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@Athens4 if you want to make the CL email Savvidis and tell him to spend some money.  Oh that's right, he can't due to FFP.  I believe if we had Cabella playing for us we would've qualified instead of Krasnodar.  Problem is he cost Krasnodar 12 million.  That's how much we'll spend on 6 players over 4 years.  We shouldn't cry when we can beat teams with bigger budgets and better quality squads.  Yes, we had our chances, but they didn't get there.

As for the Conference League, maybe that's where our teams belong.  Let's face it, the league has dropped multiple spots over the last 15 years in the rankings.  Every year we drop another level.  Something is obviously wrong with our league and I don't put it all down to money.  Anyway, with 4 teams each win in Europe will count for more and I'd like to think we would get more wins in the Conference League.  

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I'm 53 and managed to taste a championship after some dark ages but I don't think I will see the day we play in CL. CL might even be abolished if the biggies unite and start a thing like they do in basket in Europe. Maybe for the better

Anyway, after a bad night (went to bed pissed and woke up the same and still after a few hours of work) we must go on and enter tomorrow's draw at 14:00 EEST.

For those interested there is this site you can do a draw yourself: https://draw.inker.one/#/el/gs/2020

Adjust it to this season (if needed) and be a UEFA-mobster and pick the balls.

Teams can be changed as tonight is PO of EL and this format has the assumption the higher coëfficiënt qualifies. Teams will be adjusted tonight, though.

btw, I got Leverkusen, Young boys and Molde.

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I got Leverkusen, Dinamo Zagreb and Zorya (from the Ukraine). So I guess since we both got Leverkusen it means it's a lock to happen?

I wouldn't mind the above group, there are easier teams in pot 1 but you generally have the powerhouse that sweeps the group and we battle away for the 2nd place. 

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16 hours ago, Athens4 said:

Χρηστάρα, οτι και να πούμε για το Κόνφερενς - δεν έχει αστεράκια. Δεν έχει τα ωραία τα αστεράκια με τον ύμνο του CL να παίζει την ώρα που ο καμεραμάν περνάει μπροστά απο τους παίκτες. Εδω το Γιουρόπα αρχίζει να έχει ενδιαφέρον μετα τους προημιτελικούς, πριν δεν βλέπεται. 'Ολη η ουσία είναι να μπείς στο ομίλους του CL ώστε να είσαι στον ποδοσφαιρικό χάρτη. Τι να λέμε τώρα.

I don't disagree, but you have to be ready to play in the CL. We are not. And last two years we were not ready to even play in Europa League. I say this season go out and have a respectable showing in EL. Qualify from the groups stage and see how far you can go. Next season go to Conference and see if can make it to the quarterfinals or semifinals. Slowly build up before you tackle CL again.

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Getting deep in even the "terrible" competition will still be a great accomplishment. It is not CL or nothing. If we had kept a solid record in the Europa League in recent years, then we would not constantly be in the unseeded situation we find ourselves in CL qualifiers. We can still end this season with an improved standing.

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5 minutes ago, pash said:

They'll probably be conscripted on their return home. Might not be able to field a whole team.


I believe they spanked us a few years back?

Yes we lost twice against them in the year we got second in GS with Fiorentina to progress to the last 32.

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We are going to pot 2.

APOEL, Copenhagen, Viktoria Plzen, FC Basel and Malmö are already out.

Sporting Lisbon and Galatasaray are almost out. Gala has a few minutes to equalize. Sporting has 15 minutes to make three goals (1-4 down) with only 10 players.

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The pots are as follows:


Arsenal London ENG 91.000
Tottenham Hotspur ENG 85.000
AS Roma ITA 80.000
SSC Napoli ITA 77.000
Benfica Lisbon POR 70.000
Bayer Leverkusen GER 61.000
Villareal ESP 56.000
CSKA Moscow RUS 44.000
Sporting Braga POR 41.000
AA Gent BEL 39.500
PSV Eindhoven HOL 37.000
Celtic Glasgow SCO 34.000


Dinamo Zagreb CRO 33.500
Sparta Prague CZE 30.500
Slavia Prague CZE 27.500
Ludogorets BUL 26.000
Young Boys Berne SWI 25.500
Crvena Zvezda Beograd SER 22.750
Rapid Vienna AUT 22.000
Leicester City ENG 22.000
PAOK Thessaloniki GRE 21.000
Qarabag FK AZE 21.000
Standard Liege BEL 20.500
Real Sociedad ESP 20.456 


Granada ESP 20.456
AC Milan ITA 19.000
AZ Alkmaar HOL 18.500
Feyenoord Roterdam HOL 17.000
Maccabi Tel Aviv ISR 16.500
AEK Athens GRE 16.500
Glasgow Rangers SCO 16.250
Molde FK NOR 15.000
1899 Hoffenheim GER 14.956
Hapoel Beer Sheva ISR 14.000
Linzer ASK AUT 14.000
Zorya Luhansk UKR 12.500


CFR Cluj ROM 12.500
OGC Nice FRA 11.849
Lille OSC FRA 11.849
NK Rijeka SLO 11.00
Dundalk IRL 8.500
Slovan Liberec CZE 8.000
Royal Antwerp BEL 7.580
Lech Poznan POL 7.000
Sivasspor TUR 6.720
Wolfsberger AC AUT 6.585
Omonia Nicosia CYP 5.350
CSKA Sofia BUL 4.000

What are your preferences?

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