals in 48 appearances with South Korea. The signing of Hwang will boost Olympiakos’ lineup because of his ability to create plays. Olympiakos outplayed PAS Giannina, 2-0, in the opening game of the 2022-23 Super League Greece season.
Maupay Signs for Everton
Neal Maupay has signed a new three-year deal to play for Everton, which hopes to score more goals that the team needs. The 28-year-old Frenchman scored 27 times in 110 games for Brighton. Maupay was not signed in time to face his former club Brentford on Saturday. The Toffees have lost two of their three opening games this season and have only one point two show in the 2022-23 season. They have only scored two goals during that span. Everton is fourth from the bottom of the table while Brighton is in fifth place with seven points.
Milik Inks Deal with Juventus
Italian Serie A club Juventus acquired Polish forward Arkadiusz Milik on loan from French Ligue 1 squad Marseille. The deal requires Juventus to pay Marseille EUR900,000 (USD898,000) for the season, which could rise to EUR1.7 million (USD1.696 million). Milik will have a chance to face Marseille’s great rivals Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, with the Italian side being picked in the same group. He has appeared in 19 Champions League games and scored eight goals. Milik will team up with young Serb Dusan Vlahovic up front, and he replaces Spain’s Alvaro Morata, whose loan from Atletico Madrid has ended.
The Pole played for four-and-a-half seasons with Napoli and scored 30 goals in 93 games before joining Marseille in January 2011. Milik scored 20 goals in all competitions for Marseille last season. The arrival of Croatian Igor Tudor, who replaced Jorge Sampaoli as Marseille manager, was not enough to persuade him to stay at the club. The acquisition of Milik will boost Juventus’ offense in their quest to regain the Italian Serie A 2022-23 season crown, experts in online sportsbooks have said.