We will be having a debate on my website regarding this issue. Let me know if you want to write a brief editorial or join in the debate!That's an interesting point on Sochi. Not that it makes me feel any better. Given the various efforts by Anzhi this winter and spring to convince UEFA to allow matches in Dagestan, I think if Platini had, everyone would have accused Kerimov of lining his pockets. After Rangers in 2001 and now the last two years, I think it's safe to say that UEFA is less popular in Dagestan than even the most ultra-nationalist Zenit or Spartak fans
great news for themKuban caught a break. Thanks to today's news of Fenerbahce and Besitkas being banned from competing in Europe this season it means that Kuban will be seeded for their third qualifying round of Europa League games. Get to avoid teams like Stuttgart, Sevilla, Udinese, Swansea, etc. Gives them a much better chance of advancing.
Not true. The draw for the third round is done before the second round is being played. Therefore if there the higher ranked teams lost then the team that defeated them would have inherited their ranking for the next round. Wouldn't have helped Kuban. Thus only the teams involved in the first round ranked above Kuban losing would have helped them. There are only three such teams: Rosenborg, MSK Zilina and Levski Sofia. All would be heavily favoured to beat their current first round opponents.well Kuban was the 2 or 3 highest ranking unseeded team in for the 3 rd qual round but but.......remember 14 or 15 clubs with higher rank had to pass all the 1 and 2 qual round and almost 95 per cent 4 or 5 will be eliminated.