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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 October 2017

What Does Europa League Mean for English Teams?

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Teams from the Premier League are slowly but surely taking control of the Champions League and emerge as favorites to win the tournament. The dominance of Spanish football is going to end sooner than many predicted, as a result of large amounts being invested in British clubs. The Premier League as a whole is arguably the strongest domestic league in Europe and by extrapolation, in the world.

Under these circumstances, the obvious question on the lips of punters and those who watch international football is how do English teams view Europa League. With Manchester United winning the last final and Liverpool playing in the last act of the competition two years ago, the answer might seem self-evident. The truth is that teams from the Premier League have a very ambivalent attitude towards the second most important European competition.

The Group Stage Doesn’t Matter

When it comes to Europa League, English teams are like a diesel engine that starts slowly and requires more time to reach terminal velocity. During the group stage, Premier League managers pay less attention to how their teams perform. The emphasis is clearly on winning as many points in the domestic championship because this is where the big money comes from. The huge amounts invested in recent years and the equally impressive sums coming from TV rights are at the top of the priority list. Punters also enjoy the odds and betting opportunities presented by such competitions, the likes of can be seen here.

There are only a few teams that have enough depth to keep up with the high frequency of games in the domestic championship and cup as well as Europa League. Those that don’t qualify for the Champions League try to win as many points at home as possible and rely on reserves on the road. Simply because they have so many quality players and encounter weaker teams do they pick up points away from home.

The other English teams eligible for Europa League seem to go out of their way to suffer an untimely elimination. The back-to-back defeats suffered by West Ham at the hands of Astra were perhaps the best argument in favor of this controversial theory. This is obviously bad news for football lovers who were hoping to see some truly intense matches between English teams and international squads in the group stage.


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Category: Europa League
Published on 22 April 2014

UEFA Europa League Preview: Sevilla vs Valencia

Valencia visit Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday hoping to get one over on former boss Unai Emery.

Valencia produced an astonishing comeback to qualify for the last four, overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Basel with an outstanding 5-0 triumph, after extra time, in the return game at the Mestalla.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 24 October 2013

Tottenham and Swansea seek more Euro success

Premier League duo Tottenham and Swansea put unbeaten records on the line in the third batch of Europa League group action on Thursday.

Tottenham can even qualify for the knockout stages with three games to spare should they see off FC Sheriff in Moldova and the other Group K tie ends in stalemate.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

Zrinjsky or Botev Plovdiv in Stuttgart's way

Nyon - VfB Stuttgart’s 2013/14 season will start against either HSK Zrinjsky of Bosnia-Herzegovina or PFC Botev Plovdiv of Bulgaria in the third qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League.

The Swabians, who made it to the last 16 of the competition last season, will play the first leg away from home on 1 August before staging the return at the Mercedes-Benz Arena a week later on 8 August.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 11 March 2014

UEFA Europa League Preview: Basel v Red Bull Salzburg

Red Bull Salzburg will aim to extend their blistering run of form when they face Basel in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League last-16 first leg.

The runaway Austrian Bundesliga leaders are in exceptional form, coming into the game on the back of a 14-match winning streak in all competitions.

They last tasted defeat in a 2-1...

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

Europa League: Hibernian suffer 2-0 away defeat against Malmo

Hibernian's chances of progression in the Europa League were dealt a major blow as they lost 2-0 to Malmo in the first leg of their second qualifying round tie.

First-half goals from skipper Jiloan Hamad and Magnus Eriksson, just two minutes apart, ensured victory for the Swedish league leaders and left Hibs facing an uphill task in the return leg next Thursday.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 11 March 2014

UEFA Europa League Preview: Porto v Napoli

After a breakthrough win on Sunday, Porto will look to take another step forward against Napoli in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

Porto’s players should have a spring in their collective step when they host Napoli in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie with a new head coach, an in-form forward and the taste of...

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Category: Europa League
Published on 16 October 2013

Europa League Betting Tip: Valencia vs. Swansea

Although UEFA has identified Europa League as below the Champions League’s caliber, the competition nevertheless still holds heavyweight fixtures. One of these will be the match between English warriors Swansea and Spanish online bookie staples Valencia.

The intriguing tourney will take place on September 19 as part of the group stage, with Valencia to welcome their visitors.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

Hooper set for Celtic outing - UEFA Competitions

Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed Gary Hooper will be given a run out for their Champions League second round qualifier against Cliftonville on Tuesday.

The English forward, who has been linked with a summer move south of the border to Queens Park Rangers, has managed to recover from a groin strain ahead of the second-leg encounter at Parkhead.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

Stage set for Europa League third qualifying draw

The UEFA Europa League third qualifying round draw will be streamed live from 13.00CET on Friday, when the likes of Sevilla FC, VfB Stuttgart and Udinese Calcio join the fray.

Two-time UEFA Cup winners Sevilla FC are among 18 clubs that make their entry into this season's UEFA Europa League on Friday when the third qualifying round draw takes place in Nyon – streamed live on UEFA.com.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2014

Ancelotti wary of Schalke threat

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti expects UEFA Champions League opponents Schalke to pose plenty of attacking threat on Wednesday.

In what will be the first meeting between the sides, Real will hope to improve on a dismal return of just one victory from 25 trips to face German opposition on home soil.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

Sevilla FC can count on the services of forward Kevin Gameiro

Sevilla wrap up deal for PSG forward Gameiro.

Sevilla FC can count on the services of forward Kevin Gameiro for the next five seasons after the French international clinched a transfer from Paris Saint-Germain FC. Sevilla FC have announced the capture of French international attacker Kevin Gameiro from Paris Saint-Germain FC for a fee reportedly in the region of €10m.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

The UEFA Europa League second qualifying round

Gefle comeback tops bill on night of surprises.

The UEFA Europa League second qualifying round provided real drama as Gefle IF overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit, and FC Differdange 03 and Breidablik pulled off big shocks. Sweden's Gefle IF stole the headlines as the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round concluded with an outstanding comeback against Anorthosis Famagusta FC but they were not alone in celebrating famous victories as Luxembourg's FC Differdange 03 and Iceland's Breidablik struck blows for the continent's minnows

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2014

Europa League: Trabzonspor v Juventus

History is very much against Trabzonspor as they seek to overturn a first-leg deficit and knock Juventus out of the UEFA Europa League.

The Turkish Super Lig side, still acclimatising to life under new boss Hami Mandirali, will begin the second leg of their round-of-32 tie trailing 2-0 following goals from Pablo Daniel Osvaldo and Paul Pogba in Turin last week.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

Iličič bolsters Fiorentina forward options

ACF Fiorentina co-owner Andrea Della Valle has confirmed the signing of Slovenian international forward Josip Iličič for an undisclosed fee from US Città di Palermo.

"He's joining our club – he's a great player," said Della Valle, announcing on Tuesday that an agreement had been reached on the transfer of the 25-year-old forward, who will join the Viola subject to passing a medical at the Tuscan outfit on Wednesday.

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Category: Europa League
Published on 26 February 2013

Bursaspor will go into their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie

Bursaspor boosted by triple swoop.

Bursaspor will go into their UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie against FK Vojvodina with a trio of new faces, including French goalkeeper Sébastien Frey.Bursaspor will go into next week's UEFA Europa League third qualifying round tie against Serbia's FK Vojvodina with a bolstered back line after bringing in a trio of new faces, including French goalkeeper Sébastien Frey who arrives on a three-year contract from Genoa CFC.

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