February 25, 2008

UEFA Cup 2007-’08, Round of 16.

Filed under: UEFA Cup / Europa League — admin @ 6:53 am


Last Thursday, the 2007-’08 UEFA Cup competition was pared down to 16 clubs.   {Click here, for results.} 

The only club that looks out of place in the final 16 are the Spanish upstarts Getafe {see this article}.  This is a club that had never been in the top flight before 2004.  They are based in a grim industrial area south of Madrid, that is ringed by highways.  Their fan base is comprised of a significant percentage of disenchanted ex-Atletico Madrid supporters.  I think these fans made the right decision to dissociate themselves from those chronic underachievers… Atletico were eliminated from this competition by stolid Bolton ‘s smothering defense, while Atletico Madrid management showed incredibly poor form, by posting Bolton’s travel and hotel accomadations on their official website {see this article}. 

Here are the matchups for the Round of 16.  The first legs will be played on March 6, the second legs on March 12, and 13.  uefa_cup_march08.gif

Thanks to Wikipedia for the chart.

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