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Poland club Lech Poznan punished, will play eight matches next season with no spectators

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Lech Poznan face an eight-game punishment following rioting at Sunday's match against Legia Warsaw.

WARSAW, Poland -- Lech Poznan have been ordered to play eight games next season without spectators because of rioting and brawling by fans.

The order on Monday involved Lech Poznan's first five matches in the top Polish league, and their first three games in the Europa League, said Zbigniew Hoffmann, the governor of Wielkopolska, the region in Western Poland which encompasses the city of Poznan.

Lech Poznan fans threw flares onto the pitch as the team was losing to visiting Legia Warszawa 2-0 on...


Southampton sign Lech Poznan defender Jan Bednarek

Jan Bednarek in action for Poland's under-21s.

Southampton have signed central defender Jan Bednarek from Polish club Lech Poznan.

Poland under-21 international Bednarek has agreed a five-year contract and will link up with his new teammates when he returns from international duty at the European Under-21 Championship.

Bednarek, 21, helped Lech Poznan to a third-placed finish in Poland last season and told Southampton's official website he was "so happy" to have joined the club.

"This is the moment I have worked for that makes my dreams come...


Celtic, Steaua through to Champions League third qualifying round

Ronny Deila's Celtic will now face Azerbaijani champions Qarabag in the Champions League third qualifying round.

Celtic eased past Stjarnan in the return leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie, but not before an early scare against the Icelandic part-timers.

The Hoops travelled to the tiny Samsungvollur stadium with a 2-0 advantage from last week's first leg in Glasgow but found themselves under some unexpected pressure after only six minutes when Olafur Karl Finsen shot the home side into a shock lead.

However, midfielder Nir Bitton eased the nerves when he levelled in the 32nd minute from...


Ludogorets lose, APOEL held as second round of qualifying begins

Adam Gyurcso's goal was enough for Videoton to defeat TNS in their first leg on Tuesday.

Two of last season's Champions League group-stage underdogs got off to a rough start in the first leg of the second qualifying round on Tuesday.

Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad, who beat Basel and held Liverpool to a draw a year ago, lost at home to Milsami 1-0.

Alexandru Antoniuc scored the only goal for the Moldovan champs in the 41st minute.

Meanwhile, Cypriot champions APOEL, quarterfinalists in 2012, were held to a goalless draw at home by Vardar of Macdeonia.

The news was a little better...

"Polish Benitez" Maciej Skorza working wonders at Lech Poznan

Maciej Skorza has Lech Poznan poised to claim the 2014-15 Polish Ekstraklasa.
Maciej Skorza has Lech Poznan poised to claim the 2014-15 Polish Ekstraklasa.

Here is a nice trivia question for you. Who was the first coach to have beaten Pep Guardiola at the start of his career at Barcelona in the summer of 2008? It might be tempting to name the wily Croat Sergio Kresic, who masterminded the famous Numancia win over Barca at the start of the season in Spain, but the right answer lies elsewhere. Maciej Skorza is the man -- his Wisla Krakow drew the Catalans in the third qualifying round of the Champions League, were thrashed 4-0 at Camp Nou, but proceeded...