The Effects of Europa League On Premier League Teams

The Effects of Europa League On Premier League Teams

Last Thursday, two Premier League teams, Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur, started the group stages of the Europa League.  Both teams were able to start their Europa League campaigns with wins then come back and both get win on Sunday, in the Premier League, with Swansea getting a comfortable 2-0 over Palace and Spurs getting an injury time winner away to Cardiff.  While both were able to succeed after their first round of Europa League fixtures, could the Europa League …
Brendan Rodgers urges Liverpool to reclaim spirit of 'ghost goal'

Brendan Rodgers urges Liverpool to reclaim spirit of 'ghost goal'

The competition very different, the players very different and indeed the time very different yet Brendan Rodgers has urged his current crop of Liverpool footballers to take heed from the spirit of the team led by Rafa Benitez who beat Chelsea in the 2005 semi final of the European Cup to get past Zenit St Petersburg in this evenings Europa League last 32 second leg. [caption id="attachment_26954" align="alignright" width="278"] Brendan Rodgers has urged his Liverpool side to feed of the …
Liverpool's fears over potential racism ahead of Europa League tie with Zenit

Liverpool's fears over potential racism ahead of Europa League tie with Zenit

[caption id="attachment_26415" align="alignright" width="273"] Zenit St Petersburg's supporters have a history of racial abuse.[/caption] In a time where racism has appeared to have reared its ugly head in the English game once again following Sky Sports News' extended reports into the subject, Liverpool have written formally to Zenit St Petersburg ahead of their Europa League last 32 tie in Russia as fears of potential racist abuse grow according to BBC Sport. Ever since the draw was made in December there has …
Stoke City V Sunderland | A preview

Stoke City V Sunderland | A preview

Stadium of Light, Sunderland – 6/11/2010 Referee – Martin Atkinson Sunderland – Mignolet; Onuoha, Mensah, Turner, Bardslet; Henderson, Malbranque, Cattermole, Al-Muhammadi; Gyan (Goal x 2), Wellbeck. Subs – Richardson for Malbranque, Ferdinand for Mensah, Zenden for Al-Muhammadi. Stoke City – Begovic; Huth (Yellow), Shawcross (Red), Wilson, Faye (Yellow); Etherington, Whitehead, Collins, Walters (Yellow); Jones, Tuncay. Subs – Fuller (Yellow) for Walters, Delap for Whitehead. It was a much closer game than the scoreline suggested, with Sunderland edging out Stoke in …
Fulham in Europa | Cause for Concern?

Fulham in Europa | Cause for Concern?

The Europa League is often touted as a meaningless competition which is a far cry from the bright lights of the Champions League. It has been stated that it ruins league form and prohibits teams from making a real run in domestic cup competitions. But is this really true? Using statistics from last year’s English entrants, Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as Fulham's from two seasons ago, I’ll compare form in the league following Europa League outings. This chart …
Stoke City - Europa League | Who are FC Thun?

Stoke City - Europa League | Who are FC Thun?

I've seen FC Thun play once. A 1-0 win against Hamburg in the 3rd round of the 2005/2006 UEFA Cup. All I can say about Switzerland is, well, it's cold. Freezing cold. I’ve only been to four ground that have been colder, and they’re all on the North Sea. But this isn't the same team, after suffering relegation in 2007/2008, and subsequently gaining promotion 2 years later, there is barely a recognisable face in the team. In fact, their only …
Fulham Return To Ukraine

Fulham Return To Ukraine

Following Fulham’s confident 2-0 win over Croat side Split UEFA have made the draw throwing up our next opponents. Now just a two legged tie away from the Group stages the complicated seven potted, several bowled draw systems see’s us return to the Ukraine. Originally founded as a factory team in the old USSR era, FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk finished fourth in their domestic league last season also making the semi final of the Ukrainian Cup. They're also currently managed by  …
Fulham | Europa League Opponents Drawn

Fulham | Europa League Opponents Drawn

Not being ones to sit on their hands and let time slip by, UEFA have already drawn the ties for the third qualifying round of the Europa League. Yes, I’m aware that we’re currently only half way through this tie but this is UEFA’s want. If the Whites manage to overcome Crusaders in the second leg at the Cottage next week we’ll be facing a trip to either Croatia or Slovenia. Yeah, we dodged a bullet and avoided a gruelling …
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