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Lincoln v Europa preview

Football is finally back on the Rock with Lincoln Red Imps taking on holders Europa in the traditional “curtain-raiser” which is the Pepe Reyes Cup.

The Imps will be hoping to put last season behind them and win the first piece of silverware and take an added boost over their title rivals Europa. Following Yeray Blasco‘s departure to Olímpic Xàtiva, we expect Anthony Hernandez to start after a good performance in the Europa League and strike up a good midfield partnership with Antonio Calderon & Dieguito.

Despite their best efforts to sign Pibe on a permanent deal from Mons Calpe, which ultimately failed, Imps did manage to bring in Falu Arenda from CD El Palo who has had a good preseason while he fills in for George Cabrera, who is still returning from an injury he picked up last season. 

This is newly appointed Europa manager Jonathan Parrado‘s first competitive game in charge and he’ll be hoping to get onto the right foot as he tries to replicate the success Juanjo Gallardo has last season. Parrado isn’t the only one who will be feeling the pressure on Sunday; new signing Jorge Pina Roldán has been given the task of playing as much of a vital role as Liam Walker did last season, something which won’t be easy.

Walker’s departure also frees up a HGP position on the pitch which will be battled between Sykes Garro and new signings Mikey Yome & Ethan Jolley with George Wink still recovering from a long-term injury. That will also be an interesting battle to see who starts. 


The Pepe Reyes Cup gets underway this Sunday and kicks off at 19:00 with live coverage on our Twitter accounts

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AEL Limassol – A brief guide

St Joseph’s make their European debut today when they take on Cypriot side AEL Limassol, and we take a brief look at their counterparts at the Estadio Algarve tonight.

Limassol are playing in European competition for the first time since 2014-15, where they lost to Zenit in the Champions League and Tottenham in the Europa League qualifiers. In 2012-13, they did reach the group stages of the Europa League after narrowly losing out in the Champions League playoffs against Anderlecht. In that group they notably won against Marseille while also securing a draw at home to Monchengladbach, which shows the level of opposition Saints will have to face today.

They have also won six Cypriot league titles, most recently in 2011-12, and qualified for the Europa League this year by finishing fourth in the Cypriot league, 10 points behind second place AEK Larnaca who take on Lincoln this evening as well.

Their current manager is the 39-year old Portuguese, Bruno Miguel Nunes Baltazar whose post-playing career has seen him manage a number of teams in Portugal and now Cyprus, while he was also the assistant manager of the Filipino national team for a short time in 2014.

Andreas Kyriakou, a 23-year old defender, was the only Limassol player in the Cyprus squad when they took on Gibraltar earlier this month, while two of their other players, Dossa Junior and Marios Nicolaou, were called up for the fixture in Cyprus last year. Tonight’s match officials are Faroese and the referee is Petur Reinert who has been refereeing games in European competition since 2007