Category: Leagues: Europa League

Marseille spurred on by memories of European glory

Lyon (AFP) – Marseille star Dimitri Payet is determined to go down in history by beating Atletico Madrid in Wednesday’s Europa League final as the club celebrates a quarter of a century since their greatest moment. They became the first, and to date only, French club to win the Champions League by beating AC Milan in the 1993 final, and now they are hoping to become the first team from the country to lift the Europa League trophy. “We are lucky to have the chance to continue the love affair that this club has with European competitions,” Payet told reporters ... Read more

Simeone warns of Payet threat in Europa League final

Lyon (AFP) – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone is wary of the threat posed by Marseille’s Dimitri Payet but believes his team’s extra experience will count for something in Wednesday’s Europa League final. “Experience is an important factor although it won’t completely influence the game,” said Simeone at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the match in the French city of Lyon. A strong Atletico side, with a formidable defence and an attack spearheaded by Antoine Griezmann, are the favourites, having won the Europa League twice in the last decade and also narrowly lost two Champions League finals to ... Read more

Atletico bid to erase pain of finals past in Marseille showdown

Lyon (AFP) – After painful defeats in recent continental finals, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid are determined to justify their status as favourites in Wednesday’s Europa League showpiece against Marseille in Lyon. Atletico lost in extra time to Real Madrid in the Champions League final of 2014, having been seconds away from victory in 90 minutes, and then lost on penalties to their city rivals in the final of the same competition two years later. An exit from this season’s Champions League in the group stage came as a big surprise for a formidable side spearheaded by Antoine Griezmann in attack, ... Read more

Hotels in Lyon almost sold out for Europa League final

Supporters of Olympique Marseille and Atlético Madrid planning to travel to Lyon for next week’s Europa League final can still find available hotel rooms, according to French website Allovoyages.fr. However, they will have to tolerate significant rate hikes for the privilege. For those wishing to stay overnight in Lyon following the final on Wednesday 16 May, about 5% of Lyon hotels still have availability at the time of writing. Prices for rooms in the city centre are currently starting at around €250 Euros – almost 300% more expensive than on an average Wednesday in Lyon. Some hotels are putting their ... Read more

Where to find CSKA Moscow vs. Arsenal on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch CSKA Moscow vs. Arsenal, you’ve come to the right place. Arsenal is just 90 minutes away from qualifying for the Europa League semi-finals. With a 4-1 aggregate lead from the first leg, the Gunners will need to be careful in a week where Roma and Juventus have both fought back against the odds to make the second legs a nervy affair. Match: CSKA Moscow vs. Arsenal Kickoff: Thursday at 3:05pm ET Looking to watch CSKA Moscow vs. Arsenal online from your work, home or on the go? If you live ... Read more

Wenger mindful of Barca collapse ahead of CSKA return

Moscow (Russia) (AFP) – Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal cannot afford a dip in concentration in Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against CSKA Moscow despite holding a 4-1 advantage in the tie. “Football is an unpredictable game and that’s why we love it so much,” Wenger told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday, after watching Barcelona crash out of the Champions League from a similar position on Tuesday. “Now we just need to keep ourselves concentrated and to show our best on the pitch to keep (our lead).” The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League, a huge 13 points off fourth-placed ... Read more

Europa League schedule for December 7 matches on US TV and streaming

All of Thursday’s Europa League games will be aired either on US TV and/or streaming for soccer fans in the United States. Already qualified for the Round of 32 are Villarreal, Dynamo Kyiv, Partizan, Braga, AC Milan, Atalanta, Lyon, FCSB, Viktoria Plzeň, Arsenal, Salzburg, Östersund, Lazio, Nice, Zenit and Real Sociedad. Meanwhile, the following teams could qualify for the next round: Slavia Praha, Astana, Ludogorets, İstanbul Başakşehir, AEK Athens, Austria Wien, Sheriff, Lokomotiv Moskva, København, Crvena zvezda, Köln, BATE, Marseille, Konyaspor, Vitória SC, Athletic Club and Zorya Luhansk. All times Eastern USA   Thursday, December 7 Apollon vs. Everton, 1pm, ... Read more

Schedule of Europa League games on US TV and streaming for Thursday, November 23

There’s still a lot to play for in gameweek 5 of the Europa League. And for soccer fans in the United States, all of the games will be played on Thanksgiving Day. The list of teams that could qualify for the next round of the Europa League on Thursday is enormous. It includes Villarreal, Astana, Partizan, Ludogorets, Braga, AC Milan, AEK Athens, Atalanta, Lyon, København, Sheriff, Viktoria Plzeň, Crvena Zvezda, Salzburg, Marseille, Östersund, Zorya Luhansk, Nice and Real Sociedad. The teams that have already made it into the next round are Dynamo Kyiv, FCSB, Arsenal, Lazio and Zenit. Meanwhile, the ... Read more