After spearheading Dnipro’s charge, all the way till the Europa League Finals, Konoplyanka is on the brink of sealing a move to the very opponents his team lost to in Warsaw. His transfer has exhibited his desire to play in the Champions League, as well as Sevilla’s ability to find quality attacking players. Sevilla have all but won the race to sign the Ukranian winger, fending off stiff competition form the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and surprisingly, Stoke City. Having served as the Prince Charming to Dnipro’s fairytale run in the Europa League, Yevhen Konoplyanka now departs the Dnipro Arena for the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán for a prospective four-year deal. The club confirmed that the move was on, during the twilight hours of July 2nd “Sevilla have reached an agreement with the player, in the absence of a medical and closing a deal with Dnipro” Read a statement on the club website. The 25-year-old winger has been courted by top […]

Spanish club Sevilla FC take on Ukraine’s FC Dnipro in the final of the UEFA Europa League on Wednesday. Sevilla will play their second final on the row and would hope to defend their title against Dnipro who are appearing in their maiden European final. Sevilla FC are on a great run of form as they have remained unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions. They cruised past Fiorentina in the semi finals defeating the Italian side 3-0 and 2-0 in both the legs. FC Dnipro too are in good shape. They had beaten a formidable Napoli side in the semi-final to reach this stage. Addressing the media before the game, Sevilla manager Unai Emery said: “I want to be the team to win a fourth title. The Champions League is an exciting extra step. We want to finish our season with this win. That should not add pressure, but motivation.” “We want to finish our season with this win. That […]

Napoli have it all to do to reach the Europa League final after Dnipro hit them with a sucker-punch equaliser to draw the first leg of their semifinal 1-1 in Italy. Rafa Benitez’s side dominated virtually the whole game but only had David Lopez’s second-half header to show for it on the scoreboard and Yevhen Seleznyov controversially made them pay for their profligacy late on. Replays showed Seleznyov was offside as he smashed home the away goal that has given Dnipro, who have already beaten Olympiacos, Ajax and Club Brugge in the competition, the upper hand. The Partenopei aimed to continue their march towards the Europa League Final, as Rafa Benitez was determined to win a record third edition. Jonathan de Guzman, Michu and Juan Camilo Zuniga were injured, while Lorenzo Insigne and Jorginho were preferred to Dries Mertens and Gokhan Inler. The Ukrainians missed Ondrej Mazuch, Egidio, Yevhen Shakhov and Roman Zozulya. Typical for a first-leg, both sides set […]

NAPOLI v DNIPRO Stadio San Paolo, Naples Thursday 7th May, 2015, 19:05 GMT  *** Napoli meet Ukrainian outsiders Dnipro in the semi finals of the Europa League and the Italian side are favorites to take a first leg lead on Thursday night. Napoli have lost just one game in this competition this season, a group stage match away at Young Boys. The have been impressive in the first legs of their three knockout rounds so far, the first of which saw them beat Turkish side Trabzonspor 4-0 away from home and they also won the return 1-0. In the Round of 16 Napoli were 3-1 winners at home to Dinamo Moscow and they played out a goalless draw in Russia in the second leg. Wolfsburg provided the opposition in the quarter finals and once again Napoli took control in the first leg, winning 4-1 in Germany and playing out a 2-2 draw in the second meeting. Domestically Napoli are fourth in […]