Champions League and Europa League Live Draw Thursday April 10

Congratulations to the successful managers that have progressed to Quarterfinals of their respective competitions!

Also, please note that the rules on the Knockout Phase read as follows:

  • At this stage in the tournament, a team can be matched up against any of the other remaining teams
  • The home advantage doesn’t exist in this round, as it cancels out due to an aggregate score.
  • Teams will play each other over two legs with the highest aggregate score advancing to the next round
  • If matches are tied over two legs then the team who has scored higher points in the away fixture wins.
  • In the unlikely event of teams still tied, the team with the most goals over the 2 weeks wins (Penalty shootout)
  • In the unlikely event of teams still tied, the better ranked team wins.

We will be holding a Live Draw on Thursday April at 10pm FFS Time (GMT) on this google spreadsheet.

As with the previous Live Draw, you may use the “Chat” feature on the top right corner of the window to join in the banter. To chat, start with your FFS name, and then enter your comment.

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Europa League Groups and Fixtures

The participants and groups for this season’s Europa League are now available. A summary of the groups can be found in the Europa League Home Page, which can be accessed through the menus similarly to the Champions League one as well as a quick link on the right hand side of our home page. By clicking the Group title you can access that group’s page, with their current standings as well as the previous and upcoming fixtures.

Finally, the links to everyone’s teams have been added for both competitions to allow you to track your opponent’s progress, if you so wish.

Good luck to everyone involved (except those in Group C obviously 😉 ) and remember the home team carries a 4 point home ground advantage during the group stages.

CL Fixtures and Group Pages

As a new feature for this season’s Champions League and Europa League competitions each competition will have its own home page. The Champions League version can be found here. The pages for each group can be accessed by either clicking the group label above the group standings or through the menus at the top of the website (Europe > Champions League > 2013-2014 Season). There will also be a quick link to the competitions’ home pages on the right-hand side of our website’s home page.

Within the group page you will find the current standings in the group as well as any previous results as they happen as well as upcoming fixtures. Obviously the CL fixtures have now been released so be sure to check your opponent for this weekend. Please note the 4 point home-ground advantage that is present within the group stages.

Good Luck to all the participants and the Europa League participants, groups, pages and fixtures will be released early tomorrow.

Champions League Groups and Participants

Qualified teams/managers and their Champions League groups can be found below.

The top 4 from each league, in addition to the FA Cup Winner (Ryan) and last season’s CL winner (MJ6987) all automatically qualified for the competition while the remaining six spots were awarded by FFS UEFA based on merit and contribution.

Stay tuned for the fixtures to be released later today.

*please note that this competition begins gw 24*

Group A:

Manager Team
MJ6987 Atalanta
ENR Chelsea
Sporting Elche
Shipstontrev AS Monaco

Group B:

Manager Team
Ryan Espanyol
Dogba Catania
Super Zlatan Paris Saint-Germain
Epic Fail Aston Villa

Group C:

Manager Team
Evs Swansea City
Acquafresca Panathinaikos
Champ Nurnberg
Optimus Atletico Madrid

Group D:

Manager Team
Athletico Timbo Athletic Bilbao
Lateriser12 Borussia Dortmund
Jonty Hull City
roscola KR Reykjavik

Group E:

Manager Team
GoonerByron Toulouse
TorresMagic Sporting CP
ajay kl Malaga
FuzzyWarbles Tottenham Hotspur

Group F:

Manager Team
Facer Hellas Verona
Beric Everton
Just A Hat FC Basel
The Shadow VfB Stuttgart

Group G:

Manager Team
Billy Ketsu Hertha Berlin
Boom Boom Montpellier
Pepin Lazio
Isacki Sevilla

Group H:

Manager Team
Djerbil Feyenoord
Zep Bayern Munich
Giggs Boson Juventus
TW Barcelona

2013-2014 Champions League and Europa League

We know it’s last minute, but we figured that it’s better late than never!

After a long beak, we’re happy to announce that the Champions League and Europa League will be returning again this year, beginning gw 24 and following this schedule and these rules. Groups and fixtures for each competition will be released between now and Saturday.

As a side note, if anyone would like to help with group reviews, other write-ups, or in some other way, please drop us a comment as we could use your help to make these competitions even more fun!

Champions League and Europa League – Semi Finals

Congratulations to those managers who have progressed through the Quarter Finals of their respective competitions, and commiserations to those eliminated

Champions League:

Zep claimed the biggest scalp in the Quarters as he eliminated FFS favourite for the FPL crown, Evs, to set up an all-German Semi Final with Canadian Football’s Hannover 96. Fellow deadzoners, Jinswick and Valar Morghulis had the closest match across both competitions with Jinswick victorious by 2 points. MJ6987 proved the RMT computer wrong as he vastly outscored the predictions to beat 1966’s Southampton by 8 points. Canadian Football proved far too much for Optimus’ Liverpool side to prove even with limited time for fantasy football, with family taking precedence, it is possible to perform admirably. The semi finals are as follows and will take part over the next two game weeks, GW36 and GW37. The spreadsheet can be found here.

 

Twente (Jinswick) vs Atalanta (MJ6987)

Bayern Munich (Zep) vs Hannover 96 (Canadian Football)

 

Europa League:

Parmtree’s Bilbao, sometimes known for his drunken rages on FFS, romped to victory over the hapless US Pescara, as they and their manager, Goonerdhanesh had back-to-back shockers to hand Parmtree a 78 point victory. Epic Fail lived up to his name as he and his Villans fell to Aatish’s Benfica. Council member Pratik progressed after a 12 point victory over his countryman, AK. Resident “Elite” of the site, Acquafresca continued his impressive record in H2H competitions as he overturned a 13 point deficit from the first leg to record a victory over Super Zlatan’s PSG. The semi finals are as follows and will take part over the next two game weeks, GW36 and GW37. The spreadsheet can be found here.

 

Benfica (Aatish) vs Olympiakos FC (Pratik)

Athletic Bilbao (Parmtree) vs Panathinaikos (Acquafresca)

CL and Europa Quarter Final Draw

Europa:
Benfica (Aatish) vs  Aston Villa (Epic Fail)
Manchester City (AK) vs Olympiakos FC (Pratik)
Athletic Bilbao (The Parmtree) vs US Pescara (Goonerdhanesh)
Paris Saint-Germain (Super Zlatan) vs Panathinkaikos (Acquafresca)
CL:
Twente (Jinswick) vs SpVgg Greuther Furth (Valar Morghulis)
Southampton (1966 – Eric was Born)  vs Atalanta (MJ6987)
Swansea City (Evs) vs Bayern Munich (Zep)
Liverpool (Optimus) vs Hannover 96 (Canadian Football)

Clearing the Air – CL and Europa Rules for the Knockout Stages

For those still in the CL and Europa, I wanted to correct a couple of common misconceptions.

First and foremost, if you haven’t noticed already, every stage of the knockouts besides the final consists of two legs. The player with the greater aggregate score over the two legs progresses.

People have asked if the 4 point home advantage rule still applies and the answer is no. Given that only aggregate scores are considered, adding 4 pts to the home team would cancel out over the two legs.

*Important* Please refer to the schedule to see when the games for each round are. The CL has several blanks (to spread out the games so the final is during gw 38) so please pay careful attention to this if  you are competing in the CL. It is important to note that the round of the 16 for the CL does not start until next gw.