Europa League: Hajduk or Skonto for Inter

MILAN – The pots in Nyon
have given their verdict and Inter can now look forward to a meeting with Hajduk
or Skonto in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round.

by Vukusic and Trebotic gave Hajduk a 2-0 win in Split last night, putting them in the driving seat ahead of the second qualifying round return leg to be
played at Skonto Stadium in Riga on Thursday 26 July (20:30 kick-off).

Let’s take a closer look at Inter’s potential opponents:

HNK Hajduk Split

The Croatian side from
Split, founded in 1911, have played their home games at the Stadion Poljud (34,500 capacity) since 1979.

They achieved their best UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup result in 1983/84, when they lost to eventual winners Tottenham in the semi-finals.

Miso Krsitevic is their current manager. Last season he led them to a second-place finish on 54 points in the 16-team national
league (Prva HNL), behind champions
Dinamo Zagreb on 75 points. Ante Vukusic wasd Hakduk’s topscorer with 12

Hajduk and Inter have never met before.

The club’s honours list
includes 17 national titles (7 Yugoslav and 8 Croatian
championships), 9 Yugoslav Cups, 5 Croatian Cups and 5 Croatian Super

Skonto F.C.

Skonto, based in Riga,
the capital of Latvia, was founded in 1991. They play their
home games at Skonto Stadium (8,800 capacity).

Under the stewardship of
Marian Pahars, the team finished as runners-up in last season’s
Virsliga with 36 points, 4 notches below winners Daugava.

Skonto currently hold
the European record for most consecutive league championships won

They previously crossed paths with Inter in a Champions League qualifier in 1998/99: Gigi
Simoni’s Nerazzurri won the first leg in Pisa 4-0 (Zamorano 4,
Simeone 10, Ventola 21, Baggio 59) and the return leg in Riga 1-3
(Zamorano 8, Galanta 54, Djorkaeff 70).

Skonto’s honours list
includes 15 Latvian championships, 8 Latvian Cups, 3 Livonia Cups and
1 Baltic League.

UEFA Europa League: Inter's opponents revealed

NYON – The draw for the third
qualifying round of the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League has just finished
in Nyon.

Inter will face the winner of the second qualifying
round tie between Croatian outfit HNK Hajduk Split and Latvia’s
Skonto FC.

Hajduk Split won the first leg 2-0 in Croatia last
night but Inter will have to wait until next Thursday’s second leg in Riga to
find out who they must beat to reach the play-offs.

The third qualifying round will be played on 2 and 9 August, with the draw for the play-offs being held on 10 August.

Here is the full draw for the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round:

– Athletic Club v NK Slaven Koprivnica (CRO)/Portadown FC (NIR);
– FC Anzhi Makhachkala (RUS)/Budapest Honvéd FC (HUN) v Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1936 (BUL)/Vitesse (NED)
– ?nter Bak? P?K (AZE)/Asteras Tripolis FC (GRE) v CS Marítimo (POR);
– FC Rapid Bucure?ti (ROU)/Myllykosken Pallo-47 (FIN) v SC Heerenveen (NED);
– Ruch Chorzów (POL)/FK Metalurg Skopje (MKD) v FC Metalurgi Rustavi (GEO)/FC Viktoria Plze? (CZE);
– AC Horsens (DEN) v FC Dacia Chisinau (MDA)/IF Elfsborg (SWE);
– APOEL FC (CYP)/FK Senica (SVK) v KF Tirana (ALB)/Aalesunds FK (NOR);
– FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) v HNK Hajduk Split (CRO)/Skonto FC (LVA);
– FK Vojvodina (SRB)/FK S?duva (LTU) v SK Rapid Wien (AUT);
– KRC Genk (BEL) v FC Milsami Orhei (MDA)/FC Aktobe (KAZ);
– NK Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN)/Tromsø IL (NOR) v FC Metalurh Donetsk (UKR)/FK ?elik Nikši? (MNE);
– FC Twente (NED)/FC Inter Turku (FIN) v FK Mladá Boleslav (CZE)/Thór Akureyri (ISL);
– Bnei Yehuda Tel-Aviv FC (ISR)/FC Shirak (ARM) v PAOK FC (GRE);
– AGF Århus (DEN)/FC Dila Gori (GEO) v FC Levadia Tallinn (EST)/Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP);
– ŠK Slovan Bratislava (SVK)/Videoton FC (HUN) v FC Differdange 03 (LUX)/KAA Gent (BEL);
– AIK Solna (SWE)/FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) v Xäzär Länkäran FK (AZE)/KKS Lech Pozna? (POL);
– Eski?ehirspor (TUR)/Saint Johnstone FC (SCO) v Olympique de Marseille (FRA);
– FC Naftan Novopolotsk (BLR)/FK Crvena zvezda (SRB) v AC Omonia (CYP);
– PFC Levski Sofia (BUL)/FK Sarajevo (BIH) v JJK Jyväskylä (FIN)/FK Zeta (MNE);
– VMFD ?algiris (LTU)/VfB Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT) v AC Sparta Praha (CZE);
– NK Osijek (CRO)/Kalmar FF (SWE) v BSC Young Boys (SUI)/FC Zimbru Chi?in?u (MDA);
– Dundee United FC (SCO) v FC Dinamo Moskva (RUS);
– FC Arsenal Kyiv (UKR) v ND Mura 05 (SVN)/PFC CSKA Sofia (BUL);
– Bursaspor (TUR) v Maccabi Netanya FC (ISR)/KuPS Kuopio (FIN);
– FC Steaua Bucure?ti (ROU) v FC Spartak Trnava (SVK)/Sligo Rovers FC (IRL);
– FK Renova (MKD)/FC Gomel (BLR) v Liverpool FC (ENG);
– FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR)/SV Ried (AUT) v SK Liep?jas Metalurgs (LVA)/Legia Warszawa (POL);
– NK Široki Brijeg (BIH)/Saint Patrick’s Athletic FC (IRL) v Hannover 96 (GER);
– Servette FC (SUI)/FC Gandzasar Kapan (ARM) v Rosenborg BK (NOR)/FC Ordabasy Shymkent (KAZ).

Appiano: Mudingayi and Sneijder in training

APPIANO GENTILE – A morning of arrivals and returns at the Centro Sportivo Angelo Moratti.

Inter’s new midfielder Gaby Mudingayi trained with his Nerazzurri team-mates for the first time while Wesley Sneijder was back after his extended holiday. Both followed a programme involving medium-intensity aerobic work and personalised injury-prevention exercises.

The rest of the squad took part in a warm-up and mini-matches focusing on different skills, before being split into two groups for gym work, technique drills and football tennis on the pitch.

Transfers: Mudingayi joins Inter

MILAN – F.C. Internazionale has signed Gaby Mudingayi from Bologna F.C. on loan with an option to purchase. The paperwork relating to the transfer was filed at the
Lega Serie A offices this morning.

The 30-year-old Belgian midfielder arrives at Inter
following spells at Gent (Jupiler League, 2000 to January 2003, 63
appearances), Torino (Serie B, January 2003 to 2004, 34 appearances and 1
goal), Lazio (Serie A, 2005 to 2008, 69 appearances and 1 goal) and
Bologna (Serie A, 2008 to June 2012, 125 appearances and 2 goals).

Mudingayi made 6 appearances with the Belgium Under-21 team and has earned 17 caps with the senior side since making his debut in 2003.

On behalf of everyone at the club and all the Nerazzurri fans, welcome to Inter, Gaby!