Thursday, September 14, 2006

The UEFA Cup: The Redheaded Stepchild Of European Soccer

Fans of Dinamo Zagreb support their team during their UEFA Cup first round first-leg loss to France's AJ Auxerre at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia. This was one of 40 (that's not a typo) matches played tonight it what can only be labeled as the Not Ready For Primetime Cup. Well, that's what I'll call it until at least the quarterfinals. I reserve the right to go back on that half-promise if any of the QF ties consist of matchups that resemble Artmedia Petrzalka versus Iraklis.

Whatever my thoughts on the matter are, Alan Pardew can't be happy about tonight's result at Upton Park. Add that to what BL has been reporting concerning Media Sports Investment (see below), things can only get stickier from here.

Tonights UEFA Cup results [ESPN Soccernet]


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