Why don’t people care about the Europa League?

Silverware should be taken seriously!
The Europa League, a tournament competed for by some of the best talents in Europe, regarded highly valuable by any manager or player and if won, a magnificent lifetime achievement.

However, where did the love go for this beautiful competition in Great Britain?

It was eleven years ago, eleven long years ago that Liverpool, the last British club to win the competition, lifted the trophy. They went to extra time drawing 4-4 with Alaves, and won via the golden goal when Geli for the Spanish side scored an own goal after 116 minutes of play. Since then nothing, zilch, it hasn’t returned, and neither has the passion for it by the British fans. Why is this?

Apparently now the Liga BBVA is the best in the world, on a different level to every other league. It boasts the two best players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. You would assume that this magnificent footballing nation would take this tournament for granted, push for the maximum success and brush the trophy aside? No, since Liverpool did win the trophy eleven years ago, Spain has claimed the Europa League five times (more than any other country): Atletico Madrid (2), Sevilla (2), and Valencia with just the one.

These emotional times in football are filled with tears for the winners and losers, when a team from Spain leaves the competition you will find them lying on the pitch in disgust, in an emotional wreck. However, this year both Manchester clubs exited the competition and no remorse was shown, none. Obviously there are individuals in the game and some take matters differently to others, but you will generally find the Spanish sides the most willing in this competition.



In England it is seen as a nuisance to the league campaign, and clubs will often sacrifice games in Europe and rest key players for benefit towards the league. However it goes the other way around in Spain; just like Athletic Bilbao this campaign, the Europa League matches took a toll on the side and players were rested in the league to benefit for Europe, and after reaching the final and being defeated to Atletico Madrid, they had nothing. It was a failure, however if they won, the season was a huge success am I right? All in all the sacrifices took Bilbao to 10th in the league, a huge failure in the eyes of all Bilbao fans.

As a Newcastle fan, I’m optimistic about this years’ campaign and hope that Alan Pardew will see the Europa League in the way that the gaffers in Spain do. If he can restore the culture and international recognition in the club with a successful European campaign it will no doubt attract brighter football, and maybe the success the fans deserve.

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64 thoughts on “Why don’t people care about the Europa League?

  1. The new format doesnt really help where we have two group stages and also having the champions league losers drop into it after the first group stage devalues it even further as they don’t really care about it and play a second string team – one group stage and then knockouts would be far better and no champions league losers dropping into it

    On another note: I heard a rumour that Newcastle want to sign players as late as possible as they can save up to 150k a week on 3 players coming in later rather than sooner – anyone else heard this, obviously selling club wants em off books asap so they a: have the cash in the bank to buy a replacement and b: arent paying wages to someone who is going to leave anyway – just a rumour but I wouldnt put it past our lot

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  2. I would guess it would the financial reasons english clubs dont take it more serious. I think the fear of dropping a couple of places in the league is enough for clubs to put it on the backburner so they dont lose the revuner of league places. I do fear it will effect our league position this year,

    However the old romantic in me would love us to our our trophy drought with the last trophy the club have won 😉

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  3. QPR got hoilett 😯

    I care about it 🙂 but as others have said, money is why it isnt a priority, clubs want to push for the CL

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  4. There’s way too much money invested in doing well in the Premier League rather than Europa. Cash incentive.
    I’m pretty sure La Liga is set up so that the biggest clubs (Real Madrid and Barcelona) get the most tv money anyways, no matter where they place

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  5. SteveP, that actually makes loads of sense about bringing in new players. Less we have to pay the player altogether, but also a big risk if another club swoops in under our noses to pay up for someone before us

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  6. Maybe because Blanc has left? or they thought his argument was valid? Maybe it was only a small thing and the media blew it up. I think nasri and menez’s were more public. Nasri was cursing at and insulting reporters

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  7. Good point. Ben arfa will also have a hard enough time playing for France with Deschamps in charge

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  8. All the attraction is with the CL now and cash of course. If the cash prize for the Europa cup was increased you would see much stronger teams fielded by PL clubs I’m sure . As it stands if you are one of the smaller squads in PL who qualify you can’t risk it affecting your league position so have no choice but to field youngsters and reserve players. I personally don’t believe CL teams should be allowed to drop into it either ,if they flop at the CL then that should be it imo.

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  9. Off topic ,but how can Wet Spam afford £17m for Carroll, arn’t they in a shit load of debt?. 😯

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  10. Kim i think toonsy or one of the other writers wrote an article a few weeks ago that it has been increased fairly significantly for this year but no matter what it’ll always be dwarfed by the PL and CL. I agree with you about losing CL teams though.

    West Ham would pay next year contingent upon them staying up. So it wouldn’t be quite the certainty lpool were looking for but as close as WH could give

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  11. [email protected] I totally agree with you on the CL teams dropping into the Europa league nonsense. They in effect receive a reward for FAILING. It’s the rug pulled out and a kick in the teeth for the Europa teams’ who got there on merit!
    …it pisses me off no end. 👿

    Interesting article anyway Louis, it highlights the pros and cons I guess, using Bilbao as a very valid example. This is why you need very good strength in depth to be successful in both domestic and euro competitions.

    I personally think (unless we bring in another 4 or 5 players) our cup games of next season will see a lot of our youngsters/fringe players. As much as I want a trophy, I think the priority as far as NUFC is concerned has got to be about another high league finish. For now…

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  12. *sorry, rogue apostrophe on teams’
    (policing my own mistakes, bad habit, needs to stop now) 🙄 😆

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  13. Tis all about money….

    You get more money for finishing higher in the league whereas in Spain they don’t get as much prize money as their TV deal is less.

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  14. Aye toonsy and because the TV revenue isnt split the same way, not only is the money from Europa proportionate greater, its more important for clubs to raise the profile by doing well in europe to get a better share of future la liga tv deals. The premier league’s way of guaranteeing each club a certain amount is what makes the league so competitive.

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  15. [email protected] ,He’s far too shy for that though. Funny thing is her mates bloke is a deadringer for Matt Smith (DR WHO) and his name is Matt too 😆 ,He is actually doing apperances and stuff now ,He really is the dead spit poor sod as he is a strange looking fella I reckon. 😉

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  16. simple really …a nice cup and glory ,…isnt that what every nufc fan wants blabbering on about money would stop for a moment to let the glory and pride set in ….and why would nufc want to use reserves in europe?. our new “reserve “players are the development squad of 15 to 18yr olds .to see nufc first team and “reserve”players please look on the “official”nufc website. and good luck to the firts team players tonite and tomorow.viva the toon army

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  17. Evening peeps, had a cracking day at the coast with the missus and the boy, but couldnt wait to get home and see who we’ve signed while I’ve been out 🙁 😕

    On topic, agree with the postings about the CL rejects joining Europa being ridiculious and whoever came up with that idea belittled the tournament. I do think that the CL is for the elite teams in Europe but Europa is a very high standard of football and we will have done brilliantly well if we progress to the latter stages of the competition.

    Off topic, I really hope what Pardew said this week has pissed Lpool off enough to make them accept West Hams £17m bid. I personally don’t want Carroll and wouldn’t want us to spend that much or more for him. But what would be a real cherry on the cake would be if, by spending that money on Carroll, it screws West Ham up financially.
    Secondly, I see we have been linked with Ashley Williams from Swansea. Think he’s a good defender but would rather we got someone 24-25yrs. However, if we can get Williams at £5m or less then I think we will have got a very good central defender.
    I’d still like us to get Sakho from PSG instead like.

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  18. Sharpy
    Aye he’s a bit old for our policy, even for a back-up, I agree Sakho should be our preference.

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  19. I do care. I want us to win it!

    Unfortunately, most people don’t care because the big “big 4” don’t really care about it, and therefore the media don’t care about it.

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  20. Andy – He’s a canny player and if we could get him for less than £5m then he’d be a cracking buy, but I don’t see Swansea selling him cheaply and I don’t see him leaving the captaincy at Swansea to be 3rd choice at then toon.

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  21. I would rather we won the FA Cup than the Europa. I would rather win the Europa than the league cup. I would rather win the league cup than nixy. 😯

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  22. But as far as a lot of others teams go…well, staying in the prem is where the money is. For the big clubs, getting a CL place is where the money is, there’s very few teams that can mount a serious challenge in europe and ignore the other two aims

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  23. I would love us to win it or even do well in it, I think there is lots of benefits that come with it and it is a big window for the club and must top players want to be in Europe.
    I don’t buy the crap that doing well in Europe means risking your Prem status because the club should be set up strong enough to cope otherwise whats the point in trying to get a Euro spot in the 1st place.
    Yeah I agree with Troy that I would rather win the FA cup but at the same time winning the FA doesn’t mean that Top players would want to join the club because they won the FA cup. but then whats the point of top players wanting to join us if we fuk about and haggle to try to get players at half price, but I suppose we have to expect that from a shitty cheap sports wear retailer that has 70% off tags attached to cheap shit as soon as its made in his sweat shops 👿

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  24. Troy – I think that order of importance is spot on.

    It’s difficult now like, we saw Kenny get the bullet at Lpool after winning a trophy and making a FA cup final and finishing 8th. But I think it’s fair to say that we would see that as a really successful season more often than not like. Yet he was sacked due to the league form, and while I know they had a run of poor results – if we have a season like that this season – I’d be well happy to be honest.
    But would it cost Pardew his job?

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  25. I think the last sentence on that Ashley Williams story effectively rules us out.

    …”but could face a battle to resist any big-money offers for the highly-rated stopper.”

    To be honest, I can’t see us doing any of our ‘shopping’ in the Premier League hypermarket anymore. It’s just too fucking expensive.
    It’s proven to be much cheaper just nipping on the plane to pick up a few ‘duty-free’ bargains.

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  26. I agree Dave. Strengthen your squad good enough to compete in the Europa league makes the club capable of conpeting to qualify for the champions league.

    At this moment in time we are sacrificing our chances of finishing in the top 5 next season. We MUST buy at least 3 qualify players without losing any star players.

    Or is Mikey hoping to pocket £40m from revenue streams and not strengthening?

    I’ve began to trust them a bit more over the past two seasons but it wouldn’t surprise me to see them kick us in the knackers again.

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  27. I think I’m the same Troy. I can see him taking a gamble anyway, and relying on the ‘new’ players we have I.E. Saylor and Marveaux, and a couple of young players who are just starting to break through. I reckon we’ll sign 1 or 2 more if we’re lucky. My gut feeling is it’ll be one player for around 6 or 7 million, and he’ll be a versatile CB/FB.

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  28. Troy I honestly thought that qualifying for Europe was a real big plus for Jabba and the excuse he needed to strengthen the team to do well in Europe which would help him with his SD marketing aswell.
    But I fear that he is just going to totter along doing things as cheaply as possible

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  29. Rod I don’t buy that like new player shite that we hear from time to time. as for the younguns if they do throw them in at the deep end I just pray they do well because if they have a mare it could knock them back by miles 👿

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  30. Dave, plenty of time left yet mate 😆

    …I agree though, I thought it was a convenient kick up the wallet too, qualifying for Europe. I thought we’d have seen a couple in by now.
    (as well as the young prospects we’ve signed).

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  31. Dave, I don’t buy the “new player shite” either mate, but I know a fat man who does. 😉 🙂

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  32. @Rodz

    Quit your jibba Jabba.
    Argh! If I ever catch you acting like a crazy fool again, you’re gonna meet my friend pain! Snickers, get some nuts!” 

    @Dave
    History dictates that to buy 3 quality players you need to have at least one in the bag by now.

    I agree Rodz that we may get 1 player of £10m or less and they will big it right up.

    I can’t argue with the progress we have made over the past two years but we know Jibba Jabba can risk a gamble which can backfire which it has in the early years.

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  33. Troy I bet if we do only get one big player there will be lots on here saying that they’re happy enough because we didn’t really need anymore. yet most of fans on here agreed when we qualified for Europe at the end of the season that we would need roughly 3 top players and a few back ups to give us a chance to play in Europe and maintain our top 6 prem status 😕

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  34. @Troy

    Filippo Berio, Filippo Berio, Filippo Berio, Filippo Berio, Filippo Berio, Filippo Berio Olive Oil 😯

    …yeah, I suppose if we really wanted to get all busy with the Jabba gibber, we could be blaming him for not buying a defender last season, which could well have got us into the Champions League.

    I won’t bring that up though. 😎

    The chubster does like a gamble though, bless.

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  35. The bloke off Ice Road Truckers with the square face looks like Robert Huth on steroids.

    …speaking of Ice Road Truckers, can anyone remember Wee Willie Winkie sausages?

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  36. Rodz I said that numerous times last season, if we hadn’t of lost Saylor or got Samba in when we did lose him we would have qualified, and I honestly believe that

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  37. Pards seems pretty philosophical at the mo so I’m hoping things are in the pipeline.

    If we don’t qualify for Europa next season I would consider it a failure.

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  38. Well Dave, there’s always the argument that if we had paid the £3m extra for Cisse a year earlier would we have qualified for the CL.
    That £3m would have paid for itself.

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  39. …speculate to accumulate. One of my favourite phrases.

    Jabba does it, but his ‘speculation’ in the football world involves buying cheap to achieve steady accumulative success with increasing profits.

    Whereas his marketing mantra in the sportswear world is buy cheap and sell fast.

    …I can understand how he got a tad confused when he first took us over now actually. It works a bit differently. 🙂

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  40. Troy what did you think of the shit stats that JJ put up for Carroll 😀 you’d think he would have at least looked them up to make sure he got them right 😳

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  41. Dave I think those shit stats came from that Liverpool Kop fan blog.
    As soon as I saw Carroll stats for last season I immediately discounted it.

    It’s just like, say, you bought a race horse in 2005, it was ridden by Tony McCoy and it was fucking great for a year. Won loads. 😯

    In 2006 that same race horse got bought by a new owner and Tony McCoy got replaced as jockey by Pavarotti. 😆

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  42. Rod 😆 😆 JJ should learn then to check them before using them to make a point, as it easy to look up and see he never started 42 games as he started half that 21 games 😳

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  43. Indeed Davey boy. 😆
    …as they say, 91% of statistics are a load of shite. 😎

    (or was it 64%?) 😎

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