The official website for European football

Eleven leagues prepare for lift-off

Published: Friday 6 August 2004, 19.45CET
This weekend sees eleven European leagues begin their 2004/05 campaigns. uefa.com previews all the action.

UEFA.com features

Famous faces back new Together #WePlayStrong TV campaign
  • Famous faces back new Together #WePlayStrong TV campaign
  • Staying one step ahead
  • Faroe Islands visit for UEFA President
  • European club finances healthier than ever, thanks to Financial Fair Play
  • UEFA EURO 2024 host announcement
  • National team game thriving – UEFA Direct 180 out now
  • ‘I always remained faithful to my footballing philosophy’ - Zinédine Zidane
  • Delivering the world's best football
  • Club coaches exchange views with UEFA
  • Beckham "honoured" at UEFA President's Award
1 of 10
Published: Friday 6 August 2004, 19.45CET

Eleven leagues prepare for lift-off

This weekend sees eleven European leagues begin their 2004/05 campaigns. uefa.com previews all the action.
This weekend sees a host of European leagues begin their 2004/05 campaigns. Access the links below for full previews, with news of summer transfers, coaching changes and much more.

Belgium
Ominously for their rivals, champions RSC Anderlecht have strengthened their squad over the summer. [Click here for a full First Division preview]

Bosnia-Herzegovina
NK Široki Brijeg will have a fight on their hands to keep clear of the chasing pack in what could be a wide-open season. [Click here for a full Premier League season]

Bulgaria
PFC Litex Lovech, PFC Levski Sofia and PFC CSKA Sofia all hope to dethrone PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv. [Click here for a full Premier League preview]

Czech Republic
AC Sparta Praha start the season aiming to regain their status as the best team in the Czech Republic, while champions FC Baník Ostrava have lost two key men. [Click here for a full First Division preview]

France
Olympique Lyonnais, winners of the last three French titles, can expect serious challenges from Olympique de Marseille, AS Monaco FC and Paris Saint-Germain FC. [Click here for a full Ligue 1 preview]

Germany
Title-holders SV Werder Bremen launch the defence of their crown at home to FC Schalke 04 on Friday, but will have to beware a rebuilt FC Bayern München side. [Click here for a full 1. Bundesliga preview]

F.Y.R. Macedonia
The season gets under way with a mouth-watering clash between champions FK Pobeda and last year's runners-up FK Sileks. [Click here for a full First League preview]

Hungary
An expanded top flight in Hungary is ready to begin after a summer of frantic transfer activity. Can double winners Ferencvárosi TC repeat their success of last season?
[Click here for a full First Division preview]

Scotland
Celtic FC dominated last term but, with a new-look Rangers FC, things could be a lot closer in 2004/05. [Click here for a full Premier League preview]

Serbia and Montenegro
Champions FK Crvena Zvezda and Belgrade rivals FK Partizan look set to continue their duopoly when the new season begins on Saturday. [Click here for a full First Federal League preview]

Turkey
Christoph Daum's Fenerbahçe SK launch their title defence away to Rizespor with his side aiming to deny the title claims of Besiktas JK and Galatasaray SK. [Click here for a full Superleague preview]

Last updated: 07/08/04 13.25CET

http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/news/newsid=212781.html#eleven+leagues+prepare+lift