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UEFA Europa League, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

europa league1 UEFA Europa League, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

Today kicks off the Group Stage of the 2013/14 Europa League with a whopping 24 matches available to watch on US television and Internet.

Take your pick from the matches to watch. Personally, I’ll be watching my beloved Swans take on Valencia.

Starting line-ups:

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Amat, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Dyer, Michu, Bony

Valencia: Guaita, Barragán, Rami, Mathieu, Guardado, Fuego, Éver, Feghouli, Fede, Canales, Postiga

Tottenham: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Dembele, Sandro; Lamela, Holtby, Sigurdsson; Defoe.

Here are today’s 24 matches:

Valencia vs Swansea, 1pm, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Zulte Waregem vs Wigan, 1pm, ESPN3 and FOX Soccer 2Go
PSV Eindhoven vs. PFC Ludogorets, 1pm, ESPN3 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs. APOEL FC, 1pm, ESPN3 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Bordeaux, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Fiorentina vs Pacos Ferreira, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Dinamo Zagreb vs Chornomorets, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
St Gallen vs Kuban Krasnodar, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
SV Salzburg vs Elfsborg, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Standard Liege vs Esbjerg, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
NK Maribor vs Rubin Kazan, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Pandurii Targu vs Dnipro, 1pm, FOX Soccer 2Go

Tottenham vs Tromso, 3pm, FOX Sports 1, ESPN3 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Estoril vs. Sevilla, 3pm, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN and FOX Soccer 2Go
Ael Limassol FC vs. Trabzonspor, 3pm, ESPN3 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Freiburg vs. FC Slovan Liberec, 3pm, ESPN3 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Real Betis vs. Olympic Lyonnais, 3pm, ESPN3 and FOX Soccer 2Go
Lazio vs Legia, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Macabi Haifa vs AZ Alkmaar, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Sheriff Tiraspol vs Anzhi, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Paok Salonika vs Shakhter Karagandy, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Dynamo Kiev vs Genk, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Thun vs Rapi Vienna, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go
Guimaraes vs Rijeka, 3pm, FOX Soccer 2Go

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation with other soccer fans from around the globe in the comments section below.

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14 Responses to UEFA Europa League, Gameweek 1: Open Thread

  1. Garth says:

    The Europa League will only get interesting in January once the field is narrowed and the Champions League ‘losers” are in it. That means once Chelsea join the fray :-) .

    Valencia are not playing very well at the moment so this is the perfect time for Swansea to be playing them. Swansea should get a good result even if they are away.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      It’s still interesting in the early rounds where every match matters. It gets even more interesting in the later rounds.

  2. Marc L says:

    Whoa! Is this Swansea I see playing in Europe? And netting an away goal no less!

    • Pete Q says:

      Who is the second (color) commentator? This guy is horrendous.

      • Christopher Harris says:

        I think it’s Clarke Carlisle. Main commentator is Sam Matterface. Although I’m watching the ITV feed, so it may be different on ESPN Deportes and FOX Soccer 2Go.

    • Christopher Harris says:

      Swansea playing the counter-attacking formation to a tee. Nice goal by Wilfried Bony.

      So far this season, Swansea have been playing better in the Europa League than the Premier League.

  3. Biff says:

    Don’t tell that Arjun guy that friggin Swansea is beating up on Valencia. He’ll be obliged to write another “EPL Hype” piece.

    • Al Jean says:

      I like this!!!

      BPL, overrated? come on Arjun, we know you like Bundes more than BPL but, people all over the world are not idiot for liking it the most.

  4. Christopher Harris says:

    Brilliant performance by Swansea at the Mestalla. Swansea are in complete control. And de Guzman’s free kick to make it 3-0 is the icing on the cake.

  5. IanCransonsKnees says:

    The Jacks will be partying in Cathedral Square tonight. Good win but I’m sure 3 points this weekend would be preferable.

    Do you have the squad to cope with injuries and the quick turnaround of matches Gaffer?

    • Christopher Harris says:

      We have a lot of depth in the squad with our strategy of players having something to prove, and very few injuries to report right now. Whether we’ll have a Europa League hangover, we’ll have to wait and see what happens this Sunday, but Laudrup’s strategy in Europe so far has been to get emphatic victories in their first couple of games, and then coast into the next round. So, it’s so far, so good.

  6. DaveM says:

    In the soccer section of the website there is a link to click and they are streaming the Betis v Lyon match live.

  7. Hickorywind says:

    Watching Spurs/Tromso on Fox Sports 1 reminds me again of how lucky we are that NBC has the rights to the Premier League. The game commentators are semi-tolerable but the halftime show wasn’t.

  8. Dust says:

    Eriksen is mustard, Lamela is a silky smooth calming football genius

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