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Europa League: Your Running Commentary

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If Tuesday and Wednesday's UEFA Champions League action did not satisfy your mid-week soccer cravings, maybe Thursday's Europa League games will.

Fourty-eight teams will begin the group stage in the European competition and there will be plenty of intriguing matches to follow for any soccer fan in need of a fix. From Marseille's visit of Fenerbahce to Inter Milan's home game against Rubin Kazan, the first round of group stage games are filled with quality match-ups and interesting storylines.

Several Americans could also be in action, including Tottenham's Clint Dempsey, Helsingborgs IF's Alejandro Bedoya and Hannover 96's Steve Cherundolo.

If you will be watching today's Europa League action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some commentary in the comments section below.

Enjoy the games.
  • sly

    Watching thwe liverpool youth league play a team they should beat but keep letting in the game is sort of like just watching the senior team play.

    Suso looks great but doesnt know what to do with the ball after all the various dribbling practice tricks. This Wisdom kid maybe solid but he needs to go out on loan in the championship pronto. Pacheco I didnt even notice him in this game.

    Downing and Enrique this whole game sums up there whole liverpool careers.


  • Zaraje

    Dempsey is starting today

    do you guys think Lloris will be able to start this weekend or does Friedel have the PL on lockdown?


  • euro snobs have feelings too

    If healthy, I predict Dempsey scoring 15 goals this season. 2 in the cups, 3 in the EL and 10 in the PL.

    any bets?


  • Mig22

    Interesting. I would unhappily take the under on that one. I just don’t know if he gets enough time in the Prem. But it’s a great thing to consider.


  • real zaragoza

    Looks like Cliny is playing right behind Defoe. damn if i had 30million id do a film on Clint’s life starring Jake Gyllenhaal


  • Sly

    too heart-throbby. Noone comes to mind but we’d need tough as old jerky sort of actor. if the movie happened and gyllenhall got it the whole US soccer world would be up in arms.

    30 million wouldnt do it well with locations being in england and needing a stadium full of extras. But Im no expert.


  • Jeff P

    With the benefit of pausing live action right at the moment of the pass, he appears barely onside, but given that he and the defender were headed in opposite directions at pace, you can see how the linesman would have called him off.


  • malkin

    Friedel would have not only saved that shot off the bar, he would have caught it with his teeth.


  • Andy in Atlanta

    Looks like Clint is going to fit in with Spurs just fine… he looks like he already has some decent chemistry and more to come.


  • beachbum

    looked o

    almost poetic that Clint’s first goal for Spurs is disallowed, always the hard way for Clint it seems :)


  • Mig22

    You trollin or did you miss the whole story earlier this month? if the latter, then search backwards thru the Ives archives and you’ll see 3 or 4 posts here about the Dempsey transfer saga.


  • beachbum

    comedy of errors by the ref now

    Klose gets away with pass interference on Clint in the end zone, then Another disallowed goal on something you see all the time

    sometimes you can tell what an officiating crew wants to see. perhaps this is one of those games


  • TomG

    Referees and linesmen should always err on the side of allowing the goal. Goals are the lifeblood of the game. That’s what fans pay to see. Consistently disallowing goals like this is absurd. If you’re going to wipe out a goal, you better be damn sure that you’re correct, but that standard doesn’t seem to apply here.


  • biff

    I thought Clint looked good. Lot of young talent on Tottenham, but he showed quite clearly that he belongs. And as soon is he came off and Sigurdson entered the game, Tottenham’s offense dropped a few notches. Stupid of AVB to pull Clint, who was involved in most of tottenham’s scoring opportunities, with the game tied and 15 minutes to go. Clint did not look happy to be leaving the field.


  • dawwilly

    I think AVB is overrated as a manager. The team he had at Porto had tons and tons of talent. The guy had Falcao and Hulk as his forwards. Falcao has played out of his mind the last 2.5 years. He destroyed Chile in Chile and beat the crap of Uruguay in the most recent qualifying matches.

    I agree Dempsey should have stayed on. Why didn’t Adebayor make the bench? I know he is one some express fitness program because of Man City being dicks and not letting him train in the offseason, but the big man in the last 15 minutes along Dempsey could have put some serious pressure on Lazio. I just the AVB is overwhelmed in the EPL. He maybe smart and have some good schemes but the Porto situation was the result of an extraordinary lineup from front to back and a good scheme to go with the talent.


  • Nate Dollars

    i agree–it seems that, if it’s too close too call, then the linesman will raise his flag, when really, it should be the other way around.

    it there a FIFA rule on this (where the attacker and defender are level)?


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