Europa League Live
Premiership - Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion.
Spanish Primera Division - Malaga v Villarreal
Wednesday 23 April 2014
French Ligue 1 - Paris St Germain v Evian Thonon Gaillar, Toulouse v Lyon
The above matches will be shown live. You can also click on major games to see their match previews or look below for more upcoming live football fixtures!
The UEFA Europa League is the newly-styled tournament for the second tier of European competition for club sides. Formerly the UEFA Cup, the massive success of the re-branded European Cup as the Champions League has led European football’s governing body to consider a similar format for the competitions little brother. Live Sport Network provides live access to the UEFA Europa League games through its’ dedicated members area and with so many live Europa League matches to chose from, there will be something for almost every football fan during the coming season.
The Europa League itself comprises of the Intertoto Cup in addition to the UEFA Cup, last won by Shakhtar Donetsk who defeated Werder Bremen in last seasons final. The new competition provides for much more football than under the previous format.
There are four qualifying rounds, a group stage, and then a straight-forward knock-out competition from a round of 32 to the final in the Arena Hamburg on 12th May 2010.
The first qualifying round consists of 46 clubs taken from the domestic cup winners of those associations ranked 37-51 (Liechtenstein apart) in the UEFA rankings along with the domestic league runner-up from the same countries, the 3rd placed sides from associations ranked 22-51 and the three UEFA Fair Play winners. Ties are two-legged home and away affairs.
The winning 23 clubs are joined with a further 57 teams for the second qualifying round – domestic cup winners from the nations ranked 30-53, the runners-up from nations 19-34, 3rd placed sides from those ranked 16-21, 4th placed sides from numbers 10-15 and the fifth-placed sides from associations ranked 7,8 and 9. The same two-leg format applies.
40 victorious sides proceed to the third qualifying round 3 where an additional 30 clubs taken from the domestic cup winners of nations 18-29, the league runners-up for associations ranked 16-18, the third-placed sides from those ranked 10 though 15 together with the fourth-placed sides from 7, 8, and 9 and the fifth-placed sides from those ranked 4-6, not to mention the sixth-placed sides from nations 1-3 all once again do battle over two-legs.
Thirty five winners are then drawn with a further 41 clubs in the fourth qualifying round. These consist of the clubs from UEFA-ranked nations as follows: the domestic cup winners from 1-17, the third-placed league sides from 7, 8 and 9, the fourth-placed teams from 4, 5 and 6, the fifth-placed teams from associations 1-3 and the 15 third-placed teams from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round.
Group and Knockout Stage
The 38 triumphant teams from those two-legged ties (home and away as per all the rest) will join the 10 losing sides from the Champions League play-off round to form 12 groups of 4 teams. The teams play each other home and away and the top two teams from each group progressing to the round of 32 to be joined by the 8 teams who finish third in their respective UEFA Champions League groups. The ties then progress on a straight home and away knock-out basis to round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and of course the final.
UEFA Europa League live matches will be played on Wednesday and Thursday evenings unless there are also Champions League matches during the week in which case matches will be on a Thursday only.
The competition has its roots in the Fairs Cup which was replaced in 1971 by the UEFA Cup. The third European competition – the Cup-Winners Cup – was merged with the UEFA Cup a decade ago with the UEFA Cup itself seeing a group stage added for the first time in 2005/6.
The new competition will see some major players for its first outing. England’s participants include Everton and Aston Villa who are previous European Cup winners, Villarreal and Valencia provide some of the Spanish interest whilst Lazio and Roma form an interesting local double act from Italy. Werder Bremen will once again compete alongside fellow German side Hertha Berlin and with former winners from Russia Zenit St Petersburg, Ajax, Benfica, Dinamo and Steaua Bucharest, SV Hamburg and PSV Eindhoven all in the mix not to mention a host of other less glamorous clubs yet with European experience, the competition should have well and truly heated up long before the introduction of the Champions League clubs.
The new and updated format of the UEFA Europa League should raise the interest of every football fan irrespective of whether or not their club is involved. With the UEFA Champions League format having had such a positive influence in the continued and growing success of that competition, the revised structure of Europe’s second competition should make very exciting watching in the coming months.
Watching live football in Europe has never been either an easy or cheap thing to do. With tickets and travel at a premium, the ability to watch live UEFA Europe League matches in the comfort of your own home is one that all football fans desire.
You need never miss out on a game through Live Sports Network. Watch Live Europa League football direct to your pc through our member’s area and with such European giants as AS Roma, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven and Ajax to name but four involved, watching as much live Europa League football as possible will become the norm for the vast majority of fans.
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