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FC Twente back in Europe after eight years: ‘Maybe Lukoki helped us’ | NOW

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The joy at FC Twente is great now that the club has secured European football again after eight years. The Enschede team secured fourth place in the Eredivisie on an evening that was dominated by the deceased Jody Lukoki.

The home game with FC Groningen (3-0 win) was preceded by an impressive tribute to Lukoki, who passed away on Monday at the age of 29. The attacker was no longer under contract with Twente since February, but was still recovering from a knee injury.

“This tribute was very worthy. Jody’s son was on the field with Virgil Misidjan. They sometimes talk about fate, karma, or whatever you call it. Maybe he helped us,” said Twente trainer Ron Jans afterwards against ESPN

Initially, the FC Twente players thought that they were not yet sure of fourth place. However, during the round of honour, it was announced that competitor AZ gave away the victory against FC Utrecht deep in extra time, after which a big party broke out in De Grolsch Veste. Supporters took to the field.

“It is so bizarre. It was 1-2 in Utrecht and we suddenly heard that another goal was scored. I had already said in the dressing room: ‘Then we should win in De Kuip next week.’ That is still allowed, but it is no longer necessary. We are going into Europe and we have deserved it.”

The match in Enschede was preceded by an impressive tribute to Jody Lukoki.


The match in Enschede was preceded by an impressive tribute to Jody Lukoki.

The match in Enschede was preceded by an impressive tribute to Jody Lukoki.

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‘This gives so much momentum’

The 63-year-old Jans, who has been employed by FC Twente since 2020 and still has a contract for one year, is looking forward to entering Europe with the club. Twente will play in the third preliminary round of the Conference League in the new season.

“This gives so much zest. The appearance of the club is so great, we confirmed that this year. Players now prefer to play at this club, sponsors think: I want to belong to this,” Jans said about the near future of FC Twente.

“It is almost impossible for more supporters to enter, but I would say: buy a season ticket quickly, otherwise I think it will be sold out. What a people here.”

FC Twente will close the season on Sunday with an away match against Feyenoord, which will finish third. The team from Rotterdam is looking forward to the final of the Conference League, which will be played on May 25. AS Roma is the opponent in this.

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Danilho Doekhi to Bundesliga for three years | Football

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Doekhi makes the transfer-free transfer to the Bundesliga and will play in the Europa League next year with his new employer. Union secured its place in that European Cup last weekend. The team of the Swiss trainer Urs Fischer finished in a good fifth place in Germany.

Doekhi, who has played for Vitesse since 2012, will receive a Dutch teammate in Berlin. Sheraldo Becker has been part of the Union squad since 2019. The Germans were not the only club interested in Doekhi’s services. Clubs such as VfB Stuttgart, Norwich City and Rangers also followed the defender’s actions with above-average interest.

“I am proud that I have been able to play so many matches for Vitesse. This club has offered me a lot of space and opportunities, which has allowed me to develop myself enormously. As a footballer, but also as a person. Vitesse will always have a place in my heart,” said Doekhi, who wants to finish his period in Arnhem well. “Now we are waiting for the play-offs. That is where my full focus lies. I want to end my wonderful period here by achieving European football again.”

Vitesse reached the eighth finals of the Conference League this year. The team of trainer Thomas Letsch finished sixth in the Eredivisie and plays in the play-offs against FC Utrecht. With a win, the final awaits against AZ or sc Heerenveen.

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Memphis is injured in Barcelona draw, Sevilla takes CL ticket | NOW

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Memphis Depay was injured on Sunday in FC Barcelona’s away match against Getafe (0-0). The Orange international had to be replaced in the second half. Sevilla took the last Champions League ticket in La Liga thanks to a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid.

Memphis went to the side about twenty minutes before time. The attacker suffered from his rib and was replaced by Luuk de Jong. It is not yet clear how serious Memphis’ injury is.

Barcelona, ​​already certain of a Champions League ticket for next season, could hardly create any danger at Getafe. Coach Xavi’s team did not create a single big chance throughout the match.

Frenkie de Jong was missing due to a suspension at Barcelona. Nineteen-year-old defender Mika Marmol made his debut with the Catalans in injury time.

After the draw, Barcelona is sure of second place in the ranking. With one round to go, the team has five points more than number three Atlético Madrid. Thanks to the draw, Getafe is sure of its survival.

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Sevilla thanks to a draw at Atlético sure of CL ticket

Sevilla equalized with Atlético Madrid in the final phase via Youssef En-Nesyri. The Moroccan headed home from a cross by Óliver Torres, after José María Giménez had given Atlético the lead after half an hour with a header from a corner. Karim Rekik came in for the visitors fifteen minutes before the end.

Thanks to the win, Sevilla is sure of a Champions League ticket for next season. The team of coach Julen Lopetegui is fourth and can no longer be overtaken by fellow townsman Real Betis, who won 2-0 against Granada.

Champion Real Madrid did not go further than 1-1 to visit Cádiz. Mariano Díaz opened the score for ‘De Koninklijke’ in the fifth minute, after which Rubén Sobrino equalized in the final phase of the first half. After an hour of play, Álvaro Negredo missed a penalty for Cádiz, who are now below the relegation zone.

Deportivo Alavés is the second team after Levante to be relegated from La Liga. Alavés lost 3-1 at Levante.

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NBA Playoffs: Bucks and Suns lose game seven and are out

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Reigning NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns, last year’s losing finalist, have been eliminated from the playoffs. Milwaukee lost the deciding seventh game to Boston Celtics (109-81). Phoenix, the best team of the regular season, went down against the Dallas Mavericks: 123-90.

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