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Anzhi vs Liverpool, Spurs vs Maribor and Bruges vs Newcastle: Europa League Open Thread

europa league Anzhi vs Liverpool, Spurs vs Maribor and Bruges vs Newcastle: Europa League Open Thread

After a brilliant day of UEFA Champions League matches yesterday, I’m looking forward to three intriguing Europa League matches with Anzhi against Liverpool (early kick-off, Noon ET) followed by Tottenham Hotspur versus Maribor and lastly Bruges against Newcastle United.

Liverpool team news: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Flanagan, Shelvey, Henderson, Coady, Downing, Cole, Morgan.

For viewers in the United States, here is the TV/Internet schedule for today’s three Europa League matches.

Before, during and after today’s matches, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

15 Responses to Anzhi vs Liverpool, Spurs vs Maribor and Bruges vs Newcastle: Europa League Open Thread

  1. The Gaffer says:

    Pretty disappointing result for Liverpool, to say the least.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  2. mark says:

    That Anzhi-Liverpool game was the slowest game I’ve ever watched. All that passing by Liverpool just doesn’t produce any results. The likes of Cole, Downing and Henderson playing for Liverpool is why the team is doing so poorly. All that money wasted on these players could have bought quality at half the cost.

    The Europa League only gets interesting, if at all, when the Champions League 3rd place teams enter the competition.

  3. The Gaffer says:

    Awful mistake there by Brad Friedel for Tottenham Hotspur.

    What is that, you say? It wasn’t Friedel? My bad, Lloris it was. Schoolboy error. ;)

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

    • dust says:

      LOL yes it was terrible, we have bossed the game so far, I like what we have done so far, barring the schoolboy error.

    • gbewing says:

      can’t exactly give Naughton a free pass on that play Naughton 75% responsible Lloris 25%. Lloris is so much quicker, his throws are strong and set up attacks he’s clearly superior to Friedal he just is, Lloris made a bad decision but Friedal positioned himself poorly in the Wigan goal- he’s done ok but an honest assessment of the 2 Lloris just does so much more in the complete game

  4. dust says:

    yes that was a poor decision from Lloris, i’m sure he wont do that again, up to that point he had made good saves and distributed the ball far better than Freezal.

  5. dust says:

    gonna miss the 2nd half :( ill have to check by tweet!….

    stupid meeting!

  6. jtm371 says:

    Dust
    if you come back to this posting what is your take on the Yid Army controversy?

    • Dust says:

      I think the “yid army” chants are past their sell by date.

      That said, its the the Arsenal and Chelsea fan bases that sung anti Semitic chants at Spurs players and fans using Yid and other terms as insults.

      Like African Americans taking a racially motivated derogatory term like the N word and turning it around on the idiots that intend to hurt others with it, they started to use it in a positive way, to negate its impact. Spurs fans embraced it in a “yeah and what! we are in a Jewish area, we are Jewish and proud of it!”

      So it’s not sung in a way that is meant to offend anyone, it is sung in a way to shut others up from using it in a negative way.

      • Matthew says:

        I really don’t think religion should be an issue with the team. Yes, it was a strong Jewish area but the area has changed a lot over the years. Being anti-Semitic means you are against anyone who speaks a Semitic language. Its a family of languages not a race of people. For example Arabs are a Semitic people.

        • Dust says:

          What? antiSemite is widely known as anti Jewish, please look at just the following 3 definitions.

          Marriam Webster online definition
          http://i.word.com/idictionary/anti-semitism

          Others
          http://www.adl.org/hate-patrol/antisemitism.asp

          http://www.thefreedictionary.com/_/dict.aspx?word=anti-Semite

          I grew up In Tottenham, so I have to disagree with your assertions of religion not needing to be an issue with the team.

          In England a football club is an integral part of the community, and woven into the social fabric of its local area, especially in area’s like Tottenham. And, yes that includes all prominent groups, be they religious or cultural within it.

          Another example would be glasgow Rangers (Protestant) and glasgow Celtic (catholic).

          You have to remember it was others that asserted Spurs were prominently Jewish and did so in vile ways, the fact that a diverse area such as Tottenham took that and all said “yeah..so what! It’s not a bad thing! We will wear it as a badge of honor” speaks volumes for the pluralism of the clubs fanbase and local area.

          • jtm371 says:

            dust
            thanks for the response i did not know what it was about.have any Jewish leaders come out and make a statement on this issue?

          • Matthew says:

            All of you need to take a history class. Yiddish is an old German language from the Rhineland area, so it isn’t even Jewish in origin. Current trends can change the meaning of words. Semitic is a family of languages like Indo-European is a family of languages. In all your cases ignorance is bliss. All that religious harmony has doen well for you. Thank God we don’t have that sh*t in the US.

        • jtm371 says:

          anti Semitic is anti Jewish plain and simple.

          • Matthew says:

            All of you need to take a history class. Current trends can change the many of words. Semitic is a family of languages like Indo-European is a family of languages. In all your cases ignorance is bliss. All that religious harmony has doen well for you. Thank God we don’t have that sh*t in the US.

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