UEFA Europa League Thread

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
Villarreal
Roma
PSV Eindhoven
Sporting CP
Hamburg
Benfica
Valencia
Panathinaikos
Ajax
Steaua Bucureşti

Pot 2
Fenerbahe
Basel
Lille
Celtic
Everton
Club Brugge
Heerenveen
Galatasaray
Anderlecht
Austria Wien
Copenhagen
Lazio

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

Pot 4
CSKA Sofia
Toulouse
CFR Cluj
Genoa
Rapid Wien
Timişoara
BATE
Nacional
Red Bull Salzburg
Sturm Graz
Ventspils
Sheriff Tiraspol

might want to sticky this with the leagues thread as well
 

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
 

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
 

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 :)
 

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
 

greenpoint

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

http://sport.stv.tv/football/45232-celtic-the-european-victory-that-never-was/
 

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.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9JKxk63fcw
 

FFC Mariner

Well-Known Member
Roma
Basel
CSKA Sofia

Next round sorted (in 2nd)

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

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.
 

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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