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Liverpool’s Europa League path set

27 Aug

The 2010-11 Europa League draw was held earlier today.  Defending champs Atletico Madrid will take on Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenberg and Aris.  My Liverpool boys will play Steaua Bucharest, Napoli and Utrecht.  Europa League play gets underway Sept. 16.

The U.S. is well-represented in Europa League play.  Freddy Adu (Aris), Jozy Altidore (Villarreal), Sacha Kljestan (Anderlecht), Samir Badr (Porto), Greg Garza (Sporting Lisbon) are all on teams in the group stage.  Will they actually play?  Well, that’s a different story.  I forgot to mention yesterday that there’s also U.S. players in the Champions League.  Maurice Edu is with Rangers, Oguchi Onyewu is with AC Milan and Jermaine Jones with Schalke.

Group A – Juventus, Manchester City, Red Bull Salzburg, Lech Posnan

Group B – Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Rosenberg, Aris

Group C – Sporting Lisbon, Lille, Levski Sofia, Gent

Group D – Villarreal, Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb, PAOK

Group E – AZ Alkmaar, Dynamo Kyiv, BATE Borisov, FC Sheriff

Group F – CSKA Moscow, Palermo, Sparta Prague, Lausanne-Sport

Group G – Zenit St. Petersburg, Anderlecht, AEK, Hajduk Split

Group H – Stuttgart, Getafe, Odense, Young Boys

Group I – PSV Eindhoven, Sampdoria, Metalist Kharkiv, Debrecen

Group J – Sevilla, Paris St. Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Karpaty Lviv

Group K – Liverpool, Steaua Bucharest, Napoli, Utrecht

Group L – Porto, Besiktas, CSKA Sofia, Rapid Vienna

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Atletico and Fulham square off in Europa final

12 May

Atletico Madrid and Fulham will meet in the Europa League final today in Hamburg, Germany. Neither team produced a stellar domestic campaign, but a European trophy would clearly override anything else the team did this season.

Fulham has surprised people in this competition, dispatching Wolfsburg, Juventus and Hamburg en route to the final. Right now, it’s looking like Clint Dempsey won’t get to start, but he’ll likely see action off the bench.

If you have DirecTV, you’re in luck and you’ll actually be able to watch the game. At least, if you get the UEFA channel or you can watch it online at UEFA.com for 10 bucks. Is it really so hard to show these games on TV channels that more people could see?

Atlético hosts Liverpool in Europa semi

22 Apr

After making the ridiculously long trek to Spain in planes, trains and automobiles, Liverpool will play Atlético Madrid today in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal.  Both teams will be missing their primary strikers – Fernando Torres for Liverpool through injury and Sergio Aguero for Madrid through suspension.  David N’Gog will lead the front line for the Reds.  The Frenchman scored in Liverpool’s 3-0 win over West Ham on Monday in an excellent response to getting called out in my blog.

It would be a huge boost for the Reds to get a win on the road in front of a tough crowd.  They will have to take advantage of their opportunities as they might be few and far between.  The Liverpool defense has been very solid as of late and they need to continue that form.

Wolfsburg will host Fulham in the other semifinal.  In positive news for Fulham (and team USA), Clint Dempsey has been deemed fit for tonight’s clash.

If you’re lucky enough to have DirecTV (Liverpool/Atletico) or GolTV (Wolfsburg/Fulham), you’re golden.  Otherwise, get yourself to a sports bar.  Everyone could use a drink at 2 p.m., right?

Torres done for season, Europa clash still on

19 Apr

Liverpool striker Fernando Torres will miss the rest of the Premier League season after undergoing knee surgery for a torn meniscus.  There’s talk that he could potentially miss the World Cup too, which would be a huge blow for Spain.  It’s quite unfortunate that Torres has had such an injury-hit year because he  has the ability to influence Liverpool like no one else can.  He’s only featured in 22 games, but has tallied 18 goals, which is tied for fifth in the league.  Hopefully this surgery will fix any lingering problems and he will be 100% fit for the entire 2010/11 campaign.  However, due to his injury issues, the Reds might want to invest in another striker this summer as no one else on the squad has been overly impressive in front of goal (I’m looking at you David N’Gog and Ryan Babel).

At this point, Liverpool needs to win their last games just to stay in the top seven and play in Europe at all.  The Reds currently have 56 points while Everton is right on their tails with 54.  A win against West Ham today would help a lot. 

The Europa League semifinal against Atletico Madrid will go on despite the ban on air travel due to the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano.    The ban on flying means that the Reds will have to travel approximately 1,293 miles (according to Google maps) over land to get to Madrid for Thursday’s game.  Yeah, that sounds like a fun road trip.  The travel issues will also affect the Liverpool fans planning to travel to Spain for the clash.  There had been talk of postponing the game, but UEFA came down with the decision to play on earlier today.

Liverpool, Fulham advance to Europa semifinals

9 Apr

There are two English teams in European semifinals after all. Granted, it’s the Europa League and not Champions League, but still, nice work by Liverpool and Fulham. Despite going into yesterday’s game with Benfica down 2-1, Liverpool was able to turn the deficit around with two first half goals. Dirk Kuyt notched the first goal off a corner kick. It was initially ruled offside, but the referee overturned the call and the goal stood. A few minutes later, Steven Gerrard sent a lovely through ball to Lucas of all people, who dinked around the goalie and scored on an open net. Fernando Torres got in on the scoring action in the second half, putting in a lovely cross from Kuyt. Benfica pulled one back in the 70th minute after Oscar Cardozo scored off a deflected free kick. That goal made for a tense final minutes as the away side only needed one more goal to head through on away goals. Torres alleviated those fears in the 82nd minute with a chip shot over the Benfica goalie.

Livepool will now play Atletico Madrid, Torres’ former team, in the semifinals.  The teams also met in last year’s Champions League.  It was a very solid performance from Liverpool with multiple players notching both goals and assists.  The defense was excellent and Daniel Agger did a nice job on the left.  Center backs Jamie Carragher and Sotiris Kyrgiakos were brick walls.

Fulham will join Liverpool in the semis after defeating Wolfsburg 3-1 on aggregate.  Bobby Zamora scored less than a minute into yesterday’s match to give Fulham a crucial away goal.  The Cottagers will now play Hamburg, who were 5-2 winners over Standard Liege.

The first leg of the semifinals is set for April 22, while the second leg is scheduled for April 29.  The final will be May 12 in Hamburg.

2010 Champions League & Europa League Quarterfinals Announced

19 Mar

The quarterfinal pairings for Champions League and Europa League were announced earlier today.  As far as the Champions League matchups go, I don’t think anyone really got an easy draw as all the quarterfinalists have been playing solid football as of late.  Obviously the popular pick for the final is a rematch of Manchester United and Barcelona, but my sleeper pick is Bordeaux as they have been stellar in Europe, winning seven straight.  Liverpool got a tough draw with Portugal’s Benfica in the Europa League, as they have won seven European titles between them, but if the Reds play like they have this week, they will be in good shape.

Champions League (First Leg: March 30/31; Second Leg: April 6/7)
Lyon vs. Bordeaux
Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United
Arsenal vs. Barcelona
Inter vs. CSKA Moskva

Europa League (First Leg: April 1, Second Leg: April 8th)
Liverpool vs. Benfica
Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid
Fulham vs. Wolfsburg
Hamburg vs. Standard Liege

Crunch time in Champions League

8 Dec

The big clash today is between Bayern Munich and Juventus.  Bayern needs a win in Turin to advance, while a 0-0 draw is good enough to send Juve through to the next round.  In group C, Madrid and AC Milan hold the top spots, but that’s all up in the air if Marseille can beat Madrid.

Tuesday’s games
Juventus vs. Bayern – 2:15 p.m. ET/Setanta (Live)
Maccabi Haifa vs. Bordeaux*
Beşiktaş vs. CSKA Moskva
Wolfsburg vs. Manchester United* – 2:30 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Live)
Zurich vs. AC Milan – 9 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Marseille vs. Real Madrid – 7 p.m. ET/Fox Soccer (Delayed)
Chelsea* vs. APOEL
Atletico Madrido vs. Porto*
*indicates has already clinched spot in knockout stage