Hey everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday as you grapple with the surprisingly unfamiliar feeling of losing a game. Sure, our team played like trash and lost to Chelsea but enough negativity! With the Champions League no longer occupying our precious time, we can focus on the real fun; the Europa Conference League!
The Europa League, once home to obscure European matchups, has become gentrified and full of English teams actually trying. The new gem of European football is the conference league where the majority of teams are from outside of Europe’s top five leagues. This year’s round of sixteen sees five teams from Europe’s traditional big five and the other eleven coming from across Europe. Today, there will be three games going on at 12:45pm EST and another four going on at 3:00pm EST. These matchups are:
AEK Larnaca (Cyprus) vs. Westham (England)
Anderlecht (Belgium) vs. Villareal (Spain)
FC Sheriff (Moldova) vs. Nice (France)
Basel (Switzerland) vs. Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia)
Fiorentina (Italy) vs. Sivasspor (Turkey)
Gent (Belgium) vs. Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey)
Lech Poznan (Poland) vs. Djugarden (Sweden)
That’s eleven different countries represented! My personal favorite are Slovan Bratislava who currently sit second in Slovakia’s Super Liga. The REAL super league. They on a Basel team with former Dortmund players Marvin Hitz and Bradley Fink. Will they win? Hell if I know, I’ve only heard about them three minutes ago!
So if you’re struggling to cope with defeat and need a hit of some obscure central European football to get you a little buzzed, the Conference League is the place to go.
- Bayern host PSG and Tottenham host AC Milan in the UCL today at 3:00pm EST.
- Julian Brandt was seen limping out of the stadium yesterday after the match. According to him, “it’s okay”.
- Several teams across Europe are interested in Mahmoud Dahoud including AC Milan, Roma, Napoli, Leicester, and Sevilla
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What’s your favorite team from an obscure league and what are your actual thoughts on the Europa Conference League? I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for smaller clubs to participate on a slightly larger stage.