Tag Archives: Europa League

Champions League, Europa League knockout stages set

21 Dec

So much for a rematch in the Champions League final – Inter Milan and Bayern Munich will meet in the round of 16 instead.  Chelsea’s probably got the easiest draw out of the English teams with Copenhagen, but with the way the Blues have been playing lately, that’s no walkover win.  Arsenal got the unlucky task of taking on Barcelona, who has been on quite the run as of late, so good luck with that one Gunners.  Spurs ended up with a tough, but winnable matchup with AC Milan.  Manchester United will take on Marseille.  The first set of games will be on the 15th and 16th of February.

In the Europa League, my Liverpool boys will take on Sparta Praha with the winner advancing to play the winner of the Lech vs. Braga match.  Manchester City, the other Premier League representative, will take on Aris on 12 Feb., while the rest of the matches will be played on 17 Feb.

Champions League round of 16
AC Milan vs. Tottenham
Valencia vs. Schalke
Arsenal vs. Barcelona
Roma vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Copenhagen vs. Chelsea
Lyon vs. Real Madrid
Marseille vs. Manchester United
Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich

Europa League round of 32
Aris vs. Manchester City
Benfica vs. Stuttgart
Anderlecht vs. Ajax
Lech vs. Braga
Besiktas vs. Dynamo Kiev
BATE vs. PSG
Rubin vs. Twente
Sparta Praha vs. Liverpool
Basel vs. Spartak Moskva
Young Boys vs. Zenit
Sevilla vs. Porto
Lille vs. PSV
PAOK vs. CSKA Moskva
Metalist vs. Leverkusen
Rangers vs. Sporting
Napoli vs. Villarreal

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Liverpool is consistently inconsistent

14 Dec

After thrashing Aston Villa earlier in the week, one would think that Liverpool would go into a game at Newcastle full of confidence and ready to earn another win, especially with all the manager drama at St. James Park.  Apparently that wasn’t the case as the Reds were justly flattened, 3-1.  That’s been the story all season – they’ve either been good or rubbish. There’s not much middle ground.

If Liverpool has any aspirations of ending up in the top seven, they will have to get points out of games against teams they should be beating.    Oh, and they will have to start converting clear chances at goal (cough *Torres* cough) and playing some defense would probably help too.  The Skrtel/Krygiakos combination failed rather spectacularly on Saturday and we are likely to be subject to the same central defense pairing again this weekend against Fulham.  However, Liverpool could be boosted by the return of Steven Gerrard this weekend. 

Before the Reds take on Fulham, they’ve got to play Utrecht in a meaningless Europa League game.  Liverpool should still be able to get a victory over the winless Dutch side to ensure finishing top of the group.

Europa League group stages kick off today

16 Sep

The Europa League group stages get underway today and you can catch the action from the Juventus/Lech Poznan and Sevilla/PSG games on GolTV. You can also shell out $$$ to watch the games through UEFA.com or of course, go through alternate sources to find the game you want to watch.

It’s been a while since I’ve written about my Liverpool boys, mainly because they haven’t done anything worth writing about (a 0-0 draw with Birmingham, really?). The Reds open group K action today against Steaua Bucharest. There’s a strong possibility Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres will not play in today’s match as manager Roy Hodgson is looking toward Sunday’s fixture with Manchester United. Liverpool needs to get a win today to get some confidence back, especially heading into such a crucial clash this weekend.

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

Liverpool opens season today

29 Jul

Yikes, Liverpool plays Rabotnicki in the third round of Europa League qualification today. Most of the team’s regular stars like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres will not be in the squad. The team hasn’t yet won a pre-season friendly, but hopefully they can cobble together a win today. It will not be the best start to Roy Hodgson’s Liverpool career if he can’t find a way to get it done, granted he does have limited resources at his disposal.

Also, sorry for the lack of regular posting, but I’ve been on vacation and staying away from computers. I’ll be back to regularly scheduled posting on Monday.

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?