EUROUNDUP: Zlatan Breaks Another Record as Group Stages End

Ibra v Shakhtar

Going into this round, two teams were already sure of progressing (Paris Saint-Germain and St Etienne) and two had their calendars marked ‘available’ (Lyon and Bordeaux), so most of the interest was split over the two Europa League shifts on Thursday as Marseille looked for a point against Slovan Liberec, and Monaco went to Spurs looking for a win and the other […]

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Euro-Connotations – The Final Group Games

Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores past Malmo's goalkeeper Johan Wiland during the UEFA Champions League Group A, second-leg football match Malmo FF vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in Malmo, Sweden on November 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN   +++ SWEDEN OUT +++ / AFP / TT NEWS AGENCY / ANDREAS HILLERGREN        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS HILLERGREN/AFP/Getty Images)

Another midweek round, this time for the last group games in the European competitions, and some of this is a bit involved, so here’s your handy cut-out-and-keep guide to the situation as it stands… Tuesday 19.45 GMT – PSG v Shakhtar Donetsk PSG are through in second and nothing is going to change that given their head-to-head record against Real […]

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Euroundup 5 : Two In, Two Out, Two Shaken All About

ASSE Qualify Galtier

It’s the business end of the European competitions, and some places, for good and bad, are already confirmed. The French teams’ bilan is now two through, two out, and two TBC, with one looking slightly more likely than the other. Champions League PSG are through after a 5-0 trouncing of Malmo, led by supply captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, returning to where it […]

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Europa Euround-Up – wins for OM and ASSE, and bicycle kicks are over-rated

Hamouma v Dnipro

Matchday four, which already felt a bit ‘knock-out’ as it was the return leg of last time, and this time there was a reasonably positive set of results as, like in round one, nobody lost and everybody scored. Qarabag 1 – 1 Monaco After a narrow 1-0 win for Monaco last time out, the away trip was, as predicted, a bit […]

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EUROUNDUP: Nothing to See Here – Monaco top Group J, ASSE are OK

AS Monaco SES

Round three of the Europa League and it was another evening of two halves for the French teams. Shift 1 both managed narrow wins, to maintain a decent place in the standings; shift 2 had evenings best described as ‘mixed’, or possibly ‘confusing’. Monaco 1 – 0 Qarabag After dropping out of the Champions League, and two 1-1 draws in […]

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Europa Euroundup – OMG, OM

OM Europa regret

Day 2 of the Europa League, and a slightly less positive set of results after the opening round, when everybody scored and nobody lost. This time there was less scoring and more losing in a weird set of matches that veered from the chaotically eventful to the statistically confusing to a goalless draw on the banks of the Volga. Lazio […]

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Europa Euroundup : Four teams, six points, seven goals


With four French teams to keep track of in the Europa League this season, we should perhaps be grateful for the competition’s ‘two-sitting’ approach more familiar from the restaurant sector. Also, that unlike last year’s edition, they all scored actual goals, which came as a pleasant surprise. Nobody lost, which should also really be a positive, but the second sitting […]

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What can Monaco Expect from Group J Opponents Anderlecht

RSC Anderlecht

Chris Mayer from the excellent website BeNeFoot gives FFW the low-down on what AS Monaco can expect from Europa League opponents RSC Anderlecht. Bar a brief cameo last season, Anderlecht will enter the Europa League from the start for the first time since 2011/12, after a couple of years of dicing with Europe’s elite in the Champions League. Whether their […]

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