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post #3851 of (permalink) Old 02-20-2013, 10:34 AM
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Re: UEFA Champions/Europa League 2012-13 Thread

Originally Posted by danny_boy View Post
While up north it's a double edged sword, while it is great seeing your rivals losing to shit teams it does mean our co-effeciant takes a battering, not too long ago the the champions would go straight into the group stages of the Champions League and the 2'nd place team would be in the last CL Qualifying round but now if the Champions have to play 2 qualifying rounds in the "worst placed" section of the draw and the 2'nd place teams have to qualify for the Europa League.
supporting a club from a small league (Hajduk Split - Croatia), I have the same dilemma

At the end of the day as hard as it is, for small leagues like Scotland or Croatia its better to support all the clubs in Europe, the higher the coefficiant for the league the more spots you get and you can even skip the qualifiers. Its very frustrating for Hajduk to have to play teams from the EPL, Serie A or La Liga for the QUALIFYING ROUNDS We went from 2 teams potentially in the CL to now all of our clubs starting their European season in July and having to go through 2-3 rounds of qualifying which for the Europa League clubs means beating teams from the top leagues just to get in
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