UEFA Europa League Thread

Discussion in 'Overseas Football' started by skilbeck, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. skilbeck

    skilbeck New Member

    Its going to be interesting this year, the Europa League is a more open comp than the Champions League where you could pick 20 winners from all pots, not including those that drop out of the champions league, whereas in the Champions League you cant really look past the top 2-3 of England and the top 2 of Spain. The draw will be out later tonight and heres how the pots look

    Pot 1
    Shakhtar Donetsk
    Werder Bremen
    PSV Eindhoven
    Sporting CP
    Steaua Bucureşti

    Pot 2
    Club Brugge
    Austria Wien

    Pot 3
    Hertha BSC
    Sparta Prague
    Dinamo Bucureşti
    AEK Athens
    Slavia Prague
    Levski Sofia
    Athletic Bilbao
    Hapoel Tel Aviv
    Dinamo Zagreb

    Pot 4
    CSKA Sofia
    CFR Cluj
    Rapid Wien
    Red Bull Salzburg
    Sturm Graz
    Sheriff Tiraspol

    might want to sticky this with the leagues thread as well
  2. FFC Mariner

    FFC Mariner Well-Known Member

    The twelve group-winners and twelve runners-up of the group stage qualify for the second round. The clubs that finish this stage in third or fourth position in their group are eliminated. The 24 teams that qualify are joined with 8 teams from the Champions League who finsihed at the 3th position in the CL group.

    The draw for the 2nd round takes the following rules into account:
    a) Clubs from the same association must not be drawn against each other,
    b) The 12 group-winners and the 4 best third-ranked teams in the Champions League group stage are drawn against the 12 group runners-up and the remaining third-ranked teams in the Champions League group stage,
    c) The winners and runners-up of the same group cannot be drawn against each other,
    d) Group-winners and the 4 best third-ranked in the Champions League group stage play the return leg at home
  3. skilbeck

    skilbeck New Member

    yeah forgot that :p, thanks FFC. pretty important stuff.
  4. skilbeck

    skilbeck New Member

    who do you want in your group FFC?

    I want for Celtic:
    Benfica, Twente and Red Bull
  5. FFC Mariner

    FFC Mariner Well-Known Member

    3 crap sides pls
  6. Sym

    Sym New Member

    I don't see how that would advantage you ?  :tv:
    (couldn't resist)
  7. skilbeck

    skilbeck New Member

    i wouldnt mind there being a battle of britain but hopefully not til after the group stages, So I hope I dont get drawn with you...yet. This is really an open comp, half the teams listed there could win it i reckon, its going to be interesting
  8. FFC Mariner

    FFC Mariner Well-Known Member

    Given the Chav's ECL group, expect them in the next round
  9. skilbeck

    skilbeck New Member

    dont worry after Atletico and Porto knock you into 3rd in your group youll be joining us here :p
  10. Sym

    Sym New Member

    I dunno about that, for all the awesome attack that athletico have, their defence isn't the best, and porto have lost their best two players.

    I'll go talk in the champions league discussion :)
  11. skilbeck

    skilbeck New Member

    looks like we'll be seeing you in the round of 32 then :p if youre lucky rumour has it that Cypriot team is pretty good and could beat you into 3rd place :p
  12. greenpoint

    greenpoint Member

    Celtic has Hamburg, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Rapid Vienna.

    Could be tough, but I reckon we'll go OK!
  13. Arabmariner

    Arabmariner New Member

    Rapid Vienna eh ?

    Could be fiesty that one.........1984 wasn't it ?
  14. greenpoint

    greenpoint Member

    Aye, the Cup Winners Cup. Dirty cheatin' buggers!

  15. Arabmariner

    Arabmariner New Member

    Remember it well.

    Unsporting tossers they were.We beat them in the European Cup the season before and their coach cried and whinged and said we were the worst team they had ever played.

    I don't normally advocate this type of behaviour but these tossers deserved this at Old Trafford.......

  16. FFC Mariner

    FFC Mariner Well-Known Member

    CSKA Sofia

    Next round sorted (in 2nd)

    Masses going to Roma by all accounts - talk of making it a ToD.
  17. Arabmariner

    Arabmariner New Member

    Gonna go to stand outside ?  ;)
  18. FFC Mariner

    FFC Mariner Well-Known Member

    Try to limit that to games on the same continent
  19. greenpoint

    greenpoint Member

    Hope you don't mind if I post the list of match-ups, group by group:

    Group A

    1. Ajax.
    2. Anderlecht.
    3. Dinamo Zagreb.
    4. Timisoara.

    Group B

    1. Valencia.
    2. Lille.
    3. Slavia Praha.
    4. Genoa.

    Group C

    1. Hamburg.
    2. Celtic.
    3. Hapoel Tel Aviv.
    4. Rapid Vienna.

    Group D

    1. Sporting Lisbon.
    2. Heerenveen.
    3. Hertha Berlin.
    4. eff Ventspils.

    Group E

    1. Roma.
    2. Basel.
    3. Fulham.
    4. CSKA Sofia.

    Group F

    1. Panathinaikos.
    2. Galatasaray.
    3. Dinamo Bucharest.
    4. Sturm Graz.

    Group G

    1. Villarreal.
    2. Lazio.
    3. Levski Sofia.
    4. FC Salzburg.

    Group H

    1. Steaua Bucharest.
    2. Fenerbache.
    3. FC Twente.
    4. FC Sheriff.

    Group I

    1. Benfica.
    2. Everton.
    3. AEK Athens.
    4. BATE Borisov.

    Group J

    1. Shakhtar.
    2. Club Brugge.
    3. Partizan Belgrade.
    4. Toulouse.

    Group K

    1. PSV.
    2. Copenhagen.
    3. Sparta Prague.
    4. CFR Cluj.

    Group L

    1. Werder Bremen.
    2. Austria Viennia.
    3. Athletico Bilbao.
    4. CD Nacional.
  20. skilbeck

    skilbeck New Member

    Group C, A group for Celtic I actually like, the HSV game is gonna be a big oen considering the St Pauli links and the fact they are rivals with HSV, to a lot of those fans its gonna be like a derby. Looking forward to it, hopefully ill be able to get some of it on tv

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