Europa Cup


Waiting for My Man – CSKA Player Ratings

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With the score from the first leg stood at 4-1 and having seen Roma rebuild an empire at the expense of the Catalonians, nerves were jangling slightly more than we might have expected for this particular second leg in Moscow. Could their away goal prove crucial? One way to resolve the issue – score one of our own and the tie would be effectively settled.

Should Arsenal be worried by empty seats?

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Empty seats at a European competition quarter final? what's going on? Should the Club be worried about the loss of matchday revenue through advertising and corporate entertainment, as well as overpriced hotdogs and fizzy lager? With a healthy season ticket waiting list, does it matter if some regulars fall by the wayside?

We all know better than Arsène ………

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This post was written in July 2012 and illustrates how playing personnel changes so much. I thought the journos' questions about prioritising the Europa over the Prem, lineup-wise, were attempting to back Stevie Bould into a corner. Anyway, as excitement mounts for Sunday's game, who would you play?

Ossobuco alla Milanese or Soggy Pasta? – AC Milan Preview

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Let's take a look at our history against AC Milan in the Champions League (sorry, Europe) to date.

Peculiar that games have always finished to nil

In 2008 after a tight home leg finished goalless, Cesc in his pomp led Arsenal to a resounding 2-0 victory in the San Siro; the first English team to win there.

Milan 0 Arsenal 2 – Witnessing A Miracle in Milan – Player Ratings

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The psychology of the human, or is it the human psychology? I don't know, but one thing is for sure, it is a funny old thing. Bit like football.

I have just scanned down the list of the remaining 720 sides left in the Europa, and Milan are, by some considerable margin, what we would call the historically ‘biggest' named team remaining.

Ok, your turn. Be Arsene – How do you play the rest of the season?

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Obviously, full focus on The Europa.

Moi? I'd use the league games to discover who I wanted in next season's first team squad so that I knew exactly who would be surplus to requirements before the summer window opens.

I'd want to see more action from Iwobi, M-N, Nelson and Nketiah.

Out of those, I reckon it's time to really nail down M-N's ideal position

Finally, that brings me to a dedicated Holding Midfielder/DM.

Östersunds – Skating on Thin Ice – Player Ratings

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Well we can take heart from the knowledge that we are still capable of beating a fourth division team from the north of Sweden. (Over two legs, that is)

There was quite a bit of moaning on the blog, I have no sympathy for you lucky few watching it in front of your warm tellies, being there was a far worse torture, the only crumb of comfort I took from the first half was that at least I didn't have to watch Walcott anymore.

Theo off the Naughty Step?

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Welcome to Bate Borisov. We beat you at your noisy home ground and tonight you will admire our magnificent, state of the art stadium which is likely to be half-full. I expect you to lose again.

We have already topped the group, can't do any better than that, so I expect to see a weakened team with another host of youngsters.

Red Star Pre – Match

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There are some names in football which have a ring to them, something romantic that takes us back to times past, Red Star Belgrade is one of those.

Before mass- televised football, before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the breakup of Yugoslavia, before drug testing etc Red Star were huge, Barcelona huge.

Europa Cup. What’s the point?

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"Come on you Spurs" was a comment I made a few minutes ago. Why? Because I'd love them to have a fixture on the Thursday before we play them in the league on Sunday March 16.

Crikey, it then dawned on me that the only point I see in The Europa is to create fixture congestion for domestic rivals.

Europa Cup. What’s the point?

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"Come on you Spurs" was a comment I made a few minutes ago. Why? Because I'd love them to have a fixture on the Thursday before we play them in the league on Sunday March 16.

Crikey, it then dawned on me that the only point I see in The Europa is to create fixture congestion for domestic rivals.

The Nuri Sahin twist and turn now favours Liverpool

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Finally the M57 to Liverpool to end all this in-sahinity

Reports from Spain, the Guardian, and the Beeb indicate that Arsenal were unwilling to budge from their position to keep Nuri Sahin on just a year long loan move seeking instead a provision to make him permanent. This did not find favour with Real Madrid.


Silly Hugo Lloris Red Card v Asteras Tripolis

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With his team coasting to a 5-0 win at White Hart Lane tonight Hugo Lloris decided enough was enough and decided to take out Parra with just three minutes to play!

Europa Cup Miss of the Week! And It’s Not Tom Huddlestone

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Tom Huddlestone missed a shocker against Trencin during the week in the Europa Cup preliminaries however as bad as it was it probably wasn't as bad as this miss from Krasnodar's Vladimir Bystrov after the Diosgyor keeper made a horrendous mistake falling over his feet to leave the goal wide open!

Tom Huddlestone Apolgise’s For Awful Europa Cup Double Miss Via Social Media

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Hull City's first ever European adventure ended in a 0-0 draw against Trencin in Slovakia last night!

However the Tigers should have came away with a victory and a precious away goal if Tom Huddlestone hadn't first missed a spot-kick and secondly missed the rebound with an open goal at his mercy.

Stephan M’Bia Last Gasp Winner Send’s Seville into Europa Cup Final

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QPR's on-loan defensive midfielder Stephan M'Bia sends Seville into the Europa Cup Final at the expense of fellow Spanish side Valencia with a last gasp header at the Mestalla to send his side through on away goals!

Disgraceful Jan Vertonghen Dive Against Dnipro Last Night (Vine)

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Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen went down several notches in my estimation with this blatant dive during Tottenham's 3-1 win over Dnipro last night in the Europa Cup. Should be banned for it?

Benfica’s Nocolas Gaitan’s Delightful Free-Kick Against PAOK (Vine)

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Benfica's Nicolas Gaitan scores a delightful free-kick against Greek side PAOK in the Europa Cup last night in which the Portuguese side ran out 3-0 winners.

Stunning Paul Pogba Goal Against Trabzonspor

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Juventus Trabzonspor 2 -0 All Goals UEFA Europa League 20/02/2014 by Lance esporte

Former Manchester United team-mates Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba combine to put Juventus 2-0 up against Turkish outfit Trabzonspor in their Europa Cup tie in Italy tonight with Pogba coolly passing the ball into the top corner with pace.

European Super Cup: Atletico tears Chelsea a new one, 4-1

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If you every hypothesized that the Europa Cup last season was the competition with the talent, the passion, and the more compelling matches, then you had your proof today. It was Atletico at the end looking as if it could have played another 90 minutes while Chelsea looked like it wanted back those 90 minutes, each minute more painful than the one before.

Europa Cup final: Falcao shines in Atletico's 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao

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szólj hozzá: ATL. MADRID 3-0 ATHL. BILBAO

Athletic Bilbao with 60% of the possession was the better team but Atletico with Radamel Falcao and Diego had all the individual brilliance. The Colombian was virtually unstoppable in front of goal proving too strong and too quick for the Atletico defense.

Europa Cup semi-finals: Llorente fires Athletic past Sporting Lisbon, 3-1 (agg 4-3)

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szólj hozzá: Athletic Bilbao - Sporting 3-1

This was a hugely entertaining match. End to end breathless action at the San Mames as each team went at each other. There was no let up in the second half. Athletic took an early lead through Mikael Susaeta as the Basques pulled level on aggregate.

Europa Cup semi-finals: Sporting Lisbon comes back against Athletic, 2-1

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szólj hozzá: Sporting - Athletic Bilbao 2:1

The all Iberian showdown between the Lusos and the Basques kept up the Europa Cup's fast growing reputation of put whatever you're doing down and enjoin (an amalgam of join + enjoy) the thrill a minute, eyeballs to the wall, non stop, box to box action on display by some of the world's best talent.


Barnton FC

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Date: Tuesday 24th July 2012
Ground:Â Townfield
Comp:Â Pre-Season Friendly
Match: Barnton 0 Clitheroe 2 HT: 0-1

ATT: circa 35
Additional: Entrance £3.00, Programme Free with entry

Townfield in pictures
Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 7, Structures/Terracing 6, Hospitality 7, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 6
Total 26

After the absurdly early start to the season at Bangor in the Europa Cup, I couldn't then wait a whole month for my next hit of football and new grounds.

Bangor City (Nantporth)

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Date: Thursday July 05 2012
Ground:Â Nantporth
Comp: Europa Cup Qualification Round 1
Match:Â Bangor City 0 Zimbru Chisinau 0Â Â HT: 0-0

ATT:Â 1,012
Additional: Entrance £15.00 Programme £3
Nantporth in pictures

Ground Statistics (marks out of ten, maximum 40)
Character 8, Structures/Terracing 8, Hospitality 9, Backdrop/Scenery or aesthetics for larger stadiums 8
Total 33

When July arrives you can start to smell the new season.

Soccer Skills

Contrary to reports Marcelo Bielsa stays on at Athletic

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Marcelo "El Loco" Bielsa has had a rocky couple of weeks

After meeting with Athletic Bilbao president Jose Urrutia, the volatile Argentinian who had shockingly resigned over the club allegedly dragging their feet in opening a new training center has re-considered that decision and decided to stay on for the present.

Pep Guardiola's swansong: Copa Del Rey finals today

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The world saw the genius of Leo Messi flower under Guardiola

And so the coach of the Blaugrana, the one who won in his four years every title that needed to be won, appears in his final match, the Copa Del Rey finals against Athletic Bilbao today. Josep "Pep" Guardiola comes full circle against a team whose 4-1 defeat gave Barcelona a triple crown and capped an extra-ordinary coaching debut for the 37 year old.

Real Madrid

Euro 2012: Did playing for losing clubs doom the Netherlands?

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Bad karma chameleons

The remarkable thing about yesterday's match was the Dutch's utter lack of self belief. After that great start by Rafael Van Der Vaart, they faded away and the Portugese started bossing the ball around. Only in the last 10 minutes when the result was moot did they perk up and play with some assurance with Van Der Vaart providing one more spark.

Weekend Results: Happy Hugs, Hairy Chests & Haircut Generators

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ADP with his wife, Sonia and son, Sasha. Image: Reuters.

The season ain't over until the bubbas say it's over.

Fine by us!

La Liga

Real Madrid beat Mallorca 4-1 last night, taking their points tally to a record breaking 100 for the season. Mou's men made sure of the title a couple of weeks ago, which rendered Barca's failure to beat Real Betis inconsequential as far as the table went.

Friday Crackovia Club : Marcelo Bielsa Can’t Stop Talking, Casillas And Mourinho’s Breakdown

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Welcome to our Good Friday edition of the Friday Crackovia Club! This week, Real Madrid's Iker Casillas and Jose Mourinho suffer a "communication breakdown" at a press conference. And who better to resolve the problem than a special appearance by horn-blasting Sergio Ramos?

English Premier League

Scudamore The Psychopath

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In the old days, there was humour about the state of corruption within Italian football.

Now the tittering is about the rampant corruption in ScudamoreWorld - the Premier League Theme Park.

Serie A, Serie B, the Bundesliga, La Primera Liga (to an extent), the Dutch Eredivisie, the Champions League, the Europa Cup, the leagues in Portugal, Denmark, Sweden and even Russia have taken institutional actions that target the match-fixers.

News of Roy Hodgson as England manager a month too late

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Roy Hodgson Courtesy Wikipedia

When I read about Roy Hodgson's appointment as the new England manager I was hoping my calendar said April 1st not May 1st. This news would have been ideal on April Fool's Day. Now, I have nothing against senior citizens. I believe they're a major reason why Britain is prefixed by the word Great.

What An Incredible Fluke XXI!

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Two seasons ago, the English Premier League declared war on UEFA both over financial fair play and the programming of EPL matches to coincide with ones from the Champions League.

The bookmakers, as ever, were most grateful for such impact as the success of the English teams over the previous four seasons had been immensely poor for the bottom line.

The Rest

Five Goals Scored in Ten Minutes During Amazing Europa Cup Tie

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FC Zurich came from behind twice as they beat Spanish side Villareal 3-2 tonight at the Letzigrund stadium with amazingly all five goals scored between the 19th minute and 29th minute of their Europa Cup tie!

Sevilla learn their path to a repeat as Europa Cup draw is announced

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Defending champion Sevilla arein for a dogfight thanks to a stiff Europa League draw.

The Europa League draw took place Friday in Monaco as 48 teams were separated into 12 different groups, and Sevilla now know which clubs stand in their way of lifting the cup for a fourth time since 2005.

Super Revnaldo Europa Cup Goal

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Azerbaijan side Qarabag FK had a fabulous 3-0 aggregate win in the Europa Cup against Swedish side Gefle last week with Revnaldo scoring this superb goal in the second leg albeit with a little bit of luck!

Europa Cup, Kiryat Shmona – Olympique Lyonnais : the Israeli job

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Forget the automn CL campaigns of old, Valencia in 2000, Barcelona in 2001 and 2007, Milan in 2002, Glasgow in 2003, Munich in 2008. All the glitter and gold is gone. The old stadium of Haifa, with barely one quarter of the seats occupied : that's what Lyon faces today in this Europa League campaign.

What An Incredible Fluke LVI!

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The PGMOB Select Group of referees for Premier League games features the ludicrously small number of just 18 officials.

This is a structure seemingly primed for corruption.

But the hyperreality is worse still.

Stuart Attwell has been demoted due to the poor standard of his officiating.

Nobody got killed

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It's not the End of the World.We lost a football match. Nobody got killed I expect you're all looking forward to the Cup Semi-Final against Chelsea on Sunday. No? I can't imagine why not. It's what the game is all about: Silverware ,Wembley; Marching Bands; Community Singing., Jumpers for Goalposts, isn't it?

What An Incredible Fluke XXVIII!

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Hail Hail!!
Against all the early season odds, Glasgow Celtic were crowned Scottish Premier League Champions on Saturday.
A true Easter Uprising!

Without going for the Schadenfreude/Fr Ted Crilly/Bjørge Lillelien angle on hyperrealities, the Hun Boys took one hell of a beating.