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Aston Villa have today confirmed that they will be entering the re-branded Europa Cup at the 'playoff stage.'

Now strangely missing from the official site front-page, replaced by Jack Woodward's 'blog' about Tom Hanks, it was announced that courtesy of Everton's FA Cup appearance, we are now confirmed for the play-off stage.

When is a 'play-off' ahead of a group stage not a qualifier? Answers on a postcard to Mr Platini I think!

Villa will face a two-legged affair in August (20th and 27th.) Martin O'Neill will find out just who we will be up against on the 7th of Aug.

Europe here we come, again.




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Writer: Murph Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 6 2009

Time: 5:59PM

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Do Everton go straight into the group stages or will they have to qualify also?
TheQ.
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06/05/2009 19:00:00

Do Everton go straight into the group stages or will they have to qualify also?
TheQ.
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06/05/2009 19:00:00

Let's wait for all the cracks about MON and the Europa cup from the guys - we know who they are. Waiting with baited breath - NOT.
nazvfc
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06/05/2009 19:09:00

Let's wait for all the cracks about MON and the Europa cup from the guys - we know who they are. Waiting with baited breath - NOT.
nazvfc
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06/05/2009 19:09:00

The fact that this competition has been 'rebranded' proves that no one took the old Uefa cup seriously. Nor will they the Europa Cup. The Champs League is the only game in town. Everything else is for losers.
Saurat
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06/05/2009 19:25:00

The fact that this competition has been 'rebranded' proves that no one took the old Uefa cup seriously. Nor will they the Europa Cup. The Champs League is the only game in town. Everything else is for losers.
Saurat
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06/05/2009 19:25:00

"This" competition isn't the only one that has gone through rebranding. the vaunted Champioins League used to be the European Cup. I'm pretty sure that was and is still taken seriously, we all want our team to be playing in it. Division one/Premier League, we all wanted to be in both. Europa Cup is where we can learn to walk before we run (to the Champions League!!)
Charizma
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06/05/2009 20:02:00

"This" competition isn't the only one that has gone through rebranding. the vaunted Champioins League used to be the European Cup. I'm pretty sure that was and is still taken seriously, we all want our team to be playing in it. Division one/Premier League, we all wanted to be in both. Europa Cup is where we can learn to walk before we run (to the Champions League!!)
Charizma
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06/05/2009 20:02:00

Agreed Charizma, think how we would be humiliated in the CL next year if we'd kept 4th. I reckon that old saw "Softly, softly, catchee monkey" springs to mind. But hey, it's fun supporting Villa!!
andy5759
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06/05/2009 21:45:00

Agreed Charizma, think how we would be humiliated in the CL next year if we'd kept 4th. I reckon that old saw "Softly, softly, catchee monkey" springs to mind. But hey, it's fun supporting Villa!!
andy5759
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06/05/2009 21:45:00

Yeah, Charizma Europa walking, CL running. Remember Mourinho's Porto, Uefa Cup one year, then CL winners the next, it IS possible. NOt saying we'll do the same, but it does illustrate the use of the Uefa/Europa as a primer for the CL.
Jongekki
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06/05/2009 22:07:00

Yeah, Charizma Europa walking, CL running. Remember Mourinho's Porto, Uefa Cup one year, then CL winners the next, it IS possible. NOt saying we'll do the same, but it does illustrate the use of the Uefa/Europa as a primer for the CL.
Jongekki
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06/05/2009 22:07:00

If we only had the Champions league via UEFA, some very big clubs who missed the CL boat would not have a European game in their season. We are spoilt in the strong EPL, but UEFA have this second string cup competition, to stop clubs starting their own challenge pre season cups. (such as the Emirates Cup) If you don`t like it, don`t go to a European game. simples
Fletch
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07/05/2009 08:38:00

If we only had the Champions league via UEFA, some very big clubs who missed the CL boat would not have a European game in their season. We are spoilt in the strong EPL, but UEFA have this second string cup competition, to stop clubs starting their own challenge pre season cups. (such as the Emirates Cup) If you don`t like it, don`t go to a European game. simples
Fletch
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07/05/2009 08:38:00

I think the important thing is that O'Neill goes and gets some more players so we can compete in more than the league. Top 4 would be nice, but a cup would be nicer!!
young_jonah
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07/05/2009 10:58:00

I think the important thing is that O'Neill goes and gets some more players so we can compete in more than the league. Top 4 would be nice, but a cup would be nicer!!
young_jonah
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07/05/2009 10:58:00

I agree Young Jonah, we have to be able to compete for 3 competitioms at least so i think he needs to buy at least 7 or 8 players. 2 defenders, 2 more wide players, 1 centre mid or 2 if Barry goes and 2 more 4wards. My list would be Richards, Hagerland, Bentley, Downing, Defour, Owen and Bent. That would 60-70 mil. Will we spend that much? Any other suggestions folks?
astonsteve
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07/05/2009 11:17:00

I agree Young Jonah, we have to be able to compete for 3 competitioms at least so i think he needs to buy at least 7 or 8 players. 2 defenders, 2 more wide players, 1 centre mid or 2 if Barry goes and 2 more 4wards. My list would be Richards, Hagerland, Bentley, Downing, Defour, Owen and Bent. That would 60-70 mil. Will we spend that much? Any other suggestions folks?
astonsteve
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07/05/2009 11:17:00

Oh and only Harewood out and Laursen if he retires!!
astonsteve
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07/05/2009 11:19:00

Oh and only Harewood out and Laursen if he retires!!
astonsteve
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07/05/2009 11:19:00

Astonsteve I agree with Owen (not Bent) so my wish list is Gareth Bale, Sylvian Distin, Kranjcar, Arteta (for Barry) , Vagner Love, Owen and Sorry Brads but we need a keeper too - Jaaskelainen is 34 so could do until Guzan is up to speed
Mat777
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07/05/2009 12:31:00

Astonsteve I agree with Owen (not Bent) so my wish list is Gareth Bale, Sylvian Distin, Kranjcar, Arteta (for Barry) , Vagner Love, Owen and Sorry Brads but we need a keeper too - Jaaskelainen is 34 so could do until Guzan is up to speed
Mat777
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07/05/2009 12:31:00

Cannot see him getting a new keeper
young_jonah
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07/05/2009 13:10:00

Cannot see him getting a new keeper
young_jonah
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07/05/2009 13:10:00

Not with the American connection, Distin and Owen are past it. Can't see Everton or Spuz selling anyone who's affordable/not a rip off. We don't buy non-British and will be bargain basement shopping for whoever gets relegated.
Villan444
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07/05/2009 15:03:00

Not with the American connection, Distin and Owen are past it. Can't see Everton or Spuz selling anyone who's affordable/not a rip off. We don't buy non-British and will be bargain basement shopping for whoever gets relegated.
Villan444
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07/05/2009 15:03:00

Everton will also go into the play off round. The only teams going straight into the group stages are the previous season's winners plus 10 teams eliminated from the CL. Total of 74 teams in play offs. 37 go through to make 48 in total. 12 groups of 4. Top two in each group go forward, joined by 8 3rd placed CL teams. Straight knock out from there on. There are three qualifying rounds before the play off round, starting on 2 July. We will start on 20 August. Clear as mud eh?
chocolate teapot
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07/05/2009 15:34:00

Everton will also go into the play off round. The only teams going straight into the group stages are the previous season's winners plus 10 teams eliminated from the CL. Total of 74 teams in play offs. 37 go through to make 48 in total. 12 groups of 4. Top two in each group go forward, joined by 8 3rd placed CL teams. Straight knock out from there on. There are three qualifying rounds before the play off round, starting on 2 July. We will start on 20 August. Clear as mud eh?
chocolate teapot
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07/05/2009 15:34:00

It really annoys me that CL teams get 2 bites at the cherry - why should they get a crack at Europa if they get dumped out of the CL....that's another area that global finance in the game is too heavily weighted towards the 'bigger clubs', and why it's always going to be so hard to play catch up....
YatesyVillain
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08/05/2009 07:37:00

It really annoys me that CL teams get 2 bites at the cherry - why should they get a crack at Europa if they get dumped out of the CL....that's another area that global finance in the game is too heavily weighted towards the 'bigger clubs', and why it's always going to be so hard to play catch up....
YatesyVillain
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08/05/2009 07:37:00

Totally agree Yatesy, its not fair on the sides who have to go through the qualif......i mean play offs!!! Cheers chocolate teapot for the insight, I have been wracking my brains as to how it is going to work, as you say clear as mud, but at least I have better understanding of it now.
young_jonah
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08/05/2009 08:48:00

Totally agree Yatesy, its not fair on the sides who have to go through the qualif......i mean play offs!!! Cheers chocolate teapot for the insight, I have been wracking my brains as to how it is going to work, as you say clear as mud, but at least I have better understanding of it now.
young_jonah
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08/05/2009 08:48:00

 

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