Europa League - Rovers stick by Tallaght Park for Juventus tie

Eurosport - Fri, 23 Jul 15:28:00 2010

Shamrock Rovers are set to host the first leg of their final Europa League qualifier against Juventus in front of a 6,000 sell-out crowd at Tallaght Park.

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Rovers could get more than 18,000 fans in by moving the match to a bigger stadium in Dublin, but are keen to make life as tough as possible for the Serie A giants ahead of the second leg in Modena a week later.

Juve confirmed the move to the northern Italian city for the match on August 5 because their Turin home is being used for a U2 concert.

Rovers defeated Israeli side Bnei Yehuda in the second round of the Europa League qualifiers courtesy of Thomas Stewart's goal in a 1-0 away win over Yehuda that completed a 2-1 aggregate victory.

"We won't be going anywhere else, Tallaght is our home ground and getting Juventus in a big European tie is a massive reward for everyone at the club," said Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche speaking to the Irish Herald.

"We can't put in temporary seats so we will be restricted to a 6,000 capacity. We have 3,000 season ticket holders and 500 members, Juve will get 300 tickets, so we will look after our own and make sure that people who have stood by Rovers in the hard times will get to the game.

"This will be one of the biggest games in the club's history."

Juventus forward Davide Lanzafame is of a mind that Rovers will provide a stern test. "Seeing the length of the trip, it is better to travel to Ireland then to Israel," he told Juventus Channel. "We do not know Shamrock Rovers, however and therefore we have to study them through videos.

"We are improving and now that the internationals are back we are working very much on tactics, adding new elements to our targets and we will be ready for the friendly match against Lyon and the Europa League match.

"We need time (to be a team). At first you get to know each other and get used to one another, but to become a team you need months of work."

Rovers will try to record one of the biggest upsets in the history of Irish football by downing Juventus.

Shebourne held La Liga's Deportivo La Coruna to a 0-0 draw at Lansdowne Road in 2004 before losing the away leg 3-0 in the final round of Champions League qualifying.

Athlone Town also recorded a famous result when they held AC Milan to a 0-0 draw in a UEFA Cup match in 1975 before losing 3-0 in the San Siro.

Bohemians have managed wins over Rangers and Kaiserslautern in Europe.


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