Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Even though many people expected that Partizan would crush RFS Riga in their Europa League opener, the Serbian side recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Latvian outfit thanks to Natcho’s goal from the penalty spot. Partizan have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the new season, and, as a result, boss Savo Milosevic was replaced by Aleksandar Stanojevic.
The new tactician is on a quest to bring glory days back to Stadion Partizana, but putting an end to Crvena Zvezda’s dominance in the Serbian top flight is easier said than done. Anyhow, Aleksandar Stanojevic is widely expected to help the Black and Whites improve their game. Sfintul have been producing fine displays in the Moldovan elite division in the first half of the season, but seeing that there will be no spectators at Complexul Sportiv Raional Orhei, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. Important midfielder Seydouba Soumah returns to the starting XI from a domestic ban.
Highlighted Player (Zoran Tosic):
Zoran Tosic is a Serbian winger playing for CSKA Moscow under a reputation of a free-kick specialist and a tricky dribbler. Technically gifted player has become an important asset for the Army Men in recent years who has made huge strides to prominence after his failed move to Manchester United.
The 29-year-old Serbia international moved to Old Trafford in 2009 from Partizan Belgrade, but has only played 74 minutes of competitive action for the Premier League side. The Serbian was quickly demoted to the reserve team before leaving the club on loan to Bundesliga outfit FC Koln. Tosic played just 13 league matches in Germany, but still managed to grab plenty of attention with his impressive appearances.
It wasn’t long before Russia’s powerhouse CSKA came knocking offering Tosic a five-year contract with a transfer fee believed to be worth £8 million. Serbia international has been a national team regular since 2007 so far notching more than 70 appearances for his country.
Highlighted Team (Partizan):
Partizan are a Serbian football club founded by Yugoslav People’s Army on October 4, 1945. The Crno-beli (Black and Whites) play their home games at Partizan Stadium and the capacity of the venue is 32.710. During the 20th century Partizan were in the shadow of their bitterest rivals Crvena zvezda, who won the European Cup in 1991, but nowadays the Crno-beli are the dominant force in the Serbian Super League, with the team winning their 11th domestic trophy of the 21st century in the 2016/2017 season.
Partizan face Crvena Zvezda in Veciti derbi (Eternal derby) which is considered one of the greatest derbies in the world. Speaking of the club’s European success, Partizan did well to make it to the European Cup final in the 1965/1966 season, but Real Madrid proved to be a big catch for the Serbian champions in the title game at Heysel Stadium.
The likes of Predrag Mijatovic, Miroslav Djukic, Savo Milosevic, Danko Lazovic, Stevan Jovetic, Matija Nastasic, Albert Nadj, Mateja Kezman and Adem Ljajic are the notable footballers who played for Partizan in the past.