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Fulham - Our Season Starts Tonight!

18:00 hours tonight (Thursday) sees Fulham Football Club venture forth into European football.

We`ll be engaging in combat with the little known Lithuanian side, FK Vetra, in the first leg of a qualifying tie.

Roy Hodgson has taken his strongest possible squad to Lithuania as Fulham attempt to quell the possibility of coming a cropper at the first hurdle, the squad being - Stockdale, Schwarzer, Zuberbuhler, Paintsil, Stoor, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Baird, Konchesky, Murphy, Etuhu, Gera, Andranik, Seol, Nevland, E Johnson, A Johnson, Zamora, Dempsey.

The only noticeable absentee being Simon Davies who is still recovering from the foot injury that disrupted the tail end of his season.

The foray into Lithuania represents something akin to a trip into the unknown, a fact Paul Konchesky has picked up on in the pre-match build up in comments he`s made on the official web site, remarking,

'I've never been out to Lithuania and I don't think many of the other players have either.'

'It's going to be a first for most of the team. It's going to be a hard test as we don't know too much about FK Vetra but when we get out there we'll have videos to watch and a team meeting."

'It doesn't matter who the opposition is, whether it be a non-league team or a Champions League side, you must prepare the same."

'As I said, we'll get to know much more about the opposition when we get out to Lithuania and sit down with the manager and have a meeting."

'We've been preparing for this game like we would for a Premier League game."

'We need to win on Thursday and hopefully we'll come back to the Cottage with a goal advantage having not conceded any."

'We'll take it game by game and, if we can get the result we want from the third round, then we'll take it from there.'

I guess the nearest most of us Fulham fans will get to witness the action in Vilinus is via the internet.

Let`s hope it all turns out in our favour!

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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 30 2009

Time: 4:33PM

Your Comments

Anyone know where this can be seen on the internets?
no but Zamora has just put us 1-0 up in the 44th minute!
Al Billy
sorry buddy, no dice for me... i'm following on bbc sport live text... and we're 1 up thanks to BOBBY ZAMORA! all hail! keep it up boys!
2-0 to FULHAM! Seol Power!
I always knew he had it in him!
Riise gets his first playing time... i believe
interestingly enough he came in for danny... i wonder if he played in the middle or if they pushed someone else inside and he played outside mid...
was it only me that missed the Murphy penalty on the BBC feed?
and hasn't our season got off to a good start?
and hasn't our season got off to a good start?
Fulham Badger
yeah completely missed the penalty on the bbc feed... those brits are good for nothing ;) certainly seems like roy could give our second string a run and keep some starters on the bench, but i guess we'll see what happens...

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