Teams: Aalesunds FK & Crystal Palace
Seen from a more complex angle like that, you have a valid point. What I meant is that regardless of who Brann started the matches with, or what year it happened in, the 2006 version of Åtvidaberg (athough a vintage Åtvidaberg edition) should have no chance against Brann, and even less so than Suduva.
That is up for debate though. Åtvidaberg was in the European cup for a reason, and must have done some serious damage in the Swedish cup (lost 2-0 in the final to Djurgården), like Haugesund and Nybergsund have done in Norway this season. Åtvidaberg ended 12th in the Swedish first division last season, in a league performance comparable to that of Tromsdalen here. It's probably most fair to compare them to Haugesund since they might make it to the final of the Norwegian cup this season, and is at a similar level of being a typical first divison dweller. If Haugesund's season leads them into Europe, it would be amazing if they could beat out Odense or Hammarby next season. However, I seriously doubt it's going to happen. Both Haugesund's and Åtvidaberg's cup runs have had to have been filled with not only hard work, but a lot of luck. Yet seldom does lightning strike twice.
Suduva finished fifth in the top league and won the cup in Lithuania last season. That's perhaps not a momentous achievement, but it does make them a top team in their country.
Edit: I was a bit short of time yesterday, so I edited to make the post a bit more like I had intended it to be in the first place.
Last edited by Orange; August 9th, 2007 at 06:50.