EUROUNDUP: All Aboard the Europa League Train

EUROUNDUP: All Aboard the Europa League Train

As feared, Monaco will be a Europa League team this season, despite a sterling effort at Stade Louis II on Tuesday. The home side won the C1 play-off second leg 2-1 after goals from Andrea Raggi (again) and Elderson after Valencia’s Alvaro Negredo had twisted the knife with an early opener. However ASM could not get the crucial third goal, and now will drop to the Europa League – and maybe lose a bunch more…

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EUROUNDUP: Monaco Look Set for Busy Thursday Nights

EUROUNDUP: Monaco Look Set for Busy Thursday Nights

European qualifying! And it’s already shaping up to be good for those of us with not much on on Thursday evenings… First, Monaco were in action in the Champions League play-offs, in a heavyweight match-up against Valencia. They were denied a clear penalty at 2-1, and then conceded what could be the killer blow as Feghouli scored the third in the 86th minute. With Kurzawa and Abdennour both unavailable, the backline looked a little shaky, exacerbated…

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Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux Must Prove Europa Dedication

Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux Must Prove Europa Dedication

Welcome back Eric Devin to look in-depth at the Europa League challenges ahead for Saint-Etienne and Bordeaux With several notable flops in Ligue 1 sides’ recent past, the qualification stages of European competition have been something of a banana skin of late. In Europa qualifying, in 2013 Saint-Etienne stumbled against Danish minnows Esbjerg, OGC Nice exited to the Cypriot team Apollon Limassol that same year, and Lyon fell to Romanian side Astra Giurgu last season….

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Defence the Best Form of Attack? Saint-Etienne Enter the Europa League

Defence the Best Form of Attack? Saint-Etienne Enter the Europa League

Another team kick off their season on Thursday with Europa League qualifying, having not really done much in the mercato so far. Saint-Etienne will play Romania’s Tirgu Mures, runners-up in Liga 1 last season, just three points behind Steaua Bucharest. How exactly they’ll approach that remains to be seen but their rather binary results from last season’s edition (featuring five draws and a loss with a massive two goals scored in the group stage) looks worryingly like…

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Bordeaux – ConSagnolidation

Bordeaux – ConSagnolidation

There’s a way to go in the transfer window yet. For some fans, that’s a frightening thought, as their club has to try to hang on to key players for another four weeks; for others, a ray of hope as they wonder if their club will do … anything. Bordeaux fans may be in this second group. Arrivals! Four players back from loan spells, two of whom are out of contract and Emilio Sala who has moved…

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Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

When Guingamp could only manage a slender 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of this tie, there were concerns that that would not be enough to progress against the team top of the Ukrainian league, who had a precious away goal, and had displayed great defensive fortitude playing over half the match with nine men. So it proved. Kiev won 3-1 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. The hosts were missing some key…

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Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

After last week’s chaotic 2-1 win over 9-man Dynamo Kiev at the Roudourou, Guingamp have no key injuries as they travel for the second leg. Jocelyn Gourvennec put the weekend’s defeat at home to Montpellier down to tiredness, but stressed that his team has now recovered and is in good shape for the match in Kiev. The squad: Lössl, Samassa, Guichard – Jacobsen, Baca, Angoua, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Lévêque – Pied, Diallo, Mathis, Cardy, Sankharé,…

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Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

French representation in the Europa League now rests with Guingamp, and they faced tricky opposition on Thursday night in the form of Ukrainian league leaders Dynamo Kiev, who topped their group over Aalborg, Steaua Bucharest and Rio Ave. It was a chaotic game which saw an early injury, three goals, two red cards, a lot of needle, and possibly record-breaking crossing stats. Things were shaping up not to be Kiev’s night when Jeremain Lens took a…

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