September 15, 2014

2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group Stage: location map of the 48 teams, with attendance data (from 2013-14 domestic leagues).

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2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group Stage: location map of the 48 teams, with attendance data (from 2013-14 domestic leagues)

Thanks to Maps, for blank maps of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Iran, which allowed me to plot the far eastern edge of the map on the map page. I needed to do this because the blank map [at the link below] cuts off the eastern half of Azerbaijan including Baku, where 2014-15 Europa League GS team Qarabağ FK are located.

Thanks to Alexrk2 for the blank map of Europe at

Thanks to, for attendance figures,
Thanks to the contributors at 2014–15 UEFA Europa League group stage ( &

September 19, 2012

2012-13 UEFA Europa League group stage: attendance map.

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2012-13 UEFA Europa League Group Stage: attendance map

Clubs from 25 countries will be competing in the 2012-13 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Europa League page at
2012–13 UEFA Europa League group stage‘ (

Thanks to Roke at, ‘BlankMap-Europe-v4.png‘.
Thanks to European Football, for attendance data,

December 22, 2011

2011-12 UEFA Europa League: Knockout Phase, Round of 32.

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2011-12 UEFA Europa League Knockout Phase, map with attendance data

2011-12 Europa League Knockout Phase, Round of 32 – News and Fixtures – Europa League/Index.

From Blog, by Ethan Dean-Richards, from 19 Dec., 2011, ‘Man United have an opportunity to entertain in the Europa League‘.

Here are rthe Group Stage group winners…
PAOK [Thessaloniki]
Standard Liège
PSV [Eindhoven]
Sporting [Lisbon]
Athletic Club [Bilbao]
Metalist Kharkiv
Club Brugge
Atlético Madrid
Twente [Enschede]

Here are the clubs that, by virtue of finishing 3rd in their groups, moved from the Champions League Group Stage into the Europa League Knockout Phase…
Manchester City
Manchester United
Viktoria Plzeň

Here is the Round of 32 draw
Porto v Manchester City [2nd leg now 22 Feb]
Ajax v Manchester United
Lokomotiv Moscow v Athletic Club
Red Bull Salzburg v Metalist Kharkiv
Stoke City v Valencia
Rubin Kazan v Olympiakos
AZ v Anderlecht
SS Lazio v Atletico Madrid
Steaua Bucharest v Twente
Viktoria Plzeň v Schalke
Wisla Krakow v Standard Liege
Sporting Braga v Besiktas [1st leg now 14 Feb]
Udinese v PAOK
Trabzonspor v PSV
Hannover v Club Brugge
Legia Warsaw v Sporting CP

Ties scheduled for 16 and 23 February, 2012, except Sporing Braga v. Besiktas on 14 February; and Manchester City v. Porto on 22 February.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2011–12 UEFA Europa League‘.
Thanks to, for attendance data.

September 14, 2011

2011-12 UEFA Europa League, Group Stage – attendance map (with attendance data from 2010-2011 domestic leagues, home matches).

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First matches are on 15 September { League matches}.

Click on the following Category, UEFA – clubs that qualified for Europe, to see club profiles/stadium photos of clubs in this competition that are from UEFA’s top 5-rated national leagues (of England, Spain, Italy, France and Germany). From the 5 posts, you can see 12 teams in the 2011-12 Europa League Group Stage (4 from England, 2 from Spain, 2 from Italy, 2 from Germany, and 2 from France).

Thanks to, for attendance data.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2011–12 UEFA Europa League‘.
Thanks to, for the photo of the Europa League football.

March 4, 2011

2010-11 UEFA Europa League, Knockout Phase – Round of 16, with match-ups.

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2010-11 UEFA Europa League, Round of 16

2010-11 UEFA Europa League Knockout Phase, Round of 16…1st Leg matches, on Thursday, 10 March – with 4 matches to kick off at 7:00 pm GMT (2:00 pm ET), and 4 matches to kick off at 9:05 pm GMT (4:05 pm ET) – fuxture list here (from

Like I did with the 2010-11 Champions League Round of 16 {here}, besides the main map (which you can see by clicking on the image above, and features club crests sized to reflect 2009-10 average attendance from domestic home league matches), I have made two extra pages of material which show the match-ups, with profile boxes, of the 16 clubs still alive here. The profile boxes feature 2 stadium photos. If you want to see a larger image of any given photo, you can find the links to the photos in the Photo credits section at the bottom of this post.

The matchups/club ptofile boxes are split up into two separate pages – the first one shows the 4 fixtures that will be played first, on Thursday 10 March, at 7pm GMT. The second shows the 4 fixtures that will start 2 hours and five minutes later, at 9:05 pm GMT.

The following gif has the 4 match-ups featuring a 1st Leg game with a 7:00 pm GMT kick-off:
Bayer Leverkusen v. Villarreal CF.
SC Braga v. Liverpool.
PSV [Eindhoven] v. Rangers.
CSKA Moscow v. FC Porto.
Click on the rectangle below…

The next gif has the 4 matches featuring a 1st Leg game with 9:05 pm GMT kick-off:
SL Benfica v. Paris Saint-Germain.
Dynamo Kyiv v. Manchester City.
FC Twente v. Zenit [St. Petersburg].
Ajax v. Spartak Moscow.
Click on the rectangle below…

Photo credits (first gif) -
Bayer Leverkusen… Aerial photo of recently renovated and expanded BayArena from Interior photo with fans’ banner of cartoon-superheroes-in-Leverkusen-garb by Christof Koepsel/Boingarts/Getty Images, from, here.
Villarreal…Interior photo of El Madrigal from Exterior photo of El Madrigal from
Braga…Aerial image of Estádio Municipal de Braga [aka Estadio AXA] from’s Eye satellite view, here. Interior photo of Estádio Municipal de Braga, showing the sheer rock face of the quarry the stadium site was carved out of, by jorge-11 at, here.
Liverpool…Photo of the Anfield Kop from Aerial photo of Anfield from
PSV…Aerial photo of Philips Stadion by FXL at, here. Interior photo of Philips Stadion from
Rangers…Interior photo of Ibrox by poity_uk at, here. Exterior photo of Ibrox from, here.
CSKA Moscow…Luzhniki exterior, CSKA Fans by enot_female at
Porto…Interior photo of Dragão from Porto [Note: click on Images at top, then find the photo in the Porto image set in the 3rd row, center.]. Exterior of Dragão from

Photo credits (second gif)-
Benfica…Aerial image of Estádio da Luz from’s Eye satellite view, here. Interior photo from, here [Scroll half way down page.].
PSG…PSG/Parc des Princes photo, from…here in full, city-wide view [which includes Eiffel Tower]. Photo of PSG fans releasing flares at
Dynamo Kyiv…Lobanovsky exterior shot at, here [Click on Photos at top, and find Lobanovsky exterior photo in top row of Dynamo Kyiv football photo set.]. Fans’ banners photo at, here, via
Manchester City…Aerial shot of City of Manchester Stadium [aka Eastlands] from Photo of City fans with scarves held above their heads next to a stadium scoreboard that is reminding everyone that Man U are not actually located within the city limits of Manchester, by David Rawcliffe at
Twente…Exterior photo of De Grolsch Veste from The Interior photo of fans at the article ‘Twente is landskampion‘, from
Zenit…Interior photo of Petrovsky stadium from Aerial photo from
Ajax…Exterior photo of Amsterdam Arena from, here. Interior photo from, here.
Spartak Moscow…Exterior photo of Luzhniki Stadium at Ground Guide. Photo of Spartak fans’ banner with Michelangelo’s-god-passiing-spark-of-life-to-man motif, by Jose Luis Enchaufegui (aka high296) at, here.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2010-11 UEFA Europa League‘.
Thanks to E-F-S site, for attendance figures.
Thanks to, for having photo credits (which pointed me to

February 12, 2011

2010-11 UEFA Europa League, Group Stage – Knockout Phase (32 teams). Plus 2010-11 UEFA Champions League Knockout Phase, Round of 16: the 8 match-ups.

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2010-11 UEFA Europa League Knockout Phase (32 teams)

Note: this post covers both European competitions this week. Above is the map of the 32 teams still alive in the Europa League. Near the bottom of this post, I link to and talk a bit about the match-ups in the 2010-11 Europa League Knockout Phase Round of 32.

Below are two gifs which are old content (from 10 January post, with attendance map, here), but their subject matter are the 4 matches to be played in the Champions League on Tuesday the 15th and Wednesday the 16th (first gif); and the 4 matches to be played on Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd (second gif)…
The following gif shows the 8 clubs involved in the first two match days of the 2010-11 Champions League Round of 16, on 15 and 16 February…
AC Milan v. Tottenham Hotspur
Valencia v. Schalke 04
Arsenal v. Barcelona
AS Roma v. Shakhtar Donetsk
Click on box below…

The next gif shows the 8 clubs involved in the second set of match days, on 22 and 23 February…
Lyon v. Real Madrid
FC Copenhagen v. Chelsea
Internazionale v. Bayern Munich
Marseille v. Manchester United
Click on box below…

The 2010-11 UEFA Europa League Knockout phase begins on Tuesday, 15 February with one match being played 2 days before the other 15 ties – which have 1st Leg matches on Thursday, 17 February – so as to avoid fixture congestion in the Greek city of Thessaloniki. Thessaloniki is Greece’s second-largest city, with a metro-area population of around 995,000 {2004 figure, National Statistical Service of Greece}. This Balkan port city has two clubs still alive in this competition…Aris Thessaloniki and PAOK Salonika. Both are members of Super League Greece. PAOK have won 2 Greek titles (in 1976 and 1985); Aris have won 3 Greek titles (their last in 1946). PAOK has the larger fan base, and are drawing in the 14,000s this season, and sit in third place. Aris can draw up to 12-13,000, but Aris’ attendances have plummeted this season to the 9,000-range, owing to their poor league campaign, where they are in 8th place, with a losing record.
Aris have been drawn against Manchester City. PAOK have perhaps the more winnable tie, versus CSKA Moscow.

Here are all the ties… UEFA_Europa_League_knockout_phase#Round_of_32

The marquee match-ups would be… Benfica v. Stuttgart, Sevilla v. Porto, Anderlecht v. Ajax, Liverpool v. Sparta Peague, and Rangers v. Sporting CP. Three other interesting ties are… Lille v. PSV [Eindhoven], Dynamo Kyiv v. Besiktas, and Napoli v. Villarreal. That first tie features the club that is in first place in Ligue 1 in France – Lille, who feature the Senegalese FW Moussa Sow (who leads Ligue 1 with 16 goals), and the Ivorian FW Gervinho (with 11 league goals). That last tie features two clubs that have a solid shot at Champions League Group Stage qualification next season – Napoli and Villarreal; and in fact, SSC Napoli have been playing so well that they have a credible shot at the Serie A title this season. Napoli, led by Slovakian playmaker Marek Hamsík, and Uruguayan scoring wizard Edinson Cavani (his 20 goals lead Serie A), are second in Italy right now, 3 points behind AC Milan, with 11 games remaining each. Villarreal, powered by the scoring tandem of the Brazilian Nilmar (10 goals in La Liga) and the American-born/Italian international Giusseppe Rossi (12 goals in La Liga), are in fourth, two points behind Valencia in third, and 7 points ahead of Athletic Bilbao in fifth.

In all, there are 17 countries with clubs in the final 32 of the 2010-11 Europa League. The Holders, Atlético Madrid, were eliminated in the Group Stage.
Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, ‘2010-11 UEFA Europa League‘.
Thanks to ESPN Soccernet and for current attendance figures.

September 14, 2010

2010-11 UEFA Europa League, Group Stage – Attendance map (with figures from domestic leagues, 2009-10).

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2010-11 UEFA Europa League Group Stage

1st matchday of the Group Stage of the second annual UEFA Europa League is on Thursday, 16th September. You can see the 12 groups, here ( UEFA Europa League Group Stage).
Two of the clubs I root for are in the 2010-11 Europa League Group Stage…Karpaty Lviv of western Ukraine, and Getafe CF of Greater Madrid, Spain . I root for Karpatry Lviv because both sides of my family are from western Ukraine. I root for Getafe because I am drawn to runt-of-the-litter type clubs like Getafe, who often can be found punching above their weight and crashing the party, like when the plucky Spaniards bested Tottenham, then Benfica in the 2007-08 UEFA Cup.

Here is how Karpaty Lviv made it into the 2010-11 Europa League group stage…click here…(YouTube/Artem Fedetskyi goal in 93rd minute of Karpaty Lviv 1-1 Galatasaray, [3-3 aggregate], on 28th August, 2010).
Here is the goal that clinched a Europa League spot for Getafe CF last May…click here (Dirty Tackle site/Roberto Soldado goal of 4th May, 2010).

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at, 2010-11 UEFA Europa League group stage.
Thanks to the indispensable E-F-S site, for attendance figures.

March 28, 2010

2009-10 UEFA Europa League, Quarter-finals: the 8 clubs, with stadium photos.

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Europa League fixtures/results, Europa League fixtures/results (ESPN Soccernet).
The Quarter-finals of the 09/10 Europa League begin on Thursday, 1st April, with the second leg matches a week later. Of the 8 clubs still alive, there are 2 English clubs (Fulham and Liverpool), 2 German clubs (Hamburg and Wolfsburg), 2 Spanish clubs (Atletico Madrid and Valencia), a Belgian club (Standard Liege), and a Portuguese club (Benfica).
How ’bout them Cottagers? At Craven Cottage, West London, on 18th March, Fulham found themselves down to Juventus 4-1 aggregate, after a 2nd minute goal by Juve’s David Trezeguet. Fulham they got one goal back 9 minutes in, from Bobby Zamora, then were given a man advantage after a straight red card to Juventus’ Cannavaro. Fulham’s Zoltan Gera then scored late in the first half, and netted a penalty kick in the 49th minute, after Diego handled the ball. But it was a tense match that looked headed for extra time. In the 71st minute, Fulham manager Roy Hodgson put in Clint Dempsey for Stephen Kelly, and 9 minutes later the move proved brilliant, when the Texas-born Dempsey, at the top edge of the box on the right-hand side, chipped a stunning, where-on-earth-did-that-come-from shot that looped all the way across the goal mouth to land just inside in the upper-left corner of the goal. It could arguably be called the greatest moment in the history of Fulham FC, a club that has won no major trophies, has only played 21 seasons in the English top flight, and had never played in Europe prior to this season.

Thanks to Tim’s 92 site for the panoramic photo,

There is a new site on my blogroll…Tanked site, which has an unusual feature that all other deep-sea-diving/underwater photography sites lack…maps of football leagues and competitions from Europe and beyond.
The maps are interactive (that’s an element that is beyond the limited technical abilities of Bill T, here). A cool feature is when you hover your cursor over the club’s name on the map, the club’s logo appears along with a small box that lists the club’s stadium and domestic titles. Click and you get sent to that club’s site.
Tanked-Up, interactive maps…European Football League maps and history.
Thanks to Spurs fan Martin, at Tanked-Up site, for the link, and for the entertaining e-mails.

March 11, 2010

2009-10 UEFA Europa League, Round of 16.

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The 2009-10 Europa League’s Round of 16 will have it’s two-legged matches on Thursdays 11th and 18th March.
Fixtures, Europa League Round of 16 fixtures.
Europa League page at, League.
Still alive in the competition are 3 German clubs, 2 Belgian clubs, 2 English clubs, 2 French clubs, 2 Portuguese clubs, 2 Spanish clubs, and 1 club from Greece, Italy, and Russia.
Kudos to Roy Hodgson’s Fulham, who ousted de-facto reigning champions Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine. Unlike some English clubs in recent seasons (like Bolton and Aston Villa), Fulham have taken this second-echelon competition seriously. Their reward is a high profile draw versus Italian giants Juventus, who are one of 5 clubs in this round who have in the past won titles in Europe’s first-echelon competition, the European Cup (1956-1992)/UEFA Champions League (1993 to present). Those 5 are: Liverpool (5 titles, most recently in 2005), Juventus (2 titles, most recently in 1996), Benfica (2 titles, most recently in 1962), Marseille (in 1993), and Hamburg (in 1983).
As for winners of the Europa League’s predecessor, the UEFA Cup, 4 of the 16 clubs here have titles: Liverpool (3 titles, most recently in 2001), Juventus (3 titles, most recently in 1993), Anderlecht (in 1983), and Valencia (in 2004).

January 5, 2010

UEFA Europa League 2009-10, Knockout Stage (32 teams).

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There are no cup holders in this competition,  as the Europa League is brand new,  but de-facto Holders are Shakhtar Donetsk,  of Ukraine,  who won the final UEFA Cup title last May.  The Europa League Knockout stage will begin in the third week of February,  on the 16th and 18th.  To avoid a Merseyside fixture congestion,  the round will kick off two days before the rest of the matches in the leg.  So it’s Everton v. Sporting Clube de Portugal on 16 February,  and the other 15 matches on 18 February,  including Liverpool v. Unirea Urziceni.  

Here are the match-ups {click here (UEFA site)}. 

On the map,  at top left,  is the draw for the round of 32.  Team 2 has the advantage of having second home match in the two-legged ties.  As usual,  club crests are sized to reflect each club’s average attendance (from last season’s domestic league).    

Thanks to the contributors to the pages at {click here}.   Thanks to E-F-S site, for the gate figures {click here}.

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