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Hearts

 

PAOK

 

BATE Borisov

 

Sigma Olomouc

 

FK Aktobe

 

Today Everton will find out their opposition to face in the qualifiers for the Europa league, so which team would people want to have? The easiest team on paper isnt ness the easiest outcome (when considering other factors like heat, travel etc)

 

Personaly i'd try to avoid BATE and PAOK.

 

I'd like Sigma Olomouc or Aktobe, then Hearts at a push.

 

Sigma Olomouc finished 4th in the czech league but havent won anything to date.

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If you take a look at the performance of the scottish teams already in the competition, I think hearts could be a good draw....I am also tempted to go for PAOK as the greeks tend to be more predictable (also remember Larissa) unlike the eastern europeans (Metalist Kharkiv)...however, Im gonna go with Sigma

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I'm sure Sigma have just beaten Aberdeen 8-1 on aggregate. Although Aberdeen are not great, Sigma can't be that bad to post that sort fo score against them.

 

Would probably like to avoid PAOK.

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I don't really care who we get tbh, we should be able to beat any of them.

True enough, but I am uncharacterisically hoping we get knocked out!

Like Duncanmckenzieismagic says, I seriously don't think that our squad as it is will be able to compete properly in too many competitions. :mellow:

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I'm sure Sigma have just beaten Aberdeen 8-1 on aggregate. Although Aberdeen are not great, Sigma can't be that bad to post that sort fo score against them.

 

Would probably like to avoid PAOK.

 

Indeed they did so im changing my decision...I will instead go for PAOK (who scraped through vs Valerenga) and look forward to another wonder goal of team one-touch football as per the Larissa match....also we want to be away in the 1st leg....

 

Home or Away for the first leg folks????

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I'm half hoping we go out but I hate losing!

 

Me too, but I want us to stay as competitive as possible in the prem, and if that means sacrificing cup runs then so be it.

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I defy anyone "wanting us to go out" to be cheering the opposition at any stage during the tie, let alone extra time or pens if it came to that. You just won't be able to do it :) .

 

I'd like Toulouse.....because it's the only game where I could get a ticket for the away leg (although I'd be in with the French, so I'd have to keep my mouth shut :unsure: ).

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I'm half hoping we go out but I hate losing!

 

I would like us to be in europa cup as long as poss, but also think we can win the league cup so Im torn....If I was forced into a decision, I would prefer to see us in europe...it would really p**s me off to see villa and fulham playing in europe come november....the league cup goes relatively unoticed until the semis....

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Me too, but I want us to stay as competitive as possible in the prem, and if that means sacrificing cup runs then so be it.

 

 

I agree, not a big enough team, it's either a decent run in Europe or a decent one in the league

So now i feel like we're moving backwards compared to two seasons ago :/

 

The optimism I had 3 weeks ago for next season has almost dissapeared completly.

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And another thing....the squad was no bigger in 07/08 and the players thrived on two games a week!

 

During the group stage we were unbeaten domestically....took seventeen points out of twenty-one in the league and knocked Luton and Wet Spam out of the Carling Cup :) .

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I don't agree with some people on here who say that they want us to go out early, I really missed the extra European games last year. Also, we need to be getting good runs in Europe if we have any chance of attracting 'name' players. What's the point of struggling to qualify and then going out at the first opportunity? No thanks, I don't subscribe to that. I know we don't have a big squad, but still.

I'd think I'd like to say Hearts, simply because they'd be less of an unknown quantity. I'm sure we know more about Hearts, what they do, and who their key players are than any of the 'foreign' teams. However, as long as we go through then I'll be happy.

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Our ambition last season (and every season) is to get as high as poss in the prem and hope we achieve Euro footy in the process. I hope we get to the final stages, i also hope we get to wembley for both Cup finals, and i hope we can push on for 4th in the league. I know its a massive ask if we dont bring extra bodies in, but there is no point in entering these comps if we dont want to be in them.

I will be screaming for them to go through in every game they play this season. COYB.

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Nothing better than a great european night at goodison. How after that Fiorentina match and the atmosphere people want us out of europe I don't know! As MikeO said we weren't doing to shabby in the league last time either.

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i agree with the wallwriter and bill etc, thats the positive attitude we need. Why try sp hard to get to this comp last year, for everyone to say ok id prefer if we went out. As someone said the squad wernt much bigger in 07, so lets do it again, and again, lets prove our critics wrong :)

 

Btw efcfanatic, that girl you have in your picture is ratehr nice haha ;)

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i agree with the wallwriter and bill etc, thats the positive attitude we need. Why try sp hard to get to this comp last year, for everyone to say ok id prefer if we went out. As someone said the squad wernt much bigger in 07, so lets do it again, and again, lets prove our critics wrong :)

 

Btw efcfanatic, that girl you have in your picture is ratehr nice haha ;)

 

Not bad i she? Sophie Howard. Wowza

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Holy shite....Villarreal are unseeded :o ! Prayer mats out :unsure: .

 

So are (according to UEFA) Galatasaray, Brugge, PSV, Lazio, Zenit, Villa, Valencia and Benfica!

 

Hearts are seeded :mellow: . How do they work that out? Mistakes surely?

 

http://www.uefa.com/live/competitions/uefacup/draw/2010.po/draw_basic.html

 

Its changed now again. This has got their coefficient http://www.xs4all.nl/~kassiesa/bert/uefa/seedel2009.html

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Wallwriter, Bill, Mike..........

 

I can see (and even agree to some extent) with what you are collectively saying.

It's not that I don't want to see EFC win everything, quite the opposite!

 

It's just that I honestly believe that any extended runs in cup competitions, and in particular the new look Europa League, will have a detrimental effect on our league position at the end of the season.

 

We managed to hang on towards the end of last season as the injury toll rose, and in general the way we played suffered. We have not strengthened the squad in terms of ability or numbers and unless the injury gods decide to smile on this year are likely to at least start the season playing some somewhat unattractive football, and at the same time put more pressure on an aleady small squad if we have to play the extra games.

 

I'm not normally this pessimistic before the season starts (at least not in recent years!) but I can honestly see a dip in our fortunes this year

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Good draw in the CL play off's I see with Arsenal meeting Celtic!

 

Could it be a double prem v Scottish show down?!

 

If Celtic lose would I be right in thinking that would be them out of Europe completely? Same as happend to Rangers last year.

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I would like us to be in europa cup as long as poss, but also think we can win the league cup so Im torn....If I was forced into a decision, I would prefer to see us in europe...it would really p**s me off to see villa and fulham playing in europe come november....the league cup goes relatively unoticed until the semis....

 

 

I couldnt give a toss about the league cup I want us to go out in the first hurdle of that as well.

 

It is going to be difficult enough to cope in the league and FA Cup with our squad

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i agree with the wallwriter and bill etc, thats the positive attitude we need. Why try sp hard to get to this comp last year, for everyone to say ok id prefer if we went out. As someone said the squad wernt much bigger in 07, so lets do it again, and again, lets prove our critics wrong :)

 

Btw efcfanatic, that girl you have in your picture is ratehr nice haha ;)

 

 

Because when we spent all that time and effort last season qualifiying I was under the missaprehension that we would kick on and sign some decent players not reduce the size of the squad even further

 

I would love us to do well in all competitions but we simply havent got the squad to do it

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pf I think it was split into groups but we are a seed while the teams we could have played weren't. It's not that any of those teams could play each other, it's that any of our group of seeds could play any of those teams.

 

I think anyway!

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Does anyone know how the draw was set up..... I was watching it on Eurosport & we could only play one of four unseeded teams...... what a scam.... not that it really matters I guess

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Does anyone know how the draw was set up..... I was watching it on Eurosport & we could only play one of four unseeded teams...... what a scam.... not that it really matters I guess

It was one of six, the draw was randomly divided up into groups of six and seven, same as it was last year (and probably before that).

 

my bad....completely forgot what other teams were in our group.... :blink::lol::(

Irrelevant now....the groups were for the purposes of the draw only. If we qualify then the draw will be made for the group stages.

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It was one of six, the draw was randomly divided up into groups of six and seven, same as it was last year (and probably before that).

 

 

Irrelevant now....the groups were for the purposes of the draw only. If we qualify then the draw will be made for the group stages.

 

 

ok one of six teams...... but who decides what the groups are & based on what...... any Ideas?

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One of the stands at the stadium in Olomouc has been demolished, and will be rebuilt. So, capacity of Andruv Stadion is around 10,000 and you are probably looking at getting 450 tickets. I assume Sigma Olomouc will put the Everton supporters in the usual away section.

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ok one of six teams...... but who decides what the groups are & based on what...... any Ideas?

My mistake, it was one of five. The UEFA announcement on the procedure gives no indication of how the groups were arrived at...

 

"The 76 teams have been divided into six groups (groups 1 to 6) of ten teams,

and two groups (7 and 8) of eight teams. Within the eight groups an equal

number of clubs will be seeded and unseeded in accordance with the club

rankings established at the beginning of the season."

 

...so you have to assume that it was done randomly, other than keeping sides of the same nationality separate :) .

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Had a word on an Aberdeen forum to ask their thoughts on Sigma...

 

Sigma were decent, with their standout player Hubnik looking like he could play at a high level.

 

It's honestly hard to gauge how decent though - we were a disorganised mess, without a central defence and seriously lacking in basic fitness.

 

However, AFC played six sides in the UEFA Cup two years back (the season both our clubs had matches in Ukraine the same evening) and all were stronger than Sigma.

 

Everton's only danger is probably complacency and the fact it'll be early in the EPL season and Sigma could be sharper.

 

they are decent but we were dreadful in both games a total shambles,i think everton will have no problem disposing of them...ps good luck i hope you hammer them.

 

also good luck for the season ahead!give the redshite a good doing!

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Great! Everyone round to yours then! How many tickets can you get :P ?

Hopefully at least 10 tickets. Many of czech/slovak Evertonians are going to the game. We´d like to get tickets for away sector. I´ve sent mail to Sigma, so we´ll have to wait for the response.

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Pretty pleased with this draw, sure they had a good result against Aberdeen but that doesn't make them world beaters. As long as we're not complacent we shouldn't have a problem. We have had MUCH worse draws than this and could have probably been screwed over more during this draw. CAn't really have any complaints tbh.

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I don't know why, but I think the these are gonna be something similar to dinamo bucarest....that was fun wasn't it!!!....we need to be bloody ready this time...suppose it helps that aberdeen played them in the last round - we can get some useful advice.

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It's all down to complacany on our part. There strong score line against Aberdeen will be noted by the club and we will know that they are not going to be simply turned over by us. As long as we prepare properly for the game then we should be fine.

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I don't know why, but I think the these are gonna be something similar to dinamo bucarest....that was fun wasn't it!!!....we need to be bloody ready this time...suppose it helps that aberdeen played them in the last round - we can get some useful advice.

 

Not too sure I would want advice from a team that was beaten 8 - 1 by them to be honest.

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Sigma were decent, with their standout player Hubnik looking like he could play at a high level.

 

It's honestly hard to gauge how decent though - we were a disorganised mess, without a central defence and seriously lacking in basic fitness.

 

However, AFC played six sides in the UEFA Cup two years back (the season both our clubs had matches in Ukraine the same evening) and all were stronger than Sigma.

 

Everton's only danger is probably complacency and the fact it'll be early in the EPL season and Sigma could be sharper.

 

Us then? :P nah i think we will be ok, once heads have cooled, i can't see us getting beaten, especially nothing like the Abs scoreline. We should have a player or two by then (wishful thinkin) and they could help.

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Hello, I'm from Olomouc, Czech Republic. Is anybody searching for tickets? I think I can get 3-4 tickets maybe more, but I am not sure now, cause management said, that they can sell only 2 tickets to one person. advance booking starts on friday. have a good time, cya

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