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FC Wil 1900 vs. AVFC Claret & Blues

Sportpark Bergholz

10/07/08

1800 GMT

Wil we win or won't we?

It's friendly preview time! Just when you thought the low quality match day previews had disappeared for an extended rest, I'm back!

Aston Villa have travelled to Switzerland for a couple of pre-season games ahead of their Inter-Toto adventures that are most definitely coming soon.

Villa's threadbare squad will be added to by the new ginger ninja Steve Sidwell, who's signing was confirmed mid-way through Thursday afternoon.

It's Sun, no sea, Salifou and strange quotes galore direct to you with typical Swiss precision Vital Villa!

Vital Quotes:

As you would expect from any manager on the verge of a match against what should be 'on paper' considerably weaker opposition, MON the Merciless has coined a cliché in stating that 'result isn't important' as Villa play their first match of the 2008/09 season.

I think you'll find it will (or should that be FC Wil?( Martin!

Speaking to avfc.co.uk the Villa boss said:

''I'm not at all worried about the results in Switzerland. It's about trying to get into a pattern of play again and get a bit of match fitness. That's why we've thrown in the game tonight as well.

'This trip is all about stepping up our preparations for the return to competitive football.

'The second game against FC Zurich on Saturday afternoon will be a decent enough test but essentially I see the games as extensions of the training sessions.

'We're building up and trying to get ourselves ready for the Inter-Toto Cup the following week.'


Meanwhile FC Wil said:

'Am Donnerstag kommt es im Bergholz zum Testspiel-Knüller zwischen dem FC Wil und Aston Villa FC aus der englischen Premier League. Am Mittwochabend, 9. Juli, findet im Bergholz ein Vorverkauf für dieses Spiel statt. Gleichzeitig können auch Saisonkarten für die neue Challenge League-Saison erworben werden.'

Yup!

FC Wil 1900 Team News:

Well, its anyone`s guess to be honest, very little known about FC Wil except for the fact that the majority of the squad know, and may well snigger at the fact that someone paid out a signing on fee for Moustapha Salifou.

Player to watch: Pa Modou Jagne

With a name like that, he has to be good, right?

AVFC Claret & Blues Team News:

Wanted:

Footballers for vacant left-back, right-back and goalkeeper positions.

Must be available at short notice.

Apply to Martin O'Neill, if his voicemail isn't full, AVFC.

On a serious note, if you believe the hype and the spin, this is a good chance for the 6(!) youngsters to gain some first team experience against Swiss Lower League opposition.

The squad in full:

Taylor, Laursen, Knight, Davies, Petrov, Reo-Coker, Gardner, Young, Agbonlahor, Carew, Harewood, Salifou, Routledge, Osbourne, Maloney, Delfouneso, Williams, Albrighton, Parish, Baker, Stieber.

No place for Gareth Barry, his public comments and scathing attack on Martin O'Neill and the clubs senior management burning just about any claret & blue bridge along his merry way.

Player to watch: Moustapha Salifou

Salifou returns as the prodigal son, the 'Togolese Zidane' is very much likely to feature in the match and it'll be interesting to see how it pans out.

Also look out for any possible appearance from Elliot Parish, and forward Nathan Delfouneso.

Match Facts & Stats

The pre-match music is back, and given the connection between a Villan and FC Wil it could only be one track, enjoy!




  • According to Wikipedia, FC Wil 1900 is a Swiss football club, playing in the town of Wil.

  • If you couldn't work that bit out, I feel for you!

  • FC Wil finished 7th last season in the Challenge League, effectively the Swiss 2nd Division.

  • Everyone loves a little Swiss lower league, mid-table obscurity in their lives right?

  • The locals believe that estimated population is approx 17,000.

  • http://www.stadtwil.ch is where you need to go to for all you're Wil-based needs.

  • A big warm welcome to Steve Sidwell as he joins from CSKA Chelski. The 'ginger Gaz Barry replacement' will join up with the squad, and may feature in the match against FC Zurich this weekend.

  • ...and finally, did you know that in Switzerland, the use of marijuana is legal; however the sale of the drug is not. It's good to share!
  • Ref Watch:

    I have absolutely no idea, but here's hoping he keeps everything ticking over like clockwork, and doesn't end up sending the Villa players cuckoo. (These poor jokes have more holes in them than your average block of Swiss Cheese!)

    Match Prediction:

    As I mentioned in the forums a while back, it will be 42-1 to Aston Villa with Salifou scoring 8.

    Next Fixtures:

    Villa face a slightly tougher opposition in Swiss Premier Division side FC Zurich this weekend.

    Super!




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    The Journalist

    Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

    Date:Thursday July 10 2008

    Time: 5:09PM

    Your Comments

    Hopefully Salifou starts - nice place for him to make him first Villa start. What is his natural position? RM, CM or ST
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    OMG Boney f######g M!!!!!!!!
    happyvillan
    Oh. The swiss _second_ divison, in fact. Must be some coup to have Villa visiting, then!
    Knowone
    Good match preview Murph. I'm quite interested to know what the FC Wil statement means. Sorry my Swiss-Deutche is a little rusty. I think 42-1 is a bit inaccurate though, 43-1 sounds more likely and obviously we couldn't keep a clean sheet if we were playing against an old people's home. So what happens if Stu Taylor is injured/sent off?
    Villan-in-Cyprus
    Parish takes over lol...but M'ON has said he hopes to get the goalkeeping situation resolved pretty soon, so maybe he has one or two GK lined up
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    Marc Albrighton is starting I believe. He's been a really good prospect since he's been playing in the Reserves and Academy.
    lukemarson
    Good Luck. I really hope I get to see your brand of beautiful football in the UEFA cup next year!
    gunnerkid107
    Likewise gunnerkid. I just hope we concede less goals . . .
    Villan-in-Cyprus
    A natural RB, solid GK and a fit Laursen and Davies will solve that
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    Just a quick note about Pa Modou Jagne, he was the really old martial arts tutor type bloke in Kill Bill. You need to watch out for his 5 step exploding heart technique, he could have some of our players out injured for some time.
    lorenzo
    Gotta love big Marlon...
    olafthegreat
    2 - 0 now, anyone know who is captain for tonight?
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    Marlon at the double...
    olafthegreat
    The Swiss Lot 0, The Good Guys from Brummagem B6 4. Here We Go, Here We Go, Here we jolly well Go!!
    glensider
    Seeing as its already 5-0, I guess that doesn't kick-off my predicting season too cleverly. A first first-team goal for young Nathan Delfouesno, cant be bad!
    glensider
    wayne routledge on the scoresheet now, hopefully this guy can kickstart his career again
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    Where have you all been keeping upto date with the score? I have been looking on skysports and bbc sites trying to find out, but they all seem to be oblivious to villa even playing!
    Layzee
    avfc
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    OS
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    'Togolese Zidane' mr arze, if he ever become a Premiership player I will eat my hat.
    col8
    Notice how Villa ended the game with one defender - solid defensively i say :D
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    A clean sheet!!! I can't believe it!!!?!
    Villan-in-Cyprus
    the reason why we kept a clen sheet was because carson wasn't there to let in a 40 yard free kick straight at him.
    Danzel
    What was so bad about Salifou col8?
    JOHN.CAREWS.CREW
    Good point Danzel, but I can't imagine Carson doing something like that . . . afterall, he's a £10Millon goal keeper lol. I admit JOHN.CAREWS.CREW, i'm not a massive fan of Salifou either. I have no idea where this 'Zidane' nickname originated, probably somewhere in Africa someone is laughing at us.
    Villan-in-Cyprus
    great clip murph !! anyone remember nil lamptey the african pele signed by big ron i think lol
    scoops
    how are you guys getting to watch the games? anyway I could on the internet!?! Or can I buy BBC/Setanta/Sky?
    los_angeles_villan
    salifou played 90mins!!
    Gruck
    No he didn't, he came out in the 72 i believe.
    los_angeles_villan
    http://www.fcwil.ch/desktopdefault.aspx/tabid-15/10_read-422/
    Villan-in-Cyprus
    actually lorenzo, if your talking about pei mei in Kill Bill 2, that was chia hui liu. nowt to do with transfers
    bobbyfett
    Murph good pre-match report, but drop the Villa Claret and Blues. It`s Claret and Blue.
    Fletch
     

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