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 Results & Standings Updated Matchday 2

Results and Standings have been updated for matchday 2 thanks to TorresMagic and verified by Berbilly. Please let us know if you think we made a mistake.

The respective results can be found here -:

a) UCL

Results – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuuifMuJM44AdHFHeGVMa2hTTHR5V0pzeGMzVDV4M1E#gid=2

Group Standings – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuuifMuJM44AdHFHeGVMa2hTTHR5V0pzeGMzVDV4M1E#gid=1

b) Europa

Results – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuuifMuJM44AdDROWmgxVmVXX1JNSDVJdGEyX0E1T2c#gid=2

Group Standings – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AuuifMuJM44AdDROWmgxVmVXX1JNSDVJdGEyX0E1T2c#gid=1

Europa League GW24 Review: Groups I-L

Group I

 Cluj (Milanista) defeats Borussia Dortmund (Tommytour) 67-49

The opening match in Group I pitted the group’s highest ranked manager against the lowest. However, that was no indicator going into the match as lowly Cluj romped to victory, thanks in no small part to Baines. Away from home, it was always going to be difficult for Dortmund with their key differentials in Suarez and double Arsenal defence playing each other. Other than that the teams were fairly similar with Bale sweetening the victory for me.

Everton (Beric) defeats Spartak Moscow (Arsie Sirs Giggsy) 66-50

Another decisive win in Group I, Spartak’s home advantage counted for little as Baines racked up the points for Everton. Davies, Walcott, Mata and Berbatov also helped Beric to 66 points, while Giggsy had Davies, Walcott, Mata and Suarez to thank for saving his week. Spartak travel to Dortmund next, as the opening days two losers hope to get off the mark. Meanwhile, Everton’s home advantage and active wildcard is not enough to stop Beric trembling at the prospect of Cluj rocking up.

Group J

 Man City (AK) defeats Olympiakos (Pratik) 65-61

Despite Olympiakos starting with an 8 point lead thanks to home advantage and AK taking a hit this was another tie settled by Baines. Pratik’s uber theory defence worked fairly well with clean sheets for Davies and Fabio but it simply couldn’t compete with the crown jewel of any FPL defence. Things were very similar across the teams front sevens, Mignolet keeping a clean sheet and Begovic failing to do so was another decisive factor in the match.

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Europa league Group A matchday 1 review

At last the elite leagues started and what a cracking start it have been. Some of the heavyweights had an easy first round while some others slumped to shocking defeats in both the leagues.. Now lets look back in to who came on top and who flopped in Group A of the Europa league.

FORTUNA DUSSELDORF (66 points) defeated REAL MADRID (44 points)

A big home win for Fortuna over one of the group favorite Real Madrid tells us the fact that every match is gonna spring some surprise later on in the coming weeks. Fortuna was fortunate to have Baines, Mata, Walcott and Bale who gave him a total of 47 points. While his captain RVP and fellow striker Podolski disappointed him with blanks this game week, the above said points coupled with 4 home points were already enough for Fortuna to grab a victory over Real Madrid.

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Pre-competition Status Check (CL + Europa) – Please Read

Just a few important things to be aware of before the first gameday kicks off:

If you have not already read the rules, please do so now! That way you will know about home field advantage (a pretty big deal) and potential tie-breakers, etc.

Refer to the Europe drop down menu at the top of the page for anything and everything you need related to your competition (Pressers, HOF, fixtures, results, standings, write-ups, etc).

So far the presser’s have been quite good. We hope that the participating managers will keep this up while the rest of you find a way to join it! Please make sure to put your pressers on the correct post that matches with your competition. We will have a presser committee that gives out weekly awards for the best presser/team news from each competition.

I just wanted to extend my thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help out with write-ups, HOF and updating the results and tables. Please join me in giving a big thanks to TorresMagic, Berbilly, Shipstronstrev, Kaz, Declan McCarthy, TM245, Milanista, JK, Abhishek, Goonerdhanesh, and Roscola!

Also thanks to Pratik for coding a page for the CL and for Europa that displays all the scores so that the manual updating jobs are much easier.

Best of luck to you all on your first gameday! Except, of course, the Manager of Nice ;).

Europa League Preview- Group F

13 hours to go for the start of game week 24 and the start of the elite champions league and europa league matches… While all the managers are intensely preparing for their matches we look in to the group previews once again.. this time we stir our limelight towards Group F where all the 4 managers are eager to get towards the next stage.

US PESCARA(managed by goonerdhanesh), LIMERICK FC(managed by Captain Shirokov), FC NORDSJAELLAND(managed by Abhishek) and FULHAM(managed by Back to Back Ballacks) are the qualified managers who are gonna fight fiercely in the coming weeks.

US Pescara had a dream start in FFS UEFA Serie A league in season 1 and was in contention for UCL berth till the final stages, but eventually slipped down to 5th place and qualified automatically for the UEL. However things are a bit atrocious at the moment  for the club from the start of second season as Pescara has lost all 4 games and is sure to be battling hard in the relegation zone in the coming weeks.

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Europa League Group G Preview

With just over 24 hours to go for the big Europa league matches to kick-start, we look back once again to our Group previews.. this time shifting our focus on Group G.

The clubs which qualified to this group are

Celtic(managed by Count of Monte Hristo)

VFB Stuttgart(managed by Brian)

AS Nancy Lorraine(managed by Coldplay)   and

FC Metalist Kharkiv(managed by TM245)

Celtic managed to get the same points as Benefica (33 points) in RoE season 1 but was edged out from CL due to the inferior goal difference.. Although he will be disappointed not to get a place in the UCL league, i can assure Celtic that UEL league is not too far behind.

VFB Stuttgart managed to grab a decent 7th spot in the tightly contested Bundesliga season 1 with 32 points and surely is one of the opponent that the other 3 clubs should look into.

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Europa League Group A Preview

Its time once again where we bring you another review of Europa league qualified teams and this time we are looking in to the teams who are drawn in Group A of the Europa league. While the big boys are all getting ready for their CL matches in game week 24, i can see nothing short of same or even bigger preparations going on in the Europa League dugouts of each of the 48 teams qualified.

Group A teams who qualified are

TOULOUSE(Heco87)

REAL MADRID(Demi)

SAMPDORIA(Megatron X) and

FORTUNA DUSSELDORF(Porkie)

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