time for european football – part three

greatest talent in the europa league? probably this 17-year old man, romelu lukaku, belgian from rsc anderlecht.

here a quick overview of the remaining groups:

el-g: zenit st petersburg is trying to win this group with portuguese veterans bruno alves, fernando meira and danny and some really good russian internationals (malafeev, semak, anyukov). rsc anderlecht will fight it out with aek athens for second place; the czech jan polak is belgian’s biggest foreign star, lukaku, the belgian, has he greatest future.  at age 17, he is the current belgian top scorer and sure will move to a big team after this season. aek has 32-year old world cup 2002 veteran from senegal, papa bouba diop.

cl-h: arsenal fc is the clear cut favorite for the weakest champions league group of all. with fabregas, arshavin, van persie, nasri, vela, walcott, denílson, bendtner: they already showed what they can do on tuesday. the brazilian-croatian eduardo da silva moved from arsenal do shakhtar donetsk – e team with eight more brazilians and srna as a captain. sporting braga and partizan belgrade will fight it out for the europa league qualifying third place. braga has 17 brazilians (!) and only 7 portuguese players in their squad.

greatest goalscorer in this year's europa league? good chances for luis fabiano.

el-j: sevilla fc is the favorite for the europa league group, with their attacking stars kanouté, luis fabiano. ivory coast ‘s zokora will help talented spaniards capel, negredo, navarro and jesus navas. paris sg really wants to bring it this year, and has french veterans coupet, makélélé, giuly and rothen. they still have kezman (ex-chelsea and atletico) on their pay role, but the promise in the attack is hoarau. this group is tough because the third force is borussia dortmund, which have a very strong team this season: turkish midfielder sahin, barrios in the attack, new japanese player nakawa, and some really good young german players, like grosskreutz and hummels. karpaty lviv is dangerous basically because they are from the ukraine.

el-b: atletico madrid have the greatest star of the world cup, diego forlan. fran merida is still a talent, juan antonio reyes still has more promise, and sergio aguero is the ideal partner for forlan up front. bayer leverkusen have michael ballack, who is injured. vidal, helmes, kiessling, castro, adler, hyppiä… pretty good. rosenborg trondheim is no champions league regular any more, and aris saloniki isn’t really a contender… or are they?

diego forlan is the greatest star in the europa league - and the current champion!

in the other groups, here are my picks to go to the next phase:

el-d: villarreal and club brugge

el-k: liverpool and ssc napoli

el-c: sporting lisbon and osc lille

el-a: juventus, manchester city

el-i: psv eindhoven, sampdoria genova

el-e: dynamo kiev, bate borisov

el-f: cska moscow, us palermo

el-h: vfb stuttgart, getafe fc

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