Europa League

Friday, 19 April 2013

Chelsea: Can Rafa deliver Europa League and a top four place?

Chelsea started the season with the possibility of winning the Community Shield, Champions League, Premier League, Carling Cup, FA Cup, the Club World Cup, Super Cup and subsequently the Europa League. However, after being dumped out of the FA Cup by Man City, their only real hope of success i...


Monday, 15 April 2013

Liverpool: Is playing in Europe an honour or a chore?

After rather toothless draws against West Ham United and Reading, albeit against magnificent performances from James Collins, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Alex McCarthy, Liverpool’s dream of a place in Europe next season has been left in ruins. Stating “It wont be the end of the world if we dont qual...


Thursday, 27 September 2012

Newcastle United's European adventure: How do we manage it?

After making the Europa League on the back of last seasons successful performance in the Premier League, Newcastle are now faced with the stark reality of a minimum of six group games in Europes second club competition. All of the Toon Army were up and about after qualifying for Europe f...


Friday, 16 March 2012

Manchester United: Were their recurring Euopean faults exposed by Bilbao?

There are many sights which football fans rarely see in the game they love. We rarely see managers fall over, like the hilarious Roberto Di Matteo slip in Chelsea’s win over Napoli. Even rarer is the sight of Alan Shearer on MOTD (you know, the mannequin that thinks it’s a human) giving an insig...


Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Beckham, Best, Henry or Cantona: Who were the coolest footballers to ever live?

We would all like to be footballers, right? The money, the women, the cars. Oh, and the playing of football. That’s pretty good. But some are cooler than others. Too cool, even. So cool they make everyone else look like silly, awkward, emasculated chumps. So who were the 10 coolest footballers to e...


Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Outside the Box – Football on TV: An evening of Eurotrash as United make their Channel 5 debut

European football returned to our screens last week as our plucky English clubs once more ventured to the four corners of Europe to mix it up with some of the mightiest names in continental football; goliaths such as Barcelona, Inter and FC Metalist Kharkiv could all be on the horizon. As the week b...


Friday, 16 December 2011

Scandinavian Spotlight: Small countires with big ambitions - just don't tell Fulham

With the Danish Season now into its winter shutdown this weeks Europa League ties were the last on-field action for a while with Odense involved in Wednesday nights most dramatic match. Fulham were leading 2-1 and the game was in time added on when the hosts spurned a good chance to put things out ...


Saturday, 10 December 2011

Manchester Clubs Dominate Europa League Betting

They may not want to even be in the competition but Manchester City and Manchester United have immediately been installed at the head of the betting for the Europa League. Punters will have to try and second guess just how much effort the two clubs will put into winning the competition. Both should...


Saturday, 12 November 2011

Stoke City And Greece: Why Should 'Pretty' Success Matter?

The European Championships 2004. Ah, what a tournament. The Greeks told every single one of us that fairy tales can come true. They defeated France and Portugal along the route to triumph and won a major international tournament for the very first time as rank outsiders. Unfortunately, what came...


Tuesday, 04 October 2011

Outside the Box – Football on TV: Tevez, tantrums and Trigger? The pundits pull no punches when it comes to Carlos the Jackal

By the time this weekend came around I, like most, was sick to death of hearing about Carlos Tevez this, Carlos Tevez that, suspensions, fines, lip-readers, caveman, Aleksandar Kolarov, Argentina, Mancini. The whole overblown schism engulfed the country’s consciousness like some toxic mist and re...


Friday, 16 September 2011

Scandinavian spotlight: Titles Beckon in Norway and Sweden, Euro Joy for Danes

With the international break over it was back to domestic affairs last weekend and the first of the proper European ties this midweek. With mixed results in qualifying for the group stages of the European competitions all eyes were on the races for the championships in Sweden and Norway last weekend...


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Europa League: Tricky assignments for Stoke and Birmingham

The four English sides now know their opponents in the groups stages. The London pair of Spurs and Fulham are odds-on to make progress but the task is less straightforward for the Midlands contingent. It will take a strong showing to ensure all four are in the hat for the knockouts. Group A It’s n...


Sunday, 28 August 2011

Shamrock Rovers Get Spurs Reward

Romance is in short supply in modern European club competition. Where once the small nations were pitched into knockout competition with Europes elite, now its all about the UEFA co-efficient and a long haul of qualifying ties in far flung parts of Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Time was when Bang...


Friday, 19 August 2011

Europe: It's all hotting up in the north

Although the Danish season runs through the winter and only five games have been played so far we are rapidly approaching the pointy end of the season in Norway and Sweden. The identities of contenders for titles and relegation are becoming clearer and the cup competitions are now down to the semi-f...


Monday, 08 August 2011

Spurs: 10 handy facts on Heart of Midlothian

Tottenham were a breath of fresh air in the Champions League last season and Harry Redknapp is desperate to bring Europe’s elite club competition back to White Hart Lane. However, having failed to finish in the top four last season, Spurs have had to make do with the Europa League this season. ...


Sunday, 31 July 2011

Squarefootball's Fantasy football invitation

There is less than two weeks to go until the start of the 2011/12 Premier League season and time is running out for you to enter the Squarefootball fantasy football competition. Last season more than 100 teams competed for the Squarefootball title, which was won by P Oxenby and his team FC Poxo. He...


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Scandinavian tests in store for Scottish pair

The recent draws for the third qualifying rounds of the Champions League and Europa League have thrown up the prospect of visits to Scandinavia for both Rangers and Hearts. Rangers look likely to be facing Malmo after the Swedish club had a comfortable 2-0 home win over the Faroese side HB Torshavn,...


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Sunderland: The Black Cats are aiming for Europe

It was my granddad who encouraged my love of football. He used to tell me about the players from the 1940s and 50s. One of his favourites was the tale of Sunderland, who were known as the Bank of England club. The Wearsiders gained that tag after splashing out on the likes of Len Shackleton. Modern...


Monday, 11 July 2011

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Do you live, breathe and sleep football? Do you have a passion for writing and want your views to be read by a potential audience of millions? Then we at Squarefootball Towers would love to hear from you. Whether you follow Aberdeen or Accrington Stanley, West Ham United or Wolfsburg, we can offer ...


Monday, 23 August 2010

Stats Point To Spurs And Liverpool Making Progress In Europe

It was a nasty shock for Tottenham to leave Switzerland with a deficit against a Young Boys team generally thought to be the weakest of the teams they could have drawn but the odds still favour qualification for the group stages of the Champions League for the North Londoners. Teams facing a 3-2 de...


Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Fulham: Can the Cottagers win the Europa Cup?

Tonight’s game against Atletico Madrid is arguably the biggest game in Fulham’s history. They’ve disposed of crack Italian giants Juventus, UEFA Cup holders Shaktar Donetsk and German title winners Wolfsburg on their way to the final in Hamburg, but can they produce another scintillating 90 minutes ...


Monday, 22 March 2010

Some Handy Facts About VFL Wolfsburg

After eliminating Juventus and the holders Shakhtar Donetsk, Fulham drew the least well-known of the otherqualifiers for the last eight. Like the Cottagers, VFL Wolfsburg arent one of the traditional elite clubs in their country. 1 Wolfsburg won the Bundesliga title in 2008/09, for the first time i...


Sunday, 21 March 2010

Benfica v Liverpool- The History

Until these two clubs met in the round of last 16 in the 2005/06 Champions League Liverpool had every reason to think drawing Benfica was a lucky omen. Three times the clubs met in the European Cup (as it was) and on each occasion the Anfield side went to the Final. The ties were in the days when L...


Monday, 15 February 2010

Birmingham City: Europe via the league or FA Cup glory – you decide?

I never thought I’d see the day that our Prime Minister would cry on national television nor did I think I’d ever see Burnley ply their trade in the Premier League and I certainly never thought I’d see Birmingham City sitting just seven points off a Champions League spot and in the quarter-finals of...


Thursday, 03 December 2009

Everton adjust to new targets

The bitter experience of losing the derby game to Liverpool last weekend did not disguise the improvement in Everton's performance. And last night, despite a debilitating injury list, Everton showed the passion to record a win that saw them qualify for the knock-out stages of the Europa League. Fu...



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