London Lite Thursday, 22 October 2009 41 FULHAM vAS ROMA 15 YEARS IS A LONG TIME IN FOOTBALL... IFanyproofwererequiredto illustratejusthowfarFulhamhave comesinceMohamedAlFayed rolledintotown,thenaglanceat therecordbookssaysitall.Exactly 15yearsagotothedayFulham travelledtoChesterfieldandplayed outa1-1drawintheoldDivision Fourinfrontof2,860fans.Tonight, afterlastseasonshighest-evertop- flightfinish,theyhostASRoma. THEFULHAMTEAMTHATDAY KEYMEN MARKSCHWARZERFULHAM WHENthegiantAustralianpassed uptheopportunitytojoinBayern Munichandmadethecuriousmove toFulhamfromBoro,hecouldhave beenforgivenforthinking hed passedupthechancetoplay againsttheEuropeanelite--how wronghewas.AformerUEFACup finalistwithBoro,Schwarzer(left) hashardlyputafoot,ormore relevantly,ahandoutofplace since hearrivedattheCottageandisset forabusyevening. JEREMYMENEZASROMA EVENthoughhesstillonly22, Menezgivesofftheairofaplayer whoisdestinednevertofulfilhis potential.WhilethelikesofYoann GourcuffandSamirNasriareheldup astheposterboysofFrenchfootball, Menezseemshappytodriftalong asabit-partplayeratRoma.His movethereinthesummerof2008 fromMonacowassupposedto galvanisehim,butithasntreally happened,yet. POSSIBLE LINE-UPS REFEREE MANUEL DE SOUSA (POR) EUROPA LEAGUE GROUP E. LIVE ON FIVE FROM 7.30PM (KO: 8.05PM) Time for little bro to Riise to the occasion Bjorn has old family scores to be settled BY GEOFF TEATHER time he would catch me on the stairs or by the door and would give me a thump, but I still think it helped me develop my pace. Bjorn has followed in his brothers footsteps by moving to the Barclays Premier League with Fulham and, fol- lowing a highly successful career with Liverpool John Arne, 29, is always on hand to offer advice. He really plays the big brother role. He has also been my role model all my life. Everyone knows about his life, his own goal against Chelsea and stuff. But the way he mentally dealt with that taught me a lot. He tells me I must be patient about playing in the Premier League and gives me lots of advice. Bjorn gets his chance as Danny Mur- phy is sidelined after suffering a knee injury in Mondays win over Hull City, while Andrew Johnson, Dickson Etuhu and Simon Davies are also out. Hodgsonpickedweakenedsidesinthe previous two games, but injuries will dictate team selection tonight. In the intitial two matches I had a big squad to choose from and could make more changes and rest more players. This time we cant do that, he said. LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Fulham 7-4, Roma 6-4, Draw 23-10. FIRST GOALSCORER Vucinic 13-2, Johnson 7-1, Kamara 8-1, Dempsey 17-2, Nevland 9-1, Zamora 9-1, Menez 9-1, Baptista 10-1, De Rossi 12-1, Perotta 14-1. FAMILY bragging rights come to the fore tonight as Fulhams Bjorn Helge Riise gets the chance to put one over his big brother. If selected by Roy Hodgson for the Europa League clash with Roma, the Norwegian midfielder will come up against his older brother John Arne for the first time in his professional career. I have never played against him before but we have talked about it a lot, revealed Bjorn. He called me as soon as he saw the draw for the group stage. He told me he is going to smash me and I am going to smash him! I am the little brother and have always lost against him in everything GROUP E P W D L F A PTS FULHAM 2 1 1 0 2 1 4 BASEL 2 1 0 1 2 1 3 ROMA 2 1 0 1 2 2 3 CSKA SOFIA 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... RE BENITEZ (LS 21/10) local Tapas bar looking for a new waiter. Weight not an issue. Fancy a move down to London, Rafa? Andrew, W1 ANDY (L&B 21/10) absolutely right. There is Greenwich Mean Time, normal time, Father Time and Fergies Old Trafford added time. Time-honoured traditions never die! English Gent, NW1 RE SOUTHGATE (LS 21/10) might I suggest that if Steve Gibsons decision to sack Gareth Southgate is the most difficult he has ever had to make, he cant have had that many to make. Wessa, SW1 RE WENGER (LS 21/10) so Jorge Valdano says Real Madrid came closer than ever before to getting Arsene Wenger last season still not close enough, Jorge, hes ours! SteveWills, N1 RE ANCELOTTI (LS 21/10) if Carlo really doesnt know his left from his right, he should manage England. Fraser To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See Injured Toffees stick together LEIGHTON BAINES insists Everton do have the squad to cope with their latest injury crisis. Last seasons FA Cup runners-up are without 10 first team players for this evenings Europa League trip to Benfica. But the Toffees are well versed in coping without their best players having been without the likes of Phil Jagielka and Mikel Arteta since the end of last season. Baines said: We missed key players last season and still got a lot of success. So its not a test unfamiliar to us. That says a lot about the quality of players at the club. Its important to get off to a strong start and we did that by taking six points from the first two games. BENFICA VEVERTON EUROPALEAGUE,GROUPI,6PM(ESPN) FULHAM 4-4-2 AS ROMA 4-4-2 LITESPORT CELTIC VHAMBURG EUROPALEAGUE,GROUP C, 8.05PM (ITV4) TONY MOWBRAY says Celtic will have to tread carefully in tonights clash with Hamburg. The Hoops have only one point from their first two Group C games and face the pool favourites just two days after their Glasgow rivals were walloped by Romanian minnows Unirea in the Champions league at Ibrox. Anything less than three points would leave qualification to the knockout phase an unlikely prospect. Theyve got some very high-class players, Mowbray said. AS ROMA 4-4-2 SchwarzerPantsil Konchesky HangelandHughes Schwarzer KamaraZamora B H Riise Greening Dempsey Baird Subs:12MickyAdams,13LeeHarrison (GK),14TonyFinnigan 1JimStannard 2DuncanJupp 3TerryAngus 4TerryHurlock 5KevinMoore 6MarkBlake 7MichaelMison 8SimonMorgan 9RobertHaworth 10GaryBrazil 11JulianHails MenezVucinic MexesBurdisso De Rossi J A Riise Cassetti Perrotta Doni Brighi Guberti and that really irritates me. Whether its PlayStation or even in the hotel room with Norway if we are bored, we rollupballsof paperandhavecompeti- tions throwing them into the waste paper basket. He even beats me at that! We used to get home from school and we had a field outside the house. Some- times we played football for three or fourhoursevenif itwasjustmeagainst him. Most of the time when I was young I had a very short temper. Whenever my brother beat me at football he would cheer and sing. I hit him and then tried to run. I ran as fast as I could to get home to my mum because I knew then he couldnt touch me. But almost every Brothers in arms: Bjorn and John index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html