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Sporting will get one of the following teams as opponent in the Play-Off that gives access to the Group Stage:

Crvena Zvezda (SRB)
Feyenoord (HOL)
Horsens (DEN)
Motherwell (SCO)
Dudelange (LUX)

We can beat any of these but I would rather avoid Feyenoord (because they are good) or Crvena Zvezda (because they are tough at home).

The draw will start at 13:30 CET today.
 

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And once again we get the Danes! :D

I think this the 3rd or 4th consecutive season we get Danish opponents in the play-offs.
 

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So you drew my local team. No trouble for you though. But for AC Horsens it will be the greatest match in the clubs history. And this will probably be the first time ever the glorious CASA Arena will be packed! :D

I expect you to go trough without breaking a sweat
 

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Do you have any idea of your starting XI this coming season?, I see in your transfer thread you have added a couple of players.
 

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So you drew my local team. No trouble for you though. But for AC Horsens it will be the greatest match in the clubs history. And this will probably be the first time ever the glorious CASA Arena will be packed! :D

I expect you to go trough without breaking a sweat
If Horsens wasn't so bloody far from Copenhagen I would consider going to the game but maybe next year we get to play against another Danish side closer to Sweden. :D

Do you have any idea of your starting XI this coming season?, I see in your transfer thread you have added a couple of players.
I am working on the squad thread for this season so there you'll be able to check everything about our team this year. It's difficult to know exactly which players will be starters because there's been quite a lot of changes (both in and out) but it may be something like this:

Rui Patrício
Pereirinha - Boulahrouz - Marcos Rojo - Insúa
Rinaudo
Elias - Schaars
Labyad - Izmailov - Diego Capel
van Wolfswinkel​

Other possible starters could be Cedric as a RB, Carrillo and André Martins in midfield instead of Labyad and Izmailov, and Viola upfront.
 

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If Horsens wasn't so bloody far from Copenhagen I would consider going to the game but maybe next year we get to play against another Danish side closer to Sweden. :D
Jeez Denmark is the size of a peanut, it's only a 3 hour drive from Copenhagen :D

And the quoted starting XI looks good. I might even go ;)
 

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As expected we easily dispatched the Danes and we are again at the Group Stage of the Europa League.

These are the 4 pots for the draw that will take place tomorrow at 13:00 CET in Monaco:


Code:
Pot 1                          coef.    Pot 2                          coef.
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Atlético Madrid          Esp 100.837    FC Basel                 Sui  53.360
Internazionale           Ita 104.996    Metalist Kharkiv         Ukr  52.526
Liverpool                Eng  90.882    Panathinaikos            Gre  50.920
Olympique Lyon           Fra  94.835    Athletic Bilbao          Esp  47.837
Olympique Marseille      Fra  85.835    FC København             Den  46.505
[B]Sporting CP              Por  82.069[/B]    Fenerbahçe               Tur  41.310
PSV Eindhoven            Ned  76.103    Rubin Kazan              Rus  40.566
Tottenham Hotspur        Eng  66.882    Napoli                   Ita  39.996
Bayer Leverkusen         Ger  60.037    Udinese                  Ita  38.996
Girondins Bordeaux       Fra  58.835    Club Brugge              Bel  35.480
FC Twente Enschede       Ned  57.103    Hapoel Tel-Aviv          Isr  31.400
VfB Stuttgart            Ger  55.037    Hannover 96              Ger  31.037

Pot 3                          coef.    Pot 4                          coef.
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Lazio Roma               Ita  29.996    Helsingborg IF           Swe  12.680
Steaua Bucuresti         Rom  26.764    Marítimo                 Por  12.569
Sparta Praha             Cze  25.570    Rapid Wien               Aut  12.265
Rosenborg BK             Nor  20.935    Académica Coimbra        Por  11.069
Newcastle United         Eng  16.882    Anzhi Makhachkala        Rus   9.566
Young Boys               Sui  16.860    NK Maribor               Slo   6.424
Levante UD               Esp  16.837    AIK Stockholm            Swe   5.680
Racing Genk              Bel  16.480    AEL Limassol             Cyp   5.099
Borussia Mönchengladbach Ger  15.037    Hapoel Kiryat Shmona     Isr   4.400
Partizan Belgrade        Srb  14.350    Molde FK                 Nor   3.935
Viktoria Plzen           Cze  14.070    FC Fehérvár              Hun   3.450
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk    Ukr  14.026    Neftchi Baku             Azb   2.241
 

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Some really tough competition in this year's EL.

From Pot 2 I hope we avoid Athletic Bilbao and Napoli. The most tasty seem to be Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Club Brugge.

On Pot 3 I wouldn't like us to get Lazio, Newcastle, Levante and Borussia M'Gladbach. Young Boys or Racing Genk seem to be the best options.

From top 4 I just hope we don't get Anzhi Makhachkala. All the others are beatable but personally I'd like to get some Swedish customers.
 

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Here's the result of the draw...


GROUP A
Liverpool (ENG)
Udinese (ITA)
Young Boys (SWI)
Anzi Makhachkala (RUS)


GROUP B
Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Hapoel Tel-Aviv (ISR)
Viktoria Plzen (CZE)
Académica Coimbra (POR)


GROUP C
Olympique Marseille (FRA)
Fenerbahce (TUR)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)
AEL Limassol (CYP)


GROUP D
Girondins Bordeaux (FRA)
Club Brugge (BEL)
Newcastle United (ENG)
Marítimo (POR)


GROUP E
VfB Stuttgart (GER)
FC Kobenhavn (DEN)
Steaua Bucuresti (ROM)
Molde FK (NOR)


GROUP F
PSV Eindhoven (HOL)
Napoli (ITA)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
AIK Solna (SWE)


GROUP G
SPORTING CP (POR)
FC Basel (SWI)
KRC Genk (BEL)
Videoton (HUN)


GROUP H
Inter Milan (ITA)
Rubin Kazan (RUS)
Partizan Belgrade (SRB)
Neftci Baku (AZE)


GROUP I
Olympique Lyon (FRA)
Athletic Bilbao (ESP)
Sparta Praha (CZE)
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona (ISR)


GROUP J
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Panathinaikos (GRE)
Lazio (ITA)
Maribor (SVN)


GROUP K
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)
Rosenborg (NOR)
Rapid Wien (AUT)


GROUP L
FC Twente (HOL)
Hannover 96 (GER)
Levante (ESP)
Helsingborg (SWE)​
 

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Finally we had some luck in this start of season. :)
 

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Very good draw for us. Hoping for some blood, sweat, and tears (of joy) from our boys this year. Hoping that Sa Pinto can continue what he started late last season!
 

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Today Sporting delivered to UEFA the list of players to be used in this season's European campaign.

Here it is:

Goalkeepers:
1 Rui Patrício
12 Marcelo Boeck
32 Vítor Golas
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69 Luís Ribeiro*


Defenders:
3 Daniel Carriço
4 Xandão
6 Khalid Boulahrouz
15 Marcos Rojo
48 Emiliano Insúa
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34 Tiago Ilori*
41 Cédric*
55 Tobias Figueiredo*
76 Mica Pinto*


Midfielders:
8 Stijn Schaars
10 Marat Izmailov
11 Diego Capel
20 Zakaria Labyad
21 Fabián Rinaudo
23 Adrien
25 Bruno Pereirinha
28 André Martins
30 Danijel Pranjic
77 Elias
86 Gelson Fernandes
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37 Luís Almeida*
39 Edelino Ié*
43 Filipe Chaby*
49 João Mário*
52 Luís Cortez*
90 Zézinho*


Forwards:
7 Jeffrén
9 Ricky van Wolfswinkel
16 Valentín Viola
18 André Carrillo
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36 Carlos Mané*
45 Iuri Medeiros*
47 Ricardo Esgaio*
51 Bruma*
87 Betinho*


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* B List

 

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Good luck but you shouldn't have too much troubles to advance, it's a pity I can't visit the game in Genk as Athletic play that day in Lyon and I'll be there. Genk isn't too far from where I live.
 

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Good luck but you shouldn't have too much troubles to advance, it's a pity I can't visit the game in Genk as Athletic play that day in Lyon and I'll be there. Genk isn't too far from where I live.
Thanks Knoert. Good luck for Athletic too.
 
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